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Top 10 Best Selfie Drones in 2024

Updated in 2024 by Paul Posea
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Many people jump into buying a selfie drone without really knowing what they need, which often leads to regret. That's where I come in. With my experience since 2015, I've carefully selected the top 10 selfie drones for 2024. 

I'll help you understand the key features to look for, ensuring you make a choice that fits perfectly with your desires and needs.

In this article we’ll go through the best selfie drones for every use case, from the best camera ones to the most portable or foldable bunch. And even more, find out together what exactly you might be looking for (even if you don’t yet know).

How do selfie drones work?

You might be wondering how do selfie drones even work? Are these different drones from any other camera quadcopter and what functions must they have?

Long story short, selfie drones can be categorized as a portable drone that can take quality photos (and preferably video) in selfie mode without having to know advanced quadcopter controls.

This being said, there’s a mix of drones that have both simple and advanced functions, so eventually what we’ll focus on is the camera, portability and flight functions.

Selfie Stick vs Drone

Most drones you can buy are going to take worse photos and videos than your smartphone (especially if you have a high end one). That is because a drone is much more than just a camera, it has to fit within its price: the build, motors, mainboard and sometimes even a motorized gimbal.

However, there are many things you can do with a drone that you can’t do with a selfie stick. So what we’ll focus on this top list article will be quadcopters that can go above and beyond just taking a selfie of you at arm's length.

Comparison Table of Best Selfie Drones

Drone ModelFlight TimeRangeCamera ResolutionSpecial Features
DJI Mini 231 min10 km4K3-axis gimbal, GPS, Various Modes
Zerotech Dobby10 min100 m4KFollow me, GPS, Subject Tracking
DJI Tello12 min100 m720pEIS, Multiple Flight Modes
Holy Stone HS51016 min300 m4K-ishGPS, Return to Home
Parrot Anafi25 min4 km4K2-axis gimbal, EIS, Follow me
DJI Mavic Air 233 min10 km4KObstacle Avoidance, Advanced Modes
EZLIFE FUNSNAP iDol10 min100 m1080pFoldable, Brushless Motors
Yuneec Breeze12 min100 m4KEIS+GPS, Multiple Modes
JJRC H49 SOL6 min50 m720pPocket Size
Flitt Drone7 min50 m720pFoldable
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10 best selfie drones in 2024

In this section we’ll take a look, as promised, at my top 10 selfie drones, in no particular order (besides the first). Each of these could fit a specific role and has unique features for the price.

1.DJI mini 2 (4k selfie drone under 250 grams)

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4k

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31 min

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10 km

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GPS

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The DJI Mini 2 stands out as the premier selfie drone for 2024, perfectly balancing compactness with robust capabilities. Its lightweight design, at just under 250g, cleverly skirts FAA registration requirements, appealing to both drone novices and experts.

Despite its small stature, the Mini 2 does not skimp on features. It offers 4K video recording, 12MP still photos, and an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes. 

The inclusion of OcuSync 2.0 technology enhances its connectivity, providing stable, long-distance transmission.

While it lacks obstacle avoidance sensors, the Mini 2 compensates with user-friendly controls and significant wind resistance.

PROS

  • 4k crisp footage
  • 3 axis stabilized gimbal
  • under 250g
  • stable gps
  • very easy to control
  • return to home
  • flight modes
  • long battery life and range

CONS

  • Doesn't have follow me option

2.Zerotech dobby (follow me pocket selfie drone)

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4k

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10 min

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100 m

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GPS

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The Zerotech Dobby is one of the most popular selfie drones to this day for the fact that it fits the standard pocket foldable drone format most people are looking for.

It can be controlled exclusively through a smartphone and what’s best comes with tracking capability.

It comes with both GPS as well as ultrasonic sensors below the drone to keep both the position and its height steady.

One annoying thing about it is that you need to choose the camera angle beforehand, without  the ability to adjust it while in flight.

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In terms of range, since it uses wifi transmission instead of Bluetooth it can reach about 50m and even over 100m with some wifi range extender, which is quite great for a phone controlled drone.

In terms of selfie capability, the drone can take multiple photo modes, including burst mode, timing, selfie.

It also has a few flight modes, one of which is called “target  tracking” where you draw a box on the screen around the subject and it will follow it around.

PROS

  • Electronical Image stabilization
  • Pocket drone size
  • Works with any phone
  • Good subject tracking
  • Decent range
  • Brushless motors

CONS

  • Low battery life

3.DJI Tello (beginner selfie drone for smartphone)

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720p

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12 min

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100 m

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EIS

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I think the DJI Tello is the best selfie drone under $100 to this day. I have personally tested and reviewed it on youtube and I must say it takes some of the best photos I’ve seen from such a cheap drone. 

