- Top Pick: On offer at £1,199, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is the best drone of its kind, especially for outstanding aerial visuals;
- Top Pick: The recently-released DJI Mavic Mini is a great family-friendly drone - easy to fly and safe for beginners, but with some impressive specs for those with a bit more experience;
- Top Pick: New to flying? The Ryze Tello is a fun toy to hone your skills and is ideal for children and beginners;
- Top Pick: Why not add a camera to your Christmas list? The DJI Osmo Pocket is perfect for vloggers, while the DJI Osmo Action is built for adrenaline junkies.
It's December, which means the Christmas countdown is well and truly under way.
Drones can make the perfect present, for children and adults. Whether it's the toy Ryze Tello drone, or the DJI Mavic 2 Pro with cinematic capabilities, there's a drone out there for everyone, from beginners to more advanced pilots.
But which one is best? In this post, we'll look at which models are out there and which ones would make the ideal gift for your loved one.
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Best Christmas Drones 2019 - DJI Mavic Mini
+ 30 minutes of flight time
+ Ideal for children and adults
Launched at the end of October, the DJI Mavic Mini is a truly ground-breaking drone.
This teeny-tiny aircraft weighs just 249g - that's lighter than a can of Coke! It means that the Mini is exceptionally portable and does not need to be registered with the UK government, under new drone regulations.
Because it is in the lowest and safest weight class of drones, coupled with the fact that the DJI Fly app has easy-to-follow flight tutorials, the Mavic Mini is the ideal aircraft for beginners and children.
Other highlights of the Mavic Mini include its 30-minute maximum flight time; three-axis gimbal which supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos; and a range of QuickShot modes, including Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket.
The fact it is priced at only £369 is a major plus point, offering a quality flight experience for a fraction of the cost. In fact, for this price, and with the Mavic Mini's specs, there really isn't another drone like it.
Best Christmas Drones 2019 - DJI Mavic 2 Pro
+ Incredible drone for capturing stunning aerial visuals
+ Can shoot 4K UHD video and 20MP images
+ Currently on offer - save £150
Make no mistake, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a truly awesome drone, and is the best of its kind on the market.
Currently on our Black Friday offer - meaning you can save £150 - the Mavic 2 Pro is an incredible tool for pilots who want to capture breathtaking aerial shots.
The Mavic 2 Pro has a three-axis gimbal with Hasselblad camera and 1-inch CMOS sensor and F\2.8 to F\11 EQV 28mm lens, capable of capturing 4K UHD video and 20MP images.
It also benefits from a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile, as well as a huge ISO range of 3200 to 12800.
The Mavic 2 Pro, which has a 31-minute flight time, is packed with DJI's Intelligent Flight Modes helping you get the most out of each flight, utilising unique camera angles and keep your drone safe!
If the Mavic 2 Pro sounds like the drone for you, then heliguy™ has another offer available, with a £190 discount on the drone and the Smart Controller, which has an ultra-bright screen, intuitive controls, allows you to share footage quickly and is very portable. This package is available for the reduced price of £1,589.
Best Christmas Drones 2019 - DJI Mavic Air
+ This foldable drone is very portable
+ 4K camera
+ Control with hand gestures
The DJI Mavic Air may have been out for almost two years, but it is still a quality drone which has some seriously cool features.
This aircraft is aimed at flyers who want to capture some great aerial shots, but don't want to break the bank.
This foldable and portable drone which has a 21-minute flight time, shoots video at a 4K 30 fps, recording at 100 Mbps to capture every second with UHD quality.
The Mavic Air can capture 12MP still images, and in addition to Horizontal, Vertical, and 180° panoramas, the drone stitches 25 photos together in just eight seconds to create crystal-clear 32MP Sphere panoramas.
The Mavic Air benefits from a range of smart features, including ActiveTrack, which can sense up to 16 selectable subjects simultaneously, letting you choose the right tracking subject; and a range of different QuickShots, such as Rocket, Dronie and Boomerang to enhance your aerial footage.
SmartCapture offers a new and interactive way of controlling the Mavic Air by hand. Launch and control the drone with hand gestures, then take photos or videos however you like.
Best Christmas Drones 2019 - Ryze Tello
+ A great beginner's drone
+ Perfect for children
+ Perform flips with the touch of a screen
Described as the most fun drone ever, the Ryze Tello, powered by DJI, is a blast to fly and is easy for children and adults to use. It is part of our Black Friday deals, meaning you can save £20.
With a flight time of 13 minutes and high-quality video-recording capabilities, the Tello can be flown indoors and out and is the perfect companion for new drone pilots, allowing then to perform awesome flips with just a tap of the screen.
If you think the Tello is for you, then take your flights further with the Tello Boost Combo. On offer at £99 - down from £139 - this bundle features a battery charging hub and a micro USB cable.
As part of the Tello series, the Ironman edition is perfect for learning how to fly a drone while immersed in the exciting world of The Avengers.
