Best Drones Under 250g (0.55lbs): Top 10 in 2020

Best Drone Under 250grams (Top5))
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In most countries, there is a weight limit for drones that require registration. For example, the US FAA considers drones under 250g (.55 pounds) just toys and you are free to use them for recreational flying without enrollment. Canada also has a different set of laws for drones under 250 grams.

Without any doubt, the DJI Mavic Mini is currently the most versatile drone under 250 grams. At $399, there’s not a better value on the market. It packs an impressive set of features in a drone that has the size of a smartphone. You get a three-axis stabilized camera, creative Quick Shot modes and excellent battery life. For the Japanese market, they have an even lighter version, which weighs just 199 grams. BTW, I just read that during Amazon Prime Day you can get the Fly More Combo pack for the price of the basic edition.

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Unfortunately, the weight limit also brings certain constraints. For example, there is no drone under 250g with an advanced obstacle avoidance system. Also, these lightweight drones have poor wind resistance.

If you are looking for the best drone under 250g that you can buy in 2020, check the list below.

What are the top 10 drones under 250 grams right now?

Model name Battery life Range Camera Price
DJI Mini 2 31 minutes 6KM/10KM 4K $449, Buy from DJI
Mavic Mini 30 minutes 2KM/4KM 2.7K $399, Order from DJI
ZLRC SG108 25 minutes 1KM 4K $99
Eachine EX5 30 minutes 1KM 4K $105
Betafpv Beta95X V2 FPV drone 4-10 minutes NA FPV $180
Flywoo Explorer LR GPS FPV drone 5-15 minutes NA FPV $139
SHRC HR H3 Mini GPS drone 18 minutes 500 meters 4K $85
JJRX X16 25 minutes 500 meters 6K $84
Holy Stone RC HS510 16 minutes 800 meters 4K $140
JDRC JD-22S ultralight GPS drone 16 minutes 300 meters 4K $99
Parrot Air-Borne Night 9 minutes 20 meters VGA $60

Editor’s pick from best drones under 250g

Now, let’s have a closer look at five of the best drones under a quarter of a kg. Most of them were already reviewed in detail on FirstQuadcopter.

1. DJI Mavic Mini – The true king under 250g

Weight: 249g | Camera: 2.7K with 3-axis gimbal | FPV: WiFi | Flight time: Up to 30 minutes | Features: GPS and Quick Shots | Range: 4Km – FCC or 2KM – CE | Package: RTF

It costs twice more than others on the list, but as I previously mentioned it’s pure value for the price, and weighing just 249 grams can avoid drone registration laws across the world.

Mavic Mini King of drones under 250g

In addition to the excellent battery life (up to 30 minutes), DJI’s smallest drone has the best flight range in its weight category. While FCC (US market) version has up to 4KM range, the CE (Europe) edition up to 2KM.

The Mavic Mini shoots 1080p (FHD) video at up to 60fps and super crisp 2.7K at up to 30fps with a max bitrate of 40Mbps. It has four Quick Shot modes (Dronie, Rocket, Circle, and Helix) which allow us to capture some truly creative footage.

Hope that the new Mavic Mini 2 will come with ActiveTrack, manual exposure settings, and even a frontal obstacle avoidance sensor.

2. ZLRC SG108 – Best drone under 250g for less than $100

Weight: 242g | Camera: 4K | FPV: 5Ghz WiFi | Flight time: Up to 25 minutes | Features: GPS, RTH, Follow me, Waypoint, and Surround | Range: 1KM | Package: RTF

Our second favorite drone in the 250g category is the ZLRC SG108. For its friendly price tag, it comes with tons of great features. It has reliable brushless motors, GPS positioning, an Optical flow sensor (OFP), and a decent flight range. Thanks to the fail-safe RTH function, the drone will return autonomously to the take-off point in case of low battery or RC signal loss.

ZLRC SG108 best drone under 250g for $100

According to the specs, the ZLRC SG108‘s 7.6V/2200 mAh battery allows up to 25 minutes of play-time. The LIPO pack can be conveniently recharged with the included micro USB cable.

3. Eachine EX5 – Best Mavic Clone

Weight: 229g | Camera: 4K EIS | FPV: 5Ghz WiFi | Flight time: Up to 30 minutes | Features: GPS+GLONASS, Follow me, Waypoint, and Surround | Range: 1KM | Package: RTF

Many sources agree that the Eachine EX5 is one of the Mavic Mini clones. It features a similar weight and folding design. Furthermore, it comes with a 4K camera, long battery life of 30 minutes, and WiFi real-time video transmission.

Eachine EX5 best Mavic Mini Clone

Unfortunately, it lacks a 3-axis gimbal for stabilizing the camera and on-board recording. However, it comes with electronic stabilization (EIS) which in some cases can be almost as good as mechanical stabilization.

4. Betafpv Beta95X – FPV drone under 250g

Weight: 99g (without battery) | Camera: BETAFPV EOS V2 | FPV: 5G analog | Flight time: 4-10 minutes | Features: Insta360 GO compatible | Range: NA | Package: PNP and BNF

We couldn’t create a list of best drones under 250g without including a FPV drone. The second-generation Betafpv Beta95X was specially designed to carry the ultra-light Insta360 GO camera.

