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25 Best Micro & Mini Drones of 2018

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by Max von Übel
May 25, 2018

Looking for the best mini drone or micro drone? Read our 2018 guide 25 best micro & mini drones you can buy right now, including specs, features and their specialties.

Most mini drones are ridiculously affordable, while they still offer the same fun as more expensive models. Depending on your choice you don’t have to content yourself with a barebone quadcopter. You can even enjoy advanced piloting features like altitude-hold or a camera.

While mini drones can comfortably fit into any bag, micro drones can be held without difficulty in the palm of your hand. However, at this size, many micro drones are too light-weight to fight against the wind for outside flying.

Learn more about the feature-set of micro and mini drones and read our FAQ!

To help you make up your mind, we have divided the list into micro drones and mini drones. In case we have not listed your favorite model, tell us in the comments section.

25 Best Micro & Mini Drones of 2018

Drone Size Flight-Time Extras Check Price
JJRC H36 Micro 5 minutes Return-Home Button, Headless-Mode, Colored LEDs, Flies outdoors
Hubsan X4 H107C Micro Micro 7 minutes Camera, Normal flight-mode, Expert flight-mode, 360 Degree-flips
Syma X12 Micro 4-5 minutes Flies outdoors, 360 Degree-flips, Battery Warning
Eachine E010 Mini Micro 5 minutes Return-Home Button, 360 Degree-flips
Skeye Nano 2 Micro 5 minutes Altitude-Hold, Camera, Micro SD card, Auto-Landing/ Auto-Take-Off
Eachine E012HW Micro 5 minutes Camera, FPV, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Return-Home Button
Hubsan Q4 H111 Micro 5-6 minutes 360 Degree-flips, Rolls, Flies outdoors, Colored LEDs
Kolibri Torpedo Micro Micro 7 minutes Camera, FPV, Auto Take-off/ Landing, Altitude-Hold, Headless-Mode
Rabing Mini FPV Micro 7-10 minutes Camera, Live-Feed, FPV mode
DJI Mavic Pro Mini 27 minutes 4K Camera, 3-Axis Gimbal, Foldable, Return-to-Home, One-Touch-Takeoff, One-Touch-Landing, Obstacle Avoidance, Beginner Mode, Expert Mode
DJI Spark Mini 16 minutes HD Camera, Foldable, Gesture Control, Smartphone Control App, Obstacle Avoidance, Follow-Me Mode, FPV
Wingsland S6 Mini 10 minutes 4K Camera, Follow-me, Auto take-off/landing, Return-home, Extendable (Search-Light, Toy Gun, Emoji Screen)
Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter Mini 7 minutes Beginner mode, Agility mode
Syma X11C Mini Drone Mini 7-8 minutes Camera, Colored LEDs, Flies outdoors
Eachine H8 Mini Mini 5-7 minutes Headless-Mode, Return-Home, 360 Degree-flips
BFight 210 Mini FPV, Brushless Motors, 1km Range
Parrot Mambo Fly Mini 8-10 minutes Programmable, Extendable (Camera, Canon, Grabber, Clip), 360 Degree flips, Altitude-Hold
Cheerson CX-10 Mini Mini 6 minutes 3 Speed Modes, 360 Degree-flips, Battery charges fast
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini 6-8 minutes Flies outdoors, Return-Home Button, Headless-mode
Hasakee H1 FPV RC Drone Mini 6-8 minutes Camera, FPV, Live Video Feed, Altitude Hold, One-Button Take-Off/Landing, Flies outdoors, 360 Degree-flips
HolyStone HS190 Mini 5-7 minutes Foldable, 360-degree flips, Auto take-off/landing, 3 Speed modes, Return-Home
Tenker Skyracer Mini Mini 5-8 minutes Altitude-Hold, Headless-Mode, Foldable, 3 Speed-modes, Auto take-off/landing
TOZO Q2020 Mini 5-7 minutes 360 Degree flips, Headless-Mode, Altitude-Hold
Potensic A20 Mini Mini 10-12 minutes Altitude-Hold, Headless-Mode, Auto-Take Off/Landing

Best Micro Drones

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone JJRC H36

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Specs

  • Dimensions 85 ✕ 3 ✕ 85 mm
  • Weight 77 grams
  • Flight-Time 5 minutes
  • Extras Return-Home Button, Headless-Mode, Colored LEDs, Flies outdoors

What can this micro drone do? The JJRC H36 is a reliable micro drone that has a feature-set that aims both at complete beginners and drone pilots with some experience. It has a return home function that allows it fly back to the position of the remote control by simply pushing one button. Apart from this precaution, this quadcopter can also be flown in headless-mode. These safety features make the micro drone particularly suitable for beginners.

Do you want to fly your micro drone during night hours? Not a problem with the JJRC H36, as it has LED lights, allowing you to navigate safely at all time. Due to the built-in 6-axis stabilization, this micro drone flies very smoothly even in wind. However, it can also amaze you and your friends with 360 flips and continuous rolls.

