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DJI
DJI Mavic 3 Quadcopter with Remote Controller
Description

Capture stunning imagery with the legendary Hasselblad camera and enjoy a smooth flight with omnidirectional obstacle sensing. Every improvement on Mavic 3 sets a higher standard for aerial photography. Fly with Mavic 3 and discover imaging above everything.

12 Features
  • 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad Camera: Hasselblad L2D-20c aerial camera embeds a professional-grade 4/3 CMOS in an unbelievably compact space. Rigorous Hasselblad standards are applied to both hardware performance and software algorithms, bringing imaging quality to an entirely new level.
  • 12.8 Stops of dynamic range: The 4/3 CMOS sensor comes with a high 12.8-stop dynamic range to retain more details in highlights and shadows, upgrading your work to a professional level.
  • Adjustable aperture: Aperture is adjustable according to the needs of different scenes. In low-light environments, the f/2.8 aperture lets more light in; when the lighting is sufficient, aperture can be adjusted to lower the shutter speed for recording smoother, more natural footage.
  • Wider FOV to see the bigger picture: Weighting less than 13 g, the 24mm equivalent lens not only supports autofocus, it also has a 84° FOV to capture more in every frame.
  • Hasselblad natural colour solution: Mavic 3 features the Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution, which is the result of decades of photographic experience, resulting in vivid, natural colors with the simple press of the shutter.
  • Omnidirectional obstacle sensing: Multiple wide-angle vision sensors onboard work seamlessly with a high performance vision computing engine to sense obstacles in all directions precisely and plan a safe flight route that avoids them.
  • Advanced RTH: Always end on a high note with Advanced RTH. Obstacles along the way back to the home point are easily detected and avoided. With the brand new Advanced RTH, Mavic 3 will automatically figure out the optimal route to avoid obstacles and return to home safely.
  • APAS 5.0: Mavic 3 makes flight more fun than ever with recording that is no longer interrupted by obstacles along the way. When flying, Mavic 3 continually senses objects in all directions and bypasses them quickly and smoothly.
  • Extended flight time: Compared with the previous generation, Mavic 3’s wind resistance has improved by 35%. It also uses motors and propellers with higher energy efficiency along with a high-capacity battery that extends the flight time to 46 minutes.
  • Fly farther, see more: Mavic 3 not only flies farther with a 15km transmission range, it also transmits signals with higher stability and less video lag, offering you greater peace of mind during flight.
  • Extreme precision positioning: The high-precision positioning of Mavic 3 not only ensures clearer long-exposure shots, it also helps record smoother time-lapse videos. In short, it makes Mavic 3 more stable whenever it hovers.
  • Firmware updates: Function including Hyperlapse, Mastershot, ActiveTrack 5.0, Quick Transfer (Trimmed Download), Panorama, QuickShots will be available in January of 2022 through firmware updates.
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  • Review by DJI3, 10 out of 10
    Dji did a good job on this one

    It has everything sbout safety sensors are a big thing for me

    Nov 04, 2021 22:37
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    Vantop - Snaptain SP350 Drone with Remote Controller - Blue
    Description

    Start your drone hobby with our SP350 beginner drone, perfectly suited for indoor environments. Enjoy endless fun with the included 3 batteries which give an impressive flight time of 21 mins

    5 Features
  • Toss Fly: Just put this mini drone in hand, then gently toss it into the air to get a quick start. Super easy to begin your pilot dream.
  • Excellent Air Show: With circle fly function, this little drone will hover in a circle at high speed, bringing kids new exciting experiences. Besides, speeds can be adjusted at will, and great fun can be found in a cool 3D flips and rotation.
  • Easy Operation: Altitude hold enables the drone to hover automatically, providing a more stable flight. Just through a simple tap, kids can easily enjoy multiple functions of this drone. Easy for kids and beginners.
  • Triple Flight Time: With 3 powerful batteries, flight time of the drone can be prolonged up to 21 mins. Bright LED will give more indications about directions, without fear of losing control.
  • Durable Quadcopter: Multiple protections can better avoid some problems like excessive motor consumption, extending the service life of the drone. Four guard rings greatly protect the propellers from collision.
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  • Review by IAB1225, 10 out of 10
    Easy peasy… good basic drone for my husband & kids

    This was a replacement for one that I bought my husband last Christmas & the dog attacked/bent. My kids & him love it…. Easy for them to use & i LOVE that it came w extra parts plus THREE batteries!! That alone made it worth 5 stars! Its more expensive than the other (this one was $40 vs $20 for the others) but so far its been well worth it. It supposedly has a year warranty too so that only added to its appeal! Cant wait to take it out w the kids & him! :)

    Oct 08, 2021 23:33
  • Review by H2olite, 10 out of 10
    Great drone, fun for all ages

    Very small but easy and fun to fly. We bought it for my 7 YO birthday. He has had a true blast flying it. Downside is the 7 minute batter. It is nice that there are three offered. Difficulty is replacing the battery. It’s difficult for small kids to replace.

    Oct 29, 2021 17:07
  • Review by Serg49, 10 out of 10
    Nice drone for beginners

    Very affordable price. If you’ve ever wanted to try but was doubting because you can crash expensive thing. That’s definitely your choice ! 3 batteries included

    Oct 12, 2021 21:50
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Very good purchase!!

    Well worth the price, I got hours of enjoyment out of all the cool features!

    Sep 27, 2021 08:20
  • Review by eezb, 10 out of 10
    My son loves it!

    My son is 5 and got his for Christmas. He loves it! Very easy to fly and it is really fast.

    Sep 14, 2021 05:19
  • Review by Derekm, 10 out of 10
    Mini drone

    Really cool and easy to use my kids love it and like have 3 bateries.

    Oct 05, 2021 19:04
  • Review by Shawn650, 10 out of 10
    Great gift for kids

    Smart and easy to play! Good choice for kids gift.

    Aug 22, 2021 21:11
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    Autel Robotics
    Autel Robotics - EVO II 8K Drone Rugged Bundle - Orange/Black
    Description

    Take stunning aerial footage with this Autel EVO II 8K drone bundle. The high-quality camera captures impressively detailed videos in up to 8K resolution, and the built-in 12-sensor obstacle avoidance technology helps prevent collisions while in flight. This Autel EVO II 8K drone bundle includes a controller for effortless remote operation.

    5 Features
  • Flying camera: Use the included controller and propellors to take aerial photos and videos. Includes a 32GB MicroSD card for easy file storage.
  • Built-in camera: Take action shots to show your friends in 7680 x 4320 resolution.
  • 2.4GHz transmitter: Featuring an array of Intelligent Flight modes, EVO 2 also includes the most comprehensive and user-friendly obstacle avoidance system ever developed. Complete with 12 image sensors, EVO 2 allows you to be fully immersed within any activity while capturing every second of it.
  • Recommended minimum age: Suitable for ages 18 and up.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
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  • Review by amberrose, 10 out of 10
    8k Drone

    This drone takes amazing photos/videos. The picture is crystal clear! So far very impressed with our new drone.

    Jan 15, 2021 18:50
  • DJI - Mavic Air 2 Drone Fly More Combo with Remote Controller - Black
    Description

    Shoot pro-quality aerial footage with this DJI Mavic Air 2 drone. The three-axis gimbal stabilizes the 48.0MP camera for stunning photos and clear videos, while the 3500 mAh battery delivers dependable power for every flight. This DJI Mavic Air 2 drone features FocusTrack technology for advanced obstacle avoidance and target tracking.

    7 Features
  • Dedicated remote controller: Features a foldable, low-profile, ergonomic design to hold your smartphone for maximum convenience. The detachable control sticks store inside the remote controller to pack more comfortably on the go.
  • Compact foldable design: The lightweight and compact design allows taking it with you.
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission system: Based on the Sparrow chipset, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz automatic frequency switching can deliver 1080p FHD resolution live stream directly from the drone's camera with up to 10 km distance.
  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Following subjects while avoiding obstacles is smoother than before. With better pathfinding and a faster and more accurate prediction of lost subjects, this technology keeps your subjects in the center of the frame, even if they move behind a tree.
  • Sony IMX586 sensor with Quad Bayer filter: With a 1/2" CMOS sensor, Mavic Air 2 captures impressive 48.0MP photos.
  • 4K at 60 fps HDR video: The HEVC (H.265) video codec records more image information, uses less storage, and preserves the dynamic range and detail of your footage, ensuring next-level content.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
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  • Review by Keyan, 10 out of 10
    The Drone you are looking for

    DJI, with their combination of excellent avionics and quality cameras, has been at the top of the consumer aerial photography market for several years. Their drones can produce professional quality images in compact sizes that are easy to fly and control. Does the new Mavic Air 2 live up to expectations as a new drone from DJI? Time to find out!

    Two quick notes – the FAA requires that operators of the Mavic Air 2 register as a UAS (drone) operator in the US and follow all of the rules and laws around operating a UAS. Also, be sure to “wake up” the batteries from shipping mode one at a time by plugging them into the power supply plug directly, do not start charging them with the multi-port station! If the battery is plugged into the multi-port station first it can cause an issue where the battery never wakes up and has to be replaced by DJI. Save yourself some hassle and just plug them each directly into the charger. Just a few minutes per battery is enough to wake them up and make sure they are ready, then you can use the multi-port charger.

    The Mavic Air 2 is available in two flavors, one with the basics (drone, controller, propellers, and a single battery), and the Fly More combo.

    The Mavic Air 2 Fly More combo is an incredible value, coming with just about everything a drone pilot could ask for. Everything is neatly packed in the box, with the drone and several of the accessories all in the bag already. Seeing how compact the drone is all folded up is one of the highlights of opening the package. The bag has an extra foam sleeve for the “face” of the drone, keeping it well padded. The propellers are not attached and DJI does not recommend storing the drone with them on as they could warp over time. That said, I found that as long as you are careful putting the drone in the bag, there is enough space for the drone with the propellers on to fit, which is great if you are headed out to fly and don’t want to fuss with attaching the props in the field. It’s really easy to put the props on and take them off – just hold the top of the motor ring to keep it from spinning, align the tabs from the propeller, push down and twist the prop to lock it in place. Always check for a secure fit and that you have the correct propeller on the correct motor before flying!! There are 4 foam protectors that are on the motor axels, I saved those for when I’m storing the drone as extra protection.

    Getting ready for flight is simple, charge the batteries, attach the props, screw in the control sticks, and connect the controller to your phone using one of the included cables. My controller came with the lightening cable already attached under the phone clamp, so don’t panic if you don’t see it in the box. The cables are right angle cables, I didn’t have an issue with the case on my phone but if you have a thicker case without a lot of clearance around the charging port you might need to get a “straight” cable with USB-C to plug into the controller and whatever type of plug your phone requires. The phone is securely clamped into the top of the controller so it is easy to get to and see. There is an option in the app to even have the controller charge your phone if the battery is low! Open the DJI Fly app, power up the controller and the drone, install the required firmware update, tag your drone with your FAA operator number, and you are ready to go. The Mavic Air 2 has an onboard 8gb memory that can be used to store some photos or video; I installed a 64gb microSD card for more space and the ability to directly load the original photos to my PC.

    If your takeoff location is in the grass or dusty, a landing pad may be in order. The back props are very low and will cut grass or kick up a ton of dust that will get all over the drone and pulled through the motors. Once in the air, the Mavic Air 2 is a dream to fly. I’m really into tech and it’s still a wonder to me how these drones stay fixed in position when they are getting buffeted by 10-12mph winds on a blustery spring day. It’s incredibly responsive and it can get very fast in sport mode, remember that it takes distance to stop, especially if going with the wind! Flight time is also incredible, with up to 34 minutes. I found myself checking the remaining battery and being amazed at how much time was left. It really changes how you fly when you can take time to frame up shots or play with the myriad of photo options this thing has.

    The camera on here is very good, it’s a Sony 1/2” sensor with a 48mp native resolution. It can do HDR stills, HDR Video, 4k at 60fps, 8k hyperlapse, and is stabilized on a 3 axis gimbal. The 48mp mode is interesting – it resolves more detail than 12mp, but with a tradeoff in noise and sharpness. It’s nice to have the option if more cropping or a larger print size is needed. Different options will change some of these things, for example 4k video at 60fps will disable HDR video and the automatic obstacle avoidance ability (it will still alert you that you are approaching something). For the size and price point of the Mavic Air 2, this camera is a perfect match and capable of meeting all but the most demanding of needs.

    For flight safety, the Mavic Air 2 has obstacle avoidance sensors that look forward, down, and behind. The Mavic Air 2 can automatically avoid obstacles it detects, but I was not willing to fly it at a tree and hope it avoided it! There is also a bright LED that can be turned on to aid in landing or spotting the drone by pushing a button on the controller. The US versions of the MA2 also have an ADS-B receiver. This allows the MA2 to be aware of other aircraft using the ADS-B location beacon and alert you that a manned aircraft is close. Despite the advertised range of the controller being 6 miles it’s against FAA regulations to fly beyond your unaided visual sight, however the ADS-B system can help you be extra alert that an aircraft is nearby. Even though you aren’t likely to fly the MA2 to the edges of its range, with that much capability it does mean that your connection is very reliable between the drone and the controller, which is awesome.

    Even with everything that is great about the Mavic Air 2, I do have a couple of minor things in the app that I hope can get cleaned up. For one, when approaching an obstacle, it doesn’t tell you which direction or distance it is picking up the obstacle. Also, I found it hard to navigate the photo and video modes and figure out what would change with different settings. The documentation in the box tells you almost nothing beyond basic setup, so you have to find everything else online or learn while operating the drone, which is a bit daunting at times when the UI isn’t completely intuitive.

    Overall, the Mavic Air 2 is that rare product that sits at the balance point of features and price. It has more than enough capability to keep all but most demanding professionals happy while not breaking the bank. It’s a joy to fly and is the drone you are probably looking for.

    May 10, 2020 14:39
  • Review by dnottingham4, 10 out of 10
    An amazing, well featured compact Drone!

    The DJI Mavic Air 2 with the Fly More Combo is an amazing well-featured compact consumer-level drone. The primary features include:

    • 4K/60fps Video/48 MP Photos

    • 34-Min Max Flight Time

    • 10km 1080p Video Transmission

    • APAS 3.0 Obstacle Avoidance

    • 8K Hyperlapse

    • FocusTrack

    The Fly More Combo adds to this by including accessories that – well, as stated in the name – help you fly more! These accessories include 2 extra Intelligent flight batteries ($230 value), 3 extra Pairs of Low-noise Propellers ($33 value), a set of ND Filters for the camera ($65 value), a battery charging hub ($59 value), and a Battery to Power Bank Adapter, which allows you to use the Mavic Air Battery as a power bank to charge your phone or a tablet ($19 value). This combo adds $189 to the price of the base Mavic Air 2. Bought separately these would cost $495 – which makes this a fantastic price at $998 vs the base Mavic Air 2 price of $799.

    This review will be done in 3 parts – features, usage impressions, and Pros/Cons.

    Features:

    The DJI Mavic Air 2 has several key features. First among these are features that aid a drone pilot to capture some awesome videos and still images shots. The ½-inch CMOS sensor allows for up to 48 MP photos including smart photos and for 4K/60 FPS video. Smartphoto is an optimized capture method that “integrates scene recognition, HyperLight, and HDR into one mode for optimal results. Scene recognition optimizes different camera parameters for various scenes and supports intelligent recognition of five categories: sunset, skies, grass, snow, and trees.” The device is also capable of Enhanced HDR photos, videos, and panorama shots. Additionally, the device has several Quickshots built in that allow one to take a cinematic quality shot of a target and the surrounding area. Each Quickshot is a pre-programmed aerial route that allows one to capture cinematic video clips. The quick shots are all oriented at a target and have an associated flight pattern, for example, the Dronie pattern the drone flies backward away from the subject while capturing the shot; while the Rocket pattern flies straight up with the camera pointing down at the targeted subject. The others are called Circle, Helix, Boomerang, and Asteroid. One can see examples of each at the DJI website. The final video feature is called Hyperlapse and this mode is shot in 8K and this mode allows “you to warp time and space for especially stunning footage. Best of all, you can achieve this shot without complex post-processing. Choose from Free, Circle, Course Lock, and Waypoint modes, select the shooting location, and the DJI Fly app will do the rest.” You can view a video clip shot at 1080P @30 FPS here: https://youtu.be/H-KbXEqi3Pc

    The second area of features that make this drone so incredible is called FocusTrack. FocusTrack is a “suite of intelligent tracking modes” – including Active Track 3.0, Spotlight 2.0 and Point of Interest 3.0 as follows:

    • Active track 3.0 – Allows the drone to follow subjects while avoiding obstacles and the drone can keep track of the subjects. This mode can also find subjects if they are lost because of moving behind an obstacle. There are 2 modes for this feature – Trace, that tracks the subject at a constant distance and allows for obstacles, and Parallel, that tracks the subject at a constant angle and distance from the side, unfortunately, the aircraft cannot sense obstacles in this mode.

    • Spotlight 2.0 – “Fly freely while the camera remains locked on the subject with this convenient mode. Simply select your subject and fly.”

    • Point of Interest 3.0 – in this mode “the aircraft tracks the subject in a circle based on the radius and flight speed selected. This mode works with both static and moving subjects – as long as they are not moving too fast.”

    The third area of features for this drone is the built-in safety systems. The safety systems being with OcuSync 2.0, which is the video transmission system for the drone. This system has a range of 10 km and can deliver a 1080P FHD resolution Livestream directly form the drone’s camera. The system is also dual banded allowing transmission at both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz to deliver “a reliable signal and smooth flights” and since the system gets to the best channel with the lowest interference it increases flight safety. Adding to this is the Intelligent Flight Battery with up to 34 minutes of flight time, allows one to take great shots and in sport mode one can reach a flight speed of up to 68 kph (just over 42 mph). Rounding out the safety features is the impressive obstacle avoidance system known as the Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems (APAS) 3.0. This system “utilizes an advanced mapping technology for smooth following and reliable obstacle avoidance in complex scenarios. Obstacle avoidance performance and automatic flight planning have dramatically improved compared to previous generations, increasing safety, and providing more options.” This system allows the drone to perceive its environment forward, backward, and downward.

    The fourth and final feature area that I am going to focus one is the applications that one uses with the Mavic Air 2 – DJI Fly and DJI Assistant 2 for Mavic. The DJI Fly app works on several smartphones – but not all smartphones It works in connection with the remote control the comes with the Mavic Air 2. The app allows for ease of flying, using manual settings, advanced functions – including Quickshots and the FocusTrack modes. DJI Fly also allows one to edit their videos right on your smartphone. The remote control also has a 6-hour battery life and charges the phone while it’s in use. DJI Assistant 2 for Mavic is a Windows/Mac application that provides you with the ability to “upload flight data, black box information, calibrate your vision sensors and upgrade your firmware”. It also contains a simulator that will replay your flights based on the blackbox data. This feature does use the motors so be sure to remove the aircraft’s propellers before using it!

    Usage Impressions:

    The Mavic Air 2 is a device that truly makes the saying that “good things come in small packages” ring true. This is a highly sophisticated drone aircraft that is packed with features. Features for the advanced drone user as well as those that can help the new to drone operations. The DJI Fly app is a terrific feature of this system that allows one to take advantage of the many pre-programmed activities to get wonderful shots from the drone. This application also has plenty of features and capabilities to aid you in using the drone most effectively. The included tutorials – including videos - and help features of the app are great aid helping one get up to speed on this drone and its capabilities.

    The Fly More Combo included in this version is an amazingly valuable addition to the overall value of the package. One of the best features is that the entire collection of items in this package fits in the carry bag – which makes taking this drone with you on your travels and adventures that much more enjoyable and gives you over 100 minutes of flight time with all 3 Intelligent flight batteries fully charged.

    The included safety systems, especially the Obstacle avoidance capabilities also allow one to do more with the drone and do it safely. This will bring you hours of fun using the system and capturing your travels and adventures in a whole new way.

    One downside to the DJI Fly app is that it supports a very limited set of phones. It does support many iPhones and iPods with iOS 10.0 or above. For Android devices, they must have Android 6.0 or above but also must be specific brands and models – for example, my Motorola G6 Android device is not compatible; even with Android 9.0 installed. Samsung Galaxy/Note, HUAWEI, Honor, OnePlus, and Pixel phones are compatible Android devices.

    On a final note, please be advised that in the United States of America, Drone usage is a highly regulated activity with Federal requirements, state, and possibly local regulations to comply with. Please be aware of the rules and regulations and fly safely and legally.

    Pros: Features, Features, and more features. Fly Mode Combo is a terrific value add.

    Cons: Battery flight time seems shorter than advertised, iPhone Charging must be activated each time one uses the DJI Fly App, limited Android phone model support

    May 24, 2020 22:23
  • Review by SQUEAKYYY, 10 out of 10
    INCREDIBLE IN EVERY WAY

    PRO’S

    48MP photos that are incredibly sharp and vivid

    4K video (that is 8,000 x 4,000 pixels!) at 60 FPS

    Great battery life per battery (1.5 hours of fly time when using 3)

    Improved hand controller for smoother gimbal rotations

    Great price, especially the “Fly More” Bundle

    CON’S

    There is already a new version out which can be obnoxious

    I have had nothing but good things to say about this drone. In fact it has led me to take it places and push it harder than any other drone to date. It’s not so expensive I won’t fly it out of sight but not cheap to where it lacks function. This drone lets you capture ravishingly sharp and detailed aerial photographs. It’s also suitably excellent for shooting 4K video at speeds up to 60 frames per second. With lots of autonomous functions and clever in-flight features take this drone's photography and video to the next level without needing to be an experienced pilot.

    Best wishes and hope this helps someone

    ~~ Nathaniel ~~

    Oct 13, 2021 20:25
  • Review by AgentHuff, 10 out of 10
    Excellent first drone

    Let me start off with mentioning that prior to purchasing this, I’d never bought anything more expensive than a 30$ micro drone. Despite the price, the Mavic Air 2 is infinitely easier to fly - with more bells and whistles than your cheapo micro drones! The remote controller feels really intuitive to use, and feels nice to hold. You don’t need to worry about unfolding or properly aiming antennas since they’re built into the controller and phone holder.

    I’m amazed on the reported range on this thing - on the 2nd day of owning the drone I had it flying a mile away from my house, and that’s not even close to the max transmission range it is capable of. The return to home (RTH) feature works like a charm, and returns the drones to the exact position I took off from - simply amazing.

    4K video from a small portable device like this is amazing, and the 48mp camera takes outstanding pictures. I’m not any sort of a photography professional, but I’ve already had friends ask me how I edit my photos after pulling the raw files directly off and posting them.

    Battery time lines up pretty close to the stated ~34m flight time, depending on conditions and use. And the interface of the DJI fly app makes it easy to tell when you’re getting low and will auto RTH if needed. Batteries cost 115$ each, which makes the Fly More Combo immediately worth the extra $189 as you get two batteries and additional accessories along with it.

    I honestly couldn’t have imagined my first real drone experience going any smoother and enjoyable than it has since owning the Mavic Air 2!

    May 14, 2020 09:08
  • Review by SamG, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Drone for Beginners and Enthusiasts

    I received this drone at no cost for review. I had been considering purchasing a drone for a long time, but never pulled the trigger on it, so having the chance to get the Mavic Air 2 was very exciting for me as the original Mavic Air was the drone I would have purchased for the price/performance ratio. Over the past week I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the Air 2 and the possibilities it represents. It was very easy to get comfortable flying and I’ve been impressed with every photo and video I’ve taken. I know that I’ve hardly even scratched the surface of what it’s capable of and that makes me all the more excited to continue using it.

    Prior to receiving the Air 2 I had no experience flying a ‘real’ drone and had only occasionally messed around with sub-$100 toys, so I was a bit apprehensive about flying it at first. I live in the city and wanted to make sure I flew it in a space that was free of houses, people, and general obstacles, both for the safety and not-being-a-creep factors. I watched a lot of videos about flying before I went out the first time and I’d recommend most people do the same. I ended up going to a park with a large open field and though I still exercise caution, the app’s tutorials and interface helped alleviate my apprehension pretty quickly. There’s a small learning curve with the app, but once you learn where everything is nothing important is more than a couple of taps away. Flying alone was a huge rush, especially in the sport mode, and the Air 2 is very compliant and easy to control. The connection between the drone and the controller supposedly allows for up 10km between them, but I generally kept it within sight of myself at no more than a few hundred feet away and usually less than 150ft off of the ground. I will also say that while it is certainly audible, it was much quieter than I expected; I would say the sound is akin to a weed wacker, but about half as loud.

    The photos and videos I’ve taken have impressed me in almost every circumstance, even while I was still trying to get the hang of just flying it. The perspectives alone that a drone allows you to capture are impressive enough and the onboard camera on the Air 2 can deliver some truly breathtaking shots. The gimbal keeps video super stable, even with some of my messier initial flights. I mostly shot video in 4K/30 with HDR and colors and details really pop without looking overly saturated. Photos were equally impressive. The ½” image sensor is smaller than the 1” sensor in the Mavic Pro and smaller again than the sensors in a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but I never found the quality wanting at all. The built-in tracking also works well and lets you set up some impressive moves with very little effort. The DJI app has some nice editing tools, though downloading a large video file from the drone can take a few minutes.

    The included controller is a good size and comfortable to hold, though the spring-loaded mechanism for attaching your phone is a little awkward for bigger phones like the Pixel 4 XL I was using. The buttons are all in good positions and the shoulder buttons and dial for controlling the camera are easy to reach and use by feel.

    If you are interested in the Air 2 I would wholeheartedly recommend the Fly More Combo. The extra 2 batteries alone more than justify the price differential, but the carrying case is maybe my favorite part of the package. It’s not much bigger than a regular camera bag, yet it will fit the drone, controller, both extra batteries, the charging hub, and all of the other accessories; it’s so well designed. I would also consider the DJI Care Refresh for peace of mind if, like me, you’re just starting out. I do wish it would cover a longer time period than 1 year, but for the price I think it’s a good value.

    I could go on and on about how much I love the Mavic Air 2. I think it’s a great middle ground for people who don’t want to spend $1600 on the Mavic Pro, but want something a little better than the Mavic Mini. I’m excited to continue growing into the Air 2.

    May 11, 2020 15:11
  • Review by TcCokato, 10 out of 10
    Impressive Drone - Packed with Features!

    Impressive Drone – Intelligent, easy to use features; Up to 34 minutes of flight!

    If you’re in the market for a reasonably priced full feature drone, then this is the one you want! The DJI Mavic Air 2 is packed with many features reserved for high end (high priced) drones. The ½” - 48MP sensor is far better than any other drone in this price range. This camera paired with a responsive 3-axis gimble delivers high quality, high-resolution photos, and stunning smooth professional-looking videos.

    The intelligent flight modes paired with advanced flight safety systems make this drone exceptionally easy to fly, and the impressive 34-minute flight time keeps you in the air with ample time to safely return home after capturing your perfect shot!

    The DJI fly app lacks a few features, controls, and settings, I’ve become accustomed to while flying a DJI drone. Thankfully this can be easily corrected with a future app update.

    All in all, this is a solid, well-built drone, packed with features, and thanks to everything included with the Fly More Combo, this package is definitely a great value for anyone wishing to get into aerial drone photography!

    Key features

    • 1/2” sensor

    - 48MP photos

    - 12MP photos with high dynamic range

    - 4k60fps video

    • Smart photo

    - This is the go-to camera mode to capture quick photos, especially when the subject/scene changes quickly. This setting takes all of the guesswork out of getting the perfect shot.

    - Automatic scene recognition automatically chooses the camera settings for optimal image quality. While in this mode the drone will choose between HDR, HyperLite, and Scene recognition to optimize dynamic range, remove noise in low light conditions, and fine-tune camera settings to capture the best shot possible.

    - Note this feature is not available while the drone is set to capture 48MP photos.

    • 8k hyper-lapse

    - The DJI Mavic Air 2 drone is the first drone on the market to enable aspiring filmmakers the ability to capture hyper-lapse video in 8k! This shooting mode can also be paired with many of the built-in flight modes to quickly capture stunning and professional-looking videos with virtually no skill required.

    • Autonomous functions

    - FocusTrack

    - Three different tracking modes are built in to help you capture the perfect shot

    • Active track – The drone will follow the chosen subject. Minor flight adjustments can be made while in this mode, but thanks to obstacle avoidance, this drone can navigate fairly complicated airspace without a problem.

    • Point of interest (POI) – The drone automatically navigates around an object of interest, keeping the subject centered within the frame.

    • Spotlight – Similar to active track, the selected subject remains centered within the frame but the drone’s movement is under the control of the pilot.

    - QuickShots - (Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang, or Asteroid)

    • Flight time

    - 34-minutes

    - In the flight tests I performed, I generally achieved 29-32 minutes of flight before the drone prompted automatic landing. Note: during my test flights we were experiencing fairly high winds and unseasonable cold weather, so your flight time may vary.

    • Range

    - Thanks to OcuSync 2.0 the fear of losing connection to your drone is essentially gone. 10km (6.2 mi) transmission ensures your drone remains connected even when obstructed by dense trees and structures.

    • Safety

    - APAS 3.0

    - While enabled the drone easily navigated around trees, over structures, only stopping if a clear path could not be determined. I was especially impressed at how quickly the drone planned an alternate flight path and navigated around most obstacles.

    - ADS-B

    - Monitors the air space around your flight area and provides an onscreen alert that aircraft are present, reminding you to reduce the

    drone’s altitude.

    May 10, 2020 22:17
  • Review by BQuell, 10 out of 10
    What Fun!

    I picked up this drone as essentially a new user - I had a Mavic Air that I flew a few times but always had a hard time connecting the controller and getting good quality photos and video with...but right out of the box, this was EASY AS CAN BE to connect, control and fly...plus, it takes really beautiful photos and gorgeous high resolution video.

    I have used this on professional video shoots for one of my clients, in addition to tinkering with it around the neighborhood to get used to the controls - and I'm absolutely loving it.

    If you're thinking about it - I'd say "do it" - you'll love it...and I'm guessing the price will come down soon, as they have already introduced a newer model (right after I purchased this...nice timing).

    May 03, 2021 18:50
  • Review by Yllib, 10 out of 10
    Mavic Air 2

    1st time drone owner with no experience with a drone. This has been easy to learn how to fly as long as you read and watch you tube videos. Be sure to understand all the FAA rules and to register the drone. Be sure to buy insurance or the Refresh from DJI with in 24 hours of purchase and i wish i would of. I did add it to my home policy for around $60 a year. As i’m only a recreational pilot I also added a $100,000,000 liability umbrella policy in case causing any damage to property causing injuries. Great product would purchase again

    Jun 04, 2021 16:17
  • 9.8score
    Vantop - Snaptain S5C PRO FHD Drone with Remote Controller - Black
    Description

    Level up your drone skills using the S5CFHD featuring and 1080p FPV camera and trajectory mapping. Use voice and gesture controls to take fun shots with your friends and family.

