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Best Camera Drones for Children

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As a long-time drone user, hearing your child is interested in exploring your favorite hobby fills your heart with joy.

You want to buy them the perfect drone – it must be kid-friendly and have a camera. What are your options?

Here are the best camera drones for children:

  • Ryze Tech Tello
  • Holy Stone HS260
  • DJI Mini SE
  • MAETOT S27
  • ATTOP Drone
  • DEERC D20

This guide to kids’ camera drones will cover each drone above with full reviews and specs.

I’ve also included an FAQ so if you’re shopping for a kids’ drone for the first time, you can ensure you get good value for your money.

1. Ryze Tech Tello #

Dimensions: 98 x 92.5 x 41 mmWeight: 80 g with battery and propsMax Range: 100 mMax Altitude: 30 mMax Speed: 8 m/sMax Flying Time: 13 mins ** **Camera: HD FOV

✅ Pros #

  • Can take decent image and video quality for the price
  • Has many safety features to help kids learn and practice
  • Includes several automated flight features for more fun
  • Does stunts to impress your kid’s friends
  • Launches and lands automatically
  • Great price

❌ Cons #

  • Doesn’t fly for very long

Tello is an excellent drone powered by DJI and produced by a brand that’s rapidly expanding in the drone world, Ryze Tech. Kids can use the controller or even fly with a VR headset if they have one (it’s not included).

The FOV camera with an Intel 14-core processor can shoot in HD video format, 720p at 30 frames per second. It can produce 5MP image quality at a resolution of 2592×1936.

Its FOV range is 82.6 degrees, and the Tello’s camera even includes electronic image stabilization to keep your drone footage steady. Transmit your footage in 720p HD quality!

What if your children are brand-new to drones? That’s perfectly fine, as launching the Tello couldn’t be more effortless.

This drone takes off in the palm of your hand when you throw it into the air, and it has auto landings too.

EZ Shots is Tello’s suite of intelligent flight features. Your kids will have a blast toggling between modes like 360, Up & Away, and Circle. This drone can also do fun things like flips and bounces.

Tello is bolstered with a vision positioning system, low-battery alerts, and auto-landings when the drone loses connection. These features all inspire your little pilot to fly freely, as does the drone’s light profile.

If your child is a programmer in the making, the Tello is ultra-customizable! Tello wins major marks in the kid-friendly department, as it’s designed for pure fun.

2. Holy Stone HS260 #

Dimensions: 313 x 213 x 55 mm unfoldedWeight: 140 gMax Range: 100 mMax Altitude: N/AMax Speed: N/AMax Flying Time: 30 minsCamera: FHD 1080p

✅ Pros #

  • Good camera quality (for the type of drone) with an adjustable lens
  • Two speed settings for kids to learn at their own pace
  • Hands-free modes ideal for beginners
  • Gravity sensor and Optical Flow to help the drone remain stable within 6 m
  • Can handle moderate wind

❌ Cons #

  • It has no EIS, but you can hover the drone to take photos and videos
  • The battery life isn’t that impressive with only one modular battery

Was your first drone a Holy Stone? Continue the family legacy with the HS260, a kid-friendly drone perfect for older children who don’t want something overly bright and colorful.

The HS260 looks like a real drone with its slick black color scheme and spinning propellers. Its FHD 1080p camera is another standout feature the kids should like.

The camera has an adjustable tilt between -90 and zero degrees.

The 1080p shooting quality isn’t bad for a kid’s drone, and its ability to change angles will expand your child’s photography and videography horizons. They’ll excitedly show you every shot!

Ready to use as soon as it’s out of the box, the HS260 has a low and high speed setting so kids can practice safely. I’m a fan of its hands-free features, including voice control and gesture selfies.

Voice control lets your child command their drone without touching the remote, telling it to launch, fly in specific directions, or land.

The gesture selfie mode tells the HS260 to take photos or videos according to hand motions.

If your child downloads the free Holy Stone app, they unlock even more features, from footage sharing to trajectory flights.

The flight time is 15 minutes of the box, but you can double that by adding a second modular flight battery.

However, the extra payload could increase this drone’s weight limit to the point where you have to register it, so be careful!

3. DJI Mini SE #

Dimensions: 159 x 203 x 56 mm unfoldedWeight: Under 249 gMax Range: 4 kmMax Altitude: 3,000 mMax Speed: 13 m/s in Sport ModeMax Flying Time: 30 minsCamera: 1/2.3-inch CMOS

✅ Pros #

  • Has the best camera of all the drones on this list
  • Light and beginner-friendly
  • Offers several automated flight modes
  • Let’s you take footage in slo-mo
  • Great flight time

❌ Cons #

  • A little more expensive than your average child’s drone (although not bad for DJI standards)
  • Doesn’t have much in the way of safety features, such as obstacle avoidance

I know what you’re thinking, “a DJI drone for my child’s first?!” However, the Mini SE is way more cost-effective than what you’re used to from DJI, as it retails for about $300.

