The commercial drone market is literally soaring right now so any new addition will attract some attention. For example, the waterproof Lily Camera was a popular drone for a short time. It pitched itself as a ‘no setup required, just throw it in the air to start a new video’ autonomous drone for active people wanting to capture themselves doing activities. Like all crazes, people were enthusiastic at first, rushing out to purchase the latest drone. But then user experiences started to flood back in on forums and online and the Lily’s drawbacks were clear for all to see.
So to the latest craze in the drone market: Zero Zero’s Hover Camera.
All-enclosed cover design
Compared with similar drones on the market, the Hover Camera has an eye-catching appearance and folds up a bit like a barbecue clip. Its four propellers and motors are encased in an intricate carbon-fiber framework. The design prevents people from harming themselves from spinning propellers. However, we’re not sure how safe the gaps are and much like domestic fans, we’d be worried about our children’s fingers or toes get caught mid spin from impulsive curiosity. From our point of view, this isn’t a good design especially when you take aerodynamics into consideration. Let’s see some other drones.
So why are most of these drones designed like this?
Mainly because leaving the propellers exposed and out in the open helps to create surrounding air current, which better proved them with greater upwards surge and power. The propellers on Hover Camera are enclosed in a basket framework. When the aircraft flies the propellers will spin but the casing will block part of the air current, decreasing the stability and efficiency of its flight.
In the online promo video, the camera can be launched by simply tossing it into the air and it’s easy to grab it mid-air (because of the casing). But without GPS the Hover Camera can’t really fly outdoors. It doesn’t have a precise hovering function and its weight (242g) means it gets pushed around in medium gusts of wind. What’s worse is that it doesn’t have a remote controller so you might lose the control of the camera when your mobile phone experiences signal interference.
Short Flight Time
The Hover Camera has a maximum hovering time of up to 10 minutes in no wind conditions. With such a short flight time, selfie enthusiasts can’t even brush up for a pose let alone try to capture an exotic location from multiple angles. To put it bluntly, the Hover Camera is just not a very creative drone. Whether the Hover Camera is success or not remains to be seen but we’ll be fantasizing about newer and better drones to come in the meantime.
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