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7 Best Micro Drones in 2024 (Top Tiny Drones for Sale)

Updated in 2024 by Paul Posea
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In this article we’ll have a look at the best micro drones on the market, answer some questions about them, see which is the best micro drone with a camera and which ones are best for beginners.

We’ll even see which mini drone is best for cats (or kids for that matter) and if you’re a more advanced flier, I’ll introduce you to one of the best Micro FPV drones on the market.

Comparison Table of Best Micro Drones

Drone NameFlight TimeRangeCameraSpecial Features
EACHINE E61HW8 min100 m720pFoldable, Gyro stabilization
Makerfire Micro FPV Racing Drone5 min70 mFPVComes with FPV goggles, Headless mode
Potensic A206 min60 mNoneDurable, Altitude hold.
SNAPTAIN H823H6 min60 mNoneProtective Cage, Flips, 3 speed levels
Cheerson CX106 min60 mNoneVery durable, Can do flips
Micro RC Submarine15 min5 mNo CamWaterproof, 2 Front LEDs
Hand Operated Drone10 min30 mNoneSensors, Safe for kids
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Best Micro Drones in 2024


In this section we’ll have a look at my top micro drones this year as well as the individual uses of each for each of them and pluses and minuses of each.

1. EACHINE E61HW

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720 p

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8 min

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100 m

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Foldable

eachine e61hw micro drone with camera

The Eachine E61Hw is in my opinion the best micro drone with a camera that’s also foldable and pretty easy to even fit in your pocket.
It comes with a 720p camera, and for the price this is as good as it gets. The footage doesn’t feel HD, but it’s still better than others you can get at this size. It doesn’t have GPS or long flight times like the DJI Mini 2 drone has, but it’s definitely a great indoors and outdoors flier.

This micro drone also comes with Gyro stabilization and altitude hold so it’s quite easy to keep it steady in the air.

It’s overall a tiny pocket drone that also comes with a camera and a very useful foldable design, we can’t be too picky for the price.

ADVANTAGES

  • Powerful Brushless Motors
  • Good range
  • Good battery life for the size
  • Very small frame (foldable)
  • 720p camera
  • Headless mode
  • Gyro
  • 2 batteries included

DISADVANTAGES

  • Don’t expect great quality out of this tiny camera

Features:

  • Camera: The E61HW is equipped with a 0.3MP HD camera, making it a micro drone with a camera that's ideal for capturing basic footage and fun moments.
  • Flight Time and Range: It offers a flight time of about 7-8 minutes and a control distance of 100 meters, which is impressive for its class.
  • Design: This best budget drone is foldable, enhancing its portability. It's available in multiple colors and is made of durable ABS plastic.
  • Stability and Control: Features like altitude hold mode and headless mode provide stability and ease of control, making it a great choice for beginners.
  • FPV Capability: The WiFi FPV function allows real-time transmission through the phone camera image, adding to the immersive experience.
  • Versatility: With 3-speed levels, it caters to both beginners and more experienced pilots.
  • Additional Features: It includes 360° rolling capability, LED lights, and comes with a user-friendly remote control.

2. Makerfire Micro FPV Racing Drone with FPV Goggles

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FPV

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5 min

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70 m

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with Goggles

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Call it whatever you want, a mini FPV drone, a micro FPV drone, but one thing is certain, this is a great beginner FPV flier with an outstanding package. 

It comes with 5.8ghz goggles, a pretty  great transmitter and prop guards to make it safer when hitting walls… or your cat.

The Makerfire Micro FPV is a great gateway into actual FPV flight as it has 3 flight modes from beginner to more advanced that can adjust the drone speed to your level of confidence.

This drone also comes with headless mode for an even easier flight as a complete beginner.

ADVANTAGES

  • Powerful Brushless Motors
  • Good range
  • Comes with FPV goggles
  • Can do flips
  • Multiple flight modes (speed)
  • Headless mode included
  • Great controls
  • No FPV Lag

DISADVANTAGES

  • Requires more than 1 battery to really have fun

Features:

  • FPV Goggles: The inclusion of 5.8GHz FPV goggles is a game-changer. It immerses you directly into the flying experience, giving you a pilot's view from the drone.
  • Flight Time and Range: The drone offers a flight time of around 5 minutes, which is typical for racing drones, and a range of 70 meters.
  • Flight Modes: It has three flight modes, catering to beginners and advanced pilots. This flexibility allows you to adjust the drone's speed and responsiveness as your skills progress.
  • Headless Mode: For beginners, the headless mode is a great feature, making it easier to control the drone without worrying about its orientation.
  • Motor and Build: It's equipped with powerful brushless motors and is designed to be durable, which is essential for a racing drone.
  • Maneuverability: The drone can perform flips and has great controls, making it agile and fun to fly.

