• Capable
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    DJI Mavic Air

    (9.4)
    $799.00 BUY
    • 21 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 42.5 - MPH
    • 2 - MILES
    The DJI Mavic Air was DJI's response to those that loved the features of the Mavic Pro, but did not want to go as small...
  • Compact
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    DJI Spark

    (8.2)
    $499.00 BUY
    • 16 - MIN
    • 1080p - 30 FPS
    • 31 - MPH
    • 1.2 - MILES
    Introduced in 2017, the compact DJI Spark impressed with hand gesture controls, Quickshot flight modes and a decent camera for the price.
  • Racer
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    UVify OOri

    (9.0)
    $349.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • Basic FPV
    • 50 - MPH
    • 500 - ft
    The UVify OOri is a fantastic drone for aspiring race pilots. It is stable and manageable in the living room, but can also run up...
  • Voice
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    Yuneec Mantis G

    (9.2)
    $699.00 BUY
    • 33 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 45 - MPH
    • 2.43 - MILES
    The Yuneec Mantis G adds a stabilized camera Gimbal to the Mantis Q - exactly the missing piece from the original folding drone. Now you...
  • Hubsan H111

    (8.2)
    $18.00 BUY
    • 5 - Minutes
    • No camera
    • 7 - MPH
    • 150 - ft
    The Hubsan H111 is one of the best nano drones for flying around the house. It is a tiny machine that fits in the palm...

We have reached a point where new drones are easily categorized in several ways, by size, weight, capability and more. In this list, we’re going to explore some of the best mini drones – compact flying machines that may not be as budget friendly as our nano drones list. These machines span a wide range of styles and capabilities, we’re sure at least one will appeal to you.

With many small drones to choose from, we’re trying to find that sweet spot between nano and machines large enough to require FAA registration. It’s a difficult target, as you’ll see more than a few are still above that 0.55 lb mark, but not by much.

Best mini drones


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Nano drones

We respect that many of you may have landed on this mini drones list looking for nano drones. You were not wrong to do so, we just mostly keep them somewhere else. Simple enough, you are but a click away from viewing our best nano drones list.


Capable

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.

Compact

DJI Spark

May 2017

Release Date

The DJI Spark introduced a brand new segment for the drone company, launching a tiny machine that packs more fun features than powerful specs. This drone had everyone talking about the Jedi mind tricks you can play with the machine, using the front camera and object detection to accept hand gestures for some basic controls. All of these fun flight features made for a focus on two other features, the ability to fly without a remote control in hand and making you the object of the flight.

The DJI Spark is small enough to easily pack around wherever you might like to go. It's powerful enough to combat some decent winds and the 12MP camera can snap some fun photographs. While the camera may have a 4K sensor on the inside, it only records 1080p video. The HD video resolution allows the use of the extra pixels for image stabilization. The Spark mechanically stabilizes two-axis of movement, using the sensor cropping to handle side-to-side image stabilization. Admitting that this makes for some of the worst video capture from a DJI drone in the last 5 years, we can't deny that that is still pretty good, and the compact nature and low price of the drone make it well worth consideration.

Check out the DJI Spark alone, or look into the Fly More combo to get extra batteries, a controller, accessories, a case and more.

Racer

UVify OOri

January 2018

Release Date

UVify has a rich history in drone racing. They understand that the future racers need to start somewhere, developing the UVify OOri as a fantastic beginner's race drone. Slow and stable for practicing in your living room, this machine can open up to over 50MPH when you want to win a race. Agile, light-weight and fast, the UVify OOri is great for beginners on a budget.

There may be less expensive beginner drones out there, but if quality is of concern to you, the UVify OOri for $295 is hard to beat in the segment.

Toy-class

Hubsan H502S Desire

August 2016

Release Date

At launch, the Hubsan H502S Desire was one of the very best toy-class drones that Hubsan produced. It rocks basic GPS and flight features like a follow-me mode. The little drone still has brushed motors, which is a clear distinction in the Hubsan line between their low and high-end models, the higher end models have brushless motors. Don't hold this against the H502S, it may not be as fast or battery efficient as the brushed models, but it still flies very stable, holds a hover quite well and the FPV through the 720p camera gives you that fun flight experience.

You can get into the Hubsan H502S Desire for around $100 today, that's approaching half of its initial price at launch.