Technical Features: Along with the quadcopter you get a small remote control. At 5 minutes, the flight-time of this micro drone at the lower end of similar drones. The charging time is about 30-50 minutes.

Verdict: Because of its useful safety features, the JJRC H36 is one of the best micro drones for beginners.

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JJRC H36

The H36 features a return-to-home button, headless mode, and colored LEDs, to help you identify its orientation.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Hubsan X4 H107C Micro

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Specs

  • Dimensions 69 ✕ 69 ✕ 25 mm
  • Weight 43 grams
  • Flight-Time 7 minutes
  • Extras Camera, Normal flight-mode, Expert flight-mode, 360 Degree-flips

What can this micro drone do? The Hubsan X4 H107C is a micro drone with outstanding maneuverability. This agility is largely due to the built-in 6-axis stabilization. This translates your every input in the RC without any delay into flight maneuvers. In addition, this quadcopter is suitable to complete beginners and drone pilots with some experience, since you can choose between two distinct flight-modes: normal and expert. However, you can also stun your friends with spectacular 360 flips.

Amazingly, this micro drone is even equipped with a small camera. To start and stop recording video press the button found on the lower backside of the micro drone. At this price, don’t be alarmed that this camera drone does not come with a gimbal. That simply means you cannot pan the camera, nor is the footage stabilized.

Technical Features: All in all, this micro drone will be airborne for up to 7 minutes, which is decent enough. The package also includes a large transmitter, spare propellers, a USB charger, and a turnscrew to remove and fasten propellers.

Verdict: The Hubsan X4 H107C is one of the best micro drones with a built-in camera.

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Hubsan X4 H107C Micro

Two distinct flight modes enable beginners and experts alike to enjoy this miniature quadcopter.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Syma X12

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Specs

  • Dimensions 76 ✕ 76 ✕ 27 mm
  • Weight 300 grams
  • Flight-Time 4-5 minutes
  • Extras Flies outdoors, 360 Degree-flips, Battery Warning

What can this micro drone do? The X12 is Syma’s entry into the micro drone market, so the result is a micro drone that takes its design cues from Syma’s larger products. In terms of maneuverability, the X12 is not as agile as other drones on this list. Still, you get your money’s worth, as this micro drone hovers smoothly. The built-in 6-axis gyroscope works well for indoor and outdoor flights. It can fly in narrow rooms, but also withstand some wind.

The included remote control allows this micro drone to perform tricks like 360 flips, which will baffle your friends. Once the battery runs low, the drone emits a warning. This will give you sufficient time to land the micro drone safely.

Technical Features: Users on Amazon have reported that this micro drone flies 4-5 minutes. Sadly, the battery cannot be removed, so you will need to wait until 15-20 minutes it is recharged. The package also includes spare propellers, a USB charger, and a small screw to remove and fasten propellers.

Verdict: When you are looking for a reliable product, the X12 may be the best micro drone for you.

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Syma X12

Aided by its high-quality craftsmanship, this micro drone is more than capable at hovering as well as withstanding wind.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Eachine E010 Mini

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Specs

  • Dimensions 95 ✕ 95 ✕ 5o mm
  • Weight 49 grams
  • Flight-Time 5 minutes
  • Extras Return-Home Button, 360 Degree-flips

What can this micro drone do? The Eachine E010 Mini is a remarkable drone at a remarkably low price. For one, this micro drone comes with a feature that is not commonly found with quadcopters of this price segment: This small drone has a return home function that allows it flying back to the position of the remote control by simply pushing one button.

This safety feature makes the quadcopter particularly suitable to beginners, who can get their drone home safely without fuss. In addition, this micro drone can perform tricks like 360 flips, which will baffle your friends.

Technical Features: This large range of features is accessible on the included remote controller. The flight time of about 5 minutes is slightly lower than comparable micro drones on this list. And the charge time of 30-50 minutes is also longer. However, these are small disadvantages in light of the large feature-set. The package includes a set of spare propellers and a USB charging cable.

Verdict: Given its low price and the return home button, the Eachine E010 Mini is one of the best micro drones for beginners!

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Eachine E010 Mini

This extremely affordable micro drone feature a return-to-home button and is capable of 360-degree flips.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Skeye Nano 2

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Specs

  • Dimensions 40 ✕ 23 ✕ 40 mm
  • Weight 180 grams
  • Flight-Time 5 minutes
  • Extras Altitude-Hold, Camera, Micro SD card, Auto-Landing/ Auto-Take-Off

What can this micro drone do? If a small camera drone is still too large, how about a tiny camera drone? At 40 ✕ 23 ✕ 40 mm, the Skeye Nano 2 is pushing the limit. And its manufacturer even claims that this is the smallest drone equipped with a camera on the market. What we can say for sure, is that the camera of this micro drone has a resolution of 720p and stores its footage conveniently on the included 2 GB micro SD card.

Due to the built-in 6-axis stabilization, it is easy to master this micro drone, no matter what your skill level is. Moreover, the micro drone can hold its altitude. This allows you perform stunts on one spot, or you can completely focus on taking breathtaking video footage.

