Looking for the best mini drones on the market? Well, you have come to the right place. In this list of the best mini drones, you will find drones that are suitable for both kids, beginners and even amateur photographers (hint it’s the first one on the list).

This list is by no means exhaustive, we live in the age of drones and there is an abundance of choice, even when it comes to purchasing a mini drone. So, even if you do not like any of the choices on this list (highly unlikely), there are many more options for you on platforms like Amazon, eBay, Banggood, and GearBest.

As drones are constantly being released, I try and update this list as much as possible, the current list reflects some of the best mini drones on the market right now.

As most of these drones weigh less than 250 grams, you will not have to register them with the FAA (if you reside in the USA), however, for those who live in the UK, you will need to register the drones with the CAA and obtain a Flyer ID and an Operator ID.

What Is The Best Mini Drone For Beginners?

While all the mini drones on this list are suitable for beginners, the best would have to be the DJI Mini 2, this is a fantastic small drone that comes with many impressive features. It is equipped with an HD camera that can capture amazing images in 12MP and record smooth video footage in 4k. The camera is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal and the drone comes with an impressive 30 minutes of flight time.

 

10 Best Mini Drones

1. DJI Mini 2

Best mini dronesThe no.1 mini drone on this list is the DJI Mini 2, this is an upgrade to the original Mavic Mini, although for some reason they have done away with the Mavic branding for the Mini 2. In terms of design, the Mini 2 is near identical to its predecessor, however, it does come with a few notable upgrades and the main one is its camera. Although the size of the lens and aperture remain the same, the Mini 2 records in 4k at 30fps and can capture images in both RAW+JPEG. The Mini 2 comes with HDR support for images and has a digital zoom feature. It can capture 3 types of panorama photography and comes with 5 Quickshots that allow you to create short high-quality videos from different angles. The Mini 2 comes with DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 transmission system which allows you to control the drone from a maximum range of 10km and comes with 31 minutes of flight time.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
    • Videos recorded in 4k@30fps, 2.7k@60fps
    • 100Mbps
    • 12MP images
    • 720p live video feed
    • 3-axis gimbal
    • HDR support for images
    • 5 Quickshots
    • 31 minutes of flight time
    • OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology
    • 10km control range

2. Fimi X8 Mini

Best mini dronesThe FIMI X8 Mini drone is the latest drone to enter the market and is targeted towards those who are searching for a beginner-friendly photography drone that comes with some great features at an affordable price. The X8 Mini is obviously a direct competitor to DJI’s Mavic Mini-series, its small, lightweight, and depending on the type of battery you get, the drone weighs less than 250g, which means you will not need to register it if you live in the USA. The drone features an HD camera that can record videos in 4k and captures 12MP images in both RAW and JPEG. The camera supports HDR videos and images and comes with a Hisilicon image chipset for noise reduction in images that results in better quality photos. The drone comes with a few intelligent flight modes, 30 minutes of flight time, and a transmission range of 10km.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2.6-inch Sony CMOS sensor
    • 4k@30fps
    • 100Mbps
    • Hisilicon chipset
    • HDR support
    • Panorama photography mode
    • RAW & JPEG images
    • Autonomous flight modes
    • 30 minutes of flight time
    • 8km control range

3. DJI Mavic Mini

Best Mini DronesMy number 3 choice for the best mini drones is the DJI Mavic Mini, this is the most sophisticated and expensive drone on this list and a lot of fun to fly. DJI are without a doubt the leaders in the consumer drone market and the DJI Mavic Mini is just one of the many reasons why. The Mavic Mini is not as expensive as most of the other DJI drones, costing less than $400 (still quite expensive though). It comes with many of DJI’s innovative features and is a fantastically well-designed drone. The Mavic Mini has a foldable structure and is very lightweight, when it’s folded up it can actually fit in the palm of your hand. It comes with powerful brushless motors that provides it with a smooth flying experience and makes it go faster. The main feature of the drone is its stunning 2.7k camera that will allow you to shoot near professional-quality videos and images. Its stabilised by an advanced 3-axis gimbal so that the videos and images are distortion-free and are smooth and crystal clear. DJI developed a completely new app for this drone which is easy to use and comes with features that allows you to edit your videos and images and share them to your social media accounts. With a flight time of around 30 minutes, it has one of the longest flight times of any consumer drone. An excellent drone and suitable for both beginners and experienced pilots.