Voice

Yuneec Mantis G

October 2019

Release Date

The Yuneec Mantis G is everything we had hoped for in the original Mantis Q. We can't see the difference between these drones, save for the new stabilized camera Gimbal. Superb flight time, easy controls, voice activated features, a compact design that folds small for transport and a 4K camera all sound good to us.

Yuneec understands they have stiff competition in this portion of the drone market. They build mostly for the commercial space, but fun drones like the Mantis line and larger Typhoon hexacopters have a tough battle. The Mantis G is a leap forward for the company. We had a hard time recommending the Mantis Q to users that cared about shooting video, now we can put the DJI Mavic 2 drones and this new Mantis G in the same sentence.

Based on price and camera sensor size, the Yuneec Mantis G best competes with the DJI Mavic Air, which is to say it is a viable option for hobby pilots looking for a reliable drone to fly.

The Yuneec Mantis G will be $699 at launch in October 2019.

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Voice

Yuneec Mantis Q

August 2018

Release Date

The Yuneec Mantis Q is an easy drone to get excited about, it packs a slim, folding form-factor, it flies for longer than most drones on the market, it has DJI Mavic Air level specifications and it has a cool trick, voice commands. We must admit, the long list of flight features and modes exceeded our needs of a drone, but the things we asked it to do, it did very well. 33 minutes of flight time allows for a lot of action in the air, the voice control features make for a good time as well.

We understand that this is a first generation of the product, we really like it, but the camera is not stabilized. It's obvious that this drone was made for pilots, not for photographers. That about sums up our opinion of the machine: if you are looking for a fun drone to fly, the Mantis Q is fantastic, if you are looking for a flying camera, this isn't the drone you're looking for.

Check out the Yuneec Mantis Q for about $450 on Amazon, down from its original $499 price at launch.

Nano

Hubsan H111

2014

Release Date

One of our favorite drones for flying around the house is the tiny Hubsan H111. This is an entry level toy drone that usually sells for around $20. It flies quite well, all things considered, and is a superb machine to practice on during the winter months or before you dive into a larger machine. The built in battery only provides about 5 minute of flight time, there is no camera and no fancy flight features, it's a raw flight experience - which is what we love about it.

It's not lost on us that it comes in Drone Rush colors as well, thank you Hubsan!

Check out the Hubsan H111 for about $18 today.

Race

Walkera Rodeo 110

January 2017

Release Date

Walkera makes some fun racing drones. One of the best is the tiny Walkera Rodeo 110. Make no mistake, this machine is not the fastest or most agile or powerful around, it's just a solid offering for a small starter racing drone. You'll want a larger machine, and likely to build your own custom machine from the ground up, if you want to go pro, but a few of these booting around the backyard is great fun.

All the basics are covered in this little racing drone, so check out the Walkera Rodeo 110 for $170 today.

Toy

Hubsan H107

September 2014

Release Date

Getting into the toy range here, the Hubsan H107 is a series of drones, one of the main models is the Hubsan H107L. These are fairly entry level drones, great for those learning to fly or that are not in need of a robust machine to take to the skies. Also great for those with very little time on their hands, this little drone has no camera, cannot carry the GoPro and has battery enough for about 5-10 minutes of flight, depending on how you push it.

We all have to start somewhere, and the Hubsan H107L for about $30 sounds like a smart price to do so.


Parrot Mambo

Also seen in our Best drones for kids and Parrot drones guide

Parrot has many small drones in the toy-class segment, including the Mambo. Mambo is the size of machine that carries around sticky notes or cubes of sugar. It is larger than the nano drones we’ve looked at before, but not by much. This is a fun toy with optional clamp and toy ball launcher.

Check out the Parrot Mambo from $49 on Amazon today.


Hubsan Q4 H111D

Candidate for Best nano drones list

The plain Hubsan H111 is one of our top picks in the nano drone space, but the updated Q4 H111D with FPV camera is a little larger and a whole lot more capable. Specifically, they’ve added headless mode and the camera is just a little 280p shooter, but for FPV flying on the 4.3-inch display in the remote control, that’s good enough.

Check out the Hubsan Q4 H111D FPV for $55 on Amazon today.


 

That’s all we have for today folks, thank you for joining us on this exploration of mini drones. Larger than the nano drones out there, and certainly not lacking in features, we think you can find great value in many of these flying options.

What is your favorite mini drone?