While drones are often used for filming gorgeous, sweeping landscapes or action scenes in movies at speeds as fast as a jaybird, nowadays they can also be used for taking hands-free selfies. Rather than a bulky and large drone, selfie drones are foldable and compact, making them easy to take with you anywhere and highly popular among avid selfie takers. And in this article, RC Review compares the Best Selfie Drone available in 2018. Let’s be honest flying cameras are a lot cooler than just having a simple selfie camera or selfie stick.
Below, we review 7 devices from the least expensive to the most expensive based on their features, pros, and cons to help you decide which is the top selfie drone for you.
JRC H37 Mini BABY ELFIE Selfie Drone
As the name suggests, JRC H37 Mini BABY ELFIE Selfie Drone is light and compact, being only 13.5 x 11.3 x 3 cm in dimensions (unfolded), and weighing roughly 2 ounces. This mini-nature makes it fit for all drone users.
The drone features HD 720p camera with FPV (read this to learn more about First Person View). The FPV is transmittable via WIFI, which means that you can connect your drone to the smartphone and experience the world from the drone’s perspective.
The good news is that this drone does have integrated gravity sensor technology. This technology allows you to navigate the drone via your smartphone. There is also the RC control, and the previously mentioned gravity navigation. We suggest trying both systems and then opting for the one that fits you the best. This piece of advice holds value for all drones that feature multiple control systems.
JRC H37 Mini BABY ELFIE is foldable, which makes it very easy to transport, store and carry with you wherever you go which is why it was an obvious pick for one of the top quads on this list. Such design broadens the drone’s list of potential users. And, being small, light and portable means that the drone won’t cause you issues whether you travel by air, land or sea.
Another mode the JRC H37 Elfie features is the altitude hold mode. In essence, when the mode is activated, the drone will hold its position (concerning altitude), but you will still be able to roll the drone, yaw or pitch.
Alas, the headless mode grants you even more control over your drone. Headless mode guarantees that the drone will align to you and your perspective, meaning that it will follow the navigational controls from the user’s perspective and the direction you are facing, regardless of the direction the drone is facing.
For instance, let’s say that the drone is rotated by 180 degrees. Now, what is a left side for you is the right side for the drone, i.e., your east is drone’s west. But, thank’s to the headless mode, the drone will still go in the direction you want it to go, i.e., it will align with you.
Who should obtain this drone? Well, it’s hard to say. It is inexpensive (the most economical on our list), which makes it fit for beginners and everyone that want’s to try a drone. However, professional photographers, journalists, and bloggers should probably look for something a bit more sophisticated than this.
Selfie lovers will probably love the fact that the jjrc elfie features Beauty mode: once activated, the drone automatically adjusts the image and makes it more beautiful. This is one of the cheap drones featured in this buying guide.
Made of ABS (thermoplastic polymer)
6.7 inches wheelbase
2.4 G frequency
powered by one 3.7V battery: battery included: charging time takes 40 minutes to 1 hour: flight time is 6 to 7 minutes
the remote controller is powered by two 1.5V batteries (which aren’t included)/ RC maximum distance is 100m
WIFI maximum range is 30 m
the most inexpensive selfie drone on the list
excellent choice for beginners
extremely light and compact
dual control modes
Beauty mode enhances the selfie-taker experience
The Headless mode works well with the WIFI controls
lacks the features of more sophisticated drones
lacks camera stability technology
Foldable Selfie Pocket Drone
This foldable arm RC drone by Vinciph is small enough to fit in your pocket so that you can enjoy taking a selfie virtually anywhere. You can control the drone through its smartphone app to take aerial videos and photos easily. This makes it one of the best drones for beginners looking for portable drones.
The camera quality is 0.3 MP, which may not be enough megapixels for those looking for a selfie drone that fits today’s HD standards. Additionally, you can only fly the drone for about 6-8 minutes on a full battery after charging for about an hour, which doesn’t make it very ideal if you’re planning to shoot longer videos. The folding arms and low cost make this an affordable selfie camera drone.
The Gravity Sensor mode allows you to control the drone by holding and moving your smartphones accordingly. The altitude hold function is pretty handy since it automatically sets the height of the drone and lets it hover at that height even when you release the throttle stick. This way, you can easily shoot videos or take pictures without having to hold onto the controls.
