Looking for the best foldable drones? Well, since the release of the DJI Mavic Pro, foldable drones are probably the most popular types of consumer drones on the market.

Not only do foldable drones look cool but they are super convenient, especially when you are travelling around as they are very compact in their folded form and easy to pack.

Putting together this list was tough because there are so many awesome foldable drones you can buy. Choosing a foldable drone will depend on what you want to do with it, if it’s just to fly for fun, there are a lot of choices for you, I would avoid the expensive drones like DJI and Evo and advise you to look at models from Eachine and Holy Stone. However, I have not included these drones in this list.

If you are looking to use drones for commercial reasons or want to take some professional-level videos and images, then this list is for you.

Best Foldable Drones

#1. DJI Mavic 2

DJI are the number 1 consumer drone brand in the world and the Mavic series is the reason for the huge popularity of foldable drones. The DJI Mavic 2 comes in two versions, the Pro version which has a camera engineered by Hasselblad and the Mavic Zoom which has a camera that can take 48mp still images and has a 4* lossless zoom feature. Both cameras can record 4k video footage at 30fps with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps. Other than the camera, everything else is more or less the same, it has a beautiful foldable design with powerful high-quality brushless motors, an intelligent battery that provides a flight time of 31 minutes and 3-way obstacle avoidance system.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • 12mp sensor (Zoom)/20mp (Pro)
  • 2*optical zoom
  • HDR support
  • Smart flight modes
  • Omni-directional obstacle avoidance system.
  • 31 minute flight time

#2. Autel Evo 2

Technically, the Evo 2 should be the no.1 drone on this list, but I just like the overall design of the Mavic 2, hence why I put it as my first choice. The Evo 2 is a beast of a drone, it looks and feels like a drone made for professional use. It is a little bulky when folded up and I am not a huge fan of its orange colour, other than that, this drone is truly amazing. It is the worlds first 8k camera, it can shoot 48mp still images, record video footage in 7.6k resolution, supports HDR and has a 4* lossless zoom function. There is also a version of this drone that comes with an infrared camera, which will great for search and rescue operations and the Evo 2 has the best flight time of any consumer drone at 40 minutes.

Key Features

  • 8k camera
  • 7.6k video resolution
  • 48mp still images
  • Infrared camera
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 5-way obstacle avoidance system
  • 40 minute flight time

#3. DJI Mavic Pro

It’s been a few years since the release of the DJI Mavic Pro and it still remains one f DJI’s most popular drones. This is the drone that popularised the foldable design and the inspiration for so many other drones including some outright copycats. It’s a beautiful looking drone with its streamlined aerodynamic build and metallic grey colour scheme, it’s very compact and would make a great drone for travel photographers. The HD camera can record 4k videos and shoot still images in 12mp, the camera is stabilised by an advanced gimbal system that will eliminate any kind of distortion from images and videos. It comes with many other advanced features including a robust obstacle avoidance system, 27-minute flight time and several intelligent flight modes.

Key Features

  • UHD 4k camera
  • 12mp 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • Advanced gimbal system
  • Obstacle avoidance technology
  • Image tracking capability
  • 7km transmission range
  • 27 minute flight time

#4. Autel Evo

This is the original Evo, this is one of the best foldable drones that don’t have the name DJI before it. The Evo was supposed to be a direct competitor to the Mavic Pro and although it never really matched the popularity of the Mavic, it still remains a relevant drone in today’s market. Apart from its orange coloured body, the drone has a nice overall look, its built very well and weigh just under 900g. It’s a pretty fast drone reaching a top speed of 44 mph and it is powered by a powerful LiPO battery that provides it with 30 minutes of flight time. The HD camera is probably the best feature of this drone, it can record videos in 4k@60fps and capture still images in 12mp, the camera is supported by a 3-axis gimbal and is compatible with certain ND filters. The remote controller has an OLED screen that displays telemetry data about the drone and you can view the live video feed from the camera in 720p resolution.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • 12mp still images
  • Compatible with ND filters
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Smart flight modes
  • OLED screen on the remote controller
  • 30 minute flight time

#5. DJI Mavic Air

It’s quite amazing how small this drone is and yet DJI have managed to install the majority of their innovative technology inside this drone. The Mavic Air is one of the lightest drones on this list and when folded up it can easily fit inside a large pocket. This is a great drone to travel with and comes with some amazing features such as the camera that can record in 4k, take images in 12mp and is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal system for distortion-free images and videos. It comes with a couple of safety features like automatic return home function and a 3-way obstacle avoidance system. It has a decent flight time of 21 minutes and a top speed of around 42 mph which is fast for this type of drone.