Beginners will love the auto take-off function. Simply push the button on the remote control and the micro drone will take off and then hover at a convenient height before you take charge of it. The same goes of course for landing.

Technical Features: Like other micro drones, this one comes with a teeny-tiny remote control that can be at times cumbersome to handle. The flight-time of 5 minutes is at the lower end of the quadcopters on this list.

Verdict: This may be the best micro drone if you want a tiny camera quadcopter.

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Skeye Nano 2

Skeye's Nano 2 is the smallest drone with a camera, which is able to capture up to 2GB of 720p images.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Eachine E012HW

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Specs

  • Dimensions 65 ✕ 65 ✕ 26 mm
  • Weight 99 grams
  • Flight-Time 5 minutes
  • Extras Camera, FPV, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Return-Home Button

What can this micro drone do? Relative to its compact size, the Eachine E012HW has a dazzling feature-set. For instance, the micro drone has a “return home” function enabling it fly to the position of the remote control with the push of one button.

Moreover, this micro drone is equipped with altitude hold. This allows your quadcopter to hover at a set altitude and perform stunts on one spot. Alternatively, you can completely focus on taking breathtaking video footage.

Technical Features: The Eachine E012HW does not only record video, it can also transmit the video feed live to your smartphone. All you need to do is install the dedicated app on your iOS or Android device and pair it with the micro drone. Even more dazzling is the support for FPV mode (first person view). This means you can witness flight from the perspective of your micro drone. There are only a handful of affordable drones that enable this kind of experience.

You can strap your phone into the remote control to enjoy the live video feed while piloting the micro drone. With one battery charge, you can fly this quadcopter up to 5 minutes. The battery recharges in about 40 minutes. The package also includes a set of spare propellers and a USB charging cable.

Verdict: The Eachine E012HW is the best micro drone for anyone who wants a small drone PLUS a camera drone!

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Eachine E012HW

Along with features like altitude hold and headless mode, this tiny quadcopter offers the full FPV experience.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Hubsan Q4 H111

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Specs

  • Dimensions 68 ✕ 68 ✕ 25 mm
  • Weight 18 grams
  • Flight-Time 5-6 minutes
  • Extras 360 Degree-flips, Rolls, Flies outdoors, Colored LEDs

What can this micro drone do? Hubsan claims that its Q4 H111 is the world’s smallest drones that is equipped with a 6-axis flight control system. Such grandiose claims not withstanding the gyro does make this micro drone a smooth flyer! But that’s not all it can do.

This micro drone is also a performer of breathtaking stunts, like 360 degree-flips and rolls. With colored LEDs and a range of 50 meters you can even take this micro drone for a spin outdoors.

Technical Features: With one battery charge, you can fly this micro drone up to 6 minutes – a decent flight time. The battery is recharged for about 30 minutes with the included USB cord. The remote control is small, but not to the point of other micro drone RCs, which can be inconvenient to operate. The package also comes with an extra set of propellers.

Verdict: The Hubsan Q4 H111 is one of the best micro drones in the sense that it is versatile and reliable.

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Hubsan Q4 H111

The Q4's stability is enhanced by a gyro, making it possible to perform 360-degree flips and rolls for up to 6 minutes.

Mini Drone / Micro Drone Estes Proto X Nano

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Specs

  • Dimensions 45 ✕ 45mm
  • Weight 11 grams
  • Flight-Time 8-10 minutes
  • Extras 360 Degree-flips, Colored LEDs

What can this micro drone do? At 45 ✕ 45 mm the Estes Proto X is easily one of the smallest quadcopters on the market. Despite the small size, this micro drone is an excellent indoor flyer. Its remarkable maneuverability is largely due to 6-axis stabilization. Put simply, this quadcopter hovers more stable than you would expect from a drone of this size. To help you discern the drone’s orientation it has colored LEDs attached to it arms.

Unfortunately, the remote controller is just as small as the micro drone itself making the piloting a bit cumbersome with average sized hands. For this reason, many customers have modified their controllers to make them easier to operate.

Also, in case you own a controller for the Hubsan X4 micro drone, you can unlock additional features that are not accessible with the remote controller included in the package. For instance, you can do 360 flips, and turn the LEDs on and off.

Technical Features: The built-in battery is charged using the included USB cable, but it can also can be removed to switch batteries quickly. It might be a good idea to get some extra batteries to keep your micro drone airborne for as long as possible.

Verdict: This is the best micro drone if you are looking for one the tiniest drones that is also a great flyer.

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Estes Proto X Nano

Six-axis stabilization make this tiny quadcopter surprisingly maneuverable, and colored LEDs help keep track of its orientation.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Kolibri Torpedo Micro

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Specs

  • Dimensions 66 ✕ 66 ✕ 37 mm
  • Weight 23 grams
  • Flight-Time 7 minutes
  • Extras Camera, FPV, Auto Take-off/ Landing, Altitude-Hold, Headless-Mode

What can this micro drone do? If the admittedly unorthodox design of the Kolibri Torpedo Micro doesn’t irritate you, you will be rewarded with a small treasure trove of awesome features. This micro drone allows you to record videos and take photos. In addition, it can also transmit the video feed live to your iOS or Android device. Even more dazzling is the support for FPV mode (first person view). If you have a VR headset, strap it on and enjoy the flight from the perspective of your micro drone!