For a more advanced performance, the aerobatic flight option makes 3D flips and rolls along with 360 degree rotations. The gyroscope makes sure that the drone is in balance mode and is controlled separately during flight. This is an excellent foldable selfie drone.
User friendly for easy flight control
Able to fit in your pocket
Ideal for those on a tight budget
0.3 MP drone selfie camera won’t make for modern HD videos or photos
Can take a while to get used to flying
No remote control, so can’t be used without smartphone
Can only fly for 6-8 minutes
GoolRC Drone Foldable Selfie Drone
The GoolRC foldable mini selfie drone has a 720p camera which may be just enough for an amateur videographer or photographer, but it may be just below the standards of modern HD resolutions. Although, thanks to the real-time WiFi transmission FPV system, you can take great selfies and videos with an image transmission range of about 30 meters.
The 2.4G grip controller has G-sensor control and a barometer altitude hold function so that the drone hovers steadily as you shoot photos easily. You can also control the drone by tilting your phone in any direction and start flying it with one-key takeoff/land operation. The GoolRC also comes with a responsive G-sensor remote control meant to be operated with one hand.
The drone’s app has a “beauty mode,” which allows you to edit and make your photos and videos even more amazing. The drone’s compact design folds at the arms for portability so you can take it every you go. It can only fly for about 7 minutes so this may not be for you if you like shooting longer aerial videos, and charging it fully takes about 70 minutes. This is a middle of the road camera drone for getting aerial selfies.
720p camera with maximum control range of 80 meters
Can do 360 flips
Compact size makes for great portability
A good alternative to the spark, if you want 4k videos, is the DJI Mavic Pro.
Pocket Selfie Mini Drone (Zerotech Dobby)
If you’re willing to invest in a more advanced foldable mini selfie drone, this drone by Zerotech has a 4K camera that’s able to shoot professional quality 13-megapixel selfie photos and videos at 30fps. The camera angle can be adjusted into six different positions by hand, but since it doesn’t have a gimbal, it instead uses EIS (electronic image stabilization).
The zerotech dobby selfie drone doesn’t come with a controller, but if you have a smartphone, you can easily control it with the free Dobby app. The short video mode lets you point the camera at a specific target, and after you press record, the Dobby drone will fly up and away for about 10 seconds then return to you after it’s done.
If you want to time how long you want the drone to record, you have the option for 3-20 second recordings with the Timer Shots option. For a conveniently hands-free experience, the Dobby can be controlled by voice where you can command it to take off, land, and take a photo.
The dobby mini itself weighs no more than an iPhone and is small enough to fit into your pocket. Charging it takes about an hour, but it only flies for 9 minutes straight. If you have WiFi nearby, you can also easily download and share your footage and photos straight to your phone. The Zerotech dobby selfie operating range of about 100 meters. The target tracking will help you get the perfect selfie.
Limited 9 minute flight time
No handheld controller
Batteries are rather expensive to replace
Wingsland S6 Selfie Pocket Drone
Claiming to be the most powerful pocket selfie drone available on the market, the Wingsland S6 sports a 4K HD camera with a 360-degree field of view. It takes 13 megapixel photos and for less shaky videos, the S6 has an integrated 3-axis electronic image stabilization feature.
You can land the drone either through three different options: manual, auto-land, and auto-home. As you take videos, the drone has auto-follow, flips, orbit, and gesture control for a more convenient and hands-free shooting experience. It’s fairly small and compact, and it doesn’t weight much which means it won’t be a chore if you wish to take it with you during your travels. Having a drone that follows you or with follow me modes, helps when using a drone for these purposes.
You’ll be able to fly the drone for about 8-10 minutes, although this could be shorter in colder weather. Probably the most useful feature for the drone is the POI function where the drone can identify you as a point of interest while you can still control its height and its POI range. This can be handy for snapping stills or 360 panoramic shots.
Be mindful that that at low battery life, the S6 tends to automatically descend and it will eventually land completely, which won’t bode well if it’s particularly high up. If you are looking for good selfie quadcopters, this could be a good option.
