The market for small drones is hotting up and we have a lot of amazing contenders in this post.
DJI recently launched the Spark, which is an amazing piece of machinery, but perhaps the pricier of the bunch.
Parrot creates some decent products, and the Bebop 2 is certainly no exception.
Yuneec is another up and comer in the drone market and their offering in this range - the Breeze, is worth a look.
And last but not least, my niece's latest birthday present - Zerotech's Dobby. A small but feature-rich drone that is super portable.
Now it's time to see how they stack up against one another, and which one is best for your next drone purchase.
5.6 x 5.6 x 2.2
327 ft with wifi
1.2 miles with controller!
5.3 x 2.6 x 1.4
11 x 8.7 x 3.1
12.9 x 2.4 x 15
984 ft with wifi
1.24 miles with controller
The drones in this review are all quite small and light, but there is a bit of a difference nonetheless.
It pays to compare all the specs with what you plan to do with the drone.
Are you going to take it with you everywhere you go?
Do you need lots of flight time or just a quick selfie or scenic shot while traveling?
Is 1080p video enough, or do you really need 4k?
Then, there you also need to have a think about quality. Some of these drones are a bit cheaper, but maybe not as good a quality. Others are just better products.
I will highlight this in each of the specific reviews below as well as giving you a quick set of recommendations at the end.
Size and weight are one of the biggest factors if you want a super portable drone you can take anywhere.
Another big factor is if the arms collapse. This decides the overall size in most situations. But, not all!
And the clear winner on this front is the Zerotech Dobby. So, if that is what you care about most, it's a great buy.
Most of the drones in this comparison are only 1080p, but there is one exception - The Yuneec Breeze can also do 4k. There are some other factors to consider though - like a gimbal for image stabilzation as well as what the drone can offer from range, flight modes and flight time.
These days, each of the drones usually comes with some fun and helpful "flight modes". These are ways of taking cool videos without the need to be a ninja with the controls. So, in my opinion, it is well worth checking out what each offers in terms of flight modes before making your purchase. They might just be the deal breaker. (Hint: the Bebop has the least features, The Spark probably the most)
This is a big one, especially when you are dealing with the fun factor. My niece was really disappointed when the battery ran out on her Dobby. My Mavic Pro, like the Parrot (26 min)and the Spark (16 min), can run 2-3 times as long.
But, is it necessary if you are just shooting a few photos for fun. Plus, you can always get another battery which is perhaps only $50, like with the Dobby. Which still brings the total drone price lower than the Parrot or Spark.
The smaller and lighter drones that only use wifi to connect are always going to be restricted in their maximum flight distance. Wifi just can't reach that far. Usually you are looking at a range of about 300ft.
Now, let's take a more detailed look at each of the drones...
The DJI Spark is probably the most impressive drone on this list in terms of quality and features. It is also the latest drone from DJI, who are known for making quality drones like the Phantom and Mavic.
Yes, it only has 1080p video, but it comes with a 2 axis gimbal to help stabilize, something none of the other drones have. So, this drone will give you some of the best video quality of all of them.
It also comes with a huge combination of modes, including ninja-like hand gestures so you can easily take selfies on the fly. It also hand launches and lands with ease.
Here is a list of the features the Spark comes with
The Dobby ZeroTech is a great beginner drone (I bought it for my 9 year old niece) and also a drone that is perfect for quick videos and selfies.
It is the smallest and lightest on this list and produces reasonable footage that will satisfy most casual users. If you are after a more serious drone, go for the Spark instead.
It includes impressive features like:
This is a fun drone to use for kids or someone wanting to just buy something a bit cheaper that still has full drone functionality. It has some cool built-in modes, is easy to carry in your bag or pocket and shoot video on the go.
The 8 minute flight time is a bit annoying, so I recommend you have one extra battery on hand.
The Yuneec Breeze is a fun drone with lots of modes to help you make the most of it.
Not being fully collpaseable, it is a little larger than the Dobby and Spark, but still a reasonable size.
The one upside for this drone compared to the others on this page is the 4K video option. It is the only one that has it. Keep in mind though that it only has electronic stabilization, so it is unlikely you will get good or useable 4K footage (as it will get cropped in the stabilization).
It includes the following features:
Parrot's Bebop 2 is one of their most popular drones.
It is one of the heavier drones on this list but has a huge flight time and range, especially when you combine it with the controller (sold separately in some cases).
It includes some features like: