Best Silent Drones – Which are the most quiet quadcopters in 2019

Silent drones - Top quadcopters rated by noise level

I'f you're interested in silent drones, there's more than the decibels that you should be looking for, but that's a pretty good start.

If you're looking not to get yourself annoyed or be a bother to other people when flying, the pitch of the noise is something you should also take into consideration.

In this article we'll have a look at some of the most popular drones from DJI and how noisy they are, along with a suggestion for a cheaper GPS camera drone that had the most pleasant sound I ever heard in a drone.

 

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What are the factors that make a drone noisy?

Propellers

There are many things that matter, but the most importat are:

  • prop pitch (inclination of the blade)
  • if the ends are tipped (dji silent propellers)
  • size

Motors

Motors can be either brushed or brushless, on this list there will only be brushless motors, as they tend to be more silent and higher quality.

Speed of rotation

If the propellers are bigger and they spin slower, the sound is going to be more pleasant and less bee-like.

DJI Drones noise levels compared

The drones on this list won't be only DJI, but this table and video from WeTalkUAV might help you figure out exactly how to diferentiate between drone sound levels.

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MY TOP Silent drones

Bellow there's gonna be my top 2 recommendations if you don't have the time to research further.

One of them is the most silent cheap gps drone I've ever tested, good for beginners and hobbyists.

And the other is a more expensive professional drone that's more silent than anything else you can find currently on the market.

Don't forget that for drones over 250grams you need to register your drone.

Dji Mavic Pro Platinum

  • Silent propellers (and optimized motor rotation)
  • 4k camera
  • 3 axis gimbal
  • foldable design
  • 23 min battery life
  • 7km max distance

70 Decibels (at 1m distance)

Funsky 913

  • 1080p camera
  • silent propellers (special design made for racing drones)
  • brushless motors
  • great build quality
  •  GPS
  • compact size

68 Decibels (at 1m distance)

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Mavic Pro Platinum

Noise 

70 decibels

Range

4.1 mi (7 km)

Camera

4k – 3 axis stabilization

Silent propellers

Yes

Mavic Pro Platinum is a slight change from the original Mavic Pro, that can fly for 2 minutes longer, has a platinum color and of course, silent propellers.

The original DJI Mavic is one of my favorite drones that I still recommend to this day, as one of the better camera drones you can buy.

Thing is, you can't entirely reproduce how silent the mavic Platinum flies by just adding some silent propellers to the Mavic Pro.

DJI has made slight tweaks in the design, motor and ESC specs so the battery is used more effectively and the drone flies smoother and with less noise.

Reasons you should buy it

  • If you want the quietest camera drone from DJI
  • If you don't want to worry about losing signal a few houndred meters away
  • Long battery life and a pleasant sound compared to other drones
  • Use it professionally at events without annoying people

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you only want a beginner drone to fly and have fun in your spare time
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Funsky 913 - most silent drone in the world

Noise 

68 decibels

Range

300m

Camera

1080p -no stab

Silent propellers

Yes

The Funsky 913 surprised me a lot with its super silent propellers and motors and it's really low price makes it so worth buying.

Of course, this drone is more in the hobby/beginner category, but for a budget under $200, this is one of the best choices you can make.

It does come with solid GPS and a really REALLY good build.

The plastic it's made from feels fantastic and the 1080p camera actually can deliver some usable footage.

It isn't stabilized, but as you can see in my video review bellow, you can definitely stabilize in post processing and end up with a nice final shot.

Reasons you should buy it

  • Precise Return to home
  • The most silent drone I ever heard
  • Extremely good quality build makes it feel professional
  • Small frame and transmitter means you can take it anywhere with you

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you want a more expensive drone with a gimbal for image stabilization
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Mavic 2 - a really quiet professional quad

Noise 

72 decibels

Range

5 miles – 8km

Camera

4k – 3 axis stab

Silent propellers

Yes

Both Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom are really some of the best drones you can buy right now for professional photos and video.

However, this drone also makes for one of the most quiet drones I have ever flown, and that's exactly the reason why this is my main use drone.

The propellers come with a silent design from the package and the noise of the motors is lower pitched and considerably more pleasant than even smaller drones like the Mavic Air.

Being just slightly louder than the Mavic Platinum, this deserves a really good spot on this list, as it comes with a lot of features that you might be interested in like:

  • huge range of over 8km
  • almost halv an hour battery life
  • either zoom camera or 1 inch sensor
  • great night time photo and video
  • sensors for obstacles in almost every direction

Reasons you should buy it

  • Pleasant sound, if you don't want to annoy people at events you're filming at
  • it's basically uncrashable thanks to all the sensors
  • Get reliable footage even in low light conditions
  • Very precise return to home in case signal is lost

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you're not making money or planning to make money with a drone soon.
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Force F100/ Bugs 3 - Silent Go Pro Drone

Noise 

74 decibels

Range

300m

Camera

Gopro or 1080p included

Silent propellers

No

The Bugs 3 also known as the Force F100 on amazon (being the same drone with slightly different designs) is one of my highest rated drone especially thanks to it's REALLY low price.

This drone can also come in the package with an included action camera made specially for it. With that you can see the live feed directly on your phone through the included app.

However, I find this to be really nice to use with a GoPro, as the footage you can get from a drone that's under $100 is going to be quite impressive.

It has brushless motors, which is amazing for this price range and somehow it's really silent and I love it for that fact. 

It is indeed considerably bulkier than the others on this list, but it's more than capable to carry your camera and the build quality is outstanding.

Reasons you should buy it

  • If you already have an action camera or gopro
  • Probably the best drone for this price range
  • If you want a powerful drone to carry a heavier object
  • Doing stunts and flips with it

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you care a lot about portability (this one is pretty big, but can fit in a backpack)
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Really loud drones I don't recommend

Phantom 4/ Pro – 80 dB

The phantom series has always been very noisy so when the Mavic was released, people were amazed by how non invasive it was compared to the old quadcopter model.

Inspire 1 and 2 -83 db

This drone is on a whole different professional level, but even so, you must take into account that it's a huge and very noisy drone.

Mavic Air – 76 db

Even if it's smaller compared to the standard Mavic, this drone makes quite an annoying high pitched sound.

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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