3. Potensic A20 Micro Drone

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No

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6 min

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60 m

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3.5 inch

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This beginner drone can do it both: fly safely indoors as well as in the park. Make sure not to fly it in very strong weather as powerful wind can still take it away. However, since it’s not that small it has enough power to give you confidence in those motors.

What’s best about it is that it comes with 2 or 3 batteries included in the package and you can also get a camera version if you so wish.

In regards to flight modes, it comes with things like altitude hold, headless flight and one-key takeoff that should make flight easier.

ADVANTAGES

  • Durable
  • Cheap
  • Works indoors and outdoors
  • Altitude hold
  • Easy to fly
  • Changeable batteries

DISADVANTAGES

  • The camera version isn’t that 

Features:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Capability: The Potensic A20 is designed to be flown both indoors and outdoors, offering a versatility that is quite rare in the realm of micro drones.
  • Flight Time and Range: It offers a flight time of approximately 6 minutes and a control distance of 60 meters, which is quite impressive for its size.
  • Durability: Built to withstand the usual bumps and crashes, especially common in beginner flying, the A20's durability is a key feature.
  • Altitude Hold: This function allows the drone to maintain a consistent altitude, simplifying control and making it particularly user-friendly for indoor flying.
  • Headless Mode: The headless mode is a great feature for beginners, as it allows for easier orientation and control of the drone.
  • One-Key Takeoff and Landing: This feature adds to the ease of operation, making the Potensic A20 a great option for novice pilots.
  • Battery Life: The inclusion of 2 or 3 batteries in the package extends the total flying time, which is a significant advantage for continuous play.
  • Compact Size: Measuring just 3.5 inches, the A20 is perfectly sized for indoor use, making it easy to maneuver in smaller spaces.

4. Best micro drone For cats (SNAPTAIN H823H)

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No

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6 min

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60 m

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Protective Cage

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Told you that I’ll be covering the best micro drone for cats in this article too. And this is it! This Snaptain drone will for sure allow you to have heaps of fun trolling your cats around the house while at the same time protecting their paws from the propellers spinning with the full surround cage.

This can also make a great drone for kids or people learning how to fly, but really cats is where it’s at.

It can do flips and has 3 speed adjustments so you have a lot of freedom to do tricks and stunts when you need them as well as go slow if that’s the case.

The 3 batteries it comes with also allows it to fly for about 20 minutes in total.The 3 batteries it comes with also allows it to fly for about 20 minutes in total.

ADVANTAGES

  • Safe protective cage
  • Headless mode
  • Altitude Hold
  • Flips
  • One key Return
  • One button take off
  • 3 speed levels
  • LED light in front

DISADVANTAGES

  • It isn't as nimble as the others because of the cage

Features

  • Protective Cage Design:. This design not only makes it safe for pets and kids but also adds an extra layer of durability, protecting the drone from bumps and crashes.
  • Flight Time and Range: The drone offers a flight time of about 6 minutes, which is quite standard for micro drones. With a control range of 60 meters.
  • Headless Mode: The headless mode feature is a great addition, especially for beginners. 
  • Altitude Hold: This feature is particularly useful indoors. It keeps the drone at a steady height, allowing for easier control and a more stable flight.
  • 3 Speed Levels: The H823H comes with three speed settings, giving you the flexibility to adjust the speed according to your skill level or the indoor environment.
  • 360° Flips and Rolls: For added fun, this drone can perform flips and rolls, which is always a hit, whether you're entertaining your cat or just enjoying some indoor flying.
  • LED Light in Front: The LED light adds to the visual appeal of the drone, especially in dimly lit rooms, and helps in tracking the drone's orientation.
  • One-Key Return: This function makes it easy to recall the drone, adding to its user-friendly features.

5. Cheerson CX10 (Smallest Micro Drone in the world)

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No

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6 min

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60 m

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Durable

Cheerson CX10

The Cheerson Cx 10 is a legendary drone as it was one of the first smallest commercially available quadcopters you could buy (and still can).

I also have it on my list with the best nano drones, but I simply felt like I had to include it on this list as well since it’s such a great flier and very very durable.

One thing about this drone is that it doesn’t have altitude hold so it’s going to be more difficult to keep it steady in the air, but it will certainly make you a better pilot.

ADVANTAGES

  • nano drone
  • can be flown indoors
  • very durable
  • super cheap
  • easy controls
  • can do flips

DISADVANTAGES

  • No replaceable battery

Features 

  • Compact Size: The Cheerson CX10 is incredibly small, making it perfect for indoor      flying. Its size allows for easy maneuvering in tight spaces.
  • Durability: Despite its tiny stature, the CX10 is very durable. It's built to withstand the inevitable bumps and crashes that come with indoor flying.
  • Flight Time: The drone offers a standard flight time of about 6 minutes, which is typical for micro drones of this size.
  • Control Range: With a control range of 60 meters, it provides enough space for a fun and engaging flying experience, especially indoors.
  • Easy Controls: The CX10 is designed with simple and intuitive controls, making it accessible even for beginners.
  • Ability to Perform Flips: Adding to the fun, this drone can perform flips, which is impressive for its size and adds an extra layer of excitement to the flying experience.
  • No Altitude Hold: Unlike some micro drones, the CX10 doesn't have an altitude hold feature, which means it requires a bit more skill to keep it steady in the air.