    5 Features
  • USER-FRIENDLY: SNAPTAIN S5CFHD drone is user-friendly. Simply press one button, it will take off, land or return to your command. Smart voice control, headless mode, and the fascinating 360° Flips & Rolls come handy even for the drone newbies.
  • Farther & Clearer: The SNAPTAIN S5CFHD provides video transmission within a range of up to 80m. Edit and upload instantly to Social Media by iPhone or a video transmission signal up to a scale of 80m. The video clips are automatically saved to the Micro SD card.
  • POWERFUL & SAFE: Protective Propeller Guards to ensure a safe flight. High quality ABS material to free your worries of a sudden shock or drop. Best choice with enough fun for beginners.
  • STEADY & TRACKABLE: Altitude-Hold function ensures a steady hover in the air at a certain altitude. Trajectory Flight function is the newest technology that by drawing a flight course on the touch screen on your smartphone, the drone will fly accordingly.
  • GRAVITY CONTROL: A built-in G-sensor is designed to allow controlling the drone by adjusting the vertical and horizontal position of your smartphone via the Snaptain Era App downloadable on iOS and Android App market.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JamieG, 10 out of 10
    Tons of Fun!

    Fun and easy to use. I bought this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend and he hasn't been able to put it down. It does take some finessing at first, but once you get the hang of it then it's all good. I do recommend looking up your local area's drone laws/rules just to make sure you fly in approved areas. Definitely lots of fun.

    Oct 14, 2021 12:39
  • Review by Mason, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Love this thing. Price is pretty good, connecting my phone and using the controller was simple. Very easy to control, I never had a drone before so for first time user it was great. Highly recommended

    Oct 12, 2021 21:29
  • Review by Serg49, 10 out of 10
    Happy parent

    My 11 y.o son loves to fly it. Easy to control.Great option for parents who want their kids spend more time outside

    Oct 12, 2021 21:42
  • Review by FenixJ, 10 out of 10
    Lots of fun!

    Its a fun and easy to use drone! You should know that, at this price point, this isn't a drone for professional photography. However, it is a fun and easy to use device that takes some good photo/video.

    Oct 21, 2021 21:01
  • Review by Drone, 10 out of 10
    Cool drone!

    I bought this for my husband for his birthday and he absolutely loved it! Easy enough that our daughter can play with ut too!

    Aug 30, 2021 09:16
  • Review by holymoly10, 10 out of 10
    Great option in this price range -- nice drone

    Great drone! My 13 year old loves it -- it's affordable but has features that you'll find on much more expensive drones. Altitude holding feature to maintain steady hover makes it really easy to fly -- my 10 year old can manage with no problem. Fun for the family.

    Sep 16, 2021 05:37
  • Review by Beezo, 10 out of 10
    Drone review

    Get drone as a beginner, it flies well, has a good battery life and affordable. There really isn't any cons i. Could think of

    Sep 09, 2021 03:03
  • Review by JeanClaudeVanDang, 10 out of 10
    Nice drone for a nice price

    No this drone doesn't compete with $600+ price drones on the market but it does hold its own for the price point. Good for learning on as others have said. Will sway when there's strong wind so you need to be mindful of conditions. You won't cry though if you get this stuck in a tree and can't get it down before a torrential downpour.

    Oct 11, 2021 08:15
  • 9.8score
    DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo Quadcopter with Remote Controller
    Description

    DJI Mini 2 is beginner-friendly, powerful, and well, mini. Impressive performance, stunning image quality, and creative videos are just a few taps away. Explore an entirely new perspective, capturing the moments that make your life truly yours.

    15 Features
  • Pack Light, Fly Free: Just how light is DJI Mini 2? At less than 249 g, it weighs about as much as an apple and fits in the palm of your hand. Compact and convenient, Mini 2 is your ideal travel companion, transforming how you capture your favorite memories.
  • Small But Mighty: Thanks to intuitive and advanced features packed in a portable frame, DJI Mini 2 provides complete freedom wherever and however you want to create. Whether you’re shooting at a deserted beach or capturing the details of a fun family reunion, Mini 2 can handle it all.
  • Powerful Performance: With a max battery life of 31 minutes, DJI Mini 2 grants more than enough time to compose the perfect shot. Mini 2 can resist level 5 winds and take off at a max altitude of 4,000 meters.
  • OcuSync 2.0 Video Transmission: Mini 2 supports up to 10 km of HD video transmission and has excellent anti-interference capabilities, giving you the ability to fly farther and see clearer.
  • 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Camera: A 12MP camera in the sky delivers content guaranteed to impress. Along with 4K/30fps video and a 3-axis motorized gimbal, Mini 2 ensures stunning image quality that is consistently smooth no matter how adventurous your piloting gets.
  • 4x Zoom: 4x digital zoom makes it safer and more convenient when transitioning between shots of varying distance and composition.
  • QuickShots: With just a few taps, DJI Mini 2 automatically records and shoots professional-level videos to share directly on social media. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced flyer, the DJI Fly app helps you produce impressive results complete with soundtracks and filters.
  • Panorama: Select from Wide-Angle, 180°, and Sphere panoramas, and DJI Mini 2 will do the rest, generating a panoramic masterpiece almost instantly.
  • Enhanced Photo: The DJI Fly app features intelligent, built-in photo optimization. The app automatically enhances image quality after downloading a photo, resulting in vivid colors and details that pop.
  • Simplified Flight for Stunning Content: DJI Mini 2 carefully optimizes user experience and intelligent features. Thanks to Smart Return to Home, automatic takeoff, and precise hovering, operation is more streamlined and safer than ever. The possibilities are endless when the sky is your playground.
  • Fly Spots: Not sure where to fly? Figuring out where to take off no longer needs to be a headache. Plan your itinerary in advance with the DJI Fly app, and you might even come across another aerial photography enthusiast.
  • QuickTransfer: When Mini 2 is close to your smartphone, the DJI Fly app will automatically recognize and connect to the aircraft and synchronize selected photos and videos at 20 MB/s.
  • Trimmed Download: With this new feature, you can easily cut out a segment of your footage to edit and download. Hunting for your favorite shot or worrying about insufficient storage is a thing of the past.
  • Imaginative Templates: The intuitive editor of the DJI Fly app includes a diverse set of creative templates. Flying, shooting, editing, and sharing can be done almost instantly, allowing you to create and share on the go.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by optimummind, 10 out of 10
    Close to perfect 4K compact drone.

    ==== Summary ====

    The DJI Mini 2 is a fantastic drone that is easy to fly, nimble, and packed with cool features. Although it only weighs 249g, the Mini 2 does an admirable job holding its position in windy conditions and taking crisp footage. The addition of OcuSync 2.0, which vastly improves the video transmission distance, can't be praised enough.

    At $599.99 for the Fly More combo, the value proposition is strong and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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    *Pros:

    -Super light and compact (no need for FAA registration).

    -Very nimble & responsive flyer.

    -Stable under windy conditions.

    -OcuSync 2.0 --> great flight range.

    -Long battery life for such a compact drone.

    -Ergonomic and thoughtful controller with time-saving features built-in.

    -1080p, 2K, and 4K footages all look great thanks to the smooth 3-axis gimbal.

    -Max video bitrate is now 100Mbps (versus 1st gen's 40Mbps).

    -Can shoot in both JPEG and RAW.

    -Comes with a nice carrying case & 3-bay charging dock.

    -The two-way charging hub can charge both the batteries and the remote controller.

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    *Neutral:

    -No "Follow Me" mode or active tracking.

    -No obstacle avoidance.

    -The carrying handle is on the side and not on top of the carrying case.

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    *Cons:

    -No micro-SD card included.

    ==== Design, Build Quality, and What's Inside the Package ====

    For a drone that costs $450 ($600 for the Fly More combo), I'm quite happy and satisfied with the overall look, build quality, and fit-and-finish of the Mini 2. The Mini 2 is heavily plastic and some portions, such as the battery cover, stands out by feeling a bit cheap compared to the rest of the drone. I'm not bothered by it, though, because the battery cover snaps on securely, and by going with a light plastic construction, DJI managed to keep the weight under the FAA's registration threshold (250g/0.55 pounds). I would be very careful, however, not to crash the Mini 2 as the light plastic components probably won't survive any major impacts.

    As for the fit-and-finish, all the moving parts of the Mini 2 actuated smoothly and it was a frustration-free affair when handling it, such as the folding and unfolding process. I love the hold-down strap for the propellers which prevent them from moving around inside the case as well as the perfect-fitting and well-aligned gimbal protection cover that doesn't require any angle adjustments nor too much strength to pop in and pop out. The same can be said for the insertion and removal process of the battery; the battery makes a satisfying click sound when inserted and it pulls out smoothly. I love I can remove the battery even when the Mini 2 is all folded up and wrapped with the propeller guard strap.

    I'm a big fan of the design and layout of the remote controller. The spring-loaded phone holder easily accommodated my oversized phone, a Samsung Galaxy S20+, and the USB-C cord was long enough to plug in with some slack. There is a recessed compartment on top of the controller to stow the USB-C cable, which is a brilliant use of space, and the thumbscrews for the joysticks fit snugly and safely into the cutouts on the bottom of the controller.

    My Fly More combo package came with a three-bay, two-way charging hub and it's great. It has a USB-C input for charging the three batteries sequentially, as well as a USB-A output that can connect to the remote controller. The hub doesn't charge all the batteries and the remote at the same time; the batteries get charged first in a sequential manner (left to right), then the controller is the last piece to get its turn.

    The carrying case is pretty decent. Its padding is wholly adequate, outside and inside, and all the Fly More package components can fit inside comfortably with some space to spare. My only gripe about the case is the location of the carrying handle; instead of being on the side, I wish it were on the top. On the topic of gripes, there are two more, albeit small ones. First, I wish DJI had also included some propeller guards into the Fly More combo, as well as a micro-SD card.

    With all that said, it's my opinion the DJI Mini 2 Fly More combo is a great package that offers strong value. You get almost everything you need to start flying right away without the registration headache, and the Mini 2 is a well-built and very capable drone that's well-equip to capture stunning 4K videos and photos with a long flight time and great flight distance.

    ==== What's it like to fly the Mini 2? ====

    I cut my teeth on drone piloting via the Autel Evo drone ($1,050 on Best Buy) for the past two years and I have to give props to DJI for creating such a nimble, agile, and easy-to-maneuver compact drone. Out of the box, all the gimbal settings (pitch, yaw) were tuned perfectly for my flying style, and it was a lot of fun flying the Mini 2 everywhere I took it to, such as around my neighborhood, class 1 bike trails, and parks.

    At first setup, you're required to view three short video clips from the New User Guide within the DJI Fly app (Finding the Best Place to Fly, Preparing to Fly, and Flying the Aircraft). After going through the quick registration or log-in process, then you're ready to go right after the drone locks in a GPS signal, which usually took about 15-20 seconds for me.

    Launching the drone couldn't be any easier. All you have to do is tap and hold on the Auto Take-off icon and the Mini 2 will fly up a few feet into the air and steadily hold its position and await your command. Using the well-weighted and finely-tuned joysticks, the Mini 2 moves about precisely, accurately, and predictably - very important because there is no obstacle avoidance built-in.

    The gimbal angle adjustment is done via the shoulder switch located on the upper-left corner of the controller and it, too, was well-calibrated out of the box. The shoulder button on the upper-right hand corner is used to take photos and capture videos and it reacted quickly with a satisfying click and feel.

    The Mini 2 is rated for a 31-minute flight time but that's only when there is no wind and a traveling speed of 10.5mph (4.7m/s). My average flight speed was 20mph most of the time and I got the low battery warning after about 20 minutes, which is still very good for such a tiny and light drone. If you activate Sport Mode and push the Mini 2 to its maximum speed of 35mph (16m/s), then expect an even shorter flight time.

    When you're done flying the Mini 2, there are two ways you can bring it back - tap and hold the Return-to-Home (RTH) icon, or fly it back manually. I prefer the latter option as RTH wasn't always precise. When out in wide-open spaces, RTH was mostly accurate and missed the mark only a few times. But in more cramped spaces, like my backyard, the Mini 2 became confused and tried to land on my roof instead of the ground, which was disconcerting.

    Distance-wise, I got the Mini 2 to travel about 1,100 feet away in a dense residential area before the signal began breaking up.

    To sum it up, the Mini 2 is an absolute pleasure to fly thanks to the smart tuning and calibration out-of-the-box. It's just a shame that DJI didn't include active tracking or a front obstacle avoidance system, probably to hit that 249g weight target.

    ==== Video & Photo Quality ====

    The Mini 2, with its 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and 12MP effective pixels, did an admirable job capturing great-looking 4K, 2K, and 1080p videos as well as photos. Compared to my Autel Evo 4K drone, which has a 1/2.8" sensor and max capture rate of [email protected] at 100Mbps, the Mini 2 held its own ground and produced footage that often came out better looking with more realistic colors and superior auto-exposure. The only advantage the Autel Evo has over the Mini 2 is smoother footage during gimbal and drone rotations thanks to its higher 60fps rate, an impressive feat since the Mini 2 costs 133% less than the Evo as of 11/16/2020.

    Here is a short clip taken with the Mini 2 at [email protected] with all the settings on auto:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XIcpieS36u0FWdOT3Qp8NEjDuRu55UKW/view?usp=sharing

    I use zoom quite often when flying and it was nice to have several options at my disposal. At 4K, you get up to a 2x zoom; at 2K it's 3x and at 1080p, it's up to 4x. Naturally, the more you zoom in, some fine details become lost, especially when there isn't enough lighting. With good lighting, though, you can focus on your subject and get some excellent details out of it.

    If you'd rather prefer the Mini 2 to perform some trick shots while you keep your hands free, then you're all set because there are several nifty modes, such as Dronie, Helix, Rocket, Circle, and Boomerang.

    The photo-taking ability of the Mini 2 was quite satisfactory as well. I found myself using all three modes quite often - Wide, 180-degree, and Sphere - and they were easy enough to process and export using the Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) desktop app.

    Thanks to the march of technology, it's amazing how many cool features can now be crammed inside a small and compact drone that is so light and portable. I think the vast majority of people interested in drone cinematography will be very happy with the Mini 2.

    ==== Is it a good buy? ====

    I absolutely think so. DJI has pulled off an excellent engineering feat by implementing many meaningful & useful upgrades over the original Mavic Mini and created a force to be reckoned with.

    Nov 16, 2020 19:13
  • Review by GoalieMedic, 10 out of 10
    Absolute Home Run by DJI

    DJI has hit it out of the park with the Mini 2, and I say that as a Phantom Pro owner who is used to a higher-end, full-featured drone. While the original DJI Mavic Mini (we’ll call it the “Mini 1”) was designed to be a watered-down, entry-level drone with largely missing or reduced functionality compared to the Mavic or Phantom, DJI really worked to bring this still limited offering up to standards which make it a great choice for anyone looking for a first drone, or maybe just a more portable drone with great features.

    Pros:

    -Small and capable of being thrown in a jacket pocket or backpack.

    -Added 4k resolution and RAW photo support.

    -Pro features added to make shooting & processing video much easier for beginners.

    -Occusync 2.0 avoids signal degradation.

    Cons (covered in detail at the end):

    -No collision avoidance.

    -RC joysticks have to be removed for storage.

    -Phone can be tough to see in bright light due to angle

    -Can’t charge batteries and RC controller at the same time with the 1 included charger.

    -Color and size can make it hard to keep visual tabs on when flying.

    Camera:

    The Mini 2 adds in 4K/30fps (up from the Mini 1’s maximum 2.7k/30fps), which makes the video quality crisp and full of color & contrast. If you do have a need for 60fps, you can downgrade the settings in the app to 1080p/60fps (for action or post-processing slow motion shots). Still photos can be shot in JPG or JPG+RAW mode.

    You can also get “4x zoom”, which is not a true optical zoom, rather it’s the app cropping the video from 4k down to 1080 with 2x lossless zoom, then an additional 2x lossy zoom where it’s zooming on the pixels in the video resulting in quality loss.

    The camera is mounted on 3-axis gimbal, which gives it extremely good stability during turns or quick starts & stops.

    The DJI app now also includes 4 pre-programmed cinematic scenes that make beginners look like pros with their “QuickShot” options. These include “Rocket” (starting off looking at the ground & taking off straight up, expanding the shot as it climbs), “Dronie” (camera faces you then pulls back & upward, keeping you in the middle of the “selfie” shot), “Circle” (just orbits a set area, turning to keep the selected object in the center of the video as it orbits around it), and “Helix” (similar to circle, but in a more complex pattern of circles & zooms). The video shot in these modes can then be quick-edited, music added, and uploaded to social media all from within the app, no post-processing software required.

    Weight:

    The drone comes in at a mere 249g, which puts it 1g below U.S. FAA regulations for mandatory registration weight. If you’re outside the U.S. check with local regs for weight & registration requirements. The size makes it small enough to put in your jacket pocket, though the fact you have to have a controller, which is almost larger than the drone itself, you’ll still need a small bag to carry this (this “Fly More” package comes with a bag). Each prop is only about 3” in size, and the legs fold inward when not in use to make it easily packable.

    Stability & Flight:

    With the low weight you lose absolutely nothing with stability. The Mini 2 is FAR more stable in the wind than the Mini 1, and I actually found it more stable than my larger & much heavier Phantom Pro. In 2 days of flights – 1 with 15mph sustained/21mph gusting winds, followed the next day by 21mph sustained/28mph gusting winds – it felt like flying in no-wind conditions. DJI touts that it will fly in up to 37mph winds without issue .

    You can launch the drone with 1 tap. Likewise, the Mini 2 now features a GPS-based “Return to Home” feature which allows you to click the “RTH” button and have the drone automatically come back to the exact launch point and fully land. The RTH is good if you’re not sure where the drone is, or are in a situation where you need to get it home quick (i.e. low battery, weather, etc.).

    The drone now uses DJI’s Occusync 2.0 technology for wireless communication between the drone & controller, greatly increasing maximum distance between controller & drone and ensuring clear video feed over that distance. DJI states the max distance from the controller is 10km, but flying that distance from the pilot is a huge violation of FAA regs and a good way to lose your drone when it hits something or the battery dies miles away from you. Suffice it to say, the reach with Occusync will more than cover your flight.

    The controller has a 3-position switch for quick toggling of the flight modes available with the drone. “Normal” mode is, well, normal flight speeds (22mph) and turning. “Cine” mode slows all functions of the drone down, including forward speed, turning speed, and camera angle speed to give you that slower-motion cinematic feel. “Sport” mode gives you maximum speed and power, meant to follow fast-moving objects, yielding you a max speed of 36mph (remember this will kill your battery MUCH quicker than the 31-minute specs).

    Battery:

    Batteries will give you “up to 31 minutes” of flight time, though I never run them that low to make sure the drone makes it back to me. I usually bring it home at about 25% remaining. (Pro tip: Number your batteries & make sure you’re using them in a rotation rather than constantly using, recharging, and using the same battery again to extend battery life).

    Basics for Beginners:

    For those picking this up as their first drone, or transitioning from another drone manufacturer, the DJI Fly app gives you a full tutorial on how to use your drone to get you comfortable with its use. And the app’s ability to know what areas are allowable vs. not allowable to fly in will keep you from making a mistake flying somewhere not allowed or dangerous.

    Fly More Combo:

    The Fly More combo package comes with more that just the drone & controller. The package comes 3 batteries (instead of 1), which will get you about 90 minutes of flight time, with a 3-battery gang charger to allow you to charge all 3 in 1 device (but note that the gang charger will only charge 1 battery at a time despite being able to insert all 3), a water-resistant carry case about the size of a binocular case that features self-sealing waterproof zippers in case you get caught out in the rain, 3 sets of extra props in case you break a set, as well as an extra set of remote control joysticks in case they’re lost (you have to unscrew them & store them in the bottom of the controller when packing it up, so the potential for loss is there).

    Cons:

    - No collision avoidance: On all other non-Minis from DJI, the drones include forward/side/underside sonar for collision avoidance. So if you’re flying & not watching & come up on a tree, the drone will stop itself & not allow movement in the collision direction. Even as a longtime drone user, this has saved my rear a few times. To save cost & weight (trying to get below that magic 250-gram size), they did not include collision avoidance systems. Being this drone is likely being purchased by first-time drone operators, the very people likely to run into collision issues, not including this puts you at risk of damaging or losing your drone. Make sure you’re fully aware of the surroundings and just look to completely avoid any potential obstacles.

    - RC Joysticks: You have to unscrew the small thumb joysticks from the remote controller for storage, which could lead to a place where they’re lost. If they’re lost, you’ll have a very difficult time using the RC, which is why the Fly More combo kit comes with an extra set.

    - The RC uses your phone as the screen for viewing the drone’s flight, but how it’s placed in the RC makes seeing the phone tough in bright, direct light. I found myself scrambling to find shade to be able to see my phone during flight when the sun was directly overhead. Other RCs for other drones give you an ability to angle the phone a little to avoid direct glare.

    - With the 1 included USB-C charger, you cannot charge both the batteries and the RC controller at the same time. You’ll need a second charger, though the controller needs less charges than the batteries do.

    - Included dongles for connecting your phone to the controller (USB-C, micro USB, and Apple Lightning) have big, chunky collar around them for grip, but that collar keeps you from using them with many phones with a case in place (I use an Otterbox and the dongles didn’t even reach the port). I swapped it out with a smaller-collared cable & was fine.

    - Small size and color (whitish-beige) makes it easy to lose sight of when in the sky, especially against clouds. Wish it had more contrasting markings to be able to maintain FAA-required visual line-of-sight with the device.

    - Props poorly marked for replacement: While all of the props may look the same, 2 sets face a certain direction, while the other 2 sets are installed in the opposite direction. You differentiate with a very, very small line on the props, which if you’re new to droning and aren’t aware of that, you can install the wrong props, which will cause your drone to invert & crash on takeoff. Make sure you look for that marking if you need to replace the props. Would have liked to see a better marking or installation method like on other DJI products.

    In summary, DJI really did a great job with this drone. Despite wanting a nearly pocket-sized drone when the Mini 1 came out, I avoided it due to lack of critical features. DJI rectified that fully with this drone, making the Mini 2 one of the most feature-packed drones in an ultra-compact size that you could possibly buy. If this is your first drone, or you’re just looking for something smaller, I highly recommend the Mini 2.

    Nov 16, 2020 21:58
  • Review by cusedice, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely amazing!

    This is my first DJI drone, coming from a parrot anafi, and the difference is staggering. DJI's app is easier to use and more intuitive with better controls; the form factor and design of the drone is better executed; the controller and packaging are way better and the range blows the competition out of the water!

    The Fly More Combo is a fantastic value so I highly recommend going that route if you are considering this drone. The carrying case is nice quality and has storage for the drone, batteries, charger, controller, along with all the cables and spare parts with room to spare. I also keep the old phone I've converted to my drone controller in there and still have room. The battery charger is an elegant solution. It houses all 3 batteries at once and has indicator lights showing where the charge is on each as they all charge at the same time keeping you ready to fly.

    The drone itself weighs almost nothing and is about the size of your palm folded up, making it extremely portable. But even with that light weight, it holds it's own in winds up to 25mph. I flew it at almost 400ft in 15-20mph winds and had no issues with control or taking stable shots. And this thing takes beautiful shots and video in 4k resolution, with 2x lossless zoom and 4x digital zoom. I recommend taking the full picture and cropping it later for best results but you can zoom if you prefer. You can also take panorama, 180 or sphere photos. Want some cool video effects? Try boomerang, circle, rocket, helix and dronie modes. Literally unbelievable how many things you can do with this small drone.

    Taking off is as easy as touching a button. When it lifts off, it will rise to 3-4ft and hover in place and record that spot. From that point on, when you're ready to have the drone come back to you, just hit the Return to Home button and it will return to that spot. One thing to note, this drone does NOT have obstacle avoidance, so make sure you set the altitude you want the drone to return at to avoid trees or other obstacles. If the biggest thing around you is a 100ft tree stand, set the RTH at 150ft to be safe. That will keep it at that altitude until it's directly overhead it's RTH spot, at which point it will come straight down.

    If you haven't flown a drone before, the tutorials built into the app are outstanding for teaching the basics and about some of the more advanced features. They include videos and step by step instructions, so definitely check them out if you're new to drone flying.

    My last drone would lose signal at 350ft and 50-75yds down range. This one, under the same conditions, went over a mile away at 400ft and showed no signs of signal loss. The OcuSync technology vs the old wi-fi tech is night and day. This is especially important if you're flying in an area with lots of wi-fi or other radio interference, such as suburban areas or cities. And you don't need to register this drone with the FAA or go through any licensing. It's size and weight don't qualify it for that. The geofencing technology built in will also help beginners with not taking off in restricted zones or violating airspace using the built in GPS.

    Overall, I can't recommend this drone highly enough for just about anyone. It takes amazing photos and videos, handles the wind fantastically for it's size and weight, and the new OcuSync 2.0 technology is legit. This is hands down the best drone you will find at this price point or below, and it's better than some others above this price point. Unless you're a professional who needs something crazy for commercial use, this is the drone you should buy.

    Nov 20, 2020 21:34
  • Review by InsaneDiego, 10 out of 10
    Tiny Powerhouse

    I'm reminded of a slogan, "you've come a long way baby". My current drone is the Phantom 3 and the new Mini 2 is way way beyond that in just 4-5 short years. It's so tiny it fits in the palm of your hand. And lite too! That low weight comes into play when you look at the FAA regulations. You won't need to register the drone because it falls under the 250g weight limit. Just because it's tiny doesn't mean it can't fly though. I took it out in some windy conditions, probably 15-20mph, and while it swayed a little while hovering, it was very responsive when flying and you wouldn't know by looking at the video it was that windy until you saw the trees rocking.

    Speaking of flying, the new Fly App was easy to use. You get a quick, interactive, guided tour of the interface when you go to fly the first time. You will actually be flying the Mini 2 within a couple of minutes as it has you take off, do a few quick maneuvers, and land. The app is so user friendly, you just push a button and the Mini 2 will take off and hover in front of you, and when it's time to land, press the button again and it will return back to where you started and automatically land (some caveats apply).

    Continuing on the flying aspect, the Mini 2 now connects to the controller via OccuSync 2.0. This means you can theoretically fly with a good connection for miles. The FAA requires you to maintain Line of Sight to the drone so you will have a hard time seeing it that far away but if you are flying within 1/2 mile you can easily see the drone and feel confident in the connection. That alone makes flying a dream.

    Once you've taken off, you can get beautiful 4k footage of your flight if you want to use the highest resolution. As the commercials say, "and that's not all!". You can actually zoom the camera! Ya, zoom. You can zoom up to double when shooting in 4k. The video quality will suffer a little but if the light is good, it's very useable. If you drop down into regular HD mode, 1920 x 1080, then you can zoom up to double and lose no resolution. It's crazy. And if you really need more zoom, you can go up to 4x in that HD mode. Just like the 4k zoom, once you go past 2x, you will start to lose video quality.

    If you like to shoot pictures as I do, the Mini 2 has you covered. It will shoot 12mp images that look really nice. What's more, if you like to do your own customization on the images, it allows you to shoot in Raw mode to produce a DNG file. That was reserved for only Pro-level equipment last year. The Mini 2 has more than just a single picture mode. It will shoot HDR images by taking 3 differently exposed images in AEB mode (you will need to combine them manually though). It takes panoramic images. A full 360-degree images as well as a 180-degree image. It shoots that in Raw mode also. You can grab the files from the SD Card and stitch them yourself.

    You've undoubtedly seen some interesting footage over the years where the video circles an object, or shoots up in the sky. Quickshots mode handles all that camera and drone movement for you to get the same cool video.

    Let's talk about flying time. The Fly More Combo comes with 3 batteries and that cannot be understated at how important that is. Realistically you get about 25-28 minutes of flight time per battery before you get into an area where you will need to land the craft safely. You won't believe how quickly those 25 minutes are. Having a couple of extra batteries allows you to fly for a long time and position yourself to get the shots you want without having to rush. You also get a 3 hub battery charger which makes charging the batteries very easy. It won't charge all 3 at once, unfortunately, but you won't have to worry that forgot to unplug one before charging the next.

    If the batteries aren't enough in the Combo, it comes with a very cool carry case for the Mini 2, controller, batteries, and accessories. Again, you're going to buy a bag anyway so you might as well save money and get it in the Combo Pack. It also comes with a few sets of propellers. Eventually, they will need to be changed due to normal wear our you scraping it on something, and they are basically freebies in the Combo pack so again, why not!

    If you've been looking for a camera drone that is packed with high-end features and a great price then the Mini 2 Fly More Combo is amazing.

    Nov 15, 2020 20:36
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    This wee beast is AMAZING!

    As a long-time photographer, I'd considered dipping a toe into the world of drones for some time. But there seemed to be two classes of UAVs: cheap toys that would be more trouble than fun, and overpriced behemoths that required FAA registration and a big case to lug around.

    Enter the DJI Mini 2. It's not cheap, but for what you get, it's absolutely worth it for both first-time drone owners and those looking for an upgrade.

    Pros: Size and weight mean it's easy to carry around anywhere, and no FAA registration required. 12MP/4k camera is excellent for its size, and the gimbal is generally rock solid. OcuSync 2 makes for reliable connections and long range. Batteries give good flight time--I generally get 25 minutes or so per battery. Remote is solid and easy to use, and the DJI Fly app is very good for both navigation and adjusting settings on the fly (pun intended). Critically, for first-time drone pilots, the Mini 2 is super easy to fly and lends confidence quickly. And the built-in QuickShots provide an easy way to get interesting video shots while you learn to create your own moves.

    Cons: The small size is a drawback when it comes to keeping the drone in sight--it doesn't have to go far before it becomes hard to spot! The lack of collision sensors means you do have to be careful about obstacles. And I do wish it had a proper follow-tracking mode, but DJI currently saves that for its higher-end models.

    Overall, if you're interested in getting a small, easy-to-use photo/video drone as your first or an upgrade from a toy-level UAV, the Mini 2 is definitely my recommendation. Absolutely amazing how far this tech has come in the past few years.

    Oh, and definitely spring for the Fly More Kit. You will DEFINITELY want the two extra batteries, and the bank charger and case are quite nice.