The video is also pretty great, even though only HD in 720p, it is electronically stabilized footage, something you just don’t see in this price range.

The battery life is also pretty competitive, since it can fly over 10 minutes and the range can also be increased with the use of a wifi range extender.

It does have some interesting flight modes, but they’re pretty basic compared to the Dobby for example.

One interesting thing is that it can actually take 4k photos believe it or not, but not 4k video.

It can also be controlled by phone and also by using a bluetooth controller (but you’ll need to buy one aftermarket).

The Tello is a very stable flying selfie drone also thanks to the bottom facing sensors and its altitude hold.

DJI Tello Camera Samples

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PROS

  • Optical flow sensors for stable flight
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Extra Bluetooth controller option
  • Multiple flight modes
  • Long battery life for the size

CONS

  • Need to buy an aftermarket controller (if you're not happy with the phone controls)

4.Holy Stone HS510 (foldable GPS camera drone)

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4k-ish

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16 min

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300 m

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GPS

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The holy stone HS510 is a solid foldable drone with no image stabilization but with other features like GPS and a weight below 250 grams that make it more than just a selfie drone.

The specs say 4k video resolution, but I wouldn’t hold it accountable to even compare to a DJI Mini 2, especially since it doesn’t come with EIS.

The battery however is pretty great at 16 minutes of flight time and the range is also considerably longer than what other selfie drones might provide. And this is mainly because it doesn’t come with a phone controlling option, but rather a controller. The wifi range from the drone to the phone is indeed around 300m, but the drone itself can fly even farther, which makes it great since it’s harder to lose it.

And even if you do, since it comes with GPS, it also has a return to home function.

PROS

  • Camera angle can be adjusted
  • Under 250g
  • Foldable
  • Comes with 2 batteries and a complete package
  • GPS and return to home
  • Great range and battery life

CONS

  • No stabilized camera

5.Parrot anafi (Pro selfie camera drone with a gimbal)

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4k

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25 min

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4km

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GPS

parrot anafi drone

The parrot anafi is already miles ahead of what you’d expect from a selfie drone, but I included it on this list, even though it could just as well be one of the best camera drones you can buy for that price.

Just like the DJI Mini 2 it comes with a controller that’s connected to your phone where you see the live feed. Of course you’ll be able to take regular selfies and photos in 4k at any time, but you’ll do this in style, since everything is stabilized by a 2 axis mechanical gimbal and EIS.

One thing that makes this drone special is the fact that it can rais its camera up, so it’s even better for taking super creative selfies, from under a bridge for example, or while you’re somewhere high up.

The flight time is also quite great, at 25 minutes in the air and the 4km range and I would say the specs and image quality is well on par with DJI.

Another thing that makes the Parrot Anafi an actual great selfie drone is the ability to control it just by using your phone, without the actual controller. Being foldable, you’ll find it’s quite portable  too, even though not quite as much as a regular pocket drone for sure.

PROS

  • Can be controlled by phone alone or separate controller
  • Great camera
  • Can look up 90 degrees and down
  • Very smooth flying
  • Great range and battery life
  • Follow me

CONS

  • Doesn’t fit in a pocket

6.DJI Mavic Air 2 ( Selfie drone that can follow you)

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4k

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33 min

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10 km

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Obstacle Avoidance

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Yet another professional drone that can be used as a selfie drone and way more.
If you have any idea that you might want to start making money with your drone, this is pretty much the best thing you can right now.
It’s the most capable drone overall on this list, including super accurate advanced tracking, smart flight modes, including dronie (which is a selfie with a drone) and much more.
It operates great in wind (probably the best on this list) and can support down to -10° Celsius.

The Air 2 also comes with 8 gb of internal storage, in case you forget your card at home and want to take some photos and videos on the fly. This drone can also shoot RAW photos, so you have that extra editing freedom in post processing.
A big difference with this drone is that it is surrounded by obstacle detection sensors and cameras that allow it to stop or avoid objects when tracking you.

As I said, this is the most advanced drone on this list, and for that reason it comes with the steepest price, but well worth it, if you plan to use it as a travel drone and shoot with it frequently.

PROS

  • Best follow me drone on this list
  • Advanced flight modes
  • Obstacle avoidance sensors
  • Amazing camera quality
  • Super long range
  • Great battery life

CONS

  • Can’t be controlled with just a phone

7.EZLIFE FUNSNAP iDol (quality drone that can hover)

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1080p

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10 min

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100 m

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Foldable

ezlife funsnap idol selfie drone

Ok, this seems to be a selfie drone made with Xiaomi that surprised me a lot when I saw the online reviews and especially the footage by quadcopter 101. It can be found on amazon for quite a good price considering it’s a high quality GPS drone with brushless motors.

