DJI Still Number One Commercial Drone Maker

DJI Still Number One Commercial Drone Maker

DJI continues to lead the way as the world's number one commercial drone manufacturer, according to a new industry report.

Last updated: Oct 07, 2021

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DJI is the world's leading commercial drone maker.
  • DJI continues to be the world's number one commercial drone manufacturer, with a market share of up to 80%;
  • Chinese firms dominate Top 20 list of commercial drone makers;
  • U.S. companies lead the dual-use sector;
  • Rankings in the Drone Manufacturer Ranking Model, compiled by Drone Industry Insights.

DJI continues to lead the way as the world's number one commercial drone manufacturer, according to a new industry report.

DJI has a market share of between 70% and 80% in the worldwide commercial drone sector.

The DJI M300 RTK.

This strong performance comes despite accusations of espionage surrounding Chinese tech from the U.S. military and the U.S. Department of the Interior - something which DJI strenuously denies.

In fact, according to the report, China continues to show its dominance as the industry leader, with seven companies making the list of top 20 commercial drone manufacturers.

In contrast, U.S. drone manufacturers dominate the dual-use sector (manufacturing for commercial and military markets).

A previous report predicted that the global drone market will grow to more than $42.8 billion by 2025.

About The Report

German-based market research and analytics company, Drone Industry Insights (DroneII), conducted the report.

More than 430 global companies whose core business is to manufacture drones were surveyed for the report, entitled the Drone Manufacturer Ranking Model.

The rankings are based on a unique approach that takes into account market shares, market activity, and public attention to competitively compare drone platform manufacturers.

The company with the highest score in each dimension received a score of 100%, while all other drone companies received a lower percentage in linear relation to the score of the highest-rated company.

The total score and subsequent rankings are an average of all four dimensions measured.

DJI Drones Continue To Dominate

DJI has long held the title of the world's number one drone maker, thanks to its array of enterprise products which can be used across a range of industries.

A selection of DJI's range of commercial platforms, including the Phantom 4 RTK and M300 RTK,

And this shows no sign of stopping.

In fact, using DroneII's criteria to shape the report's rankings, DJI scored a whopping 98%; smashing the competition out of the park.

To put this into perspective, second-placed Yuneec (China) scored 18% and third-placed Parrot (France) achieved 14%.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and those security concerns in the U.S., DJI has continued to invest in the commercial drone sector.

The springtime release of its flagship M300 RTK drone and H20 and H20T payload series showed DJI's unrelenting drive to innovate enterprise drone programmes.

With its 55 minute flight time, IP45 rating, ability to carry three payloads, and array of security and redundancy systems, the M300 RTK is truly a next-generation platform.

The DJI M300 RTK is DJI's flagship enterprise platform.

Pairing the drone with a H20 or H20T camera is a powerful combination.

The M300 RTK epitomises DJI's successful business model - high-class technology at a reasonable price point; providing businesses with a low entry-level to utilise drones to increase efficiency and improve safety.

Top 3 Dual-Use Drone Manufacturers

While China dominates the list of best commercial drone manufacturers, America is leading the dual-use sector, according to the report.

American manufacturer, AeroVironment, ranked first.

The company increased its revenue by 17% in the fiscal year 2020, thanks mainly to an increase in product sales.

U.S. firm, Insitu - which Boeing acquired in 2008 - came second. The company makes military platforms such as the ScanEagle and RQ-21A Blackjack.

Israeli drone manufacturer Aeronautics ranked third.

Using DroneII's metrics to establish the rankings, AeroVironment secured 64%, Insitu earned 61%, and Aeronautics had 25%.

Other Report Findings

The report also found:

Prosumer Multirotors: The top positions in the ranking are occupied by manufacturers of multirotor drones in the prosumer sector, namely drones up to a price of $10,000 USD.

Many niche suppliers: Behind the large market players such as DJI and Yuneec, companies follow that either manufacture professional solutions for the most common industries (e.g. energy, construction, etc.) or for very specific niche applications.


According to the report, Chinese companies dominate the hardware market, while US manufacturers are top for dual-use UAS.

In the commercial prosumer market, there is no way around DJI.

The Phantom 4 RTK is a next-generation mapping and surveying drone.

DroneII concludes: 'DJI maintains its supremacy in the commercial prosumer market through innovative products and smart strategic partnerships'.

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