The best drones are those models that give you pleasant experiences to use and that satisfy all your requirements. The market is quite varied and includes both professional drones and beginner drones. There are also products specially created for filming, for trouble-free use over long distances, for children and which have a very good ratio between quality and price.
Among the most important features that you must take into account before purchasing a drone are the parameters of use (represented by the range of the device) and the special functions, present especially in the case of professional drones. For example, if you are looking for a drone for beginners, it is recommended to turn your attention to a model with a range of up to 30 meters, especially if you plan to use it at home. If you want a device with which to film / photograph landscapes, you can choose a drone with a range of 50 meters or more.
The list prepared by our publishers, which includes the most sought after and purchased models, has the role of helping you make the right decision based on your needs and budget.
The Best Drones in 2021
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – Professional
DJI Mavic Mini – Beginners
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom – For Shooting
DJI Mavic Air – Long Distance
SJRC S30W GPS – Cheap
Evolio iFly – Children
DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a professional drone, very popular among those who already have experience in handling and using such a device. The quality of the photos is very good, and the RAW files are around 40 MB, which allows you to edit them as you like.
If you do not enjoy spending a lot of time in image post-processing programs, it means that this drone is right for you. Equipped with the Hyperlapse function, the device has the ability to process images as soon as it captures them. With the push of a button, DJI Mavic Pro 2 can make quality timelapses that you can use immediately (to share on social networks, for example). In addition, the drone can record files in RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously, which you can store in the device's internal memory or on a microSD card.
Also in the chapter related to the quality of the captured frames, we also mention the important technologies in making clear, quality photos and videos. The photos you take will be clear, in vivid colors and rich in detail, thanks to HDR technology, which eliminates the "ghosting" effect, and the Hyperlight function which eliminates image noise and automatically adjusts the brightness level. For quality videos you need to shoot at H.265 / HEV if you want the drone to record all the details in depth.
Due to the aerodynamic design and the durable materials from which it was made, this drone can reach a speed of up to 72 Kph. The maximum operating distance is 8000 meters and the altitude is 6000 meters. In addition, you have a flight range of up to 31 minutes.
DJI Mavic Mini is ideal for those looking for a beginner drone, given its light weight (less than 250 grams, almost like a mobile phone) and ease of setup and handling.
We say that it is perfect for those who are at the beginning of the road given the fact that it is extremely accurate, which gives you the opportunity to use it both indoors and outdoors. In addition, the ease of use of the device is also given by the functions of GPS and vision with gliding system for gliding. In the open air, you can enjoy the performance of this device, as it reaches a maximum speed of 46 km / h and an operating distance of up to 2000 meters. A major advantage of the drone is the return function to the base, complemented by the autonomy of 30 minutes.
DJI Mavic Mini has a CMOS sensor, which has a resolution of 12 megapixels. With it you can take Full HD videos at a resolution of 2.7K, and photos at a resolution of 4000 x 3000. If you want to penetrate narrower places or capture shots at a speed of less than 46 km / time, you will need to activate the CineSmooth function, which provides accuracy and stability.
You can connect the drone to both an Android and an iOS device. You can also use it outdoors without problems as long as you respect the operating temperature, which is between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is foldable and very compact. It is perfect to be included in the category of drones for filming, because it has the ability to make quality videos at an Ultra HD (4K) resolution.
This drone gives you the opportunity to make clear and quality videos and images thanks to the sensor it is equipped with, 12 MP, with 2x optical zoom. In other words, you can capture 4K (Ultra HD) frames, the camera having a 3-axis stabilization function, brushless. Images at 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution are recorded at 100 Mbps (30 frames per second). What you capture in nature or at home is saved in raw (RAW) or JPEG format, which you can then post-process.
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom reaches a speed of up to 20 meters per second, a maximum operating distance of 8000 meters, a maximum altitude of 6000 meters and a signal transmission distance of up to 5 kilometers, which allows you to capture even the most distant landscapes, in rich details and vivid colors. The battery of this device also has a battery life of 31 minutes, which you should not exceed.
Special functions and technologies include Vision Positioning, Active Track and the function that helps you avoid obstacles (to protect the drone), which turns the drone into a very reliable device.
DJI Mavic Air is a long-range drone that helps you film and photograph professional shots, clear and rich in detail from any angle. The CMOS sensor has 12 MP, but can take RAW photos and 32 MP spherical panoramas.
The DJI Mavic Air CMOS camera is 1 / 2.3 inch and has a 3-axis stabilization and a lens with an f / 2.8 aperture. The performance of this drone can be seen when taking panoramas, because only in Panorama mode it promises frames up to 32 MP. The device can record videos at a Full HD resolution (4K, 1920 x 1080 pixels) which it stores in MOV format.
In terms of functions, we mention the three-way sensors (bottom, front and rear) that help you keep the drone safe, because it manages to identify and bypass all obstacles on the route you have configured. In addition, the 7 integrated cameras, along with VPS (Vision Positioning System), have the ability to map the environment so that the device automatically avoids obstacles. DJI Mavic Air also has other features, such as panorama (which can take 360-degree photos) and Hand Gesture Control (with which you can control the drone by hand).
The battery has a capacity of 2375 mAh, and the manufacturers say that the autonomy can reach up to 21 minutes, but in reality the drone can stay in the air for a maximum of 17-18 minutes.
SJRC S30W GPS is the ideal option for those who do not have a very generous budget. With an operating distance of up to 400 meters and a camera that captures HD frames, the drone has a very good value for money.
For those with a lower purchase budget and for those who still do not know how to maneuver and pilot a drone, the SJRC S30W GPS is an excellent choice. You no longer have to worry about returning the drone to the base point, because you will be helped by the Go Home function which not only turns the drone, but also allows it to land on its own. This is also ensured by the built-in GPS and the Follow Me function with a simple push of a button. You can also use the button controller, which comes bundled with the drone, for better maneuverability.
The SJRC S30W GPS drone is equipped with a camera that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Full HD. In addition, the angle is wide enough (120 degrees) to give you the opportunity to get spectacular shots, its performance can be tested when taking landscape photos. In addition, if you want to record certain frames during the flight, all you have to do is change the position of the remote control camera. The advantage is that everything you record can be stored directly on a microSD card or on the smartphone connected to the drone.
The battery of the device has a capacity of 100 mAh, which means that you enjoy a range of only 8 minutes. The drone connects to the smartphone regardless of the operating system (Android or iOS).
Evolio iFly One is a drone suitable for children, because it has a low weight (only 60 grams), small size (17.5 x 17.5 centimeters) and falls into the category of low budget products, being a perfect purchase for the little one.
Even if it is a children's drone, the camera is still high-performance, with the ability to capture HD frames at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A disadvantage is that the device is not equipped with a gimbal, which means that the images will not be mechanically stabilized. However, the 6-axis stabilization system contributes to the quality of the registered cadres. In addition, you can capture truly surprising images thanks to the technology that allows the drone to make 360-degree flips, which the little one will surely enjoy.
The battery has a capacity of only 520 mAh, which gives it a range of only 6-8 minutes. The good part is that it charges in less than 50 minutes with the micro USB cable you find in the box.
The Evolio iFly One can be controlled with a controller that comes with the drone. It works with four 1.5V AAA batteries, which must be purchased separately. Also, both the controller and the drone must be connected to the Helicute app (on iOS) or Helicute 729P FPV (on Android), available in the Google Play Store and App Store. Through this application you can control the drone, because the interface is similar to the controller.