Small size makes for great portability
4k photo resolution and 13MP photos
Easy to learn flight controls
8-10 minutes of flight, shorter if used in cold weather
Auto-lands at low battery instead of auto-return
Smartphone required to operate controls
Its hard to classify Yuneec YUNFCAUS Breeze drone: it is best to say that this is a semi-professional drone. A very easy pick for our top list. Let’s go from the hardware to software.
This drone is very compact and lightweight, being 7.7 x 7.7 x 2.6 inches in dimensions an weighing roughly 13 ounces. The good news is that this drone will fit in your backpack, but the bad news is that you’ll have to register it at the FAA. The drone is made of plastic, which makes it very light but also very susceptible to damage.
On the upside, the drone is constructed of individual parts, which, in turn, seel individually. This means that, even if you do break a piece or two, you can replace only those parts. Upon purchase, you will also receive a protective carrying case, which ensures the drone’s safety during transport.
Camera and software clearly indicated that this is a selfie drone. The 4K camera is limited to 30 FPS, which isn’t great for shooting videos but is good for taking photos and selfies. Unfortunately, there’s no stabilizing technology implemented in this drone, which reflects on its price.
The drone lacks stabilizing gimbal, which might cause problems for beginners and new “pilots.” Lack of gimbal implies that the quality of the video footage depends solely on your flying abilities, steadiness, balance, maneuverability, and control.
However, this is a beginner-friendly drone. It features five automatic flying modes, including Selfie Mode, Orbit Mode, Follow Me Mode, Journey Mode and the Pilot Mode. Moreover, the drone does have integrated digital stabilizing functions, but this functions apply only to 1080p video footage, not on the 4K footage (click here to see the difference between 4K and 1080p).
The drone works best once you pair its app with the compatible device, preferably smartphone because then you’ll be able to take fantastic photos despite the lack of stabilizing gimbal. In short, manufacturers used software to compensate for the lack of hardware.
Speaking of software, this drone is controlled via an app, which is aligned with the induced Bluetooth controller. The controller does have a supportive platform upon which you can install your smartphone. Despite having the included controller, this drone is all about automatic flying, which is seen in its flying modes.
We have to commend the Journey mode: the drone would distance from you, take a shot, and slowly move towards you, thus making smooth and slow video footage. The bad news is that the drone can stay up to ten minutes in the air. You do receive two batteries, so if you switch them, you’ll extend the drones flying time.
Dimensions: 7.7 x 7.7 x 2.5 inches (drone), 4 x 4 x 2.3 inches (controller)
13 MP camera, 4K resolution, 1080p camera
Software: Several Automative Flying Modes (Follow Me, Orbit, Journy, Selife and Pilot)
Weight: 0.85 lbs (drone), 0.5 lbs (controller)
Flying time: up to 10 minutes with a single battery
Charging time: 2.5 hours
Flying Range: up to 260 feet
excellent 4K drone for beginners
emphasizes automatic flying
interesting modes (most notably the Journey mode)
value for money 4K drone
smart and social (social media sharing, 4K Live, etc)
not so robust
some reviewers complained about not receiving the controller
lacks stabilization hardware
Air Selfie Drone
With the Air Selfie drone, you won’t have to worry about it breaking easily because of its anodized aeronautical grade case. The Air Selfie drone has a 5MP camera for capturing crisp and clear images, and with the 2.4GHz WiFi feature, you can send your photos directly to your phone in milliseconds.
The four micro brushless motors allows the drone to take captivating aerial shots, which is a big win if you like to take a lot of group photos with a beautiful background. You can take HD quality videos at 1080p at 30fps, and because the drone only weighs around 61 grams, it’s fairly easy to take with you anywhere whether you choose to stow it in your backpack or pocket. Although, it might be sensitive to wind because of its lightweight design.
Unlike other selfie drones, it doesn’t have any folding parts and is designed as a rectangle with four motors at each corner. You can control the drone for up to 20 meters, although there are some other selfie drones to buy that give you a lot more control distance. It also only has a short three minutes of flight, but an accessory power bank can provide a 50% charge in 10 minutes and a full charge in 40 minutes. This device is a great selfie pocket drone.
Built-in 2.4GHz WiFi network for immediate transfer of photos to your phone
5MP camera for HD photos and 1080p video
50% charge in 10 minutes
Short three minutes of flight
Lightweight, but susceptible to wind
Can be a bit loud
Hover Camera Passport P000001
Hover Camera recognized the trends in the world of drones: their P000001 Passport is portable, light, protected, and designed for taking aerial photos and selfies.
