One of the main complaints about consumer drones when they first started to become very popular was their short flight time. There were not many drones that could fly consistently for around 15 minutes (that’s not a long flight time for a drone but it’s decent), however, with advanced technology and intelligent batteries, drone flight times have improved with many drones now able to fly for 30+ minutes. In this article, I have listed the 10 best drones with the longest flight time.

All of these drones are suitable for professional use, they come with 4k cameras, dual GPS modules, intelligent flight modes and some have obstacle avoidance technology for safer flying., Most of them are foldable drones, which makes them ultra-portable and great to travel with.

I should also mention that if you live in the USA, Canada or the UK, you will need to register these drones regardless of whether you intend to fly them for fun or commercial reasons. I advise you to check what the rules and regulations are in the country you reside in, drone laws are constantly changing and some countries are imposing heavy penalties on those who violate any of these rules.

If you live in the UK, please read carefully what is on the CAA website regarding drone laws, for people in the US, check out the FAA website and for those living in Canada check out transport for Canada site.

As these are expensive consumer drones, you may also consider purchasing drone insurance just in case the drone gets damaged during flight or it stops working for some technical reason. If you intend to use any of these drones in a professional capacity, you may also want to get some kind of business liability insurance to protect your business from third party claims.

What Drone Has The Longest Flight Time?

Al the drones on this list are prosumer drones, they are suitable for both consumers and professional photographers, the best flight time for drones in this category is the new DJI Mavic 3, which has a flight time of 46 minutes and so it is paced at no.1 on this list.

There are commercial drones that have a longer flight time like the SenseFly eBee X, which has a maximum flight time of 90 minutes, or the DJI Matrice 300 RTK, which can fly for 55 minutes, however, these drones are suitable for things like drone photogrammetry, inspection, mapping and 3D modelling and so they are not listed in this article.

1. DJI Mavic 3

drones with the longest flight timeThe new Mavic 3 is possibly the best consumer drone on the market right now, it has been developed for professional creators and comes with many impressive features. The Mavic 3 comes with an industry leading flight time of 46 minutes and a control range of 15km thanks to DJI’s OcuSync 3.0 enhanced transmission technology. It has an omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system that is the most advanced in the DJI range and rivals that of the Skydio 2. The drone comes equipped with a dual camera system, the main camera has been engineered by the Swiss camera maker Hasselblad. The camera has a 4/3 sensor, 24mm lens, 84° FOV and f/2.8-f/11 adjustable aperture. The camera can record video footage in 5.1k at 50fps and 4k at 120fps and capture images in 20MP in 12-bit RAW. The second camera has a 1/2-inch sensor and comes with a 162mm tele-lens that has a 28× hybrid zoom (digital + optical) feature and can capture 12MP images and 4k videos. Other features are an improved return to home function, smart flight modes, triple GNSS receiver and DJI AirSense for safer flying.

 

Key Features

    • 4/3 Hasselblad primary camera with 24mm lens
    • f/2.8-f/2.11 adjustable aperture
    • 12.8 stops of dynamic range
    • 20MP images
    • ISO Video/Photo – 100-6400
    • Records 5.1k videos at 50fps and 4k at 120fps
    • 10-bit D-Log colour profile
    • Hasselblad NCS technology
    • 1/2-inch sensor for the secondary camera
    • 162mm tele lens
    • 28× hybrid zoom
    • 12MP images
    • 4k videos at 30fps
    • Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system
    • 46 minutes of flight time
    • 15km control range

2. Autel Evo 2 Pro

drones with the longest flight timeThe Autel Evo 2 Pro is one of the best consumer drones with the longest flight time, it has an official flight time of 40 minutes and a control range of 9km. The long flight time is not the only feature that sets this drone apart from its competitors, it also boasts a 1-inch sensor with a 28.6mm lens, adjustable aperture, 82° FOV  and can record 6K video footage at 30fps. It can shoot amazing 20MP still images and comes with a remote controller that has an integrated OLED screen, so you don’t need a smartphone or tablet for FPV.  The drone is also equipped with an omnidirectional obstacle avoidance system for safer flying and comes with dynamic track 2.0 for a vastly improved autonomous tracking mode. There is also a slightly different version of this drone called the Evo 2 that comes with a smaller camera but most of the other features remain the same.

