The 5 Best Drones of 2024

Don’t buy before reading this article… We found the 5 best drones out of 26 different models
Oliver Robinson

Oliver Robinson

Oliver is TechRadar's Cameras editor, with over 15 years in the photo video industry and most of those in the world of tech journalism. Oliver has developed a deeply technical knowledge and practical experience with all things camera related.

818 Votes 9.5/10

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Drxon drone V168 is a cost-effective, high-quality drone. Most popular due to its excellent price-performance ratio, comprehensive features, and excellent shooting capabilities. We were surprised to be able to purchase such a quality drone at such a low price. It’s just like the purpose of this team: to build the best drone at the best price.

The Drxon drone V168 has excellent battery life. Weighing less than 249g, this means users do not need to authenticate themselves or pass an exam to use the drone. GPS positioning ensures the safety of drone flight, supports one-click return, intelligent obstacle avoidance, trajectory flight, low-battery return and other functions. It has the advantages of low noise and high burst. Beyond this, what’s exciting is that it also has an 8K HD camera.

Drxon has created a product that packs cutting-edge technology and the most practical features, and we have this New Zealand brand to thank for it.

302 Votes 9.0/10

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The Mini 4 Pro is a powerful ultra-lightweight drone in the market and is also a popular product of Mini 4 Pro. When using the standard battery, it weighs only 249g, so you do not need to register with the FAA.

It has intelligent obstacle avoidance function, automatic flight mode, and a Quad Bayer camera with 4K60 HDR video, which makes the feature set more complete. It has a stylish appearance, but the price is also high.

It may be one of the best drones under 249g, but it still has some drawbacks: some users report that the battery life is short and of poor quality. At the same time, the 4K camera may not meet the needs of high-quality photography. The image quality may not be ideal in low-light environments and needs to be used under good lighting conditions.

456 Votes 8.7/10

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The Air 2S camera is equipped with a large Type 1 (also known as 1 inch) sensor, which can capture better 20MP still photos than the Mini series drones. It supports 5.4K30 and 4K60 videos with HDR, Flat, or Standard profiles.

Powerful safety features are also here, including GPS positioning, obstacle sensors, ADS-B that warns you of nearby manned aircraft, and a 30-minute battery life.

However, there are still some reported disadvantages, such as poor battery life that some customers have complained about, and users need longer battery life. The Air 2S camera sensor is relatively small, which may affect its performance in low-light conditions, and the flight range is limited by signal strength and terrain, which may limit its use in certain environments. It is also difficult for beginners to use, and it is expensive.

512 Votes 8.4/10

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Autel Evo Lite+ is equipped with a Type 1 sensor camera, which boasts image quality that rivals that of the Air 2S. This foldable drone can fly for approximately 40 minutes on a single charge and features three-way obstacle sensors to prevent aerial accidents.

Although the flight time of Autel Evo Lite+ is already longer than some other drone products, it is still relatively short compared to some high-end products.

Autel Evo Lite+ is a powerful drone, but with its high price tag, most people would prefer to choose a DJIdrone instead. It supports a 6k high-definition camera, but the flight and control distance are relatively short, and the stability of the camera still needs improvement.

521 Votes 8.0/10

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The Autel Evo Nano+ is incredibly small and can easily fit into a pocket or backpack, making it perfect for outdoor travel and exploration. With a large sensor and bright lens, our tests have shown that its camera performance is superior to that of the Mini 2, supporting the creation of 4K30p videos.

It has basic obstacle avoidance and automatic return functions. However, in bright sunlight, it can sometimes issue false proximity warnings, and its body feels less sturdy than the Lite+.

Since our first drone review, the Autel flight application has improved significantly. However, there are still issues with unstable cameras and poor shooting quality. Although it weighs less than 249g, it did not perform well in strong wind conditions. Our tests found that the noise during flight was louder than the four drones mentioned above.

Overall, the Autel Evo Nano+ is an alternative to DJIdrones.