What are the best drones under 250g? There are a lot of options to choose from, the drones listed below all come with amazing features and weigh less than 250g.

Drones are very popular right now and will probably remain popular well into the future. One of the most popular types of drones are ones that weigh less than 250g, mainly because they are easier to carry around and travel with. Another reason for their rise in popularity is because, in certain countries like the USA and Canada, drones that weigh less than 250g do not need to be registered if they are solely used for recreational use.

So, in other words, if you have no intention of earning money from your drones and it weighs less than 250g, you do not need to register the drone if you live in the USA or Canada. For those living in the UK, the rules have been recently changed and you are now required to register any drone that comes with a camera, even if it weighs less than 250g, check out the CAA website for more information.

10 Best Drones Under 250g

1. DJI Mini 2 

The successor to the hugely popular Mavic Mini, the Mini 2 comes with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that can record video footage in 4k at 30fps and has a recording speed of 100Mbps. The camera can capture images in 12MP in both RAW & JPEG formats and has auto-exposure bracketing that stitches together 3 images to create an HDR image. It has a feature called Quickshots that allows anyone to capture short cinematic videos at the click of a button and comes with DJI’s advanced OcuSync 2.0 transmission system for a better live video feed.

Key Features

  • 1/2.3- inch CMOS sensor
  • 12MP still images (RAW & JPEG)
  • 4K@30FPS, 2.7K@60FPS
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing For HDR Images
  • 4* Digital Zoom
  • 5 Quick Shots
  • OcuSync 2.0 Transmission Technology
  • 10km Range
  • 30 Minutes Of Flight Time

2. DJI Mavic Mini

The Mavic Mini is one of the best drones under 250g and wowed audiences when it was first released. This small compact drone comes with an HD camera capable of recording video footage in 2.7k and capturing still image in 12MP. The camera is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal that will reduce distortion in your videos and photos, and it comes with an enhanced WiFi system for a control range of 4km.

Key Features

  • 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 12MP still images (JPEG)
  • 2.7K@30fps,1080p@60fps
  • 720p Live video feed
  • Enhanced WiFi Transmission Technology
  • 4km Range
  • 30 Minute Of Flight Time
  • 4 Quick Shots

 3. Fimi X8 Mini

The X8 Mini is Fimi’s answer to DJI’s Mini series of drones, specifically the Mini 2. This drone comes with some amazing features which includes intelligent flight modes like image tracking and orbit mode, a feature that isn’t available with the DJI Mini 2. It has an excellent camera that has an 80° field of view and fixed f/2.0 aperture. The camera records 4k video footage with high dynamic range and comes with an image chipset from Hisilicon that allows the camera to capture even more colour detail. The drone comes with a triple GNSS module for more precise tracking and has a flight time of 30 minutes.

Key Features

  • 1/2.6-inch Sony sensor
  • 12MP Images (RAW & JPEG)
  • 4K@30FPS
  • HDR Support
  • 100Mbps
  • 30 Minutes Of Flight Time
  • Intelligent Flight Modes Including Image Tracking
  • Panorama Photography
  • 8km Range

4. Hubsan Zino Mini Pro

When it comes to judging a drone purely by its features, the Hubsan Zino Mini Pro is technically the best drone under 250g. The release date for this drone has been delayed a couple of times although it is on pre-sale and they are planning on shipping the drones out near the end of June. The camera has a bigger sensor than every other drone on this list, which allows it to capture more image details and it captures images in 48MP in both RAW and JPEG. Videos are recorded in 4k at 30fps and come with HDR support and it has an incredible flight time of 40 minutes, which is better than even the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. However, the feature that I am most excited about is the 3-way obstacle avoidance system, a feature that no other drone in this weight class comes with.

Key Features

  • 1/1.3 – inch Sensor
  • 48MP still images (RAW & JPEG)
  • 4K@30FPS
  • 100Mbps
  • HDR support
  • 40 minutes of flight time
  • 10km range
  • 3-way Obstacle avoidance system
  • Intelligent flight modes

5. MJX Bugs 7

A fantastic mini drone from MJX, the Bugs 7 is a well-designed foldable drone that is suitable for beginners and comes with many fun features which includes an HD camera, GPS automatic return to home and intelligent flight modes. It has cool LED lights on the front and back and comes with an optical flow sensor that will allow you to fly the drone indoors. It has a flight time of around 12 minutes, so purchase an extra battery to extend the flight time and has a control range of around 200 meters.