The Kolibri Torpedo Micro is brimming with features that make life much easier for beginners and advanced micro drone pilots. For instance, this micro drone can hold its altitude. This capability makes piloting easier for beginners. The other useful feature is auto take-off and landing. What is more, you can trace a flight path on the screen of your mobile device and the micro drone will follow it. This way, you can enjoy the scenery without worrying about controls.

Technical Features: The battery gives this micro drone a decent flight-time of 7 minutes. The package includes a remote control, spare propellers and a USB charge cable.

Verdict: Given the plethora of useful features, this quadcopter is a likely candidate to the title of “best micro drone”.

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Kolibri Torpedo Micro

Enjoy the first-person perspective as well as automatic takeoff and landing with this one-of-a-kind "inverted style" drone.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Rabing Mini FPV

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Specs

  • Dimensions 48 ✕ 48 ✕ 25 mm
  • Weight 27 grams
  • Flight-Time 7-10 minutes
  • Extras Camera, Live-Feed, FPV mode

What can this micro drone do? The Rabing Mini surprises with an unusually large feature-set for a micro drone of this category, but most importantly this drone flies well. Even beginners should have little trouble piloting it. In addition, this drone is not merely small, but you can even fold it, making it highly portable.

However, the Rabing Mini does not only record video, it can also transmit the video feed live to your smartphone. Even more amazing is the support for split VR mode, meaning you can strap a VR goggle onto your face to experience flight in FPV (first person view). The Rabing Mini is probably one of the most affordable micro drones that enable this kind of experience.

To keep your hands free, the remote controller has a holder to securely store the phone. If you wish so, you pilot this micro drone with only the phone. However, this will limit its agility.

Technical Features: Despite the baffling feature-set, you can get a more than decent flight time of 7-10 minutes out of this micro drone. Recharging the battery fully is complete in under 40 minutes.

Verdict: There is no comparable quadcopter on our list. The Rabing Mini is probably one of the best micro drones with a camera.

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Rabing Mini FPV

This foldable micro drone can record video or stream its perspective live to your smartphone.

Best Mini Drones

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone DJI Mavic Pro

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Specs

  • Dimensions 289 ✕ 180 ✕ 239 mm
  • Weight 743 grams
  • Flight-Time 27 minutes
  • Extras 4K Camera, 3-Axis Gimbal, Foldable, Return-to-Home, One-Touch-Takeoff, One-Touch-Landing, Obstacle Avoidance, Beginner Mode, Expert Mode

What can this mini drone do? If you’re looking for a sturdy mini drone with professional flight and camera capabilities, this aircraft is for you.

The first is beginner mode, which sets a maximum speed and a maximum radius from the takeoff point. Once you’ve mastered piloting the mini drone in line-of-sight, deactivate this mode after a little practice to begin exploring in earnest.

Under optimal conditions, the Mavic Pro has an awesome range of 7 kilometers. And once the battery strength hits 30%, the mini drone will return home automatically. But you can always get it to return home with the push of a button. Other smart features include obstacle avoidance and automatic takeoff, launching the Pro to the top tier of best mini drones.

Technical Features: When it comes to hardware, this mini drone lives up to its name. Folding the arms yields an aircraft compact enough to fit in any bag. The same goes for the controller and its folding antenna. Last but not least is the integrated camera, which has a 4K resolution and is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal.

While not cheap, the Mavic Pro just might end up saving you some money, since it can adapt to your growing skill set. Unlock the advanced capabilities of this mini drone as you become more confident in your piloting.

Verdict: The Mavic Pro is not only one of the best mini drones for beginners, but also for professionals.

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DJI Mavic Pro

The Mavic Pro boasts a wide range of smart features, including automatic takeoff, one-key-return, obstacle avoidance, and the ability to set a maximum speed and radius.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone DJI Spark

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Specs

  • Dimensions 143 × 143 × 55 mm
  • Weight 300 grams
  • Flight-Time 16 minutes
  • Extras HD Camera, Foldable, Gesture Control, Smartphone Control App, Obstacle Avoidance, Follow-Me Mode, FPV

What can this mini drone do? The Spark is a high quality mini drone designed for effortless flight and quick shooting. Like its older brother, the Mavic Pro, this mini drone features foldable components, allowing it to be easily transported.

The simplest form of piloting requires no equipment at all, relying on the drone’s sensors to interpret hand gestures. This makes it easy to set up group photos, for example. These sensors also come in handy for collision avoidance, an invaluable feature for any vehicle that wants to be the best mini drone for beginners. For more complicated maneuvers, you can use either a smartphone or the included controller.

