There are a number of benefits to buying a folding drone. For many of us, there is more to the flying experience of drones than just the actual flying experience. Getting a drone to and from your launch site can be difficult with larger machines, keeping things small or folding them down for portability can help.

  • 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 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,...
  • 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...
  • Yuneec Typhoon H Plus

    (9.4)
    $1,899.00 BUY
    • 28 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 30 - MPH
    • 1 - MILE
    The hexacopter design of the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus offers a reliable and smooth flight experience for the attached 20mp camera.
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    Yuneec H520

    (9.1)
    $1,999.00+ BUY
    • 28 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 38 - MPH
    • 1 - MILE
    Yuneec's reliable hexacopter hardened for the commercial market, the Yuneec H520 is ready for your inspection tasks and more.

You may think of small drones when you think folding, and we wouldn’t blame you, but many large drones fold down as well. We’ll split the list into backpack-sized and smaller drones and then the larger machines. With that, this is our list of the best folding drones.

 

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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.

 

Why do drones fold?

I suspect you’ll skip over this paragraph, but for those that are not sure, there is only one major reason for drones to fold, for portability. We imagine folding could be a self-preservation technique for a drone that drops from the sky, but as it sits, reducing the overall size for transportation purposes appears the only commonly designed reason to fold.

Before you begin: Know the drone laws in your area

As always, it is important to understand safety and know a little about flying before you take to the sky. For the beginner or the seasoned pilot, here is our quick list of important things to know before you fly your favorite drone. Yes, before anything else, you’ll probably have to register your drone with the FAA before you fly.

 

Best folding drones

1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Best consumer drones

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.

 

2. DJI Air 2S

DJI Air 2S: 5.4K video for under $1,000

5.4K video

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.

3. DJI Mini 2

DJI Mini 2: Best 4K camera under $500

Mini

DJI Mini 2

November 2020

Release Date

The original DJI Mavic Mini was a very important machine for the consumer hobby drone market. The DJI Mini 2 is the next generation of super-compact camera drone, it's a solid improvement over the original Mini, especially in terms of the camera and flight capabilities. You still get a sub-250 gram drone, but now get a 4K camera, vastly improved connectivity, a more durable design, and more power.

The newer 1/2.3-inch sensor produces 12MP stills, and 4K video at 30 fps and 100Mbps data rate. For some, the most exciting update is lossless zoom. With up to 4X zoom, you can safely fly at distance from your subject, perfect for those pet photos or t