One cannot disagree from the fact that the amount of popularity gained by drones the world over is absolutely phenomenal. There won’t be a single occasion when you visit a local park or a nearby playground and come across people sky-gazing with radio transmitters in their palms and controlling small drones as they whiz through the skies. As a matter of fact, there was a point in time when officials from FAA reported that around 10,000 drones were being registered with the regulatory authority on daily basis. Moreover, as you scour the internet, you will come across an increasing number of posts discussing the safety precautions that are mandatory to be taken in sensitive areas such as airports. With so many regulations in place and also the fact that the market has been absolutely bombarded with such a huge number of flying machines, even a thought of buying a drone for yourself would appear nothing but a Herculean task. Are you looking to buy a drone that is power packed and boasts a splendid camera or a racing quadcopter that would attain enormous speeds or simply a low end device that would be perfect for a newbie just to make himself feel at ease as he steps into the hobby.
You also have to give ample consideration to the size of drones since they are being manufactured in a number of sizes and dimensions. Will you be fine with a drone that can be stuffed in your small sized backpack or you are looking for a machine that can only be fitted properly in a carrying case designed specifically for itself? Whenever you set out to purchase a drone for yourself or even for your dear ones, bear in mind that it is always a game of options and you will have to choose your required drone from among a number of options. I have had the privilege of testing a huge number of drones and I’m not really sure what to do with them. However, I believe that I have spent far more time than anyone else staring at the sky with the radio transmitter in my hands. Let’s go through a list of five top small drones available for sale on Amazon. We start at the size of a quarter!
1 – UDIRC Predator UFO Drone
If you are looking for something that is unique and will give you an edge over your fellow dronies, then you should make a stop at the DBPOWER UDI U845 RC UFO Drone. As far as the framework is concerned, the device is a hexacopter with six rotors but is shaped like a spaceship hailing from a planet located at the other end of our galaxy. The design is pretty much similar to that of spaceships that we have got so accustomed to seeing in the low resolution images being disseminated since the 1960s. It includes features that would make flying a wonderful experience for the beginners. Firstly, the original packaging includes two batteries so you won’t have to spend more money for buying an additional battery pack. A single battery provides a flight duration of about 8 minutes after being charged fully and can be recharged with the help of a USB cable in no time at all. Secondly, the circular shape alongside its plastic covering render this machine more resistant to damage in case of a crash in contrast to some other drone of similar size and stature. The outermost cover has been designed to bump off objects while colliding which reduces the extent of damage remarkably.
This machine also includes a fantastically rock-solid camera that is capable of providing a real time video feed right from the drone’s eye via WiFi to your mobile handheld device. As a matter of fact, the manufacturers have given you the versatile option of either using the radio controller that comes along with the machine or using your own smartphone to manoeuvre the drone. However, I personally favor the remote control that comes in the original packaging since it is far more responsive. You can also detach the camera from the device so that you are able to perform the more complex aerial acrobatics. The drone also comes equipped with three varying modes of flight each of which offers a different speed and ease of flight. Besides the low voltage alarm tends to warn the pilot that the battery is about to run out of juice so it is time to bring the drone down to the ground to avoid any damage to the machine.
If you are new to flying drones, you would be enthralled with the fact that the single key flip mechanism lets you perform amazing omnidirectional flips by pressing a single button. The DBPOWER UDI U845 UFO Drone is user-friendly, boasts an impressive design and offers a relatively longer battery lifespan in contrast to other drones of the same category.
- Longer battery lifespan
- Two batteries out of the box
- Shaped like an alien spaceship
- Three modes of flight
- First Person Viewability via HD camera
- Configuring the app can be a bit taxing
- Propellers can get detached rather too easily. However, you can always replace them easily
2 – Hubsan X4 H107C
I have almost fallen in love with the Hubsan X4 H107C and that is perhaps the reason I can’t stop myself from extolling this marvelous machine. More than 960 reviews have given this small drone an impressive 4.0 out of 5.0 stars rating on Amazon. Its dimensions are 2.7 x 2.7 x 1 inches which means that it can quite easily fit into your palm; making your hand to appear as if it belonged to a giant who came from the top of the beanstalk. The three designs available for sale include black one with red stripes, black one with green stripes and a red one with silver stripes. Believe me, all of them are quite aesthetically pleasing. It also comes with a very lightweight airframe that can be removed as and when required. However, it tends to give an air of assurance to the beginner dronies in case their machine ends up in a crash. This airframe will help it avoid lots of damage.
