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15 best quadcopters (drones) - Rating 2021

It is not at all surprising, given the relatively short life of such technology, that many users divide all existing drones into two types: for entertainment and for professional content shooting. In our ranking of the best quadcopters of 2021, you can find a wider range of products in terms of conditional classification. In our list, you can find the following types of drones:

  1. Mini drones are small drones with body dimensions that rarely exceed 6 inches, so they are great for entertainment. There are usually few functions, as they are used mainly for games with children;
  2. Racing drones are also lightweight, but have a special propeller design that allows you to accelerate the drone and perform various tricks. It is worth noting that some advanced models also have a camera included, but this is not required;
  3. A home drone is a cross between gaming drones and premium professional drones. This category of drones includes models with cameras of amateur level, due to the optimal ratio of price and quality. We have given them a separate category;
  4. Professional multicopters are expensive drones that are equipped with professional cameras to create high-quality content. They support many shooting modes, have a good bundle and interesting options.

In terms of engine type, options, flight range and other parameters, all drones are the same (regardless of class), but we will talk about this in more detail at the end of our top.

Inexpensive but good quadcopters

In the initial category, models are presented mainly for games with children. If the drone has a camera, then with a modest resolution of up to 720p. Obviously, the range of options and possibilities of such inventions is limited.


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Our top 15 camera drones open the entry-level CXHOBBY CX-17 quadcopter series. At the same time, the gadget has a huge set of functions, the vast majority of which are aimed at improving the driving process. As you understand, the photo and video capabilities of this drone are limited, which is facilitated by the affordable price and a modest camera with a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. Image resolution reaches 640 by 480 pixels. Unfortunately, there is no slot for a memory card, so the data has to be stored in the internal memory of the smartphone. From the point of view of the control process, everything is at a high level: landing occurs at the touch of a button.


  • LED lights;
  • low price;
  • simple control;
  • quality construction.


  • no memory card;
  • modest resolution.

WL Toys V303

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In search of a cheap but good GPS quadcopter, many buyers have opted for the WL Toys V303. The model perfectly captures the signal in the field with a range of up to 500 meters. The design uses reliable brushless motors. The battery capacity is 2700mAh, which is enough for 13-15 minutes of flight. At the same time, it takes from 60 to 100 minutes to charge the drone, which is far from the worst indicator in this segment. There is a voltage indicator that displays data even without a connected power source. Among the useful features can be noted “auto-return” if the height is small. The flight weight of this invention is between 770 and 925 grams if a stabilizer is used.


  • light;
  • range of flight;
  • signal quality;
  • good design.


Syma X21W

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Another good kids quadcopter with a modest built-in 720p Wi-Fi camera. In general, the image quality will be sufficient for young bloggers to develop or master photography skills. The drone attracts with the presence of a barometer, with which it is easy to keep the device at a certain height level. The case is quite light and reliable. It should be noted that Syma X21W is designed for use by children from 8 years old. At the same time, the engineers of a rather popular brand took care of the presence of a six-axis gyroscope to stabilize the equipment. The control range reaches 50 meters. On the way, the device can work without recharging for about an hour and a half.


  • beautiful body;
  • stabilization;
  • there is a barometer;
  • convenient management;
  • lightweight model.


MJX Bugs 3 Mini

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If you’re having a hard time deciding which good budget drone to pick up this year, consider the MJX Bugs B3 Mini. It is worth noting that this company regularly takes into account the experience of its developments and users, therefore, it regularly improves technologies and releases new model lines. This product is driven by advanced 1306 2750kV brushless motors. Attracts support for Acro mode. For the price, you can guess that the gadget is positioned as an entry-level quadcopter for novice users. On the case you can find 4 LEDs that facilitate the operation of the equipment at night. There is a headlight in front. In this case, the weight of the structure is 186 grams.


  • light;
  • acrobatic mode;
  • brushless motors;
  • reliable assembly.


Ryze Tech Tello

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The best low-cost quadcopter of 2021 is the Ryze Tech Tello, with a compact body and a set of useful technologies. It is worth noting that three major brands are simultaneously producing this series, including Intel and DJI Innovations. Only the mention of these brands directly indicates the excellent quality and performance of the gadget. In fact, this rule extends to several parameters, from driving comfort to stable 720p video. For novice users, finding a cheaper drone is quite difficult. In flight, a technician can be in the region of 13 minutes, and the range is up to 100 meters. Another significant benefit is the synchronization of the drone with the VR headset.


  • well-known manufacturers;
  • good camera;
  • build quality;
  • ease of piloting.


