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Last updated: June 29, 2021
So, if you are looking to get the most out of your drone’s performing capabilities, then consider getting a stunt drone. These special drones are built to withstand crazy conditions – from dangerous stunts to adverse weather, and fly in any direction, which not all drones can do.
In this review, we consider some of the best stunt drones on the market today. When choosing them, we looked not only at the features critical for a stunt drone to have, such as flipping, looping etc., but also at the maximum speed, flight time, controls, and other features you’d like to be aware of if you intend to buy a drone.
"This upgrade pick offers unique features like a better app, and independence from WIFI transmission. It also has an ergonomic controller that you’ll find easy to use.Resists level 5 winds.Foldable design.Downward obstacle sensing."
The first product on this list is the SNAPTAIN SP650. This is a budget model that still manages to pack quite a punch.
It is a portable model that weighs pretty little and this makes it easy to move around. If you are looking for a stunt drone that you can take with you while traveling, then this is certainly a good fit. Despite the relatively low price and size, this model is fitted with good features. For instance, it is fitted with an HD camera and is capable of FPV.
Therefore, you will really find this to be an enjoyable unit to play with.
One of the reasons why we picked it up to review is that the SNAPTAIN brand comes as one of the more popular brands on the market today. They have made a name for themselves due to the excellent nature of their products, and this particular model is no exception.
One of the first things that you will notice here is the nice design. The manufacturer has modeled the design after that of some of the most successful drone companies on the market.
One of the best things about this unit is the controller. It is well-designed, comfortable to hold, and very pleasing to the eye.
What makes it stand out?
This is a beginner-level stunt drone that offers excellent performance for its size and price. It is fitted with a good camera and has one of our favorite controller designs.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
The battery life could certainly be better. It drains pretty quickly and this affects the experience.
Mini drones are more popular than ever, and the SIMREX X300C comes as one of the best stunt models available right now. It packs a remarkable number of features, some of which are only found on bigger drones.
This model catches the eye right from the first glance. When you delve further into the features, you might become confused as to why this is classified as a mini drone. One way to know whether the drone that you have is of high quality or not is by holding it. Well, this unit feels pretty solid and sturdy. And it lives up to this.
The design is compact and foldable. Therefore, you have a drone that can be carried with you wherever you go.
Apart from the compact nature, the other features it has makes it a top option. For example, it is fitted with a high-grade camera. While the pictures and videos that it takes are not top-notch, they are great for a drone of this size.
Flying the drone and doing stunts are pretty simple and straightforward. Functions such as the headless mode makes this unit easier to control and elevates your experience.
What makes it stand out?
This is one of the most stable options available. It comes with gyro flight control system that improves its stability. It is also a very durable option that will last for a long time.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
The main downside here is something that is common in drones of this size and category – battery life. This model only runs for around seven minutes, which is not too good.
If you desire value for money, then the Sky Viper Fury Stunt Drone should be the stunt drone that you purchase. It is an excellent fit for beginners and drone lovers alike.
Sky Viper have hit the jackpot with this model because they have included several technologies that will assist even the worst of flyers learn how to fly a drone like a professional.
One of these technologies is the Surface Scan. This feature gives the drone stability even in slightly turbulent weather conditions. Therefore, it isn’t hard to get the hang of the drone. If you are strapped for time and don’t want to attend any flying classes before taking flight, then the basics offered by this drone will suit you just fine.
Aside from the ease of use, another thing that we love about the stunt camera is that the one-touch stunts are quite impressive and provide you with some of the best fun you will have with a drone. The dual flight mode is another cool feature – it lets you choose between sport flight and normal flight.
What stands out?
This model comes with one of the best stability you will find in a stunt drone. Whether you are a hobbyist or are just starting to fly, you will find this model quite impressive.
What cons did we manage to find?
While this is great for most beginners, it still lacks certain features that are found in better, professional stunt drones.
DJI is a renowned brand in the world of drone flying. The brand makes some really great drones and the DJI Mini 2 Fly More comes with several features that help to correct some of the problems found in some of the original drones from the brand. Some of the complaints from users back then include spotty transmission and the ability to take only JPEG pictures.
This upgrade option tackles these issues and even comes with more features that makes it an excellent option. While it is more expensive than older models, you will likely be pleased by the new features that it has. For example, the camera is the best so far, enabling the stunt drone to record 4K and 30P video, take RAW and JPEG photos, and more.
Another upgrade here is the controller. The brand decided to go for a brand new controller design. And we are happy for this change. This upgrade makes sense for plenty reasons. For one, the design means the controller is ergonomic and easier to hold. Due to the design, it is more convenient to clamp the phone on the controller and offers you a more enjoyable experience.
Additionally, the model is now compatible with the DJI Fly App. It is more intuitive and is better than previous applications. For example, it lets you see just how much battery is left for on the device.
What are its best features?
This upgrade pick offers unique features like a better app, and independence from WIFI transmission. It also has an ergonomic controller that you’ll find easy to use.
What could be improved?
Well, this drone lacks obstacle avoidance sensors and the gimbal jerks when you face downward.
