What Are the Best Drones for Beginners?

David Lemay13 Jan 2023

One of the most fascinating developments in technology and photography in the last decade is arguably the drone. Once unreasonably expensive, bulky, and clumsy, modern versions of these devices are now more manageable in the air and lighter on the wallet. In addition, the integrated cameras are fully compatible with drone smartphone apps, giving you a crystal-clear view from the camera while you alter settings and frame your shots.

If you're looking for a beginner drone, there are a lot of options for you. There is a beginner drone on the market for every budget, whether you want to use it for basic photography or just want a cheap drone to learn the basics of flying one.

Choosing Your Drone

Choosing the best drone for your needs is the most important thing to do when getting started. With so many options, each claiming to be perfect for beginners, picking a drone can feel like an uphill battle.

The are two ways to go when choosing your beginner drone. One strategy is to buy the least expensive toy drone possible, with the expectation that it will crash several times without any serious financial consequences. The alternative is to invest in a drone that can evolve with your needs and provide you with the functionality you seek in the future. It's up to you to decide what drone is ideal for your budget and needs.

Different Types of Drones

Beginner drone pilots understandably feel some apprehension, but the myriad of security measures built into today's entry-level drones makes them a breeze to operate. Most drones come with common sensors that allow them to fly in a straight line and keep their position and altitude without human interference. This means that the drone will remain motionless in the air until you give it another command. Depending on your intended use, drones can be purchased with a wide variety of features and accessories.

Drones can be classified on their usage; be it for commercial use or recreational use. Recreational or consumer drones could cost as low as $100, or as high as $1000, depending on the features they offer and the quality of the footage they can capture.

  • The most popular consumer drones are the multi-rotor drones. Most of these types of drones basically include four motors, hence why they are often called quadcopters. These drones are typically used for capturing photos and video footage because they're less tricky to fly and cost less money than other drone types.

  • Toy drones are the smallest, least expensive form of drone, and are often composed of lightweight plastic. They often either lack a camera or have one of very poor quality.

  • Racing drones don't have obstacle avoidance and rely heavily on the pilot's continual "input." These drones often demand a considerably greater degree of ability to fly and may reach speeds of 90 miles per hour or more.

3 Best Drones for Beginners

The best drones for beginners make it simple even for inexperienced flyers to get airborne. These entry-level versions are designed to make aerial photography and videography more accessible by being inexpensive, simple to fly, and user-friendly.

Here are 3 of the best drones for beginners:

DJI Mini 2

The DJI Mavic Mini changed the game when it came to foldable drones thanks to its powerful battery life, simple controls, and high-quality video. The DJI Mini 2 seems to be almost identical to its forerunner, but it has a few improvements that make it a better entry-level drone.

The updated controller makes the second-generation Mini, which is small enough to fit in a coat pocket, even simpler to fly. The simplified handset is very sophisticated yet easy to use, accepting nuanced inputs without overloading the pilot. It's a blast to fly and extends your range by a whopping 10 kilometres. While the technology isn't new, the motors, stability, and wind resistance have been upgraded to ensure that even in the windiest conditions, your film will be steady, and the flying length, at roughly 30 minutes, is rock solid.

In addition, the Mini 2 can record seamless 4K video at 30 frames per second, although maintaining the same sensor resolution as its predecessor. The scenes are somewhat underexposed to facilitate editing, but the quality of the image is outstanding. There hasn't been a major redesign, and the DJI Mini 2 still doesn't have obstacle avoidance, but it's still the finest drone for kids and newbies.


  • Small and lightweight
  • Intuitive controls


  • Camera hardware not included
  • No follow mode

Ryze Tello

DJI has maintained the significant end of the market for its technology, which accounts for more than half of the global market. The Tello, though, is a small drone that doesn't scrimp on technology thanks to a collaborative effort with neighboring company Ryze. It can send back 720p video or 5mp photographs taken with the accompanying app to a phone within the WiFi range (100m).

The drone can take off and hover thanks to its 14-core processor and in-built sensors, and a battery alert is provided via this data link. With its high processing capacity, the Tello can perform exciting tricks like "Throw & Go" launches and flips, and it can also be programmed using the block-based programming language Scratch, making it accessible to children and adults alike.


  • Uses DJI software
  • Compatible with VR technology
  • Affordable


  • Does not include an SD Card

Autel Evo Nano

The Autel Evo Nano, released at the beginning of 2022, is the first drone in a long time to seriously challenge DJI's dominance. Since the DJI Mini 2 boasts three-way obstacle avoidance sensors, which are definitely valuable for rookie drone fliers, we would probably recommend the Nano instead if money isn't an issue. Not only is it easy to use, but it also has a multitude of other features that make it ideal for beginners. It has a user-friendly interface and a comfortable hand controller. It weighs less than 250g, making it convenient to transport and compliant with fewer CAA rules for takeoff.

It also comes with an exceptional camera, which features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and shoots 4K video and 48-megapixel stills. Few camera drones can match the smoothness of the footage captured by this one, thanks to the combination of its wonderfully weighted gimbal wheel and the camera's ability to stream a live feed in 2.7K resolution to your mobile device. 


  • 4K camera
  • Compact
  • Comes with a three-way obstacle avoidance


  • A bit on the expensive end of the drone spectrum
David Lemay

David Lemay

I'm David Lemay, a lover of tech and have had an interest in drones for years. Bought my first few drones, before I started building my own. I want to share my passion with others, so I started this site to help others who want to get into the hobby.

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