    Feb 13, 2021 08:14
  • Review by JAS3, 10 out of 10
    Shouldn't have wasted my time buying cheaper alter

    If you are already considering this item (or even if maybe you haven't thought about it), you won't regret purchasing it. Save yourself time and money trying to see if you can find a different drone with comparable (or sometimes even seemingly better) specs for a cheaper price. Chances are if you do get a cheaper drone, you will either be disappointed and never use it, or you will love it but lose it or break it in a matter of time. If you purchase the dji mini 2, you will love it and will be constantly looking forward to opportunities to go flying, all without the worries and anxiety of losing connection and losing it or crashing it. For even more security, get DJI's "fly away coverage" which is only $49 for this model.

    I do recommend the "Fly more" package because always having charged spare batteries is worth it and with the 3 way charger that comes, you never have to land for other than swapping the batteries every half hour or so. The case and extra spare parts are convenient too.

    Aug 17, 2021 19:05
  • Review by Jhl1023, 10 out of 10
    No Ragrets!

    I bought this as my first drone. Well, first official drone. I have experiences flying cheaper drones, but this is nothing like those at all. Not only does it shoot stunning 4k videos at 30fps, quick shots are amazing features that come with this little drone. Pictures are jpeg or +raw which adds better quality to the photos. I'm on my fifth flight and I cannot wait to fly this again. There are some improvements and minor software flaws, but nothing too major. Ive had a screen freeze on me when the RC lost signal to the drone. It initiated RTH and safely flew back to me (remember to set your auto RTH altitude higher than the tallest objects in your surroundings). DJI fly app has some minor bug issues IOS version 1.4.8 and Android 1 4.8 and the new 1.4.12. When I experience these small errors, I simply close the app and restart the app which solved the issues. Also, always remember to update your home point or simply wait for the notification before taking off and let the drone sit a bit to update your GPS location. All in all, this was one of the best gift I've given myself and a great hobby that I've picked up. It is worth every penny that I've paid for. Just remember to always check your surroundings and avoid flying too low since it does not have front and back cmos sensors to avoid obstacles. Buy it now abd have fun! And dont forget to take the TRUST test (which is reeeaally easy) and carry the certificate with you at all times when flying the drone.

    Oct 18, 2021 22:53
  • Review by Mike9064, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Drone!

    This was my first drone and a great choice for both beginners and experienced drone pilots. Very easy to setup and fly. The fly more kit is a great added value as you will need everything included and will save you a lot over separate pricing. The flight control and connection to your phone is very smooth. Anyone can fly this drone under the right conditions. I practiced in a large field the first few times and in no time was harassing the cat with it. It’s small size makes it easy to throw it into my camera bag. It’s quick to setup and get it flying. Battery life is about 22-25 minutes. You may get the advertised thirty minutes if you are just hovering at 100 feet on a calm day and don’t maneuver around much. You get two extra batteries with the fly more kit and will need them. I’m a photographer and I knew the camera has some limitations but I was quite surprised with what it produced. This wouldn’t be my choice of it was just for photography but for overall ease of setup and flying and the small size it’s perfect!

    Aug 29, 2021 13:56
  • 9.8score
    DJI Air 2S Drone Fly More Combo with Remote Controller
    Description

    Featuring a 1-inch CMOS sensor, powerful autonomous functions, and a compact body weighing less than 600 g, DJI Air 2S is the ultimate drone for aerial photographers on the move. Take this all-in-one aerial powerhouse along anywhere to experience and record your world in stunning detail."

    14 Features
  • Big World, Big Sensor: Equipped with a 1-inch image sensor and large 2.4μm pixels, DJI Air 2S is capable of 5.4K/30fps and 4K/60fps video. Capture any moment with the rich clarity and authentic color tones it deserves for results that amaze.
  • Turn On the Night: Capture the allure of the world, even as it darkens. Thanks to a high dynamic range, high resolution, and accurate color reproduction, even low-light scenes are sharp and vibrant.
  • One Billion Colors: Fully immerse yourself in all the hues of your environment. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile can record up to one billion colors while retaining all the little details that make footage pop.
  • Shoot RAW: RAW format photos with a dynamic range of up to 12.6 stops capture more visual information in every scene, even when lighting conditions are bad or complex. This provides more flexibility in post-processing, giving creators more possibilities to get the look they want.
  • Intelligent HDR: Intelligent HDR technology merges multiple shots automatically, increasing the dynamic range of images without the need for post-processing. That means more nuanced details in both the highlights and shadows for richer images with greater depth.
  • Hyperlapse and Panorama: Speed up time and movement with a single tap by creating a striking hyperlapse. You can also capture larger, more detailed shots of your surroundings with panorama.
  • Introducing MasterShots: MasterShots gives users the best shots in any location with just a tap. Simply select your subject, and the drone will film while executing ten different maneuvers in sequence, keeping your subject center-frame and generating a short cinematic video afterward.
  • The Center of Attention: FocusTrack features Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0, and Point of Interest 3.0, making it a breeze for DJI Air 2S to follow or circle your subject.
  • Worry Less, Discover More: The combination of portability, safety, and autonomous technology means you can spend more time enjoying flights and less time worrying about them. Take DJI Air 2S into the sky confidently, every flight.
  • Environment Sensing: DJI Air 2S has the ability to perceive its environment in four directions: up, down, forward, and backward. The algorithms for APAS 4.0 have been further improved, allowing DJI Air 2S to actively avoid obstacles in more complex scenarios and at high speeds.
  • O3 Transmission: DJI Air 2S features DJI's most advanced O3 (OcuSync 3.0) image transmission technology, delivering an ultra-smooth, clear, and reliable image feed everytime you fly.
  • Safer Skies with ADS-B: DJI Air 2S provides an added layer of airspace safety with the built-in AirSense system. This receives ADS-B flight location information from airplanes and helicopters in your area that transmit ADS-B signals, and warns you through the DJI Fly app.
  • Accessories Compatibility: DJI Air 2S is compatbile with DJI Smart Controller, ND 4/8/16/32 and ND 64/128/256/512 filters. Not compatible with DJI FPV Goggles V2 or Motion Controller.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Ebonovic, 10 out of 10
    A new evolution in imagery and fun

    I really got into drone flying several years ago, with DJI's release of the Phantom 3 Pro. The freedom and the new video and pictures that I was able to capture, were absolutely amazing.

    BUT it's size and weight was a limitation... but no more. This is the upgrade that I have been waiting for.

    The DJI Air 2S is an entirely new bird, and really is the size of a bird.

    The first time setup, takes about 1 hour. To get it unpackaged, first battery charged up, and to get all the firmware updates done. Gives you some time to just admire this little thing.

    It took me a few minutes to find the iPhone connecting wire.. .it is there, but it is pre-installed in the controller. Right where it will be used. I was able to add my iPhone 11 Pro, right to the controller with no problem. Fits like a glove, and really is the perfect size to companion with the very light and compact controller.

    The elegant design of just being able to unscrew the joysticks, and stash them away... and every detail about making this controller compact, but very function was well thought out. You have your X, Y, Z axis controllers right where they should be on your two thumbs. Your index fingers control the angle of your camera, and the shutter on the camera.

    Extra options to use the auto-return to home feature and landing. This is a great feature DJI adds, that will return your drone to where it took off.

    Now for the drone itself. So compact... about the size of 4 bananas 2x2 (no joke, that is how big this is). compact and small, but unfolded it is ready to go. The props are simple press in and twist. One negative, is the camera cover. It is a little awkward to get on and off, and I am always concerned I am going to break the camera. I have gotten used to it, but still it is temperamental.

    The battery is compact and long lasting. I was able to fly over 15 minutes, without even being concerned on the battery. It snaps right in, and there is no mistaking if it is in or not, as it is also the power button.

    While the drone is not silent, it isn't overly loud. You are not sneaking up on anyone, but you are not going to be a big disturbance either.

    The full inclusive kit is AWESOME. Comes with the carrying case, a total of 3 batteries, A Serial charging kit (so you can charge all the batteries in a row without swapping), 3 full sets of props, camera filters, the controller, and charger. It also has the wires for Android and other popular devices.

    Now comparing this to my P3P. Just look at the pictures and see the size different. The P3P was a full bulky backpack, and wasn't very convent. This new one, I am going to be able to take camping with me and out with the scouts, and just bring along on trips and have with me.

    The physical size... this is where the Air2S had a little challenge. Over the last two weekend, we had wind conditions. So I limited the flying, as it was causing the drone to work really hard to keep it's position which it did. The video was still spot on and smooth, and the picture didn't wobble around.

    The speed, this little baby can move. While it isn't as fast as a racing drone, it can move... it can go up and down in a blink, and change directions on a dime. Experienced flyers are going to have a good time with some of the new maneuvers.

    This generation of drone also have crash avoidance systems and warnings. While I didn't have to engage them, they did start to yell at me I was getting a little close to things.

    The DJI software is also top notch. at one point while flying, a low flying aircraft came into range, and the software warned me... BEFORE I could hear the aircraft. While I was still well under 400ft, I found it awesome that I have that option now and can utilize it for better safety all around.

    I am looking forward to the next many months to push this little fantastic system to the limits, and see what else it can do.

    From taking landscape, artistic, functional, and all sorts of other imagery... this is the drone you have been waiting for.

    May 04, 2021 17:22
  • Review by callmeageeth, 10 out of 10
    Terrific Photo/Video Quality and FUN

    For anyone interested in flying drones, whether to simply fly recreationally or to take videos and photographs, the Air 2S is the current best of both worlds. While my previous favorite drone was the Mini 2, in no large part because of its small size, and cost, the Air 2S surpasses it on features at a fair price and the imaging quality is simply miles better. Obviously the 2S is more money up front, I think the benefits gained justify the cost. I’ll also go ahead and add, do yourself a favor and get the fly more package. You’ll end up needing the additional accessories down the road (i.e. batteries, carrying case, extra propellers), so you might as well get them all upfront.

    IN THE BOX

    For such a small box, there’s a lot of stuff in there. You’ll find most everything in the carry bag that it comes with. There’s a battery in the drone, a charging station, power cord, small USB, a USB charger that connects into one of the battery slots of the charging station, and a power cord. There’s a smaller box that has a bunch of propellers, filters for the lens, extra thumbsticks for the controller, and two batteries. Honestly, it’s about everything you would ever need.

    I wish the carrying case had a hard shell, but I can’t be too picky.

    INITIAL SETUP

    For those that are new to DJI drones, the setup is pretty straightforward, but can be a little time consuming. Not hours, but don’t just think you can go somewhere and start flying immediately. The first step is to download the DJI app. I have Android (Google Pixel 4 XL) and the app is not available on the Google Play Store (for reasons I don’t fully understand). But if you perform a Google search for “DJI Fly app,” you’ll be directed to the DJI website where you can download it. You might get a pop-up about downloading an app not from the Play Store, but just ok that action.

    First thing you should do is charge all the batteries. Good news is that you can plug all three batteries into the charger at once. The bad news is, they don’t all charge at once. Once the first is done charging, the next is charged, and then the third. It’s not a big deal, but again, something to remember before heading out to fly.

    From there you open up the app. You should have the newest version of the app. But you can always check the settings. It should download automatically.

    Next, you’ll need to update the drone itself. For me, the process took about 30 minutes. The app notifies you autmoatically, but if it doesn’t, you can go into the setting menu and check for up to date firmware, etc. Again, I mention this because you’ll want to do all of this with a strong Wi-Fi network BEFORE heading out somewhere to fly.

    FEATURES

    If you followed its release at all, you know it comes with a large imaging sensor (which means it takes in more light) and can record in 5K resolution (albeit 24 frames per second). Basically, the larger an imaging sensor the better the photo quality. It allows more light in and less noise in the images. It also records video in 4K at 60 frames per second, which in my opinion is the best. You can get smoother footage at lower resolutions, but I am really pleased with the 4K60FPS. There are a multitude of other photo and video options. I don’t generally adjust the photo settings (sticking with auto) because I’m not a professional, but will occasionally mess with the different frame rates on videos.

    One thing I’m happy to have in a drone, is the obstacle avoidance. There are sensors on the back, front, bottom (and sort of on the top) that will detect incoming objects and stop the drone. While you should always have line of sight on your drone, sometimes it’s far away and difficult to see, and you lose some depth perception. I’ve gotten my Mini 2 stuck in a tree before, but the Air 2s will detect it and stop. The controller even sends out an audible “beep” and lights the screen up with an orange bar depending on what side it detects the obstacle. This is something that is difficult to test, for fear of it not working, but I did try against a large tree and sure enough it came to a complete stop. I don’t know if it would detect a small branch. But you can feel a sense of comfort it’s not going to run into a building if you were say, flying close to it or inside a large structure.

    PHOTO QUALITY AND PHOTO FEATURES

    I think the photo AND video quality is top notch. I took some pictures out at a farm and some video and they turned out great, even with an overcast sky. The details were spot on. I’m a recreational flyer, so while I enjoy flying drones for the fun of it, so I’m not doing it professionally and I don’t always know what to do with my footage. I have edited them in Adobe, but that’s time consuming. Enter, Mastershots, probably my favorite new feature. It’s basically drone footage editing on the go. Once you get your drone in the air, you hit the button that looks like movie film (above the record button) which brings up some options (panorama, etc.) and includes Mastershots. Mastershots allows you to focus on an object (person or vehicle) and you can select things such as wide or medium, and what shot you want (rocket is my favorite) and the drone will fly itself and record a small clip. You can then pick some preselected templates and it will create a little montage with sound. A professional probably wouldn’t use this, but for amateurs like myself this is a fantastic feature that takes the editing out your footage.

    I also want to mention the panorama function. We all know about it, but it’s really cool to create an automatic panorama shot from high altitudes. Gives an entirely different viewpoint to landscapes that shooting on the ground just can’t replicate.

    EASE OF USE/FLYING EXPERIENCE

    There are three options, normal, cinematic and sport, which you can adjust with a switch directly on the face of the controller. Normal is just that, normal conditions. Cinematic makes the drone fly a little slower (hence, cinematic shots), and sport mode turns the speed up. I got the drone to hit 40 MPH, which in my opinion is pretty dang fast (relatively speaking). But you should know that the obstacle avoidance sensors are turned off when flying sport, so be careful!

    The flying experience and ease of flying is super easy. There’s a tutorial on the device that I recommend, but even if you don’t, just test flying it at first to get familiar with the controls will give you the experience you need. It’s super fun to fly a drone and DJI’s controller is super simple to use and understand. It’s just plain fun to fly one. My only minor gripe is that sometimes my drone wouldn’t turn left or right when stationary in the air. I think it was because I had the FPS setting turned on (where the camera “banks” with the drone while flying). But there were other times when it just wouldn’t move; I would have to gain altitude to get it to move. I can’t quite explain it any better, and it very well may have been user error (could have been the obstacle avoidance sensors that stopped it from moving).

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Just a few other things worth mentioning. I don’t have the FPS goggles, but I noticed there’s an option to fly with the camera in FPS view. When viewing on your screen, you’ll notice the camera tilt with the direction you turn. If you’re just filming, you may not want it (although, when done right you could create some cool footage). But it seems that you can buy the FPS goggles and have a FPS experience. You won’t be able to perform crazy acrobats like you could with the DJI FPS, it’s still cool to have that option. There is a small amount of onboard storage, so you can record directly to the drone, but you’ll definitely want to get a microSD card to make sure you don’t run out of space. For those new to drone flying, I do want to mention that you will need to register this drone with the FAA ($5 for three years). You’ll also have to place the FAA registration number directly on the drone itself. I won’t get into getting a license (it’s not necessary when flying recreationally) but just know that if you haven’t flown one before, you’ll want to read up on the rules.

    CONCLUSION

    This is by far the best drone I’ve flown. It’s easy to use, has lots of useful features, including a range of functions that aren’t overwhelming to newish users and best of all, it takes stunning photos and videos. The fly more kit is a must in my opinion, giving you pretty much every accessory you’ll likely need. Not to mention it’s so small when folded up. Not as small as the Mini 2, but it’s still amazing how compact it is.

    May 10, 2021 10:17
  • Review by nhtechie, 10 out of 10
    Insane photos, performance + newbie protections

    I'm a new drone enthusiast. Well new in the sense that my first drone was the Mavic Air 2, released in May of 2020; when the 2s came up for review, I was all over it. So, if there are a bunch of comparisons here, I’m sorry in advance.

    I took videos, comparing the 2 & 2s as I have both. They’re clearly labeled - so check them out if you are interested: https://bit.ly/32X70EB (YouTube / NH Techie). Feel free to comment on the videos because I can’t reply to comments on the review! I’ve also uploaded some Panoramas: https://bit.ly/32U9802 - just look for 2s in the name (there are Air 2 panos up there).

    In comparing the two from a novice’s perspective - I was a bit confused with the new version, primarily:

    Less flight time

    Fewer megapixels

    My first thought: surely there's something incorrect there.

    That led me to DJIs site for some explanation - and now it makes sense. To get 45MP on the Air 2, they played with the pixels (gotta love technology) due to a smaller (5/8) sensor. Now, with a full 1” sensor on the Air 2s, 20MP is expected to have much better zoom clarity and details.

    That being said -- I was excited for the larger sensor: more light, better image (is the theory).

    After unboxing, I charged each battery independently & not on the charging strip included in the “Fly More” bundle. If you’re new to this drone, it’s important because the batteries need to be “activated” and that doesn’t happen on the strip; you can cause yourself some support calls if you pop right to the charging strip and expect all to be well.

    While charging the first battery, I also charged the controller off the power brick & included USB-C cable. The controller took around 1h 40m (100 minutes) and the battery ... around 2 hours to finish.

    Now, the specs talk about a greater distance but lower flight time. I’m not Part 107 Certified, so I fly under a recreational provision and don’t go very far with it. Also, I have limited VLOS (visual line of sight), so I tend to fly around fields and close to the house so 14km isn’t really on the table for me.

    But, with 3 batteries in the “fly more package,” close to 30 minutes per battery is fine for me. I must note, that the 2s does eat more battery than the Air 2 in an equal fly time (see video!).

    The setup was quite annoying, to be honest. I fly a Mavic Air 2 and the Android version of the Go Fly App didn’t have any updates - therefore, the Air 2s didn’t show up as a drone that I could add.

    To sum it up, you have to go to the DJI site where and download an APK file and install it - totally non-standard & can’t get updates this way. This will be a major bump for those that aren’t so Android savvy outside of normal day-to-day phone usage.

    Play time --

    Flight Time - right on par with the expectations … around 30 minutes (or like 28ish).

    When I received the drone, there were some of the windiest and wettest days of the Spring - so I was in a bit of a risky rush to get some footage - but then the weather broke & I could get some good shots!

    As we can’t upload videos here, I got Best Buy’s approval to add all videos I take with the Drone to my YouTube channel (also noted above): https://bit.ly/32X70EB -- don’t forget about the images attached to the review.

    So now, onto the drone features themselves:

    Picture Clarity - so much cleaner than the Air 2 from the phone (controller) or in image/video. That 1” sensor makes a TON of difference. SCORE!

    They added 5k video -- which is great and takes a toll on battery life & the size of the videos. I took some screenshots to show side-by-sides; save some reading & do some looking.

    Some things to note:

    The “Normal” speed mode on the Air 2s is FASTER than the Air 2. So, making a move from one to the other - use the break as it gets going fast & takes longer to stop. Ask me how I know. ::cough:: flew into a bush ::cough::

    Software:

    Active Track is “OK” - it’s not really a sport drone, so if you’re not making sudden or fast movements it’ll work fine. Use it in an open area where trees won’t interfere with ‘who it’s tracking.’

    Panorama shots are quite slick! Via SkyPixel: https://bit.ly/32U9802

    The app and website are easy to use -- no complaints there.

    Pros / Nice changes from Air 2:

    Upward facing sensors - no more clipping tree branches

    Extra control sticks

    Air 2 batteries are upward-compatible

    New gimbal cover - easier to snap on / take off

    Orange tipped / low noise propellers

    Cons:

    Unexpectedly faster than the Air 2 (con? Eh, debatable).

    Control sticks rubber grip slips a bit as you’re tightening them on

    ~ $300 more than last year’s model

    App only available via DJI’s servers, not the Google Play Store (no auto-updates)

    Do I recommend this drone? Absolutely.

    Even if you’re ‘kind of’ interested in taking pictures / videos with a drone -- the “smart” pictures the Air 2s takes are fantastic. Add some more plus marks for the 4k/5k capabilities. Don’t discount the ability to Zoom during a video shoot, as it absolutely shows you things you didn’t know you could see.

    Love it. Get it. Enjoy it. Don't crash it.

    Apr 27, 2021 19:58
  • Review by BIGASN, 10 out of 10
    Magical object avoidance, great drone at any level

    The DJI Air 2S is an outstanding drone with features that beginners and professionals can both appreciate. Dropping the Mavic name, the Air 2S is the newest iteration featuring a sharp 1” camera sensor that can shoot up to 5.4K HD video and does 4k at 60fps to keep your footage smooth. The bigger sensor captures more light, enabling the camera to catch more detail and improve performance in low light settings. It’s capable of both HDR and 10 bit Dlog-M color profile, with an upgraded video transmission system that offers a sharp live feed with relatively low latency. In short, the camera puts it on the high end of the prosumer market and makes the Air 2S a good bridge to DJI’s professional drones. It’s part of what makes it an incredible drone, but that’s only a piece of the package, and not even the most impressive.

    DJI has been diligently working on making their drones smarter about avoiding obstacles and they’ve done something remarkable with the Air 2S. Adding upward obstacle avoidance sensors, it can now see up, down, forward, and backwards. This enables it to detect what’s around better and it works very, very well. This is key for obvious drone longevity reasons, but it’s what else DJI did with the sensors that makes this package amazing. As you watch the live video feed through the DJI Fly app, you can use your finger to quickly create a box around a subject for it to follow. It can be a car, bike, person, animal, and I don’t know what else, but it locks on quickly and can also be set to follow in parallel. I tested it out by having it follow me through a trail, but things got really impressive when I veered into the woods. There were branches everywhere and yet it managed to maneuver around them without getting snagged or making contact once. There were moments where I had to stop and wait for it, but to be fair, it was behind a lot of branches and I didn’t have to wait long for it to get out. I also had it follow me on a trail run, which was really cool seeing what kind of footage you can do solo. There’s also a new feature called “Mastershots”, which lets you select your subject, and then sets the drone out on a few pre programmed flight patterns to easily capture some professional looking footage.

    DJI really makes it easy to be a filmmaker (or at least look like one) and it’s these kinds of innovations and creator tools that put them at the top. Because not only is the Air 2S a great prosumer media drone, it’s also compatible with the FPV Goggles and motion controller, giving you the flexibility to fly in a totally different first person perspective. The remote also includes 3 speeds to suit your needs: Cine, Normal, and Sport. Cine moves slower for smooth, dramatic pans, while Sport disables all safeguard and obstacle avoidance sensors in the name of speed. In terms of flying time, each battery gives you a bit over 30 minutes, which is why I highly recommend the Fly More Combo. Outside of the drone and remote, it includes 3 total batteries, 4 ND filters, 3 sets of propellers, an extra set of controller joysticks, and a 3 way battery charger, all tucked away into a nice little carrying case. Having used the old DJI Phantom drones, it’s incredible how the whole Fly More combo fits in my backpack with room to spare. Being practical means it’s going to be used more and the compact size makes it very travel friendly.

    If you’re in the market for a video drone, it’s hard not to recommend the DJI Air 2S Fly More combo. It’s friendly enough to fly for all skill levels, with superb object avoidance, super far range, subject tracking, a professional quality camera, easy editing and publishing tools, and a bunch of extra parts to keep you flying for hours. I highly, highly recommend this drone kit.

    Apr 27, 2021 02:56
  • Review by DaveInNH, 10 out of 10
    The Only Drone You Need

    I've been flying DJI drones since 2017. Started with the Mavic Pro, bought a Mini, then a Mavic Air last year. I didn't think it was possible for DJI to improve on the Mavic Air2, but they did. The first improvement is in the camera. Out of the box, the video quality is stellar. Colors are rich, video is clear, and, of course, the gimbal keeps it all steady as a rock. The 10-bit color depth and extended dynamic range more than makes up for the lack of HDR mode. L9w light pwrformance is light years ahead of the Air2. Flight controls are the same as they've always been, but DJI has made major improvements to the intelligent flight modes. Occusync 3.0 is amazing - I've yet to lose signal or see a glitch.

    If you're in the market for a drone, this one will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:03
  • Review by TechFan, 10 out of 10
    My favorite new toy

    This is the second drone that I’ve gotten from DJI and I have to say that it is by far my favorite. Ive had other drones before from less reputable brands and when I got my first real one, which was the Mavic Mini, I knew I could never go back to a lesser brand. You can pay $100-$200 for something just to play around with in the backyard with the kids, but if you really want something quality and has a ton of features, the AIR 2S is the way to go. Of course you can go with more expensive models, but for me, this one fit the bill.

    I must have checked my Fedex shipping status everyday waiting for this to come and when I got it, I broke it open to see all of the nice accessories that came with the Fly More Combo. The filters, bag, extra blades and batteries in the Fly More Combo makes this set worth getting over just the standalone Air 2S. That is unless you have the Air 2, which I believe everything is compatible with this one.

    Let me apologize in advance for the lengthy review, but there is just too much to write about to not give it, its just due. First, I’ll tell you about the camera sensor. I don’t really want to do a comparison review between this one and the Mavic Mini but I will just say the picture and video quality are heads and shoulders about any other model that I have flown. The clarity is unreal and the video quality is unparalleled to anything I’ve flown. I attached some photos that I took with the drone camera, which were taken on a very sunny day, without using any of the ND filters. Even without a filter, the quality is amazing. Had I not been so excited to get it up and running, I would have taken the time to figure out how to take off the filter and put a different one on that was more suitable for the conditions, but that is my fault for lacking the patience to read the user guide. The thing about these photos is that these were taken as JPEG’s, not RAW files. The RAW files are larger, but with that you get greater color detail and the ability to edit them afterwards using aftermarket software. The detail in those photos is incredible to say the least. The resolution and accurate color detail, particularly with darker shades was impressive and I was able to edit them even more using my MacBook Pro. I cant wait to take it to the Lake Erie and get some night shots of the city and the water. That is one thing I wish I could have done before writing this review.

    Next, I’ll talk about the obstacle avoidance. This version can detect obstacles in front, back, upward and downward which is great for beginners and helps when you are using ActiveTrack which is another awesome feature. I was at a local park with my drone and I met a guy who was walking with his wife and he was definitely a drone guy. I asked him if I could video him and his wife while the walked down the path so that I could evaluate the tracking feature. They were all for it and waved to the drone while I was filming. There were numerous trees around the park and the drone automatically avoided them and still maintained the camera on the couple. He came back and I showed him the video and he was impressed, just as much as I was.

    The AIR 2S has a range of roughly 6 miles, although I didn’t take it that far out, I never had any interference and had clear recording and photos throughout my first flight. This is probably due to the dual frequency (2.4ghz and 5.8ghz) that eliminates a lot of the interference.

    I really wish I could post some of the amazing videos that I shot with this drone. I mean the features are amazing. The Hyperlapse recording is one of my favorite features for toying around. I recorded my kids playing in the backyard. Going from the trampoline to the jungle gym and just running around and the detail and clarity were much more than I expected. I had fun also using the Sphere setting while recording. I will admit I need more practice with that, but I see some epic videos in my future with that feature. It shoots the video in a circle from the highest to lowest point and still maintains clarity.

    Although I was using an iPhone 11 with my controller and constantly found myself fighting with the brightness of the sun to really see what I was doing, I had a tremendous amount of fun tracking subjects and taking photos. The DJI Fly app is very intuitive and powerful. You can adjust all of the settings from maximum height and distance, to resolution, image type and various other settings. I touched the screen on my phone to select my sons running and recorded some good video. The gimbal automatically followed them and all I had to do was maintain control of the drone.

    Another great use that I found for this drone is taking aerial shots of our various rental properties. I had a new roof put on one of the houses a few months ago and I was able to fly above it and check out the work that was done. We had a decent storm come through after the roof was put on and I was able to see if there was any damage done and see the quality of their work.

    I can go on and on about how much I enjoy this new toy, but if you really want to see the benefits of it, you will really need to go out and get one. The only downside to using this drone in bright areas is using my phone. Although my phone has a decent display, it dampened my enjoyment a bit trying to see the screen. I would recommend getting the DJI Smart Controller if you are serious about using your drone. Its pricey and I’ve decided that I’m going to save up and purchase one. My neighbor has one for his Mavic Pro and FPV drones and he let me try it out and it is so much more superior than any phone that I can imagine using with the drone. I’ve already been dropping hints to my wife about Father’s day and my birthday coming up and what would be a great gift, so maybe I’ll get lucky. I wont hold my breath though.

    I truly cant give this thing high enough praise. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking into this as a hobby or profession. I didn’t speak about the registration or classes you need to take in order to use this for business purposes, but that information is readily available online.

    Apr 27, 2021 22:26
  • Review by dronedad, 8 out of 10
    Awesome Drone + Camera hindered by Fly App

    Yup, it seems fitting that I, dronedad, should be reviewing the new DJI Mavic Air 2S! I've been flying DJI products since 2015, and I was excited to get my hands on this new piece of kit. As they continue to pour innovation and development into their Mavic Series; the smaller foldable portable drones, the quality of the cameras and control systems continues to improve. The Air 2S is a camera and feature upgrade from last years Air 2, which was touted at the time as THE drone to purchase for non professionals The Air 2, however, was hindered by an in camera stitching system to accomplish the reported 48mp, which didn't turn out quite as great as users hoped. The new Air 2S is sporting a similar, but not same 1" sensor clocking in at 20mp that is comparative to the Mavic 2 Pro and the Phantom 4 Pro. No global shutter, to be sure, but still a drastic upgrade in optics. After the first test flights I find the images to be clear and crisp, with some slight over saturation and colorization. Leaving the captured images looking clean and just slightly overly bright. If you're bothered by this, you're probably also someone who will be fixing it in some kind of post production software like Lightroom anyway. Video is the same way, and the bump up to 5.4k means playing back the videos is almost startlingly clear and clean, as long as you can find a machine that can handle them. 4k at 60fps is also a welcome addition.

    The drone itself is extremely small, and gets a respectable 31 minutes out of the tiny battery. Flight characteristics are nimble, stable, and quite easy to fly. The upgrades to the phone mounting system on the remote control, and continued inclusion of physical buttons are welcome additions that show why DJI has captured so much of this market. I do find myself often bumping these physical buttons however when mounting the phone, as there isn't a good way to place it in the holder without pressing them. One could get around this by mounting the phone before the remote and drone are powered up.