Technical Features: With a range of 2 km range, this craft outshines all other mini drones on this list. The same goes for the flight time of 16 minutes that has no equal here. The package includes an USB-charger, a 16GB microSD card and a storage box.

Verdict: All things considered, the DJI Spark is an impressive vehicle. Equipped with many features and easy to control, it definitely ranks as one of the best mini drones.

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DJI Spark

This miniature drone can be controlled with a smartphone or with hand gestures, making group photos easy.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Wingsland S6

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Specs

  • Dimensions 188 ✕ 127 ✕ 79 mm
  • Weight 260 grams
  • Flight-Time 10 minutes
  • Extras 4K Camera, Follow-me, Auto take-off/landing, Return-home, Extendable (Search-Light, Toy Gun, Emoji Screen)

What can this micro drone do? Its foldable arms make the Wingsland S6 very handy mini drone that can easily fit into any pocket. The built-in 4K camera is sure to produce spectacular video footage. In addition to the camera itself, this mini drone is equipped with features that can help you get the best shots of you and your friends. For instance, the follow-me mode allows you to go skiing, mountainbiking or running while the drone trails you, leaving your hands free.

What is more, the auto take-off function increases flight-safety for beginners. Simply push the button on the remote control and the mini drone will take off and then hover at a convenient height before you take charge of it. The same goes of course for landing. In case you loose sight of your mini drone, you can always call it back with the return-home button. Finally, the built-in GPS enables precise navigation outdoors.

Technical Features: As one of the few mini drones on this list, the Wingsland S6 comes with infrared and optical flow sensors for collision avoidance. You can extend the range of possible uses by attaching various accessories to the drone. These attachments include a search-light, a mini toy gun, and an emoji screen. The mini drone includes a USB-charger, spare propellers and a screw-driver.

Verdict: The Wingsland S6 will make it worth your while with 4K video footage and a host full of fun gimmicks.

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Wingsland S6

The drone is equipped with one click Return-To-Home and is available in five colors.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter

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Specs

  • Dimensions 184 ✕ 161 ✕ 64 mm
  • Weight 249 grams
  • Flight-Time 7 minutes
  • Extras Beginner mode, Agility mode

What can this mini drone do? The Blade Nano QX is a fun mini drone and also a great choice for absolute beginners. That’s because they can use a beginner mode, dubbed the “SAFE technology system”. In case you get into trouble, you simply let go of the control sticks and the built-in flight control software will bring the quadcopter into a stable hover. No harm done!

After you have mastered basic piloting, remove the training wheels and switch to the agility mode for faster flying and increased maneuverability. Given its size, this mini drone is small enough to fly in any room.

Technical Features: You will get a good flight time of about 7 minutes out of this mini drone. The battery is charged using the cord included in the package, which takes about 30-40 minutes. So, it might be a good idea to get some extra batteries to keep your drone aloft for as long as possible. In addition, this mini drone comes with a set of spare rotor blades. However, from experience we can safely say that you will need more.

Verdict: The Blade Nano QX is one of the best mini drones for beginners, because its beginner mode slowly eases you into piloting quadcopters.

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Blade Nano QX

The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in spaces no bigger than an office cubicle.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Syma X11C Mini Drone

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Specs

  • Dimensions 155 ✕ 152 ✕ 37 mm
  • Weight 152 grams
  • Flight-Time 7-8 minutes
  • Extras Camera, Colored LEDs, Flies outdoors

What can this mini drone do? The ‘C’ in X11C indicates that this a Syma X11 that has been upgraded with 2MP camera. While some users on Amazon report that this makes it a little less steady than, it is still an agile mini drone.

This mini drone is also a great choice for absolute beginners since you can choose between a basic and an advanced flight-mode. After you have mastered basic piloting, remove the training wheels and switch to the advanced mode for faster flying and increased maneuverability.

In addition, this mini drone is also equipped with colored LED lights this helps you piloting it outside in unfavorable lighting conditions.

Technical Features: The flight-time of 7-8 minutes is more than decent for a drone of this category. Since the battery can be removed from the mini drone, why not buy spares, so you don’t need to interrupt your flying outings. Recharging takes about 15-20 minutes. The package also includes spare propellers and a USB charger.

Verdict: The Syma X11C is a great mini drone, because it brings together the reliability of Syma with the possibility to record videos and take photos.

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Syma X11C Mini

Equipped with a 2MP camera, the X11C features both beginner and expert flight modes.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Eachine H8 Mini

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Specs

  • Dimensions 135 ✕ 135 ✕ 28 mm
  • Weight 20 grams
  • Flight-Time 5-7 minutes
  • Extras Headless-Mode, Return-Home, 360 Degree-flips

What can this mini drone do? The Eachine H8 Mini is a beginner quadcopter that has a few aces up its sleeve. On the one hand, the built-in 6-axis gyro makes this mini drone a very stable flyer. Meaning it can be controlled in narrow rooms. On the other hand, the quadcopter can also stay on course under windy conditions when flown outdoors.

