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Your best bet for flying a drone during the winter months, or during this new quarantine world, is to stick with something that’s easy to fly, operates smoothly and slowly, and, perhaps, is nice and small. Of course, cold air makes for great flight, and large indoor areas are super for racing drones, but if you just want some practice on the sticks in your living room, perhaps we have a solution for you.

Want to fly in your living room, without mom or your spouse yelling at you, too much? Yeah you do, here are some indoor drones for you.

Jonathan Feist, Drone PilotJonathan 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.

 

Overall, the best drones to fly indoors are so small that they can’t hurt you if they hit you, nor cause damage to the wall, if nothing else. The best nano drones easily fit in the palm of your hand, and have tiny propellers that will either spin on the motor shaft or bend when they contact something. We’re not saying they’re totally safe, but they are safe enough to give a try.

Remember, you can legally fly any drone indoors, but there are drone laws to follow the instant you head outside

Best indoor drones

1. Hubsan H111: Nano drone

Hubsan H111: Nano drone

Hubsan H111 nano drone in hand

The Hubsan H111 is our top pick for an indoor drone, partially because it is one of the smallest and safest machines you can get your hands on, partially because it’s super fun to fly, and great for almost any pilot. The tiny little battery contains enough juice to fly for about 5 minutes per charge, the the craft is resilient enough to take a few bumps. The H111 has basic trim level settings, but it offers no flight assist features, no GPS, no camera, and is best flown indoors.

Should I buy the Hubsan H111?

I often buy this drone for new pilots, particularly children, as it is safe and easy to fly, but it’s also tough to master, so it can grow with the pilot for a while. I also often fly my own H111 here in the office, it’s just good fun, and totally safe if I crash into the wall, or into my studio equipment. If you’re not getting my point, yes, the H111 is a easy recommendation for your money.

Pros

  • Super small and safe
  • Easy to fly, but tough to master
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Not great for outside
  • Tough for young pilots to master
 

Hubsan H111

(8.2)
  • 5 - Minutes
  • No camera
  • 7 - MPH

2. DJI Mavic Mini: Most affordable camera drone

DJI Mavic Mini: Most affordable camera drone

DJI Mavic Mini review case open angle battery

The DJI Mavic Mini is the most affordable DJI drone out there, and the smallest. If you want an indoor drone that also has a decent camera, GPS, vision-assisted safety features, and the ability to fly far and fast, the Mavic Mini is tough to beat. The 2.7K camera is outdone but most all other camera drones, the range is smaller than many other drones as well, but this is about as good and affordable as you can get for something that also flies indoors with ease.

Should I buy the DJI Mavic Mini?

If all you want to do is fly indoors for fun, the Mavic Mini might be overkill. We’re not really recommending this drone as an indoor drone, we’re just saying that it’s a capable and affordable little drone that would also be safe enough to fly indoors. If you are considering this recommendation, also check out the DJI Mini 2, which is basically the same airframe, but has plenty of worthy upgrades for a little larger price.

Pros

  • Good 2.7K camera
  • Easy and fun to fly
  • Very portable

Cons

  • Not specifically an indoor drone
  • Overkill if all you want is a toy
 

DJI Mavic Mini

(9.0)
  • 30 - Minutes
  • 2.7K - 12MP
  • 29 - MPH

3. Ryze Tello: Accessible, fun, and educational

Ryze Tello: Accessible, fun, and educational

Ryze Tello Iron Man Edition

The Ryze Tello is an affordable little toy drone. While there are more affordable toys available, few offer the same capabilities in terms of the camera, various flight modes, and particularly in the ability to incorporate educational tasks. For instance, you can sit at a computer to code a few flight routines for the Tello to follow. Fun.

Should I buy the Ryze Tello?

Please don’t confuse Tello for a camera drone, it’s just a little camera for FPV purposes, otherwise, Tello offers solid safety features for indoor flight, and it’s powerful and fun enough to enjoy outdoors as well.

Pros

  • Small and fun
  • Educational

Cons

  • Controller optional
 

Ryze Tello

(8.4)
  • 13 - Minutes
  • 720p - 30FPS
  • 18 - MPH

4. DJI Mini 2: Least expensive 4K drone on the market

DJI Mini 2: Least expensive 4K drone on the market

DJI Mini 2 front camera angle

The DJI Mini 2 takes the original Mavic Mini and makes it so much better. They share the majority of their airframe, with the same size and weight, but the newer drone offers more flight range, a bigger 4K camera, and a few other upgrades that justify the extra price.

Should I buy the DJI Mini 2?

If you are interested in a little DJI drone, we absolutely recommend the DJI Mini 2 over the earlier model, the extended range and bigger camera alone are worth it, but, for flying indoors, they are practically the same, so you might save some cash on the older unit.

Pros

  • Best drone under $500
  • Best 4K camera under $500
  • Good range
  • Fast and fun to fly
  • Very portable

Cons

  • No specifically an indoor drone
  • Overkill if all you want is a toy
 

DJI Mini 2

(9.4)
  • 31 - Minutes
  • 4K - 12MP
  • 36 - MPH

November 2020

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5. DJI Robomaster Tello Talent: Robotics education

DJI Robomaster Tello Talent: Robotics education

DJI Robomaster TT Tello Talent

The DJI Robomaster TT (Tello Talent) is DJI’s take on the Tello drone. The aircraft itself is mostly unchanged, but the new connection ports, accessories, and ways that you can modify and tweak the drone make it ideal for the classroom. DJI wants you to learn robotics on this drone, and hey, it flies, so we’re fans.

Should I buy the DJI Robomaster TT?

We don’t want to discourage you, but if you are not looking to get into robotics, if you don’t want to have fun learning about how to make things fly, and what you can make that flying equipment do while it’s overhead, the TT is not worth it. 

Pros

  • Educational drone
  • Learn robotics
  • Fun and easy to fly
  • Code your own flight patterns

Cons

  • Expensive for a toy