Top 10 Best Mini & Nano Drones 2018

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Model
Features
Hubsan H107C X4

[ Our #1 Choice ]




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  • 6-Axis Gimbal with Gyro Sensor.
  • Transmitter Supports Mode 1 and Mode 2.
  • Super stable flight.
  • Lightweight & durable airframe.
  • 4 LED Indicators.
Hubsan Updated H107C



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  • Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity.
  • Permits super stable flight. With 4 channels.
  • 4-ways flip(left,right,forward,backward).
  • Memory card support:Micro SDHC.
BLADE QX RTF



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  • Features exclusive SAFE technology with stability and agility modes.
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office.
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards.
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift.
Holy Stone Predator Mini Drone



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  • Headless security system enables players of any level to fly the drone easily.
  • 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference.
  • More Stable and Flexible with 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization System.
  • Good Performance of Wind-Resistant Control Range: About 30-50 Meters.
  • Flight Time: About 6-8 minutes Charging Time: About 45-60 minutes (Under currents input 0.5A-1A).
EACHINE E010 Mini


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  • With built-in positioning system, the drone can auto locate the remote control, just press the one key return button, the drone will fly back to the remote control's location.
  • The new 3D rolling special effects surprise all the people.
  • The drone will change its flight direction with the change of the direction of remote control.

It’s that time of year again; you know what we mean, the time when you check into your social media feed and find loads of people telling you how many days it is until Christmas (or, if they want to be really annoying, how many ‘sleeps’). This sends you into a frenzy: what are you going to buy for those special people in your life? What can you get them that is original, that they will appreciate, and that they will use and enjoy?

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We reckon we have the answer! Every year there is one item that becomes the must-have gift; remember the craze for VR headsets a few years back (they’ll come around again as they are getting better, watch this space!). Well, we think this year’s definitive gift will be a drone, an RC quadcopter, as they really are great fun.

Radio-controlled aircraft are nothing new, of course, but they tend to come in two forms: painstakingly crafted replicas of actual aircraft that are flown by experts, and RC helicopters, that are harder to fly than the real thing! Mini drones, however, are a different matter.

With four rotors – one at each corner – these things are very simple to fly, can be made to perform flips and other moves, and often come with features including being able to be made to hover in one place. Some can be fitted with cameras – some have them included in the package – so you can either save images and video to a memory card or stream live, and they offer a great opportunity to enjoy flying your own RC aircraft.

There are different types of drones – from professional ones to those intended for beginners and for fun – and it is the latter, the affordable and fun models, that this review is dedicated to. So, read on for advice on the best nano and mini drones, and find the perfect gift for your friends this Christmas.

Best Mini & Nano Drones

1: Hubsan H107C+ X4

It’s worth remembering that drones are widely used by emergency services for investigating disaster sites without the need for sending in bodies. They are also used by utility services to check power and pipe lines remotely, safely and cheaply. The off-shoot is that you and I can buy cheap, capable quadcopters that have benefited from the development of these professional models, such as this one from Hubsan, a leading name in the field.

This one is typical of the breed and, as such, a great introduction to our reviews. It is small and neat – around 10cm square and weighing around 50g – and is made from durable material so will be able to be flown without worry. It can fly in all directions and perform 360-degree flips – great for impressing your friends – and has a 6-axis flight control system for excellent stability.

It also comes with altitude hold function, so you can hover and take pictures or video with the more than adequate camera – and has a range of up to 100m. Like most of these smaller models, it has a flying tome of under 10minutes. Charging time is a typical 45minutes. It’s a good model, and you get a spare set of blades, and at around £50 is not the cheapest of these, but you are getting one of the best mini drones, rather than a toy.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Spare Blades
  • Easy To Fly
Cons
  • No Spare Battery

 

2: Hubsan Updated H107C

Hubsan, as we have said, is one of the leading names in the mini drone market, and this one is absolutely of that ilk. Another version of that above, it is identical but for a few minor differences. One thing we will say is that while the camera can record to a memory card, you don’t get one included in the package.

This one is typical of the breed as it is small and neat – around 10cm square and weighing around 50g – and is made from durable material so will be able to be flown without worry. It can fly in all directions and perform 360-degree flips – great for impressing your friends – and has a 6-axis flight control system for excellent stability.

It also comes with altitude hold function, so you can hover and take pictures or video with the more than adequate camera – and has a range of up to 100m. Like most of these smaller models, it has a flying tome of under 10minutes. Charging time is a typical 45minutes. It’s a good model, and you get a spare set of blades, and at around £30 is very good value indeed.

Pros
  • Trusted Brand
  • Spare Blades
  • Lots Of Functions
Cons
  • No Spare Battery
  • No Memory Card

 

3: BLADE QX RTF

When reviewing particular items, we always point out the safety requirements if there are any to be mentioned. It should be noted, therefore, that quadcopter can reach some considerable heights, and there are increasing reports of people flying them carelessly in airport and airfield flight paths. This will inevitably lead to an accident, so please be very careful where you choose to fly; there is plenty of information on the safe flying of these devices online.

