When the first drones hit the retail market, they were best flown outdoors, the higher and faster the better. As cameras got better, and the drones began to hover with amazing precision, close up photography became possible. Even newer drones offer zoom on the cameras, making many drones even more viable for snapping your photo.

DJI Air 2S

Quadcopters were then built smaller and smarter, to the point they could be stored in your pocket, flown indoors without worry of a crash and are getting their selfie game on. That is, they’re allowing you to get your selfie game on. Here are some of the best selfie drones on the market today.

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1. DJI Air 2S: Best value high-end camera drone

DJI Air 2S: Best value high-end camera drone

The DJI Air 2S is simply the best camera drone under $1,000. Rocking 5.4K video recording, 8X zoom, and 20MP still photo capture, it’s also one of the very best consumer-grade camera drones on the market. The superb camera, solid auto-hover, and next-gen flight and safety features make this an ideal drone for close up work, while the 8X zoom allows you to be even safer, keeping the drone a bit further away as you capture your media.

Should I buy the DJI Air 2S?

The DJI Air 2S is our top pick for a consumer camera drone. We think you should buy it if you want to capture photos and video from the sky without breaking the bank. It’s fast, fun, and easy to fly, and we love the new connectivity range, seriously, 7.5 miles is a long way. Since we can’t legally fly that far, we’re just happy with the rock-solid connectivity at closer range. We have yet to see a hiccup or stutter in the HD live video transmission.

Pros

  • Easy to fly
  • Superb 5.4K camera
  • 20MP and 8X zoom
  • Newest DJI safety and flight features

Cons

  • Lacks safety features from higher-end drones
  • No display in the remote

DJI Air 2S

(9.8)
  • 31 - MIN
  • 5.4K - 20MP
  • 42.5 - MPH

April 15, 2021

Release Date

2. DJI Mini 2: Best bang-for-the-buck

DJI Mini 2: Best bang-for-the-buck

DJI Mini 2 flying angle sky

Drone Rush RecommendsThe DJI Mini 2 is the kind of drone most pilots should consider. It’s not the best camera drone around, nor is it ideal for indoor flight, but if you have a $500 budget there is absolutely no competition. The 4K camera is silky smooth, connectivity is solid enough with decent range, and it’s strong enough to have some fun in the sky.

Should I buy the DJI Mini 2?

If you want a solid starter camera drone, or are looking for a fun drone that easily packs in your backpack, we can’t think of a better machine. the Mini 2 isn’t just good for the money, it’s a fun drone that we enjoy to fly. We think you’ll get a lot of user from this drone, at least until you get hooked on the hobby and desire the best of the best.

Pros

  • Fun
  • Affordable
  • Solid 4K camera
  • Easy to fly
  • Weighs under 250g
  • Very portable

Cons

  • Too small for bigger payloads
  • No display in the controller
  • Camera is not as good as larger 4K drone

DJI Mini 2

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

November 2020

Release Date

3. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom: Best zooming lens

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom: Best zooming lens

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom front angle

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is one of the largest Mavic drones on the market, but also one of the safest with one of the best zooming cameras around. The combination of optical and digital zoom make for great image quality from afar, which is what makes it a solid selfie drone. The last thing you want to do with a drone is compromise your safety, the Mavic 2 Zoom lets you keep the drone at a safe distance and still capture all the action.

Should I buy the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom?

While the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom remains one of the best DJI drones on the market, we are hesitant to recommend it due to its age. Launched in 2018, we can’t but expect a new model to launch relatively soon, and we’re seeing nearly as good of camera results from machines half the price. Still worth it if you ignore those external factors, I enjoy flying mine from time to time.

Pros

  • Great camera with 8X zoom
  • Display in remote
  • Good connectivity range
  • Great battery life
  • Large and powerful enough for payloads

Cons

  • Older drone
  • A little expensive for the camera output
  • Heavier drone

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

(9.5)
  • 31 - MIN
  • 4K - 30 FPS
  • 44 - MPH

4. DJI Mavic Air 2: Best balance of camera for price

DJI Mavic Air 2: Best balance of camera for price

DJI Mavic Air 2 package

The DJI Mavic Air 2 launched as a machine that broke the rules. It was smaller and less expensive than drones with similar camera capabilities, was able to keep up with great battery life and enough power to scoot along at higher speeds. Plus, it offered a new remote control. The Air 2 was a leading recommendation for hobby pilots, all the way up until the Mavic Mini and the Air 2S launched. The Air 2 remains a great value, but the Mini and Mini 2 are better suited to beginner pilots, and the Air 2S has a far better camera.

Should I buy the DJI Air 2S?

We like the DJI Mavic Air 2, it’s fun and satisfies most of our desires of a hobby camera drone. However, you can get nearly as good of camera results from the less expensive DJI Mini line, and you can get far better camera results from the marginally more expensive Air 2S. We think the Mavic Air 2 is wroth it, but the other drones may better quite your needs.

Pros

  • Solid 4K camera
  • Up to 48MP still images
  • Great flight time
  • Easy to fly
  • Fun

Cons

  • Not as affordable as the Mini for beginners
  • Camera not as good as the Air 2S for the price
  • No display in the remote

Hubsan H111

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

5. DJI Mavic Mini: Very affordable 2.7K drone

DJI Mavic Mini: Very affordable 2.7K drone

DJI Mavic Mini review side logo and remote top

The DJI Mavic Mini is the most affordable DJI camera drone. It rocks a stabilized 2.7K camera, which is the best camera in the sky, but more than enough for some fun selfie shots. The drones is small enough to fly in relatively close range, and easy enough to fly for most pilots new and old.

Should I buy the DJI Mavic Mini?

The DJI Mavic Mini is one of our favorite drones, we fly ours frequently, as it is quiet and easy to get in the sky. Make no mistake, we prefer the Mini 2 if we are more concerned with camera output or are in an area with more interference, but the original Mavic Mini is becoming our go-to drone to use when we are teaching new pilots to fly.

Pros

  • Weighs less than 250g
  • Easy to fly
  • Affordable

Cons

  • A simple aircraft for pilots that want more
  • Limited range
  • Limite