Key Features

  • 1/2.7 – inch sensor
  • 8MP still images
  • 4k@16fps, 2.7k@25fps
  • 720p live video feed
  • 15 minute of flight time
  • 300-meter range
  • Intelligent flight modes

6. Holy Stone HS510

This is a rebranded version of the MJX Bugs 7, it comes with all the same features, however, it uses a different app called the Ophelia GO, which I believe is inferior to the MJX M RC PRO app. If the Ophelia GO doesn’t work properly, you can use the M RC PRO app for this drone.

Key Features

  • 1/2.7 – inch sensor
  • 8MP still images
  • 4k@16fps, 2.7k@25fps
  • 720p live video feed
  • 15 minute of flight time
  • 300-meter range
  • Intelligent flight modes

7. Eachine EX5

This is Eachines answer to the Mavic Mini, it’s a very good looking drone and comes with an HD camera. The camera records video footage in 4k at 20fps, which is pretty cool for a drone that costs less than $150. Images are captured in 8MP, and it comes with 3 smart flight modes and has a low battery automatic return to home feature. It has a very good flight time of around 25 minutes and there is an optical flow sensor on the bottom that will allow you to fly the drone indoors or in areas where the GPS signal is weak.

Key Features

  • HD camera records in 4k@20fps
  • 8MP still images
  • Dual GNSS module
  • Optical flow sensor
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 25 minutes of flight time

8. Holy Stone HS175

This is a fun little cheap GPS drone, it’s ultra-lightweight and has a foldable design that makes it easier to carry around. The drone comes with a dual GNSS module that can connect with satellites from GPS and GLONASS and it comes with a couple of intelligent flight modes and an automatic return to home feature. The camera can record videos in 2k and captures 4MP still images and the live video feed can be transmitted from 300 meters. A fun drone that is suitable for beginners and comes with a decent flight time.

Key Features

  • The camera records 2k video footage
  • 4MP still images
  • FPV capability
  • Take photos with simple hand gesture!
  • Smart flight modes
  • GPS Automatic return home
  • 300-meter control range
  • 20 minutes of flight time

9. DJI/RYZETECH Tello Drone

If you are a complete beginner and looking for a cheap fun drone that weighs less than 250g and is suitable for both kids and adults, the DJI Tello drone is the drone for you. This mini drone comes with some impressive features, especially for a drone that costs less than $100. It has 720p HD camera that transmits a very good live video feed and captures 5MP still images. The camera comes with an Intel processor that stabilises your videos and photos and has a feature called EZ Shots that allows you to record short videos hands-free.

Key Features

  • 720p HD camera
  • 5MP still images
  • Electronic image stabilisation
  • EZ Shots
  • 13 minutes of flight time
  • 100-meter range
  • Code your own drone movements with Scratch

10. Eachine E520S

This is a very popular drone, it’s a cheap copy of the DJI Mavic but don’t let that put you off, it is a very fun drone to fly and comes with some advanced features and costs less than $100. It is a GPS drone and so comes with intelligent flight modes like follow me, orbit mode and waypoint flight mode. The camera is good, it does not record in true 4k, but seems to be upscaled from a lower resolution, but the video quality is still impressive for a cheap drone. The drone has a decent flight time of around 15 minutes and a control range of 250 meters.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • HD live video transmission
  • 8MP still images
  • 15 minutes of flight time
  • GPS Automatic return home
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 300-meter range

What Are The Laws Regarding Drones Under 250g?

So, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article, one of the reasons why sub-250g drones are so popular is because in certain countries you do not need to register the drone if you want to fly for recreational purposes.

However, drone laws are fluid are subject to change, for example, in the UK, you must now register your drone, even if it weighs under 250g, as long as it has a camera. This wasn’t the case before, but new rules introduced at the end of 2020 will require you to register any drone with a camera. Check out this article on the current UK drone laws for more information.

In the USA, you will not need to register a drone that weighs less than 250g as long as you only intend to fly it for recreational purposes. A similar rule also applies to drone pilots in Canada, if the drone weighs less than 250g, there is no need to register the drone, click here for more details regarding drone laws in Canada.

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