The Best Drone for Beginners in 2021

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. Fred Stead on May 27, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    DJI Mini 2 is the best beginner drone. A baby could fly it, and it’s got some great software.

  2. Mikey B on May 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    great video

  3. David McPherson on May 27, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Waiting on delivery of mini se fly more bundle.

  4. Robert 531 on May 27, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Very helpful !! GREAT VIDEO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Rein Quest on May 27, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    All the commercial overhead talk is making me think that it’s just better to contract a drone vs buying one.

  6. Jason Carey on May 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Great video. Thanks!

  7. Gregg Patten on May 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks Jake

  8. john on May 27, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I am 74 years old and retired. My Drones are my toys. I have 6 of them. I am a channel supporter. Jake is great with Drones

  9. Dar Ping on May 27, 2022 at 6:55 pm

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

  10. Godfathers on May 27, 2022 at 6:55 pm

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

  11. Be Safe on May 27, 2022 at 6:57 pm


  12. John Scott on May 27, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Jake, thx for the vid. I’m a zero experience newbie looking to film some of my Backcountry discovery route motorcycle trips. Would you start with a cheaper DJI mini or do you think it would be a good idea to pay more and get something like the skydio? I do want to have the drone follow me when riding and with zero experience my biggest concern would be crashing and loosing the drone. Thanks for any thoughts.

  13. L. Sharp on May 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Love your review and the scenery is not too bad!🤣 Use to live in Kodiak and I loved it there!

  14. Claustrophobic Games on May 27, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I’m headed out to King Salmon, Dillingham, and then Port Alsworth to get shots for an introductory video for a work project. I’m a little over my head here, but your advice is incredibly helpful. Thank you.

  15. Dethzero 83 on May 27, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I have been looking at the mini for my first just for hobby and carry in my camera. After this I think it will work perfect for what I want

  16. CozyThug on May 27, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Should I wait for the mini 3? They say it will released in April 2022

  17. Rafat Limon on May 27, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Which one do you recommend ??? Air 2 or mini 2 for someone who loves to travel, dont fly drone often and need active track????

  18. ZephyteRBLX on May 27, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    which one of these drones would be the best for a beginner who wants a drone for fun?

  19. Edwin Bab on May 27, 2022 at 7:07 pm

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

  20. Windsurfing is a way of life on May 27, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Hello Jake, thank you for this video. Currently I’m the proud owner of a DJI Mini2. I use it to shoot video of our windsurf adventures (YT: Windsurfing is a way of life). Unfortunately something happened last weekend and the drone felt in the water. We’ve dived for two hours but unfortunately we didn’t find it. I´m working with DJI on the flight information and hopefully they will send me a new one. Nevertheless I’m also open to invest in a ‘better’ drone. I would really like to have a better camera, the 4K60. With the Mini2 I noticed that slow motion footage is not so beautiful as the slow motion footage from my GoPro’s. Which drone would you suggest? Br, Léon

  21. LEFTY_ 2GUNZ on May 27, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    I’m a beginner An I just got the mini 2 An Iove it pretty easy An great for Vlogs

  22. Tim C. on May 27, 2022 at 7:10 pm

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

  23. Dead Center Films on May 27, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Just what I needed, Thanks Jake!

  24. drie wiel on May 27, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    The best drone for beginners is a $15 tiny drone with all around prop guards you can crash against the walls such as the EAchine E010 or H36. Because there are too many people who have no clue how to properly fly a drone manually.

  25. Dan Smedra on May 27, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I’m just about to order my first DJI drone. It’s 5/26/2022. HELP….Jake! 😊

  26. Jona Hex on May 27, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Great video! I see lots of rumors for a mini 3, coming soon has me tempted to wait.

  27. Ray Geraghty on May 27, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Love your videos. Learning alot. I am looking to get my first drone and the mini 2 looks like a best choice,but I need a beginner drone with follow me feature. What would you recommend?

  28. Robert White on May 27, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m looking for my first drone for performing tree inspections. I need something that can get into tight spaces and take decent photos so we can asses tree safety without putting a person in the tree. I’m wondering if I need something with very good obstacle avoidance or if I need something with no obstacle avoidance and rely on my flying to keep it safe. Any thoughts on that? Also this was a great video, its the first I have seen of yours so I’m off to watch the others now! thanks

  29. Achak Adhay on May 27, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    As a kayaker, I chose the spry+ for my first gps drone. I have enjoyed it so far.

  30. Jasmijn ariel on May 27, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    15:49… woops not 100$🤣

  31. Sue Sturges on May 27, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    How hard is it to get registered? Would buy the smaller on but we live where it gets very windy and cold. Want just for personal use around where we live out in the country. Believe it or not, Ames, Iowa is windy and very cold! Thank you January 26, 2022

  32. 1701odin on May 27, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I think my first will be the Air 2S, but mainly because I want a drone for aerial photography and that 1" sensor sounds good.

  33. Stefan Ennest on May 27, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Jake! I live in the north as well, only not so far up and on the other side of the border. How does the Mini work in the cold? I see you have footage of it in snow with blue skies – usually fairly cold. How about light snow storms? Many thanks for the incredible advice!!

  34. David Ronson on May 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    $2000 for beginners? I can buy one for $20000, but since it will be destroyed in the first 2 days, I am looking to start with $300 drone as a start, then $500, once I get good $1000, $1500, $2000. I am not interested in anything beyond that. I shoot snakes and the drone is a big help, it will tell me where the snakes are.

  35. Not Kris Ponce on May 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Have you heard of the EXO drones or reviewed any?

  36. Houndsman One on May 27, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks 👍🏽🙂

  37. Thomas Tessier on May 27, 2022 at 7:29 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.

  38. Jonesy Out and About on May 27, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    hey thanks for your insight

  39. M118LR on May 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Dadgum, BEAUTIFUL country Jake, makes me miss Montana!

  40. yaa 26Alice on May 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    I got pulumo art drone for my first drone, easy for beginners, nice work,

  41. willieskins54 on May 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the excellent video. Very helpful for newbie. I’m wondering about the make and model of your kayak however. Wilderness Systems?

  42. Prohodaction on May 27, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Unusual footage!!;)

  43. Steve Scott on May 27, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    How does the DJI Mavic Air Onyx Black compare? Assuming I am just going to crash and loose my first drone would you look for a used one or is that a no go?

  44. Rhys Jones on May 27, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    What is the best website for the Mini 2?

  45. Kris Kringle on May 27, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Nine out of ten Drones Prefer Dragons Breath Shotgun Ammo, Shoot em down boys!!!! just your nazi USAF/ARMY spying on you

  46. Next Level on May 27, 2022 at 7:34 pm


  47. JUDALATION gamestrodamous on May 27, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    These drones are all overpriced…

  48. Steve Iliev on May 27, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Best drone for beginners is drone for twenty bucks!

  49. Aventura Pescuit vlog on May 27, 2022 at 7:40 pm

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

  50. Kevin Marlow on May 27, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Love the footage of Seward!
    And Res bay

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