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Consumer Drones Market - Forecasts from 2024 to 2029

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  • 135 Pages
  • May 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence LLP
  • ID: 5716814
The consumer drones market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.26% from US$5.713 billion in 2022 to US$17.412 billion in 2029.

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.

Additionally, as per Federal Aviation Administration data of for the U.S. in of February 2024, the number of drones registered was 7,81,781, while commercial drone registration was 3,75,226, and recreational drones registered was 4,00,858. Recreational activities, mapping terrain, taking aerial photos, and drone racing are among the majority of the uses for consumer drones, which are utilized by hobbyists, photography enthusiasts, and gamers.

Growing popularity of aerial capturing and integration of artificial intelligence is anticipated to propel market growth.

A significant increase in consumer awareness regarding the use of drones for aerial capturing is being witnessed. Therefore, the growing availability of consumer drones has been complemented by its latest technological advancements. The most recent drone model specifications include increased accuracy, faster speeds, tracking systems that can be linked to the user's phone, and efficient, secure, and effective control systems. Hence, this has increased its demand among its targeted audience.

Moreover, the UN Tourism estimate of international tourist arrivals in the worldwide shows a boost to 117 million in 2022 from 41 million in the year 2021. 3 from 117 million in the year 2022. Tourists are attracted to capturing stunning aerial images and videos, reflecting the potential for an increase in demand for consumer drones in the years ahead.

Instead of high-end video cranes, photography enthusiasts are increasingly using consumer drones to capture photos and videos. Consequently, the manufacturers have focused on the automation of consumer drones using artificial intelligence, which permits the programming of navigation commands within the drone itself. The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) allows drone users to capture and use optical and environmental data from sensors connected to the drone. Through this technology, drones can recognize objects in the air and analyze and capture data on the ground.

Therefore, the growing popularity of consumer drones and the integration of artificial intelligence has prompted the market players to tap this huge potential through regular investment and expansion of the product offering. For instance, in April 2024, India-based tech brand IZI launched the IZI MINI X drone, India's first 4K nano drone, priced at Rs 29,999. The drone features a 3-axis stabilized gimbal, 20MP image capability, and a CMOS sensor for seamless video recording with a flight time of 31 minutes, and a maximum height of 120m.

The rotary blade drone is projected to grow.

The most popular type of drone blades are used for videos from the angle of the bird's flight for personal and commercial purposes like real estate, sports events, and weddings. Furthermore, the continuous increase in the order of high-precision aerial photography and videography leads to the increasing growth of the demand for rotary blade drones.

Thereby, the variations in drone-related products that major companies offer can affect the overall product demand. Owing to this, the companies established their preposition by offering a wide range of rotary blade drone variants which have unique utilities and extra functions when compared to the competition. Such as drone providers, with the ability to fly for longer periods, and have better camera resolutions or better obstacle avoidance systems, would have a higher market share due to these advantages.

Furthermore, manufacturers that produce rotary blade drone models complete with various custom features and features can equally stimulate innovation as they provide advanced abilities. For example, digital manufacturers are developing new and improved sensors or cameras that enhance the performance and function of drones while also creating a demand and expanding the market. Consequently, the different rotary blade drone product variants presented by leading companies, as well as the technological influence on the market, are anticipated to promote innovation and differentiation within the rotary blade drone market.

Advances in drone technology, such as improved sensors, longer battery life, and better cameras, are making rotary-blade drones more capable and versatile. This is driving the development of new and innovative drone applications, further fueling demand for rotary blade drones. The rotary blade drone market is also supported by the funding and investment secured by key market firms to rebrand and strengthen their positions.

The market is projected to grow in the APAC region.

The growing popularity of social media like TikTok and Instagram has increasingly helped drone activities become more common among Chinese users. Over time, people started to use drones with great potential for in taking and sharing bird’s eye view photos of their trips, adventures, and ordinary life they share them online to show their creativity and talent. As amateurs and professionals alike are fond of them, they are mostly used to capture aerial videos of high quality.

China’s drone industry has shown an amazing growth rate over the last couple of years, with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) now being used more widely in different industry sectors. According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, 1.27 million licensed UAVs were registered at the end of 2023, which was a 32.2 percent increase from 2022. Drone operations constituted around one-fifth of all organizations, having employed more than 194,000 people with drone pilot certification.

Besides that, civilians use drones, which logged 23.11 million flying hours in the state in 2023, representing an 11.8 percent increase over the preceding year. UAVs are of great importance to the agricultural, forestry, animal husbandry, fishery industries, entertainment, and network photography in China.

On the other hand, the usage of drones has gone from uncommon to widespread in the entertainment and media industries, such as film and television, as well as photography and live events. Therefore, Chinese users are more involved in drones for recreation, such as capturing aerial footage and participating in drone races upsurging the overall market growth.

