The Best Drone for Beginners in 2021

If you decided to buy a drone in 2021 there are a lot of options so which drone is the best drone to begin with?

Let me compare some of the best beginner drones for you. The DJI mavic 2 pro, air 2 and air 2s, the DJI mini 2 and skydio 2 are all excellent drones and one of them will fit your needs. Choosing the best drone for you depends on your uses your budget and what options you need in the drone. So let’s look at which drone is the best beginner drone in 2021 for your needs.

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  1. Night Days on December 10, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I hit the water and there fried. They have the no how. So why are they not making them water proof. They want you to hit the water .so they make more money.

  2. Terry McGeary on December 10, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Just the thing for me! The Mini is going to be the one to start with I think.

  3. John Riggenbach on December 10, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    All you have are very expensive drones? Why? So you make more money?

  4. Prohodaction on December 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Unusual footage!!;)

  5. Next Level on December 10, 2021 at 8:15 pm


  6. BHARGAV GAJJAR on December 10, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    I go to Alaska to get far from robots and the madding crowd

  7. Łukasz Kłapyta on December 10, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Great video!!!
    I’m thinking about my first drone. And now it’s between mini2 and air 2s. Which one will you recommend? The purpose it’s mostly photos… is it quality OK on mini2? I’m using full frame canon camera and I’m wondering if the quality of mini2 will not be annoying for me… maybe 2s it’s the best choice…
    Can you help me with this choice?

  8. Rakshit on December 10, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Great video! Very helpful.

  9. Swaha Reddy on December 10, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Amazing video!

  10. Spearfishing Pastor on December 10, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I like the mini 2 but i think its a risk for beginners since it doesn’t have obstacle avoidance

  11. willia3r on December 10, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    DJI Mini 2 will likely be my choice.

  12. Jason Carey on December 10, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Great video. Thanks!

  13. Ben Nguyen on December 10, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    What about non-photographers.. that is, I’m least interested in the camera quality (1k resolution videos is fine)… nor is Battery life terribly important for me.

    The *MOST* important features I’m looking for
    1) it can fly by itself (waypoint) and/or can follow me from a distance.
    2) small/portable
    3) beginner friendly – easy to fly, hard to break

    Which one might work best for me?

  14. Aventura Extrema vlog on December 10, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    I do kayak ,so need one easy to use. Thank you

  15. gregg logan on December 10, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    all your drones are way out of my price range.

  16. the kiltedzombie on December 10, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    I didn’t even hear what you said…I was just wowing at the scenery!

  17. Joe Shmoe on December 10, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    The Mini 2 is perfect for a first drone….I can afford to crash it! Hope I don’t and have 2 years of DJI Refresh, but all in with the Fly More Combo, a new tablet as my Nvidia Shield won’t run DJI Fly, a few other accessories I am under $1000 CAD.

    As a side note, I bought the Walmart ONN 8 in Tablet pro. $130CAD ($99US) and I must say for a low cost tablet it has worked out great so far. I didn’t want a tablet that cost as much or more than the drone, and I would recommend. I can go all Triple Tech, when I am on my 3rd or 4th drone.

    Great introduction on each, and the scenery outstanding! I will be testing the Mini 2 all winter, as I just got it and I am not waiting for spring. I don’t think I will try -40, but -10C for sure. I have used it in pretty stiff winds and it is surprisingly stable for a sub 250 gram drone. – Cheers

  18. Hobby Drone on December 10, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Like 🙂

  19. Oskar Eriksson on December 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I am a little surprised that the Air 2S has 0 degrees operating low limit compared to -10 (celsius) for the Air 2. Curios to see if there is a real difference or if this is just a text thing

  20. Mikey B on December 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    great video

  21. carl david Hanson on December 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    wow wouldn’t it be awesome if DJI and SKYDIO would become partners.. out of this world drones and i would only buy there drones EVER!.

  22. JUNOJACK on December 10, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    so beautiful review for beginner like me! so thank you so much 🙂

  23. Tobias Steiner on December 10, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    What’s with the "stop motion" type jitter on the water surface with the mini 2? Is that in the native footage or is it an artifact of your video export in editing?

