There are many drones that weigh under 250g but we only recommend three out of them to our customers. We believe that DJI is the best Drone Manufacturer and that they are 10 years ahead of everyone in the industry. This is simply because all DJI Drones just work as they should and they never disappoint.
Why is it useful for a drone to be under 250g?
The rules and restrictions are much more flexible for drones that weigh less than 250g. There is no required minimum horizontal distance between you and uninvolved persons or built-up regions before you can fly. Although these are the guidelines, we always recommend that you avoid structures, drive carefully, and avoid crowds to reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Here’s what the CAA Advice:
What are the best sub 250g Drones?
First of all, the best sub 250g drone depends on your budget. The best sub 250g drones vary from £269 all the way up to £859. The price difference is all in the features, flight time and controllers. We would always recommend going for the option that best suits your needs and not just buying the most expensive one. For example, if you are a builder and you are buying a drone to assess roof damage you probably wouldn’t make use of all the Mini 3 Pro’s features and therefore you would go for a cheaper Mini 2 or Mini SE. On the other hand, if you are an aspiring drone photographer we would recommend going for the DJI Mini 3 Pro as you would make use of all the features.
All the drones that we recommend are made by DJI. This is because all drones by DJI just work as they should do straight away and this isn’t the case for all drone manufacturers.
We recommend three DJI Drones that are under 250g but they all come at a different price point:
Mini SE - The DJI Mini SE is the cheapest Drone by DJI excluding the RYZE DJI Tello Drone. The DJI Mini SE costs £269 and was introduced to the market in early 2022 and it can do 2.7K video and 12mp photos. The DJI Mini SE is the entry point to a DJI Drone. Perfect for if you want to start a drone hobby or simply practice flying.
The DJI Mini SE has up to 30 minutes of flight time, quick shot modes and only requires an Operator ID to fly as it’s sub 250g
Most people that buy the DJI Mini SE use this as a ‘Starter Drone’ to learn the ropes and get good at flying a drone. As Drones are expensive, it’s invaluable to practise on a cheaper one so that you don’t crash the expensive one.
DJI Mini 2 - The DJI Mini 2 is one of the best sub 250g drones on the market. The Mini 2 is capable of 4K/30fps video and 12-megapixel photos. This drone also features 31 minutes of flight time and an upgraded (Compared to the Mini and Mini SE) propulsion system that allows this small but might sub 250g drone to fly at speeds up to 28-29kph. This makes the Mini 2 extremely versatile as it has a strong propulsion system and an amazing 1/2.3 CMOS Sensor.
DJI Mini 3 Pro - The DJI Mini 3 Pro is the current flagship Mini Drone and was released on the 10th of May. The Mini 3 Pro has an amazing sensor that is capable of 4k/60fps video and 48mp photos. The Mini 3 Pro is so good that some of our members at Drone Safe Register are using it on commercial projects. The only downside is that the DJI Mini 3 Pro is the most expensive drone out of the three mentioned, it comes in at £709 for the RC-N1 version and £859 for the DJI RC version.