The 10 Best Pocket Drones
This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Don't let their diminutive size fool you: these pocket quadcopters pack plenty of high-flying capabilities into those tiny airframes — racing across the sky, performing stunt maneuvers and aerial acrobatics, and streaming spectacular views from above to your smartphone. Just be sure to comply with laws governing drones and the airspace they fly in to avoid running afoul of the authorities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
October 14, 2020:
Drone technology continues to advance, with ever more powerful motors, batteries, cameras, and AI modules available in miniature quadcopters, and our updated list reflects this progress. We substituted the DJI Mavic Air 2 for the original Mavic Air, in recognition of its improved image quality and stabilization features, as well as a flight time unparalleled in its class. We also replaced the Spark, a mid-sized drone from the same company, with the more lightweight, compact, and portable DJI Mavic Mini.
Another new addition is the Parrot PF728000 Anafi, which sports an excellent zoom function and an innovative swiveling camera capable of scanning a wide vertical range; this copter would be a strong contender for the market leader if not for its high price point and lack of obstacle detection. We took the Kolibri Torpedo off the list due to some issues customers raised with its durability, replacing it with the sturdy and inexpensive Holy Stone HS450 Mini. We also added the Emax Tinyhawk 2 RTF Kit, a starter package for those interested in first-person racing, built around a speedy bite-sized flyer.
If you're looking for a truly miniscule quadcopter, check out our review of the best nano drones. We've also ranked the best options for professional photography, aerial selfies, and long range exploration.
November 12, 2018:
Offered a wide range of mini-, micro- and nano-sized drones, from affordable and user-friendly beginner models to higher-end options with satellite navigation and advanced image capturing technology. Noted the importance of awareness and compliance with applicable laws.