As with every year, the best drones of 2021 that you should consider buying include some of the best machines from previous years. DJI remains a global leader in the market, particularly in the consumer drone segment.

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    DJI Mavic 2 Pro

    (9.7)
    $1,449.00+ BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 44 - MPH
    • 6.2 - MILES
    DJI called the Mavic 2 Pro an iterative update over the original Mavic Pro; It may look like a simple upgrade, but the Mavic 2...
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    DJI Inspire 2

    (9.8)
    $2,999.00+ BUY
    • 27 - Minutes
    • 6K - 30 FPS
    • 58 - MPH
    • 4.3 - MILES
    Generally recognized as one of the best camera drones on the market, the DJI Inspire 2 offers great cameras, superb flight and robust controls for...
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    DJI Mini 2

    (9.4)
    $449.00+ BUY
    • 31 - Minutes
    • 4K - 12MP
    • 36 - MPH
    • 6.2 - Miles
    The DJI Mini 2 is an updated Mavic Mini, now with a 4K camera, Ocusync 2.0, and updated flight features in a package still small...
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    DJI Air 2S

    (9.8)
    $999.00 BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 5.4K - 20MP
    • 42.5 - MPH
    • 7.5 - MILES
    The DJI Air 2S is easily the best camera drone for most uses. The 1-inch sensor produces fantastic images from the sky, and the compact,...
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    DJI Matrice 300 RTK

    (9.6)
    $6,500.00+ BUY
    • 55 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 51.5 - MPH
    • 9.3 - MILES
    The DJI Matrice 300 RTK packs multi-direction obstacle avoidance, advanced airspace awareness and multiple payloads for commercial drone operations.

There are some amazing drones out there, everything from nano machines for the living room pilot, carbon fiber beasts for the commercial market and Hollywood, plus some amazing consumer rigs designed to put a camera into the sky. Here is our short list of the best of the best drones in 2021.

Note: We will update this list every month, or when new drones make the list. DJI launched the DJI Air 2S in April, now the most affordable drone on the market with a 20MP camera and 5.4K video recording.

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Industry update:

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Drone Remote ID went live on April 21, 2021 in the United States. Drone manufacturers have a few months before all drones for sale must have built-in ID broadcast. Pilots have until October 21, 2021 to uprgade or replace their existing fleet with Remote ID transmitters.

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Jonathan Feist, Drone Pilot
Jonathan Feist

Why trust Drone Rush?

I’ve been a fan of flight since a young age; while I’ve had few opportunities at the helm of manned aircraft, the hours on my fleet of drones continue to grow. I enjoy putting cameras into the sky, silky smooth aerial imagery makes me happy. My goal is to help all pilots enjoy flight legally and safely.

 

 

Best drones

Let’s explore the best drones on the market today!

1. DJI Air 2S

DJI Air 2S: Best value camera drone

Air 2S

DJI Air 2S

April 15, 2021

Release Date

As a follow-up in the Air series, the DJI Air 2S is the camera lovers' dream update to the DJI Mavic Air 2. The primary enhancement is a big 1-inch camera sensor. At 20MP, the Air 2S goes toe-to-toe with the larger DJI Mavic 2 Pro, but is a smaller and more affordable drone that is almost three years newer.

The Air 2S is also better equipped for high-speed operations. DJI proved with the DJI FPV that top-mounted obstacle avoidance sensors are beneficial when the drone is in full-tilt forward movement.

The DJI Air 2S starts at $999, with a $1,299 Fly More combo.

Note: We will adjust the purchase links and some of the specifications shortly after the official product launch, please forgive any errors below.

2. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Best overall consumer-grade drone

Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

August 2018

Release Date

Introduced in August of 2018, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro instantly became the best consumer-class folding drone that DJI had to offer. A marked upgrade over the original Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro rocks a 1-inch camera sensor for 4K video capture at 100Mbps, multi-direction obstacle avoidance sensors for some of the safest drone flight possible, and much more. OcuSync 2.0 enhances connectivity to the remote control and other accessories, now able to transmit 1080p live stream video well beyond the legal line-of-sight.

With an initial launch price of $1449, plus another $319 to get the Fly More kit with extra batteries, there is a barrier to entry with this machine, but if the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is within your budget, we think you will not be disappointed.

 

3. DJI Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2: Best professional drone

Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2