What happened to the consumer drone market?

What happened to the consumer drone market? This is a question that seems to keep coming back. Where did the hobbyist drone pilot go? Looking at different sources of information, you could argue that the consumer drone market peaked somewhere in 2016. Let's check in with the DroneAnalyst for some more up-to-date background info and context.

What happened to the consumer drone market?

Apart from the consumer drone market peaking in 2016, this year (and last year btw) have not been particularly great for the consumer drone market. Let's take a closer look at what might be going on here.

“Looking at just the FAA US aerospace forecast from 2017, the industry has quickly dropped to34% behind the base growth forecast in 2019,” says the .

What Happened To The Consumer Drone Market?

“We break down the consumer drone market trends in this post and look at some new data that shows the COVID-19 global pandemic might have a positive impact,” according to the DroneAnalyst.

The consumer drone market has been fiercely competitive, oftentimes driven by the world's largest drone manufacturer, DJI that kept releasing ever more capable drones at ever lower prices. At times even competing with its own products. The recent launch of the DJI Mavic Air 2 is a great example of this.

Along the way, some competitors left the drone market entirely (GoPro), while many others started to solely focus on the commercial drone market (3DR, and ). The commercial or enterprise drone market is less price-sensitive and may seem to be more attractive in the eyes of companies like , Parrot, and others. Meanwhile, DJI seems to stay focussed on both the consumer and the commercial drone market.

The following illustration from the DroneAnalyst provides great insight into how the price of new and more capable drones kept going down during the last few years.

What Happened To The Consumer Drone Market?

“As new competitors entered the market, DJI remained one step ahead, releasing products at a comparable or superior performance with lower prices. At the same time, DJI better covered the entire market with a variety of new offerings, both lowering and increasing prices simultaneously to attract a wider range of customers,” says the DroneAnalyst.

While 2020 was off to a slow start there might have been some COVID-19 related interest in drones and the actual buying of new unmanned aircraft.

What Happened To The Consumer Drone Market? 1

If you're interested in more detailed information about the consumer drone market be sure to check out the entire post on the DroneAnalyst website. I predict that as soon as DJI launches the highly-anticipated DJI Mavic 3, we will see another bump up.

Be sure to fill in the drone market survey and possibly win a DJI Mavic Mini!

What Happened To The Consumer Drone Market? 2

Stay in touch!

If you'd like to stay up to date with all the latest drone news, scoops, rumors, and reviews, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or…

Subscribe to our Daily Drone News email.*

Submit tips If you have information or tips that you would like to share with us, feel free to submit them hereSupport DroneXL.co: You can support DroneXL.co by using these links when you make your next drone purchase: Adorama, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy, eBay, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec. We make a small commission when you do so at no additional expense to you. Thank you for helping DroneXL grow! FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.

* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.

Discover more from DroneXL

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.


Proposed legislation threatens your ability to use drones for fun, work, and safety. The Drone Advocacy Alliance is fighting to ensure your voice is heard in these critical policy discussions.Join us and tell your elected officials to protect your right to fly.

Drone Advocacy Alliance
Follow us on Google News!

Get your Part 107 Certificate

Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.

pilot institute dronexl

Copyright © DroneXL.co 2024. All rights reserved. The content, images, and intellectual property on this website are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or distribution of any material without prior written permission from DroneXL.co is strictly prohibited. For permissions and inquiries, please contact us first.

FTC: DroneXL.co is an Amazon Associate and uses affiliate links that can generate income from qualifying purchases. We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

Articles: 3582

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.