Hi there you crazy drone fans! I bet you’re so addicted to drones that you just can’t wait to get a new one that will quench your thirst for flying. I know how you feel my friends, because I’m a huge fan of drones myself. It’s amazing how these exciting flying machines have occupied our planet. Now people from all around the world are using drones for so many different purposes. It seems that drones are quite handy and capable to improve people’s lives a lot.
But, do you know what the best type of drones is during the past few years? Mini drones! Yes sir, these sweet little babies are truly addictive. People just can’t get enough of them. You will see people of different age groups using drones. Wondering why? Well, the answer to the question is quite simple: their very name says it all. They are small, miniaturized, so people can take them anywhere they like. Unlike larger drones which are much heavier and sometimes difficult to carry, mini RC drones are much more convenient. Many of them are equipped with cameras, so people can use them to take pictures and shoot videos. Other mini drones are built with afoldable design, meaning their propeller arms can be folded inside the body. That way they become even more compact, smaller and thus easier to carry. In their folded shape, they can even be carried in a pocket.
Are you curious to find out more about some of the coolest mini RC drones? Then just continue reading this article. Today we will observe the main features and specifications of 6 amazing mini drones that are available at great prices.
Cheerson CX-10W is one of the most popular mini camera drones measuring 62 by 62 mm, weighing about 15 grams. The 150 mAh battery provides approximately 4 minutes of flight. The peculiarity of this drone is the control from the smartphone through the Wi-Fi point which is distributed by the drone. To do this, you need to download the application on your smartphone, find the network of the drone to connect to it and forward - you can fly. Charging of the drone from any USB source takes about 30 minutes.
It is clear that the producers created it not only for flights in closed rooms, but also for street aerial surveys. This great mini RC drone has a video camera that can not only shoot video and take photos, but also transmit live streaming video in real time.
Due to this, the pilot can control the drone, focusing only on the screen of his mobile phone. The manufacturer saved on the creation of control equipment, entrusting control over the flight to the smartphone or tablet.
It is better to fly away from any sources of Wi-Fi radiation, because it may come to freezing of the picture and a temporary loss of control. The image from the drone’s camera is displayed on the phone directly during the flight.
The Cheerson CX-10W drone will cost you $28.
JJRC H37 Elfie drone
The JJRC H37 ELFIE foldable selfie drone impresses with its compact foldable design and, of course, its incredibly affordable price of little less than $100. This selfie drone is available for purchase at MyMobile Gear.
Surely there are many situations where each of you would like to take an aerial photo or just take a picture from a new perspective. Such a wish is no longer a problem nowadays and with the foldable Elfie selfie drone you can make the most spectacular pictures and videos you could possibly imagine.
However, the "normal" camera drones have never been on hand because of their size, weight and price.So, here comes the foldable JJRC H37 Elfie selfie drone, which is so light and small that you can take it with you anywhere you go. The manufacturer made this drone with a foldable design, which enables you to fold the propellers arms inside the body. That way the drone is very compact and convenient for carrying even in your pocket. On board the foldable selfie drone is a 2-megapixel HD camera that captures great pictures and videos at resolution of 720x576 px.
To control this mini foldable drone, you do not need any remote control. You can fly the drone using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, via an installed App. This only adds to the compactness and easy use of this drone.
Hubsan X4 H107C
X4 H107C is a small drone from the well-known manufacturer Hubsan. Drones of this company are distinguished by their good build quality and high strength of the body. Another feature of this drone is a rather high speed of flight - about 30 km/h and a high flight range - up to 100 meters. The flight time on the 380mAh battery is about 7 minutes. Manufacturers equipped the drone with two flight modes "normal" and "expert". In the "normal" mode, the flight occurs with the stabilization system turned on, which does not allow you to specify large angles of inclination of the drone.
The flight is more calm and stable. The "expert" mode provides maximum maneuverability and the ability to make flips. Naturally, it is more difficult to control the drone in this mode. The dimensions of the drone are 68 by 68 millimeters. The mini RC drone is equipped with a mini camera that takes pictures at 2 megapixels with a resolution of 1280x720, at 30 fps. The video is recorded on a microSD/SDHC memory card.
The version with a 2 MP camera will cost you $65. On the other hand, you can also buy the model equipped with a 0.3 MP camera for a price of $38.
Hubsan X4 Camera Plus H107C
The mini quadcopter Hubsan X4 Cam Plus H107C + belongs to the relatively new line of miniature dronesby Hubsan, which currently consists of three models. It is a follower of the older H107C and is located between the flagship H107D +, which has the FPV function, and the entry-level mini quadcopter H107P.
This is an improved version of the Hubsan X4 H107C, which will cost you twice as much. Let's see what Hubsan offers for this amount of money.
