The Best Drone For Selfies in 2017

Drones are the ultimate camera when it comes to taking epic selfies from a short distance, or even from an angle you had never thought of (above? circling around you etc).

And the tech has become so easy to use, and lightweight and compact, that you can now fit a lot of these super powerful toys in your bag (and sometimes pocket).

But, don't forget drones are also quite complex as they include motors, a battery, a controller, GPS, camera and more. So, before making a decision on which one you should by...

Yes, you should take a look at the 6 Best Selfie drones on the market right now and how they stack up!

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Choosing The Selfie Drone For Your Needs

The drones in this review are all quality drones costing a few hundred dollars or more, but the quality, features and flight time can vary a lot. The more you are willing to pay, the better a drone you will get.

However, have a think about what you want to use this drone for (just a few selfies, or long-term getting more into drones, photography or video). It might seem a throwaway investment now, but if you are planning on using it a lot, go for a better model now and enjoy it more!

The following is a quick overview of the kinds of things you want to be thinking about when you read this review, so you can make the best decision - and not have to return the drone or buy another one later :>

Size & Weight

If you plan on taking your selfie drone with you wherever you go, then size and weight are one of the biggest deciders.

You will want the arms to fold, so it is as compact as possible and the drone overall to be quite light​. Of course, this all comes at a cost as you often get less of the rest (video, functions etc).

Video and Image Quality

You are generally deciding between 4K and 1080p for these drones, and to be honest for a selfie drone you don't need 4K.

But, the one thing all these drones don't have (except the most expensive Mavic) is a mechanical gimbal to stabilize the video. Which is a huge issue. Most of them use electronic stabilization - which means they are cutting/cropping the video to simulate a stable shot. So, if it is not 4K to begin with, then even the 1080p won't always look that great. ​

Intelligent Flight Modes

Each manufacturer has a different take on the modes they offer (and that you want) but just keep in mind what you are buying this for. If you want to take lots of selfies, being able to quickly fly away and take a shot of you or a group is crucial. Also such modes as orbit (making a circular shot of you) are very useful.

Another thing to consider is the return to home. Most of them have it, but not all can land in your hand - which is a problem when you are not in a place to land it (long grass, water, rough terrain - it happens a lot, trust me).

Battery Life

Most of the time the battery life is enough for a bit of flying, a few shots and you are done. But, the problem is that you will need to recharge, or carry a second battery if you are going to be using the drone a lot. So, if you know you will use it a lot, look for longer flight times. However, generally they come with the larger/heavier drones as batteries are what takes most of the space and weight in a drone!

DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is the latest drone from DJI and packs a huge punch for it's small size. It is also specifically developed as a cross over from selfie drone to serious drone. Which shows with the features (so many modes and a controller for example).

It is almost a level above all the other selfie drones out there in terms of  features, video quality and overall build quality.

Of course, there is a trade of because this drone is also a little more pricey than most of the others (except the Mavic Pro) and the arms don't collapse.

But perhaps you are willing to ignore those downsides for all the stuff you get in this sweet machine:​

  • 1080p stablized video with 12MP camera for stills
  • 16 minutes fly time (by far the most for a drone this size)
  • The most built in flight modes (Active track, tap to fly, circle above, helix above - rising, dronie -fly away and selfie, rocket - fly straight up and shoot )
  • Gestures: control the drone during selfies (follow hand, come, go, shoot etc)
  • Return to Home: like all DJIs safety when lost signal, low battery etc
  • Outdoor and indoor flying possible
  • Phone App attaches to controller

The combination of shooting modes, size and flight time along with the quality of this product is a cut above the competition. Also, the controller means it is far easier to fly and has a far longer range. Something to consider.

For me the biggest downside for such a drone is you can't fold the arms.

But, it comes in 5 colors! (I know most of you won't care, but it's not often this happens with tech).

Specifications

  • Size: 5.6 x 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 10.6oz and 
  • Max Flight Time: 16 minutes (second battery with fly more combo)
  • Max Flight Distance:  109 yards with phone, 1.2 miles with controller!
  • Video: 1080p 
  • Colors: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red, Sunrise Yellow
DJI Spark Yellow

DJI Spark Yellow

DJI Spark in Red

DJI Spark in Red (from slight angle)

DJI Spark Controller

DJI Spark Controller with phone attached

DJI Spark Colors

DJI Spark Colors

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

The Xiro Explorer Mini is a great example of a selfie drone with all the bells and whistles you need.

It is a foldable/collapsable drone designed to take selfies and be controlled with your phone.

The strong points on this drone are the flight time at 15min and the fact that you can control it indoors without GPS, something that is difficult with larger drones. It also comes with 2 batteries, so you won't have to fork out more cash after you buy it.

What else do you get:

  • 1080p stabilized video (with a 13MP sensor)
  • 15 minute flight time (more than some of the smaller options)
  • 2 batteries (so you can actually fly for 30min)
  • Return to Home: safety feature if you lose connection or battery power
  • Follow Me Mode: to record you as you move
  • Phone App controlled

Specifications

  • Size: 7.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 460g (16.23oz)
  • Camera: 1080p, 13 MP image
  • Max Flight Time:  15min
  • Max distance: 300ft (or 100m)
Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone Size

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone Size

Wingsland S6 Mini Selfie Drone

The Wingland S6 is a seriously small and feature-filled drone that is perfect for throwing in your bag and using on the go.

It folds up into a tiny (and flat) package, but also comes with enough selfie features to keep you smiling!

It includes impressive features like:

  • 4K UHD video
  • Built in flight modes (Course-Lock mode, 360 Photo mode, Orbit, Follow me, Outdoor Auto Hovering)
  • Return to Home: one click
  • Outdoor and indoor flying possible
  • Phone App controlled

This is not the most expensive or polished drone on the list, but it's one of the smallest and lightest and for the price it is a great buy.