  24. TheManeliss on December 10, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Best tiltle for your vid : most expensive drone for beginers!!!

  25. Monkey Attackedmyass on December 10, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I want to get proficient with flying before buying the Mavic 3. What drone in the roughly $200 range or under would be a good choice to master drone flying before upgrading?

  26. Godfathers on December 10, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Get the mini 2 you will not be disappointed. It’s a freaking flying iPhone. It opens a whole new world.

  27. David BARNETT on December 10, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    do not buy any SYMA drone just look at the remarks and complaints on their page

  28. Dogon Tubs on December 10, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I appreciated your clarity about License and registration requirements. Thank you! Do yiu know about FCC requirements on our Radio?

  29. Green tip on December 10, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Dadgum, BEAUTIFUL country Jake, makes me miss Montana!

  30. Tony D on December 10, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    6 sided object detection and USB-C charging should be standard by now. 2S was so close!

  31. A-Real photography on December 10, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    I bought Mavic 2 pro as my first drone ever. Loving it. Mavic 3 doesn’t impress me. The quality of Mavic 2 pro is second to none. The advanced technology behind M2P is unbelievable n trustworthy. You just need to master distance return to home battery level n critical battery level. I’d wait for Mavic 3 pro to come. M3 is just a trial product. High Price tag is understandable for CINE version. It’s Not for everyone. I decided not to get it bc I just don’t need to extra features yet. If I’m a short film music video YouTube video creator / blogger n making money out of it yes it’s worth it. For a beginner mini 2 or air 2s r great. They will deliver. Trust me.

  32. Numinous20111 on December 10, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I’ll be purchasing your course before long. First I have to practice, practice, practice with my Air 2S. Your work is very informative and very polished and presented in an engaging way, so I’m sold on the course.

  33. Edwin Bab on December 10, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    How far drone goes and once reaches limit does it automatically come back or shoes range limit

  34. whatsup6969 on December 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Who the hell is gonna pay $900.00 for their first drone??? DAMN!!

  35. Sean Joe on December 10, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    I’m planning to buy mavic air 2. I’m a beginner for these things. never fly any drones. Is it ok if I choose mavic air 2 ? what I need stability, obstacle avoid and can return home without any problems. I think drone is the best christmas gift for me. thanks

  36. JUDALATION gamestrodamous on December 10, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    These drones are all overpriced…

  37. skliros on December 10, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    You seem like a cool guy. Lol

  38. Dominic Vu on December 10, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    is there a drone you’d suggest for an iceland trip?

  39. Dar Ping on December 10, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Jake, is there a drone, like the mini 2 that you don’t have to register, that has good hazard avoidance?

  40. John Davis on December 10, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Dang don’t you worry about flying $1500 over the water?

  41. MrCuervo22779 on December 10, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    First off, thank you for this review, it is extremely informative as I have been kicking the tires for quite some time. My question to you is what happens if I fly this without registering any of these drones? I hate the fact that my life is being recorded somewhere by some entity. I do not plan on using this for "commercial" purposes. At best I may try to use it for personal use photography and filming my "adventures". Is there any other information or advice you can give someone that is wanting to join the drone community?

  42. GnarlyBark on December 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Great video Jake, thank you! Of course the pre-roll ad on this video is for one of those cheap drones described by many as a scam.

  43. Chango Unchained on December 10, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    This video made me subscribe. TY! 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  44. Thomas Tessier on December 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    I am considering getting a drone, my first one, and am considering the Mavic 2 Pro. I have some questions, anyone can answer and will appreciate all comments. How long does it take to learn to fly one at a decent level? How much post processing is involved and do you need special programs for that? Do you need to be in an open area / line of sight to maintain connection? Seems like there are numerous settings to choose from, is there an "automatic" setting, etc.

  45. Peter Hong on December 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm


  46. MVMTV on December 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    well done ty. can consider DJI’s Mini SE for beginner, thumbs up, new sub

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