Mini drones are great for everyone from rank beginners to the most experienced users. New pilots can learn to fly with these tiny vehicles while flying aces might want to challenge themselves by weaving around obstacles indoors. Many of them fly excellently inside as well. We set out to make a best mini drone ranking by taking a look at their price range, features, general quality and what other users thought of them so we could suggest the best little drones we found.
5 Best Mini Drones Overview
|Drone Name||Camera Type||Video Resolution||Number of Rotors||Flight Time||Remote Control Type||Amazon Rating||Our Rating|
|1. Kidcia RC Quadcopter||FPV||0.3MP||4||10 min.||Android and iOS App||4 stars||4.5 stars|
|2. Yipa 3D Flip Mini RC Drone||Not installed||N/A||4||5 min.||Dual stick||3.5 stars||4 stars|
|3. JJRC H36 Mini RC Quadcopter||Not installed||N/A||4||3 min.||Dual stick with 6-axis control||4 stars||4 stars|
|4. Holy Stone HS170 Predator||Not installed||N/A||4||8 min.||Dual stick||4 stars||3.5 stars|
|5. Bangcool Mini RC Drone||Not installed||N/A||4||8 min.||Dual stick mini controller||4 stars||3.5 stars|
10. Mokasi Mini Pocket Drone Specs & Features
The Mokasi pocket drone is probably the best mini drone that uses six propellers currently on the market. The flashing LED lights coupled with the aerobatic controller make it a breeze to fly indoors or outdoors even when it’s dark. The 120mAh battery holds enough juice for about three minutes of flight. You usually see these listed around $20 or so.
- Flashing LED lights
- Headless mode eliminates most aircraft adjustments
- 360° roll tricks are easy to execute
- Awkward controller design
- Short battery life
9. Successory FY804 Nano Specs & Features
The Successory Nano drone has a special LED light for night tracking, but this adds almost nothing to the weight. It’s easy to fly this tiny drone that shouldn’t run you more than maybe $25 if even that. Headless design means you can fly this drone inside and outside without making many adjustments. You can fly it for around four or five minutes on a charge.
- Extremely low weight
- Very easy-to-use controller
- Can do many tricks
- Can suffer from interference when used with other drones
- Throw to fly parts must always be kept clean
8. GoolRC Mini Quadcopter Specs & Features
For around $50 you get a Wi-Fi FPV transmitted with a video camera from the GoolRC mini-drone kit. While the company claims that it’s the smallest RC quadcopter in its class, the camera has to suffer some downgrade in quality as a result. You should still get around five minutes of flight out of it.
- Controlled through phone app
- Good fit and finish
- Camera is not the sharpest
- Somewhat expensive
7. REALACC R374 Mini Specs & Features
For around $23-25 or so, the REALACC R374 flies for around 4 minutes and charges up in less than 30 minutes. The four-channel frequency control means you can use it easily around other drones.
- Looks as good as far more expensive drones
- One of the lightest in its class
- Very strange controller also serves as a case for the unit
6. EACHINE E011 Specs & Features
While some might argue that the E011 drone is nothing more than a toy, it’s possibly the only model that can take building bricks so you can design your own little parts for it. It costs only around $20-25, but still offers a full five minutes of flight time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with many of the features the bigger miniature drones do.
- Comes complete with brick figure
- Compatible with user-made parts
- Build is somewhat flimsy to keep down weight
5. Bangcool Mini RC Drone Specs & Features
There are many clones of what they call the mini UFO drone, but the Bangcool RC drone is probably the best mini drone based on that pattern. It can do a 3D flip without costing you much more than $18 or so. You’ll only have to charge it for an hour to get 8 minutes of flight, which makes it one of the most efficient on battery life as well. It’s more geared toward outdoor flight, but it should work inside as well.
- One key return function brings drone back to you
- Stable while in flight
- Very similar to many other miniature drones
- Parts aren’t always standard sizes
4. Holy Stone HS170 Predator Specs & Features
An onboard headless security system should drain the battery, but the Holy Stone Predator still gives you around 8 minutes of flight on a full charge. While it can cost upwards of $50, you’ll never have to suffer from interference or instability thanks to advanced microchip technology. It’s a joy to fly inside and out because it won’t tip over as a result.
- Extremely stable in flight because of a great gyro system
- Great look
- Poor quality remote controller
- Relatively expensive
3. JJRC H36 Mini RC Quadcopter Specs & Features
Even though it only costs less than $20, the JJRC drone flies just like more expensive models and offers over five minutes of flight time for a standard half-hour charge. It weighs under 23 grams, but it’s still strong enough to fly outside fairly well without needing to add anything to the body.
- Function keys on control map everything to macros
- Full headless mode
- More fragile than some other models
2. Yipa 3D Flip Mini RC Drone Specs & Features
The Yipa 3D Flip costs less than $18-20 and has to be the best mini drone in its weight class. Despite being so small, it features a full four-channel 6-axis gyro control system and offers around five minutes of flight time on only a 20-minute charge. You can control it up to around 100 feet in both indoor and outdoor conditions in spite of its tiny size.
- Among the lightest full-featured drones currently on market
- Made from an aluminum alloy instead of plastic
- Throttle only has three speed settings
- Very light remote controller
1. Kidcia RC Quadcopter Specs & Features
The Kidcia RC quadcopter is in a class of its own. In spite of still erring on the side of being small, this drone features a full-size 0.3MP video camera that actually works. You can control right from your phone with the official iOS and Android app. It uses two 3.7V batteries to provide reasonable flight times in spite of the extra onboard gadgets. You generally see them around $30-35 or so.
We called Kidcia’s offering the best mini drone because it not only had a camera mount, but it actually worked. It’s an excellent model that can seriously compete with many of the bigger offerings, though it’s still not a full-sized drone and won’t be nearly as heavy even after you attach all the bells and whistles. If you’ve had any experience flying any of these miniature drones or if you didn’t see one of your favorites on our list, then we’d love to hear about it.
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