This drone features 13 MP camera and can record short videos in 4K resolution. Hover Camera P000001 Passport features facial recognition system, powered by their quad-core Snapdragon processor. This feature allows the drone to recognize and translate the movement of faces, bodies and so forth. Interestingly, the mentioned feature enables the drone to pertain its mid-air position without the help of a GPS.
Furthermore, this drone also features automotive modes for filming and flying. Thanks to the 360 Panorama technology (this video will help you utilize the 360 panorama function), which helps you take and edit the videos and photos. The mode is activated with just one touch.
Alas, there is also the Beast Mode; once turned activated, the mode turns off the drone’s software for monitoring and recognizing objects. In essence, the Beast Mode helps you track the fast moving objects.
Apart from fantastic camera and video footage features, this drone strongest suit is its design. As the name suggests (Passport), once folded, the drone takes little to no space, being only 1.3 inches tall. The drone weighs roughly 240 grams with battery, which is excellent for all US residences (you won’t have to register it with the FAA).
This drone is notable for its protective carbon made cage. Most importantly, the cage protects the propellers from hitting the objects. Also, it is very safe to launch; the drone’s propellers won’t hurt you if you launch it off your hands. This design is fit not only for adults but also for children since the drone is both safe and sturdy.
Hover Camera P000001 Passport is for people who enjoy recording visual content such as photographies and videos. However, if you are seeking high-performance flying drone, Hover Camera P000001 Passport isn’t fit for you. It doesn’t have a GPS, and its maximum effective range is 20 meters.
This makes sense because the drone was built to act as a flying camera. Even the flying controls reflect that. The drone likes to fly on its own, monitor your movement and follow you. It does have manual controls, navigatable via a virtual joystick, but the manual controls are somewhat limiting.
We feel the drone should be left alone. Aside from the facial recognition software, the drone features Orbit mode, meaning that the drone will fly and circle above you wherever you go. The mode works perfectly with the 360 Panorama technology.
Drone flies roughly 9 minutes in the air, but you do get two batteries, meaning that it can fly up to 18 minutes if you use both batteries. It will take you roughly 50 minutes to recharge the batteries. You can equip yourself with the best drone battery charger to reduce charging time and always have spare battery
Size: 10.3 x 10.3 x 4 inches
Weight: roughly 2.5 lbs
Modes: Beast Mode, 360 Panorama Mode, Orbit Mode, etc.
Camera: 13 MP, 4K Resolution, 1080p
Max Frame Rate: 30 FPS
professional “flying camera”
design protects the flyer and drone from the impact
light and compact, foldable
13 MP camera, 1080p HD
self-flying drone, Orbit mode
poor flying performances
lacks stabilization hardware for the camera
Although it can be quite the investment, the DJI Spark drone has a quick launch feature with FaceAware which allows it to hover in place seconds after being powered on by recognizing your face. The controls are rather simple since you can take aerial photos and 1080p videos with the 12MP camera using hand specific hand gestures without the use of a remote control or your smartphone.
The intelligent flight modes and controls can give your footage a cinematic aesthetic with just a few taps. After downloading the DJI GO 4 app, you can also automatically edit your videos or photos using automatic templates and a wide range of filters. The app then allows you to share your content straight to social media making for easy usability.
TapFly mode lets you tap your phone screen to fly the drone in the tap’s direction to capture your shot. The ActiveTrack mode recognizes a certain object and tracks it according to what it is and how fast it’s moving. This makes tracking more reliable and could be ideal for overhead biking or running videos. The gesture control also assist in getting those aerial selfies.
The powerful propulsion can withstand winds up to 31mph and you can fly up to 16 minutes with a fully charged battery, which is a significant amount of time compared to most other selfie drones. This means longer videos and less battery charging, and with its slick and lightweight build, it can be taken anywhere and get great selfie shots. The Spark is definitely one of the best affordable selfie drones to buy because of its selfie modes, follow me modes and other advanced features.
Light yet durable design
16 minutes of flight time
Gimbal for stabilization
Not a stealthy device, can be noisy
Remote is responsive but sensitive
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