6. Best Micro underwater drone (Micro RC Submarine)

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No Cam

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15 min

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5 m

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Waterproof

Micro RC Submarine

Now that I think of it, I should have included this in my list with the best underwater drones, but since it’s a tiny toy drone, it’s more suitable for playing in an aquarium inside your house.

You can just as well play in lakes or ponds with it or even at the pool, but having water that you can easily see through is a must.

It is of course water proof, and it comes with 2 LEDs in the front that makes it easier to see.

It can dive and surface on your command as well as go backwards and of course left and right.

It comes with just one rechargeable battery, but it lasts for quite a while since there’s plenty of time when the submarine just floats around, unlike a drone that has to use the motors permanently.

ADVANTAGES

  • Long battery life drone (compared to others on the list)
  • Waterproof design (duuh)
  • Good direction control
  • 2 Front LEDs

DISADVANTAGES

  • The range is only 5 m because it’s underwater, a medium hard to penetrate by radiowaves.

Features 

  • Waterproof Design: The Micro RC Submarine is fully waterproof, making it suitable for underwater exploration in various environments like aquariums, pools, lakes, or ponds.
  • Battery Life: It comes with a rechargeable battery that offers a substantial 15 minutes of operation time, which is quite long compared to other micro drones.
  • Control Range: The range is limited to 5 meters, which is understandable given it's designed for underwater use where radio waves have limited penetration.
  • LED Lights: Equipped with two front LEDs, the drone is easier to see underwater, enhancing visibility and navigation.
  • Maneuverability: It can dive, surface, move backward, and turn left or right on command, offering good directional control for an underwater drone.
  • Compact Size: As a micro drone, it's small enough to be used in various underwater settings without being intrusive.

7. Best micro drone for kids (Hand Operated drone)

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None

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10 min

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30 m

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Sensors

mini hand operated drone for kids

I usually include this in my top lists with tiny drones since it’s such a different experience compared to typical quads.

It isn’t flown by a controller but rather by moving your hands. This tiny quadcopter comes with sensors all around it and it moves in the opposite direction of where you hold the drone. So for a team of kids this is like playing football with a drone and passing it around.

Sounds pretty cool, right?

Especially since the price is quite affordable, imagine having a bunch of kids and 2 or 3 of these around the house. Mad fun.

ADVANTAGES

  • Fun to play with others
  • Very safe thanks to the cage
  • Cheap, so you can buy more, for even more fun

DISADVANTAGES

  • No learning how to actually fly a drone.

Features 

  • Hand Operation: This drone is uniquely controlled by hand movements, not a traditional remote. It has sensors all around it and moves in the opposite direction of where you hold your hand, offering a novel and interactive flying experience.
  • Flight Time: The hand-operated drone provides a flight time of about 10 minutes, which is quite good for its category.
  • Control Range: It has a control range of 30 meters, allowing for a decent amount of space for kids to play and interact with the drone.
  • Safety Features: The drone is designed with safety in mind, especially for kids. Its operation mechanism and build minimize the risk of injury.Sensors: Equipped with multiple sensors, the drone can detect obstacles and navigate around them, making it safer and more fun to use.
  • No Camera: This drone does not come with a camera, focusing instead on the interactive flying experience.
  • Affordable: It's priced affordably, making it an accessible option for a fun and safe drone experience for kids.

What Is the Difference Between a Micro and a Mini Drone?

Mini drones can be bigger and more powerful overall, making them more suited for outdoors flight, better cameras and longer flight times, while the micro and nano drones are mainly bought for indoors use and beginners flight.

Pros of Micro Drones

1. Compact and Portable

  • Easy to Carry: Their small size makes them highly portable and convenient to carry around.
  • Indoor Use: Perfect for indoor flying, especially in smaller spaces.

2. User-Friendly

  • Beginner-Friendly: Ideal for beginners due to their simple controls and ease of use.
  • Safety: Generally safer to operate, especially for children and indoor environments.

3. Affordability

  • Cost-Effective: More affordable than larger drones, making them accessible to a wider audience.

4. Versatility

  • Variety of Uses: Suitable for entertainment, basic photography, and as educational tools.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Flexibility: Can be used both indoors and outdoors, depending on the model.

5. Technology and Features

  • Advanced Features in Compact Size: Many come with features like altitude hold, headless mode, and even cameras.

