Top 10 Mini Quadcopter Models on the Market

Drones — or as RC hobbyists tend to call them, "quadcopters" — are everywhere now, and for good reason. They're inexpensive, fun to pilot and even can be useful. One variant of these remote-controlled vehicles is the mini quadcopter. With high-powered miniature motors and propellers, there's no better way to have fun in the air and no easier way to get a bird's-eye view. We've compiled a list of the top 10 mini quadcopter models available right now and compared their attributes to make it easy to find the best quadcopter for you.

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Product FAQ

Often, within the drone and quadcopter piloting communities, there are heated conversations about the specifics for the various drone model classifications. Mini quadcopters are no exception. These specific points of contention and potential use cases can be murky, so before we get to the list, let's go over a few miniquadcopter-related questions.

1. What Makes a Mini Quadcopter "Mini"?

2. What Can You Do with a Mini Quadcopter?

3. Are They Hard to Fly?

How We Reviewed

We took a look at a variety of mini quadcopter models and compared their features, noting the pros and cons inherent to each. We've also listed their pricing information and where to purchase them. By providing you with a narrowed list of products, it's our aim to make it easier for you to make a clear choice on which flying craft is the right pick for you.

Overall Price Range of a Mini Quadcopter

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The price of a mini quadcopter often depends on the length of its battery life and how long it takes to charge,as well as the transmission range of the radio receiver. The image quality of the camera, should there be one included, also often impacts the price. The list of quality mini quadcopter models we have reviewed here range in price from $15 to $1,000.

What We Reviewed

  • QWinOut kingkong/LDARC Racing Mini Quadcopter
  • Holy Stone Mini Drone with 720P HD Camera
  • DJI Spark
  • Kidcia RC Quadcopter Drone
  • Rabing Mini Foldable Wi-Fi RC Quadcopter
  • MindKoo H8 Mini RC Quadcopter
  • ImmersionRC Vortex Mini ARF Racing Quad
  • DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter
  • REDPAWZ H36 Mini Drone
  • HUBSAN X4 H107C Quadcopter

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Features

This brushless mini quadcopter has a 90mm wheelbase, about as big as the palm of your hand, and a weight of 42.9g. It features an 800TVL 150-degree camera, and a 1103 7800KV motor. For power, it ships with a 350mAh 2S 7.4V 25C lithium-ion battery. The ease of set-up, low price and tight control makes it a good choice for those looking to get into flying FPV sport quadcopters.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and Banggood. It is also available from the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

No warranty information is available from the manufacturer, LDARC, meaning it is likely not covered.

Pros

  • Beginner-friendly, entry-level racing drone
  • FPV camera
  • Small size

Cons

  • Receiver costs extra and must be purchased separately

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Features

Inexpensive and with a high-definition FPV camera, this mini quadcopter includes a bonus battery and eight replacement propeller blades. Its transmitter runs on four AA batteries and has a control transmission range of 100-120 meters, with video transmission clocking out a distance of about 50 meters. The unit itself charges with a lithium battery. It takes about 60 minutes to achieve a full charge, which then will give you about 7-9 minutes in flight. The camera resolution is 1280p x 720p, making it an inexpensive choice for novices in the field who want to capture some relatively usable aerial footage.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and eBay. It is also available from the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

A 30-day whole-unit warranty is offered by the manufacturer for quality-related issues. A replacement is covered. Additionally, the product comes with a 90-day accessory warranty for any reason. Returns for new and unused items are allowed.

Pros

  • FPV HD camera
  • Spare parts included

Cons

  • Low transmission range for an FPV-oriented drone
  • Short usage time even with full charge

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Features

This mini quadcopter has pre-programmed, guided flight paths, an app-based video editing suite, gesture control, an HD camera and a gimbal, which provides pivoting support for the camera. This drone's emphasis on cinematography, however, doesn't mean it's lacking in power. This quadcopter features a 50kph propulsion, a 2km video transmission range, 16-minute maximum flight time and immersive FPV. It can sense obstacles at a range of 5 meters and hover accurately anywhere at a range of up to 30 meters. It has a 170mm wheelbase and a maximum speed of 31mph.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and Banggood. It is also available from the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

DJI offers an opt-in paid warranty for $60 that covers two full replacements, water damage and ensures speedy delivery of replacements with an express shipping option.

