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Best Waterproof drones in 2022 (What you should know before buying)

Updated in 2022 by Paul Posea
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In this article, we’re going to talk about waterproof drones, which ones I think are the best and why.

There are also sections dedicated to uses for waterproof drones, for which I wrote individual articles like Fishing drones or Underwater drones.

Water-resistant quadcopters can provide either piece of mind for you or allow some exceptional use in wet environments which can’t be replicated with anything else.

Are drones waterproof?

Now the question is, do drones come with some sort of built-in waterproof case?

Most drones aren't waterproofed by the manufacturer, for cost saving purposes or because of technical complexity; however there are specially made waterproof drones that can be flown in rain or even submerged in water.

We have seen in my article about the dangers of flying a drone in fog that water in any shape can hurt your drone if it's not waterproof as well as what happens if your regular DJI drone falls in water.

Waterproof vs Splash-proof

There is an important distinction you must make when looking for a waterproof drone, not to be tricked by the manufacturers. 

Some drones can be splash-proof, but that doesn’t mean anything besides the fact that they can handle the tiniest amount of water. In this article, we’re focusing more on real waterproof drones that can even float or handle some serious downpour.

Some of these can even dip or float on the surface of the ocean and even start flying while still submerged. The added benefit of a completely waterproof drone is that it can easily fly in rain and can handle it with no problem.

My 4 best Waterproof drones in 2021 (and table)

manual price where to buy

Fact is, there aren’t many consumer-level waterproof drones on the market right now, but there are definitely clear winners that combine both great specs with an affordable price for people who are looking at getting an alternative to DJI, but you know… water-resistant.

Not to say that DJI doesn’t have some water protection, but more on that a bit later in the article.

The table above shows some already waterproof drones that will ease your mind, but if you already have a drone and want to save some bucks, I would suggest following my guide on how to waterproof your drone at home instead.

PowerEgg X Splash 3 Spry+ Hydrofoil
30 min 25 min 17 min 19 min
6 km 1.6 km 0.8 km 20 m
4k 4k 4k VGA
Camera Drone Camera/fishing Sports Toy
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1.Powervision PowerEgg X (Best waterproof camera drone)

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4k

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30 min

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6 km

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powervision poweregg x waterproof drone

Powervision is another drone I also mentioned in my article about underwater drones with their Powerdolphin submarine.

This time they upgraded their popular modular PowerEgg drone with some extra features, including a dedicated shell that allows it to fly in the rain and float on any water body.

It can also take off from water and comes with tracking and follow me, which is also amazing for water sports or simply to follow your boat around.

One very unique thing about it is how compact it can be and the modular design, which allows you to turn it into a handheld gimbal thanks to the hand strap.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Great Camera Quality compared to others
  • Affordable pricing
  • Ability to turn into a handheld device
  • Can Land on water
  • Returns to home
  • Can follow you
  • Has a modular design

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • Can take some time to mount the accessories

2.SwellPro Splash Drone 3 (can land on water)

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4K/fishing

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25 min

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1.6 m

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The Splash Drone 3+ is one of my favorites, a completely waterproof drone that is also very suitable for fishing. It can easily fly in the rain and comes in 2 versions:

  • auto
  • with a 4k camera

Fishing version with a payload release system

This is a floating drone that can both float, land and take off on the water.

It also comes with a solid controller with a built-in 5-inch FPV LCD so it justifies its price since you don’t even have to use your own phone and get it wet.

Another important factor to take into account would be the ability to fold the legs and remove the camera, making it a very compact case.

The 25 min flight time isn’t one of the greatest, but definitely enough for fishing and doing some filming out in the ocean. 

