Despite the dif­fi­cul­ties asso­ci­at­ed with reg­is­tra­tion and coor­di­na­tion of flights, the pop­u­lar­i­ty of quadro­copters does not sub­side. Start­ing from 2020, about 150,000 devices are sold annu­al­ly in Rus­sia. Such devices are bought for work (for exam­ple, to take beau­ti­ful pho­tos and videos) and enter­tain­ment.

We have col­lect­ed a rat­ing of the 8 best quad­copters with a cam­era, which, in our opin­ion, deserve atten­tion. All prices are valid at the time of writ­ing.

A quad­copter is a sim­ple gad­get with which you can see the world from a bird’s eye view. Pho­to: lodelmomento.com

Do I need to register a quadcopter and a permit for it

Yes, you need to reg­is­ter the device if it weighs more than 150 grams. How to do it? You can apply to the Fed­er­al Air Trans­port Agency or fill out an online form on the State Ser­vices por­tal. This must be done with­in 10 days after the pur­chase of the device. Reg­is­ter­ing a quad­copter with a cam­era will not take much time. After approval of the appli­ca­tion for the device, you need to apply the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

You also need a flight per­mit. Dif­fer­ent regions may have dif­fer­ent pro­ce­dures for issu­ing per­mits. In Moscow, per­mis­sion is issued by the Depart­ment of Region­al Secu­ri­ty and Anti-Cor­rup­tion of Moscow, in the bor­der areas — by the FSB, in the rest — by local gov­ern­ments.

When exact­ly do you need to get per­mis­sion? If the quad­copter weighs less than 150 grams, and the flight alti­tude is less than 150 meters (it is desir­able that the flight zone is not over the city).

In all oth­er cas­es, per­mis­sion is almost always required. It is impor­tant that fly­ing in the select­ed area is pos­si­ble. The rules may change dur­ing pub­lic events, hol­i­days, ral­lies. There­fore, it is bet­ter to clar­i­fy the infor­ma­tion in the Fed­er­al Air Trans­port Agency.

It is bet­ter to make sure in advance that it is pos­si­ble to launch an air­craft in the select­ed zone. Pho­to: dronemanya.com

What to look for when choosing a device

one. Cam­era res­o­lu­tion. An impor­tant char­ac­ter­is­tic if you buy a quadro­copter for pho­to and video shoot­ing. It is desir­able that the device can shoot video in 4K with 30 frames per sec­ond (min­i­mum). In this case, the pic­ture will be clear, bright.

2. Flight time. This is the peri­od dur­ing which the device can oper­ate on a sin­gle charge. The longer the bet­ter. But — the high­er this indi­ca­tor, the more capa­cious the bat­tery, the heav­ier it is. Con­sid­er this if weight is impor­tant. For exam­ple, if you need to fit in 150 grams, so as not to reg­is­ter the device.

3. Quad­copter flight range. Depends on the strength of the radio sig­nal, video sig­nal. This is the dis­tance at which the drone can be con­trolled.

four. Flight alti­tude. Con­sid­er what alti­tude is allowed in the places where you plan to shoot. For exam­ple, if the max­i­mum is up to 4,000 m above sea lev­el, then it makes no sense to over­pay for a mod­el that can rise up to 7,000 m above sea lev­el.

5. Size and weight. If you do not want to reg­is­ter the device, you buy a drone as a toy, it is bet­ter to choose mod­els up to 150 grams. But both the price and the shoot­ing qual­i­ty of such “toy” mod­els are usu­al­ly low. If you want to com­fort­ably shoot video in high qual­i­ty, it is bet­ter to choose a large quad­copter with a cam­era. He will weigh more.

6. Addi­tion­al fea­tures. These are option­al bonus­es. This includes the pres­ence of an autopi­lot, the abil­i­ty to return to the take­off point, max­i­mum speed, etc.

Impor­tant: the weight of mod­els from the rat­ing is above 150 grams. There­fore, any of them must be reg­is­tered.

Cheap quadcopters with a camera

Hubsan H117S Zino

The most bud­get mod­el from our top (price from 36,000 rubles). This is a large (304.6 x 252.4 x 90 mm) quad­copter that weighs 700 grams. It will be suit­able as the first air­craft. For exam­ple, for those who have min­i­mal or no pilot­ing skills.