    The 2 biggest misses for me on the Air 2S are the lack of Remote ID, and the flight control software. Remote ID has been proposed and announced for long enough, that the Air 2S should have at least come with a disclaimer that it is software upgradeable to this commercial protocol at a later date. It's likely this is already true, but the inclusion of ADS-B sensing without confirming remote ID compliance is either a budget cutting measure, or a silent protest. Having flown other platforms, I was first surprised and then annoyed by the DJI Fly app that is required to operate this drone. A departure from DJI GO4, the Fly app goes out of it's way to be a cleaner interface and left me scrambling for my telemetry. When clicking on the map, I instead made it accidentally disappear. This wasn't great for usability. The control system on the Air 2s also means that the SDK does not support waypoint missions. Apps like Litchi and DroneDeploy are daily use for me, so to be locked into the DJI Fly app with no external support is maddening and limits what I will be able to use this drone for. DJI Fly and the available modes are an upgrade from GO4 with the inclusion of MasterShots, but the simultaneous choice to limit most input boxes to sliders rather than text entry is another gaff. I can't just type in 400ft as the flight altitude limit, I have to grab a slider and hope I can land in between 396 and 403 to get the precise height I want.

    Overall this is a great drone, easy to fly, and wonderful image quality from the 1" sensor camera. The fly more kit includes everything you're likely to need, namely more batteries and a way to charge them all, to keep you flying, as well as ND filters in the kit for the first time I've seen. I dinged the Air 2S for the unfortunate software/SDK, and no battery readout or any display on the remote, but those still doesn't take away from the image quality.

    Apr 29, 2021 03:05
  • Review by joecaffe, 10 out of 10
    Awesome just got better!

    The newest mid-level DJI drone is leaps and bounds better than the previous model. I found the Air 2S with the fly more combo to have everything I need for my budding career as an aerial photographer. Having owned a DJI Spark for a couple of years, this wasn't too different to get used to. At first glance, the new top sensors make it look like a Porsche which adds to my enjoyment. But they serve a purpose should you be flying forward or tracking through the woods. Obstacle avoidance was a big issue for my Spark so any new sensors are better, just wish they had side sensors so you could do those programmed shots without keeping your finger on the pause button because you worry about hitting something. Being near an airport means I have to get authorization to fly in my neighborhood; I'm happy to see how easy the Fly app let's you accomplish this, even right after registering, I received a coded text and I was good to go. From then on, I just request authorization and I get it. I like how they've managed to add more range with 1080p transmission using the new 4 antenna O3 Ocusync, now they have 10km line of sight over the previous 8km.

    Opening it up and setting it next to my Spark really gives you an idea of it's size. I tried to do a fly through inside a warehouse that I had done with the smaller one only to discover lack of GPS signal causes it to drift backward and to the right causing me to clip the blades on a piece of machinery. But to my surprise, it didn't come crashing to the floor, rather it relevelled itself about 3ft from the floor and I was able to land it with only slightly dulled prop tips on the right side. I suspect this wouldn't have happened if it had side sensors, but I guess the lack thereof is what makes this a mid level unit. The Mavic Pro has side sensors, but costs considerably more and weighs an extra 3/4Lb. so I'll take it into consideration.

    From what I've read, the Air 2 has a 1/2 inch image sensor and 48MP resolution, but I think that was accomplished by artificial means and the actual resolution was more like 12MP. The new Air 2S has a Mavic Pro sized 1 inch sensor and the capacity to shoot actual 5.4K video, while 4K doesn't use the whole sensor making digital zoom capable. The 20MP photos were rich and colorful, a definite step up from my Spark 12MP images. Details were surprisingly clear at full zoom. I like that I could fly manually and be able to frame an object and keep the camera both centered and focused on it, makes things easier than the ambiguity of using a preprogrammed feature unless the object is me, in which case, the active track 4.0 works out best.

    New programmed features like Master Shots makes full use of the APAS 4.0 to do it's preprogrammed 2 minute combination of Dronie, circle, and flyby among other popular video footage and manage to not hit anything. Though since it has no side sensors, it travels forward and takes control of the camera gimbal to get the side view during passes, getting the propeller in the top corner of the shot. You can change this in the camera settings to composite mode, just be sure there's nothing in it's side travel because it won't see it. While I see you can record in 4K with Master Shots, rendering is in 1080P so it's cool, but probably doesn't make sense. Another cool, if albeit dizzying feature is the FPV mode basically locking the horizontal axis on the gimbal giving you the sensation of tilting with the aircraft as if you were flying it yourself. It was a bit disconcerting for me, but there's a DJI FPV drone specifically for wearing VR goggles and feeling like your in the cockpit. This unit is not compatible with that setup, but it's nice to know you could reproduce the look of it.

    The Fly More bundle came with a neat little case with 4 ND filters that fit over the lens for darkening those bright summer days. Like sunglasses for your drone; I'm sure they have some more professional use, but that's one I can see. Though, one thing that really impresses me is how such a compact little unit can take such amazingly stable video with clarity even in the evening hours, I'm sure features like the Intelligent HDR and the large 1 inch image sensor that really captures the light like a professional DSLR.

    There are a few negatives I have. First off the price, this is not a bargain over the previous Air 2, $200 more. But maybe it is when you consider all the updates that bring this closer in features to the $1600 Mavic 2 Pro. Lack of side sensors is huge for me. While digital zoom is passable given the large image sensor, optical zoom would've been awesome. That's it really! Oh, the video feed cut out on me while taking a Smart shot and the screen froze, fortunately the controls didn't and I was able to maneuver in for a landing. Only happened once in the few days I've used it, hope it's not a recurring issue. I love this drone and suspect if you're not hung up on Hasselblad, you will too.

    Apr 28, 2021 20:16
  • 9.8score
    DJI Air 2S Drone Fly More Combo with Smart Controller
    Description

    Featuring a 1-inch CMOS sensor, powerful autonomous functions, and a compact body weighing less than 600 g, DJI Air 2S is the ultimate drone for aerial photographers on the move. Take this all-in-one aerial powerhouse along anywhere to experience and record your world in stunning detail."

    13 Features
  • Big World, Big Sensor: Equipped with a 1-inch image sensor and large 2.4μm pixels, DJI Air 2S is capable of 5.4K/30fps and 4K/60fps video. Capture any moment with the rich clarity and authentic color tones it deserves for results that amaze.
  • Turn On the Night: Capture the allure of the world, even as it darkens. Thanks to a high dynamic range, high resolution, and accurate color reproduction, even low-light scenes are sharp and vibrant.
  • One Billion Colors: Fully immerse yourself in all the hues of your environment. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile can record up to one billion colors while retaining all the little details that make footage pop.
  • Shoot RAW: RAW format photos with a dynamic range of up to 12.6 stops capture more visual information in every scene, even when lighting conditions are bad or complex. This provides more flexibility in post-processing, giving creators more possibilities to get the look they want.
  • Intelligent HDR: Intelligent HDR technology merges multiple shots automatically, increasing the dynamic range of images without the need for post-processing. That means more nuanced details in both the highlights and shadows for richer images with greater depth.
  • Hyperlapse and Panorama: Speed up time and movement with a single tap by creating a striking hyperlapse. You can also capture larger, more detailed shots of your surroundings with panorama.
  • Introducing MasterShots: MasterShots gives users the best shots in any location with just a tap. Simply select your subject, and the drone will film while executing ten different maneuvers in sequence, keeping your subject center-frame and generating a short cinematic video afterward.
  • The Center of Attention: FocusTrack features Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0, and Point of Interest 3.0, making it a breeze for DJI Air 2S to follow or circle your subject.
  • Worry Less, Discover More: The combination of portability, safety, and autonomous technology means you can spend more time enjoying flights and less time worrying about them. Take DJI Air 2S into the sky confidently, every flight.
  • Environment Sensing: DJI Air 2S has the ability to perceive its environment in four directions: up, down, forward, and backward. The algorithms for APAS 4.0 have been further improved, allowing DJI Air 2S to actively avoid obstacles in more complex scenarios and at high speeds.
  • O3 Transmission: DJI Air 2S features DJI's most advanced O3 (OcuSync 3.0) image transmission technology, delivering an ultra-smooth, clear, and reliable image feed everytime you fly.
  • Safer Skies with ADS-B: DJI Air 2S provides an added layer of airspace safety with the built-in AirSense system. This receives ADS-B flight location information from airplanes and helicopters in your area that transmit ADS-B signals, and warns you through the DJI Fly app.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TheKracka, 10 out of 10
    Awesome drone!

    Been enjoying capturing videos and images, fun to fly as well. Even in high winds it holds position. Only gripe is you can only zoom when shooting video and not images which is handy to see what you're capturing in the background.

    Oct 04, 2021 13:25
  • Review by Ragnar58, 10 out of 10
    DJI Air 2S fly more combo and Smart Controller

    I bought this combo because DJI is a leader in drone tech. With the fly more combo you have everything you need to get in the air quickly. I chose the smart controller because it removes the need for me to supply a smartphone or tablet to see what the drone is doing. It's definitely an impressive system!

    Nov 06, 2021 23:03
  • Review by MS12, 10 out of 10
    Good for beginners… smart controller is a must!

    Such a great product! This is my first drone but I am very pleased so far. I love landscape photography so I am blessed to add this to my collection. The Smart a Controller is a must have!

    Oct 28, 2021 23:53
  • Review by cnguyen, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Small Drone

    Excellent small drone with an awesome camera as the Mavic. Best to buy it with the smart control pack.

    Nov 02, 2021 23:22
  • Review by Yippy, 10 out of 10
    Dji drone

    No issues with drone. Make sure you know when you can’t and can fly. Takes great pictures and videos.

    Oct 15, 2021 17:20
  • Review by Mahmoud, 10 out of 10
    Dji

    Nice one best model in all mavic models

    Easy to use

    Nov 06, 2021 16:19
  • Review by SamJ, 10 out of 10
    DJI Air2s

    Finally I’m recording like pro ,this drone is more professional than any other cinematic drones

    Sep 17, 2021 15:48
  • Review by Sjavela, 10 out of 10
    Wonderful

    Perfect is nice professional and very fun to operate and easy.

    Oct 01, 2021 20:41
  • 9.8score
    PowerVision - PowerEgg X Wizard AI Camera & 4K Drone with Waterproof Kit - White/Gray
    Description

    Shoot professional-quality aerial footage and photos with this Power Vision PowerEgg X Wizard drone. The waterproof housing enables safe filming in the rain, while the AI camera features multi-angle facial recognition and deep learning technologies to maintain focus on the subject. This Power Vision PowerEgg X Wizard drone features obstacle avoidance sensors for secure operation.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    4 Features
  • Flying camera: Use the included controller and propellors to take aerial photos and videos.
  • Built-in camera: Take action shots to show your friends in 4K resolution.
  • Compatibility: Compatible with both iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Shirley, 10 out of 10
    High Performance, Super Stable Plus A Great Camera

    I totally in LOVE with MY new toy ~~ School CLOSED for so long that put me and my kids stuck together 24 hrs x7 days. I decided to purchase this drone to play with my kids at my backyard, since I can't take them to any vacay.

    The 4K UHD camera has a super wide angle lens that provides for great photo opportunities while flying around. I like the fact that this thing carry AI face recognition as well.

    The drone itself also capable of large, fast laps around the neighborhood. It does more than simply hover for photos. My kids got all excited to play with it.

    It didn't take me long to unbox and assemble. Calibration instructions are simple and easy to follow.

    I juz can't wait to bring this gadget and my kids to vacation after this crazy corona outbreak IS OVER!!!!!!

    Sep 07, 2020 12:08
  • Review by John, 10 out of 10
    Very good drone for the price

    I'm new to drone flying, this is my first purchase.

    I was influenced by the reviews on YouTube and the ability for this drone to be flown safely over water. I've got some sailboats I want to video.

    It has most all of the features of more expensive drones. Including a 4k gimbal camera and 30 minutes flight time.

    I took a lesson recently and the instructor was impressed with the quality and the features.

    This is more than an entry level drone. It will more than cover my needs for the immediate future. I can't wait to get it out over the water and one of my boats.

    I'm very satisfied with my decision to order the Egg X.

    May 29, 2020 19:25
  • Review by Lynchie1970, 10 out of 10
    Amazingly fun

    I just bought this PowerEgg drone, and am already using it. Gotta tell ya... I love this. Going to use this for my kids soccer games and just used for our outdoor pool party. The fact that it is waterproof gives me confidence to use by my pool and outside videoing the kids games as it could rain. It was easy to put together and felt comfortable in my hands. The grip was perfect. The time in flight was better than i hoped for. I am not the most technologically advanced person so instruction wise it was easy to follow. I really love being outside and this will make old things new again. Fantastic Drone!

    Sep 11, 2020 18:42
  • Review by Ella, 10 out of 10
    LOVE IT!

    I am totally falling in love with this product! The quality is beyond my expectation and it is very easy for a beginner to use. I would highly recommend this to my family and friends!

    Sep 09, 2020 11:51
  • Review by M2k19, 10 out of 10
    My Drone

    My first drone I wanted something unique so I chose this one because it's versatile. I like the land and water options as well as hand held mode.

    Jan 29, 2021 15:39
  • Review by Louie21, 10 out of 10
    Drone

    Love this thing. I crashed it once and it still works !

    Mar 07, 2021 17:07
  • Review by Lubai, 10 out of 10
    Awesome gift

    I got this as a Anniversary Day’s gift for my husband and couldn’t wait to give to him. Too bored with the SIP. He loves this new toy.The 4K UHD camera has a super wide angle lens that provides for great photo opportunities while flying around. My husband likes the fact that this thing carry AI face recognition as well.

    The drone does more than simply hover for photos. My kids got all excited to play with it too.It didn't take me long to unbox and assemble. Calibration instructions are simple and easy to follow. I wish we could take it with us in the future trips soon.

    Aug 27, 2020 15:32
  • Review by Sigmand, 10 out of 10
    Right fit for photographer needs drone and video

    I am a Realtor and photographer and during COVID-19 I see an increased needs for video tour for mine and other colleague's listings due to the SIP regulations. Plus, I need a new drone to replace my old DJI mavic mini but can't wait for the new DJI mavic air 2.

    In general, I am very satisfied with the poweregg X. The design and build quality are beyond my expectation, it feels like an art product in my hand. It is very easy to transit from a handheld camcorder to a flying drone, which meets my basic requirements for video tour and bird eye view. It also came with an accessories for tripod attachment but I don't really use this function myself.

    The image is very stable even when there is strong wind. The video and image quality is good enough for my advertisement purpose. The control range is approximately 300 ft and the "return to home" function is very handy, avoid flying the drone out of the range.

    The battery drains fairly quick when in drone mode, I normally have an extra battery with me and most of the time my job can be done with only one battery. The waterproof and landing/taking off on water function was not tested but should be fun and will definitely try it next time I go to kayaking.

    Sep 12, 2020 21:36
  • 9.8score
    10
    DJI
    Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo with DJI Smart Controller
    Description

    Shoot pro-quality aerial footage with this DJI Mavic Air 2 drone. The three-axis gimbal stabilizes the 48.0MP camera for stunning photos and clear videos, while the 3500 mAh battery delivers dependable power for every flight. This DJI Mavic Air 2 drone features FocusTrack technology for advanced obstacle avoidance and target tracking.

    7 Features
  • DJI smart controller: Navigate and share live aerial scenes in Full HD with DJI smart controller. It's compatible with OcuSync 2.0 technology for seamless long-range transmission of video signals, and the 5.5-inch ultrabright display provides clear viewing even in direct sunlight.
  • Compact foldable design: The lightweight and compact design allows taking it with you.
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission system: Based on the Sparrow chipset, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz automatic frequency switching can deliver 1080p FHD resolution live stream directly from the drone's camera with up to 10 km distance.
  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Following subjects while avoiding obstacles is smoother than before. With better pathfinding and a faster and more accurate prediction of lost subjects, this technology keeps your subjects in the center of the frame, even if they move behind a tree.
  • Sony IMX586 sensor with Quad Bayer filter: With a 1/2" CMOS sensor, Mavic Air 2 captures impressive 48.0MP photos.
  • 4K at 60 fps HDR video: The HEVC (H.265) video codec records more image information, uses less storage, and preserves the dynamic range and detail of your footage, ensuring next-level content.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Perks, 10 out of 10
    Fun for all ages, amazing camera

    Waited for this item to come out with a smart control and not disappointed! Fun for all, love that it has the return to home feature . I did get it stuck in a tree the control shows where it was stuck!! thankfully was able to get it down without any damage. The camera is AMAZING, quality of images are better than I anticipated they would be

    Nov 06, 2021 06:39
  • Review by Mavicair2, 10 out of 10
    Mavic air 2

    Amazing! The mavic air 2 more combo with the smarth controller worth the price!

    Apr 02, 2021 15:43
  • Review by Solo6000, 10 out of 10
    Drone is great but the controller....

    Everything about this drone is awesome truly you dont need this controller if you have a phone/tablet....It does get very bright and is convenient for quick setup but it is out dated and for the extra cash you could get a tablet and use it for more than just flying drones...

    May 14, 2021 20:35
  • Review by MavicAir2, 10 out of 10
    MavicAir2

    With some patients and a little persistence you can set this up and the smart controller. Worth the extra money for the smart controller.

    Mar 20, 2021 17:45
  • Review by Willy, 10 out of 10
    Mavic 2 w smart controller

    So much better with smart controller, easy to go fly drone with out having to use phone or iPad.. smart controller makes things much easier and the magic 2 is a huge upgrade from original mavic

    Oct 20, 2021 06:34
  • Review by Momoffive, 10 out of 10
    Dig drone

    Love this drone! Buyer beware… you need a special adapter to connect to your phone. Easily purchased online, but seeing as how this was a birthday gift I would have preferred to know in advance so I could have gifted it all at once…

    Aug 06, 2021 19:17
  • Review by Luis, 10 out of 10
    DJI drone

    I’m really happy with this product. Really recommend it

    Oct 22, 2021 17:49
  • Review by MalibuIvy, 10 out of 10
    Great Gift

    We bought the Mavic Air 2 as a gift and our friend LOVES it...YAY!!!

    Aug 20, 2021 16:05
  • 9.6score
    11
    DJI
    DJI Mini 2 Quadcopter with Remote Controller
    Description

    DJI Mini 2 is beginner-friendly, powerful, and well, mini. Impressive performance, stunning image quality, and creative videos are just a few taps away. Explore an entirely new perspective, capturing the moments that make your life truly yours.

    15 Features
  • Pack Light, Fly Free: Just how light is DJI Mini 2? At less than 249 g, it weighs about as much as an apple and fits in the palm of your hand. Compact and convenient, Mini 2 is your ideal travel companion, transforming how you capture your favorite memories.
  • Small But Mighty: Thanks to intuitive and advanced features packed in a portable frame, DJI Mini 2 provides complete freedom wherever and however you want to create. Whether you’re shooting at a deserted beach or capturing the details of a fun family reunion, Mini 2 can handle it all.
  • Powerful Performance: With a max battery life of 31 minutes, DJI Mini 2 grants more than enough time to compose the perfect shot. Mini 2 can resist level 5 winds and take off at a max altitude of 4,000 meters.
  • OcuSync 2.0 Video Transmission: Mini 2 supports up to 10 km of HD video transmission and has excellent anti-interference capabilities, giving you the ability to fly farther and see clearer.
  • 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Camera: A 12MP camera in the sky delivers content guaranteed to impress. Along with 4K/30fps video and a 3-axis motorized gimbal, Mini 2 ensures stunning image quality that is consistently smooth no matter how adventurous your piloting gets.
  • 4x Zoom: 4x digital zoom makes it safer and more convenient when transitioning between shots of varying distance and composition.
  • QuickShots: With just a few taps, DJI Mini 2 automatically records and shoots professional-level videos to share directly on social media. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced flyer, the DJI Fly app helps you produce impressive results complete with soundtracks and filters.
  • Panorama: Select from Wide-Angle, 180°, and Sphere panoramas, and DJI Mini 2 will do the rest, generating a panoramic masterpiece almost instantly.
  • Enhanced Photo: The DJI Fly app features intelligent, built-in photo optimization. The app automatically enhances image quality after downloading a photo, resulting in vivid colors and details that pop.
  • Simplified Flight for Stunning Content: DJI Mini 2 carefully optimizes user experience and intelligent features. Thanks to Smart Return to Home, automatic takeoff, and precise hovering, operation is more streamlined and safer than ever. The possibilities are endless when the sky is your playground.
  • Fly Spots: Not sure where to fly? Figuring out where to take off no longer needs to be a headache. Plan your itinerary in advance with the DJI Fly app, and you might even come across another aerial photography enthusiast.
  • QuickTransfer: When Mini 2 is close to your smartphone, the DJI Fly app will automatically recognize and connect to the aircraft and synchronize selected photos and videos at 20 MB/s.
  • Trimmed Download: With this new feature, you can easily cut out a segment of your footage to edit and download. Hunting for your favorite shot or worrying about insufficient storage is a thing of the past.
  • Imaginative Templates: The intuitive editor of the DJI Fly app includes a diverse set of creative templates. Flying, shooting, editing, and sharing can be done almost instantly, allowing you to create and share on the go.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by NessieTheBruce, 8 out of 10
    Great drone, easy to fly, convenient to carry

    Okay, so I would have given this a 5-star review except for the follow-up accessory issues I had because of DJI policy.

    I am a first time drone pilot who did my best to research the available drone options and tried to pick one that looked like it would do what I wanted (I want to document remotely located archaeology sites) but not be so complicated that I would be overwhelmed by all I needed to learn to be successful. I feel like I chose the right drone.

    Flying it is really simple and takes no time at all to master. Figuring out how to get good photos from a drone in the air can be a little bit more challenging, but simply takes a little experience. Getting the photos and videos off the drone and onto my computer is a little bit awkward, but seems to be possible with a three-step process: 1-send data from the aircraft to my I-phone, 2-mail from my I-phone to my e-mail, and 3-downnload from my email to my computer files. Like I said, it's a bit awkward and time consuming, but not unmanageable. One issue I had not considered until I started flying the drone was the relatively short aircraft battery life. After hiking several miles and climbing hundreds of feet to arrive at an archaeology site, you would like to have more than 20-30 minutes of flight to take photos and videos. So you need a spare battery or two to extend your flying time.

    Right after I purchased the drone and started using it, I decided to purchase spare batteries and a charging station. Now this is where DJI disappointed me. While I could have purchased the "fly more" option and gotten the drone delivered with spare batteries and charger included, or I could have purchased more DJI Mini 2 drones that come with a battery. DJI was not selling any batteries or chargers to existing customers. I hounded their customer support for weeks trying to get a spare battery, but they wouldn't budge. Finally, they sent me an email telling me that for a very limited time I would be allowed to order spare batteries and chargers. I did. They had to come from China to Arizona which turned out to be difficult (but not DJI's fault).

    So now I have the drone and needed accessories and am flying and taking photos and videos regularly. I am still no expert. The software app that makes it possible to fly the aircraft with your phone is quite sophisticated and complex. I have not completely mastered all the features, but I am doing more sophisticated things than I had imagined prior to getting the drone and plan on continuing to become more expert in my drone flights and photos.

    I am really satisfied with my drone choice today. Because this is my first drone, I can't compare it to other options, but being able to fold this up and place it in a backpack makes it ideal for what I want to do. And it really is easy to learn to fly. I am having fun and getting great shots.

    Dec 07, 2020 16:14
  • Review by Casey, 10 out of 10
    Thank You!

    All I can say is the coworkers at the Rib Mountain Best Buy are why I still shop at Best Buy! These people made my month! After making mistake after mistake when it comes to making an important purchase they made sure I left a happy customer. The technology is amazing and I’m hooked when it comes to the DJI MINI 2.

    Jun 23, 2021 21:08
  • Review by AdkD, 10 out of 10
    DJIs Did It Again!!

    What can I say this little drone got it all !!! Don’t hesitate to purchase one and the ease and speed of Best Buy make air even nicer to get it the day you order it ! Not to mention insurance to know you can return it in 15 day window!

    May 28, 2021 15:53
  • Review by GOODCITIZEN, 10 out of 10
    Awesome drone!

    Excellent drone for anyone looking to get into the drone hobby. Top of the line software. Camera is great for this little drone.

    Feb 27, 2021 20:54
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    DJI mini 2 - great for beginners and hobbyist

    This is my first drone and I didn’t need all of the bells and whistles that are on ~$1000 drones but gives far more flexibility than drones costing less than $400.

    With all of the new rules coming from the FAA regarding drones and hobbyists I really didn’t want to get to involved with licensing and I don’t plan on commercializing my drone and if I do I would definitely get the drone pilot license.

    So far I’m very happy with flight times and the syncing technology is very reliable. And if you have a spare phone that’s not being used use that with remote.

    The size is what drew me to the DJI mini 2 and I’ve been following DJI drones since 2016. I fell in love with the mini but glad I waited for the mini 2. Camera is better, remote is easier and the syncing technology is far better giving theoretical distances of up to 6 miles - per YouTube user reviews.

    Really glad I purchased this and have already invested in extra batteries for more flight time. I have captured numerous beautiful sunsets in Wisconsin.

    Mar 03, 2021 22:09
  • Review by Sephardictiger923, 10 out of 10
    Incredible

    My mini, my mini , my mini and meeeee !!! Shalom ..

    Jun 10, 2021 13:56
  • Review by PjMaliu4djimini2, 10 out of 10
    Dji mini 2 and a satisfied customer

    I love the quality of my drone and everything about it. Best Buy made it so easy to purchase and shipped to my home before eta given.

    Oct 29, 2021 17:36
  • Review by DJImini2, 8 out of 10
    The best

    Item was in good shape online ordering was fast and on time I will be shopping more often online

    Apr 16, 2021 19:47
  • 9.6score
    12
    DJI
    DJI Mavic 3 Fly More Combo Quadcopter with Remote Controller
    Description

    Capture stunning imagery with the legendary Hasselblad camera and enjoy a smooth flight with omnidirectional obstacle sensing. Every improvement on Mavic 3 sets a higher standard for aerial photography. Fly with Mavic 3 and discover imaging above everything.

    12 Features
  • 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad Camera: Hasselblad L2D-20c aerial camera embeds a professional-grade 4/3 CMOS in an unbelievably compact space. Rigorous Hasselblad standards are applied to both hardware performance and software algorithms, bringing imaging quality to an entirely new level.
  • 12.8 Stops of dynamic range: The 4/3 CMOS sensor comes with a high 12.8-stop dynamic range to retain more details in highlights and shadows, upgrading your work to a professional level.
  • Adjustable aperture: Aperture is adjustable according to the needs of different scenes. In low-light environments, the f/2.8 aperture lets more light in; when the lighting is sufficient, aperture can be adjusted to lower the shutter speed for recording smoother, more natural footage.
  • Wider FOV to see the bigger picture: Weighting less than 13 g, the 24mm equivalent lens not only supports autofocus, it also has a 84° FOV to capture more in every frame.
  • Hasselblad natural colour solution: Mavic 3 features the Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution, which is the result of decades of photographic experience, resulting in vivid, natural colors with the simple press of the shutter.
  • Omnidirectional obstacle sensing: Multiple wide-angle vision sensors onboard work seamlessly with a high performance vision computing engine to sense obstacles in all directions precisely and plan a safe flight route that avoids them.
  • Advanced RTH: Always end on a high note with Advanced RTH. Obstacles along the way back to the home point are easily detected and avoided. With the brand new Advanced RTH, Mavic 3 will automatically figure out the optimal route to avoid obstacles and return to home safely.
  • APAS 5.0: Mavic 3 makes flight more fun than ever with recording that is no longer interrupted by obstacles along the way. When flying, Mavic 3 continually senses objects in all directions and bypasses them quickly and smoothly.
  • Extended flight time: Compared with the previous generation, Mavic 3’s wind resistance has improved by 35%. It also uses motors and propellers with higher energy efficiency along with a high-capacity battery that extends the flight time to 46 minutes.
  • Fly farther, see more: Mavic 3 not only flies farther with a 15km transmission range, it also transmits signals with higher stability and less video lag, offering you greater peace of mind during flight.
  • Extreme precision positioning: The high-precision positioning of Mavic 3 not only ensures clearer long-exposure shots, it also helps record smoother time-lapse videos. In short, it makes Mavic 3 more stable whenever it hovers.
  • Firmware updates: Function including Hyperlapse, Mastershot, ActiveTrack 5.0, Quick Transfer (Trimmed Download), Panorama, QuickShots will be available in January of 2022 through firmware updates.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by bamfsig45, 10 out of 10
    So Much fun to Fly

    Unboxing

    What a great unboxing experience you get with this Drone. Everything is packed nicely in the fly more combo Bag, which can convert into a backpack…awesome! Of course you get the Mavic 3 itself, 3 sets of props, 3 Total batteries that are 5000 mah each, the battery dock/charger which can charge all three batteries at a time. (You also have the option of charging a battery directly inside the Mavic 3). You also get 4 ND Filters from 4 - 32 which will help you capture that perfect shot or video in bright situations. Also this comes with a cover that protects the camera system, wraps around and holds the props in place and bungees around and hooks to itself protecting the vital parts of the DJI Mavic 3. You get the RC its self (Not the Pro smart controller with the screen) which to me is perfectly fine and works well with your smartphone and DJI fly app. It’s the same controller as the Air 2S.

    Drone Size and Weight.

    The Mavic 3 weighs around 895 grams which is right at 2lbs. It is approximately the same size as the Mavic 2. The arms fold in and out identical to the Mavic 2 and Air 2S making for a compact package for transport. With the Arms out and ready for flight it appears to have a wider prop span that the Mavic 2 pro. That should help with more stability in higher wind scenarios.

    Set up

    Initial set up takes about an hour or two, including the software update which only took 5 minutes. Gotta make sure you have a full batteries charged (all batteries came dead), making sure the controller is charged and linking the controller to the Mavic 3 and getting it registered with the FAA. There is a calibration you have to do with the RC controller before first flight and the controller will beep until it’s completed.

    Flight

    First off. You get up to ~46 minutes of flight time with one battery (in perfect conditions), That’s amazing. With the Fly More Combo you can theoretically get over 2 hours of flight time. Flying time will vary with each persons situation. If you’re fighting the wind (DJI claims up to 27mph wind resistance) then your flight time will be reduced. I used the manual take off and it of course worked flawlessly.

