is there a recommendation for cheap and suitable for novices?
Something suitable/compatible with mapping solutions? Or just photos and video to start?
just photo and video
Depending on your budget I would say the DJI Mini 2 or the Mavic Air 2. There is also the Parrot Anafi but it is probably not going to be supported by any automated flight software besides what it comes with. I did just see online though that Best buy is offering a clearance on it for $585 which is almost $200 off.