Drone pho­tog­ra­phy will help diver­si­fy your con­tent and add new angles to it. We have select­ed for you four drones that are good for begin­ners — they are easy to use, afford­able and have inter­est­ing and use­ful fea­tures.


What to look for when choosing a drone for beginners

Drone tech­nol­o­gy has come a long way in the past few years. What was once a boom­ing field is now a major indus­try not only for begin­ners but also for pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers, video­g­ra­phers, fire and res­cue teams, law enforce­ment, agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion, real estate and more.

Drones have become an indis­pens­able tool in the arse­nal of many pro­fes­sion­al pho­to and video mak­ers. Let’s fig­ure out what you need to know when choos­ing your first drone.


The main selec­tion para­me­ter is the cam­era. Depend­ing on the pow­er of the drone’s built-in cam­era, you will be able to cap­ture 4K videos and high-res­o­lu­tion pho­tos.

Flight time

Depends on the bat­tery — it will deter­mine how much flight time you get on a sin­gle charge. Many begin­ner drones can fly no more than 30 min­utes, so you’ll need an extra bat­tery for longer shoots.

3‑axis stabilization

Sta­ble shoot­ing from the drone is pos­si­ble thanks to the built-in gim­bal. Many drones, includ­ing begin­ner drones, have a 3‑axis gim­bal that helps keep the drone lev­el while tak­ing pho­tos and videos.


The weight of your drone will deter­mine how fast and how long it can fly. In addi­tion, keep in mind that drones weigh­ing more than 250 grams must be reg­is­tered with the Fed­er­al Air Trans­port Agency (it’s free).

Drones for Beginners: Best Value for Money

Drone DJI Mini SE


The DJI Mini SE is a great drone for begin­ners. It is com­pact and portable, expen­sive, easy to fly, has many fea­tures that even begin­ners can eas­i­ly under­stand, and weighs less than 250 grams, which means that it does not need to be reg­is­tered in many coun­tries, includ­ing Rus­sia.

This baby can shoot up to 2.7K Quad HD video and 12 megapix­el pho­tos. The DJI Fly mobile app will help you with aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy and con­tent post-pro­duc­tion.

DJI Mini SE Key Fea­tures:

  • 2.7K/30fps Quad HD video res­o­lu­tion;
  • 12 megapix­el cam­era;
  • 3‑axis motor­ized sta­bi­liza­tion;
  • video sig­nal works at a dis­tance of up to 4 km;
  • weight: 242 grams (does not require reg­is­tra­tion in most coun­tries);
  • wind resis­tance: up to 8.5–10.5 m/s;
  • max­i­mum flight time: 30 min­utes;
  • max­i­mum flight speed: 13 m/s.

Read also:
Detailed review of the DJI Mini SE quad­copter

Drone DJI Mini 2


Small and com­pact, the DJI Mini 2 drone packs a lot of good­ies. Weigh­ing only 249 grams, it also does not require reg­is­tra­tion in most coun­tries, has a video trans­mis­sion range of 10 km, pro­vides 31 min­utes of flight on a sin­gle bat­tery, shoots 4K video and takes 12-megapix­el DNG RAW pho­tos. Small but pow­er­ful, the DJI Mini 2 offers pro­fes­sion­al-grade fea­tures in a light­weight, easy-to-car­ry pack­age.

Begin­ners should like its auto-take-off and return-to-home fea­tures, as well as the abil­i­ty to take advan­tage of the includ­ed tuto­ri­als and quick cap­ture modes.

DJI Mini 2 Key Fea­tures:

  • video res­o­lu­tion 4K/30fps;
  • 4x zoom at 1080p;
  • 12 megapix­el cam­era;
  • 3‑axis motor­ized sta­bi­liza­tion;
  • video trans­mis­sion up to 10 km (the drone must remain with­in the line of sight);
  • weight: 249 grams (does not require reg­is­tra­tion in most coun­tries);
  • wind resis­tance: up to 8.5–10.5 m/s;
  • max­i­mum flight time: 31 min­utes;
  • max­i­mum flight speed: 16 m/s.

Read also:
Detailed review of the DJI Mini 2 quad­copter

Drone Parrot ANAFI FPV


ANAFI FPV is a more seri­ous device. The built-in cam­era records 21-megapix­el images and can shoot high-qual­i­ty video at up to 4K res­o­lu­tion. When zoom­ing, the image does not lose qual­i­ty. It is pos­si­ble to con­fig­ure flight modes.

The drone is designed to be eas­i­ly packed into the includ­ed back­pack.

Par­rot ANAFI FPV key fea­tures:

  • video 4K/30fps, 2.7K, 1080p;
  • 21 megapix­el cam­era;
  • video sig­nal trans­mis­sion over a dis­tance of up to 4 km;
  • weight: 315 grams;
  • wind resis­tance: 50km/h;
  • max­i­mum flight time: 26 min­utes;
  • max­i­mum flight speed: 55 km/h.

RYZE Tello Intelligent Drone


This min­i­mal­ist drone at a much low­er price point is a great choice for first time users who want to exper­i­ment and aren’t ready to invest in an expen­sive option.

Designed as a sim­ple and safe drone for kids and adults, the Tel­lo smart drone weighs only 80 grams and is equipped with a 5‑megapixel cam­era.

You can remote­ly con­trol it from any mobile phone.

RYZE Tel­lo Key Fea­tures:

  • HD 720p/30fps video;
  • 5 megapix­el cam­era;
  • Video sig­nal trans­mis­sion up to 100 m;
  • Weight: 80 grams;
  • Max­i­mum flight time: 13 min­utes;
  • Max­i­mum flight speed: 8 m/s.

Emax Tinyhawk II


If you are look­ing for a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence, name­ly drone rac­ing, then this is one of the best rac­ing drones for begin­ners.

The Emax Tiny­hawk II Ready-To-Fly Kit is an all-in-one solu­tion for begin­ner drone pilots at an afford­able price. It is equipped with Nano 2 FPV cam­era with bright col­ors, wide dynam­ic range and clear optics.

The Tiny­hawk II comes with every­thing you need to start fly­ing in POV right away: drone, gog­gles, remote con­trol, relat­ed tools, spare parts kit, bat­ter­ies, flight case, etc.

It offers two con­ve­nient modes for FPV pilots who are just learn­ing to fly, and has an inter­est­ing fea­ture: equipped with LED lights, the quad changes its bright­ness depend­ing on the aggres­sive­ness of the flight.


Comparison table of the best drones for beginners

Can’t decide which begin­ner drone to buy? Check out the table below to com­pare the options offered and choose the one that suits you:

What you need to know before flying a drone

Before turn­ing on the drone and tak­ing off, make sure you know how to fly your drone and can do it safe­ly for your­self and oth­ers. For the first flight, it is bet­ter to choose the space that is as free from obsta­cles as pos­si­ble — with­out hous­es, peo­ple, wires and trees.

Drone Registration

In Rus­sia, drones weigh­ing from 250 g to 30 kg are sub­ject to reg­is­tra­tion. To do this, you need to apply to the Fed­er­al Air Trans­port Agency — the ser­vice is free.

No-Fly Zones

Accord­ing to the law, you can­not fly in con­trol zones, near air­ports, secu­ri­ty zones, as well as over mass events: ral­lies, con­certs, com­pe­ti­tions and oth­er cul­tur­al events.