I recognize that it’s a bit more expensive than the average drone cost on this list, but once you learn more about its features, you might not mind so much.

For one, the Mini SE has a 1/2.3-inch CMOS camera capable of producing 2.7K HD video quality, which far usurps any other drone on this list.

The image quality is 12 MP. Its camera has a three-axis gimbal to stabilize your footage.

Very lightweight and easy to handle, the Mini SE includes a controller that can transmit HD video up to 4 kilometers away. Sharing footage with your friends has never been easier or more gratifying.

DJI is known for its Intelligent Flight Modes, and the Mini SE has a few in QuickShots.

Choose from drone trajectories like Helix, Dronie, Rocket, and Circle and marvel as this drone takes footage while it moves.

Life moves fast, but the Mini SE has a slow-mo mode for capturing the fine details.

You don’t have to worry about a dip in stability when using this mode, as this is DJI we’re talking about here. The slow-mo works fantastically.

The DJI Fly app is a good accompaniment to this drone.

You can use Creator Templates within the app to give your footage some extra pizzazz before sharing it on social media. The app also has beginner tutorials for learning the ropes.

The kids will have more time to practice flying, as the Mini SE has a battery life of up to 30 minutes. You don’t have to add any extra batteries to reap the benefits of this flight time, which is awesome.

Wondering what SD card to use for the Mini SE? Don’t miss this post!

4. MAETOT S27 #

Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3.94 in Weight: 306 gMax Range: 80 mMax Altitude: N/AMax Speed: N/AMax Flying Time: 26 minsCamera: 1080p HD FPV

✅ Pros #

  • Beginner-friendly; it even has propeller protection built in!
  • Good camera and battery life
  • Has single-key takeoffs and landings and three speed settings, which are great beginner-friendly features
  • Offers a variety of autonomous modes for kids to impress their friends

❌ Cons #

  • You must register this drone since it’s heavier
  • You can’t exceed a flight distance of 263 feet without the risk of drone failure
  • The drone has no stabilization, so you should hover it when filming and photographing

If you can’t afford to spend $300 on a drone, how does under $50 sound? The MAETOT S27 is a kid-friendly drone that doesn’t break the bank.

If your child trashes their first drone due to inexperience, you won’t be out a lot of money!

The 1080p HD FPV camera is compatible with the drone’s gesture and voice control.

Your kids will love telling their drone to take footage or making certain gestures to get a selfie with their friends or classmates.

Steadily taking off or landing a drone are skills that take time to master. The S27 makes it easy for kids with single-key takeoffs and landings that never fail.

This drone includes a series of fun modes that make it more enjoyable.

Map out the drone’s path using Trajectory Flight, make it do 360-degree flips, maintain drone height in Altitude Hold mode, or use the beginner-friendly Headless Mode.

You will need the free MAETOT app to use many of these features, including the drone’s Gravity Sensor mode for stable flying.  

The S27 comes with three speed settings (low, medium, and high), which any parent will appreciate. Its dual batteries extend the flight time to almost 26 minutes, but it’s half that if you only use one. 

5. ATTOP Drone #

Dimensions: 128 x 132 x 73 mmWeight: 148 gMax Range: 4 kmMax Altitude: 3,000 ftMax Speed: 19 m/sMax Flying Time: 20 minsCamera: 1080p FPV

✅ Pros #

  • Good camera
  • Portable and easy to use
  • Three speeds so kids of all ages can instantly start flying this drone
  • It includes a carrying case

❌ Cons #

  • Adding a second battery might push this drone over the weight threshold for registration

The all-ages ATTOP drone looks cool enough that any kid will be happy to fly it but is easy enough to use that you can foster a love of drones for the whole family.

Its FOV camera with a 120-degree wide-angle lens allows you to shoot HD video and images.

This drone operates at three speeds: 30 percent, 60 percent, or 100 percent. You can start your kids with the 30-percent speed, as this drone can go rather fast at its full speed, 19 m/s.

Each modular battery provides 10 minutes of flight time, maximizing your time in the skies to 20 minutes.

Since kids don’t always know to track the battery, it’s a great thing this drone comes with low-battery warnings and emergency stops to prevent crashes.

