Technology always seems to go towards miniaturization.
While small drones were considered nothing more than toys only a few years ago, the best mini drones of today could arguably be described as true wonders of technology.
These bite-sized quadcopters can be used for multiple purposes and could even assist you in running your business. But, even as leisure gadgets, they are very entertaining to watch and even more fun to fly.
Tiny UAVs like these open the doors of drone piloting for more people — especially kids. They’re affordable, can be easily carried everywhere you go and deploy in a matter of seconds.
Regardless of if you need a quick selfie with your group, a panoramic shot of the area, or just want to have some fun, the best mini drones can do it all.
Our top rated mini drone with huge performance in a tiny body. Perfect for…everyone!
DJI just can’t seem to stop releasing incredible drones.
The original Mavic Mini was our best ever value-for-money pick and now DJI have outdone themselves with the Mini 2.
We are blown away with the quality, performance and battery life that you can get with the DJI Mini 2 for a fairly affordable price. No, it’s not cheap, but its price falls far below most top products from competitors.
We’d say it’s now our favorite value-for-money pick by a long way, and it’s perfect for photography, videography, traveling, hobbyists and, well, everyone else too!
Better still, with its weight under 249g, it doesn’t even need to be registered with the FAA or CAA. That means you don’t need to be a registered drone pilot to fly this beauty.
The DJI Mavic Mini is on the larger end of the spectrum of what is considered a miniature drone, but when it comes to the features it is on the very top.
The Mavic Mini is a compromise between size and utility. It is by no means a large drone, passing at 0.53lbs, but it has all of the systems found in its larger cousins; a phenomenal camera, lasting battery, and excellent GPS options.
For its size, the drone is exceptionally fast and maneuverable, easily gliding even in windy conditions. The brushless motor inside works wonders with the sensory system to gives you enough power when you need it.
Additionally, the sensory systems, including the GPS, work wonders. They allow even a novice drone pilot to fly easily and have no issues positioning their drone wherever they want.
Formerly, we needed large antennae if we want to have a lot of range, but the Mini has an incredible range on a slim and streamlined design.
The drone easily fits in the palm of your hand and is not heavier than a modern smartphone.
While it is easy to carry and folds its wings when not in flight, the shape doesn’t allow for it to be stored in a pocket. You will want to keep it inside a case, where it can fit into any purse, backpack, or bag.
Finally, the camera is a crown jewel of the Mavic Mini and is one of the best drone cameras on the market in general, let alone between miniature drones. It has a stable 4K resolution and can be easily used for all kinds of filming or photography projects.
The Tello is probably one of the first full-featured mini-drones of its class, and it is a classic in every sense of the word.
Small and compact, this is made for you to carry it around and keep it by your side at all times.
Unlike many larger drones from DJI, the Tello is made to be fun and used by amateurs and children. It is easy to fly and very durable in case you misjudge your distance.
The drone has a good camera and a lot of advanced AI functions that will work directly with your smartphone. Using the DJI Fly app, you can use your phone to navigate the drone from an FPV perspective.
Power-wise, it is not exceptionally strong and might have issues in suboptimal weather. But, as it is small, you will be able to fly it when inside whenever a storm is brewing, and you want to fly a bit.
Probably the best feature of the Tello is the possibility to modulate its functions and program in different features.
This drone is made specifically for enthusiasts and students to learn how to code drones and the UI accessing these features if straightforward. With a bit of tinkering, you can teach the drone to do all kinds of tricks with just a push of a button.
Finally, the camera of the DJI Tello is not as advanced as something you would find on larger drones but is more than enough to take a few pictures and entertaining videos.
The stability makes the 720p video look bright and sharp, making it possible to use this drone for home videos and record your travels or family events.
The Hubsan Q4 Nano became famous for being one of the smallest drones, if not the smallest drone, on the market.
The size and weight are comparable to some of the smallest mobile phones ever made, or a large bumblebee, whichever you prefer. It is compact and sturdy, reaching amazing speeds for such small blades.
The durability of the H111 is based on the fact that the material is too tight for a weak spot. You might lose a blade during a fall, but that can be changed in seconds.
Additionally, the size makes the H111 practical to fly around the house. Unless you crash at full speed into something exceptionally delicate, there is little chance for this drone to damage your furniture.
But, you should keep the drone on ‘amateur’ mode when inside the house at all times. In expert mode, the device becomes much faster, and flying it through narrow spaces becomes much harder.
While the Nano is too small to fit a GPS, there are internal gyros made specifically to assist you in keeping the drone stable while flying it around.
The Shadow is a great option for those who want a good miniature drone, but don’t want to overspend before they are certain what they are after.
HS160 compensates what may be considered last-gen components with an excellent AI, a good app, and a newer battery model. This makes the drone fly like a high mid-range drone while keeping the price more than affordable.
The included controller is very tactile and good for controlling the drone in an FPV mode as well as from the ground. Also, it has dedicated buttons for auto-pilot options, which will make flying much easier for a new drone pilot.
The camera is good, albeit not impressive for modern standards. The HD 720p floating camera is enough if you want to make a few shots from the air or take a few selfies, but it will not bring you any filmography awards.
When it comes to design, the Shadow took a few pointers from other drones on the market, making the lines smooth and the wings foldable to the inside of the drone. Once folded, the drone can even fit into a larger pocket while being comfortable in all other situations.
Finally, while the HS160 isn’t meant for flying in bad weather, it does have quite capable motors that will keep the drone steady in flight and provide you with a pleasant piloting experience.
The Sky Viper e1700 is a set of premade parts that you can connect in any way you wish and learn a lot about drones in the process.
Without any additions, the Sky Viper is a remarkably agile drone that can flip and turn in any bend. While not as fast as a racing drone, it can easily be regarded as a stunt drone.
Additionally, it can be modulated to execute full maneuvers and stunts on its own. With multiple dedicated buttons on the controller, you can make the drone do almost anything without any further input from the drone pilot.
In the firmware, there is an app that will allow you to program the drone however you like. Some trial and error will be needed, as is with any such process, but the result can be phenomenal.
The drone is very light and quite durable. On the flip side, it is not foldable and won’t easily fit into a bag, let alone a pocket. Carrying it in your glove compartment is probably the closest easy way to transport it easily and safely.
But, it will easily fly from your palm, and carrying it in your hand is easy even for a child.
If you want a drone that is light, entertaining, and an opportunity to learn about drone building and programming, then you will be amazed by the e1700.