Betafpv Beta95X best FPV drone under 250g

The Beta95X drone features Whoop style design with inverted motors. It can be powered by 4S LIPO batteries. According to Betafpv with a 450mAh pack, you can have about 4minutes of fun-time. Beta95X is offered in a bundle with Futaba, FrSky, or TB Crossfire radio receiver.

5. JJRC X16 – Cheapest drone under 250g

Weight: 197g | Camera: 6K | FPV: 5Ghz WiFi | Flight time: Up to 25 minutes | Features: GPS, RTH, Follow me, Waypoint, and Surround | Range: 500 meters | Package: RTF

Lastly, let’s have a closer look at the cheapest brushless GPS enabled drone under 250 grams. As you could read in our JJRC X16 review, this tiny foldable drone has about 20 minutes of flight time and up to 500 meters control range.

JJRC X16 Cheapest Drone Under 250g

Its 6K camera provides disappointingly poor quality. It does not even have an onboard recording. The footage is captured from the real-time WiFi video feed and stored on your mobile device. Also, it doesn’t have any kind of video stabilization (EIS nor Mechanical).

45 COMMENTS

  1. The upcoming FIMI MINI looks like a DJI Mini 2 copycat. It will be also sub 250 grams and much cheaper. I started to love 2021 🙂

  2. Hi guys!
    Someone could share the new EU regulation for drones under 250 grams. We are still allowed to use them without registration?

  3. Just got a very confusing email from CAA:
    Previously, if you flew drones under 250g then you didn’t need to register as an operator. Under the new rules from 31 December 2020 if your drone is under 250g and has a camera then you will need to register as an operator and renew this annually. The only exception to this is for drones which are toys. The law doesn’t require you to also obtain a flyer ID but we strongly recommend that you do. It is free and gives you an overview of the rules to keep your flying safe and legal.
    You can register and gain a flyer ID at Register-drones.caa.co.uk

    So, do I need to register my sub 250g drone or not?

  4. I’m a newbie thinking of buying my first sub 250g drone. Would a Mavic Mini a good drone to learn with? Or should I just get a “cheaper than $50” toy?

  5. I’ve read that it is legal to fly over national and state parks with drones under 250g if you take off and land from outside the park. Is this correct or is it still illegal? Newbie from Detroit, Michigan.

  6. For those that say the FAA isn’t doing anything in the US. FAA fines Philadelphia YouTuber with $184,500! Even your drone is under 250 grams you need to follow FAA rules regarding flight restrictions.

    • Even lightweight drones as the Mavic Mini can produce serious injuries/damages in case of o an unhappy accident (whatever caused by hardware failure or pilot error).
      If you fly only in nature, without the risk to make any damages, the insurance still could cover the repair or replace if something bad happens with your drone.

  7. What’s the lightest drone I can buy that can live stream to Facebook? I’m looking for something under 250g I can quickly get in the air without FAA registration.

  8. My favorite one, is the Holy Stone HS510. Considering it only weighs 245g and does not require registration, it is much more than I was anticipating. And Yes, it has all the good stuff: brushless motors, GPS and 4K camera.

  9. I’m looking to get Into drones. Could someone recommend a good place to start? Maybe a good beginner drone under 250g that won’t cost me more than my ex-girlfriend

    • :)) you are funny! The first generation Mavic MINI is an excellent GPS drone, and probably during DJI’s Black Friday sales will have a promotional price!

    • Grab a Tello to learn to fly. Not only will they get to enjoy flying with a reasonably good drone for the money (5mp cam and video), but they under 250grams so no FAA registration required

  10. Hey folks, I just purchased DJI Mini 2. Where can I fly it legally in UK? As its under 250g what I should know about flying in big cities (I am a videographer and do weddings)?

  11. Looking for a sub 250g “travel drone”. Must take excellent quality videos and have a case that’s small enough to fit in carry-on luggage. And at least 3 batteries!

    Anything better than the upcoming DJI MINI 2?

    • Under 250g, you can’t find a better drone than the new MINI 2! It has 4K recording and lots of other cool features. Go with the “Fly More Combo” pack, it has 3 batteries and a nice case. exactly like you need.

  12. In Europe, starting with 01.01.2021, drones under 250g (including the Mavic Mini), don’t need an exam or the registration of the operator!

  13. I’m a newbie at this and I could use a recommendation. I’m looking to purchase a drone for a young man who loves to have fun with entry-level drones. I’m looking for something in the $250-$400 range that has a good camera and weighs less than 250g

    Any suggestions?

  14. Despite that drones under 250 grams doesn’t have to be registered or licensed in most countries for personal use, you still have to follow all the rules when flying that you would have to if it was registered and licensed and a heavier drone. Many people think that because it’s not registered you basically can fly it anywhere which is not true!

  15. I just saw some leaked images of the Mini 2. It looks to have rear obstacle avoidance sensors and a different kind of battery with a top power button. Hope to be still under 250 grams…

  16. Hey folks, I need your advice. I’m looking to buy a Cinematic FPV drone with a weight under 250g. I found 3 potential quads:
    • iFlight iH2 HD
    • BetaFPV 95x V2 HD
    • Flywoo Explorer LR

    Thanks for your help!

    • BetaFPV 95x with Naked GoPro 8. Best CineWhoop under 250g. I suggest using Betaflight 4.2.3. I can send you my optimized PID tuning if you want.

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