We have a theory about the current state of the drone market: there are some great machines at lower prices, but you really start to get into the best of the bunch when you visit a list like this one here today. After exploring some of the least expensive drones on the market, and bumping things up to the $500 range, it’s now time to get serious about quadcopter shopping. Join us for our list of the best drones under $1000.

  • Air 2
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    DJI Mavic Air 2

    (9.6)
    $799.00 BUY
    • 34 - MIN
    • 4K - 60 FPS
    • 42.5 - MPH
    • 6.2 - MILES
    The DJI Mavic Air 2 is the first "air" to look like a Mavic drone. It's the perfect midway between the Mini and larger Mavic...
  • PowerEgg
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    PowerVision PowerEgg X

    (8.5)
    $899.00 $799.00+ BUY
    • 30 - MIN
    • 4K - 60 FPS
    • 40 - MPH
    • 3.7 - MILES
    The PowerVision PowerEgg X is a camcorder and waterproof drone all in one. Fly in the rain, remove the shell to add some flight time,...
  • Phantom
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    DJI Phantom 4

    (8.7)
    $999.00 $850.00 BUY
    • 28 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 45 - MPH
    • 3.1 - MILES
    One of the shortest lived Phantom drones, the DJI Phantom 4 was a solid bridge between the Phantom 3 and the much more capable Phantom...
  • Typhoon
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    Yuneec Typhoon H

    (8.0)
    $1,199.00 $949.00 BUY
    • 25 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 43.5 - MPH
    • 1 - MILE
    The Typhoon H was the initial folding retail hexacopter from Yuneec. This capable machine matched the Phantom drones at launch for camera quality and flight...
  • Mini 2
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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...

At this price point, we’ve moved beyond toy class drones and the majority of FPV racers, we’re now looking at the lower-end of the camera drones. These are the entry level drones for those looking to capture those epic aerial photos and video. Let’s dive in.

Best drones under $1000

Things to know before you fly


Air 2

DJI Mavic Air 2

May 2020

Release Date

The DJI Mavic Air 2 drone is more than just a successor to the original Mavic Air, it's more of a transition from its own form-factor into a true Mavic drone. The Mavic Air 2 maintains its place as a mid-tier drone in DJI's lineup. In terms of size, price, and capability, the Mavic Air 2 sits almost perfectly in between the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2 series drones.

In the same way that the Mavic Air stepped up the camera game for small drones, the Mavic Air 2 is an exciting update in the camera department as well. You're looking at a new 1/2-inch sensor that shoots 12MP stills, but does so from a 48MP sensor! You can capture 48MP stills as well, but the 12MP shots are better, using pixel binning managed by Quad Bayer technology. Photos are great, but the new 4K video capture at 60fps, and a data bit rate of 120Mbps, are more exciting to many users.

Check out the DJI Mavic Air 2 for a starting price of $799 for the base package, $988 for the Fly More combo at launch in May 2020.

Air

DJI Mavic Air

January 2018

Release Date

DJI found great success with the Mavic Pro, they followed that up with the far less expensive Spark. The Mavic Air bridges the gap between these two, offering all the fun features from the smaller Spark as well as all the pro flight features of the Mavic Pro. Better yet, the Mavic Air introduced a 100Mbps data rate for video capture on a DJI drone under $1500. That sounds like a mouthful, suffice to say that the Mavic Air instantly took the crown for the best video at the lowest price of any drone on the market.

As with many DJI drones, the Mavic Air comes in two main purchasing options, you can buy the drone alone or upgrade to the Fly More bundle to get extra batteries, a carry case and more.

After the launch of the Mavic 2 series of drones, we had to recommend the newer Mavic line as the best camera on a compact drone, but the Mavic Air still remains our top pick if ultimate portability is your concern. The Mavic Air manages to pack down to almost fit comfortably in your pocket.

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