Top 5 Mini Drones of 2017

If you’re tired of flying around a bulky drone, you should definitely consider a mini drone. Although they’re not as powerful as their larger brethren, mini drones are very easy to control and fun to fly. Probably the first question that pops into your head right now is why would I let behind my cool DJI Phantom 3 and settle for a mini-me version of a drone? There are a couple of things that recommend mini drones over a standard drone, and, probably the most obvious advantage is the flying setting.

It’s far easier to fly a smaller drone inside close quarters like a room, inside a narrow passage or a dense forest, then a larger one. Also, keep in mind that mini drones cost less that regular drones, which is quite something for someone running on a tight budget. However, due to their compact size, mini drones aren’t as proficient as their larger brothers.


Best Mini Drones of 2017


1. Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

Parrot is quite renowned for its Bebop drone, which can support any possible attachment on it, including the kitchen sink. You may not know this but Parrot also makes affordable and light drones.

Introducing the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 – an incredibly light and agile drone that will put your flying skills to the test. The AR Drone 2.0 weighs a little over 3 pounds and is equipped with four self-tightening polycarbonate propellers.

The Parrot mini drone can be flown for approximately 15 minutes before the battery runs dry. However, the user can extend the flight time by attaching an extra battery. With the extra capacitor attached, you’ll get more than 36 minutes of flight time.

As far as designed is concerned, the Parrot AR 2.0 mini drone is aerodynamic and robust. You can easily pilot the AR 2.0 indoors as well as outdoors. The whole thing is powered by a 1000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery.

Apart from its unique aerodynamic design, this mini drone is also equipped with a 720p ventral camera that is capable of recording all your favorite moments. All in all, the Parrot mini drones are all you need for a great outdoor and indoor adventure.

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter - Jungle

Record & share videos & pictures straight from AR.

Other Specs:

  • 11B, 802.11G, 802.11n wireless transmission;
  • Range: up to 70 meters;
  • Support iOS and Android tablets and smartphones;
  • Return home function;
  • Hover mode;
  • Live streaming;
  • Emergency stop function;
  • Programmable motor controller;
  • Water resistant;
  • GPS guidance system;
Arguments:
PROS:
  • Easy to Deploy;
  • Intuitive UI;
  • Easy to Pilot;
  • Excellent flight autonomy;
  • Lightweight;
  • Perfect for indoor navigation;
  • Barrel roll feature.
CONS:
  • Application can free during mid-flight;
  • Spare parts are hard to find;
  • Lens is too narrow.

2. MJX X101 RC Quadcopter Drone

MJX X101 RC Quadcopter Drone

The MJX X101 RC Quad is considered one of the best mini drones out there on the market. Probably the first thing you’ll see when taking a first look at this drone is its frontal LED guiding lights, that make it look like a predator ready to pounce on its prey.

This quadcopter is designed to be flown both indoors and outdoors. Weighing no more than 420 grams, the MJX X101 is capable of turning every flight into something to tell your friends over a beer. Note that this is not a drone for beginners.

The MJX X101 RC was specifically made for the users who really know their way around a remote controller. Among other features that make this MJX model great is the optional FPV camera, return home function, stable flight, throttle limit mode and 6-axis gyro stabilization system.

Regarding flight time, this MJX model can be flown for ten straight minutes before it needs to be recharged.

MJX X101 3D RC Quadcopter Drone

One Key Return can make the quadcopter easier to control.

Other Specs and Features:

  • Lightweight mini drone;
  • On-press return home functions;
  • Nylon protection for chassis;
  • Range: 100 meters;
  • 4 GHz operating frequency;
  • HD RC real-time transmission;
  • Won the award for best mini drones with the camera.
Arguments:
PROS:
  • Incredibly light;
  • Good flight autonomy;
  • Resistant to strong winds and water;
  • Can perform stunts;
  • Has a search light.
CONS:
  • Recharging time is high: over 100 minutes;
  • Add-ons are expensive;
  • Stunt and attachments can drain the battery

3. Syma X9 FlyCar 4

Syma X9 Fly Car 4 Channel 2.4Ghz RC Quadcopter

Probably all of us have heard about the “Transformers” movies. Obviously, we do want one of those bots that can switch between car and bot mode in a split second. With the Syma X9 Quadcopter car, your dream of owning your very own Transformer will come true.