What is more, this mini drone was designed to make flying easy for beginners. For instance, it can be flown in headless mode, meaning you don’t have to worry about the orientation of the quadcopter, as it will fly relative to the position of the transmitter. The next great feature that makes this model great choice for beginners is that it has a return home function that allows flying back to the position of the remote control by simply pushing one button. This safety feature makes the mini drone particularly suitable to beginners, who can get their drone home safely without fuss. However, with 360 degree-flips the Eachine H8 Mini is still a really fun drone to fly.

Technical Features: The Eachine H8 Mini will fly up to 7 minutes with one battery charge, which is not bad at all for a craft of its price segment. Recharging will take about 45 minutes. The mini drone ships with one set of spare propellers, a USB charger, foam landing cushions, and a screwdriver.

Verdict: If you need a reliable yet fun mini drone for beginners, look no further.

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Eachine H8 Mini

The headless mode and the one-key-return the drone comes with makes it easy to fly.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone BFight 210

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Specs

  • Dimensions 178 ✕ 178 ✕ 38mm
  • Weight 267 grams
  • Extras FPV, Brushless Motors, 1km Range

What can this mini drone do? The BFight 210 a quadcopter that has been bred for high-speed FPV racing. Its purpose-built design does away with wet blanket amenities like alitude-hold, obstacle avoidance or return-home buttons. This is a mini drone that has been streamlined for speed and durability!

Drone racing is a foolproof way to break quads. However, in the event that one arm will break, you don’t have to replace the entire chassis. Instead the arms, can be replaced independently making it convenient and cost-efficient to maintain your drone.

Technical Features: This mini drone can transmit its  live feed over a distance of up to one kilometer. However, keep in mind you will need an RC that can keep up with that! Apart from the mini drone itself, the package ships with spare propellers and a battery strap.

Verdict: You have already earned your mini drones wings? Then, by all means, gear up with the BFight 210!

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BFight 210

The flight controller and the video transmitter of the drone are separate, which improves the heat dissipation and leads to a high performance.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Parrot Mambo Fly

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Specs

  • Dimensions 132 ✕ 132 ✕ 41 mm
  • Weight 63 grams
  • Flight-Time 8-10 minutes
  • Extras Programmable, Extendable (Camera, Canon, Grabber, Clip), 360 Degree flips, Altitude-Hold

What can this mini drone do? The Mambo Fly by Parrot is a playful little quadcopter that will keep you entertained for a long time. It brings you altitude hold allowing you to focus on performing awesome stunts like 360 degree flips or aerial photography. If the standard flight maneuvers should bore you, the mini drone allows you to program your own custom acrobatic moves. The video feed can be transmitted live to your smartphone (iOS and Android), so this mini drone allows you to experience FPV on a budget.

Similar to Wingsland S6, you can transform this mini drone with various accessories that are attached to the top of the craft. The base model comes with a clip board for small notes. A canon and grabber can be purchased separately. You can even turn this humble quadcopter into a fully fledged FPV drone with a pack that includes an attachable camera and FPV goggles.

Technical Features: You can either control the mini drone with the remote control that is included in the package or with the smartphone app. In addition, you an strap your phone on the RC to admire the FPV while piloting the craft. You get a more than decent 8-10 minutes flight-time out of this little quadcopter. However, with a charging time of up to 80 minutes you should consider buying spare batteries to keep your mini drone flying.

Verdict: Our verdict, the Parrot Mambo Fly is an excellent mini drone for anyone who likes to experiment.

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Parrot Mambo Fly

Thanks to an advanced flight controller and powerful sensors, Parrot Mambo is easy to fly indoors and outdoors.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Cheerson CX-10 Mini

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Specs

  • Dimensions 152 ✕ 78 ✕ 76 mm
  • Weight 90 grams
  • Flight-Time 6 minutes
  • Extras 3 Speed Modes, 360 Degree-flips, Battery charges fast

What can this mini drone do? Cheerson CX-10 Mini is a mini drone that is capable changing automatically between three speed modes. Why not flabbergast your friends with its breathtaking 360-degree eversions? In addition, this awesome drone comes with a remote control meaning you don’t have to fiddle with connecting your phone to the mini drone.

Technical Features: The built-in battery is charged using the cord included in the package. All in all, you will get about 6 minutes of flight time out of this mini drone, which is completely fine, considering it takes only 20 minutes to charge it. To save you from tears, the drone will sound an alarm once the battery runs low to allow you landing the mini drone safely.

One more tip, some customers on Amazon reported that this mini drone will fly way better after calibrating the gyro, which is a short and clear-cut process.

Verdict: Given its low price and durability, the Cheerson CX-10 Mini is one of the best mini drones for beginners!

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Cheerson CX-10 Mini

The drone comes with three flying modes, and can change speed automatically.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Holy Stone HS170 Predator

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Specs

  • Dimensions 134 ✕ 41 ✕ 134 mm
  • Weight 385 grams
  • Flight-Time 6-8 minutes
  • Extras Flies outdoors, Return-Home Button, Headless-mode

What can this mini drone do? The Holy Stone HS170 Predator is slightly larger than other mini drones of this list. For this reason, the manufacturer claims it can be piloted outdoors even in windy conditions. You can fly it safely up to a range of 50 meters, which is not a given in this category of drones.

