Best Mini Quadcopters in 2017
A mini drone is also referred to as a toy aircraft and is usually small enough to fit in your hand. Usually mini drones come fully assembled and ready to fly. These quadcopters are small in size and do not come loaded with extra features like a camera because their small motors are not powerful enough to carry the extra payload. As a result, a mini drone is much less expensive than bigger models.
Mini drones are made of molded plastic which keeps the weight of the aircraft down. Because these drones are lighter and made of plastic, they are more resistant to damage in crashes. Let’s face it, a crashed drone can be expensive to repair. Mini multi-rotors are great aircraft for training beginner rc pilots. They are small, lightweight, can be flown indoors, more resistant to being damaged in a crash and they are less expensive to repair when damaged.
On the other hand, mini drones do not offer a lot of fun features that you may be expecting from a quadcopter. However, mini’s are a good starting point into the hobby to get your feet wet and learn how to fly them. Unless you are a skilled drone pilot with years of experience, we recommend that you start with a mini drone. A couple of popular brands to consider include mini drones made by Walkera, Blade and Hubsan.
Blade Nano QX RTF
The tiny Nano QX is RC flying fun you can take with you everywhere. The Nano QX weighs little more than half an ounce and is small enough to fly in extremely small spaces. It features their exclusive SAFE™ technology which is a sophisticated flight control software that helps keep the Nano stable in a hover while in stability mode.
SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope and is central to the performance of the Nano QX. Even new pilots will feel comfortable with the Nano QX in stability mode because SAFE will make sure the quad is always in control and in an upright fashion. You will feel an immediate sense of confidence and be flying around like a pro in no time!
Hubsan X4 H107C
The Hubsan X4 quadcopter is a great choice for those who are looking for something small and compact with the ability to out-fly other mini-sized models. Outstanding power, increased control flexibility and enhanced sensitivity truly set this drone apart from other comparable makes and models. This product is an excellent option for those who are new flyers and are just entering the world of flying quads.
The H107C also comes with a built-in camera for aerial photography. This palm-sized multi-rotor aircraft has a 0.3 megapixel, 720 x 240 resolution camera. Video is recorded on a microSD memory card located below the tail section of the aircraft. The H107C also comes with a 380mAh lithium-polymer battery that provides up to 7 minutes of flying time.
The Hubsan X4 mini drone is one of the lower models manufactured by Hubsan, making it a great first rc drone for all ages at an affordable price point.
Hubsan X4 H107D
The features on the H107D are very similar to the H107C model except that it comes with a first person view camera (or FPV) that transmits a real-time video signal to the controller that is being held by the pilot. With a FPV camera, the pilot can see exactly what the camera is seeing in the air on a 4.3 inch color LCD screen located on the control unit. With the FPV mode, it is easier to fly the aircraft. Given the small size of this multi-rotor copter, the camera has a fairly low end resolution of 0.3 megapixels and records in 720p HD resolution. So the video images are not expected to be as high a quality as you will get on high end drone models like the DJI Phantom Vision 2 series.
The flight time for the H107D is approximately 7 minutes after a full battery charge. It will normally take about 30 minutes to charge the battery to full charge. A good idea is to buy two batteries so that you don’t have to wait so long in between battery charges to fly your rc drone. Being a mini multi-rotor quadcopter, this aircraft does not have a GPS system on it to help it compensate for wind resistance. So if you take it outside to fly, the aircraft may tend to drift around based on the wind speed and direction.
The Hubsan X4 H107D is another great rc mini drone to start out in the rc hobby. Consider buying this aircraft if you are learning how to fly a quadcopter. Don’t expect to be an expert pilot instantly, it takes time. And since the H107C and H107D are a smaller aircraft, they will handle crashes much easier.
Walkera QR LadyBird V2 Mini Quadcopter W/ Devo 4 Radio, RTF
The Ladybird V2 is another mini quadcopter that is ready to fly (RTF) right out of the box. As an RTF unit, there are no complicated steps in assembling the Ladybird V2. All that is required is to open the box, charge the battery and start flying!
The Ladybird V2 RTF comes with the Devo 4 2.4 gHz transmitter that has a flight distance of up to 100m. The Devo 4 is easy to learn how to use. The 3-axis gyro stabilization technology makes this qquadcoptereasy to maneuver and very stable in all environments.
In the normal flying mode, the stable flight characteristics of this aircraft provide a stress-free flight experience. When you switch to the aerobatic mode, the Ladybird V2 becomes more responsive for the more experienced pilots to perform additional maneuvers. From the basic mode to the aerobatic mode, the QR Ladybird V2 performs well in both modes.
There are 4 channels for flying which gives the quad copter the capability to move in the following 8 directions:
- Full function left & right side flying
- Rotate clockwise & anti-clockwise
- Move forward & backward
- Move up & down
- Flip/roll in 4 different directions
- Fixed point hovering w/ accurate positioning
Flight time on a full battery is approximately 10 minutes. Charging time on the battery is 30-40 minutes. The Ladybird V2 comes with a 3.7v 240mAh Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Battery.
Buying a mini drone is a great entry point into the hobby. You won’t have to spend as much money to get started and you can learn to fly one of these drones indoors easily, because of its mini size.