    The DJI fly app and the LAANC authorization system are not connected. I ended up having to drive about 5 miles out of town as I live too close to an airport to fly this in my back yard even though I should be allowed to fly up to 200 feet. But I couldn’t even take off. Once I reached the “Safe” area I flew this drone out to approximately 400 yards purposely to use the RTH (Return to Home) feature. Also, O3+ extends video transmission range to a maximum distance of 15 km. I set the return altitude to 200 feet and it flawlessly flew back to the take off spot with in 2 feet. Omnidirectional obstacle sensing works very well. I flew straight towards a fence and the Mavic 3 then flew over the fence. Such great improvements over the Mavic 2 pro as the Mavic 3 has more obstacle avoidance cameras (6) than the Mavic 2. Please be aware that if you put the drone into sport mode the obstacle avoidance system turns off. Also this thing screams in Sport mode. So Much fun to fly, just watch out for them branches….yes Ive ruined two props already but luckily the fly more combo comes with replacements.

    ActiveTrack 5.0 is really well done. I walked around 2 football fields and the Mavic 3 followed me the whole way, really neat and a great way to capture them cinematic and active shots. Mavic 3 is able to track in all directions and adjust tracking angles smoothly for more natural results. Please note that ActiveTrack is not available at video resolutions higher than 4K or frame rates over 60fps.

    Camera System

    DJI Mavic 3 has a dual camera system. This camera system has been tuned by Hasselblad. One with a 20 MP 4/3” CMOS camera with f/2.8-f/11 stops of dynamic range, with a 24mm FOV. Another with a fixed 4.4 aperture and 28x zoom lens (in Explore mode). 7X zoom is optical the rest is a digital zoom. Of course once you go past the 7X optical zoom your picture and video quality falls off quite a bit and gets very soft. But it's still an awesome feature to be able to zoom in 28X.

    I left the camera system on Auto for the first few flights so that I could see the quality that auto brings and to be honest I am super impressed with the quality. I didn’t do any color grading or Post editing on the initial shots I took (one shot included in my review) with the DJI Mavic 3 Drone. I think most people will be happy with the Auto settings this drone uses. BUT, The DJI Mavic 3 supports 10-bit D-Log color profile and is capable of shooting in 5.1K at 50fps which is absolutely insane.

    There are intelligent features coming like: Hyperlapse, Mastershots, FocusTrack, QuickShots, Panorama as well as 4K/120fps and 4G transmission capability which will all be available through a firmware update in January 2022

    Overall

    I have been super impressed with the DJI Mavic 3. Great build quality, fast but yet quieter than that of the Mavic 2 Pro. Phenomenal Hasselblad dual camera system. If I had one complaint it would be the 8GB of internal storage is not good enough for the price on the drone. Also the camera features that we have to wait till Jan 2022 for. They should have been ready on release. Also not having LAANC connected to the DJI fly app is a real pain in the butt for those of us that live close to an airport. Just my opinion.

    Nov 08, 2021 14:18
  • Review by bzm3j81, 8 out of 10
    Stellar Combo; Waiting on promised firmware

    New Mandatory Requirement - For any person wishing to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), you now (as of June 2021) need to complete training and take a quiz to receive a certificate and be able to produce the certificate upon request from an enforcement authority. While it is called The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST), it is required for all drone pilots even if you have your Part 107 Drone License.

    Since I am only flying this drone recreationally, I took the TRUST training and quiz late one evening. If you plan to make money with the drone, you must get your Part 107 Drone License in addition to the TRUST certificate. The TRUST training, quiz and certificate are free, so there really isn't any good reason to skip it. The training is done in 4 parts with quiz questions at the end of each part. There are a total of 23 questions, I believe you can attempt each question as many times as you need to get it right and at the end you are presented with your certificate so you can print it out and keep it in your drone bag.

    I took the training and quiz from uavcoach.com. These are lifetime certificates so they don't need to be renewed.

    Next, since the Mavic 3 weighs greater than 0.55 lbs., you must register it with the FAA, print your registration card and mark your drone with your registration number. It can be as cheap as $5 from the FAA DroneZone for a Recreational Flyer registration (faadronezone.faa.gov).

    Note: I used a label maker to print my registration number to affix to the Mavic 3. However, the texture of the Mavic 3 body has a slight stippling to the point where the label would not adhere. I had to use transparent tape to hold the label in place.

    Now onto the Mavic 3 review.

    Package Contents:

    With the Mavic 3 Fly More Combination package, you get a 3 in 1 convertible bag that comfortably holds all the included accessories. The convertible bag is quite impressive. It seems very durable with heavy stitching at all the logical strain points, and has metal clasps. It has numerous pockets and several of them have a soft liner. But most impressive is that it is convertible to three styles. The default is a hand bag with a nice durable hand strap. Unzipping both sides of the back pocket you get access to the two sides of the single shoulder strap with a nice clasp to hold them together. But if you undo the main clasps and open the top flap it has a large zippered compartment that contains two shoulder straps making it a backpack with a large added compartment.

    Included with the Mavic 3 Fly More combination over and above the standard version is the aforementioned bag, a total of 12 propellors. 2 extra batteries, a charging dock with space for all 3 batteries and a 4 pack of Neutral Density Filters.

    The Cine Premium Combo improves on the Fly More Combo with an upgraded remote with built in screen, an additional USB-C to USB-C cable, and a second pack of Neutral Density Filters. However, inside the Mavic 3, the Cine Premium upgrades the internal storage from 8 GB to 1 TB and provides you with Apple ProRes video compression.

    App:

    For any new DJI owners, the DJI Fly App does not appear in the Google Play Store, you can search for it in your browser and download it from DJI. But you'll need to go in to your device settings and allow the install from 3rd Party locations.

    After everything was charged up (drone batteries arrive with no charge), I established the pairing of the remote to the drone with the DJI Fly App and the firmware update was waiting for me.

    Flight:

    After the latest firmware was done, I was itching to get out and fly this beast of a drone. I have a phone with a thick case on it. I had to remove the case in order to get it to sit in the remote properly. Make sure to use the right cable adapter to connect your phone.

    Flying the Mavic 3 is a breeze. Control response is immediate. The Mavic 3 is rock steady, video transmission was also stable. The Gimbal easily compensates for momentum shifts from sudden direction changes.

    The propellors are rubber tipped. I've come to learn this is to reduce propellor noise.

    In sport mode, the Mavic 3 is speedy. It gets just above 40 mph. However, sport mode does disable obstacle avoidance, so it is best to keep that mode for open skies.

    Obstacle Avoidance:

    One of the major improvements in the Mavic 3 is the additional obstacle avoidance sensors. The additional sensors help the Mavic 3 get a clearer understanding of its surroundings. But keep in mind, these sensors require good ambient lighting to work. If there isn't enough light the DJI Fly App will indicate as such and the obstacle avoidance feature will not work.

    By default, the Mavic 3 is set to brake when it gets near an obstacle, a quick change in the settings to avoid obstacles made me a little nervous at first. As I steered my brand-new, pricey Mavic 3 towards a tree, it steered itself around the tree with seeming ease. After a few more times, I started to breathe a little easier. In some situations it would fly over the tops of the trees. In some cases it would hesitate to make a decision. That's when I would back off a little and approach with a different angle and the Mavic 3 figured out how to get around the obstacle. While the Mavic 3 utilizes its obstacle avoidance sensors well. I believe it's also using the main camera to analyze its path. If it can see a sufficient opening with the main camera, it will take it, otherwise it will hesitate.

    I live in a suburban area and I happened to see a plane ascending several miles away. The App warned me of this and I thought it was nice.

    Battery Life:

    Under ideal conditions, each battery is reported to deliver 46 minutes of flight. This is a welcome change to the first generation that gave you only 10 minutes. 46 minutes gives you ample time to get out to your shooting location, scout and plan your shot, make the shot and return safely.

    Remote battery life seems plentiful. I've gone through two drone batteries and the remote is still going strong.

    Camera Performance:

    The most anticipated feature of the Mavic 3 has been the main Hasselblad camera. It does not disappoint. Without changing any color settings or using any of the included filters, the camera offers stunning pictures and video with up to 5K and depending on the resolution, up to 200 frames/second. I'm attaching a few scaled down photos from my local park, nearby golf course and neighborhood after the peak Fall color change. Optically, the camera offers up to 7x zoom. Digital zoom goes up to 28x.

    Of course just about any camera does well with sufficient light. The 4/3 sensor really impressed me with its color balance while I was flying past sunset. While I was getting great video of the darkening night sky with the moon just peeking through the clouds and city lights off in the distance. I was really impressed when I panned down and the White Balanced kicked in and brightened up the forest canopy. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a picture of this and stills from video don't give as much pop.

    Negatives:

    Even with all these positive aspects, I still found 3 negative points on the Mavic 3.

    The first is the most disappointing, at the time of its release the Mavic 3 has major features missing.

    ActiveTrack, the ability to follow a selected subject in a variety of ways

    QuickShots, the ability to shoot cinematic style video while executing pre-programmed motion paths

    MasterShots, like QuickShots, but combines 10 maneuvers in sequence

    Panorama Mode, the ability to stitch several individual pictures together

    QuickTransfer, transfer materials from the drone to your mobile device without connecting it with the Remote Control

    These missing features are promised in the January 2022 firmware update. I'm sure the update also improves on the Obstacle Avoidance as well. But, I was very disappointed to learn these features weren't included at launch. They're not even mentioned in the 1.0 release of the Owner's Manual. It just seems like DJI was willing to ship out an incomplete product just to get holiday sales.

    The second is the performance of the DJI Assistant Desktop App. The DJI Assistant Desktop App allows you to plug in the Mavic 3 to your computer using the USB-A to USB-C cable in order to apply firmware updates (if you don't want to do it with your mobile device), make settings changes, and transfer media. However, when I went to transfer media, it failed. This could be because I have Windows 10 with folder protection on, but once I set the folder permissions up, it should have downloaded but didn't.

    The third is related to the second. Since I couldn't transfer media using the DJI Assistant, I mounted the microSD card through the connected Mavic 3 and was able to transfer the files needed. While the Mavic 3 is charging through my USB port, I'm not sure if it's charging fast enough to keep up with the discharge rate of having the Mavic 3 on, with its internal fans running and the lighting still flashing. Therefore I occasionally pull the memory card. But the microSD card is inserted upside down with the lip of the card just millimeters away from an overhang so I can't my fingernail in to get a hold of the card to remove it. I have to use tweezers to pull out the card.

    While the DJI Mavic 3 is truly impressive with its easy, stable yet powerful flight characteristics, long battery life, stunning camera performance, the disappointment of the missing features, performance of the DJI Assistant Desktop App, and the design and location of the micro-SD slot combined to take off one star. Even shipping out a basic level of the missing features would have been enough to earn a stellar rating, but missing features really brings focus on an incomplete release. The Fly More combination with the extra batteries, and the convertible bag is highly recommended.

    Nov 10, 2021 15:15
  • Review by Freeman, 10 out of 10
    DJI does it again!

    Amazing quality and battery life for such a small drone.

    Nov 10, 2021 18:42
  • Review by Nick, 10 out of 10
    Awesome video quality, great feel during flight

    This drone is amazing.

    The price tag is steep compared to the previous Mavic models. But in my opinion, this drone has many features that should make up for the price difference. The drone has amazing video quality, 5.1K video on a 4/3 sensor looks phenomenal from the sky. The ability to easily add ND filters is another big plus! The camera can shoot full auto, or you can go full manual - the choice is yours. The battery life is pretty good coming from the Mavic 2 Pro. The telephoto lens feature is alright -- cool feature but not something I would use on the daily.

    For the "fly more" accessories, the bag is well built and holds a lot of equipment. The multi-battery platform is absolutely necessary. The extra batteries are a must have. The ND filters come in a nice little holder to protect them.

    The new obstacle sensing feature is great. The Mavic 2 would just stop. This drone actually picks a safe route around an obstacle it encounters.

    I gave this drone a five star rating -- however, I do have some things to point out.

    The intelligent flight features (tracking, quickshots, etc.) those are locked. I heard through the Youtube influencers that they are locked out until a new firmware update drops in January.

    The system STILL does not talk to any LAANC approval apps. If you get the clearance to fly in a "no fly zone" -- you are still not flying even with FAA approval.

    In my opinion, the video gets a little noisier than what I would anticipate for some ISO settings. I thought 1600 was a little too noisy.

    AE lock and generic LUT preview is missing from the new DJI app.

    The controller feels misweighted when you have your phone sitting at the top, compared to the bottom on the M2 controller.

    Overall -- great drone, many improvements. Time will tell how the new features will pan out once they launch. The drone as-is without the new features is worth the money.

    If you are coming from a Mavic 2 -- you might not feel like shelling out the cash for an upgrade, but if you plan on using use your drone a lot, this is worth it.

    Nov 07, 2021 21:35
  • Review by Mesocorni, 10 out of 10
    Unmatched Performance and Amazing Quality!

    Amazing quality! Such a beautiful drone, the video quality is spectacular and a huge upgrade from the Mavic 2 Pro. If you’re on the fence about buying one and not sure if you want to upgrade from your Air 2S or 2 Pro, believe me when I tell you that the details are so much more enhanced on this drone! I have not tested the flight time as of yet to its full capacity but out of the box, the Fly More Combo offers quality accessories that would cost you more if bought separately. The 2 additional batteries (over $200 each) makes it such a great bundle, the bag is top notch and feels like quality! Get this drone, you won’t regret it!

    Nov 09, 2021 16:40
  • Review by BenjaminNjr, 10 out of 10
    Best ever Drone so far♥️

    The future

    belongs to those

    who believe in the

    beauty of their

    dreams.

    Nov 06, 2021 21:04
  • 9.6score
    13
    DJI
    DJI - Mavic Air 2 Drone with Remote Controller - Black
    Description

    Shoot breathtaking aerial videos with this DJI Mavic Air 2 drone. The camera has a 0.5-inch image sensor for precise photos at 48.0MP and quality 4K video recordings, while the cinematic capture feature offers hyperlapse and QuickShots capabilities for optimal results. This DJI Mavic Air 2 drone has ActiveTrack technology to deliver smooth obstacle avoidance for effortless control.

    7 Features
  • Dedicated remote controller: Features a foldable, low-profile, ergonomic design to hold your smartphone for maximum convenience. The detachable control sticks store inside the remote controller to pack more comfortably on the go.
  • Compact foldable design: The lightweight and compact design allows taking it with you.
  • OcuSync 2.0 transmission system: Based on the Sparrow chipset, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz automatic frequency switching can deliver 1080p FHD resolution live stream directly from the drone's camera with up to 10 km distance.
  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Following subjects while avoiding obstacles is smoother than before. With better pathfinding and a faster and more accurate prediction of lost subjects, this technology keeps your subjects in the center of the frame, even if they move behind a tree.
  • Sony IMX586 sensor with Quad Bayer filter: With a 1/2" CMOS sensor, Mavic Air 2 captures impressive 48.0MP photos.
  • 4K at 60 fps HDR video: The HEVC (H.265) video codec records more image information, uses less storage, and preserves the dynamic range and detail of your footage, ensuring next-level content.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Reviewer, 10 out of 10
    Really good drone overall

    This is a really good drone for the price. It has almost everything the Mavic 2 pro has except it has a smaller sensor, less manual camera settings, and no top or side obstacle avoidance. Other than that it is basically equal to the 2 pro in most ways, and better in some as well, like the fact that it’s slightly smaller and can shoot 48 MP photos and record 4K at 60 FPS. This is my third drone, after the phantom 3 advanced and the original Mavic air. Compared to the original Air this one is a large improvement in pretty much every way, other than that it is larger. The active track is much better, although I have not used it much. The range and battery life are the most noticeable improvements, although you will never get the advertised 34 minutes of flight time. My longest flight was 22 minutes, and it still had 20 percent battery left. Range is also a massive improvement, with the original Air you could loose connection at about 1000 ft away if there was any interference, and mine sometimes dropped the signal immediately after starting a quickshot or active track, which was really inconvenient. With the new Ocusync 2.0 I flew the new one two and a half miles away and had no lag or weak signal warnings. The ADS-B/ Airsense system is also nice, however I have not seen a warning from it since I don’t fly near other aircraft. The new controller is great too, it feels a bit like the phantom controller but smaller, and I really like not having to take my phone out of its case every time I fly. Also, another good feature is that the live feed video streams in 1080P, which is nice. There are some cons for this drone though. First, it is larger than the original and doesn’t come with a case, so if you want to put it in a small backpack it can be inconvenient at times. Second, photos don’t cache to your phone, so you have to download them and you can only do that if the aircraft is connected. There are a few other very minor issues that I have with the app, but overall it is a great drone for the price and probably worth the upgrade from an older Mavic or phantom.

    Jun 16, 2020 18:20
  • Review by timw, 10 out of 10
    Perfect drone for beginners to experts in 2020

    DJI has long had a sizable market share for consumer drones, and its newest drone in spring 2020 solidified that. The DJI Inspire 2 works wonderfully, from the photo and video quality to the ease of use flying and setting up. It is small and compact, yet is reliable and has good steering/flying. The price is very good for the quality, so if you are looking for a drone in summer 2020 and have the budget for something like this (as opposed to a budget FPV drone or something), this would be the one to get.

    (Photos shared for review purposes only, by timw)

    Jul 05, 2020 16:44
  • Review by DMVTi, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Drone.

    This Mavic Air 2 is fantastic. Hands down, super impressed. The camera is amazing, the handling is amazing. All of the different options for the drone are awesome. It's pretty much a flying dslr. Super impressed overall.

    Oct 09, 2020 15:46
  • Review by kleem, 10 out of 10
    dji mavic air 2

    This drone is light weight compared to DJI bigger drones and so far is has taken great photos and videos. The app takes so learning but the aircraft warning is a nice feature. The downside is that it's a smaller drone and is easy to loose sight of, but with a good size cell phone or tablet you can see where it's going.

    Feb 05, 2021 18:05
  • Review by HonestReviews, 10 out of 10
    Perfect out of the box.

    This is one of the best drones I’ve purchased. Although expensive the quality,features,customer support makes up for that. I use to have a Ruko drone ($299) and I was scared to take that above 80 ft and then had issues with it. Then I got this drone and I was confident and just felt able to take it higher without stress. I took it up to 400ft which is the photo (wish I could add a video) I have uploaded at the beach. Wind resistance is great. It handled well with beach winds which were about 15mph gusts that day. IMPORTANT- When you activate the drone on the app you have a option to use DJI warranty which is I think ($15-$50) I don’t remember but you have 2 replacements for a year and one flyaway replacement which you do need to pay a certain price to replace. For example if you crash your drone and it breaks. You contact DJI

    Covered Parts List: aircraft × 1, gimbal × 1, camera × 1, propellers (pair) × 2, and battery × 1 .

    Replacements drone costs 1st crash $69 2nd crash $99 (you must send the damaged drone to them) Flyaway coverage is (drone is stolen, malfunctions/flys away and crashes into lets say the ocean and can’t retrieve it) It is $399 and they disable the other drone so it can’t be used. I am using DJI warranty. Think about it I could be wrong but I don’t think Best Buy covers stolen or missing drones that flyaway.

    You won’t be disappointed in this drone. When I have more photos I’ll gladly update and add them.

    Mar 22, 2021 16:12
  • Review by Ryan, 10 out of 10
    An amazing drone

    I'm a photographer by hobby and wanted to get into Real Estate photography and to up my photography game in general. Spent weeks researching different brands and models and ended up deciding on this one.

    Could not be anymore happy I pulled the trigger and bought the DJI Mavic Air 2, it's a truly rock solid drone with so many capabilities.

    It's light weight, well built, battery life is excellent at 30-34 min, camera and video quality are fantastic.

    I have no cons to list about this Drone.

    Jul 30, 2020 15:03
  • Review by tommt, 10 out of 10
    250’ in the air

    What a great way to have fun. Amazing pictures, easy to fly.

    Apr 16, 2021 20:11
  • Review by acemannw, 10 out of 10
    Former OG Mavic Air Owner

    To start with, this drone is worth every single penny of the asking price. It is a great beginner drone that really is amazing.

    I had the OG Mavic Air for about 9 months. It was one of the best tech items I have ever purchased. I flew over 60 miles in the time I owned it. There were some Cons to the first Mavic Air that I was really hoping they would fix with the second generation. I am so impressed with the leap forward that DJI has made with the Mavic Air 2.

    My Favorite Features on new Mavic Air 2

    * Much quieter in normal use

    * battery life is AMAZING averaged 29 mins

    * Quickshots are much easier to use

    * Normal flying mode is 5-6 mph faster then previous generation

    * Controller is a big step up (usb C charging)

    CONS:

    * more difficult to switch between video and photo mode

    * batteries cost more

    * app doesn't show bar for battery life (this might be a setting I haven't found yet)

    In closing this is a great drone for anyone. I think DJI has a real winner on their hands that will continue to sell like hot cakes.

    May 11, 2020 18:44
  • 9.6score
    Vantop - Snaptain SP7100 Drone with Remote Controller - Gray
    Description

    Our most advanced drone , features a 4K camera, advanced flight modes like waypoints , point of interest , follow me and gesture control with an impressive fight time of 26 mins .

    5 Features
  • 4K UHD Camera: The professional 4K UHD camera enables capturing clear images from different angles by adjusting camera lens up and down. Upgraded 5G Wi-Fi transmission guarantees the fluency of real-time images through APP.
  • Intelligent Return to Home: With GPS positioning, the drone will automatically fly back to starting points when you lose signal, battery is low or if you press Return to Home. Even if the GPS signal is weak, the drone will automatically switch to Altitude Mode to keep the drone in your sight.
  • More Enjoyment: The intelligent SP7100 is equipped with an advanced flight mode, such as points of interest, waypoints, gesture for photos/videos. Plan a flying route as you like or record wonderful moments by giving a gesture. Free your hands and start your adventure whenever and wherever.
  • Safe and Easy Operation: Optical Flow Positioning gives you more precise position and more stable flight even on windy day.Functions like one key start/stop, headless mode, emergency stop, altitude hold, allows beginners to get started quickly.
  • Considerate Design: Foldable remote and drone makes outdoor flying more convenient. The drone will automatically turn off if no operation within 10 minutes. The control range of 2.4GHz transmitter up to 2600 feet range and the powerful battery works 26 minutes for each charge.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by GREATTV, 10 out of 10
    DRONE

    This drone is perfect if you are learning to use a drone. I love it

    Oct 16, 2021 09:18
  • Review by SharonA, 8 out of 10
    Fun new hobby!

    Great little drone for the price. It takes excellent quality pictures. The video is great too, but a little shaky because it has no gimbles. It bounces up and down a lot as you move forward. Set up is a little complicated, having to be calibrated before each use, but calibration becomes pretty routine after a few times. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that the battery takes a long time to charge, and I cannot find a spare battery to purchase anywhere. I have searched the internet and have not found a compatible battery. Overall I am happy with my purchase.

    Oct 05, 2021 06:29
  • Review by John, 10 out of 10
    Great company with great service

    I have had a Snaptain drone for a while and it has been a blast to use. Easy to get up and running and is simple to use. Ivwould recomend their drones for users of all skill levels.

    Nov 06, 2021 06:26
  • Review by Raza, 6 out of 10
    Cheap quality

    I bought this drone to learn how to fly them, and it wasnt really too easy. If you are really good at flying drones than maybe it will be easy to control but it just feels like a cheap drone.

    Sep 17, 2021 23:40
  • Review by Alcides, 10 out of 10
    Great for first time users

    I purchased it a few months ago, this is my first drone and I've felt very comfortable using it since day one, it has very good wind ressistance and the fact that the remote does not require batteries is a plus.

    Sep 07, 2021 22:48
  • Review by Greatest, 10 out of 10
    Good drone for a good price.

    We are newbies with this kind a stuff but I can say this one is easy to use, the instructions are very clear, we love the camera, the quality of the camera is really good.

    We had flown the drone in different weather conditions and even when it’s windy flies well.

    Sep 07, 2021 17:33
  • Review by Sugarnut, 10 out of 10
    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion best drone in this price range and better than some higher priced drones. Awesome control and response. Great pics and video.

    Sep 13, 2021 08:16
  • Review by DronePilot, 10 out of 10
    Great customer service and a good drone

    The customer service for Snaptain is first class. As a new pilot, I had self-inflicted issues and Snaptain came through for me despite not needing to. The drone is easy to fly and pretty reliable.

    We try to fly it three or four times a week.

    Aug 31, 2021 13:16
  • 9.4score
    15
    DJI
    DJI Mini SE Quadcopter with Remote Controller
    Description

    Weighing under 249 grams, DJI Mini SE is almost as light as the average smartphone. This makes it exceptionally portable and places it in the lowest and safest weight class of drones, which may exempt it from certain regulations in many countries.

    5 Features
  • Easy to Use: The DJI Fly app offers a simple and intuitive user experience, enabling you to create cinematic shots with just a few taps. It also includes Flight Tutorial, a feature to help you get started with DJI Mini SE quickly and safely.
  • Safe Flying: DJI Mini SE comes equipped with a 360° Propeller Guard that fully protects the propellers and improves flight safety. Thanks to advanced sensors, DJI Mini SE can also hover precisely.
  • Easy-To-Use Templates: The DJI Fly app offers a variety of Creator Templates that generate awesome videos with just a tap. Even beginners with no editing experience can turn any moment into a social media hit.
  • QuickShots: Shots that look like they came from a Hollywood film set are just a few taps away with DJI Mini SE’s QuickShot modes, which include Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket. Just select your QuickShot, and DJI Mini SE will execute an elaborate preset motion while recording.
  • Extended Flight Time: DJI Mini SE’s weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market. Enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Irvin, 10 out of 10
    Honestly overall a great drone

    Best drone for entry level. Best photography I’ve seen out of a cheaper drone. Video quality isn’t bad either.

    Nov 05, 2021 19:14
  • Review by JONESBRO, 2 out of 10
    Don’t waste money, malfunctions on air

    If possible please don’t buy the SE, there are a lot of issues with this and my drone crashed after 2 minutes. PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

    INVEST IN SOMETHING BETTER

    Oct 26, 2021 13:41
  • Review by Jayden, 10 out of 10
    Great price and fly’s great

    Takes great videos and pictures goes far and high. Dose great in the wind. It’s also easy to convince a freind to get one after first flight.

    Aug 30, 2021 16:54
  • Review by cpvptony, 8 out of 10
    Compact, yet mostly complete.

    Compact, yet mostly complete.

    This DJI Mini SE does everything you need in a drone and is so lightweight, it doesn't have to be registered with the FAA. Only drawback is no 4K video recording. But at this price, it's tough to complain.

    Sep 14, 2021 10:54
  • Review by DaveM, 10 out of 10
    Highly recommend the DJI Mini SE drone

    This was the perfect gift for my grandson, the DJI Mini SE drone is well worth the value. Blew me away with the quality of the video and ease of use. Highly recommend this drone for anyone looking to get into the Hobbie. Bestbuy shipped it fast and before my grandson's birthday.

    Oct 18, 2021 08:01
  • Review by LGOLED, 10 out of 10
    DJI Mini SE

    Highly recommend!Anyone wanting to get into this hobby will not be disappointed with this drone. Easy set up and controls. Got awesome shots at the beach.

    Sep 10, 2021 18:53
  • Review by Edward, 10 out of 10
    Nice Drone

    The drone is really easy to use. It is well balanced compared to low budget drone that I recently bought. It has a good camera, long battery, and is very stable.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:02
  • Review by Galyons9, 10 out of 10
    Great for the Money

    After 3 MINI 2 SE, this is a dream to fly. Very stable in winds, responds well to controller and takes good video. Would buy again. Audio is only thing missing...

    Oct 16, 2021 06:35
  • 9.4score
    16
    DJI
    DJI FPV Drone Combo with Remote Controller and Goggles
    Description

    Fly through the sky in ways that seem impossible. We never lost our passion for flying, and with DJI FPV, those passions have turned imagination into reality. With this immersive and intuitive aerial platform, get ready to go into the beyond. Sleek and aerodynamic, the DJI FPV aircraft delivers powerful propulsion, battery life, and wind resistance, making this system as capable as it is visually stunning.

    16 Features
  • Next-Level Immersion. Unparalleled Control.: Feel the thrill of immersive flight provided by the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and DJI FPV’s super-wide 150° FOV. HD video transmission at up to 120fps gives you an ultra-smooth, real-time view of your flight.
  • S Mode: Get the dynamic look of FPV footage easily in S mode. This hybrid flight mode combines the freedom of flying manually with the simplified controls of previous DJI drones.
  • N Mode: Ideal for new users, N mode offers immersive flight with traditional drone flight controls along with DJI safety features like obstacle sensing.
  • M Mode: Fly in M mode for complete, limitless control and the full FPV flight experience. Customize parameters and enjoy flight and footage unlike anything else.
  • Emergency Brake and Hover Button: Even for experts, manual FPV flight can be intimidating. Simply press DJI FPV emergency brake and hover button on the remote controller while flying in any mode, at any speed, and the aircraft will stop and hover stably within a few seconds.
  • Advanced Safety Features: An auxiliary bottom light, Smart Return to Home (RTH), Low Battery RTH, and forward and downward obstacle sensing are all integrated into DJI FPV to help ensure a safe flight, even at high speeds.
  • Imaging Power: Powerful propulsion capabilities combined with a 150° super-wide FOV provide an unrivaled view. 4x Slow Motion, RockSteady stabilization, and distortion correction give pilots even smoother, more dramatic results.
  • Unreal Footage: The DJI FPV aircraft can record 4K/60fps video at up to 120 Mbps, capturing crisp details that make footage look as exhilarating as the flight.
  • RockSteady Stabilization: No matter how dynamic your maneuvers get, RockSteady EIS technology ensures your footage is ultra-smooth. H.264 and H.265 video coding formats are both supported, giving you more video editing options.
  • Meet O3: The DJI O3 (OcuSync 3.0) Transmission System was adapted to match the unique needs of DJI FPV. Enjoy crystal-clear real-time video transmission, even at distances of up to 10 km.
  • Auto-Switching for Seamless Signal: DJI FPV supports auto-switching between 2.4 and 5.8GHz frequencies and provides a video transmission bitrate of up to 50 Mbps, significantly reducing stutter and compression artifacts.
  • An Optimized Experience: DJI FPV gives users an additional layer of safety with built-in ADS-B. This system receives flight location information of manned aircraft in your area and will send warnings on the Goggles V2, providing enough time to avoid any manned aircraft nearby.
  • Easily Replaceable Parts: The gimbal camera, landing gear, and top shell of the DJI FPV aircraft are all modular and easily replaceable, making repairs more convenient. DJI Care Refresh is also available, offering coverage for a wide range of damage and giving you greater peace of mind as you fly.
  • The DJI Virtual Flight App: The DJI Virtual Flight app allows users to practice flying in lifelike, simulated scenarios before entering the real world. Simply connect the DJI FPV Goggles V2 and remote controller, and you’re ready to master flight in a risk-free virtual environment.
  • Bring Someone Along with Audience Mode: DJI FPV supports Audience Mode. Just set other DJI FPV Goggles V2 units to your aircraft frequency and you’re ready to share the view from above.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by BarackObama, 10 out of 10
    Breathtaking FPV Drone!