Due to the built-in 6-axis stabilization, this quadcopter is remarkably maneuverable. In addition, this mini drone features two capabilities that exceed the standard of this price segment. Apart from a headless mode, the quadcopter has a return home function that allows it fly back to the position of the remote control by simply pushing one button.

Technical Features: You get a decent 6-8 minutes flight-time out of the battery. The battery of the mini drone is removable. Seeing that the charging-time can amounts 40-60 minutes, it is advisable to buy a whole pack of them and keep on flying by switching them.

Verdict: The Holy Stone HS170 Predator is beyond any the best mini drone for flying outdoors in this category.

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Holy Stone HS170 Predator

As a slightly larger mini drone, the Predator is able to fly outdoors up to a range of 50 meters.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Hasakee H1 FPV RC Drone

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Specs

  • Dimensions 120 ✕ 120 ✕ 65 mm
  • Weight 59 grams
  • Flight-Time 6-8 minutes
  • Extras Camera, FPV, Live Video Feed, Altitude Hold, One-Button Take-Off/Landing, Flies outdoors, 360 Degree-flips

What can this mini drone do? The Hasakee H1 is a mini drone that is highly adaptable to your needs. It combines the agility of a mini drone, with the safety of a beginner drone, and the possibilities a camera drone has to offer.

Thanks to the 6-axis stabilization, this quadcopter flies remarkably smoothly. This comes in handy when you want to use its built-in camera to take pictures and record videos. However, the standout feature of this mini drone is its capability to transmit its video feed live to your iOS or Android device.

Moreover, this mini drone is equipped with an air pressure sensor. This allows it to hold its altitude and perform stunts on one spot, or you can completely focus on taking breathtaking video footage. Beginner drone pilots will also love the one-button take-off/landing capability that relieves your stress-level during these critical maneuvers. But the Hasakee H1 can also perform stunts, like 360 degree-flips.

Technical Features: The remote control can hold your mobile device to allow you watch the live video feed while piloting this mini drone. In spite of the extended feature-set, this quadcopter will fly for up to 8 minutes, which is an excellent yield for this category. Recharging the battery takes about 60 minutes.

Verdict: The Hasakee H1 is the best mini drone if you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades.

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Hasakee H1 FPV RC

This drone's gravity sensor mode allows you to control it's flight path by moving your phone.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone HolyStone HS190

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Specs

  • Dimensions 114 ✕ 114 ✕ 38 mm
  • Weight 25 grams
  • Flight-Time 5-7 minutes
  • Extras Foldable, 360-degree flips, Auto take-off/landing, 3 Speed modes, Return-Home

What can this mini drone do? The HolyStone HS190 forms a neat and handy package, since it can be folded to fit into the remote control. At its relatively small size, this mini drone is an agile stunt performer. It will baffle you with its 360-degree flips and other maneuvers.

However, the HolyStone HS190 is also designed for safety. It comes with 3 speed modes (low, medium, and high speed) this allows you to practice with a steady and reliable mini drone. Then, as you become a seasoned drone pilot, you can take off the training wheels and switch to the faster modes. In case you loose sight of your mini drone, you can always call it back by pushing the return-home button. It will then fly back to the remote control.

Moreover, this mini drone is equipped with altitude hold. This allows your quadcopter to hover at a set altitude and perform stunts on one spot. Its auto take-off and landing capability can also relieve you off these crucial maneuvers.

Technical Features: The flight-time of this mini drone is quite good at 5-7 minutes. Charging the batteries will take about 40 minutes. In addition, you can fly it up to a distance of 50 meters. The mini drone also includes a USB-charger, spare propellers, a crowbar and a screw-driver.

Verdict: With its formidable feature set, the Holystone HS190 deserves a mention as a solid mini drone.

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HolyStone HS190

This mini quadcopter can be folded into the controller, which makes it small and easy to carry.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Tenker Skyracer Mini

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Specs

  • Dimensions 114 ✕ 114 ✕ 31 mm
  • Weight 25 grams
  • Flight-Time 5-8 minutes
  • Extras Altitude-Hold, Headless-Mode, Foldable, 3 Speed-modes, Auto take-off/landing

What can this mini drone do? The Tenker Skyracer Mini is part of a neat and handy package, as the mini drone can be folded to fit into the remote control. At its relatively small size, this mini drone is an agile stunt performer. It will baffle you with its 360-degree flips and other maneuvers.

However, the craft offers some features that make it a great choice for beginners. For instance, it can both take-off and land at the push of a button. The altitude-hold feature enables you to focus on performing awesome stunts. If you should ever have trouble, you can have it return to you with one button (return-home). And the 3 speed-modes allow you to slowly ease into mini drone piloting.