This model is something of a curiosity: it is a very nice mini drone, well-made and neatly designed, and performs all the manoeuvres you could want to perform, is extremely small and light – just 18g – and great fun, but that light weight – we think – may be a problem even in the slightest wind outdoors, so it is probably best kept for indoor use.

It’s easy to fly and great fun, and it comes with all the pieces you need to get airborne straight away, yet unlike the above two it has no camera, and there is no attachment to add one, either. There are no spare blades included, and no spare battery either, and you get the usual short flight time so will be waiting around for it to charge often. Also, it’s almost £100, which we don’t quite understand.

Pros
  • Quality Build
  • Very Small
  • Lots Of Functions
Cons
  • No Spare Blades
  • No Camera

 

4: Holy Stone Predator Mini Drone

As this review concerns smaller, entry-level quadcopters, we can safely assume you are looking for a first one for someone who wants to fly, or as a gift. As such, this one is well worth looking at. It’s a basic, simple and nicely made mini drone that does everything you would expect a beginner’s model to do. In fact, it is designed for the inexperienced mini drone pilot, and also for both indoor and outdoor use.

There is no camera and no facility to add one, however, so if you are looking for photographic capability this is not for you. Where it wins is in its price – we’ll come to that in a moment – and the fact it is easy to fly. To begin with, you get ‘headless’ technology, which means any way the drone is pointing, it will follow your directions from the controller, rather than having one face that is always forward.

It has a 6-axis flight system for absolute stability, can be hand-launched, and is made from durable material. It is also fitted with colourful LED lights that make it a great sight when flying at night. One thing we do like is that it comes with three speed modes, so absolute beginners can get used it to it in their own time before speeding up. A great first best mini drone, then, and at around £25, a bargain.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Well Made
  • Easy To Fly
Cons
  • No Camera
  • No Spare Battery

 

5: EACHINE E010 Mini

If you are looking for small, simple, basic and cheap, it doesn’t get much better than this. At less than 10cm square – yes, really, it is that small – this quite amazing quadcopter may be aa perfect introduction to drone flying for the younger enthusiast, and will certainly led to them wanting more! It’s a very neat design with blades that are protected for longer life, and is very easy to fly.

Amazingly for something this small, you actually get Headless flight: that means you don’t need to make sure your drone is pointing in a particular direction, as it will follow the direction of your controller. There is no camera, but when you see the price you will forgive that omission. This one can perform the 360-degree flips that are so much fun for beginners, and will impress your friends as they can be done at the touch of button automatically.

This nano drone also has a one-key return system so you stand less chance of losing it; press the button and it will locate the handset, and return immediately to you. It has a five-minute flying time from a charge of 30-50minutes – there is no spare battery – and a range of only 30m, but at under £20 – seriously, it’s less than twenty quid – we reckon you can’t go wrong for a fun gift for someone.

Pros
  • Very Small
  • Affordable
  • One Touch Return
Cons
  • No Spare Battery
  • Short Flying Time

 

6: DoDoeleph Mini Pocket Drone

This model appeals to us on a number of counts, not least the fact it comes with a camera incorporated. It may not be the best camera in the world, but it does offer HD quality live transmission of video and stills storage, so is more than adequate for leisure use. The drone itself is of typical design – the four-rotor set up offering excellent performance and ease of use – and you get 6-axis flight control for steady hovering.

It features auto-hover mode so you can keep it nice and steady while you take your photos and videos, and it also comes with headless so you can start flying without worrying about orientation. It comes with LED lights for added fun and looks great at night, and is recommended also for flying indoors – a great way of getting used to flying a drone without risk of losing it. Its well-made from durable materials, and also looks good.

It can perform all the usual manoeuvres, such as the 360-degree flip, and is easy to fly, and comes with everything you need to get flying straight out of the box. It also has one-touch take-off and landing for added ease of use. With about 25m of range and a five-minute flying time this is clearly one for beginners – charging is in about 90minutes – but if you are looking for a starter drone with a camera and all the features, this could be it at around £45.

Pros
  • Full Features
  • Video And Still Camera
  • Live Transmission
Cons
  • No Spare Parts

 

7: Syma X12S Nano

You want a small quadcopter? They don’t come much smaller than this one from Syma, a leading name in budget beginner’s mini drones. The measurements are astounding – 7.4×5.2×2.7cm – but until you actually see it, you don’t realise how small that actually is! How it flies we have no idea, but it does, and impressively too. You can’t expect a camera with something of this size, so if that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere.

What you do get is a tiny little drone that is great for flying indoor – and out in very calm weather – and one that can perform tricks and manoeuvres that many more sophisticated models can do no better. For example, this one can be set for a continuous 360-degree flip – great fun for impressing your friends! With a 20m range and four minutes of flying time this one is clearly intended for indoor use, but it’s still a lot of fun and will fit in your pocket!