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Powerful Brushless Motors
  • Waterproof Everything
  • Can Float
  • Can flip itself in water
  • Good 25 min battery life
  • Good range 1.6km
  • Resistant to saltwater corrosion
  • Remote controller with a bright 5-inch screen
  • Good carrying case

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • Doesn’t come with a camera or fishing clip (bought separately)

3.Swellpro Spry+ (Waterproof drone that follows you)

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4k

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17 min

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800 m

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spry plus waterproof drone

Another great drone from Swellpro that makes it to the top for me, is the new Spry+ . Its design is completely unique when it comes to waterproof drones, as it has the body of a racing drone and a very slim profile. The new model was shown at CES in 2020 and it improves on the previous specs. It can float on water and the 4k camera that sits in a waterproof housing, it submerges when the drone floats so you’re able to see underwater too.

The drone doesn’t dive on its own, but it’s safe to submerge it, and this makes it completely waterproof and also pretty great for water-sports.

The remote controller is also waterproof and floats (it’s probably the best drone for water sports like kayaking, boating etc)

PROS

  • Compact design
  • Waterproof controller
  • Can Float on water
  • Can be completely submerged
  • Can track and follow you
  • Return Home
  • Quite fast

CONS

  • The camera isn't that well stabilized
  • Short battery life

Parrot Hydrofoil (cheapest waterproof drone, kinda)

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VGA

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9 min

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20 m

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parrot hydrofoil drone

Definitely the cheapest drone on this list, it's in fact a combination between a drone and a boat, definitely oriented for fun rather than taking aerial photos.

Parrot did a great job as with their other very popular quads, this time basically creating a toy drone that attaches to a boat platform so it can do it both. If you want a waterproof drone for your kids, there’s really no better choice, especially since you don’t need to register it to the FAA. Unfortunately, it isn’t waterproof, so you can’t submerge it, but it can handle some splashing.

Other interesting feats are the ability to do flips, having a VGA camera and I must say it’s quite fast even in water, going about 6.2mph when in the water mode.

The 9 minutes of battery life can be compensated for by buying some additional batteries.

A D V A N T A G E S

  • Splash Proof
  • Super cheap
  • Great for kids to play with
  • Can turn from a boat to a drone
  • Other accessories to play with

D I S A D V A N T A G E S

  • Not waterproof
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)​

In this section we're talking about what are some of the questions people ask me the most in regards to waterproof drones.

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What are waterproof drones used for?

Waterproof drones are mainly used for flying above the water in safe conditions as well as in rain or humid areas. These uses can extend from simply fishing as a hobby to more extensive search and rescue operations on the sea. Are DJI drones waterproof?

There aren’t any commercially available drones from DJI that are currently completely waterproof, DJI also doesn’t say their quads are splashproof, but from my experience they can definitely handle light showers and some splashes, however, there is a way to make them even more resistant to splashes and rain. Are parrot drones waterproof?

Just like with DJI, they don’t have any specific waterproof drones, but Parrot does make the hydrofoil which can basically fly on the water. How to make your DJI drone waterproof?

There are a few ways of increasing the reliability of these DJI drones while flying above water or in rain.

Motor covers for Mavic (rainproof)

These motor covers for the DJI Mini 2 are lightweight and made from aluminum and are used to protect the top part of the motors which is the most susceptible to damage during rain or splashing water. It’s the number one most effective thing you can do against rain and they’re also very cheap.

Floating devices on the landing gear

I don’t think floating devices on landing gear make a drone completely safe when flying above water since landing on the water can be quite tricky and it might tip the quadcopter while trying. 

The best use cases for such landing gear is on very steady water surfaces like a lake where you might need to take a shot that requires them.

They are well-reviewed by people in general and can definitely help tremendously, but it’s not a guarantee your drone won’t get wet. Can you fly in the rain?

As mentioned before, flying in the rain should only be done in emergency situations and with a waterproof drone if it’s for a prolonged time.

ALSO READ:
Best Mini Drones you can buy right now

Conclusion

Waterproof drones aren’t that accessible for everyone, but can certainly help with peace of mind when flying above water and especially if you are doing a water sport like kayaking or simply fishing.

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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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Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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