I think you’ll agree with me that 2016 was the year when the selfie drones became the new hit.
Since regular selfie sticks quickly became old and boring, the selfie drones were the new cool gadget for social media addicts. And why not? They are easy to use, have a decent camera and will take a cool shot of you and your friends from a different viewing angle – something that’s hard to achieve by using selfie sticks or regular cameras.
Because of the new trend, in 2018 there are plenty of new selfie camera drones that are on the market, which of course makes it hard for the average consumer to decide which one to get.
Below, I’ve listed some of the best selfie drones you can find at the moment, along with their key specifications and why you should consider them.
Without further ado, let’s get to it:
The DJI Spark is a brand new drone from DJI, that promises to take over the selfie drone market. With its ridiculously small size and the large list of features, the DJI spark is the next “big” thing.
The body of drone is as large as a 5″ smartphone and can easily fit in the palm of your hand.
Speaking of the palm of your hand – that’s exactly what you can use to control this guy – DJI Spark offers advanced gesture controls, which allow you to move the drone with your hand – just raise up your palm in the air, and the drone will follow it around. You can also push the drone back, pull it towards you or wave to it and it will go back in distance so it can take your selfie. It’s really advanced.
Although the main camera is 12MP and shoots Full HD 1080P 30 frames per second (no 4K unfortunately), the camera quality is surprisingly good, and in many occasions you won’t feel the need to use a 4k shooter.
The intelligent modes DJI is known for are also present here – you will notice they are so advanced that in many cases the drone feels like it’s flying itself, and requires little to no input from your side to make great shots.
Overall, the DJI Spark is a must-have if you’re on the hunt for the best selfie drone. Although it’s priced a bit too high for a drone this size, the advanced features that are packed in its small body definitely make up for it.
- Pocket-sized and very light (weighs ~300 grams)
- Amazing camera quality
- Tons of intelligent modes
- Flight time of 16 mins
- Requires no flying experience at all
- Hand gestures & controls
The Zerotech Dobby is a pocket-sized selfie drone with an HD camera. It features gesture-based interaction control, facial recognition and dual satellite positioning, all nicely packed into a device that you can literally bring with you anywhere.
You can control Dobby via the gesture controls or via the smartphone app that comes with it. Of course, you can easily view and share your photos from the app in an instant.
What I particularly like about this selfie drone is that is extremely lightweight (just under 200 grams), and the quality of the photos is really good.
It can fly for roughly 9-10 minutes, which I believe is plenty of time to snap enough photos of you and your friends 🙂
- Pocket-sized and lightweight (just under 200 grams)
- No FAA registration required
- Sharp and quality photos
- Flight time of 9-10 mins
- Photos are easily shared via the app
- Facial recognition, target tracking and 10s auto follow short video shooting
On paper, this is one of the coolest selfie drones, which is also packed with features:
- 4K HD Camera
- 13 MP photos
- 3-Axis gimbal
- App control
- Follow mode
- 360 Degree photo
- Gesture Control
- Obstacle Avoidance
Overall, this unit has a great build quality and has plenty of features to play with.
However, a majority of its users report that they have had various software problems with the software, so it seems the Wingsland S6 is a hit or miss.
If you do decide to give this aircraft a chance, here’s what you can achieve with it:
- Foldable selfie drone with a nice design
- Feature-rich smartphone app
- 4K camera
- Advanced Flying Modes
- 3-axis gimbal with image stabilization
Yuneec’s response to their competition is called the Breeze. It sports a 4K UHD camera for video and 13MP for stills, 5 automated smart flight modes for getting the best shot (Selfie, Pilot, Orbit, Journey, Follow Me) and with its foldable propeller design and weight of less than a pound, it’s definitely lightweight and portable.
With the Breeze, it’s literally “a breeze” (pun intended) to share all of your photos instantly on most of the social media apps – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp Google+ and Flickr.
However, just like the Wingsland S6, this selfie drone is far from perfect – occasionally you can expect to lose WiFi connectivity and flying this quad indoors sometimes can be an issue.
- Lightweight selfie drone with foldable propellers
- Feature-rich smartphone app
- 4K UHD video camera and 13MP photo camera
- 5 Smart flying Modes
- Easy photo sharing
Although not specifically a selfie drone, the Mavic Pro does have built-in gesture control, which allows for selfies.
So far the gesture control technology in the Mavic is not 100% reliable, and you often need to try a couple of times until you find the sweet spot (as you can see in the video below).
However, once you get the hang of it, the Mavic is quite a beast – it definitely stands out from the other selfie drones in this section.
This aircraft is made for people who are often on the go and need a reliable machine which can be set up and thrown in the air in 1-2 minutes, unlike most of the other bulky camera drones.
Click here if you want to read more about this amazing portable drone.
- Extremely portable – literally fits in every camera bag/backpack
- Integrated 4K 12MP 3-axis stabilized camera and foldable arms
- Upgraded Lightbridge connectivity – fly up to 7000 meters away
- Vision Positioning System for low/indoors/No-GPS flying
- Obstacle Avoidance System (front and under)
- Gesture control – the drone reads your gestures in order to follow you/take pictures of you
- Gamepad-sized controller: (similar to PS4 controller) – fits in your pocket. It opens up to clamp around your smartphone device, but just a phone can also be used – you can fly using virtual joysticks (over WiFi)
The Hover Camera Passport is one of the most interesting products i’ve seen in 2016.
It has a truly unique (and rather safe) design, thanks to its full carbon fiber enclosure. The Hover Camera Passport folds like a notebook, and can’t easily be mistaken for another object on first glance.
However, it packs some great features, putting it right up there with the other selfie drones (if not above them):
13 MP camera, video recording in 4K, face & body tracking, smart modes, and extreme ease of use just to name a few.
As a matter of fact, Casey Neistat himself made a video about the Passport, which you can check out below:
- Extremely lightweight – under 0.52 pounds, no FAA registration required
- Foldable design, which makes it very portable
- Safe design, thanks to a full carbon fiber enclosure
- 4K Video, 13Mp stills
- Smart modes + Face & Body tracking
The AirSelfie is a pocket-sized device, which can take an air selfie of you and your friends with ease.
It can hover up to 20 meters away, and flies for roughly 3 minutes (much less than its competitors, but have in mind it’s a device that fits in your pocket, it’s that small). Photos are taken by a 5MP camera and are stored on a built-in 4GB micro SD memory card.
Once you get it in the air, you can control it from your smartphone (both iOS and Android are supported). The device is only 52 grams and it slides into its phone cover and recharges automatically.
Although not very feature-rich, this device is definitely up there with the most interesting selfie drones on the market.
- Weighs just 52 grams
- Charges by itself through its phone case holder
- Easy to control by a smartphone
- Selfie timer
- Fits in your pocket
And that’s it – those are the current best selfie drones out there.
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