Consumer Drones Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Product Type (Fixed Wing Drone, Rotary Blade Drone, Hybrid Drone), By Application (Hobbyist & Gaming, Aerial Photography), And By Geography – Forecast From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Jun 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061612973
  • Pages : 135

The consumer drone market is projected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 13.93% to grow to US$12.312 billion by 2028, from US$4.941 billion in 2021.

Motor drivers, angles, locations, charging sensors, chargers, and controllers are all included in consumer drones to ensure optimal control systems and power efficiency. These consumer drone components have superior efficiency and consume little power, which influences consumer purchasing choices effectively. The growing popularity of drone racing and photography contests, as well as other efforts that encourage drone flight as a recreational activity, is also contributing to the market’s growth. For instance, according to the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States, the number of hobbyist drones increased nearly from 1.1 million in 2016 to approximately 3.5 million in 2021.

However, the increased prices of consumer drones can hinder market growth. For example, the prices for prominent DJI drones in the United States increased by 13% in 2019 after the government placed new tariffs on Chinese-made items. Therefore, owing to this price hike, the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States has estimated that the number of recreational drones licensed in the United States will attain saturation by 2024. Furthermore, the pandemic also caused widespread disruption in the manufacturing and supply chains. The situation was also worsened as the audience reduced their participation in social-recreational activities owing to an increased threat of the pandemic during 2020.

Key Developments

  • In November 2021, DJI announced the launch of its new consumer drone, Mavic 3 Classic. The solution includes a customizable L2D-20c aerial camera with a 4/3 CMOS sensor and a 24mm prime lens with an 84-degree field of view.
  •  In February 2023, DroneBase, a significant supplier of rotary wing drones as well as crewed aircraft and smartphone technology solutions secured US$55 million in investment and rebranded itself as Zeitview. The funding is expected to support the company’s AI-enabled software and global footprint in advanced inspection solutions.
  • In 2020, Guangzhou Walkera Technology Co. Ltd. launched the Vitus Star drone, which is designed for aerial photography and videography. The Vitus Star drone features a 4K camera with a 3-axis gimbal for stabilization, allowing users to capture high-quality footage and images. The drone also has a maximum flight time of 28 minutes and can fly up to 1.2 miles away from the controller, providing users with a wide range of options for capturing aerial footage.

Moreover, drones are increasingly being used more frequently in entertainment and media, such as in film and television production, photography, and live events. As a result, consumers are becoming more interested in owning drones for recreational purposes, such as capturing aerial footage and participating in drone races. One example of a drone manufacturer that has been successful in the entertainment market is DJI. DJI is the world's largest drone manufacturer, and its products are widely used in film and television production, as well as by photographers and videographers. DJI's consumer drones, such as the Mavic series and the Phantom series, are popular among Chinese consumers who want high-quality aerial footage.

Additionally, drones are being used in live events such as concerts and sports games. Drones equipped with high-resolution cameras can capture stunning aerial shots of live events from various angles, providing unique and compelling perspectives that traditional cameras cannot match. These shots can be used for live broadcasts, replays, and promotional videos, enhancing the overall viewing experience for audiences. Drones equipped with LED lights can be used to create dazzling light shows at concerts and other live events.

By geography, the consumer drones’ market is divided into North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. During the forecast period, the Asia Pacific region is expected to hold a considerable market share as they are becoming more advanced, with better cameras, longer battery life, and improved stability and control, making them more appealing to consumers. Drones have become a popular form of entertainment and recreation in China, with people using them to fly in parks, beaches, and other public areas. Drones can perform impressive aerial stunts and acrobatics, providing a fun and exciting experience for users. For instance, in 2020, Shenzhen Hubsan Technology Co., Ltd. launched several new consumer drone models, including the Zino 2 Plus and the Zino Mini Pro. These drones are designed for consumers who want high-quality aerial footage at an affordable price point. The Zino 2 Plus, for example, features a 4K camera and a 3-axis gimbal, allowing users to capture smooth and stable footage even in windy conditions. The Zino Mini Pro, on the other hand, is a compact and portable drone that can be easily carried around in a backpack or pocket.

Consumer Drones Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2021 US$4.231 billion
Market Size Value in 2028 US$12.312 billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 13.93% from 2021 to 2028
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023–2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments Covered Product Type, Application, And Geography
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Companies Covered Companies Mentioned, Kitty Hawk Corporation, SZ DJI technology Co. Ltd., Autel Robotics, Parrot Drones SAS, Yuneec International Co. Ltd., Horizon Hobby LLC, Shenzhen Hubsan Technology Co., Ltd., Jianjian Technology Co. Ltd., Guangzhou Walkera Technology Co. Ltd., Ehang Inc.
Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Product Type
    • Fixed Wing Drone
    • Rotary Blade Drone
    • Hybrid Drone
  • By Application
    • Hobbyist & Gaming
    • Aerial Photography
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Isreal
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Thailand
      • Taiwan
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The consumer drones market is expected to reach a total market size of US$12.312 billion by 2028.
The global consumer drones market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.93% during the forecast period.
Consumer Drones Market was valued at US$4.231 billion in 2021.
Increasing awareness and availability of consumer drones, high-resolution image and video capturing coupled with advancement in drone technologies are prominent factors driving the consumer drones market growth.
North America is expected to hold a substantial share of the consumer drone market.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Fixed Wing Drone

5.3. Rotary Blade Drone

5.4. Hybrid Drone


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Hobbyist & Gaming

6.3. Aerial Photography


7.1. Introduction

7.2. North America

7.2.1. USA

7.2.2. Canada

7.2.3. Mexico

7.3. South America

7.3.1. Brazil

7.3.2. Argentina

7.3.3. Others

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. United Kingdom

7.4.2. Germany

7.4.3. France

7.4.4. Italy

7.4.5. Spain

7.4.6. Others

7.5. Middle East and Africa

7.5.1. Saudi Arabia

7.5.2. UAE

7.5.3. Israel

7.5.4. Others

7.6. Asia Pacific

7.6.1. China

7.6.2. Japan

7.6.3. South Korea

7.6.4. India

7.6.5. Thailand

7.6.6. Taiwan

7.6.7. Others


8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


9.1. Kitty Hawk Corporation

9.2. SZ DJI technology Co. Ltd. 

9.3. Autel Robotics

9.4. Parrot Drones SAS

9.5. Yuneec International Co. Ltd.

9.6. Horizon Hobby LLC

9.7. Shenzhen Hubsan Technology Co., Ltd.

9.8. Jianjian Technology Co. Ltd.

9.9. Guangzhou Walkera Technology Co. Ltd.

9.10. Ehang Inc

Kitty Hawk Corporation

SZ DJI technology Co. Ltd.

Autel Robotics

Parrot Drones SAS

Yuneec International Co. Ltd.

Horizon Hobby LLC

Shenzhen Hubsan Technology Co., Ltd.

Jianjian Technology Co. Ltd.

Guangzhou Walkera Technology Co. Ltd.

Ehang Inc