Styl­ish mod­el for begin­ner pilots. Pho­to: helicomicro.com

The Hub­san H117S Zino quad­copter is easy to con­trol with a remote con­trol. The mod­el is com­pat­i­ble with Android and iOS smart­phones. The video is streamed to the phone. Cam­era res­o­lu­tion 4K — the pic­ture is bright, the col­ors are nat­ur­al. The cam­era is locat­ed on a 3‑axis gyro­scop­ic sus­pen­sion. Thanks to this, the pic­ture is smooth, with­out jerks.

This is a quad­copter for begin­ners that can auto­mat­i­cal­ly return to the start­ing point and fly in windy con­di­tions (thanks to the barom­e­ter, GPS mod­ule and 6‑axis gyro­scope). The fold­able mod­el is easy to assem­ble and trans­port. Of the minus­es — this drone does not know how to fly around obsta­cles.

FiMi X8 SE

Styl­ish snow-white mod­el from Xiao­mi. This small (204 × 106 × 73) inex­pen­sive (from 38,000 rubles) quad­copter with a cam­era can:

  • return to the take-off point;
  • fly around obsta­cles;
  • shoot video in 4K for­mat;
  • reach speeds of up to 64 km / h, while main­tain­ing high detail of the pic­ture.
FiMi X8 SE is a beau­ti­ful and com­pact device made of white plas­tic. Pho­to: ildronista.it

The Xiao­mi FiMi x8 SE 2022 quad­copter is smart, like most Xiao­mi equip­ment. How is it shown? In smart modes avail­able to the user:

  • flight plan­ning shoot­ing — you can cre­ate a trav­el plan by high­light­ing the main points that need to be filmed;
  • smart track­ing — the drone flies after the spec­i­fied object and takes pic­tures of it;
  • panora­mas — hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal panora­ma;
  • hyper­lapse — shoot­ing accel­er­at­ed videos;
  • cine shot — offline shoot­ing with real cin­e­mat­ic effects. For exam­ple: a drone flies around an object, moves away from it in a spi­ral, ris­es at an angle, while main­tain­ing focus on the object.

Parrot Anafi

This is the last cheap quad­copter in our 2022 rank­ing. It is easy to fly, so it is also suit­able as a first drone for adults and teenagers. This is the light­est mod­el from the top (400 g), which can work on a sin­gle charge for 25 min­utes and devel­ops a speed of up to 13 m / s. You can com­pare all the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Par­rot Anafi quadro­copter with oth­er mod­els from this list in the table at the end of the arti­cle.

The main fea­ture of the mod­el is that the cam­era itself (shoots in 4K) can rise. This means that you can take pho­tos and videos of objects locat­ed above the drone.

The Par­rot Anafi is a com­pact, qui­et drone that is easy to fly. Pho­to: ephotozine.com

Com­par­i­son of cheap quad­copters with a cam­era from our top.

Feature/Model Hub­san H117S Zino FiMi X8 SE Par­rot Anafi
Cam­era Res­o­lu­tion 4K 30fps 12MP 4K 30fps 4K 30fps
Image Broad­cast There is There is There is
Flight time (min) up to 23 up to 35 up to 25
Flight range (m) before 2000 up to 5000 up to 4000
Max­i­mum speed (m/s) eigh­teen eigh­teen 13
Obsta­cle fly­ing Not There is There is
Flight alti­tude (m) up to 3500 above sea lev­el 500 from take­off point up to 5000 above sea lev­el
Size (mm) 304.6x 252.4x 90 204×106×73 244x67x65
Weight (g) 700 765 400
Price, rub) from 36 000 from 38 000 from 74 000

Expensive quadcopters

PowerVision PowerEgg X

A cool mod­el from our rank­ing of the best quad­copters with a cam­era in 2022. The main fea­ture of the mod­el is that it shoots where oth­ers can­not — in the water. There is a remov­able water­proof shell, the drone can land on the sur­face of the water and take off from it.

The Pow­erVi­sion Pow­erEgg X quadro­copter has an unusu­al shape — an elon­gat­ed egg. It is a ver­sa­tile device that can be a drone, a hand­held AI cam­era, and a cam­era with 3‑axis gim­bal. The drone can rec­og­nize faces, syn­chro­nize video and sound, can track an object and under­stands ges­tures (you can con­trol the drone with ges­tures).

Pow­erVi­sion Pow­erEgg X is a unique drone that can shoot in strong winds and is not afraid of water. Pho­to: mikeshouts.com

DJI Air 2S

The only mod­el from our top with a flight range of up to 18,500 meters. This is the best indi­ca­tor. Devel­ops high speed (19 m/s), can fly up to 31 min­utes on a sin­gle charge.

