The Top 10 Drones Available in 2021
The popularity of drones shows no signs of slowing down any time soon and, as the technology becomes increasingly affordable, we’re seeing an abundance of choice for the average consumer. Whether you’re flying one for fun, to give your photography a new edge, looking to stand out on social media, or even just searching for a new hobby community to join, we’ve got the best drones to keep your eye on in 2021.
Number 1: Autel Robotics EVO 2 Pro Drone 6K HDR Video for Professionals Rugged Bundle
This piece of kit might be pricey, but it’s worth every penny. A top choice for any professional photographer or videographer, the Autel Robotics EVO 2 comes with stunningly crisp 6K HDR and provides top-notch image quality even at the drone’s maximum height range. Couple this with a staggering 5.5-mile transmission area, omnidirectional obstacle avoidance technology, and a 40-minute flight time, you’ve got yourself an absolute winner.
Number 2: Parrot BeBop 2 Drone with Skycontroller 2 JoyStick & FPV Cockpit Glasses
We’ve seen the best choice for the professionals, but what about the casual drone flyer? Look no further than the Parrot BeBop 2, a mid-priced option that’s ideal for newbies. The high-quality stabilization features mean you don’t need a lot of skill to fly this drone, and you can capture some great videos and images. What’s more, the futuristic cockpit glasses give you a crystal clear feed no matter the weather.
Number 3: Sanrock U52 Drone with Camera for Kids and Adults
The Sanrock U52 Drone with Camera for Kids and Adults is a great choice if you’re on a budget, or are looking for a fun gift for the kids. This drone might be small, but it packs a lot of punch for its size with a 720p HD camera, one-button start and landing process, and auto-hovering. It even comes with tricks programmed in like 360-degree flips, circle spins, and programmable routes to impress your friends.
Number 4: DJI Mavic Mini - Drone FlyCam Quadcopter UAV with 2.7K Camera
The DJI Mavic Mini series has firmly cemented its place as one of the best mid-market drones for 2021. It’s reasonably priced, has a 2.7K HD camera, and weighs less than half a pound. What really makes it stand out though is its device compatibility, as you can connect it to dozens of other bits of tech like smartphones and tablets, giving you an unprecedented level of convenience and control.
Number 5: DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter UAV with 48MP Camera
DJI makes a second entry on our list, and for good reason. This drone specialist is really starting to pull ahead in terms of specs and features and we expect it to dominate the 2021 market. The Mavic Air 2 is the beefier cousin to the Mavic Mini, with ultra-crisp 8K hyper-lapse video, 48 MP photos, a 35-minute flight time, and a compact 20-ounce weight. It’s a perfect choice for professionals and hobbyists alike.
Number 6: Snaptain S5C WiFi FPV Drone with 1080P HD Camera
Even if it weren't for the amazing features of the Snaptain S5C, this drone would still make our list just because it looks so darned cool. It’s sleek, lightweight, reasonably-priced, and definitely has the right aesthetics to fit 2021. While it might lack the ultra-HD cameras of its larger counterparts, you’ll still get some great pics with this one and you’ll be able to instantly edit and upload your drone adventures to social media with its smartphone editing tool.
Number 7: Dobby Mini Selfie Pocket Drone
If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like if your smartphone could fly, then look no further than the Dobby Mini Selfie Pocket Drone. This adorable little fella weighs just seven ounces, can be slotted right in your back pocket, and takes great high definition pictures. If you thought drones were too expensive for you, or you’re the casual hobbyist looking for some great aerial shots on your next hike, Dobby is the drone for you.
Number 8: Ruko F11Pro Drones
Definitely one for any budding photographers out there, the Ruko F11Pro is designed to capture top-quality images. The camera itself has a 120-degree FOV lense, angle adjustments up to 90 degrees, and 4K Ultra HD picture quality. The stabilization technology is made to position the perfect shot, capturing images in vivid color and beauty.
Number 9: Hubsan X4 H501SS Pro
Hubsan has been making waves in the industry with a series of fun, feature-rich and affordable drones recently, and the Hubsan X4 H501SS Pro might be the best. The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but the features are certainly nothing to scoff at. The built-in GPS and automatic return home options make this one of the easiest drones to fly, and the 400-meter range make this a good choice for those looking for an all-round package.
Number 10: Ryze Tech Tello - Mini Drone Quadcopter
Designed specifically for kids and beginners, the Ryze Tech Tello might just be the easiest introduction to the drone world we’ve seen. The controls make it incredibly simple to record high-quality, stabilized videos, even if you have zero previous flying experience. Pull off tricks, control it via your smartphone, and download videos to any device for hours of guaranteed fun.