    DJI has done it again! FPV drones are starting to pick up in popularity and DJI has taken an opportunity to create their version of an FPV drone. As someone who has not flown FPV, flying this drone has been a thrilling experience so far. Long flight time(for an FPV drone) and stunning pictures and videos are some of the features this FPV drone has to offer. This drone may not be for all FPV users but if you ever wanted to dip your feet into this hobby, this drone is an excellent starting spot.

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    IN-THE-BOX/SET UP:

    The DJI FPV Drone Combo comes with everything that you need to start flying FPV. DJI even included extra propellers, control sticks, and a green top shell. Unfortunately, there is no carrying bag/case included for the drone. Carrying everything that is required to fly this drone is a bit of a hassle and having some type of bag included would have been nice.

    Set-up does take a while to do. The drone MUST be activated before anything else or otherwise it will not fly. Recent firmware updates must also be installed for the drone, goggles, and controller before taking off as well. This can all be done through the DJI Assistant App or the DJI Fly App. Fortunately, DJI made this process easy to do. The following links should be helpful in setting up your drone. I also recommend charging the drone, googles battery, and controller completely before flying.

    MANUALS, USER GUIDES, SOFTWARE: https://www.dji.com/dji-fpv/downloads

    VIDEO TUTORIALS: https://www.dji.com/dji-fpv/video

    DJI FLY APP: https://www.dji.com/downloads/djiapp/dji-fly

    Once you have activated your drone and all updates are installed, you should be ready to go! Also, note that this drone must be registered with the FAA since the drone is over 250g (weighs 800g), this can be done through the following website: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/register_drone/

    There is a small fee of 5 dollars to register the drone. Not registering the drone can result in regulatory and criminal penalties.

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    FEATURES:

    The drone contains plenty of features to help you get into FPV and to help maximize your FPV experience. Getting into FPV can be expensive since most people buy all the parts and end up building their drones. Getting into this hobby also requires knowledge in radio receivers/controllers, how to solder, how to safely charge LiPo batteries and more. DJI has made this hobby easier to get into by removing the middleman and providing everything that you need to start flying FPV.

    This drone offers three flight modes. N mode is where I recommend everyone starts. This mode offers all the traditional drone flight controls. The speed is capped and there is obstacle avoidance enabled. The drone does not have complete obstacle avoidance as the googles will warn you there is something close to the drone, but the drone will not stop you from running into a tree. S mode allows more freedom and allows for a more FPV immersive experience. In this mode, the drone is a lot faster, and obstacle avoidance is disabled. M mode is manual mode. This mode is disabled by default for safety. You will need to play around with a couple of settings to enable this mode. In this mode, the drone is a lot faster, the max speed in this mode is 87mph. I was a bit frightened when I first enabled M mode. I’m not too experienced in flying a drone manually and did have trouble controlling it for the most part. Fortunately, I did not crash the drone which inevitably could’ve happened if it weren’t for the emergency brake button on the controller. This button automatically enabled the brake and hover on the drone and switched me into N mode. Anyone experienced with flying drones manually would have probably had a better time in this mode. DJI offers a virtual flight app for practice flying in manual mode but unfortunately, this app is only available to IOS users as of 03/2021. I own an Android and will have to wait until the Android app is out to practice and hone my manual flying skills. There is currently no set date for when this app will be available for Android devices.

    The drone does have smart Return-to-Home (RTH) which can be activated through the controller. This feature is fairly accurate for the most part. From the various times, I’ve tested this feature, RTH almost always returns closely to the take-off spot. This feature is automatically enabled when your drone is at low battery as well as if the signal is lost for more than a couple of seconds. Not many people know this feature exists but the LED lights on the drone’s arms are customizable through the goggle’s settings. I recommend having them off when flying during the daytime to maximize battery life.

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    GOGGLES/CONTROLLER:

    The DJI FPV drone comes with a newly designed controller and the DJI FPV Goggles V2. Both are extremely well built and designed. The Goggles need to be connected to the small battery pack to power them on. The battery pack does last a decent amount of time and should be sufficient for a couple of flights. The goggles provide high-quality video transmission from the drone even at high distances. There is little to low latency going on which allows for smooth video throughout the flight. This is due to the DJI OcuSync 3.0 transmission system. The goggles also have a couple of controls to allow you to navigate the settings. A 5D button to scroll through the menu, a back button, and a shutter/record button. (microSD card required)

    The new DJI controller is satisfying to hold. The controller almost reminds me of a PS4 controller with the layout of the buttons and overall design. The controller’s control sticks are stored on the inner sides of the handle. Some of the buttons are customizable through the goggle’s settings. On the right side of the controller, there is the camera/record button, a switch that moves the gimble to three different positions(this button is customizable but this is the default), and the cruise control button(available in S mode). On the left side, there is the emergency brake button/RTH (hold button to start RTH), the flight mode switch, and a manual gimble adjustment dial. On the front, there is a power button and a customizable button. The battery life on this controller is great, so far it has lasted me a couple of flights.

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    FLYING EXPERIENCE/VIDEO & CAMERA:

    Now for the flying experience. I have truly enjoyed flying this drone in general. The FPV experience is simply breathtaking. This FPV experience helps you get that birds-eye view that our friends in the sky experience. Many FPV enthusiasts might not consider this drone a true FPV drone but the drone does have enough features to fully maximize the FPV experience. FPV is usually a lot of manual flying, while I could not test the manual flying to its highest capabilities due to my lack of skills, I seriously respect people who do this as a hobby. Flying manually is indeed difficult and one day I would love to be doing flips and rolls with the drone. One of my favorite things to do with this drone was to fully max out its speed. This drone is fast and seeing this first-hand was enjoyable.

    The video/camera quality on this drone is truly beautiful. The camera can take up to 4K at 60fps of HD video and take 4K photos. There is a 150-degree field of view which allows for an even more immersive experience. The camera does show the drone’s propellers in both the photos and video which did not bother me too much but may be a problem for those who are looking to use this drone for cinematography. I noticed that this drone does have electronic image stabilization which worked well as a lot of the video I recorded came out smooth and crystal-clear. The googles do also record video but this footage is at 810p at 60fps.

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    CONCLUSION:

    Overall, flying DJI’s FPV drone has been an entertaining experience for someone who has never flown FPV. Flying FPV is truly breathtaking, and I would recommend everyone to experience it. Now, who is this drone for? I don’t know too much about FPV flying but I can see why this drone may not be for FPV enthusiasts. FPV drones are usually light and easy to repair. This drone is a lot heavier and can be significantly more expensive if it breaks. FPV enthusiasts may also find the safety features on this drone fairly restricting. On the other hand, if you have always wanted to dip your feet into FPV, I would think this is a great way to do so. Not only does this drone contain many safety features to prevent you from crashing but it is already completely built to fly in FPV without having extensive knowledge in the field. If this sounds good to you, I would highly recommend this FPV drone to you.

    Mar 14, 2021 17:54
  • Review by Batlacit, 10 out of 10
    High powered fun in a box

    One of the first things they tell you in the instructions for the DJI FPV drone is that the device is not a toy. After a few days of fooling around with it, I’m not entirely sure I can agree with that. It’s true that the drone has the power, maneuverability, and advanced features you’d expect from a professional drone platform. But at the end of the day, the key objective with this drone seems to have been to build something fun rather than something practical.

    Usually I wouldn’t talk too much about the unboxing experience, but in this case I feel it’s worth it as it turned out to be far more involved than I initially expected. Since this drone is large and fast enough to require registration it’s not something you can just pick up and fly immediately. Before the thing will even work you need to create an account with DJI and permanently bind the drone to it, something which proved a lot more involved than expected since the version of the required DJI Fly app that you can download from the Google and iPhone app stores isn’t the one which supports the FPV drone. For all I know this is something that only early adopters like me will have to deal with, but in case it’s not I’ll try to save you a few hours and let you know that the correct version can be downloaded from DJI’s website. Once this was done and the drone was activated firmware updates were required for each of the three parts in the combo, a process which took about half an hour in total and drained a good chunk of the batteries for the headset and drone.

    Once I’d gotten the unit ready to fly though, the overall user experience improved dramatically. In what I’d assume was an effort to keep weight down, the FPV doesn’t use the folding prop design found in some of their other popular offerings. It opts instead for relatively stubby fixed props which, while quite powerful, feel noticeably more fragile and really need to be removed when the drone isn’t in use for their own protection. To make this as easy as possible they’ve adopted a toolless design that lets you pop them on or pull them off just by pressing down and twisting the rotor, making setup in the field a breeze. The controller is perhaps the most ergonomic drone controller I’ve ever used, opting for a streamlined ergonomic design closer to what you’d get from a high-end gaming console than the typical bricks that come with most RC vehicles. And all the controls are well textured and laid out to allow you to find them even with your eyes closed, a necessity given that you’ll likely be flying with the included FPV goggles on most of the time. The screens are sharp and bright, lag times are exceptionally low (though definitely still noticeable when the range opens up or you start pulling off complicated maneuvers) and it’s light enough to keep it from being a nuisance. And the image quality you get from the drone with DJI’s digital FPV system is a marvel to behold. I’ve tried a few FPV headsets like this before (almost all of which use analog signals rather than digital) and the difference between them and this is night and day. The image is clear, movement is crisp as can be, and the signal is rock solid.

    Unlike most of the drones which DJI has put out, which look built for level flight and hovering, the FPV has a distinctly angular built which makes it clear that its default mode is meant to be moving forward at high speeds. Don’t get me wrong, it can still hover when it needs to, but when you see it hanging in the air like that you can’t help but feel like it’s slightly disappointed in you for your choices. This more aggressive shape makes for an absolutely striking profile both in the air and on the shelf and is made even more impressive by the translucent gray fairing it ships with allowing you to see the tightly packed electronics inside.I almost immediately swapped out this fairing for the more visible bright green one that shipped in the box so that my spotter would have an easier time seeing it at a distance, which gave me the opportunity to look at the interior though, and I very much liked what I saw. As far as I could tell all the electronics within the drone are split into discrete and replaceable modules rather than assembled into a single board, with all those modules being held together by screws rather than glue or fragile plastic tabs like you’d get with most electronics these days. Fortunately, I have not yet crashed spectacularly enough to need to put this to the test, but I get the sense that it wouldn’t take a ton of effort to effect even major repairs to the unit if required.

    The drone also is where you run into a few of the potential weaknesses. The 4K camera mounted here is very good, producing sharp images and video even at speed, but you can’t help but get the sense that it’s there first and foremost to give you a better experience as a pilot rather than to take pictures. With other DJI drones you typically get a gimbal with 3 axes of rotation. This has only one – and it only allows for vertical adjustment. What’s more the 150-degree field of view it offers can’t help but make the images it captures look a bit fish-eyed compared to what you’d get from a Mavic or Phantom, and will catch the props in the frame if it’s pointed straight forward. To be clear I don’t necessarily think this is a bad decision. Given how fast this thing goes it’s probably not a smart idea to make it easier for the pilot to look away from where they’re moving. But it is something anyone looking to use this as a filming platform should consider when choosing which drone to go with.

    So, now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s talk about arguably the most important aspect of the FPV: How is it to fly it?

    Turns out there are three different answers for this, one for each of the flight modes the drone supports.

    N mode is tailored for beginners or anyone who wants to be sure they don’t end up embedding the FPV into a tree. Speed is held down, navigation aids such as automatic obstacle detection will do their best to stop you from doing anything too reckless, and the drone will handle the more complicated maneuvers on its own. It does feel a little bit like you’re flying with training wheels on at times, but if you’ve never tried FPV flight before this is probably the best way to do it while you get used to orienting yourself without being able to actually see the drone. I also found this to be the best mode to use when taking snapshots, as it was easy to take my time adjusting the drone and its gimbal to line up the shot I wanted.

    S Mode offers a punchier experience for more confident flyers who’d prefer not to have their hand held. Speed is still limited to about 2/3rds of what the aircraft can manage but most of the other safety features are turned off, giving you the freedom to do something a bit ill advised if you really want. This was probably the most fun mode to fly in for me as everything felt extremely responsive and the footage I got in the goggles was thrilling, but you definitely need to be a lot more aware of environmental factors such as wind and it drains the battery quite fast. While I managed to avoid smashing the drone there were definitely a few close calls that made me acutely aware of how easy it would be to do, particularly if you let yourself wander into tight quarters. It seems like it would be great for shooting video, but unfortunately I can’t really attest to the results as I ended up losing the clip I shot to file corruption brought about by me pulling the battery a little too soon after landing.

    And then there is M mode – which offers full manual control.

    M mode turned out to be a lot scarier than I expected going in. I’ve flown drones on manual before, but never one with this kind of raw speed at its disposal. I did not crash or destroy anything, which I consider to be a small triumph (and a great testament to how useful the built-in emergency brake on the drone can be,) but afterwards I was more than ready for the drone to go back to holding my hand for a bit. In the hands of someone more competent than me, the kind of high-speed acrobatics you can pull off with full manual control is probably one of the biggest selling points for this drone. But I think I’m going to be spending a bit more time in the simulator to brush up my skills before I try this again.

    So, now that all is said and done, who’s this for?

    I suspect that a lot of hardcore FPV enthusiasts aren’t going to be exceptionally interested in this. Not because there’s anything wrong with the drone for that purpose, but because so much of the hobby is based in this DIY approach where the drones are constantly being modified and improved on by their pilots/support team. And as easy as the FPV appears to be to work on, it’s all so carefully engineered and laid out that I don’t see it being particularly easy or even plausible to graft entirely new parts on. And as mentioned it’s a little too pilot-focused for me to recommend it primarily as a filming platform. Which means, unfortunately, I must contradict the instructions and say that this is mostly a toy. Or perhaps a starting point for something bigger.

    This drone probably isn’t going to be able to compete with purpose built racing drones. But I don’t think there are all that many people who would ever consider sticking with FPV drones if that was the only way for them to get into the hobby either. The DJI FPV is basically a showcase for how good this tech can really be and seems to be built to be just as approachable for a brand-new pilot as it is for someone who’s been flying drones for years. As a toy it will offer you all manner of thrilling, visceral experiences and fantastic views that can delight all ages in twenty-minute increments. There really is something majestic about being able to experience the great outdoors from a bird’s eye view, and if that’s all you want this is a fantastic way to get it.

    Mar 13, 2021 16:39
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Bird’s Eye View

    If you have ever wondered what it would be like to fly around like a bird, well you no longer have to wonder. DJI FPV Combo drone that made that a possibility and let me tell it is truly an experience. I have always been a drone enthusiast and loved flying drones around but never had the opportunity to fly one like this and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the experience was, and to soar to new heights. The DJI FPV Combo with the goggles allows you to see what your drone’s camera captures and lets you experience everything from a bird’s eye view. Let’s go over some of the features, PROS and CONS of the DJI FPV Drone.

    Unboxing and Setup:

    The DJI FPV Combo includes everything you need for your out of this world experience. The combo includes the FPV drone, the DJI Goggles, and the DJI remote control. The kit comes with extra propellers and extra controller sticks, charging cables, charging brick, and a USB cable to connect to your phone or computer. The setup process is rather simple. Before you begin the setup process, you will need to download the DJIFLY app. The app will guide you through the setup and activation process. ***THE DRONE WILL NOT FLY WITHOUT THE ACTIVATION PROCESS***. Once the setup, installation and activation process are complete you are ready to fly.

    Features:

    Flight Modes-

    So, like I had mentioned before I have some experience flying drones, but this was my first time operating an FPV drone and it does take some getting used to. DJI has made this drone so that even a novice can safely operate the drone without crashing into things. The drone has 3 intuitive flight modes. The N or Normal mode allows for more traditional controls along with obstacle sensing, which has actually saved my drone a couple of times, is ideal for even beginners. The S for Sport, and M for Manual are the other two modes of flight. These modes offer limitless control, allowing you to perform stunts or anything you can think off all while getting the dynamic look of FPV.

    Emergency Braking and Hover Mode and Safety Features-

    This FPV drone comes equipped with an Emergency Brake and Hover mode, a feature I personally love. While operating this drone things do tend to get a bit out of hand, you just want to take this thing full speed and see this baby can do. At any point if things start to get overwhelming, or feel like your losing control, just press the hover button. Pressing the Hover button will stop and bring the drone to hover mode, and if you press and hold the Hover button it will automatically bring the drone back home and land the drone safely. This button has saved my drone a couple of time. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this feature. The DJI FPV drone has tons of security and safety features built-in to ensure safe operation. Some of the other safety features include Smart Return to Home, Low Batter Return to Home, Forward and Downward Obstacle Avoidance, Emergency Braking and Hover and Auxiliary Light which turns on automatically during low light flights.

    Video Quality and Transmission-

    The FPV drone records video at 4K/60fps up to 120 mbps with built-in auto gimble, and transmits crystal clear image to the googles from a very impressive distance of up to 6 miles. The camera on the drone has a built-in auto gimble, but also allows for manual control from the remote. The drone and the google both have a micro SD slot so that you can capture and store stunning imagery. The FPV drone offers rock steady stabilization and distortion correction allowing you to record the perfect image.

    PROS-

    Multiple Flight Modes

    Emergency Braking, Hover, Obstacle Avoidance and RTH – Best options in my opinion

    FPV via the Goggles

    4K Video Quality

    Clear image over long distance

    Solid Build Quality

    9 hour battery on remote

    3 hour batter on goggles

    CONS-

    20 Minute Battery Life for the Drone

    So, in my opinion this is just an amazing drone that offers a First-Person View that is suitable for anyone from a beginner to an expert, from a video content creator to someone just looking to fly for fun. My experience with this drone has been awesome. I would recommend anyone in the market for a drone to definitely give the DJI FPV Combo a shot. You will not be disappointed.

    I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING THE VIDEO BELOW FOR A TUTORIAL.

    Tutorial Video: https://www.dji.com/dji-fpv/video

    Mar 11, 2021 18:34
  • Review by Sean, 10 out of 10
    The FPV experience I've been looking for!

    TL;DR This thing can really fly! Great for those interested in FPV but more accustomed to flying other DJI drones. Amazing video live feed and recording. I recommend the upgraded foam for the googles and extra batteries. Also be sure to assign turtle mode to a custom button if you fly in M mode. Minor firmware update to maintain video recording through failsafe would be appreciated.

    It has a nice modern design and cutting edge features, as you would expect from DJI. It is very easy to pilot in N (normal) mode which offers forward and downward obstacle avoidance and uses the gimbal to maintain a consistent, level point of view. When you want to step it up a notch you can forgo the obstacle avoidance in S (sport) mode in exchange for a top speed of ~60MPH. S mode still maintains the easier flight controls of N mode with blended yaw/bank turns and altitude hold. If you are already experienced with FPV piloting, or are just feeling really brave, you have the option to flip it to M (manual) mode and take full control over all aspects of flight. While chasing side by sides in the desert I was able to hit 86MPH in this mode! The speed available coupled with the amazing picture quality really make for an amazing experience. And if you ever get too enveloped in the HD experience and find yourself in a tricky situation there is an emergency brake function that works in all modes! This thing stops amazingly fast and switches to N mode to hold altitude. I'm sure this feature will save more than a few drones, especially as I imagine this will be a few peoples first foray into FPV. Other great features that will be appreciated by veteran and newbie pilots alike include a very reliable failsafe return to home as well as an augmented H icon over your home location. This is very helpful as it can be easy to get disoriented on the longer flights this craft is capable of achieving. While chasing friends off-road and generally exploring the area I was able to travel over two miles away before the return to home suggestion popped up in the goggles. At this range I had no issues with video feed or responsiveness of controls. I averaged about 10-12 minute flight times while chasing and closer to 18 minutes just cruising. This is a great drone for long range FPV and doing mountain surfing/terrain exploration flights. The goggles are generally comfortable enough for these flight times but I do recommend getting the upgraded foam interface for added comfort and a better seal if you have issues with light leak, this fit will obviously vary person to person. Extra batteries are also a must. The drone batteries charge fairly quickly but flying is addicting and waiting sucks! Other items of note include features related to the controller and a couple of things I would like to see updated in firmware. There is an option to disable the spring on the throttle stick for M mode but I decided to not use this feature as I change modes in flight often and it's easier to fly manually with the spring activated that it is to use the assisted flight modes and manual throttle. Another feature on the controller is hidden in the menus much like enabling M mode and that is turtle mode. When enabled this allows you to right the drone by spinning two of the motors in reverse in the event you 'land' upside down. The firmware items I would like to see change have to due with the fact that the drone and DVR will automatically stop recording if they failsafe and do not auto resume on reconnect, I would prefer both to continue recording or at least the drone to record as long it's still in the air. I would also like to see a less sensitive setting for ground detection when in M mode, the on screen indicator is appreciated but the beeping is annoying while proximity flying. Definitely very happy with the drone overall This was the type of experience I really wanted when I bought a Phantom back in 2015 and was hoping for when I got the original DJI goggles for the Mavic. I ultimately turned to hobby grade FPV in the four year interim for that unique flight experience. While I still do enjoy flying whoops indoors and in tight spaces, the convenience and ease of flight the DJI provides means it will likely become my primary exploration and long range drone.

    Mar 15, 2021 04:04
  • Review by dunhill, 10 out of 10
    Great For New and Experienced Flyers!

    Theres a lot to talk about so lets get right in!

    If your interested in being able to get an immersive feeling while flying through the sky like a bird then you should give this new DJI FPV Drone a look!

    The Drone

    This new drone by DJI is an amazing accomplishment. It features different modes in order to suit any level of experience and helps those interested in transitioning into FPV a smooth process.

    First there are 3 modes to accommodate any type of flyer.

    N Mode

    In this mode you will have all of the safety features turned on and will assist new flyers to enjoy a safe and controlled flight. The drone has front ahead sensors to detect obstacles and will slow the drone down to a speed which will enable you to maneuver around or prevent a crash. The downward vision sensors and infrared will detect obstacles beneath the craft and also map the texture of the ground in order to keep the drone stabilized along with GPS lock. These features are found on most intermediate to expert drones and instill confidence in the flyer to have a more enjoyable flight. This mode caps out at 31mph and will help you learn how the drone reacts to the controller inputs. This is the mode that many will stay with if they are just looking for a relaxed immersive experience. ( There is also an auxiliary light on the bottom of the drone to assist the downward vision sensors in low light conditions )

    S Mode

    This mode will give you more control and speed capping out at 61mph. You will get more thrills and speed but at the cost of the safety features mentioned above. This mode should only be used by experienced drone flyers who have been flying for a few months and should take note that S mode will turn off your sensors and the aircraft will not be able to detect anything infront or below it. S mode will be the primary flying mode for a lot of people, including myself.

    M Mode

    This is the mode that you will switch to for FULL MANUAL MODE.

    **NOTE BEFORE SWITCHING TO THIS MODE YOU SHOULD DOWNLOAD THE DJI VIRTUAL FLIGHT APP**

    The DJI Virtual Flight App is designed so that you can use the controller and goggles in connection with your smartphone and practice and get to know your drone before flying in the real world. This simulator is a MUST if you have never flew a FPV drone before and will help you understand what is required to fully stabilize the drone and fly it. I have used this simulator throughout the week and I still have a very difficult time keeping the drone level and flying it. The Manual mode truly is for highly experienced flyers. I think it will be a long time until I turn on this mode in the real world and for now Im perfectly happy with the S mode.

    The drone has 4 fixed propellers that are removable for storage. it also has heavy duty motors which make it very powerful and agile, responding to your every input. The build is nice and solid and DJI has made it so that you can repair most parts yourself without sending it in for repair should you choose to do so. The battery for the drone is quoted to last about 20 minutes max, but real world flying I was able to get about 14-15 minutes which is plenty for me and is a real upgrade from traditional FPV drone batteries. It also charges very quickly in about 50 mins from empty to full.

    Goggles

    The goggles are well built and truly amazing. You need to use a power cable that connects to a small battery pack that you can keep in your pocket. When I first put the goggles on I was amazed at how clear the video feed was. Not once did I experience a hiccup in the transmission and with DJI's new Occusync 3.0 you will have confidence knowing you have a secure connection to the drone when in flight. The goggles have 4 antennas that screw on and maintain this connection. They are also very lightweight and comfortable when your using them and the adjustable head strap is very easy to adjust. You have the ability to insert a Micro SD card into the goggles to record the Goggle view when in flight.

    The Controller

    Lightweight and great battery life, this controller also has a great design for button layout. You can switch between video recording and taking photos by pressing the camera button for about 1 second and on the left side you have a Return to Home/ Pause button. This button is very important as you can tap it once at anytime in any mode at any speed and it will immediately come to a stop and hover. This feature was designed incase you loose orientation to panic while flying the drone and to help you avoid any potential hazards. **NOTE the faster your fly the more time needed for the drone to come to a complete stop!

    The joysticks are also fully customizable and in Manual mode you will need to use the included hex wrench to remove the spring tension on the left stick so that it is in the down position by default. There is also a camera view angle button that will automatically adjust the view up or down depending on the speed your flying. The battery life on the controller is still full and dived used it a few times this week which follows suit with DJI's other controllers.

    The Drone also has customizable features such as camera correction which will remove the fish eye look in the goggles and your footage, LED colors can be changed on the drone body itself, the video codec, format and resolutions and much much more.

    For video resolutions you have 4K: 3840×2160 at 50/60fps

    FHD: 1920×1080 at 50/60/100/120fps and the maximum bitrate is 120mbps.

    To switch between videos and photos you can hold down the camera button on the goggles or controller for about 1 second.

    DJI also has some tutorials on their site to help you learn about the drone. Here are some links :

    Tutorial https://www.dji.com/dji-fpv/video

    FAQ https://www.dji.com/dji-fpv/faq

    Android Users visit here to get the latest app https://www.dji.com/downloads/djiapp

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    Once subscribed you can comment and any questions you have I will try to answer for you.

    The only negative I can think of is that I wish DJI included a case or backpack with this combo package. When carrying the drone and goggles and controller and batteries and wires, its very difficult moving everything around and because the drone is so new case manufacturers won't have anything available until next month. Not a deal breaker but something to be aware of.

    Final Thoughts

    So I think this drone is truly amazing and the way DJI incorporated all of these features which allow anyone from a newly to an experienced flyer to be able to pick up this drone and go is awesome. I think they nailed it and I would recommend this to anyone looking to fly like a bird!

    Mar 13, 2021 09:57
  • Review by xKing, 10 out of 10
    Amazing freedom of flight!

    Previously FPV drones were something enthusiasts had to build for themselves from parts, mount GoPro on and learn how to fly absolutely manually with no GPS. FPV drones are extremely agile and maneuverable and can fly super fast and perform aerobatic tricks. Until now. DJI came up with this super exciting FPV drone that makes transition to FPV flying available to anyone! If you ever flown a GPS stabilized drone before - like a Mavic - you'll know that they are easy to control, they would hover in place on their own and won't drift away. DJI FPV can do it all just like a GPS drone and it can gradually put you into FPV world where you have ultimate control.

    What do we get in the box - Drone itself, 2 full sets of propellers (8 total), goggles, controller, flight battery, goggles battery, charging adapter and cables to connect it all. You'll get spare controller sticks, 2 allen wrenches and a spare head shell for the drone (to improve visibility if you want). Allow yourself at least 2 hours startup time when you just get the drone - you'll need to charge 3 batteries (flight battery, goggles battery and controller), thankfully DJI power adapter has 2 USB-A ports to charge it all at the same time. When everything is charged - you will neet to connect your phone to the goggles using the included USB-C OTG cable or just a regular USB-C to Lightning (Apple) in order to update all firmware and activate your drone.

    Make sure you've got a compatible micro SD card (drone needs a fast card!) and all is ready to take it outside for the 1st flight! NOTE: while it's possible to fly it inside - I would not advise doing it. You will need a large enough room and the air flow is so strong that it will most likely blow stuff all over your floor. Anything paper in the room is pretty much guaranteed to fly around... take it outside instead!

    Drone has 3 flight modes that can be selected pretty much at any phase of flight. Normal mode - made for a cinematic flyovers, top forward speed is limited to 15 m/s (~33 mph) and obstacle avoidance system (forward and downward) is active. Sport mode - this turns obstacle avoidance off and boosts you forward speed to 27 m/s (~60mph) for dynamic flying, sports mode also enables 'cruise control' - sort of an auto-throttle system that would keep your forward speed constant.

    And of course a full manual mode with a crazy 87 mph top speed! Manual mode is almost equivalent to the self-built hobby FPV drone, it has to be enabled in the controls section, then you need to turn the controller over, pop up the cover and adjust 2 screw tension to remove auto-center of the left stick to give you a complete control over aircraft throttle. It's also advisable to practice flying the drone in manual mode using DJI Virtual Flight app in advance. When you feel good in the Manual mode - there is a way to kick things up a notch - you can go into controller settings and disable aircraft's attitude control which will allow you do a full 360 rolls with it, and in any time you feel uncomfortable or in trouble - you always have a life saving pause button on the controller - drone will automatically stabilize, hover, and go into the Normal mode with just a single button click. There is an ability to fine tune your controller's stick center sensitivity, max rate and expo.

    Any mode also has automatic Return To Home ability by long pressing the pause button. Return to Home altitude can be customized in settings and should be set above highest obstacle in the area as your dron will default to return to home in case of a low battery or loss of communications.

    Camera footage that this drone captures is pretty spectacular - 1/2.3" CMOS 12MP 4K/60 fps sensor with ISO range from 100 to 12800 guarantees you a crystal clear footage with wide dynamic balance and high low light sensitivity! Camera feed looks just amazing in the goggles - it's a complete immersion into reality from up above, like you are actually seeing the world from the drone's perspective! DJI's OcuSync 3.0 communication system works flawlessly - there are no hiccups, artefacts or delays - you see everything exactly as the drone sees it with almost no delay, I was able to fly about 4000' away in the suburbs before I've noticed any signal drop-outs, pretty sure it will be way better out of the city.

    Camera is mounted on the singe axis gimbal that allows for aircraft pitch correction but it does not remove any bank or yaw from the footage. D-Cinelike and Normal color modes are supported to allow for a post color correction.

    Goggles are pretty lightweight and comfortable (way lighter than let's say Oculus Quest), I'm not really a fan of the external battery. I understand that external battery enables longer use time (by swapping the battery out) but it's not very comfortable to deal with the wire all the time. Inter-pupillary distance is adjustable so anyone can fly, I was able to keep my prescription glasses while wearing DJI goggles as well. Both eyes screens have 1440x810 resolution.