Firms whose headquarters are in China, and who are supported/subsidized by the Chinese government make up 90% of the consumer drone industry and about 70% or more of the enterprise market. They are also in a position to dominate the market of first responders at about 92%. Currently, DJI, located in China, has a remarkable 70 percent of the market share.

Moreover, the famous brand Genesis made a big splash in Shanghai on 29th March 2021, by lighting up the sky at night time with thousands of drones in an amazing show to pay homage to Genesis' official arrival into the Chinese market. The striking images were timed to corroborate the firmament of Genesis, and a gorgeous way of telling a story using drones became a Guinness World Record achievement by being the "Most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously".

On the tenth of August 2022, Shenzhen, the city of drones, packed the 5th UAS expo and the 7th Shenzhen XIUAV expo 2022. JOUAV presented the CW [Close War] series of five VTO (a trackable take-off and landing) fixed-wing drones when put next to two multi-rotor drones.

Comprehensively, these displays and the growing affordability of drones have positively impacted the consumer drone market in the nation.

Key Market Developments:

  • December 2023,Dronewatch launched ChatUAV, the world’s first AI-powered drone knowledge base, providing answers to various drone-related questions, from hobbyist information to professional regulatory issues. The growing popularity of drones for aerial photography and gaming will have a positive impact on the consumer drone market.

Key Players:

  • Parrot SA, a Paris-based company, designs and manufactures consumer and commercial drones. Their consumer drones are designed for aerial photography and videography and include mini, AR, and bebop drones. Parrot also offers commercial drones, including the ANAFI Ai and ANAFI USA.
  • DJI, headquartered in Shenzhen, which is commonly regarded as China's Silicon Valley, has direct access to the suppliers and raw materials. As a privately owned and controlled corporation, DJI focuses on its vision, promoting creative, commercial, and charity applications of its technology. Additionally, professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, energy infrastructure, and other fields rely on DJI to provide fresh insights and assist them in completing tasks that are safer, faster, and more efficient than ever before.
  • Autel Robotics is located in Shenzhen, China's industrial and digital frontier and drone capital. Autel also has substantial subsidiary bases in the United States, Germany, Italy, and Singapore, where elite talent is recruited to study and develop cutting-edge drone technology and autonomous solutions. Autel Robotics' commitment to R&D has gained them a dominant position in the worldwide drone industry.


By Product Type:

  • Fixed Wing Drone
  • Rotary Blade Drone
  • Hybrid Drone

By Application

  • Hobbyist & Gaming
  • Aerial Photography

By Geography

  • North America
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Others
  • Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Others
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Others

Table of Contents

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
1.8. Key benefits for the stakeholders
2.1. Research Design
2.2. Research Process
3.1. Key Findings
3.2. Analyst View
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. The 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
5.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities
5.2.2. Growth Prospects
5.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness
5.3. Rotary Blade Drone
5.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities
5.3.2. Growth Prospects
5.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness
5.4. Hybrid Drone
5.4.1. Market Trends and Opportunities
5.4.2. Growth Prospects
5.4.3. Geographic Lucrativeness
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Hobbyist & Gaming
6.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities
6.2.2. Growth Prospects
6.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness
6.3. Aerial Photography
6.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities
6.3.2. Growth Prospects
6.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness
7.1. Introduction
7.2. North America
7.2.1. By Product Type
7.2.2. By Application
7.2.3. By Country USA Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Canada Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Mexico Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects
7.3. South America
7.3.1. By Product Type
7.3.2. By Application
7.3.3. By Country Brazil Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Argentina Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects
7.4. Europe
7.4.1. By Product Type
7.4.2. By Application
7.4.3. By Country United Kingdom Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Germany Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects France Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Italy Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Spain Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects
7.5. Middle East and Africa
7.5.1. By Product Type
7.5.2. By Application
7.5.3. By Country Saudi Arabia Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects UAE Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Israel Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects
7.6. Asia Pacific
7.6.1. By Product Type
7.6.2. By Application
7.6.3. By Country China Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Japan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects South Korea Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects India Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Thailand Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Taiwan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects
8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Market Share Analysis
8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Competitive Dashboard
9.1. Kitty Hawk Corporation
9.2. SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd.
9.3. Autel Robotics
9.4. Parrot SA
9.5. Yuneec International Co. Ltd.
9.6. Shenzhen Hubsan Technology Co., Ltd.
9.7. Jianjian Technology Co. Ltd.
9.8. Guangzhou Walkera Technology Co. Ltd.
9.9. Ehang Inc
9.10. Skydio

Companies Mentioned

  • Kitty Hawk Corporation
  • SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Autel Robotics
  • Parrot SA
  • Yuneec International Co. Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Hubsan Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Jianjian Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Guangzhou Walkera Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Ehang Inc
  • Skydio



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