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.

If you intend to use these drones for professional use, you will also need a drone license, information on how to obtain a drone license can usually be found on the website of the government department that regulates civil aviation.

So, these are the best drones with the longest flight time in 2020.

10 Best Drones With The Longest Flight Time

#1. Autel Evo 2

Surprised to see DJI not topping a top of the range drone list? Yeah, so was I, although maybe I shouldn’t have been because Autel is one of DJI’s main rivals. The Autel Evo 2 is the best drone with the longest flight time, it has an official flight time of 40 minutes and control range of 9km. The long flight time is not the only feature that sets this drone apart from its competitors, it also boasts the world’s first 8k camera on a drone. It can shoot amazing 48mp 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. Other features include 4* lossless zoom, 5-way obstacle avoidance system, intelligent flight modes and image tracking technology.

Key Features

  • 40 minutes of flight time
  • 8k camera
  • 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • Image tracking technology
  • Automatic return home
  • Obstacle avoidance technology
  • 9km transmission range

#2. Mavic Air 2

One of the most beautifully designed drones from DJI, the Mavic Air 2 is one of the most advanced drones and one of the lightest on this list. With a flight time of 34 minutes, it is DJI’s drone with the longest flight time and it comes with all of DJI’s innovative features including an upgraded obstacle avoidance system and an incredible transmission range of 18 km. With the updated OcuSync technology it can live-stream HD video footage from 10km, record 4k footage at 60fps and shoot amazing still images at 48mp. If you are a frequent traveller and looking for a portable, lightweight drone with an amazing flight time and professional camera, the Mavic Air 2 is for you.

Key Features

  • 34 minutes of flight time
  • 4k camera
  • 48mp still images
  • 4-way obstacle avoidance technology
  • Smart flight modes
  • OcuSync 2.0 technology
  • 18km transmission range

#3. Hubsan Zino 2

Until a few years ago, Hubsan were known for their low-cost high-quality drones, that is until they released the Hubsan Zino a couple of years ago. The Hubsan Zino 2 is the latest drone in the Zino range and it is one of the best drones under $500, it’s a well-designed foldable drone that comes with a flight time of 33 minutes which is better than some of the more expensive DJI drones on this list. It comes with a 4k camera that is capable of recording at 60fps and comes with its own dedicated video processing chip from Ambarella that will make sure that the videos are of the highest quality. It also has an image sensor from Sony that can shoot still images in 12mp and you attach different ND filters on the lens. With the assistance of dual GPS, you can fly the drone in several autonomous flight modes and it also has an automatic return home feature that will minimise the risks of losing the drone.

 

Key Features

  • 33 Minutes of flight time
  • 4k camera
  • 12mp still images
  • Can attach ND filters
  • Dual GPS
  • Ambarella video processing chip
  • 8m transmission range

#4. DJI Mavic 2

The successor to the hugely popular Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 comes with some amazing features and there are actually 2 versions of this drone. The Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom, both have the same flight time of 31 minutes and both are gorgeous looking drones. The differences are mainly in their cameras, the Pro version comes with a camera that is engineered by Hasselblad, it can shoot image sin 20mp and record video footage in 4k. The Mavic 2 Zoom also comes with a 4k camera, it can shoot 12mp still images and has a 4* lossless zoom feature allowing you to get up and close to your subject matter without moving the drone. The drone also comes with obstacle avoidance technology and live stream video footage in 1080p from a distance of 8km. A great drone and perfect for professional photographers.

 

Key Features

  • 31 Minutes of flight time
  • 4k camera
  • 2* Optical Zoom
  • 20mp images
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Image tracking technology
  • 8km transmission range

#5. Mavic Pro Platinum

The 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

  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 4k camera
  • 12mp images
  • Advanced 3-axis gimbal
  • Smart flight modes
  • Automatic return home
  • 7km transmission range

#6. DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2

The DJI Phantom range of drones was one of the most popular consumer drone range until most of them were discontinued, although you can still purchase them from online retailers like eBay and Amazon. The 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. The drone also comes with dual GPS modules, 4-way obstacle avoidance technology and intelligent flight modes.

 

Key Features

  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 4k/60fps camera
  • 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 20mp still images
  • Obstacle avoidance technology
  • Gesture control technology
  • OcuSyn 2.0 technology

#7. Autel Evo

When DJI first released the Mavic drone, there were a lot of copycats that followed but none of them came close to design and technology that came within the Mavic. That is until Autel Robotics developed the Evo drone. It may have failed in the popularity contest but it sure does stack up well when it comes to the features it comes with. The Autel Evo has a flight time of 30 minutes, comes with a 4k camera that is capable of recording at 60fps and shoot 12mp images. It also comes with autonomous flight modes, dual GPS and the remote controller has its own LOED screen for FPV. A great drone for travel photographers.

Key Features

  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 4k/60fps
  • 12mp still images
  • Smart flight modes
  • Automatic return home
  • Obstacle avoidance system
  • 8km transmission range

#8. DJI Mavic Mini

This 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 and also edit your videos and images and share them with family and friends.

Key Features

  • 30 minutes of flight time
  • 2.7k/30fps camera
  • 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Quick shots
  • Advanced drone app
  • 4km transmission range

#9. Parrot Anafi

The 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

  • 25 minutes of flight time
  • 4k/30fps camera
  • 12mp
  • 2.8* lossless zoom
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Dual GPS
  • 4km transmission range

#10. DJI Mavic Air

The Mavic Air is the last on this list with a flight time of 21 minutes, its an amazing drone from DJI and is one of the best drones to travel with thanks to its stunning compact and lightweight design. The Mavic Air comes with a 4k camera that is capable of recording at 30fps and can shoot still images in HDR with its 12mp sensor. The camera is stabilised by an advanced 3-axis mechanical gimbal which will make sure that the videos and images are of professional quality and free from any distortion. The drone also comes with intelligent flight modes and a feature called quick shots that will allow you to take professional photos with little effort.

Key Features

  • 21 minutes of flight time
  • 4k camera
  • 12mp images
  • Mechanical gimbal stabilisation
  • Autonomous flight modes
  • 4km transmission range
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