Unlike its bigger cousins, micro quadcopters can be flown indoors, making them great entry-level models for people who are just starting in this hobby. Most of them can fit in the palm of your hand and are easy to fly. However, wind can make them hard to control, so avoid flying them outdoors on a windy day.
Despite their small size, many micro quads come with a camera and a six-axis stabilization system. This can make them very useful, but their size limits the size of the battery they carry, shortening their flight time. It is usually between 5 and 10 minutes, which can be enough for some quick afternoon fun, especially if you have a spare battery.
Cheerson, Hubsan, and Syma are well-established brands, ensuring quality products for their buyers. However, they are a bit more expensive than some no-name brands that you can find on the Internet, mostly coming from China. Often, the money you save buying one of those drones isn’t enough to make it worthwhile once it starts to break down and you can’t find spare parts to fix it. They also tend to come without some essential equipment, like gyroscopes, making them extremely difficult to fly and increasing your chances of crashing or losing them. That is why we always recommend buying from one of the more established companies that have been around for a long time.
Another benefit of micro quadcopters is that some of them come with Wi-Fi module so you can observe their flight path on your mobile device. This also means you can save photographs and video directly on your phone or tablet.
1. Cheerson CX-10C Mini
Cheerson CX-10C Mini is a smaller brother of CX-10, which doesn’t come with a camera. It comes in orange and white livery with white blades. The quadcopter has a six-axis gyroscope system for stability. The remote has three-level adjustable speed control, as well as a flip function and a hover mode for better photography. The remote functions on four channels.
The battery is a 3.7-volt 100mAh lithium, which is enough for four to eight minutes of flight. It also comes with LED lights for increased visibility. The camera has a 0.3MP sensor and can shot video, apart from still photos.
2. Syma X12S Mini
With a price of just $25, Syma X12S Mini is one of the more affordable solutions for quadcopters with a camera on our list. Remote features standard operations, as well as 3D stunts and sideward flight. It has a reach of about 100 meters. Syma X12S Mini has a 3.7 volt 250mAh rechargeable battery, enough for six to eight of autonomy. X12S Mini comes in various colors and you can choose from green, black, red, and blue. One thing that is constant is that two propellers will always be black and two white.
3. Hubsan X4 H107C
Hubsan X4 H107C is marketed as an entry level quadcopter and as such is very easy to fly. It is also durable, which is important since novice pilots will have an accident or two while they learn the ropes. It features six-axis gyro technology, guaranteeing a stable flight. The camera is a 0.3MP one, with the ability to record video, but you need to buy SD card separately, as one isn’t included in the package. It has several liveries to choose from, with different color trims on a black body.
4. Blade BLH7280 Nano
Blade BLH7280 Nano is the most expensive drone on or list, with a price tag of $150, but it comes with some great features unavailable in cheaper drones. It has built-in safety protection for blades, so it is safe around children and pets and comes with SpiroNET circular polarized antenna for communication with the remote controller. BLH7280 Nano has a Spectrum ultra micro FPV camera, built in the body, so there is less chance of damage on a rough landing.
5. Cheerson CX-10W
Cheerson CX-10W is a much sturdier version of CX-10C Mini, but also a bit more expensive, priced at $40. It comes in three colors, golden, rosy red, and white. It uses 0.3 MP camera with a Wi-fi connection, so you can follow it on your phone or tablet and it can save its footage directly onto your device. The controller is a standard one, with Sd trick button and hover mode. It also has a low battery warning light, which can come in handy.