Key Features

  • Advanced 4k camera
  • 12mp stills
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 3-way obstacle avoidance system
  • Gesture control mode
  • HDR support
  • 21 minute flight time

#6. DJI Mavic Mini

If you are looking for a low-cost DJI drone that still comes with many of their innovative features, the Mavic Mini is the drone for you. This is DJI’s only drone that costs less than $500 (if you don’t include the Tello drone), it is a beautiful drone and is so tiny that it fits in the palm of your hands. Its super lightweight for a high-end drone, weighing just under 250g, which means if you live in the UK, Canada or the USA, you will not need to register it (if you just want to fly for fun). The drone comes with a 2.7k camera that can record in 30fps and has a transmission range of around 2.5km. The live video feed is transmitted in 720p quality and it has a very good flight time of 30 minutes. DJI have developed a separate app for this drone and it comes with many features including the ability to edit and share your videos and images.

Key Features

  • 2.7k camera
  • Advanced gimbal for image and video stabilisation
  • 12mp stills
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Smart flight modes
  • Brand new app
  • 30 minute flight time

#7. Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE

Not many people know that Xiaomi have a few high-end drones in their huge range of electronic products. The Fimi X8 SE is probably the best out of them, and it is a really amazing drone that comes with some stunning features. It is a well-constructed drone with a cool foldable design that is no larger than a medium-sized smartphone when folded up. It’s not very heavy and is very easy to travel with. The drone comes with a lot of features, the main one is its 4k camera that is capable of recording 4k footage at 30fps with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps. The camera is supported by an advanced 3-axis mechanical gimbal that will make sure your videos and images are distortion-free. It comes with several intelligent flight modes including active track and waypoint.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • HDR support
  • Image tracking system
  • 8km transmission range
  • Advanced automatic return home features
  • 30 minute flight time

#8. Hubsan Zino 2

Hubsan are well-known for their low-cost high-quality drones, however, they recently ventured into the more high-end of the drone market with the release of the Zino drone. The Zino 2 is the latest and most advanced drone from Hubsan and it is one of the cheapest 4k foldable drones currently available. The drone comes with some amazing features like dual GPS, smart flight modes and even has a dedicated image processor from Ambarella that will allow you to record super smooth 4k videos and take professional quality still images. Other features include a mechanical gimbal, smart flight modes, 8km transmission range and a flight time of 30 minutes.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • 12mp still images
  • Advanced imaging processor from Ambarella
  • GPS+GLONASS
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • 8k transmission range
  • 33 minute flight time

#9. Parrot Anafi

Parrot at one point used to be the leading manufacturers of consumer drone brands and although they discontinued most of their drones, the Anafi is still supported, and it is definitely their most impressive drone. It has a unique design for a foldable drone, in its folded form it seems longer and more compact than most other drones. It’s also one of the lightest drones on this list, however, despite its weight the drone still holds up well in windy conditions and is easy to fly. It comes with some very impressive features like its 4k HDR camera, long flight time, smart flight modes and a well-developed drone app. The 4k camera is exceptional, it can record stunning aerial footage that is crystal clear and free of any shakiness or jello effect. It has a transmission range of around 4km and can stream live video footage in 720p resolution. The drone is powered by a 2 cell LiPo battery that provides it with a flight time of 25 minutes.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • 21mp still images
  • 2.8*lossless zoom
  • HDR support
  • Smart flight modes
  • 3-axis hybrid gimbal
  • 25 minute flight time

#10. Hubsan Zino Pro

The successor to the original Zino drone, the Zino Pro comes with a few extra upgrades and an all-black colour scheme (which I actually prefer). It’s a very popular drone for a variety of reasons but the main is that it is one of the cheapest 4k drones that you can buy. The drone comes equipped with some useful features likes its powerful brushless motors, 3-axis gimbal system and dual GPS for better flight positioning. It has a dedicated imaging chip from Ambarella and along with the 4k camera you will be able to record ultra-smooth professional-quality videos and images. It also comes a few smart flight modes for hands-free flying and a couple of safety features that will minimise the risk of losing the drone.

Key Features

  • 4k camera
  • 12mp stills
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Dual GPS
  • Dedicated Ambarella image processor
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • 23 minute flight time
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