Top best quadcopters in terms of price and quality

In this part of the post, you can find decent amateur drones and racing drones. The latter often provide the ability to install a camera, but it is not included. If you decide to choose one or another gadget from our rating, check with the official seller.

DJI Mavic Mini

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A mid-range model from a leading drone manufacturer joins the drone of the year ranking with the DJI Mavic Mini with 2K video recording support. However, the image is quite clear. The assembly weighs about 250 grams, but you don’t have to worry about the drone being blown away in bad weather. The manufacturer took care of the presence of a thoughtful design. At the same time, the gadget corresponds to almost the same level of battery life as previous models. Autonomy reaches 30 minutes. In general, this indicator is enough to overcome 3-4 kilometers. It is worth noting the “Drone” mode, as well as the “Rocket”, which allows you to create fantastic content while climbing.


  • simple control;
  • balanced design;
  • battery life;
  • good camera.


  • the parameters are weaker than those of the old lines.

Hubsan X4 FPV Brushless H501S High Edition

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The Hubsan H501S Pro is one of the truly affordable video quadcopters with a range of up to 1.8 km. The remote has a high-quality monitor and assembly. It is worth noting that the model received a reliable motor from the KV1650 PM1806 Brushless series, the durability of which is beyond doubt. Good autonomy is due to the presence of a 2700 mAh battery, which fits in a rather modest case. This is enough for a 20 minute flight. The maximum height can be 500 meters. It is worth adding the presence of a gyroscope and a high-quality design. As for the image, not everything is perfect. In any case, when compared with the middle segment of the products offered by DJI.


  • range of flight;
  • build quality;
  • simple control;
  • professional remote control.


  • not the best camera matrix.

Fimi X8 SE

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Another relatively inexpensive 4K quadcopter with which you can create very high-quality videos. The secret is to use the 1.2/3 inch Sony IMX378 series sensor. The lens is mounted on a 3-axis mechanical suspension, thanks to which there are no jerks during video recording. It is worth noting that this drone was equipped with a GPS module and even a GLONASS system. Another strong point of the gadget is the support for flight up to 500 meters. The device can be in flight up to 33 minutes. Satisfied with a large number of supported modes, including circular flight and movement along a certain trajectory. Operation can be done with a 4.3-inch LCD remote control.


  • simple control;
  • quality remote control;
  • mechanical suspension;
  • operating modes;
  • video quality.


DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo

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In terms of value for money, mid-range brooms from the DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo series, equipped with three batteries at the same time, look decent. As you understand, buyers have no complaints about battery life. At the same time, the package includes a charger, a hub for carrying and storing the gadget, a carrying case and a durable protector for the propellers. Of course, there is a control panel and a screwdriver for equipment maintenance. However, judging by the reviews, the vast majority of buyers use tablets and smartphones to complete their business. It should be added that the drone weighs only 250 grams. The camera offers shooting with a resolution of 2720 x 1530 pixels.


  • cool video;
  • good equipment;
  • modest weight;
  • build quality;
  • appearance.


  • it is not the most advanced model.

Hubsan Zino 2

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The best drone in terms of price / quality ratio, according to our portal, will be Hubsan Zino 2 in 2021. Decent image and video quality is due to the support of a large Sony lens with a physical sensor size of 1 / 2.3 ″. The resolution of the sensor is only 12 megapixels. This photo module is enough for shooting semi-professional videos in 4K format at 60 frames. I was pleasantly pleased that the lens is mounted on a removable gimbal, which indicates a smooth video stream transmission. The viewing angle reaches 80 degrees, which is not an ideal result, but it negates the possibility of a flight of 33 minutes and a maximum distance of 6 kilometers.


  • many modalities;
  • Ambarella H22 processor;
  • video quality;
  • large matrix;
  • good suspension.


The best quadcopters with a good camera

At the end of our top, we will look at premium models for professionals. Such inventions are designed for advanced users, photographers, bloggers. If you are inexperienced, we recommend starting with an amateur or beginner class.

DJI Mavic Air 2

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We’ll start our review of high-end quadcopters with the DJI Mavic Air 2, which has a pretty solid lens and supports 8K shooting. The updated version of the popular drone line has received many new goodies compared to its predecessor. At the same time, the weight of the structure had to be sacrificed: now it is 575 grams. The battery capacity has also been increased, which had a positive effect on the flight time – up to 34 minutes. A large matrix with a resolution of 48 megapixels and a physical size of ½ “is responsible for professional signaling. Engineers paid due attention to the control system and obstacle avoidance.


  • improved navigation;
  • good lens;
  • light;
  • quality matrix.


  • worse than the premium version.