The ATTOP drone folds down so you can stash it in your kid’s backpack or carry it in a day bag or travel bag.

Unlock the full suite of modes with the free app.

You can then command the drone in all sorts of ways with voice control, 360-degree 3D flips, gesture control, Altitude Hold, Flight Route Mode, and VR Mode if you have VR goggles.

6. DEERC D20 #

Dimensions: 7 x 4.7 x 1.7 inWeight: 69 gMax Range: 131 ftMax Altitude: N/AMax Speed: N/AMax Flying Time: 20 minsCamera: 720p HD FPV

✅ Pros #

  • Good camera for a kid’s drone
  • Has basic safety features
  • Easy to use and flies for a while
  • Comes in five colors
  • Offers many automatic features to make any beginner feel like a pro

❌ Cons #

  • No EIS

Low-cost, colorful, and fun, the DEERC D20 checks a lot of boxes for what a children’s drone should be.

Its accompanying HD FPV camera shoots in 720p quality.

The FOV wide-angled lens can adjust 80 degrees to expand your child’s drone photography and videography horizons. FPV transmission enables this drone to send footage over 130 feet.

Looking for safety features? The D20 includes an emergency stop that controls the drone when it collides with objects or walls.

It won’t careen out of control and crash, ruining your child’s day and wasting your money.

One-key takeoffs and landings will prevent your kids from spending half the day figuring out how the drone even works. Instead, they can get right to the good stuff, which is flying their drone!

The D20 doesn’t skimp on automated features, from 3D flips to Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, and gesture selfies.

I recommend Altitude Hold for this drone, especially when taking photos and videos, as it doesn’t have EIS or a gimbal.

Dual modular batteries support 20 minutes of flight, which is long enough for this drone to make your kids’ day. You can even choose from several colors: white, black, blue, red, or silver.


Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 2.7 inWeight: 109 gMax Range: 60 m Max Altitude: N/AMax Speed: N/AMax Flying Time: 16 mins Camera: 1080p

✅ Pros #

  • Bright yellow color scheme and illumination are kid-friendly features
  • Has many automated features, including flips and rolls
  • Good camera for the price

❌ Cons #

  • Lacks any real safety features
  • Doesn’t have EIS

One look at the HASAKEE Q8, and your kids will beg you for one. It’s bright and colorful with its sunny yellow exterior, and parents won’t mind purchasing it since it costs under $50.

The beginner-centric HD camera supports live video feeds up to 60 meters away. The app lets you save your footage to your phone so you can upload it straight to social media or edit it first and post it later.

With single-key takeoffs and landings, kids will be up in the sky in no time.

The three-speed settings allow kids to learn this drone slowly. By the time they work their way up to the fastest speed setting, the Q8 will seem wicked fast!

Lights built into this drone illuminate it at the tail, circle, and head.

I wouldn’t recommend any child fly a drone in low-light conditions, but at the very least, the illumination feature is cool to show off. At most, it could be considered a basic safety feature.

What kinds of modes does the Q8 have?

More than enough, from Headless Mode to smart voice controls, Trajectory Flight mode, Gravity Control mode, Auto Rotations, and 3D Flips. The latter two modes will surely be your child’s favorites!

How old should a child be when they fly a drone for the first time? #

A child should be at least four years old before they use a drone, as we wrote about here.

Your child won’t be able to register for a drone license with the FAA until they’re 16, but by the time they reach that age, they’ll practically be pros.

Always supervise young children operating a drone.

What are the best features of a child’s drone? #

Are you having a hard time selecting a camera drone for your child? Here are some criteria to make your decision easier:

  • Affordable price
  • Good camera
  • EIS, gimbal, or hovering for stable footage
  • Automated features to prevent boredom
  • One-touch takeoffs and landings
  • Adjustable speed settings
  • Safety features

How do I keep my child safe when they use a drone? #

I want to reiterate the importance of adult supervision when a child plays with a drone, even if several of your kids are using the drone at once.

Set the drone to the lowest speed settings if you can adjust them. Use the included propeller guards, and if the drone doesn’t have any, buy them.

Make sure your child flies in a clear area from buildings, people, power lines, trees, and other obstacles.

How long does it take a child to learn how to fly a drone? #

That all depends on how much they practice and how fast your child learns.

Kids can get the basics of drone flight down in several weeks to months, but some might take upward of a year.

Do I have to register a child’s drone? #

Children’s drones are usually designed to be lightweight, so you shouldn’t have to register them.

However, check the drone’s weight with a second battery to ensure it doesn’t exceed 250 grams. If it does, you should register it.


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