 

Key Features

    • 1-inch sensor with 26.8mm & 82° FOV
    •  f/2.8-F/11 adjustable aperture
    • 20MP images 
    • Single, burst, AEB photography modes
    • ISO Photo – 100-12800
    • ISO Video – 100-6400
    • 16× digital zoom
    • Records video footage in 6k at 30fps and 4k at 60fps
    • 120Mbps
    • Smart flight modes
    • 10-bit log colour profile for HDR videos
    • 40 minutes of flight time
    • 9km control range

3. DJI Air 2S

drones with the longest flight timeThe DJI Air 2S is probably the best value for money drone on this list, it’s certainly the best drone under $1000 and comes with some notable upgrades from its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2. This is a lightweight drone that comes with many advanced features. The Air 2S is equipped with an HD camera that has a 1-inch sensor with a 22mm lens, 88° FOV and a fixed f/2.8 aperture. The camera captures images in 20MP and records videos in 5.4k, 4k and 2.7k and has a maximum recording speed of 150Mbps. It supports a 10-bit D-log colour profile for videos and has a SmartPhoto mode that uses advanced algorithms to enhance images automatically. There is a new feature called MasterShots that will allow anyone to capture cinematic videos at the push of a button and from many different angles. The drone comes with an improved smart tracking mode and uses DJI’s OcuSync technology for smooth live video transmission.

 

Key Features

    • 1-inch CMOS sensor with 22mm lens & 88° FOV
    • Fixed f/2.8 aperture
    • 20MP images 
    • Single, burst, AEB, timed & panorama photography modes
    • SmartPhoto mode for one-click optimised images
    • ISO Photo – 100-3200 (Auto), 100-12800 (Manual)
    • ISO Video – 100-3200 (Auto), 100-6400 (Manual)
    • 12.6 stops of dynamic range
    • Records videos in 5.4k at 30fps
    • 10-bit D-log M colour profile for HDR videos
    • 150Mbps
    • 4-way obstacle avoidance system
    • Smart flight modes
    • MasterShots for easy cinematic video footage
    • 31 minutes of flight time
    • 12km range

4. DJI Mavic Air 2

drones with the longest flight timeOne of the most beautifully designed drones from DJI, the Mavic Air 2 is one of the best drones that cost under $800 and one of the lightest on this list. With a flight time of 34 minutes, it has one of the longest flight times and it comes with many of DJI’s innovative features including an upgraded obstacle avoidance system and an incredible transmission range of 10 km. The drone is equipped with an amazing HD camera that has a 1/2-inch sensor with a 24mm lens and a fixed f/2.8 aperture. The camera can capture images in both RAW and JPEG at 12MP and 48MP with its super-resolution feature. Videos can be recorded in 4k at 60fps and comes with HDR support for capturing more colour details. Other features include an improved obstacle avoidance system, autonomous flight modes and Quickshot mode to easily capture cinematic footage.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2-inch sensor with  24mm lens with 84° FOV
    • Fixed f/2.8 aperture
    • 12MP and 48MP images
    • Multiple photography modes including AEB timed & panorama
    • ISO Photo – 100- 3200 (Auto), 100-6400 (Manual)
    • ISO Video – 100- 6400
    • Records video footage in 4K at 60fps, 2.7k at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps
    • 120Mbps
    • HDR support for images & videos
    • D-Cinelike colour profile
    • Smart flight modes
    • Automatic return to home
    • 34 minutes of flight time
    • 10km control range

5. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

drones with the longest flight timeThe DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a gorgeous looking drone and is the successor to the hugely popular original Mavic. The Mavic 2 Pro has some impressive features which include its HD camera that comes with a 1-inch sensor, the first foldable drone that came equipped with a sensor this large. The camera has a 28mm lens with an adjustable aperture and a FOV of 77°. Its stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal and can capture HD images in 20MP and record 4k video footage at 30fps. The camera can capture HDR videos thanks to its 10-bit D-log M colour profile and capture different types of panorama photography The drone comes with a flight time of 31 minutes and a transmission range of 10km. There is a slightly different version of the Mavic 2 Pro called the Mavic 2 Zoom, it comes with a camera that has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and captures images on 12MP and records videos in 4k.

 

Key Features

    • 1-inch sensor with 28mm lens & 77° FOV
    •  F/2.8-f/11 adjustable aperture
    • 20MP images
    • AEB, burst, interval photography modes
    • ISO Photo – 100-3200 (Auto), 100-12800 (Manual)
    • ISO Video – 100-6400
    • 10-bit Dlog M for HDR videos
    • Hasselblad Natural Colour Technology
    • Records 4k videos at 30fps,2.7k at 60fps
    • 100Mbps
    • Smart flight modes
    • Obstacle avoidance technology
    • 31 minutes of flight time
    • 10km transmission range

6. DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2

drones with the longest flight timeThe Phantom 4 Pro V2 is one of DJI’s most advanced drones, it is a drone that is suitable for professional use and is an amazing drone to fly. The drone has a flight time of around 30 minutes which is the longest in the Phantom range and has a transmission range of 8km. It comes with DJI’s innovative OcuSync technology that will allow you to stream live video footage in 1080p at 30fps. The drone’s camera comes with a 1-inch sensor which will allow you to shoot images in 20MP and record 4k video footage The drone also comes with dual GPS modules, 5-way obstacle avoidance technology and intelligent flight modes.