The folding design is quite unique also and even though the 1080p camera might seem low in comparison to the 4k everyone brags about, it’s a really good 1080p camera.

As a standard selfie drone, it is controlled by using your phone and the included app. Just like the Dobby, it only has a 10 minute battery life, and from what I could see, only banggood as spare batteries for this.

It’s a nice selfie drone with an outstanding build quality and quite a capable camera. If you find it for the right price  It’s definitely worth getting it.

PROS

  • Great build quality
  • Foldable
  • Good camera
  • Brushless motors

CONS

  • EIS doesn’t seem to stabilize a lot

8.Yuneec breeze (HD 4k selfie drone)

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4k

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12 min

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100 m

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EIS+GPS

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The Yuneec Breeze is quite a controversy, as even though it’s a great drone, considering its current price it doesn’t stand a chance compared to the DJI Mini 2.

Its redeeming quality is that it was built as a selfie drone, and if that’s what you’re looking for, then this is in fact a great choice.

The footage is crisp and high quality, and the Image stabilization is also top notch, but compared to a 3 axis gimbal, a bit lagging.

It comes with 5 flight modes: orbit, follow me, selfie, pilot and travel they all work pretty great, and compared to the DJI Mini, it also has follow me, which can be a plus for some people.

The Breeze also comes with positioning sensors besides the GPS, so it can maintain its altitude and position even better.

However where it lacks most is that it doesn’t come with an optional controller. It works great as an advanced selfie drone and if you want to shoot things at 100m from you at most. But to turn it into a real drone, you need an advanced controller to increase its range to at least 1km.

PROS

  • Follow me drone
  • Made as a selfie drone
  • Great image stabilization
  • Brushless motors

CONS

  • Poor range

9.JJRC H49 SOL (smallest selfie drone in the world)

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720p

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6 min

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50 m 

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pocket size

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I personally tried and reviewed this drone a while back, and let me tell you it’s the funniest thing you can get for like under $20 or so. It has a decent camera actually and it’s literally pocket size, as in way smaller than an iPhone 5 even. 

The motors pop up by the press of a button and you control it with your phone like expected. It’s a great indoors selfie drone for people on a really low budget or who just want to experience flight for the first time.

PROS

  • Compact folding design for portability.
  • Lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Equipped with a 720p HD camera.

CONS

  • Not suitable for flying in windy conditions.
  • Aesthetic design may not appeal to everyone.
  • Propellers are exposed and can be damaged when the drone is folded.

10.Flitt drone (foldable stick drone)

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720p

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7 min

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50 m 

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foldable

flitt selfie

A pretty solid selfie drone for a very low price (under $100) and it has a very unique form factor (looking almost like a tiny remote for your TV).

I had a pleasant experience with it and would recommend for people on low budgets to at least try it, that is only if you can find it a bit under $100.

PROS

  • Compact and Portable
  • User-Friendly
  • Stable Hovering: Good for steady shots.

CONS

  • Not many advanced options.
  • Reliability Issues: Some users report technical problems.

How to fly a selfie drone

There’s so many types of drones out there that there’s no easy way to answer this.

A typical selfie drone is controlled exclusively by smartphone. This means you’ll see the live feed in the app after you connect to the drone wifi and control the movement with the virtual sticks on the screen.

However, for more advanced drones, there’s usually a controller involved too that makes the flight experience way more precise and dramatically increases the range from a few meters to kilometers.

There’s even some selfie drones that you don’t need an app for, which you just throw in the air and do everything by themselves.

However, the simpler the controlling process is, the worse the results and the more limited that drone becomes, so I recommend not to shy away from physical controllers, since they open a new world of possibilities.

What to know about a selfie drone controls

Since a selfie drone is usually made for facing yourself, it must come with headless mode where the controls are basically inverted, so when you press forward, the drone will move away from you, in front of you. This will make much more sense while you try it and it’s quite great to have this as a system for beginners.

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What to look for in a selfie drone

In this section we're looking for a few of the frequently asked questions as well as the main specs you should look for when searching a selfie drone.

Camera Stabilization:

The quality of your drone's camera stabilization is key. It ensures your photos and videos remain clear and stable, even when the drone is in motion or facing windy conditions. Smaller drones typically feature Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), while advanced models may include gimbal stabilization. This feature is crucial for minimizing blurriness and shaking.

Flight time

Consider the flight time of the drone, as it dictates how long you can capture selfies. Ideally, a drone should offer a minimum of 10 minutes of flight time. For longer adventures, a drone with extended flight capabilities is preferable. Carrying a spare battery is also advisable for uninterrupted sessions.