    Safety - what I did appreciate a lot is that drone has ADS-B receiver built in so if it senses a real aircraft nearby - you will get a warning in the goggles. If you ever crash your drone (btw - DJI has an extended care plan just in case you want extra insurance) - you can view the last 30 seconds of what drone seen in the goggles (or even the whole flight if you installed an SD card into goggles as well).

    What is missing in my opinion is auto tracking functions just like in any other DJI GPS stabilized drone. FPV drone won't do any tricks like circle around an object, spiral, rocket and other effects - you'll need to fly those yourself. There is also no way to mount the phone on the controller, this is not a big deal for FPV flights, but just in case you wanted to take a break or flying alone (no Visual Observer) - you'll need to be creative on where to put the phone at. Phone shows drone camera feed, but no menu or warnings.

    What I think overall - if your desire is just aerial photography - get one of GPS stabilized drones with 3 axis gimbal. This drone if mostly for the fast dynamic flying and immersive flight scenes at high speeds and bank angles. Absolutely get it if you enjoy adrenaline rush!

    I would also recommend getting DJI FPV fly more kit that includes 2 extra flight batteries and a sequential charging adapter - which would allow you to just connect all 3 batteries. Another fun accessory to get is the DJI motion controller which I don't have just yet.

    Mar 12, 2021 20:28
  • Review by Justin, 10 out of 10
    FPV Made Simple

    This DJI FPV drone is my first experience with FPV but I have owned a DJI Mavic Mini for over a year now so I am fairly familiar with their smaller drones. With that said I am still very much a beginner when it comes to drones. FPV is just so immersive and a different experience when flying compared to regular drones but overall it is very fun.

    Setup:

    Out of the box it does take some time to get everything setup and charged up. The drone comes almost ready to go minus the propellers which are tool free install. Just push and twist them on. The headset needs all the antennas installed, strap installed, and the batteries charged. Once this is complete the drone battery needs charged. Finally, the joysticks on the controller need screwed into place and everything is ready to go. The disappointing part was that this setup does not come with any sort of carrying case. Considering the Mavic Mini combo came with one, I am a little disappointed there.

    Design (Drone and Goggles):

    The design of this drone is fairly unique. Being FPV, it needs to sit a little differently in the air with the camera at the forefront so it may look different compared to most other drones on the market. The structure feels very rugged and not so delicate which means this drone can likely take a good hit or two without any problems of something breaking aside from the propellers which you get two sets of.

    The goggles look very crazy when they are assembled on your face but the overall fit and finish is good. The comfort is satisfactory but not super plush. One great feature is the fact the goggles can save video in addition to the drone via Micro SD card. The goggles operate at 810p so video quality inside them is higher than standard “HD” so it allows you to see where the drone is going in great detail compared to just about anything else on the market.

    Controls:

    Just like other DJI drones the FPV has several flight modes. These changes the overall performance of the drone and how it reacts. Simple definitions below.

    (N Mode): Same flight mode used on other DJI drones. Suitable for users with little or no experience flying drones.

    (S Mode): Simplifies FPV flying for a thrilling and intuitive experience. It’s a hybrid setting that mixes normal and manual mode. Suitable for users with some experience flying drones.

    (M Mode): The full FPV flight control mode. Fun and challenging mode that is suitable only for users with experience flying FPV who know what they are doing. Suitable for flying in open areas.

    I think Sport mode is a good middle ground for most users given the speeds it allows to travel (60mph or so) and the maneuvers you can get in this mode. Obviously anyone with lots of drone experience will use manual mode to achieve the movements they would like. One important note is that battery life will decrease with each mode as the high speeds and quicker movements draw more power from the battery.

    The drone has a brake button which will stop the drone as quickly as possible. This is great if you get into a sticky situation and need to stop it where it is. Of course Return to Home (RTH) is present but this is a smarter version that works to calculate the distance at which you are and how much battery life is left.

    Video:

    The video specs of this drone are quite good. 150 degree FOV 4k camera at 60 fps with motion stabilization. This is a content creators dream setup pairing FPV with a high quality camera and stabilized video. Everything I shot was super smooth and looked great!

    DJI’s OcuSync 3.0 worked like a charm in giving super clear, real time video transmission at any reasonable distance. Again this transmission is roughly 810p at up to 120fps.

    App:

    I have never really had any issues with the DJI Fly app for Android. It provides the drone with firmware updates and also how to use the drones. You can also use the app to edit your videos on the go which is handy for quick edits. There is also a link where are you can get more accustomed to your drone. These are helpful to get used to the more advanced features on the drones.

    ALWAYS make sure the drone is up to date before going to fly. These updates can use a large part of the battery to do so unless you have a backup battery ready to go, you may miss out on a flight.

    Verdict:

    I am thrilled to have experienced FPV for the first time using this drone. Cruising around at relatively high speeds never felt so cool. It allows you to explore areas you may have never seen before (Within legal limits of course). DJI opened the world up to drones with the Spark and Mavic Mini so I believe this is just another chapter in the book of opening up users to FPV. It will get more people who have shied away from FPV because of the complexity to try it here with the DJI products.

    May 25, 2021 17:59
  • Review by Solrak, 10 out of 10
    Cinematic FPV drone good-ness

    >> Bottom Line Up front: <<

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    The DJI FPV Combo drone offers you a feature packed, easy to use, and immensely enjoyable option in the “First Person View” segment. The FPV Combo’s Wireless Controller and Google User Interface works really well together and provide a really immersive flying experience that you just can’t get using a traditional drone without them. Factor in DJI’s rock solid software and support, excellent video tutorials on their web site, and the immersive 3rd party/aftermarket support – and its clear the FPV Drone is tough beat. Keep in mind, that even though the FPV drone has several safety features such as obstacle sensing and “emergency brake & hover” (at the touch of button) baked into the “Normal” mode – some though and consideration should be taken prior to throwing it “Sport” or “Manual” mode, especially if you are newer to flying or have never used a FPV style drone before.

    >> Packaging/Unboxing: <<

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    From the moment you start peeling off the protective plastic tabs on outer packing, its clear that DJI did an excellent job packing the whole drone system up for you unboxing enjoyment. The first thing you notice when you pull the top open, is a nice presentation of the Drone and the FPV goggles sitting securely packed into the foam cushioning layer inside. Under that, once you pull the foam padding up and out of the box, you a good clean look at the wireless controller surrounded by all the smaller boxes that contain your power supply packs, USB, and connection cables, goggle straps, etc, etc… – pretty much everything you’re going to need to get up and going. It nice to see DJI provided you with a couple extra plastic propellers AND a solid color plastic canopy for the main unit housing in there just in case you need a spare down the line. All in all, it looks like DJI really put some though into how the unboxing experience would be when you got it home.

    The actual components, such as the FPV drone and the wireless controller – feel super solid and have nice weight to them. This is something that is tough to gauge on just words or picture alone. Needless to say, just based off of the time I spent handling it and setting it up this past week – it feels like the FPV drone is going to last as long as you’re going to try to take normal care of it (i.e. not abuse it/physically torture it on purpose). Once

    >> Personal Observations flying around for a week: <<

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    Chances are if your ready this, your probably at least a little familiar with the basics of drone flight controls and operations. If you’re not that OK too, because if you weren’t already aware, DJI has a plethora of resources available to you online. Everything from basic tutorial videos, product FAQs, and product support is just a few clicks away and very well though out/easy to access. Prior to taking this DJI FPV drone for a spin, I had been using a different less known/off brand “standard” (read NON-FVP) drone to help me with aerial photographical trail route presentations for my fitness groups. Basically, I rely on the footage to capture route terrain overlay, variations in vegetation, and topographical overlay… but mainly – as a content creation tool to help me create a presentation to submit for approval of proposed hiking route/activity. I know my personal use case for the FPV drone may be very unique – but I could have asked for a better product in any regard for I need a drone to do. For starters, although I have a couple of years of drone flight experience under my belt, I have never really had the opportunity to fly something that as agile, sensor laden, and fast as this DJI FPV drone. I feel this is in large part due the 3 different flight modes that the DJI FPV offers for control: “S” / Sport Mode, “N” / Normal Mode, and “M” / Manual mode. Between these 3 modes, I think almost everyone is going to find the appropriate level of control they feel comfortable to get the most of their flight experience with the DJI FPV drone. I could literally write volumes about all the nuances available within each mode, but I came away with a couple of big take always. First, you can’t just put it into “Manual” mode – which is where you can pretty much have free reign over all of the built-in flight control and hit the top rated speed of approx. 87mph….which is probably a good thing as it seems like the sheer amount of speed and agility you would have access to in this mode can be overwhelming for the un-initiated. To get there though- you’ll have to actually go into the menu system in the goggles themselves to enable it, and confirm it again on the wireless controller. “M” is seemed to be the only mode where I could pull off a couple of loops and minor acrobatics. With all that being, I found the normal mode to be the best place to start right out the box so that I could figure out all the nuances to the controls and how the menu systems accessed the features available to the drone. For what I need the DJI FPV drone to help me with regarding helping me to make cinematic trail routes and presentations – “S” or Sport Mode, is it. In “S” mode, you get to experience a lot of the additional “freedoms” and advanced features afforded to “M” mode, like increased speeds and lean angles – but not so much that you’re going to lose control if you’re not on your “A” game on the controls. I couldn’t get the DJI FPV drone to go faster tan about 63 MPH in S mode, and the added agility really helped to create more interesting and dynamic “First Person Views” of trail routes and locations that was missing from my older off branded standard drone.

    Controlling the DJI FPV was a straight forward affair. Nice little details like textured metal accent flight sticks coupled with logically laid out and sized buttons made this super easy to just pick up and fly in you’re a previous seasoned pilot. As the name implies – the FPV is pretty much depended on the googles to fly and access all the features. If you have yet to experience an FPV drone, you’re in for a treat. There are so many ways to describe it, but to me it, the FPV drone really captures a dynamic sense of movement that is simply not possible on a standard style drone. I say that as someone who regularly jumps out of planes with a “go pro” strapped on. In my opinion, the DJI FPV is right up there and in some way even better as you can actually control both vertical and lateral movement simultaneously. The FPV relies on DJI’s O3 (OcuSync 3.0) to beam all those imaged straight into your headset for your viewing pleasure. The entire I have been using the goggles I have had nothing but crystal-clear images the entire time. There are more than a few options to dig through when you’re setting up your controls to pick out the resolutions and transmission details to ensure your capturing everything the way you want it. The DJI FPV drone is capable of providing breathtaking images and videos thanks to its 150° field of view and DJI familiar suite of technologies that have been used in some of their other drone product lines. I think one of the key reasons for such a smooth playback experience is likely due to the FPV’s electronic image stabilization, or “RockSteady” as DJI calls it. Worth mentioning again, if you get mildly motion sick, or gets uneasy with the high speed/sense of maneuvers – even with the added electronic image stabilization - you’ll definitely want to take note.

    On the subject of controls, safety goes a long way in many of the things the FPV drone does. One of the things I really, really … really liked about the FPV’s controls was the “Emergency Brake and Hover” button. It is super easy to activate on the upper shoulder of the controller, and afforded me a comfort knowing if I got into any kind of bad situation or maneuver – I could at least tap that button, and within seconds, put it into a hover before I cratered it. On a side note, I noticed anytime you did actually use the emergency brake and hover button, it kicks you back into “Normal” mode – which is think is a good thing because chances are if you hitting that point where you feel you loosing your control on the drone – its best to let the FPV sensor suite kick in and assist you. Speaking of the FPV’s sensors. They do a decent job of helping the drone with basic obstacle avoidance and even provides you color coded feedback in your goggles so that you can better gauge your distance from anything that could bring it down or cause damage. There is even an auxiliary bottom light for when you need that extra bit of visibility. The DJI FPV drone offers some other nice touches such as “Smart” Return to Home (RTH) and low battery RTH. I found the latter to be particularly useful to me, because it throws up a notification in your FPV goggle’s field of view, and helped to keep me in check when I was getting lost in the fun for too long. Regardless, if you use the RTH feature or not – take offs and landing are super smooth

    >> Closing thoughts: <<

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    The DJI FPV drone provided me an incredible experience like nothing I had previously used before. The standard drones just seem so tame in retrospect. The DJI FPV drone combo system knocks it out of the park for what I use it for, and then some. I think it actually made flying more fun and immersive. Thanks to the amount of safety features and sensor options DJI built into the FPV, it really can be used by pilots of all skill levels. I would recommend the FPV Combo drone even if you already have a standard, as it provides you a perspective you simply can find anywhere else.

    Mar 15, 2021 05:40
  • 9.2score
    17
    DJI
    DJI Air 2S Drone with Remote Controller
    Description

    Featuring a 1-inch CMOS sensor, powerful autonomous functions, and a compact body weighing less than 600 g, DJI Air 2S is the ultimate drone for aerial photographers on the move. Take this all-in-one aerial powerhouse along anywhere to experience and record your world in stunning detail."

    14 Features
  • Big World, Big Sensor: Equipped with a 1-inch image sensor and large 2.4μm pixels, DJI Air 2S is capable of 5.4K/30fps and 4K/60fps video. Capture any moment with the rich clarity and authentic color tones it deserves for results that amaze.
  • Turn On the Night: Capture the allure of the world, even as it darkens. Thanks to a high dynamic range, high resolution, and accurate color reproduction, even low-light scenes are sharp and vibrant.
  • One Billion Colors: Fully immerse yourself in all the hues of your environment. The 10-bit Dlog-M color profile can record up to one billion colors while retaining all the little details that make footage pop.
  • Shoot RAW: RAW format photos with a dynamic range of up to 12.6 stops capture more visual information in every scene, even when lighting conditions are bad or complex. This provides more flexibility in post-processing, giving creators more possibilities to get the look they want.
  • Intelligent HDR: Intelligent HDR technology merges multiple shots automatically, increasing the dynamic range of images without the need for post-processing. That means more nuanced details in both the highlights and shadows for richer images with greater depth.
  • Hyperlapse and Panorama: Speed up time and movement with a single tap by creating a striking hyperlapse. You can also capture larger, more detailed shots of your surroundings with panorama.
  • Introducing MasterShots: MasterShots gives users the best shots in any location with just a tap. Simply select your subject, and the drone will film while executing ten different maneuvers in sequence, keeping your subject center-frame and generating a short cinematic video afterward.
  • The Center of Attention: FocusTrack features Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0, and Point of Interest 3.0, making it a breeze for DJI Air 2S to follow or circle your subject.
  • Worry Less, Discover More: The combination of portability, safety, and autonomous technology means you can spend more time enjoying flights and less time worrying about them. Take DJI Air 2S into the sky confidently, every flight.
  • Environment Sensing: DJI Air 2S has the ability to perceive its environment in four directions: up, down, forward, and backward. The algorithms for APAS 4.0 have been further improved, allowing DJI Air 2S to actively avoid obstacles in more complex scenarios and at high speeds.
  • O3 Transmission: DJI Air 2S features DJI's most advanced O3 (OcuSync 3.0) image transmission technology, delivering an ultra-smooth, clear, and reliable image feed everytime you fly.
  • Safer Skies with ADS-B: DJI Air 2S provides an added layer of airspace safety with the built-in AirSense system. This receives ADS-B flight location information from airplanes and helicopters in your area that transmit ADS-B signals, and warns you through the DJI Fly app.
  • Accessories Compatibility: DJI Air 2S is compatbile with DJI Smart Controller, ND 4/8/16/32 and ND 64/128/256/512 filters. Not compatible with DJI FPV Goggles V2 or Motion Controller.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Tanvir, 10 out of 10
    Very satisfied

    Best drone out there for the price. I have flown it for hours specially at night with outstanding video quality. A must buy for 4K 60 fps recording through drone. Master shots option is superb.

    Very stable under high winds. A great companion in my filming ventures with quality as good as my sony a7iii mirror less camera.

    Oct 20, 2021 20:08
  • Review by RippedOff, 2 out of 10
    Known Manufacturing Defect

    Do not purchase!!!!!!!!!! There is a known manufacturing defect in these Air models and DJI is pushing them out the door regardless. Do a search for - Battery Error Code 30068: Battery Installed Incorrectly

    I have a $2k paperweight. There are suggestions on the internet on how to overcome this defect, but nothing worked, and I should not have to do anything but insert the battery properly for the drone to fly. I have expended the 30 minutes of ‘flight time’ on multiple batteries trying to get them to work with no success. It’s going back to Best Buy. Do your own research, DJI should stop selling these.

    Oct 08, 2021 23:44
  • Review by Awesome, 10 out of 10
    Went to Best Buy ordered a new drone got it fast

    Went to Best Buy ordered a new drone got fast. Have the Mavic Pro purchased the DJI2S blows it out the water great drone even for beginners.

    May 21, 2021 20:14
  • Review by Thatdude, 10 out of 10
    Good drone for the money. Worth the buy as a pro.

    Everything I could want in a drone. Easy to fly, good battery life, extremely stable, great gimbal, and a great camera. 5.2k and 4k60 arent super useful unless you need some zoom because both are a slightly cropped sensor. Master shots are way less useful than I expected. You very quickly learn how to do all the maneuvers in there without assistance. I have not tried active track because I use this for real estate photography.

    Oct 22, 2021 19:03
  • Review by Ringcustomer, 10 out of 10
    DJI Air2S

    This drone is fantastic for a new drone flier. Object collision warning has been very helpful. I highly recommend it if you’d like to capture family life from a different perspective. Battery life does run a bit short, that’s my only gripe.

    Jun 25, 2021 16:04
  • Review by Trav, 10 out of 10
    Awesome for videography

    Switched from a mavic 2 pro to this air 2s. Slightly smaller and extremely similar in image quality. Absolutely love this!

    Nov 06, 2021 10:44
  • Review by PAUL, 10 out of 10
    Sastified

    I am absolutely obsessed with drones now. I habe two drones i bought from you guys one is the fpv and the other is the mavic air 2s. They are both great

    Nov 06, 2021 10:25
  • Review by David, 10 out of 10
    DJI air 2s

    Really awesome drone!!! Doesn’t matter your experience level, DJI has you covered with the air 2s. Happy happy!!!!

    Oct 29, 2021 19:59
  • 9.2score
    Autel Robotics - EVO II PRO 6K Rugged Bundle Drone - Orange
    Description

    Pursue commercial videography with this Autel Robotics EVO II Pro 6K rugged drone bundle. The foldable drone’s 6K HDR gimbal camera produces movie-quality aerial footage, while the adjustable aperture provides exposure compensation. This Autel Robotics EVO II Pro rugged drone bundle includes a military-grade hard case with custom-designed foam interior for protective storage.

    5 Features
  • Flying camera: Use the included controller and propellors to take aerial photos and videos. Includes a 32GB MicroSD card for easy file storage.
  • Built-in camera: Take action shots to show your friends in 5472 x 3076 resolution.
  • 2.4GHz transmitter: Lets you perform a variety of precision aerial tricks.
  • Recommended minimum age: Suitable for ages 18 and up.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Watchman, 10 out of 10
    Best Drone

    This is the best drone hands down. Autel has done it again and their customer support is awesome. Any questions I had were promptly answered they even hooked me up with a free battery. The pictures I have taking with this drone have great. Great range, great quality, great support, and great pictures and videos. If you are serious about photography and drone flying then get this drone.

    Jan 04, 2021 20:15
  • Review by Dosha, 10 out of 10
    Drone

    Great Durable Drone, charging is absolutely fast and the charge last a long time.

    Jul 23, 2021 16:05
  • Review by Evo2, 10 out of 10
    Purchase

    Wonderful product. Wished bundle included cable for an iPhone.

    Jan 02, 2021 13:39
  • Review by Steve007, 10 out of 10
    Better than DJI

    Very well made and has been very satisfying to fly and make videos. I returned my Mavic Air 2 because it would limit your height and distance even if you were in the middle of a desert. No fix for this issue and has a long history of forum posts. Autel is based on the west coast and you can talk to anyone there at anytime. They are helpful and are hands down the best customer service out of the drone companies.

    May 21, 2021 10:02
  • Review by Sharron, 10 out of 10
    Autel Evo 2 observation

    Awesome Drone. Looking forward to it being my go to device for photos and video projects ! The camera on the Evo 2 has some very high ceilings along with the 40 minute flight times !

    Mar 05, 2021 16:21
  • Review by MasterTroll, 2 out of 10
    Best buy this is not a rugged bundle

    The rugged bundle comes with three batteries in case you can't count

    Apr 04, 2021 18:29
  • Review by DroneFAN1973, 10 out of 10
    Autel Raises The Bar

    I have a pretty extensive drone background and own a couple of DJI products. All of which are very well made and great flyers. This is my first Autel and it is a very refined product too, It is substantially faster to get in the air than a DJI and is really a crisp flying drone. Because I am flying in pretty cold weather I can't say that the flight time is going to be 40 minutes. Flight time is more in the 34 minute range with real wind and weather. I don't push my luck with drone batteries of any kind. Twenty five minutes of solid flight time is fine with me. It also has spot on return to home landing characteristics, Lands on the pad every time. It is also surprisingly quiet for a big bird. I still have a lot to learn, but I am very happy with the Autel EVO 2 Pro.

    Nov 17, 2020 21:13
  • 8.8score
    Vantop - Snaptain SP600N 2K Drone with Remote Controller - Black
    Description

    Enjoy shake free 2K video recording with the 2 Axis stablised camera on SP600N. With Multi-Fly modes, One Key Return, FPV transmission , Headless mode , gesture and voice control this will be your perfect tool for Arial Videography.

    5 Features
  • Anti-Shake Technology: Built-in 2 axis advanced gimbal helps absorb unwanted movement,keeping the camera in the same position regardless of the motion of the drone. Master the sky to enjoy shake-free shooting in all the desired scenarios.
  • 2K Ultra HD Camera: Featured with 2K (2048X1152) pixel camera, SNAPTAIN makes you an intimate photography partner. 90° camera tilt and 100°FOV allow you to record and explore expansive aerial views. 5GHz WIFI transmission enables the First Person View more clearly and smoothly than 2.4GHz.
  • Smart GPS Return to Home: A safety feature that allows the drone to autonomously fly back to the pilot's location or starting point with dual GPS. SP600N supports Low Power Return, Signal Loss Return, One Key Return. Explore the unknown without fear of losing your drone.
  • Fun to Fly: Equipped with Tap Fly, Point of Interest, Follow Me, Changeable Speed and Gesture Control, SP600N provides a pilot perspective and fresh experience. Extend your visual by exploring the ever-changing world with SP600N multifunctional GPS drone.
  • Easy Operation: Strong GPS supports the drone with precise positioning and stable hovering. Key functions include one key take off/landing. Emergency stop and headless mode can better command your flight when necessary. An ideal choice for pilots of any level.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Shawn650, 10 out of 10
    Drone with much fun!

    Fun to Fly!

    Tap Fly, Point of Interest, Follow Me functions are great for this quality drone with under $200 price

    Sep 20, 2021 09:28
  • Review by Jackee, 6 out of 10
    Drone

    It’s much smaller than I thought it would be very light I don’t know if it will be able to handle wing gusts

    Oct 20, 2021 07:50
  • Review by USBHUB, 2 out of 10
    Vantop - Snaptain SP600N 2K Drone

    Instructions were not adequate. Battery lasted only 5 minutes total. Actually lasted about 2+ minutes in the air before is came down. Software for camera on IOS would not work. No customer support available.

    Sep 17, 2021 15:39
  • Review by Vivian, 10 out of 10
    Strongly Recommended

    My 7-year-old son is so excited to get this drone. He's been wanting a drone since he was 5. I've done some research and found Vantop is the most economical choice. It did not let me down. The quality is good and now my son is asking to go outside to fly every weekend.

    Nov 09, 2021 16:32
  • Review by sggeng, 10 out of 10
    Quality Drone with reasonable price

    I have been looking for an affordable drone under $200 price range. Purchased this one and the experience so far is pretty good. It has good battery life and video quality is also pretty good.

    Oct 13, 2021 13:52
  • Review by FpvGaps, 10 out of 10
    Amazing.

    Really great drone company and great customer service also pretty fast shipping.

    Nov 09, 2021 21:28
  • Review by RajitK, 10 out of 10
    CAPABLE DRONE FOR THE PRICE

    I must say that I have had prior experience with drones before using this one. For the price having a stabilized 2K camera is great! The app is good and has standard set of features like follow me, waypoints, RTH etc. Run time is about 15mins.

    Over all I would say its a great drone for the price if you're getting into drone photography/videography.

    Aug 26, 2021 14:41
  • Review by Slava, 10 out of 10
    Easy and Responsive Drone for Action Shots

    This is a second drone that i've owned. My first one was a very cheap one off of ebay that had limited functionality compared to this one. The controls and responsiveness is really good when flying this around open areas. I've taken some action shots at my son's soccer game and I was pretty impressed.

    Sep 23, 2021 15:42
  • 8.8score
    Ryze Tech - Tello Quadcopter - White And Black
    Description

    Learn about drones, shoot video and easily perform impressive tricks with this lightweight Ryze Tello drone. The 5-megapixel camera records JPEG photos and 720p MP4 video, and the Tello flies up to 10m vertically and up to 100m away. This Ryze Tello drone operates up to 13 minutes per charge.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    5 Features
  • VR headset compatibility: Fly with a breathtaking first-person view.
  • DJI flight tech: High-quality components ensure stable flights.
  • Shoot 720p HD video at 30 fps: Enjoy visually stunning footage. Capture 5.0MP (2592 x 1936) photos.
  • Tello app: Getting started is extra easy with the Tello app's friendly UI.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bestbuygirl, 10 out of 10
    Good for beginners

    I actually gave this to my partner for Christmas, he said he likes it The only thing that he said was there was no instructions or remote and it was all through an app. Other than that he was pleased, and he's never flown one ever and it was easy for him

    Jan 08, 2021 18:15
  • Review by Martywan, 10 out of 10
    A Cut Above Quadcopter in its Pricerange

    I’ve had several small drones and quadcopters all under$100 and they all were underwhelming. This Tello is the bomb! The program that operates it is highly developed and seems free of bugs. On takeoff it hovers like it’s on a pole, even in a breeze. The motors seem strong, are reliable and after hours of flying they are still working well and sounding normal. The craft, overall. Is well made, is high quality in assembly and design. Operating the craft on your phone is great and the system they’ve designed is good, intuitive, easy to understand and taking pics and working and saving pics using their system is easy. The picture quality is pretty good when the light is ample but grainy at dusk or in heavy shade. Videos are not shaky at all, really a nice feature. One of my only improvements might be to eliminate the maximum altitude setting which can’t be changed by the user. Max altitude is 9.9 meters. So, as I learn to fly a drone the Tello is a fine flying machine that is forgiving, well made, has great features, is priced right, is rugged and is great fun. I recommend this item!

    May 17, 2019 19:23
  • Review by JRock, 10 out of 10
    Underrated

    Incredible beginner drone that will give even experienced drone users a thrill... give it full thrust and a full forward tilt with the wind at its back outdoors- you’ll be surprised!

    Jun 20, 2019 14:04
  • Review by Diego1797, 10 out of 10
    Awesome drone for a beginner

    The quality and the service was perfect and easy, I'm so happy

    Mar 15, 2019 16:04
  • Review by TF1222, 10 out of 10
    Excellent starter drone

    This is a fantastic drone if you're just starting out. It flies incredibly stable, even outdoors so long as the wind isn't too strong. The first night I got it I made the mistake of trying to fly it at dusk. I crashed it into the back of a house around two stories high and it crashed to the ground and I thought for sure it was done. Wrong! There wasn't a scratch on it and it still worked perfectly. I've been going to an open field near me since to get used to flying it. The camera on it is serviceable, nothing that's gonna blow you away but that's to be expected at this price point. I'll upload some shots I've taken with it. Overall, it's an outstanding drone for 99$. Just keep your expectations realsitic at that price and you'll really enjoy it.

    May 13, 2018 09:11
  • Review by Jenny, 10 out of 10
    Good drone

    I this got my son this drone he said he like it work for iPhone like my son have android

    Oct 13, 2021 22:52
  • Review by RobNarly, 10 out of 10
    Great starter drone :)

    Smiling and flying within 15 minutes of having fully charged the battery.

    DJI tech gives the Tello ultra stable flight characteristics, the drone is programable and customisable, andyour newer smartphone can be the controller, but I found the Gamesir T1d controller($35+/-) more sensitive to small inputs.

    Best Buy and the Dji store have controllers for android and iphone.

    I found a cool case for it and also use a Xiaomi Mi wifi extender($10+/-) with a small USB powerbank($10+/-) to get 100m or so of unobstructed range to extend my control which is otherwise limited to the range of your phone's wifi.

    I liked mine enough to buy 2 more, 1 for my cousin, and another as a lender to friends so we can fly together :)

    Jul 18, 2018 11:02
  • Review by RichardC, 10 out of 10
    Great beginner drone

    This drone is well made but very basic. It will get you into the hobby but has some limitations. The camera takes some good 5MP pictures but the video is only 720p and stutters at times. There is no onboard memory so your phone/tablet app is recording a stuttery video. There are some educational apps that you can download and allow you to program flights of the little Tello. No GPS but it keeps a steady position with DJI tech downward facing sensor. Great for indoor use, ok for outdoor use as long as the wind is not too strong.

    Dec 02, 2019 18:26
  • 8.6score
    Ryze Tech - Tello Boost Combo Quadcopter - White And Black
    Description

    Shoot, code and play with this Ryze Tech Tello quadcopter boost combo. The programmable, interactive smart drone is VR headset-compatible and works with Scratch for block-based coding and Tello SDK for advanced users, and the built-in camera lets you take 720p videos and 5-megapixel photos.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    8 Features
  • Intelligent flight system with fail-safe protection: Automatically keeps the quadcopter in the air while ensuring you stay in control.
  • Shoots 720HD video at 30 fps: With electronic image stabilization, you can capture smooth and stable aerial footage.
  • Real-time, first-person view of your flight: Beam what your drone sees through its camera straight to your phone or tablet using a free iOS and Android app so you can go on a virtual flight, take great photographs, and monitor telemetry data.
  • Control your drone from up to 328' away: The built-in lithium-polymer battery provides up to 13 minutes of flight time per charge, with LEDs indicating battery status during flight.
  • Downloadable Tello app with friendly UI: Allows you to configure your aircraft, view photos and videos, copy them to folders in your mobile device.
  • Propeller guards: Reduce the risk of harm or damage to people or objects from accidental collisions with the aircraft.
  • Fail-safe protection: Ensures safe landing even if you lose connection.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by shutterbug, 8 out of 10
    Student Pilot

    I bought this drone because it appeared to be a good one to start with, without breaking the bank. I wanted something more than a toy that had a decent camera with the ability for both stills and video. I bought the version with extra batteries and an external charging dock so I could have more flight time - important when you're learning how to fly. So far I've been happy with my purchase. Excuse the picture of my roof, but it's something I couldn't do without this drone.