Introducing the new generation of nano drone, Syma wants to take the drone hobby to whole new level. With the X9 Quad car, you’ll be able to navigate each course, no matter how difficult it is. If the setting is ideal for flying, then the X9 can be switched to flying mode.

If there are any obstacles that can impede the drone’s flight, hit the button on the remote, and the X9 will go car mode.

The Syma X9 Quadcopter car weighs a little over one pound and measures 65 mm in height, 215 mm in width and 180 mm in length. The wondrous nano drone is powered by a 600 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that can keep it up and running for 15 minutes straight.

Syma X9 FlyCar 4

2-in-1 Fly & Drive

Other Specs and Features:

  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor settings;
  • Wireless: 2.4 Ghz;
  • 360 Degrees 3D eversion feature;
  • Remote control has two mode switch: car and quadcopter;
  • Four spare propellers.
Arguments:
PROS:
  • Incredibly light;
  • Can crawl through narrow spaces;
  • Good for indoor activities;
  • Decent battery life;
  • Car/quadcopter switch;
  • Can perform stunts.
CONS:
  • Poor battery life;
  • No recording capabilities;
  • Far easy to crash;
  • Spare parts are hard to find;
  • No return home function;
  • No iOS/Android compatibility

4. DBPOWER Hawkeye-I Quadcopter Transformable Drone

DBPOWER Hawkeye-I Quadcopter 3D

The DBPOWER Hawkeye- I Quad is yet another example of how to make your drone-flying experience more pleasant. Sporting the car transformation features as the X9 model from Syma, the Hawkeye-I model can go from car to drone in just a matter of seconds.

Being a little bigger than the X9 model from Syma, the DBPOWER Hawkeye sports a 2-megapixel HD camera that can record in true 720p thanks to its 2 GB memory card.

The DBPOWER Hawkeye-I Quad weighs approximately 1 pound and has 3.5 inches in heights, 3.5 inches in width and 1.4 inches in height. Flight stabilization is ensured by the 6-axis gyro stabilization system. The drone’s blade features a protective guard which prevents the motor assembly for getting damage in case of a crash.

The whole ensemble is powered by a 450 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, which keeps the drone up and running for 6 to 9 minutes.

DBPOWER Hawkeye-I Quadcopter 3D

720P Camera and a FREE 2GB micro SD card

Other Specs and Features:

  • 4 Ghz controller, operation on four channels;
  • Two-mode switch: flight and car;
  • Range: 30 meters;
  • Can perform 360-degree flips;
  • Adjustable speed mode.
Arguments:
PROS:
  • Great for any kind of terrain;
  • Excellent crash protection;
  • Decent video quality;
  • Can transform into car;
  • Intuitive RC.
CONS:
  • Camera distortions;
  • High charging time: 60 minutes;
  • Does not support attachments;
  • Part are hard to replace.

5. Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel Quadcopter with Camera

Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter

The Hubsan X4 model is a great choice for beginners, being maneuverable and intuitive at the same time. The narrow neck of those woods or your living room won’t pose a challenge for this bad boy equipped with four 0820 coreless motors.

Flight stabilization is ensured by the 6-axis gyro system. As far as flight autonomy is concerned, the Hubsan X4 can stay up in the air for approximately 7 minutes, before it needs a full recharge. This aspect is ensured by the 380 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery.

This is the second drone with hd camera on our list, it is also a 2-megapixel HD camera, that is capable of taking pictures and recording at 720p.

Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter

Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity.

Oher Specs and Features:

  • Adjustable gyro;
  • Light frame;
  • Increased stabilization;
  • Micro SD slot;
  • Rubber feet;
  • LED guiding lights;
  • USB port;
  • Can perform flips.
Arguments:
PROS:
  • Easy to use;
  • Intuitive controls;
  • Low price;
  • Sturdy chassis;
  • Decent camera.
CONS:
  • Can’t be controlled through smartphone or tablet;
  • Low flight time;
  • High charging time;
  • Best for novices than advanced users.

This was our best mini drones review list. All the items presented above are considered to be the best mini drones of 2017 having won many awards, including for camera, maneuverability, and device compatibility. Tell us your opinion on mini drones and nano drones in a comment bellow.

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