My First Drone
Drones range in price from about $40 to well over $10K, the difference in price being how much power it can produce and the operating electronics on board. Choosing a specific model depends on what your looking to do with the drone. On the low end, you will have models that are flown by line of sight, just like traditional RC aircraft, models that utilize a smart phone or tablet with the manufacturers operating application (App) to operate the aircraft rather than a dedicated remote control.
For a first time user the best starter model would be something along the lines of a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0. This is probably one of the most robust RC quadcopters available today. The Parrot can be found new for under $450 and is ready to fly once the App has been downloaded and the tablet or smart phone paired with it. It includes a 720p video camera which streams live images back to your phone or tablet as well as recording them for later viewing. The best part of the Parrot is that it is easy to operate, very robust and easily repaired. It also includes space internally for optional upgrades including a GPS based flight recorder. The flight recorder allows the Parrot to be flown by setting a course on a map and then directing it to return home on its own.
If you are ready to dive into the drone hobbyist community then remember that it is an RC aircraft. What you plan for it to be used for will play a significant role in deciding which model is best suited for you. Before you go for the high end models, spend some time working with the less expensive models to hone your flying skills. This will go a long way in reducing the cost of operating the more expensive model by making sure you are ready to enjoy it.