Pros

  • Long-distance video transmission range
  • FPV HD camera with onboard gimbal stabilization
  • Longer flight time than competitors

Cons

  • One of the more expensive models of the list
  • Paid warranty

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Features

This beginner-friendly mini quadcopter comes with a smartphone-compatible receiver and helpful, basic notes printed on the receiver's front panel. The video transmission range to your smartphone is about 30 to 40 meters while the control range carries this flying machine up to 80 meters out. With a charge time of about an hour, you get about 6-8 minute of flight.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and eBay. It is also available from the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

This mini quadcopter comes with a 30-day manufacturer's warranty.

Pros

  • Easy to pick up and learn to pilot
  • Folds for portability
  • FPV camera

Cons

  • Very limited flight time
  • Very limited transmission range

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Features

This inexpensive, foldable drone sports a surprisingly large control radius of 100 meters and a flight time of 7-10 minutes. In addition, it only takes 30 minutes to achieve a full charge, so you can get back to enjoying your drone faster. It contains a rechargeable 3.7V 220Mah battery, and the receiver takes four AAA batteries. It connects to your smartphone for control and display of the FPV video signal.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and eBay.

Warranty

No warranty is offered.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Quick recharge time
  • Large control radius

Cons

  • No stabilization or gimbal makes FPV somewhat unreliable
  • No warranty

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Features

The cheapest model on this list, this mini quadcopter would make an excellent gift to children or other fans of RC toys who have an interest in flying drones. It has a flight time between 5 and 7 minutes, and the battery takes 45 minutes to get back up to a full charge.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and Gearbest.

Warranty

The manufacturer offers a 12-month warranty from date of purchase.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to pilot

Cons

  • No camera
  • Limited control range
  • Does not ship with a battery

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Features

This race-ready mini quadcopter boasts wide-ranging compatibility with a variety of pro control receivers, allowing it to respond accurately and quickly to commands from the ground. It relays real time stats to the controller, such as battery capacity, voltage and remaining flight time (although flight time is usually only up to 4 minutes.) It features seven 32-bit ARM processors for further heightened performance.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and Banggood. It is also available from the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

No warranty is offered.

Pros

  • Professional, advanced race-oriented construction
  • FPV video feed
  • Compatibility with a wide range of receivers

Cons

  • Very short flight time
  • Difficult learning curve prohibitive for beginners

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Features

This portable, extremely advanced drone is a power tool that offers 27 minutes of flight time, a control range of 7 kilometers, a top speed of 40mph and 4K video resolution. It is powered by a 2970mAh rechargeable battery and features a 3-axis gimbal. This drone truly approaches the level of professional quality, and isn't recommended for beginners.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and Banggood. It is also available from the manufacturer's website.

Warranty

DJI offers an opt-in $$ warranty that covers two full replacements, water damage, and ensures speedy delivery of replacements with an express shipping option.

Pros

  • Extensive flight time
  • Top of the line FPV camera and video feed
  • Very high control range

Cons

  • Prohibitively expensive
  • Not beginner-friendly
  • Paid warranty

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Features

This relatively inexpensive mini quadcopter charges in about 45 minutes and has a flight time of 5 minutes. Its control distance is 30 meters, and it runs on an included 3.7V 150mAh battery. The receiver runs on two AA batteries (not included).

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and eBay.

Warranty

No warranty is offered.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Batteries for the unit are included

Cons

  • Limited abilities
  • Batteries for receiver not included

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Features

This low-price, lightweight quadcopter has a flight time of 8 minutes and it recharges fully in half an hour to an hour. The unit runs on a 3.7V 380mAh lithium rechargeable battery, while the receiver runs on four AAA batteries (not included). This drone is a good choice for beginners because it is relatively simple to operate.

Where to Buy

This model is available from a variety of online retailers such as Amazon and Banggood.

Warranty

No warranty is offered.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Beginner-friendly operation

Cons

  • Onboard FPV camera is only 480p
  • Battery life is not ideal

The Verdict

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Choosing a quadcopter often entails weighing complicated technical factors, but it's crucial to remember that a quadcopter exists to serve the needs of the user. If you're looking for something fun to fly, a more inexpensive model is best. If you're looking to race, however, it's important to buy one that will meet the rigorous mechanical expectations of RC sport usage. If you want to capture beautiful aerial footage, choosing one with an advanced camera system is a must.

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