 

Key Features

    • 1-inch sensor  with 24mm lens & 88° FOV
    • F/2.8-f/11 adjustable aperture
    • 20MP images
    • Single, burst, AEB & interval photography modes
    • ISO Photo – 100-3200 (Auto), 100-12800 (Manual)
    • ISO Video – 100- 3200 (Auto0, 100-6400 (Manual)
    • Records 4k videos at 60fps, 2.7k at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps
    • D-log colour profile
    • 100Mbps
    • 5-way obstacle avoidance system
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • 30 minutes of flight time
    • 8km transmission range

7. Parrot Anafi

drones with the longest flight timeThe Anafi foldable drone from Parrot was supposed to challenge the Mavic Pro for drone supremacy, however, like most other challengers to DJI’s crown, it did not catch on with the wider public. This is unfortunate because the Parrot Anafi is a fantastic drone, it has a unique foldable design comes with some advanced features including a 4k camera, a 3-axis gimbal, dual GPS and automatic return home. The drone has a flight time of 25 minutes, which is the shortest on this list, however, it has a superb camera that can record 4k HDR videos at 30fps and take stunning aerial images in 21mp.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2.4-inch sensor 23mm lens & 84° FOV
    • Fixed f/2.4 aperture
    • 21MP images
    • Multiple photography modes
    • Records 4k videos at 30fps
    • ISO Photo/video – 100-3200
    • HDR support for images and videos
    • 100Mbps
    • Lossless zoom
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • 25 minutes of flight time 
    • 4km transmission range

8. DJI Mini 2

drones with the longest flight timeThe DJI Min 2 is probably the best budget-friendly 4k camera drone on this list. It’s a lightweight drone that weighs less than 250 grams and comes with exceptional features, especially for a mini drone. It has a 1/2.3-inch sensor with a 24mm lens, fixed f/2.8 aperture and 83° FOV. The camera captures images in 12MP in both RAW and JPEG formats and can record 4k video footage at 30fps. The Mini 2 has a flight time of 31 minutes, which is very good for a drone that costs less than $500. It has an improved transmission range of 10km and comes with intelligent features such as a Quickshot mode and automatic return to home.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2.3-inch sensor with 24mm lens & 83° FOV
    • Fixed f/2.8 aperture
    • 12MP images 
    • ISO Photo – 100-3200 (Auto & Manual)
    • ISO Video – 100-3200 (Auto & Manual)
    • Records 4k videos at 30fps, 2.7k at 60fps
    • 100Mbps
    • AEB, single-shot & panorama photography modes
    • 5 QuickShot modes
    • 31 minutes of flight time
    • 10km control range

9. DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

drones with the longest flight timeThe drone that made the foldable design the most popular type of consumer drone, the Mavic Pro still remains one of the most popular high-end drones on the market. It also has one of the longest drone flight times at 30 minutes, this is amazing because the drone is a few years old and back then, the best drone flight times were around the 20-minute mark. The original Mavic remains one of my favourite drones, it’s the drone, I believe, that really made DJI stand out from its competition and allowed them to start dominating the consumer drone market. It comes with all of DJI’s innovative features like the 4k camera stabilised by an advanced 3-axis gimbal, obstacle avoidance technology, image tracking technology and a transmission range of 7km.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2.3 inch sensor with 22mm lens & 78.8° FOV
    • Fixed f/2.2 aperture
    • 12MP images
    • Single, burst & AEB photography modes
    • ISO Photo – 100-1600
    • ISO Video – 100- 3200
    • HDR support for images & videos
    • Records 4k videos at 30fps, 2.7k at 30fps
    • 60Mbps
    • Intelligent flight modes
    • 30 minutes of flight time
    • Obstacle avoidance system
    • 7km transmission range

10. DJI Mavic Mini

drones with the longest flight timeThis is DJI’s lowest cost high-end drone, it’s an amazing drone that weighs less than 250g and when folded up, it fits in the palm of your hands. This is probably the best drone to travel with, despite its size and weight, the drone comes with many of the advanced features that DJI drones are known for. It has a flight time of 30 minutes, comes with an amazing 2.7k camera that is stabilised by a 3-axis motorised gimbal for distortion-free crystal-clear videos and photos. DJI even developed a stand-alone app for the Mavic Mini that will allow you to fly the drone hands-free via its QuickShot mode and capture short cinematic video footage. The app also allows you to edit and enhance your videos and share them on your social media accounts.

 

Key Features

    • 1/2.3-inch sensor with 24mm lens & 83° FOV
    • Fixed f/2.8 aperture
    • 12MP images
    • Single shot & interval photography modes
    • ISO Photo – 100-1600 (Auto), 100-3200 (Manual)
    • ISO Video – 100 – 3200 (Auto & Manual)
    • Records videos in 2.7k at 30fps
    • 40Mbps
    • 4 QuickShot mode to easily capture cinematic videos
    • 30 minutes of flight time
    • 4km transmission range