GPS or positioning sensors: 

The presence of GPS or positioning sensors is essential for maintaining the drone's stability and position, especially when you're not controlling it. These sensors ensure the drone remains steady in the air, which is vital for high-quality photography.

Portability:

If you plan to travel with your drone, its portability becomes an important factor. A compact, lightweight, and foldable drone is easier to transport. However, ensure that its build is durable enough to withstand travel conditions.

Selfie Features:

The specific selfie features of a drone, such as 'Follow Me', orbit, and gesture control, can significantly enhance your selfie-taking experience. These features add creativity and ease to the process, allowing for more dynamic and interesting shots.

In summary, when selecting a selfie drone, balance the importance of camera stabilization, flight time, GPS accuracy, portability, and innovative selfie features with your budget and personal needs. 

Tips for Enhancing Your Selfie Drone Photography

Enhancing your selfie drone photography can take your pictures from good to great. With a few simple tips, you can capture stunning images that stand out. Here's how to make the most of your drone's capabilities and your surroundings.

Understand Your Drone’s Camera: Learn about your drone's camera settings. Adjusting ISO, shutter speed, and white balance can greatly improve your photos.

Golden Hour Magic: Take photos shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. The soft, warm light during these times adds a beautiful touch.

Use the Rule of Thirds: Imagine a 3x3 grid over your frame. Place important subjects at the grid intersections for a balanced look.

Experiment with Angles: Try different angles like from above or the side. Unique angles make your selfies more interesting.

Background Matters: Choose a location with a captivating backdrop. A city skyline, beach, or forest can enhance your photo.

Gesture Controls: If your drone has gesture controls, use them. They help capture spontaneous moments without a remote.

Avoid Overcrowded Areas: For safety and clarity, avoid busy backgrounds. A simpler backdrop keeps the focus on you.

Post-processing: Edit your photos to enhance colors and correct distortions. A little editing can make a big difference.

Continuous Shooting Mode: This mode takes multiple shots quickly. It increases your chances of capturing the perfect moment.

Use ND Filters: Neutral Density filters manage exposure in bright light. They make your photos look smoother and more cinematic.

By following these tips, you'll be able to take your selfie drone photography to the next level, capturing images that are not only visually appealing but also uniquely yours.

How to use the Follow-Me Mode on a Drone for Taking Selfies

To use the "Follow-Me" mode on your drone for taking selfies, start by fully charging your drone. A full battery is important for longer flights. Turn on your drone and let it hover for a bit. This helps it stabilize and understand its surroundings.

Next, find the "Follow-Me" mode on your controller or smartphone app. It's usually in the flight modes or advanced settings. Activate this mode.

Now, choose who or what you want the drone to follow. If it's you, draw a box around yourself on the screen. This tells the drone to keep its camera on you.

Start moving, and the drone will follow. It acts like a flying cameraman, keeping the camera steady on you. Make sure you're in an open space to avoid obstacles.

Keep an eye on the drone's battery level to avoid it running out of power. With these steps, you can enjoy taking amazing selfies with your drone's "Follow-Me" mode.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, finding the best selfie drone involves more than just looking for a good camera. It's about balancing camera quality, portability, flight time, and special features like GPS and Follow-Me mode. 

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced flyer, there's a selfie drone out there for you. From the versatile DJI Mini 2 to the pocket-sized JJRC H49 SOL, each drone offers unique capabilities to enhance your photography experience. 

Remember, the best drone for you depends on your specific needs and how you plan to use it.

Frequently asked questions

Can selfie drones follow you around?

Yes, they can. Selfie drones with the right software can follow you. You select the subject on your phone screen, and the drone's algorithm keeps it in the frame. Some use phone GPS for this.

Are there any waterproof selfie drones?

Yes, there are waterproof drones capable of taking selfies. They're not specifically made for selfies, but they can do the job.

Where to buy a selfie drone?

You can buy selfie drones online, like on Amazon or Banggood. Amazon offers faster shipping and easy returns, while Banggood might have cheaper prices.

Do people really take selfies with drones?

Yes, people do take selfies with drones. While it's not the main use for everyone, drones offer creative ways to take photos, like bird's eye views.

What is the best selfie drone?

The best selfie drone depends on your needs, but a top choice is the DJI Mini 2. It's versatile and offers great features.

Is it better to control a selfie drone via smartphone or a controller?

It depends on the drone and your comfort level. Smartphones are convenient for simple controls, but a physical controller offers more precision and might extend the range.
Owning such a pocket drone is a great deal of fun if you manage to follow this guide properly and pick something that can be used for a multitude of purposes.

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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.

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