I finally succumbed and purchased an inexpensive camera drone, and am posting this "first flight test" as a way to show potential quadcopter purchasers what to expect. Quadcopters are probably the most popular form factor for the current crop of consumer drones.
The one I purchased is an L6056, it's inexpensive (less than $50 on Amazon) and small enough not to require FCC registration. It comes "ready to fly", meaning you get everything you need except the four AA batteries for the transmitter (the remote control pad). It even comes with a 4GB memory card for the camera.