It has a 6-axis gyro for stable flying, will charge fully in around 40 minutes, and comes with a spare set of propellers plus a USB cable and its own screwdriver, and would make a very enjoyable and fun gift for someone. At not much more than £15 we can’t fault it for what it is, but if you are looking for a more serious mini drone – this one is most certainly a toy – this is not the one for you.

Pros
  • Very Small
  • Excellent Gift
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Short Range
  • Short Flying Time

 

8: Syma X12 Nano Green

Proof that drones don’t only come in black, white or red is this one, which is the above model in green! It measures just 7.4×5.2×2.7cm Which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Yet, even at that small size and light weight, it can do some pretty impressive things. You can’t expect a camera with something of this size, so if that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere.

What you do get is a tiny little drone that is great for flying indoor – and out in very calm weather – and one that can perform tricks and manoeuvres that many more sophisticated models can do no better. For example, this one can be set for a continuous 360-degree flip – great fun for impressing your friends! With a 20m range and four minutes of flying time this one is clearly intended for indoor use, but it’s still a lot of fun and will fit in your pocket!

It has a 6-axis gyro for stable flying, will charge fully in around 40 minutes, and comes with a spare set of propellers plus a USB cable and its own screwdriver, and would make a very enjoyable and fun gift for someone. At not much more than £20 we can’t fault it for what it is, but if you are looking for a more serious mini drone – this one is most certainly a toy – this is not the one for you.

Pros
  • Very Small
  • Fits In Your Pocket
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Short Range
  • Short Flying Time

 

9: Cheerson CX-10C Mini

As we near the end of our review of nano mini drones we are clearly familiar with the themes on offer: from the very, very small – as the two above – to the merely compact, you have a vast choice of options, each of which has its own merits. This one, from Cheerson, has plenty to recommend, including a camera. Fair enough, it’s only a 0.3MP camera – not the best in the world – but for a beginner looking for a small starter drone with picture capability, you can’t complain at the price.

The camera can take stills and video and store them to a memory card for playback, while the drone itself is a headless model so you can simply set it away and fly without any messing around. You get 6-axis stability for excellent flight characteristics, plus 2.4gHZ frequency for low interference, so this one is perfect for outdoor or indoor flight. It can also hover and perform flips, and can be launched from the hand for easy flying.

You also get a low power alarm so you can bring it home before it fails, plus LED lights for night flying, and it comes with a handy cleaning cloth plus a USB cable and a spare set of blades. At 6x6x2cm it is also tiny! If you are looking for a very small beginner drone with a camera, this one is worthy of consideration at less than £25.

Pros
  • Camera
  • Very Small
  • Spare Blades
Cons
  • Indoor Only

 

10: Estes Proto X Nano

So, we come to the final one of our tiny quadcopters, and it’s this one. It’s red, it’s small – 14x10x6cm, so not exactly nano – and it’s of the traditional design, and it is a well-made device that comes with all the features you would expect. That means you get headless, for ease of use, a 6-axis flight system for stability, and a controller that is of the traditional type. It also comes equipped with LED lights for fun – indeed, these have been the subject of many UFO sightings in recent years, especially when flown at night!

This one weights just 12g so – as with all of these small drones – you need to take care when flying outdoors, and it can perform flips and all the other movements you want. It’s easy to fly and a great choice for the beginner, and is made from sturdy material that should last a long time.

With this one you get a spare set of blades, a USB charger and – as with all – full instructions, and at around £25 it’s not bad value at all.

Pros
  • Small
  • Easy To Use
  • Spare Props
Cons
  • No Spare Battery
  • No Camera

 

Important Features to Consider

That’s our list of the 10 best mini onano droneses on the market right now, so if you’re looking for a gift for someone or one for yourself, here are some features you need to consider.

Camera or Not – some of these come with a camera included, and it can be great fun to be able to take pictures, but you will pay more for these models.

Ease of Use – we strongly recommend you look for one with headless function and one-touch take-off and auto return.

Altitude Hold and Auto Hover – these features make it easier to take pictures and to perform flips and other tricks

Those are our three main points, and we would have included a spare battery but none of these has one as standard, although we advise you add one to the package if available.

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Any one of these would make a great gift for a friend or even for yourself, so choosing the right one is never going to be easy. If you want one with a camera, and are willing to pay more, we recommend you look at either of the Hubsan models, the first two on the list, as they offer excellent value all-round, plus a decent camera and also genuine outdoor capability with an impressive range.

If you don’t need a camera, and simply want a beginner’s mini drone that can be flown outdoors, take a look at the Holy Stone Predator, which has all the features at an impressive price.

So, get yourself one of these and have fun – and we guarantee you’ll be hooked; then check out our reviews of more advanced drones for when you feel ready to move up a notch!