SMRC M21: DJI MINI 2 like drone for less than $100

Photo SMRC M21

For less than $100, the SMRC M21 drone follows almost in all aspects the design of the popular MINI 2 drone. Of course for its price tag, we can’t expect DJI-grade top-notch features. Also, the M21 comes with cheap low-lifespan brushless motors, instead of reliable brushed ones.

It measures 15x10x7cm with folded arms, and 35x32x7cm unfolded read to fly. With loaded battery weighs just 220 grams. The weight of a drone is the determining factor that defines whether registration and licensing need or not. In the US and Europe, drones under 250 grams have much more permissive rules.

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The SMRC M21 Pro has two camera options, with and without a bottom 1080p camera. Its 6K EIS main camera features 2-axis gimbal stabilization and WiFi real-time image transmission.

SMRC M21 drone features and specs

  • DJI Mini like folding design;
  • Weighs less than 250 grams (only 220g with battery);
  • GPS positioning system + optional Optical flow positioning;
  • 6K EIS camera + Optional 1080P camera;
  • 2-axis gimbal stabilization with PTZ control;
  • Intelligent flight modes (Gesture Control, Follow me, Waypoint, and Surrounding);
  • Fail-safe return to home;
  • About 500 meters range;
  • Up to 30 minutes of battery life.

Thanks to the fail-safe return to home function, in case of controller signal loss or low battery voltage, the M21 Pro drone will return autonomously to the take-off point. RTH can be manually activated as well.

Box content

The SMRC M21 is packed with an entry-level remote controller, USB charger, set of blade protectors, two pairs of spare props, a screwdriver, and a drone user guide. You have the option to choose 1, 2, or 3 flight batteries.

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  1. I requested the user manual from the SMRC store at AliExpress and they sent a couple of jpgs. I combined them into a pdf at .

    I just received mine today and have not gotten it to fly yet. I did the calibration steps and did the unlock sequence (sticks to lower inside) but that did not seem to do anything.

    I also downloaded the Android app and connected it to the drone. The App name is LG GPS Pro by Steven Liu (


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