Are you on a budget but still want a stunt drone that you will enjoy flying? If so, we believe you will fall in love with our budget pick, the Holy Stone HS170.
This affordable model comes with some really good build quality, which is more impressive when you consider how low it costs. It has three modes which will be perfect for beginner. But if you are a hobbyist or want something more, then the advanced modes will come in really handy.
The blades on the unit are durable, but that doesn’t stop the manufacturer from including replacement blades for you. Therefore, even if one of the blades breaks, you can change it.
The design is really cute and part of the benefits that we observe is that the landing feet ensures that your drone isn’t shattered on landing.
The removable battery is handy and makes the model easy to recharge. Away from the body of the drone, the controller comes with the typical controls found in most drone controllers on the market. However, we must say that this controller is somewhat cumbersome to handle.
Why are we impressed?
This affordable stunt drone is a great little drone that can give you loads of fun flying around the house. Considering the price point, it offers excellent build quality.
What negatives must you be aware of?
While the feet are padded, they are also springy, which can cause your drone to flip over on occasion.
The DROCON Ninja Drone is one of the best-looking drones on this list. And that is not too surprising considering that it is geared towards kids and beginners. The blue accents on the body make it pleasant to look at.
Away from the aesthetics, the design is also quite practical. For one, it comes with a small, compact and foldable design. This means that you have a model that can go with you wherever you want.
If you want a drone to fly indoors and outdoors, then we believe that you will find this very handy. When choosing a stunt drone, one of the things that you need to consider is the weight. Well, we are pleased to discover that this is a lightweight unit that will be easy to handle.
However, this weight comes with its downsides. For one, it is not good for flying in windy conditions as it can be easily knocked down. Fortunately, even when it is knocked down, the propeller guards help to minimize the damage.
Why did it make our list?
This stunt drone has an HD camera and is powered by a battery that gives a flight time of seven minutes. It also has one of the best controllers for a drone at this price and size.
What is not ideal about it?
There are no extra batteries included in the package. Therefore, you will likely need to buy extra batteries if you want to enjoy the device for more than seven minutes.
The Cheerwing CW4 might not come from a very popular manufacturer, but that does not affect the quality that it brings. It is one of the easiest stunt drones to operate.
This ease of use is down to the one-touchdown function and the one-key takeoff. This combination of features means that you can fly the drone easily. Apart from making the device easier to fly, these functions serve protective purposes. They protect the drone if you lose control or if the power drops suddenly.
Drones have become indispensable when it comes to taking photos and videos. Therefore, it is cool that this drone has an HD camera that offers you beautiful views.
Another feature that makes this a top choice is the headless mode. This function is useful in cases where the drone doesn’t know fuselage direction. It is similar to auto-pilot on planes.
When choosing a stunt drone, one of the features you would want is the 360 degrees flip. Well, this model has this capability. With this feature, you can perform loads of tricks using the simple joystick combinations.
Why did it make our list?
This model is one of the easiest stunt drones to fly. It has extra propellers and the parts are easy to source. It is affordable, but still manages to give you features found on more expensive stunt drones.
What is not ideal about it?
The motors are not durable. From our experience, these burn off very quickly at first.
The JJRC H68 is the last product on our roundup. It might be the lowest-rated on this roundup, but it is better that most of the other products out there.
Our first impression of this drone is the excellent build and durability. The design is quite appealing because of the sleek white coating. While the propellers and guards don’t come re-installed, they are relatively easy to set up yourself. While they are not essential for flight, they prove to be very useful for people that are just learning how to fly.
Part of the design included the colorful LED lights that offer assistance during night or day flights.
Out of all the options that we have considered, this offers the best battery runtime. You can fly the drone for up to twenty minutes.
Performance is also impressive. Not only does the battery come with a lengthy runtime, but there is an extra battery included in the package.
The design improves the performance and the features make it easy for beginners to learn the basics of flight.
The next thing we love is the controller. While it isn’t the most appealing, it is practical and one of the most comfortable to use. The controls on it are simple to understand and use. There is a phone mount as well.
Out of all the functions, perhaps the most appealing is the camera. The camera has been upgraded to give you good photo and video quality.
What are its best features?
This offers the longest flight time out of all the products we have reviewed. It has an excellent camera that offers great photo quality.
What could be improved?
There is no GPS module or proximity sensors, which is quite disappointing.
Things to Consider
Having studied the best stunt drones in detail, we are now in a position to tell you what to look for in potential purchases. YOu can find this information in the buying guide below.
What should you expect from a stunt drone?
If you are looking to buy a stunt drone, there are some features that it must have. Some other features, for example, camera quality, are not very important.
Some of the features a stunt drone must have include:
The bottom line is that stunt drones are drones that are made to do tricks and stunts.
Features to consider when choosing a drone
There are certain important factors that should be considered when choosing a drone. We considered these features when creating the list of the best stunt drones that we reviewed earlier in this article. Considering these features will go a long way to assisting in in selecting the best drone for your needs.
The faster your drone travels, the higher the chances of a crash. It is better to choose a drone that comes with parts that can be easily sourced. That way, even if it crashes, you can find a way to repair it.
