Best Mini & Compact Drones
With so many options, the best mini quadcopter or drone can be difficult to find. We aim to solve this problem by narrowing the options down to a few models with our easy to digest reviews. Mini quadcopters are also referred to as micro, nano, and even pocket quadcopters. A lot of other reviews of the best micro/mini quadcopters out there will just list off 10 Amazon products but that’s not the aim here.
As their popularity continues to skyrocket, so too does the number of potential drones for you to choose from. Microdrones are becoming increasingly popular because of their small size and low cost. Anyone can pick one up and most will be fairly proficient pilots after a few flights.
Top tips for flying a micro quadcopter/drone:
- You will crash at some point. Buy extra props and other spares if they are available so that you can quickly swap these out. We also recommend flying with prop protectors the first few times you use your drone, as these will help reduce the likelihood you will need to replace the props.
- Once you are confident flying, remove your prop protectors. Any additional weight will reduce your flight time.
- Batteries can take an hour to charge; make sure you get extra batteries for your drone so that you aren’t constantly waiting for a battery to charge.
Before you fly your new mini quadcopter:
- Make sure you read up on your local drone/UAV laws. Flight is typically restricted to line-of-sight (you must always be able to see your drone) and below 400 feet. Never fly near an airport/airfield or over roads, buildings and people.
- Check your transmitter is powered on before you power your drone.
- Check your drone battery is charged.
- Check your drone for any damage and ensure props, prop protectors and any camera are attached securely.
Best Mini Quadcopters Conclusion
Whilst the level of detail presented here will allow newcomers to make an informed decision, we know that experienced users will be looking for a more in-depth review. You can find reviews for each of our top picks on the site, just follow the links below.