Small, but hard to ignore are the following mini drones that are sure to impress one and all with their amazing capabilities despite their dainty image and humble proportions. Below is a compilation of five of the best mini drones, with ratings based on their features and specifications.
1.) Parrot Bebop Drone –The Parrot comes with a GPS and a Return Home button. It has a 14 megapixel camera that comes with a 180 degree view and fish-eye lens, and provides a 1080 pixel full HD resolution. Weighing barely 410 grams, it measures 330 x 380 x 36 mm, which we can say is pretty compact to carry around snugly. Its battery has a flight time capacity of 11 minutes, depending on wind velocity. Parrot’s FreeFlight app can be used with this mini drone to control it using smartphones and tablets. It also comes with Skycontroller that enables it connect wirelessly to smartphones for FPV flights. Definitely a small but feature-packed devil.
2.) Phantom 2 Vision+ – Scores high on ease of use, battery life, and navigation control, this baby is suited for amateurs and hobbyists alike. Comes armed with a 14 megapixel camera and CMOS sensor that can capture video at 1080 pixels at 30fps. The camera also features a 90 degree angle The Phantom comes with a three-axial gimbal that offers greater stability and smoother video capture even in jerky situations. It offers real view of what the camera records by connecting it to smartphone using DJI’s Vision app. The mini drone contains a 5200mAh Li-Po battery, which provides a flight time of 25 minutes which is a great deal for a mini drone. The drone weighs 1284 grams. Comes with GPS and WiFi extender.
3.) Hubsan X4 H107D – This is one of the most compact and handy piece of work. Its USP is the FPV or the First-Person-View that enables real time viewing on the controller, while allowing to capture the video on memory card. It comes with a 0.3 megapixel camera with a 640 X 480 resolution. It contains a 3.7-volt 380-mAh lithium polymer battery and a full charge lasts for 7 minutes while on the fly. It is operable for a range of a good 328 ft. It weighs 360 grams and measures 102 x 102 x 51 mm. In a nutshell, this mini flyer is efficient for shorter flights and recordings. All in all a good buy for beginners.
4.) Nano QX RTF with SAFE – The Nano is a quite drone and make its trips unannounced. Its direct drive propellers ensure a quite flight. Weighing just 16.5 grams and 140 mm in length, this silent flyer is nevertheless a tough worker. It comes with a Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) technology that assists beginners in avoiding crashes by providing greater stability and agility. It contains E-flite® 1S 3.7V 150mAh 25C Li-Po Battery which lasts around 5 minutes of flight time. A great option to carry while being outdoors.
5.) Walkera QR Ladybird V2 – This mini beauty showcases 3-axis gyro stabilization system that lends stability to this mini machine. Easy to setup and ultra-easy to handle, this drone comes in handy for first-timers. It features a Devo F4 FPV transmitter with 3.5″ LCD screen and a 5.8G FPV camera. It weighs less than 40 grams and measures 125 x 38 mm. It has a flight time of around 8 minutes with a 50mAh 3.7V 25C Li-Po battery. The traversal range is approximately 100 mtr.