The machine features a six-axis flight control mechanism along with a modifiable gyroscope responsiveness so that pilots of all types of skills and abilities can tailor it to their own preferences and requirements. Since the battery provides a flight duration of just about 7 minutes so I would suggest you purchase an extra pair of batteries. The camera is only 0.3MP, can record videos but does not come with the micro SDHC memory card to store videos. If you want to record video footages, you will be required to buy a low cost micro SDHC memory card. However, bear in mind that the video camera does not provide satisfying results.
This small drone is far ahead of others in terms of its friendliness and agility. The controller is quite responsive while the size permits you to put it in your pockets and carry it wherever the hell you want. The LED lights mounted on the body of the drone allow you to carry out nighttime flight excursions. The price is quite modest at $25 which is exactly why I believe it is one of the best toy drones out there.
- Compact in size
- Sensitive controls
- 6-axis flight control mechanism
- Could be flown at night
- Poor camera result
- Original packaging includes one battery only
3 – Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter
The belligerent outlook posed by the Heli-Max 1SQ is something that is so charming about this amazing quadcopter. Despite having a compact size, the engineers have been able to introduce fabulous amount of attention-to-detail to the canopy’s design which indeed is awesome. Moreover, the pilots can easily detect the direction in which the drone is headed to because of the orange colored rotors at the front and the black colored ones at the rear. You can fly it both indoors as well as outdoors because of the four separately controlled rotors and a triple axis gyroscope stabilization system that ensures amazingly steady flights.
This drone is quite powerful. As a matter of fact, I was quite bewildered by its power so you will definitely need to get yourself in the right groove if you want to manoeuvre the Heli-Max 1SQ like a puppet. The great strength and zip portrayed by the 1SQ render it a wonderful device to be flown even in gusty conditions. As is the case with most of the drones being manufactured these days, you can easily modify the gyroscope’s responsiveness as and when required without too much fuss.
Talking about the durability and reliability aspects, I myself crashed my drone a number of times on the hardwood floor from a height of at least eight feet and the machine suffered no significant damage whatsoever. The canopy of the machine make it all the more resistant to damage. You would need almost half an hour to get your batteries charged properly while the flight duration offered by the machine is round about 6 minutes.
- Fabulous design boasting a canopy shell
- Powerful machine
- Compact size
- Fast battery charging
- No nighttime flights possible
4 – Sky Viper Nano Drone M200
The products manufactured by the Sky Viper brand are my favorites so if you haven’t used one produced by them, you should definitely have a go at it in the low priced range. As a matter of fact, I included one of their machines in our list of best beginner flying drones. The nano drone boasts a dimension of 2.75” x 2.75” and you can even grasp it in the palm of your hand as if you were a huge giant.
You can enjoy both indoor as well as outdoor flight excursions with this machine. The single key stunts feature lets you perform amazing aerial manoeuvres such as barrel rolls and flips with remarkable ease even if you are rookie. Similar to the drones available on the market, you can easily modify the flight responsiveness and other variables. Hence, whether you are an experienced dronie or someone who has just stepped for the first time in the world of drones, you can adjust your flight sensitivity in accordance with your preferences.
The outer frame is made of Duraflex and is quite lightweight and flexible. In fact, just for your information, all Sky Viper drones make use of Duraflex frames. Owing to the 2.4GHz radio transmitter, the control range is as high as 200 feet.
- Fly a couple of machines simultaneously without any interference
- Compact size
- Frame made of Duraflex
- No inbuilt camera
- Very short battery lifespan
- Not conducive to be flown in gusty conditions
5 – HVR Mini Drone
Considering that the HVR Mini Drone is the smallest drone in our list, it definitely is one of the leading machines out there. You can easily judge from the photograph given above that is not larger than a quarter. It is extremely lightweight since it weighs only 6 pounds. However, it also includes an inbuilt camera and a memory card slot while a 4GB memory card is also included in the original packaging. It’s true that the camera is not the greatest and you won’t be getting to view stunning video footages. Having said that, the fact that the engineers have been able to slip in a camera in such a compact device is in itself quite remarkable.
At the time of writing this article, the HVR Mini Drone is the smallest drone available on Amazon. The original packaging includes a small sized controller which is quite intuitive and one can easy get a hang of the machine after a few practice sessions. You just need to employ a couple of button presses to trigger the awesome front flips, rear flips and barrel rolls and astound the onlookers.
The flight duration is round about 5 minutes while the battery pack gets charged by virtue of the USB port in just about 20 minutes time. Here’s the rub though: the battery cannot be removed or replaced so you are bound to fly it only at five minutes intervals after fully charging the battery. Having said that, it is its size that is so impressive and also the fact that it is so responsive to the pilot, make it one of the best small drones out there.
- Almost the size of a quarter
- Includes an inbuilt camera
- Includes a 4GB micro SD card for video recording
- Very sensitive
- Single key flips
- Poor quality video recording
- Battery cannot be detached or replaced
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