You don’t need to spend thousands, hundreds, or even $50 an a drone in order to have fun as a pilot. You can spend as little as $13 to get up in the air. How?
With a nano drone.
Nano drones and quadcopters are miniature in size, sometimes around the the size of a quarter. They can be flown indoors, which is a huge advantage over the more expensive drones. And they can help you build up your skills before moving on to bigger rigs.
I’ve flight tested a bunch of nano quadcopters and hexacopters. The ones in this list are the best nano drones for sale in 2019.
1. Syma X12
Syma is one of the most trusted brands in the industry. They’re also my favorite manufacturer of beginner drone models. The Syma X12 is their best nano quadcopter. it comes with a nicely sized remote control, a charging cable that can be used with any standard USB charging port, extra propellers, and a propeller guard.
I love the way this little drone handles. For its size, it’s surprisingly powerful. It’s a fun, agile flyer.
2. Cheerson CX-10
The CX-10 from Cheerson is one of the most popular nano quadcopters out there. It was the first one on the market that could withstand a beating and not conk out after a few weeks.
I like the drone’s simplicity. It’s very straightforward to fly. But it also comes with some cool features, like 360-degree flips and multiple flight modes for increased control stick sensitivity.
3. Eachine E010
If you’re looking for a high-rated drone, the Eachine E010 is one of the highest rated nano drones on Amazon. My favorite part is the built in propeller guards. These things are amazingly sturdy.
I’ve handed this quad over to friends who have never flown before, had them crash it into walls, trees, objects, and it came out perfectly fine each time. If you’re just starting out or you want a fun, durable flyer, try out this drone.
4. Eachine E10C Nano Quadcopter with 2.0MP Camera
The “C” in Eachine E10C stands for “camera”.
This nano drone comes with a 2 megamixel camera. It’s amazing that they were able to fit a camera into its tiny frame, let alone a 2MP one. Now, in terms of cameras 2MP isn’t very powerful. But for a drone of this size, you won’t be able to find one more powerful than this.
If you’re at all interested in aerial photography, this is by far the cheapest way possible to try it out.
5. JJRC H20 Hexacopter
This is a hexacopter, meaning that is has 6 blades instead of the four blades a quadcopter comes with. In general, hexacopters have better stability than quads.
JJRC is one of my favorite manufacturers overall, and they delivered with the H20. It comes with strong motors that allow it to handle outdoor flying as well as indoor. And they gave it some extra durability with a prop guard for each propeller.
6. GoolRC CX-10C Nano Drone (with Camera)
Interestingly enough, another camera nano quadcopter made the list: The GoolRC CX-10C. The camera isn’t as powerful as the Eachine E10C, but I had a LOT of fun flying it.
The camera can take photos and shoot videos, it comes with 3 speed modes, an alarm that lets you know when the battery is low, and LED lights to help you see the quad at night.
For under $30, this quadcopter makes a great gift or personal flyer.
7. Eachine E10WD Nano Wifi FPV Drone with Camera
When drones first came out, I NEVER thought manufacturers would be able to pack these kinds of features into drones this small. Low and behold, they’ve done it!
The Eachine E10WD comes with FPV capability. FPV stands for “First Person View.” If a drone has FPV capability, this means that you can see what your drone is seeing through its camera. You get a real time feed to an external monitor. In the past, you used to have to buy a monitor separately, but most FPV drones allow you to connect your smartphone or mobile device to the drone’s camera through its own WiFi uplink.
And all of this tech is in a drone smaller than the palm of your hand. Crazy!
(You can see why this quad had to make the list.)
8. MOTA JETJAT Nano Drone
To round of the list, have a look at the MOTA JETJAT nano drone. I chose this one primarily for its portability.
As you can see, it’s remote control comes with a compartment to carry the drone. This makes it easy to travel with and take with you anywhere. It also flies nicely and is a good flyer for new pilots.
There you have it! Some of the best nano drones you can buy right now.
If I had to pick one as the best overall, I’d go with the Syma X12. It’s fun to fly and amazingly durable.