Like its predecessor, the H107C + carries a camera on board, but can not transmit video in real time. Compared to the H107C, whose camera had a resolution of just 0.3 megapixels, the H107C + received a wide-angle 2-megapixel camera capable of shooting photos with a resolution of 1600 × 1200 and recording 720p HD video, a completely new design, a slightly more capacious battery and a barometric sensor.
Unlike its predecessor, H107C + has a very aesthetic appearance. We think that if the Imperial Stormtroopers were producing reconnaissance mini quadcopters, they would look just like that.
When looking at the Hubsan X4 Cam Plus H107C + you can feel the attention to details. Front and rear lights are located very well and are visible from afar. Small holes in the lower part of the fuselage are responsible for ventilation and do not allow the drone to overheat. Even the power button is organically built into the drone housing.
Changes touched the design of the drone, as it became more stylish and technological, and thoughtful. The battery capacity is increased to 520mAh. On the console added 2 buttons - photos and videos. The control algorithm was changed making the drone more stable, while a barometric sensor with a height-keeping function appeared as well.
The minimum price for this drone at AliExpress is $58.
Hubsan X4 H107D FPV
The Hubsan X4 H107D is an improved version of the Hubsan X4 H107C drone, which is distinguished by two things: the ability to watch video online (so the "FPV" prefix has been added to the name of the drone) and a large LCD-display integrated into the control panel. We will talk about this below.
Another Hubsan drone with a mini camera, but this time with the function of broadcasting videos to the FPV control panel. For this purpose, the LCD monitor is provided on the remote control. The video is recorded directly on the console, into which a memory card is inserted.This means that all interference during the flight will also be visible on the video. Another disadvantage is the video resolution - 720x240. To comfortably watch the video you have to convert to a standard 720x480 resolution, which is not very convenient. In general, as for the video - this is not the element of this drone. In the rest, it is a good old Hubsan drone, with two flight modes "normal" and "expert" and excellent controllability.
As for everything else (material, charging, battery, flight time, etc.), the Hubsan X4 H107D FPV is no different from the Hubsan X4 H107C. The battery is charged all the same 30-40 minutes, and the flight time - all the same, 6-7 minutes.
The battery capacity is 380 mAh that allows for flight duration of about 8 minutes. The radius of the remote control and video is 100 meters. This drone is for sale at a price of $89.
Another mini RC drone with a camera from the Symacompany. The Syma X11 Hornet from the Chinese company Syma Toys is very similar in its characteristics to the X12 Nano, but it is slightly heavier and uses a more powerful battery.It is slightly larger than the others in this review - 15.2 by 15.2 cm. The drone can do flips and for this, there is a special button on the remote control. The flight time is 6-8 minutes, the maximum range is about 50 meters. This mini quadcopter is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera capable of taking photos and video in 720p resolution. The video is written on the microSD card.
To launch the mini quadcopter in the air you need to fully charge it, install the battery and put the Syma X11C on a horizontal surface. If the LEDs light up, then turn on the control panel, wait a couple of seconds and then tilt the speed joystick (located on the left) forward and back. After that, you should hear a low sound signal from the X11C - this means that the connection with the remote control is established, and the LED indicators go out: the little buddy is ready for a flight.
The X11 Hornet is capable of resisting wind of average power, while remaining fairly stable during the flight. In addition, this mini camera drone has a special mode that can be used to neutralize gusts of wind: to turn it on, press the button that is on top, on the left on the remote control.
The drone is also equipped with circular propeller protection, which avoids damage to the propellers when colliding with an obstacle.
This little drone is just perfect for beginners. You can buy it for a price of $43.
Conclusion from several user reviews
If you are thinking about buying a drone with a camera, pay attention to the segment of mini drones. There are options for every taste and budget. In addition, the flight characteristics of many mini camera drones are at a very decent level. As for the video, it is of average quality in all the models reviewed. This option can be seen more like a nice bonus. For a good video, you need amore serious drone. Nevertheless, you would still have a great time using these drones.
You don’t need any large amount of money to buy any of these affordable mini camera quadcopters. So for only a small change in your budget, you would get an amazing mini RC drone that will provide you with lots of fun.
If you have a mini camera on your drone, you have the opportunity to shoot videos and photos during the flight. True, the resolution of mini cameras, as a rule, is not very high, usually within 0.3-0.5 megapixels. However, there are also small drones with foldable design and slightly better cameras.
Mini drone with a camera is the best choice for those who want to get acquainted with the world of drones, but at the same time are not ready to spread the big money for it. These drones have a number of advantages over their larger brethren. The following features make mini drones the right choice for any drone lover:
·Because of their small weight, it is difficult to break them;
·For the flights you do not need a lot of space, your room is quite enough;
·Low price - from 40 to 100$;
·You can take it on vacation or a trip.