Additionally, look for drones that have brushless motors. These work for longer and are more efficient.
The flight time of your stunt drone varies depending on the different types of drones. This feature should be considered depending on how you plan to use the drone.
Bigger drones fly for longer times while smaller options have shorter flight times. You drone’s battery plays a vital role. Some models have flight times of around seven minutes. An example is the SIMREX X300C.
On the other hand, some can fly for up to twenty minutes. A prime example is the JJRC H68.
The RC range is another important feature to keep in mind when buying a stunt drone. The distance of your drone determines how far away you can fly the drone.
Stunt drones are made to do stunts and tricks, some the model you choose does not require to have a long transmission distance – after all, you want people to be able to see what your drone can do.
A long transmission distance can even cause more problems than is good for you. If you fly the drone too far away, there is the risk of losing connectivity, which will cause a drone crash.
Controller and app functionality
Your controller is vital since that is what drives and controls the drone. Therefore, it is recommended that you choose a stunt drone with controllers that are comfortable to hold and use. Some models are also designed to work with apps. Ensure that the apps are responsive and that they will enhance your experience.
The DROCON Ninja Drone comes with one of the best apps for stunt drones that we have tested.
Most of the stunt cameras on the market come with nice features, but most of them do not even come with cameras. And as for those that have cameras, these are usually basic and mid-range. Therefore, they might not offer the quality of images or videos that you desire.
One major reason for the lower quality found in stunt cameras is that they aren’t exactly made to shoot videos or take photos. All the manufacturers care about is the drones ability to do flicks and tricks – some of which we have considered in some sections above. With its concern on getting you to enjoy the flying experience, they don’t focus on cameras.
However, there are exceptions to this. Some drones come with a camera mounting bracket. This bracket allows you to buy a third-party camera and install it on the drone. This offers you better options as you can determine how powerful the camera that you attach to it is.
Another advantage is that these types of drones are cheaper than drones that are specially made for aerial photography.
If you want more than just tricks and turns, then it makes sense to invest in a drone that can perform acrobatics and take great photos as well.
We recommend getting models that have 2K, 4K, or at the very least, 1080p capabilities. One of the best models in this category is the DJI Mini 2 Fly More. This model is fitted with a 12MP camera and has impressive video capabilities.
If you are mighty bent on getting a camera on your stunt drone, here are some things that you must keep in mind:
For starters, the camera resolution should be at least 2 MP. Anything less than that will fail to provide decent quality of photos and videos. Consider a higher resolution if you want better results.
If you don’t want blurry and shaky images, then you have to consider the stabilization of the camera. It is largely accepted that cameras with stabilization offer you clearer results. Therefore, your drone’s camera should have a good gimbal. One of the best options that we reviewed has this feature. DJI Mini 2 Fly More has one of the best stabilization capabilities that we have seen so far on a stunt drone.
As with other products on the market, there is the risk of your drone having technical issues or other problems. Since drones are usually a significant investment, it would be stressful and bad for your pocket having to replace it soon after you have bought it.
That is why it is advised that you look for stunt drones that have good warranty periods. That way, you are covered in case you need to make repairs or replace certain parts.
Dimensions and weight
A drone’s weight plays quite a role in how it works and its efficiency. This factor is even more important to consider when you are focused on buying a drone for stunts. The lighter the drone is, the better it would be at doing stunts.
Thus, we recommend that you look for models that are lightweight. Most of the best models are as light as two hundred and fifty grams in weight. An example is the SNAPTAIN SP650, which is our top pick.
However, just because it exceeds this weight does not mean that heavier stunt drones are incapable of carrying out stunts and tricks. One good example is the Sky Viper Fury Stunt Drone. This drone weighs up to one pound, but that does not stop it from doing its tricks smoothly.
Yes. Since your drone falls under regulation as an aircraft, it lies in the jurisdiction of the FAA. During registration, you have to choose whether to register the drone under part 107 or under Exception for Recreational Flyers. The advantage of registering under part 107 is that you can also legally use your drone for recreational purposes. If your drone is to be flown for commercial use, then it is compulsory that you register it with the FAA.
The strength of wind your drone can withstand depends on the type of drone. Some commercial drones can continue flying despite winds moving at 10 and 30 mph. The speed of your drone will determine how much wind it can withstand. The faster the drone, the stronger it is. If you are flying a stunt drone, keep in mind that the wind might be up to 2/3 of the drone’s top speed.
If you want to choose a good stunt drone, then we hope that this review helps you in selecting the best option. There are several models on the market, which can make it pretty tough choosing the right model.
We have selected eight top options. Our top pick is the 9.9 rated SNAPTAIN SP650. It comes with a decent camera, is capable of impressive stunts, and has one of the best controller designs we have seen. For people on the move, the 9.8 rated SIMREX X300C is the best model. It comes with impressive stability and will work for a long time. Sky Viper Fury Stunt Drone is rated at 9.7, which is fitting as it offers the best value for money and stability.
We hope this post about the best stunt drones assists you to choose the best model for your enjoyment.