Best Drone Comparison Guide – Compare the Best Mini Drones Here

It can be tricky to decide on the best drone or mini drone – you can get a reasonably good mini drone for as little as $50, and the higher level consumer appropriate drones, typically used for advanced photography or videography (sometimes they’re even used by film crews), can go for a couple of thousand bucks.

Luckily, we’re here to break it all down for you. Here’s a quick table for those of you who already know roughly what you’re looking for:

Best Mini Drone OverallBest Affordable DroneBest Camera DroneBest Beginner Drone
Parrot BeBop DroneHubsan X4 H107CDJI Phantom 2 Vision+Dromida Ominus UAV
Best Mini DroneBest Affordable DroneBest Camera DroneBest Camera Drone
Best All Around Mini Drone
• Really Easy to Fly
• 11 minutes battery life
• Has removable bumpers
• Camera is pretty good
• Hits the sweet spot between price and performance
• Perfect for gadget lovers and RC enthusiasts
Best Affordable Drone
• Easy to fly, even for a beginner
• Battery lasts about 8 minutes
• Really durable for the price.
• Small enough that it probably won't break stuff it flies into.
• Best value for money mini drone on the market.
Best Camera Drone
• Flies really smooth thanks to top notch technology
• Battery lasts a whopping 22 minutes
• Amazing camera and the best in-flight camera stability
• Durable enough to withstand minor crashes
• Best choice for taking high quality aerial photos or video
Best Beginner Drone
• Self-stabilizing mode makes it easy for first timers to fly
• Incredible durability allows it to survive rookie crashes
• Gamepad-style controller is familiar even for newbies
• Excellent battery life for the price at ~12 minutes
• No Camera
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In this comparison guide, you’ll find out our picks for the best mini drones on the market – in addition you’ll get to see our picks in each of the following categories: Best Mini Drone, Best Affordable Mini Drone, Best Beginners Mini Drone, and Best Camera Mini Drone.

We generally try to judge the drones we review on the following six criteria, and the model that does the best overall will be our pick for the best mini drone overall.

  • Ease of Use (How easy is it to fly?)
  • Size (The best drone overall isn’t the best mini drone, and the best mini drone isn’t the best micro drone – these things can get real small)
  • Battery Life
  • Safety (Some drones have soft external parts to prevent, say, a cracked TV screen)
  • Camera (Some drones come with cameras, and cameras can be attached to most of the ones that don’t)
  • Value for money (We expect performance to increase along with price)
  • Features (We consider this the least important criteria – we’d prefer a really solid mini drone that lacks a lot of features one that doesn’t fly well but has a lot of extra functionality)

For now, we encourage you to pick one of the choices from the table we’ve got up above – we’ll be adding to this section shortly. If you’d like to take a look at some of our other reviews, go to our Latest Mini Drone Reviews page.