The 10 Best Small Drones
Updated December, 2017
Bigger might be better in the world of drones, but that doesn’t mean small drones don’t have a lot to offer. If you want to break into flying drones as a hobby, learning to fly with a large and expensive machine is almost certainly going to end in disaster, especially if you’re trying to learn indoors. Small drones are great for beginners getting the hang of controls or advanced pilots looking to have some fun inside their house or office. Spire Drone is here with this list of the 10 best little drones, ranging from small enough to fit in your palm to just over a foot.
1. HUBSAN Q4 H111 Nano
The Hubsan Q4 H111 Nano claims to be the smallest drone in the world, and it’s definitely the smallest drone on this list at approximately 2 by 2 inches and weighing 11.5 grams.
This lightweight quadcopter doesn’t have a lot of flashy features, but it does pack position-recovery technology and gyroscope stability into its small, but durable one-piece frame. It even has the ability to perform 360 rolls and flips, with LED lights to keep track of it if you decide to fly outdoors.
The Hubsan Q4 H111 Nano is a no-nonsense small drone with enough features to learn the basics and have a fun time flying. This small drone is going to run you between $20 and $30, depending on which color you prefer between blue, white, purple, green, black, yellow or red.
2. CHEERSON CX-10 MINI
The Cheerson CX-10 Mini is another exceptionally small drone, measuring approximately 2.75 by 2.75 inches and weighing about 12 grams.
A small drone with a small list of features, the CX-10 still has room for a 6-axis gyroscope for more stable flight and advanced maneuvers like 360 flips. This small drone also has the added bonus of three adjustable speed modes for different skill levels and LED lights for night flying.
The CX-10 is another drone with enough features to appeal to beginners wanting to get the hang of flying or veteran pilots looking for a fun little drone to fly around inside. It’s both small and cheap, costing about $15 or so.
3. SKY VIPER M500 NANO
Another drone that can fit in the palm of your hand, the Sky Viper M500 Nano is a small drone measuring 2.75 by 2.75 inches and weighing about just over 3 ounces (85 grams) that still manages to packs big performance into a micro-sized package.
The M500’s controls can be adjusted for sensitivity, allowing for a precise flying experience to appeal to both beginners and more advanced drone pilots. This small drone also has the ability to perform mid-flight stunts with the easy touch of a button and a flying distance of 200 feet, with all of its features housed in a lightweight, but durable frame.
4. HUBSAN X4 H107C
The X4 H107C is another small drone from Hubsan and the first small drone with a camera featured on the list. Even with the 720p camera, the X4 H107C is still compact at the size of approximately 3 by 3 inches and weighing 1.7 ounces.
This small drone is great for stunts, featuring the latest 6-axis control system and adjustable gyro sensitivity for plenty of mid-flight flips. The X4’s motors are particularly power for the size and even though the frame is lightweight, it’s still durable. It’s small enough for indoor flight, but has the ability to handle stronger winds for outdoor flight. Beginner and advanced flying modes only add to this small drone’s appeal to many different skill levels.
5. HOLY STONE F180C MINI RC QUADCOPTER
The Holy Stone F180C Mini RC Quadcopter is a very popular small done with a camera. The size of this drone makes a small jump from the three drones mentioned previously, measuring about 5 by 5 inches. The camera makes it heavier than other drones at this size, weighing in at about 14 ounces.
As mentioned, one nice feature on a drone this small is the 720p camera for shooting photos and video mid-flight. In addition to the camera, the F180C has a few nice features for a fun flying experience, including a 6-axis gyro control system for stability and four different flight modes to control sensitivity. The package also comes with a bonus battery and 12 extra propeller blades.
6. HELI-MAX 1SQ V-Cam
The Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam is another great small drone with a camera and fun flying capabilities. It’s still particularly small, measuring 5.7 by 5.7 inches and weighing about 1 ounce.
This small drone has a 720p camera that can be turned on and off mid-flight with the transmitter, a very useful feature if you’re looking to experiment with aerial photography or videography. The four independently controlled propellers and triple-axis gyro stabilization make for easy and fun flight indoors or braving light winds outdoors.
The Heli-Max 1 SQ V-Cam is a great all-around small drone, especially if you want to try out aerial photography or videography. This small drone costs about $75, but if you’re hooked on the cool looks but don’t necessary want a camera, the model without a camera (the Heli-Max 1SQ) costs about $50.
7. AIR HOGS MILLENNIUM FALCON QUADCOPTER
This small drone is going to be particularly fun for any Star Wars fan, modeled after the film’s most iconic ship. The Air Hogs Millennium Falcon packs a lot of fun into a small quadcopter, measuring 9.5 by 7 inches and weighing 2.3 ounces.
The Air Hogs Millennium Falcon is great for learning indoors, high-density foam body both extremely durable but soft enough in case you end up hyper-driving into a wall. If you do want to take this small drone outside, it won’t handle wind very well but still has an impressive 200 foot range. The Millennium Falcon completes the experience with LED lights and screaming sounds to really help you nerd out.
8. TRAXXAS 6608 LATRAX ALIAS QUAD-ROTOR RTF HELI
Traxxas is one of the biggest names in RC vehicles, offering this small drone with fast and easy flight and solid construction. The 6608 Latrax Alias isn’t as mini as some of the other drones on the list, but stays relatively small with a 12 inch width and weight of 3.5 ounces.
The Alias is a small drone with a focus on flight, designed uniquely with powerful motors and a durable, but very lightweight construction for fast and responsive flying. This small drone’s four rotors and auto-leveling 6-axis flight system makes flying not only fast, but stable and easy. Traxxas has also designed a unique flight control system for the Alias to allow for faster speeds and acrobatic maneuvers earlier in your pilot training.
9. SYMA X5C-1
The Syma X5C-1 is another small drone with a HD camera and is very popular with beginners due to its stability and ease of flight. The X5C-1 is another drone stuck in between being micro-sized or full-sized. The size is still relatively small at 12 by 12 inches, but is the heaviest drone on the list at about 2 pounds (32 ounces).
This small drone has a 6-axis gyro stabilization system for stable and flexible flight while you get the hang of the controls. The X5C-1 is still small enough for indoor flight, but sturdy enough for outdoor flight in light winds. The 720p camera is still viable for trying out aerial photography, and one-button flips adds some fun acrobatics to this versatile small drone’s skill set.
10. Force 1 UDI U818A
The Force 1 UDI U818A is the largest of the small drones on this list with a wingspan of 18 inches, but is still light enough for indoor flight at 1.7 ounces. This small drone is one of the best entry-level drones with a camera and still has the features to make flying easy and fun.
The wider design and the 6-axis gyro system with posture control ensures the U818A is going to be stable when flying indoors, but the low weigh isn’t going to make it ideal for outdoor flight. Two flight modes gives you the choice between learning the controls as a beginner or switching for high-speed flying. The 720p camera will still shoot in high enough resolution to give you the feel for drone photography. It also comes with a 4GB MicroSD card and reader for easy download.
We hope this list of the best small drones has shown you good things can still come in tiny packages. Whether you’re just starting out in your drone training or a veteran pilot looking to downsize for your next drone, these drones offer a smaller and more affordable way to fly that’s safer for the indoors and less pressure when you’re learning.