The 10 Best Hobby Drones
This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in January of 2020. While drone fleets are becoming increasingly common for industrial purposes, such as warehouse deliveries and sorting, the enthusiast community for these remote-controlled flying machines is still going strong. Ones with equipped cameras allow for unique aerial perspectives and exciting outdoor exploration — within a limited range, of course. We've listed the best based on price and performance. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hobby drone on Amazon.
February 20, 2020:
I wanted to choose drones for enthusiasts rather than beginners for this list. These often sit at a higher price point and offer some features that may be complex to understand for first-time drone buyers such as customizable video and audio capture or an elaborate control scheme.
Hobbyists will appreciate that most of the products on this list offer safety features to keep them undamaged. This is especially useful for the more expensive drones, as you’ll want to keep these in pristine condition for as long as possible. One cool emergency feature that many of these devices have is the ability to automatically wobble, light up, or make noise to help the user locate them in the case of a crash or urgent landing. The worst case scenario is completely losing your drone, and this feature hopefully prevents it.
I gave the Autel Robotics EVO the number one spot because it offers essentially every major feature that the other drones do, and has a fairly reasonable price considering its top-notch construction. It’s one of the only drones capable of 4K video capture and looks quite sleek with an aerodynamic design and glossy orange base. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is very similar, but one of the most expensive drones out there. I put it as a runner-up since the EVO is a much better deal at around $700 cheaper.