Specifications

  • Size: 1.06 x 3.11 x 5.43 inches
  • Weight: 230g (8.1oz)
  • Max Flight Time: 10 minutes (no second battery)
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 4K UHD or 1080p 
  • Colors: Camouflage, Green Blood, Metallic Silver, Banana, Fresh Orange, Subtle Acqua
Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone (Fresh Orange color)

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone Folded

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone Folded

ZeroTech Dobby Selfie Drone

The Dobby ZeroTech is a great contender for the best selfie drone because it ticks all the boxes.

It includes impressive features like:

  • 4k and 1080p Video (Electronic Stablization)
  • Collapsable, with foldable arms and propellers
  • Built in flight modes (Face tracking, Target tracking, Orbit Mode)
  • Take off from the palm of your hand using voice command, tapping or throw and fly
  • Return to Home: returns to hand with shutoff for safety
  • Standardized USB Charger for easy use with most chargers etc
  • Phone App controlled

Although they claim you can get serious 4K out of this drone, it's unstabilized so you won't get great video unless you use 1080p which is digitally stabilized.

The functionality of the drone is quite impressive too with lots of mode and gestures to help control it either from the app or via your hands.​

The other drawback is it only has 8 minute flight time, so you will want at least one extra battery on hand.​

But, this is a small and compact drone that is ​super easy to throw in your bag and use almost anywhere!

Specifications

  • Size: 5.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight: 7 ounces (200g)
  • Max Flight Time: 8 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 4K (unstabilized) or 1080p stabilized
Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone Parts

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone Parts

Yuneec Breeze Compact Selfie Drone

The Yuneec Breeze is a fun selfie drone that is not fully collapsable, but comes with lots of powerful modes to shoot selfies with.

It is a little bigger than some of the other drones because only the propellers are collapsable, which is a bit of a downside.​

It includes impressive features like:

  • 4K Video (Electronic Stablization) 13MP Images
  • Built in flight modes (Seflie, Orbit, Journey - away from you, Follow Me and Goggles/FPV Mode)
  • Return to Home: returns to hand with shutoff for safety
  • Phone App controlled

Specifications

  • Size: 11 x 8.7 x 3.1 inches
  • Weight:  13.5oz (385g)
  • Max Flight Time: 8 minutes (with second battery)
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 4K or 1080p
Yunec Breeze Selfie Drone
Yunec Breeze Selfie Drone

Yuneec Breeze Selfie Drone

DJI Mavic Pro - The Pro Drone That Does Selfies

The DJI Mavic Pro is not so much a selfie drone specifically but it is so small and compact for a regular drone that it can be used as one.

I love this drone as it is just a level below the old Phantom 4 which was so big and not at all something you could take in your bag, it stopped me getting into drones.

​And, unlike the DJI Spark at the top of this review, the Mavic Pro arms folds, so it is about the same area as an iPhone 7 Plus (just a lot fatter).

It includes impressive features like:

  • 4K Video (3-axis gimbal Stablization) 12MP RAW Images (also does 2.7K, 1080p etc)
  • Built in flight modes (Follow, Active Track, Orbit, Way points via GPS, cinematic, and more)
  • Return to Home: returns to hand with shutoff for safety
  • Controller that connects to phone or tablet
  • Range of up to about 4 miles with the controller
  • Flight time of about 25 minutes

All in all the Mavic Pro is a serious drone at about the $999 mark (without all the extras). So, if all you are after is a selfie drone, give this a miss. But, if you are serious about having a portable drone that can also do great selfies, this is your guy for sure!

Specifications

  • Size: 3.2x 3.2 x 7.8in
  • Weight: 1.62 lbs (734 g)
  • Max Flight Time: 25 minutes (2 extra batteries with fly more combo)
  • Max Flight Distance:  4 miles
  • Video: 4K or 1080p
DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro - Unfolded

DJI Mavic Pro Folded

DJI Mavic Pro Folded

DJI Mavic Pro Controller

DJI Mavic Pro Controller

How To Choose A Selfie Drone

Starting at the top, if you are getting seriously into drones and also want selfies, the Mavic Pro is the way to go​. It folds down quite small and comes with 4K, long flight time, lots of modes and huge range.

The DJI Spark is kind of an in betweener. ​It is bordering on not being smaller than the Mavic Pro, at least in some areas, but it has lower video quality (1080p) which won't annoy most selfie takers. It also has the quality of the DJI products, including safety, controller range and handling and lots of modes including ninja-like gestures to help with the "selfie" side of things big time.

The Xiro Explorer Mini goes head to head with the DJI Spark on price on flight time and the video at 1080p. But for me, the Spark is the winner at that level because of all the features, the known quality of the drone and build DJI produces.

If you want to just go for super light and compact then the Dobby or Wingland S6 are pretty close.​ They both don't have a great flight time though (7-8 minutes max) and although are both in the mid $300s it's still alot of money when you consider the more expensive drones last longer and are probably a better buy.

The Yuneec Breeze is in between these and the next level because it is about the same price, and flight time, but does not have the collapsable arms. So that is a big turn off for mid-level selfie drone for me. It is still pretty small though, and the propellers do collapse.

​To really decide though you have to weigh up what you think you will do with the drone (a toy, or more serious) where you will use it and how often (flight time/battery) as well as the modes you would love (gestures? intelligent modes). 

I can't decide for you :> But, I hope I have given you enough information to help make the best decision!

You can read more about the DJI Spark Vs Mavic Pro in another detailed review I did.​