The Rise of the Foldable Drone – part 1 of 2

In 2016, drone has become one of the hottest consumer gadget and we are seeing more variations of drones in the market, from 4K camera quadcopter to indoor toy drones without a camera to foldable drones that fit in your pocket. More interestingly in the past few months, foldable drones have become a widely discussed topic among all other drones in the press and social media.

Not all drones are made equal and this also holds true for foldable drones. For many first time drone buyers, price and aesthetics often become key deciding factors for their purchase. However, consumers should really ask themselves how they intend to use the drone. Is this going to be another acquired hobby? Are you interested in capturing amazing aerial footage? Are you just looking for the fun and thrills of flying? Or are you looking for something that can do both?

The Hover Camera Passport, DJI Mavic Pro and GoPro Karma were among the most talked about foldable drones in recent months, so we took a look at some reviews from technology media and bloggers to sum up it all up.

Zero Zero Robotics Hover Camera

What’s great about it:

  • Cool design, compact, portable and easy to carry around
  • Charging hub can charge two batteries at the same time
  • It crashes into things but it doesn’t fall to the ground
  • Can grab or catch the drone because the propellers are inside a casing

Some shortfalls:

  • No dedicated transmission system which means greater chance of interference using Wi-Fi, shorter range flights and less ideal for outdoor flying esp. in windy conditions
  • Computer Vision is a hit and miss especially in detecting and tracking moving subjects
  • No gimbal for the camera so footage were wobbly and shaky
  • Camera and sensor size is smaller, only comparable to a smartphone camera and not optimized for aerial imagery
  • No GSP, which means less stable and not ideal for outdoor flying
  • 10 min battery life only so not idea for travelers

Conclusion: A neat idea for a drone, but not quite there yet in terms of footage quality, tracking and stability. Maybe a first drone for the younger consumer if they are just looking for something fun and cool.

Stay tuned for the second half of this review as we share our analysis of two other foldable drones, the DJI Mavic Pro and GoPro Karma.

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