With the DJI Air 2s quad­copter, you can shoot video in 5.4K (30 fps) and 4K (60 fps). The Dlog‑M pro­file cap­tures up to 1 bil­lion shades. Thanks to this, the image will be even more juicy and bright.

DJI Air 2S is a quad­copter that can shoot even in the dark. All thanks to a clear col­or repro­duc­tion, a large dynam­ic range. Pho­to: okeguys.com

The drone can shoot panora­mas, accel­er­at­ed videos, track the select­ed object, rec­og­nize obsta­cles, take close-ups. There­fore, it is suit­able for cre­at­ing real video mas­ter­pieces.


Mas­sive (795g), large black drone that is suit­able for begin­ners and expe­ri­enced pilots. Easy to man­age, maneu­ver­able, able to fly around obsta­cles and return to the take-off point. Devel­ops high speed (20 m/s). But on one charge it can fly no more than 20 min­utes.

The DJI FPV Com­bo Quad­copter is a spe­cial mod­el. The kit includes next gen­er­a­tion FPV gog­gles and a new motion con­troller. This is a unique sys­tem with which a per­son can feel like a real pilot. Glass­es allow you to ful­ly immerse your­self in the con­trol process with the effect of pres­ence. There are sev­er­al con­trol modes (mixed, auto­mat­ic, man­u­al). The advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of the DJI FPV drone were dis­cussed in detail in a sep­a­rate arti­cle.

DJI FPV is a drone for shoot­ing beau­ti­ful videos, per­form­ing stunts and ful­ly immers­ing your­self in the flight process. Pho­to: digitaltrends.com

Autel EVO 2

The mod­el from our top with the coolest cam­era is 48 MP with the abil­i­ty to shoot video in 8K. The drone has sev­er­al intel­li­gent flight and shoot­ing modes, can rec­og­nize and track objects.

The Autel EVO 2 quad­copter can shoot first-per­son video, return to the take-off point, noti­fy about restrict­ed areas, and rec­og­nize ges­tures. Equipped with many sen­sors: ultra­son­ic, accelerom­e­ter, gyro­scope, mag­ne­tome­ter, barom­e­ter. They allow him to bet­ter nav­i­gate in space and be maneu­ver­able.

Beau­ti­ful and fast drone with a good cam­era. Pho­to: newsshooter.com

DJI Mavic 3

The fastest pro­fes­sion­al quad­copter with a cam­era and remote con­trol from our top. Move­ment speed — up to 21 m / s. The drone’s cam­era came from Swedish cam­era man­u­fac­tur­er Has­sel­blad. It meets all strin­gent pro­fes­sion­al equip­ment stan­dards.

The DJI Mav­ic 3 quad­copter can oper­ate in the “recon­nais­sance” mode. This is the mode that acti­vates the sec­ond cam­era, with a tele­pho­to lens. For what? For exam­ple, if the object you need is far away. With a tele­pho­to lens, you can see it in detail even from a dis­tance.

The Mav­ic 3 is a smart drone that does­n’t just auto­mat­i­cal­ly return to base. He can deter­mine the best route and choos­es it. Pho­to: viztarinternational.com

We chose the key fea­tures of expen­sive devices, brought them togeth­er in one table.

Feature/Model Pow­er Vision Pow­er Egg X DJI Air 2S DJI FPV Autel EVO 2 Series DJI Mav­ic 3
Cam­era Res­o­lu­tion 4K, up to 60 fps 20 MP, up to 5.4K 4K 48MP, 8K up to 5.1 K
Image Broad­cast There is There is There is There is There is
Flight time (min) up to 30 up to 31 up to 20 up to 40 up to 46
Flight range (m) up to 6000 before 18500 up to 10000 up to 9000 up to 15000
Max­i­mum speed (m/s) 17 19 twen­ty twen­ty 21
Obsta­cle fly­ing Not There is There is There is There is
Flight alti­tude (m) up to 4000 above sea lev­el up to 5000 above sea lev­el up to 6000 above sea lev­el up to 7000 above sea lev­el up to 6000 above sea lev­el
Size (mm) 630x480x127 253x183x77 255x312x127 265 x 355 x 110 221x96.3x 90.3
Weight (g) 826 595 795 1100 895
Price, rub) from 94 000 from 110 000 from 170 000 from 200 000 from 270 000