The best drones for beginners in 2024: drones that keep it safe and simple

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DJI Mini 2 SE

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The Quick List
Best overall DJI Mini 2SE
Best for value Ryze Tello
Best for features DJI Mini 4 Pro
Best for kids Potensic A20
Best for FPV BetaFPV Cetus
Best for visibility Autel Evo Nano
Best cheap GPS Potensic Atom
How to choose a drone
How we test drones

The best drones for beginners are a mix of low-budget options rising right up to those equipped with collision sensors. Flying a drone, after all, is never risk-free - even the best pilots have accidents. 

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Adam Juniper

When I built my first drone in the very early 2010s, people thought it was a bit of an odd hobby, but as time passed more and more people have come to me asking which would be the best drone for them. it doesn't take a lot to start me on a lengthy spiel about tech of any kind – especially drones, cameras, smart home gadgets and anything Apple-related, and I that has not only made me DCW's resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, but the author of several books on the subject including bestsellers The Complete Guide to Drones and The Drone Pilot's Handbook.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook