The 10 Best Selfie Drones
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Gone are the days when you had to hand your precious photography equipment to passing strangers in order to be included in a group portrait. These camera-equipped drones can be maneuvered into position for hands-free selfies, or even take action shots with active subject-tracking technology. Many have smart features that make them easier for casual users to pilot without crashing or losing them. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best selfie drone on Amazon.
Skydio 2 Designed for those looking to go beyond static self-portraits, and take footage of themselves engaged in high-adrenaline outdoor activities, this nimble drone uses AI-powered sensing and navigation to capture tracking shots while following subjects through dense and obstacle-rich environments. It has a variety of control options, including a completely autonomous mode, and if you spring for the Skydio Beacon add-on it can follow you from up to a mile away even when you leave its line of sight. skydio.com
October 20, 2020:
The best drones for selfies have to strike a balance between portability, picture quality, and ease of use; there are many drones on the market that can capturing stunning high-resolution stills or videos but are far too large to carry around for taking spontaneous shots of yourself and your friends. This updated version of our list aims to provide a decent overview of the options that fall within that sweet spot, from the most technically advanced to the easiest on the wallet.
In terms of built-in capabilities, the most impressive addition to our ranking is the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. It's a powerful flyer, with a top speed exceeding forty MPH and a battery that will last around half an hour in the air, along with ease-of-use features like automated obstacle avoidance. But the real selling point is the camera, which has an image sensor that's several times larger than those on other folding drones, allowing for much crisper images and footage. We're placing this on our list over the older DJI Mavic Air, which remains a high-quality model but no longer the true leader in the field.
We've also added the Holy Stone HS720, a more moderately priced item that still offers solid performance, with a rotating lens protected by a vibration-absorbing frame to offer stable footage. We substituted this model for the Holy Stone HS220, which is not as well-suited to photography - it has a considerably lower-resolution camera, and its signature feature, the compact folded-wing flight mode, obscures the lens while active.
The final new entry on the list is the Dobby DB16-100B Mini, a pocket-sized and affordable folding copter with selfie-oriented features like facial recognition and automated tracking shots. Its battery life isn't the best, but it's a decent option for taking quick aerial pictures on the spur of the moment.
If you're getting into drone piloting as a hobby, you might want to look at our list of backpacks designed to keep your device secure in transit. We've also looked at the best tablet holders for remote controls, to enable first-person view while steering, and the best charging stations to help extend your airtime.
January 25, 2019:
Drone technology is a natural fit to elevate the art of taking selfies to a whole new level. With advanced navigational technology and high-tech imaging options, amateur photographers can produce professional-looking results on a pretty modest budget. We've also included some entry-level options that won't make you sweat when you're new to the controls, or if the kids use it to show off for their friends.