 

Key Features

    • 2.7K@30fps Camera
    • 1/2.3 -inch CMOS sensor
    • 12MP
    • Advanced 3-Axis Gimbal
    • Intelligent Flight Modes
    • 46 km/h Top Speed
    • 4 Quickshots
    • 30 Minutes Flight Time
    • Dual GPS
    • 4km control range

4. DJI Tello

Best mini dronesThis is another excellent drone from DJI (although it was made in collaboration with another company called Ryze Tech) and is DJI’s only drone that cost less than $100. It’s a very small drone but unlike a lot of DJI drones, it is not a foldable drone, but that doesn’t really matter as it is another very lightweight drone and is easy to carry around. It comes with a decent 720p HD camera that has a wide-angle view and lets you record videos and images that are of very good quality considering its price. It has a feature called EZ shots that will allow you to fly the drone in certain ways and still shoot videos and images without needing to control the drone. If you like computer programming or would like your kids to learn it in a fun way, the DJI Tello drone will allow you to do this. You can code how the drone flies with an easy to use program called Scratch (developed by MIT and very fun to learn). The drone is also compatible with VR headsets for a more immersive flying experience and has a flight time of around 13 minutes.

 

Key Features

    • 720p Camera
    • 5MP
    • Compatible With VR Headsets
    • Smart Flight Modes
    • Programmable Flights Modes 
    • Throw and Fly 
    • 13 Minute Flight Time

5. Simrex X300 Mini Drone

Best Mini DronesNow, we get to the really cheap mini drones (most mini drones are cheap apart from the Mavic Mini). The Simrex X300 is a nice-looking foldable drone that weighs less than 100g and comes with some cool features. It has a foldable design and kind of looks like a mini clone of the Mavic Air, the drone comes with a decent camera and has FPV capability. You can fly with your smartphone via the app and has a one-button take-off and return feature. You can also do some cool 3D flips and is great for indoors. A nice drone that costs less than $50.

 

Key Features

    • HD Camera
    • FPV
    • Altitude Hold
    • 4-Way Flips
    • Fly The Drone With Your Smartphone
    • 7 Minute Flight Time

6. Deerc D20 Mini Drone

Best mini dronesThis is one of the best looking mini drone on this list, Deerc are known for their low-cost drones and the D20 is a nice drone that is suitable for both kids and beginners. It has a stealthy look and has a foldable design. This camera will allow you to stream live video footage to your smartphone and take some decent images and videos. It comes with propeller guards and is great for indoor flying, you can also do some 360° flips at the push of a button. A decent drone that comes with a flight time of around 7 minutes.

 

Key Features

    • 720p Camera
    • FPV
    • Gravity Sensor Mode
    • One Button Take-Off And Return
    • 3D Flips
    • 7 Minutes Flight Time

7. Drocon Ninja Drone

Best Mini DronesThis is one of the bigger mini drones on this list but still fits on the palm of your hands. It’s a foldable drone that comes with a decent 720p camera and some cool features. It has a one-button take-off and return feature and can also do some cool 360° manoeuvres and comes with an altitude hold mode that will allow the drone to hover when you let go of the controls. Other features include multiple speed modes, gravity sensor mode and FPV. It has a flight time of around 7 minutes and costs less than $50.

 

Key Features

  • HD Camera
  • Foldable Design
  • One-Button Takeoff/Landing
  • Altitude Hold
  • 3D Flips
  • 7 Minutes Flight Time

8. Potensic A20

Best mini dronesThis is one of the smallest drones on the market and still comes with a decent camera. The Potensic A20 is a mini drone that comes with ringed propeller guards that make it suitable for indoor flying. In all honesty, these types of drones should only be flown indoors as flying them outdoors will be difficult to control because it’s so lightweight. It comes with FPV, gravity sensor mode and even has altitude hold mode. This is a very cheap drone and is great for kids and those looking to learn how to fly.

 

Key Features

    • HD Camera
    • FPV
    • Altitude Hold
    • Control With Your Smartphone
    • One-Button Takeoff & Landing
    • 6 Minutes Flight Time

9. Cheerwing U29S-E

Best mini dronesThis is one of the coolest looking cheap mini drones on this list, it has a nice foldable design that makes the drone so small that you could fit in your back pocket. It’s very light as well, weighing just under 100g and it comes with a decent 720p HD camera with a 120° wide-angle view. It has FPV capability and you can record some decent videos and images, the drone also comes with altitude hold and headless mode, making it suitable for kids and adults. A decent all-round mini drone that is very cheap and fun to fly.

Key Features

    • 720p Camera
    • Altitude Hold
    • Gravity Sensor Mode
    • One Button Take-Off
    • 7 Minutes Flight Time
    • 3 Speed Modes
 

10. Holy Stone HS210

Best Mini DronesThis is one of the cheapest mini drones on this list and you can see why it doesn’t come with many features and is mainly for kids. The drone comes with propeller guards and a few features that will make it fun for kids to fly. These features include 3D flips, altitude hold, headless mode and one-button take-off and return. It has a flight time of around 5-6 minutes and you get 3 extra batteries with the package.

 

Key Features

    • Nano Drone
    • Auto-Hover
    • Headless Mode
    • 3D Flips
    • 7 Minutes Flight Time