Technical Features: The mini drone’s flight-time of 5-8 minutes is quite decent. Since the battery of the craft is re-charged within 40 minutes, it’s a good idea get some extra batteries. The package of the mini drone also includes one set of spare propellers, a USB charger, and a screwdriver.

Verdict: All things considered, the Tenker Skyracer Mini is a great mini drone for beginners that want to get cracking on stunts.

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Tenker Skyracer Mini

The drone can be folded into the controller, which makes it small and easy to carry.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone TOZO Q2020

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Specs

  • Dimensions 160 ✕ 30 ✕160 mm
  • Weight 50 grams
  • Flight-Time 5-7 minutes
  • Extras 360 Degree flips, Headless-Mode, Altitude-Hold

What can this mini drone do? The TOZO Q2020 offers good flying capabilities for a mini drone of its price segment. The remarkable maneuverability of this mini drone is largely due to 6-axis stabilization. Put simply, this quadcopter hovers more stable than you would expect from a drone of this size. This great controllability also enables stunning 360 degree rolls and 4-way flips. This mini drone is equipped with useful safety features like altitude hold. This allows your quadcopter to hover at a set altitude and perform stunts on one spot. You can also choose between two speed modes to ease you into quadcopter piloting.

Technical Features: With a range of about 50 meters, you can take this mini drone outdoors for a spin or two. The remote control of this mini drone includes a built-in display that gives you basic telemetry, like the battery level. Users have reported that they get up to 9 minutes of flight-time out of this mini drone, which exceeds the advertised 5-7 minutes. The package also includes a USB-charger, spare propellers, and a screw-driver.

It is also worth mentioning that there is a camera version of this mini drone available. We gather that this model will have slightly smaller flight-time.

Verdict: The TOZO Q2020 is a capable drone that offers a surprisingly long flight-time.

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TOZO Q2020

The drone is equipped with the latest 6-axis Gyro flight control systems, which is small and portable and provides a better and safer using experience.

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Mini Drone / Micro Drone Potensic A20 Mini

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Specs

  • Dimensions 135 ✕ 94 ✕ 76 mm
  • Weight 45 grams
  • Flight-Time 10-12 minutes
  • Extras Altitude-Hold, Headless-Mode, Auto-Take Off/Landing

What can this mini drone do? What can this micro drone do? The Potensic A20 Mini is clearly designed with an eye for the needs of beginners. To begin with, this mini drone can be flown in headless mode, meaning you needn’t worry about the orientation of the craft, as it will fly relative to the position of the transmitter.

Despite the low price, this mini drone is also equipped with many safety features. For example, activate the altitude-hold by releasing the throttle stick and the drone will be locked at the current height allowing you to maneuver on one level without worrying to crash into trees and other obstacles. When the battery gets dangerously low, the remote control will off an alarm to remind you to land in time. The same will happen, before your mini drone leaves the range of the transmitter. But this is not all, the quadcopter can also take off and land automatically.

Technical Features: Buyers on Amazon reported that this mini drone has an amazing flight-time of up to 10-12 minutes. The package also includes one set of spare propellers, a USB charger, and a screwdriver.

Verdict: The Potensic A20 Mini is a capable mini drone that beginners can feel safe with.

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Potensic A20 Mini

The quadcopter is equipped with one key taking off and landing, which makes the drone easier to fly and better to control for any level of players.

FAQ: All You Need to Know about Micro Drones and Mini Drones

How small is a micro drone compared to a mini drone?

The smallest drone on this list measures only 40 by 40 mm. These drones can be held comfortably in the palm of your hand. We have also included mini drones up to a size 180 mm. At this size, you can carry them around an average-sized backpack. Mini drones can also be flown outside. Micro drones, on the other hand, are too light-weight to fight against the wind.

Do I need a camera on my micro drone / mini drone?

The answer is “it depends”. If you want to take pictures or make videos then absolutely buy a drone with a built-in camera or at least a gimbal to which a camera can be attached. And if you want to get into first-person view (FPV), make sure you find a micro or mini drone that supports that feature. Both features are not standard with micro drones since the extra weight decreases the speed and agility that many people love these tiny drones. However, you can find these features on our list of best drones for beginners:

Don’t miss: 15 Best Drones for Beginners of 2018

Can I 3D print a micro drone / mini drone?

It is not yet possible to fabricate electrical components like motors, sensors or even electronics. However, 3D printing can be used to fabricate drone parts like the frame, landing gear, and propellers. And these are usually the parts that break easily and need regular replacing.

Don’t miss: 3D Printed Drone Parts - All You Need to Know in 2019

What is altitude hold?

Altitude hold is a feature that makes it a lot easier to pilot a drone. When activated, a drone uses ultrasound sensors to maintain a particular height. This helps to focus on basic flying maneuvers or, if you’re filming, to capture steady aerial footage. Because micro drones are usually in the low price segment, this feature is not a standard. However, is frequently found in mini drones.

Many of the beginner drones listed in this article feature altitude hold:

Don’t miss: 15 Best Drones for Beginners of 2018

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