Cons of Micro Drones

1. Limited Flight Time

  • Shorter Battery Life: Often have shorter flight times due to their small battery size.

2. Range and Stability Limitations

  • Limited Range: Typically have a shorter range of control compared to larger drones.
  • Affected by Weather: More susceptible to being affected by wind and weather conditions.

3. Camera Quality

  • Basic Camera Capabilities: Cameras, if present, usually offer basic quality, not suitable for professional-grade photography or videography.

4. Durability Concerns

  • Potential for Damage: May be less durable and more prone to damage upon impact, depending on the build quality.

5. Learning Curve

  • Skill Development: While easy to use, they may not provide the learning experience required for advanced drone piloting.

6. Regulatory Restrictions

  • Flight Regulations: You need to be aware of and adhere to local regulations regarding drone flying, which can vary widely.

How to Fly a Micro Drone?

Starting the Motors: To begin, bring the control sticks together and down, holding them for a second to start the motors.

Controlling Movement:

  • Left Stick: Controls the drone's altitude (up/down for throttle) and rotation (left/right for yaw).
  • Right Stick: Manages the drone's direction (forward, backward, left, right).

Stabilization Systems: Modern micro drones usually come with features like altitude hold and headless mode, which aid in easier control and stability during flight.

This structured and straightforward guide provides a basic understanding of how to operate a micro drone, focusing on the essential controls and stabilization systems that make flying more accessible, especially for beginners.

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What to Look For in a Micro Drone?

In this section we're looking at the main points you should focus on when picking the perfect underwater drone for you.

Choosing a micro drone is pretty much as difficult as choosing any other drone, but there are fewer things you should look at compared to a more expensive camera drone for example, that could come with lots of flight modes and requires a more in depth camera comparison.

This being said, here’s what to look for in a micro or any tiny drone for that matter:

Durability- This is an important factor as most of the time, such drones will be flown indoors and since they don’t have GPS they will certainly be crashed a lot. Being directed at beginners also makes this even more important. All the drones on this list are quite durable, some more than the others.

Prop Guards - This is a component that protects the propellers that helps with both durability as well as the safety of you and everyone around.It allows you to hit walls and still keep flying, while if the drone wouldn’t have had any, the motors will stop when hitting an object.

Flight time - This is pretty basic but quite important. Most drones of this size can’t fly longer than 10 minutes at most and for that reason, having more batteries is a must!

Beginner flight modes - Some of these drones come with things like altitude hold, multiple speed modes, headless mode, all which can make the drone more stable in the air and therefore easier to control.

Where to Buy Micro Drones?

In my long history of buying quadcopters for reviews I have pinpointed 2 really good places to get drones from. This extends to micro drones as well, and they are Amazon (if you have a local amazon) and Banggood, which is a Chinese site with some of the most complete and abundant drone types available (including some produced by them).

If you want your package to arrive quicker, Amazon is definitely the better option, but if you are looking for the absolute cheapest price, or want a larger variety of drones, check out Banggood (delivery is about 2 weeks in my experience).

Conclusion 

In summary, exploring the world of micro drones in 2024 has been a fantastic adventure. From the camera-equipped EACHINE E61HW to the playful Hand Operated Drone for kids, each model offers something unique. 

Whether you're a beginner, a pet lover, or just looking for indoor fun, there's a micro drone out there for you. They're affordable, user-friendly, and incredibly versatile, perfect for indoor flying and learning the basics of drone piloting. Remember, when choosing your micro drone, focus on durability, flight time, and ease of use. Happy flying!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know will be answered in this section.

How long can a micro drone fly?

Most micro drones can fly for about 5 to 10 minutes on a single charge. It really depends on the drone's battery size and how you're flying it.

What is the best DJI micro drone?

As of my last check, DJI's Mavic Mini is a great pick. It's lightweight, compact, and has impressive features for its size.

What is the longest lasting small drone?

The longest lasting small drones can fly up to 30 minutes. But remember, these are usually higher-end models.

Can micro drones be used for photography and videography?

Yes, but keep in mind their cameras are not as advanced as larger drones. They're good for casual photos and videos.

What are the legal regulations for flying micro drones?

It varies by country and region. Generally, you should avoid flying near airports, respect privacy laws, and sometimes you might need to register your drone.

What are the safety precautions to consider when flying a micro drone?

Always keep the drone within your sight, avoid crowded areas, and be mindful of your surroundings to prevent accidents.

Can micro drones be flown indoors?

Absolutely! Their small size makes them ideal for indoor flying, just be careful around pets and fragile items.

Are there any micro drones with advanced features like GPS or obstacle avoidance?

Yes, some high-end micro drones come with GPS and basic obstacle avoidance, but these features are more common in larger drones.

What accessories are available for micro drones?

You can find extra batteries, propeller guards, carrying cases, and sometimes even camera attachments for certain models.

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