Inspired by Iron Man’s classic armour, Tello Iron Man Edition’s shell includes the heroic Arc Reactor, while its motors and propeller tips are dipped in gold.
Included in our Black Friday discounts, the Tello Iron Man is £89, down from £129.
Best Christmas Drones 2019 - DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
+ 2x Optical Zoom Camera
+ Dolly Zoom, which automatically adjusts focus
+ Range of intelligent flight modes and features
The sister drone of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is another aircraft for pilots wanting to capture some seriously good visuals.
For photographers and videographers wanting to get even more detail of their subject, the Mavic 2 Zoom is powered by a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor with up to 4x zoom, including a 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm).
The Mavic 2 Zoom also benefits from Dolly Zoom, which automatically adjusts focus when flying, adding an intense, warping visual effect to your video.
Other highlights include ActiveTrack 2.0 - offering a range of tracking functions; an omnidirectional obstacle sensing system for enhanced flight safety; smart shooting modes, including Hyperlapse; and 31 minutes of flight time.
Other Items For The Christmas List
Aside from drones, there are other DJI products which would make decent Christmas presents. These include the Osmo Pocket, Osmo Action, and Osmo Mobile. Let's take a look.
Christmas 2019: DJI Osmo Pocket
+ Tiny stabalised vlogging camera
+ Smallest three-axis gimbal in DJI history
The hugely popular DJI Osmo Pocket is a tiny, stabilised vlogging camera which offers storytelling freedom in the palm of your hand.
This compact and intelligent bit of kit boasts the smallest three-axis gimbal in DJI history, the ability to capture shake-free footage and a ½.3-inch sensor.
Other exciting modes include Motionlapse, ActiveTrack, 3×3 panorama and NightShot technology.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is on offer at a discounted price, with the extension rod - normally priced £69 - included for free. Priced at £279, this represents a saving of £119.
The retractable Extension Rod can reach a maximum length of 500mm, allowing you to shoot from different angles.
Christmas 2019: DJI Osmo Action
+ State-of-the-art action camera
+ Rugged and waterproof 4K camera
+ Front and rear colour screens
Launched in May 2019, the DJI Osmo Action is a rugged and waterproof 4K camera which features front and rear colour screens and state-of-the-art electronic image stabilisation.
This camera is ideal for thrill-seekers, sports enthusiasts, professionals and vloggers, allowing you to capture every adventure in stunning detail.
The Osmo Action is currently priced £249 - down from £329 - saving you £80.
Christmas 2019: DJI Osmo Mobile 3
+ Easily transportable and lightweight
+ Capture ultra-steady video footage
Launched in August 2019, the Osmo Mobile 3 is DJI’s first foldable gimbal which is an easily transportable and lightweight mobile phone stabiliser boasting 15 hours of battery life and a range of smart shooting modes.
The most travel-friendly Osmo Mobile to date, Osmo Mobile 3 is the ideal companion for all of life’s adventures.
Users can capture ultra-steady video footage and unique content using intelligent features programmed into the latest version of the DJI Mimo app.
The Osmo Mobile 3 is included in our Black Friday deals, and is on offer at £89.
Take your creativity further with the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo. This package includes all of the components of the standard version, as well as the Osmo Grip Tripod and Osmo Carrying Case. The Combo is currently on offer at £109.
Christmas 2019: Ronin-S
+ Compatible with a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras
+ Capture hours worth of quality footage
The DJI Ronin-S is an advanced 3-axis gimbal compatible with a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
Designed for single-hand use, the Ronin S will help creatives capture stunning scenes at speeds of up to 75kph (46mph) for up to 12 hours.
The Ronin-S utilises DJI’s stabilisation algorithms for an accurate and reliable performance.
The Ronin-S is included in our Black Friday deals and is on offer at £519, reduced from £669.
As an alternative, you could go for the DJI Ronin-S Essentials Kit. This combo – ideal for equipping you with the right amount of equipment that you need to get your photography or filmmaking adventures off the ground – includes a range of accessories, such as the Ronin-S Gimbal, a BG37 Grip, Camera Mounting Plate and a Camera Riser. It is currently on offer at £399, saving you £60.
Christmas 2019: Ronin-SC
+ Half the weight of the DJI Ronin-S
+ Designed for popular mirrorless cameras
The Ronin-S Compact (SC), launched in the summer, is a single-handed three-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras.
The Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.
It offers the same modes as the Ronin-S, but with several exciting new additions, including Force Mobile and ActiveTrack 3.0, and is also almost half the weight of the Ronin-S.
The Ronin-SC is on offer at £285, reduced from £325.
You can also save money on the DJI Ronin-SC Pro Combo, which is down from £415 to £375 for a limited time only.
The Combo comes with several key accessories which are not included with the Ronin-SC Standard package. These include the focus wheel, along with the external focus motor and the Remote Start Stop (RSS) Splitter.