PowerVision PowerEye

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If you’re looking for a quadcopter with a professional camera, you should definitely consider the PowerVision PoweEgg, which has a large sensor capable of shooting at 4254 x 3264 pixels. You can shoot movies in 3820 x 2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. The gimbal camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal. Another strong point of the drone is its powerful 2800 mAh battery, which is enough to stay in the air for 23 minutes. It should be added that this aircraft is capable of speeds up to 46 kilometers per hour. There are many flight modes, including a pre-designated departure route. The files are stored on the microSD memory card. In this case, the signal transmission range is 5 kilometers.


  • large battery;
  • simple control;
  • good camera;
  • many operating modes.


  • little is sold.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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The list of good drones with high-quality video recording includes the premium model DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the regular version of which has already been considered earlier. The gadget received a photomodule from the well-known company Hasselblad. The sensor has an aperture of f/2.8 to f/11, which indicates the ability to take good photos and videos at any time of the day. Even in low light, you can capture beautiful portraits and landscapes. Proprietary HNCS technology adds balance. Thanks to the work of advanced power plants, this drone can accelerate to 72 kilometers per hour. It is worth noting the decent quality of parts and the long service life of the model.


  • durable construction;
  • chic camera;
  • photosensitivity;
  • appearance;
  • HNC technology.


Walkera X800

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For advanced users, Walkera has released a good professional quadcopter of the QR X800 series. It is already the leading technology for extreme sports. The drone has a weight of 4 kilograms, so it solves various tasks without any problems. Benefits include long flight, sleek design, and strong aluminum “legs” that can be installed in seconds. Implemented support for QR X800. GoPro Hero 3 and other advanced modules can be used. Among other advantages, one can note a stabilizing suspension, as well as autonomy up to 46 minutes. The implementation of the iMax B6 smart charger deserves special attention.


  • intelligent charging;
  • range of flight;
  • good structure;
  • convenient management;
  • detail quality.


DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

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The best premium drone with a good camera in 2021 is the DJI Phantom 4 PRO V2.0, which allows you to shoot 4K UHD videos. According to professional users, this gadget allows you to transfer video with low latency. VR glasses can be connected. It is worth adding that major drone manufacturers have equipped their product with a powerful power plant. The device supports the new FlightAutonomy system, which includes a range of high-resolution stereo cameras. Among the useful options is the drawing mode, thanks to which you can move the device along a certain path. Flight speed 72 kilometers per hour.


  • at high speed;
  • professional photography;
  • operating modes;
  • connect virtual reality glasses;
  • advanced design.


How to choose a good quadcopter?

According to the type of motor, all models can be divided into collector and brushless. The first are simple and affordable. They do not have high efficiency and good strength. Most often used for entertainment. Brushless motors are more advanced, durable and reliable. If you don’t know how to choose a good quadcopter for heavy loads and important purposes, then you should definitely choose the second option.

Another important parameter is control. Hobbyist drones can be controlled with a remote control. More advanced models support smartphone and remote control synchronization. Cheap toys can also sync with a smartphone via Wi-Fi, but their range rarely exceeds 50-60 meters. Obviously, a good drone should support radio control. In this case, it will be possible to send the gadget over long distances. It would be nice if a first-person view function is implemented, with the help of which users have the opportunity to follow the flight online. The control channels are different, as are the frequencies. As a rule, the description indicates at what distance and at what height the drone can be launched, so we will not go into details.

As for useful indicators and sensors, they include:

  1. GLONASS – helps to navigate in space;
  2. GPS is another module for tracking flight points from satellites. The best option for placing the gadget;
  3. The barometer is an important indicator for altitude control;
  4. Gyroscopes: needed to control angular acceleration;
  5. Accelerometers – allow, after synchronization with electronics, to determine the angle of inclination of the equipment. Important for professionals;
  6. A magnetometer is a simple compass that you can use to check your direction of travel. More common in budget models.

Another important point is the quality of the camera. In budget and amateur models, this is considered the optimal HD result. For professional models, support for 4K and even 8K video is already considered a standard.

What is the best drone to buy in 2021?

Therefore, if you are just getting acquainted with this segment of technology and do not know which quadrocopter to buy, it makes no sense to focus on expensive solutions. You will be able to get acquainted with the features of equipment operation and management using a budget model. To summarize, if you are interested in our opinion:

  1. A good model for panoramic video is the Hubsan X4 FPV;
  2. Fast racing drone – PowerVision PowerEye;
  3. Professional drone for high-quality video – DJI Phantom 4 PRO V2.0;
  4. A good children’s drone is WL Toys V303;
  5. A reliable model in terms of price and quality is Hubsan Zino 2.

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