    Mar 07, 2019 14:33
  • Review by Riky, 10 out of 10
    Great drone for beginners

    I bought the DJI stark but I realized that was to expensive and complicate to be my first drone, after I used for a couples of days I was afraid to crash a$500 drone .. so I took it back . And I got the Tello witch is the small version, I’m so excited.. I’m gonna used for while, then When I’m ready I’ll jump to next level; something bigger... JUST MAKE SURE U GET THE COMBO DEAL (charger hub and extra bater

    Jan 18, 2019 16:52
  • Review by Stoney, 10 out of 10
    Awesome, Incredible, Can't beat it for a beginner!

    I positively LOVE this little drone!!!! I wasn't sure how much I would use (play) with a drone, so rather than drop a few hundred dollars (or more), I figured I would ty a little one like this.

    I WILL be buying a BIGGER, better one soon, but I will NEVER give up on my little Tello.

    If you have any interest in trying a drone, BUY THIS!!!!!!

    May 26, 2020 21:00
  • Review by Starsky, 10 out of 10
    Perfect first camera drone. Easy to use and fun!

    I watched a lot of Youtube videos before I decided to pull the trigger on the Tello. Most camera drones are large and intimidating and look like they could cause some havoc in the wrong hands (like mine) - but the Tello is super friendly (only 80 grams!) and super simple to use. I decided to buy the Tello by itself for $99 and buy the accessories separately; but the next day, the combo went on sale for $99, so I exchanged the Tello for the Tello Boost Combo.

    The Combo comes with 3 batteries, replacement props, and the charging bay with a USB cable. At $99 the combo is hard to beat (at $149, it's a wash) so I bought two and gave one to my nephew (who also loves it). FWIW - Good enough quality to take the occasional pictures/video to share with friends is my expectation at this price point.

    This is my first drone - I never wanted a large, complex drone with GPS - and thanks to the DJI software and sensors, it behaves just like I expected a large drone would right out of the box. It hovers very steady and is very responsive to control inputs. The photos are very good and the video is phone-quality. Range could be better, but battery life is excellent and there are simple aftermarket hacks to extend the Tello's range and height limits significantly, and improve the video performance with a wi-fi extender and .99 phone app. I recently purchased a Gamevice controller for my phone, and the joysticks make it a lot easier to maneuver quickly. The software is very good on the iPhone, I don't know about other brands.

    The few things that could be improved on the Tello are the video quality (although it is very good for $99), the ability to swivel the camera up/down, and more exposure options in the software. Some of these gripes may be addressed in firmware, but I'm quite sure the next generation of Tello will have all that and much more. It is an amazing 'toy' for young and old!

    Nov 22, 2018 17:36
  • Review by JT91, 8 out of 10
    Poor feed/videos with note 9

    With my Note 9, it takes great photos, but you cannot see the photo while taking. You can see clearly in video mode, but the videos are terrible. With my gfs iPhone it works perfect.

    It can suddenly drop altitude when stopping/ turning, but can be countered with controls.

    All in all, awesome!

    Jan 16, 2019 20:09
  • Review by dom4vrr, 10 out of 10
    BEST Beginners Drone

    If you have never had a drone before and want to start off, this is the drone for you. This drone can go up to 100 feet in the air and take a photo or video. I have some beautiful pics of the sunset. Very small drone, each battery has 15 min life (based on my experience).

    Aug 25, 2021 18:41
  • Review by Finfan, 10 out of 10
    Best beginner Drone

    Connects to your smartphone with a WiFi connection and you use your phone to control the drone using the Tello App.

    Apr 08, 2020 17:25
  • Review by Nick, 10 out of 10
    Awesome little camera especially indoors

    Completely stable no drift quick and responsive, no lag in video. Great little machine...

    Jul 19, 2019 16:35
  • 8.6score
    Autel Robotics - EVO 4K Drone with Controller REFURBISHED - Orange
    Description

    Capture video from the air using this orange Autel Robotics EVO quadcopter drone. The full-color video panel on the controller gives you a real-time view of the terrain below, and the four propellers let you precisely maneuver the drone into position over your subject. This Autel Robotics EVO quadcopter drone folds into a compact configuration for storage.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    6 Features
  • Intelligent flight system: Intelligent algorithms are constantly running during autonomous flight, making long-range decisions for path planning around obstacles.
  • Front & bottom vision obstacle avoidance sensing system: Dual GPS/GLONASS satellite positioning and advanced computer vision systems help avoid obstacles to ensure a safe and stable flight.
  • Near IR sensor on the rear of the aircraft: Protecting you when flying backward autonomously.
  • Two ultrasonic sensors: Paired with two more computer vision cameras on the bottom of EVO, help protect the aircraft from landing on unlevel surfaces,.
  • Built-in camera on a 3-axis robust stabilized gimbal: Capture stunning video at 4k resolution & 60 frames per second and 12-megapixel still images with 94° field-of-view. Using powerful Ambarella H2 image processor which supports H.265 codec.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Chefman, 8 out of 10
    Autel EVO

    I initially purchased this drone two years ago and returned it after repeated problems with firmware and remote syncing functions. Older technology, but the sale price of under $500 dollars made the purchase a no brainer to have a second aircraft that can't be shut down by DJI. : )

    The flies well and the camera quality is excellent thus far. I read EVO may no longer service or support this aircraft so take that into consideration prior to purchase.

    Oct 15, 2021 17:07
  • Review by Charles, 8 out of 10
    Autel Evo Review

    If you're looking for a reliable drone with great performance, this is it. No geofencing here, not that geofencing is bad but just gives it a little edge over the competition; wish it had more Flight intelligent modes but it makes up for it with missions that allow you to do 3rd party drone mapping which is nice! Overall pretty decent drone for the price!

    Sep 02, 2021 11:46
  • Review by AutelEVO, 10 out of 10
    Great Drone

    Paid $499 for refurbished. Received a brand new drone. This is a high end drone with obstacle avoidance which even though is a 3 y.o. model is still a 4K 60 fps high quality super stable copter. The EVO 2 is better but costs 3 times more. DJI Mavic Air2 which is a great drone too is twice the price.

    Oct 16, 2021 16:59
  • 8.6score
    Autel Robotics - EVO 4K Drone with Controller REFURBISHED - Orange
    Description

    Capture video from the air using this orange Autel Robotics EVO quadcopter drone. The full-color video panel on the controller gives you a real-time view of the terrain below, and the four propellers let you precisely maneuver the drone into position over your subject. This Autel Robotics EVO quadcopter drone folds into a compact configuration for storage.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    6 Features
  • Intelligent flight system: Intelligent algorithms are constantly running during autonomous flight, making long-range decisions for path planning around obstacles.
  • Front & bottom vision obstacle avoidance sensing system: Dual GPS/GLONASS satellite positioning and advanced computer vision systems help avoid obstacles to ensure a safe and stable flight.
  • Near IR sensor on the rear of the aircraft: Protecting you when flying backward autonomously.
  • Two ultrasonic sensors: Paired with two more computer vision cameras on the bottom of EVO, help protect the aircraft from landing on unlevel surfaces,.
  • Built-in camera on a 3-axis robust stabilized gimbal: Capture stunning video at 4k resolution & 60 frames per second and 12-megapixel still images with 94° field-of-view. Using powerful Ambarella H2 image processor which supports H.265 codec.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Chefman, 8 out of 10
    Autel EVO

    I initially purchased this drone two years ago and returned it after repeated problems with firmware and remote syncing functions. Older technology, but the sale price of under $500 dollars made the purchase a no brainer to have a second aircraft that can't be shut down by DJI. : )

    The flies well and the camera quality is excellent thus far. I read EVO may no longer service or support this aircraft so take that into consideration prior to purchase.

    Oct 15, 2021 17:07
  • Review by Charles, 8 out of 10
    Autel Evo Review

    If you're looking for a reliable drone with great performance, this is it. No geofencing here, not that geofencing is bad but just gives it a little edge over the competition; wish it had more Flight intelligent modes but it makes up for it with missions that allow you to do 3rd party drone mapping which is nice! Overall pretty decent drone for the price!

    Sep 02, 2021 11:46
  • Review by AutelEVO, 10 out of 10
    Great Drone

    Paid $499 for refurbished. Received a brand new drone. This is a high end drone with obstacle avoidance which even though is a 3 y.o. model is still a 4K 60 fps high quality super stable copter. The EVO 2 is better but costs 3 times more. DJI Mavic Air2 which is a great drone too is twice the price.

    Oct 16, 2021 16:59
  • 8.6score
    Parrot - ANAFI 4K Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Black
    Description

    Take in the scenery with this Parrot ANAFI drone. The robust, compact design lets you carry it wherever the trail takes you, and the drone unfolds easily when it's time for flight. The camera captures beautiful 4K images and video, and this Parrot ANAFI drone keeps your footage smooth with its three-axis image stabilization.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    7 Features
  • The flying 4K HDR camera that you can take with you everywhere on the go.: View the world from above in wide-angle perspective, vivid color, and stunning clarity.
  • Create low angle shots with exclusive 180° tilt gimbal: Capturing unprecedented shots from inimitable angles. The camera tilts from -90° to +90° vertically without sacrificing on quality.
  • Film smooth videos using the 3-axis image stabilization: The stabilization system ensures ultra-smooth videos and steady photos by reducing vibrations and the aliasing effect.
  • Capture more emotions thanks to the 2.8x lossless zoom: Lossless zoom allows you to get a closer without any resolution loss. Change the focal length to get close to the action while remaining at a safe distance.
  • Ultra portable & foldable design: ANAFI is an ultra-portable drone that is both compact and lightweight and can be transported everywhere.
  • Control the drone from up to 2.4 miles away: The rechargeable 2700mAh lithium-polymer battery for advanced flight performances provides up to 25 minutes of flight time per charge.
  • Super quiet flights: Provides a quiet and noiseless flight of your quadcopter.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TcCokato, 8 out of 10
    Great Travel Drone that's EASY to Fly!

    This drone’s compact foldable design is perfect for the photographer on the go. The 4K camera with 180° rotation and lossless zoom will ensure you capture that perfect shot. The lack of obstacle avoidance may be a deal breaker for some, but if you’re in the market for a high-quality camera drone at a fraction of the price, you should strongly consider the Parrot Anafi.

    The Parrot Anafi isn’t the best, nor the most advanced drone the market, but honestly for the price, it is hard to beat. The lack of obstacle avoidance really holds this drone back, but as long as you fly responsibly and stay aware of your surroundings, you will not have any issues safely piloting this drone. The controls and app are very intuitive and respond quickly with very little lag. The GPS lock helps maintain stability with little to no drifting, and the highly configurable flight controls ensure everyone, from the veteran drone photographer to the first-time owner, has an enjoyable experience.

    This drone features multiple flight modes ranging from full manual control to advanced object tracking. My personal favorite is “Cameraman”, which enables you to lock onto a target and manually control the flight path of the drone while keeping the subject perfectly centered in the shot. Unlike its competitors, Anafi’s “Follow Me” mode supports camera panning as well as chase shots, whereas most of the competition only offers the latter.

    The 4K/21MP camera, while extremely small, offers crisp video and excellent photographs. The gimbal is very responsive keeping videos smooth and jitter free. The camera also supports optical image stabilization to correct for any vibration / shaking.

    I have logged 21 flights since its arrival and have only experienced one minor glitch with the software. On one flight, the SD card reported an error, causing the live video to freeze. I suspect a recent software update was the cause and a reinstall of the app appears to have corrected the issue. Aside from this one issue, my experience with this drone has been flawless.

    Overall, I’m giving the Parrot Anafi 4 Stars due to the lack of a suitable controller case and for requiring in-app purchases to unlock the drones full potential. (The additional apps are currently on sale for $0.99 now through 9-6-18, previously they were $17.99/ea.)

    Pros:

    • Easy to Fly – Perfect for a first-time camera drone owner

    • Intuitive App

    • Multiple flight control options. The drone can be controlled directly from your phone, tablet or SkyController with or without a phone.

    • Excellent video and picture quality

    • Very quiet compared to other drones currently on the market– Hardly notice/hear drone 20 ft away

    • USB-C charging (6% to full charge took approx. 1.25h)

    • 4K camera with Lossless Zoom and HDR

    • Camera Gimble allows for 180° of vertical rotation so you can capture shots directly above or below the drone, without obstruction by the propellers

    • Fast start – Unfold the drone and you’re ready to fly

    • Storage case included

    • Long Flight time (20-25 minutes)

    • Lightweight, but solid construction

    • USB-C cable included

    • Expandable Memory

    • OTA firmware updates

    • Very responsive and configurable flight controls

    • Advanced target tracking – Superior to DJI

    • Does not enforce No-Fly Zones!

    Cons:

    • Micro SD card uses a tray style holder, if the cover falls off it can be lost, making it impossible to properly mount the SD card. I would prefer an SD slot.

    • No protective case for the handheld remote; Thumb Sticks exposed, could potentially become damaged when placed in a backpack.

    • No obstacle avoidance

    • The handheld controller does not support thicker phone cases

    • In-App purchase required to unlock all flight modes.

    Aug 30, 2018 00:51
  • Review by SillyTurtle, 8 out of 10
    Put's the Fun in Functional - Great Potential

    I want to begin with saying this is my first drone and I'm certainly a novice to the hobby. Anything from experience that I learned was from my father-in-law whom has had one for some time now. Also I started with issues initially because I thought my phone was "new" enough to connect to the controller but alas, it wasn't. Because when they say new, they mean devices with the USB C port which are only truly making the change with releases this year. I will get into this more below. Fortunately I found an adapter on Amazon that I can confirm that works and allowed me to connect my phone (USB C - female to micro USB - male) and use the controller. It came in a two pack with the brand name "Choetech" (I've also included a picture). I have a feeling the key is to use an adapter and the cord supplied so it's possible any adapter may work but be aware a regular USB to micro USB cord does NOT work with the controller. This was good because I didn't have much luck with wifI only. The first time I ended up crashing it because I had the "auto switch" wifi feature turned ON in my phone where if it detects a stronger wifi signal, it automatically changes. Thus I lost control and it went into a wooden post, fell hard into the outside corner of a wooden planter box and to the concrete. Advice - turn this feature OFF on your phone when flying with wifi. The 2nd flight it was ok for less than a minute but somehow started drifting to the same spot and I again lost control/connection. I had to grab it out of the air and quickly "land" it to stop it. I didn't care to try it again until I used the controller. Being in a community we have tons of wifi interference and I know this can cause issues for ANY drone. Perhaps I'll test it again using wifi after a few updates down the road.

    GOOD:

    The bright side to crashing however - as my heart sank and I walked over to it's beeping lifeless body, I was shocked to find how it barely had a scratch. Only two propellers on one arm had a slight little roll where it hit and it wasn't even enough to change them out. This thing seems VERY durable and well built! Sound wise I find it a lot more tolerable and pleasant compared to my father-in-laws larger, more expensive DJI (I think it is). On the flip side though, his you can't hear at all once at a certain height while I found the Anafi I could still hear at a significant height. As for the controller, I'm a huge gamer so it feels so great in my hands. I even swapped the joystick controls in the app options to make the controls more like a FPS shooter. I found the response time from the controller input including both flying and camera inclination to be spot on which is great. The gyroscopic camera is also as steady as can be. I had fun testing it flying it quickly side to side and it stayed completely still as far as my eye saw. Visible wind affected it only very little considering how small and light it is which would be expected but also a slight surprise it's not more. A big plus is it did come with an 16 GB micro sd card which is really nice so you're ready to go out of the box. Pictures are indeed just gorgeous as you would expect from something 4K with HDR so going into detail is not necessary, you'll just love it. The 2.7x lossless zoom is so impressive, too. For some reason I was having issues with video recording but it may be the app. It seemed to record even though the app was showing issues, so I can't say much about that. It could have also been user error but if the quality is like the pictures than I'm not worried. The device itself is working as intended which is most important but I have more to say below about the app. I was indeed able to download the media through the wifi to my phone right after flight easily where I could even instantly share it to someone if I'd like. I would have to say because of the 180 degree swivel camera, great capture ability and compact design, I would think this drone would be on the top of the list when it comes to using for functional & commercial use such as real estate, repair/construction jobs etc... I have a two story house so if I have any future issues again myself I will be surely reaching for this thing to investigate before getting on a 25 ft ladder again! Overall it's really fun to fly and with the 4K HDR 180 degree camera and various picture/video features, the potential goes really as far as your imagination.

    CONS:

    Couple of gripes here, though. First is you have to pay to unlock both the "Follow Me" and "Flight Plan" modes which according to someone else the cost is $17.99 each. There IS a sale for just .99 cents right now but still. Maybe I'm wrong since I'm not as knowledgeable of all drones currently on the market, but I would think at this price point it would include those. While the concept to keep the selling price low while offering those modes as optional is a good one, the price point makes it a bit ineffective. I'll eventually purchase but for review purposes, I wanted to only use what comes out of the box. Second, while the quick start pamphlet was nice and easy, the booklet only gave basic drone operating regulations/tips/warnings. It really would have been nice if they also had a few pages explaining the interface in the app and what it all means when on the flying screen. Thirdly, you most likely will have to take your phone out of it's case to put in the controller like I had to. This wouldn't have been as big of a deal if it weren't for the fact that it really doesn't seem the most secure in the controller's grasp at all in general. A quick accidental brush is all it takes. I may try to create my own strap in system down the line. Lastly but most importantly is clarification of device compatibility. The box says this was made for iPhones (although Androids work perfectly fine too), and only comes with a USB A - C cord to plug into only the newest device models. I don't know what the exact last model Android/iPhones to have the micro USB port was but I know they were as recent as last year (2017).This means you need an adapter to hook up to slightly older devices. It would have been really beneficial to them if they either supplied an adapter or a second same sized short cord for phones still with the previous/micro USB ports. I feel like they are really limiting their market right now when these newer ports are still only starting to be added to phones. But this may have been intentional due to the current app state. They may have wanted to work on the newest phones first and work their way down.

    APP - Freeflight 6:

    While this is currently a "con" it's also something currently improving and undoubtedly will be better in the future therefor it deserves it's own section. Future readers can ignore this part as things will obviously be better as time goes on. Like others the biggest app issue I experienced was video feed issues. In the beginning it was only updating the feed once every 5-10 seconds but at least it worked. Eventually the feed completely went out and made the picture/video features lag for minutes and then stopped working all together. The drone controls, including the movement of the camera, were flawless this whole time though so that was comforting. After the latest update it seemed to stay working for the most part other than losing feed here and there which worked after restarting the app. Still dealt with the video feed lag though but I can deal with that for now as long as it works. Now one thing is clear by my own experience and other reviews on Google Play of the app - it's having a lot of problems right now. But the Parrot team is working tirelessly sending out updates. There has been 3 I think in the past week alone and people have already seen improvements (including me with the last one). I do believe things will continue to improve. With that said, I WOULD recommend this drone BUT perhaps for some waiting may be the best course of action. I'd keep watch at the forums and updates from the app to see how things are going in the meantime.

    Sep 04, 2018 11:03
  • Review by cw77, 8 out of 10
    Nice drone, but lacks obstacle avoidance

    This is the first drone I’ve owned, so I don’t have much to compare it to, other than the few times I flew my son’s AR 2.0, which was a few years ago. That said, I thought the Anafi was very easy to fly, despite the incredibly sparse user guide included. I’m not yet comfortable flying primarily by the video feed, so I couldn’t test the range completely, but it definitely has a greater range than the AR did. Picture quality was good, and you can even shoot in RAW format, but there is a bit of a fish-eye effect from the wide angle lense.

    Pro’s:

    -Folds to compact size, easily transportable in included rigid case.

    -Easy to fly. Can set altitude and geofence limits to help prevent yourself from wandering where you don’t intend to.

    -Camera gimbal does a good job of keeping camera oriented properly.

    -USB-C charging, and includes 1 cable.

    -Good flight time of 20-25 minutes.

    -Wireless controller has a very nice feel to it. Feels solid, without being uncomfortably heavy.

    -Can fly with just the wireless controller or just your phone (with a more limited range), in addition to the combination of the two.

    -Includes spare propellers, and the tool needed to change them.

    -Good manual video controls, such as shutter speed and iso.

    Cons:

    -No obstacle avoidance features. I know other drones in this range have such features, so I’m baffled as to why they would omit them. This would probably be the most significant negative, in my opinion.

    -Slot for micro SD card is inconveniently in a tray under the battery, and not the easiest to properly align. It doesn’t slide in, rather sets in a very small depression & has metal clip that covers it. Would much prefer a slot, rather than a tray.

    -No carrying case for wireless controller.

    -There can be a lag in the live video feed after snapping a picture.

    -There is some wide-angle (fish-eye) distortion in the corners of pictures.

    -Does not include a charger.

    -Spare batteries are $100

    -Wireless controller may not fit larger phones, and may inadvertently press phone power/volume buttons. Barely fits my Note 8 with a thin case.

    -Very limited user information included. Just a very brief quick-start guide, and a gazillion page “Flight Safety Guide”, in about 52 languages.

    -Have to pay extra for two of the app features, Follow Me and Flight Plan. For the cost, these should just be part of the app.

    Overall, I’d consider this a fine drone, but as I mentioned before, I have very little to compare it to. Going to give it four stars, because I think it’s good, but could be five stars if they had obstacle avoidance features.

    Sep 10, 2018 20:05
  • Review by Kat777, 10 out of 10
    Great drone for beginners and more advanced users

    This is the first drone I've used however I had a general idea what to expect and that some do more than others. The app you use on your phone is so easy to get started and get flying. I was impressed with how little it took to get in the air and love that it can be flown with or without the controller. The first time I took it out I just used my phone to get the feel for how to fly and maneuver the drone. It's so easy to use and I'm so impressed with the camera quality. Pictures and video are crystal clear. The controls for moving the camera were a little harder to get used to but it's so similar to a gaming controller that once you figure out the buttons it's fairly quick. The range and height on this is incredible. It does take awhile to charge which is my only complaint. Otherwise this would be great for beginners and should do the job for more experienced flyers as well. It's fairly quiet which I was surprised by which is a great feature.

    Aug 28, 2018 10:05
  • Review by EAR1965, 8 out of 10
    Lots of fun!!!

    First time really flying a drone, so this the view from a newbie. Got drone. ...it rained a few days, but at least we read the directions, downloaded the app and updates, and got it all charged up. ..then we were working until after dark, then it rained for a few days. Then we had a good day, but the battery was dead. Or something was wrong, anyway - the drone wouldn't turn on. So we went back home and plugged it into a charger. There were some flashing red lights and then it settled down to green, showing half charge. After that it seemed fine. Not sure what that was all about. Perhaps it will warrant an update later.

    So, finally got a great day. Put phone in the holder on the controller and away we went!!!

    (Controller does NOT have that great grip on phone- EASY FIX PARROT.) Drone is very quiet with just a buzzing sound. Video is beyond stable - almost unreal. Probably normal for a drone at this price point, but amazing! We brought the drone to eye level and the recording of us is, well, kind of spooky. It looks sentient.

    Oh, and TAKE THE LENS COVER OFF BEFORE FLYING, just a suggestion.

    Micro SD card - you have to remove the battery pack and slide and tilt up a tiny metal cover to access it. It seems like Parrot could have come up with something more durable and convenient. At least you can use the USB C cable to download your video instead.

    Parrot has made the actual flying super easy even for a beginner, but do read the directions first. You'll want to let it to lock onto GPS before you launch, for example. Leave it in photo mode while you learn to use the controller; the very slow default settings will give you the time you need to fix mistakes before you crash. Oh, and those trees and buildings around you? They get really close really fast, and the drone doesn't have obstacle avoidance, so practice at first in an open field or parking lot. Find a flat surface for launching and landing; it complains if the blades are hitting grass.

    Overall, both the drone and the controller feel well made, not cheap. It was a little disappointing that the real-time video update on the phone was, well, not real time, which made setting the camera tilt angle tricky. Nice feature, though, and the video we got from it was fantastic!

    Sep 28, 2018 19:39
  • Review by MnstrMike, 8 out of 10
    I'm a Beginner...

    Quick Info

    Phone Used OnePlus 5T 6" screen and Dash Charger and cable.

    The Anafi is my first introduction to a drone, not counting the RadioShack Christmas specials. And so as my summary states, I'm definitely a beginner and I have to say I was quite nervous as I was pretty scared to crash the thing. I read a few reviews first and people said it just took off on them and crashed and there are no replacement parts for control arms. Checking the website, you get battery packs, controllers, and blades. That's about it.

    As of writing I received the drone in the mail 7 days ago and our weather has been a little crazy so I've had to delay frequently my time to try it out.

    Today was bright and sunny, but had a good 4-5 mph wind. And it didn't phase this thing one bit. It stayed and hovered just were I would leave it.

    Again as a beginner, I couldn't be more pleased. I did crash it twice, once into small tall brush. Hard enough it collapsed a control arm and sent a warning to the controller screen. The second time I ran into a group of pine trees and it landed on the ground with arms in full lock, ready to fly! So its at least sturdy enough for that. When it comes to walls and such I'll let you be the judge.

    Also as a beginner I think they could do a few things better:

    -Have a bit more info in the packaging: there are two pamphlets one labeled a "Super Quick Starter Guide", you can see in the photo, and they mean super quick, like 8 photos. The second was FAA regulations in about 100 hundred languages, that is about 8 pages per language.

    Any real info is found on the support site and they have it setup as a Q&A style which tells me they really did me to give very limited explanation of things. Which I'm not one to complain about saving a few trees, but a bare minimum would be to have the charging specs included with the drone. The support site had this info. But without a charger included, I'm not just going to throw any old charger on it. I have a laptop that charge off of USB-C, but wasn't sure if it would deliver too much power, verdict is still out. Ended up using my phone charger.

    -Include a charger, for the price it's not going to be much more and most people these days don't have one that is USB Power Delivery certified to get the fastest charging times available.

    -As well a bit more info on just how to fly the thing.

    After my first flight I've realized that its just that simple to fly, it still could have a simple short video tutorial, the FreeFlight 6 app at least has the joystick layout (feels like a video game setup) but it also doesn't give much explanation into all the settings that can be changed and advantages/disadvantages. It definitely has a learning curve in the UI department. I would really like to see a demo mode either in the app or on the website to play with the settings and see how they affect the drone.

    -How to turn it on/off! The "Super Quick Guide" could at least two double clicks to get it into pairing mode with the remote.

    -My phone is the max size of what Parrott says is the range of 6". It's not the best design, it's quite crazy trying to get it to fit in, but honestly given the setup you don't want a small screened device.

    -It did drop GPS signal a couple of times and that didn't disrupt my flying at least at the distances I was flying; not far. It did say that I could do a planned route.

    I could keep going, but you get the point...too much guess work. Maybe being a beginner this is all stuff that veterans know? I'm pretty comfortable with tech, but this is out of my normal element.

    Honestly, that's why I gave it 4 Stars, while there is a lot of guess work, at least its easy to fly. Its not so easy you feel like a pro. Currently I'm only flying by sight not the screen, but I do live near a small forest, so I'm not ready to rely on my on screen depth perception.

    Closing Arguments: It's definitely worth the investment, do take into consideration that if it breaks, its probably broke.

    Accessories: Considering an extra battery for longer flight times. Maybe having some sort of harness for the controller would help to prop the arms up higher to fly using the screen.

    Sep 02, 2018 22:52
  • Review by sundevilchemist, 10 out of 10
    So easy a caveman could fly it...

    [SHORT STORY]

    Parrot ANAFI quadcopter drone is a must buy if you like plug and play simplicity.

    Pros:

    -USB C port

    -Micro SD expandable memory

    -4K camera

    -solid build quality

    -Battery removes easily

    -Storage case is premium quality and looks nice

    -Easy to fly

    -Stays where it hovers

    -Picture and video looks good

    -Lens cap cover

    Cons:

    -Does not include power adapter that plugs into wall (i used my Nexus 6P power supply)

    -Case has no room for spare battery

    -Didn't really care for the expandable memory slot location under the battery or how it opens/closes

    -Drone is loud (sounds cool though)

    [THE LONG STORY]

    Everything about this drone is simplicity. To the Super Quick Start Guide that reads like an ikea instruction card. The card has pictures that show 8 the simple steps will get your drone in the air after of you do the following: Register with the FAA so you can get your UAS number.

    So I have flown those cheapo helicopter and drones you find at end caps of grocery store/electronic stores. Very hard to fly and always end up wrecking them.

    Well let me ease your fear or wrecking this sweet Parrot ANAFI quadcopter drone. I opened the flight app, powered on drone, powered on controller (looks similar to xbox one s controller), and was ready for lift off (don't forget to remove camera lens cap).

    Drone propellers started spinning and the ANAFI started rising about 2 feet and hovered ready for me to control it. Left thumbstick controls height and right controls direction. You can either fly with just the controller and/or your cell phone. Live map and camera view show up on your camera. It is pretty sweet!

    I flew for about 20 minutes and the app showed the battery on the drone had about 4% battery life so I brought the drone close to original take off point, switched to landing on the application and this auto piloted the drone down without incident. That was very awesome that I didn't have to call Maverick to bring me in for a landing.

    For the whole time besides landing I was on manual pilot mode. For the most part the drone stayed hovering where it was. There was minimal breeze and saw very little drift of the drone if any. The controller has buttons to take pictures, zoom camera, etc. There is also feedback on android app that show field of view the camera has in red.

    The only issue I had was fitting my Google Nexus 6P in the holder of the controller. Maybe if I took my phone case off it would fit better. Also had to orient phone so the holder didn't squeeze the volume keys of the phone. I also had to go to my USB settings on phone and select file transfer in order to get the phone to recognize the controller. If not then the phone thinks the port is only for charging.

    I had a few people come out and watch my drone fly over an empty field. I didn't test the full range of height and distance but I feel confident it will go wherever I want to take it (of course following proper safety guidelines), The flight and controls are exact enough I could follow a friend who is mountain biking and document the ride for fun.

    I couldn't find any flaws with the unit. It was just so easy to use and fly. I hope to unlock more features as I continue to log more flight time.

    If you a blogger, real estate picture person, hobby flyer, etc I feel this drone would be a good fit for everyone. One thing that future models could improve on is a more colors options for the drone. If one thing it is a pretty bland color.

    Aug 25, 2018 11:50
  • Review by speaker, 10 out of 10
    drone

    we really like this drone it does many things were enjoy it very much

    Jul 02, 2019 17:39
  • 8.4score
    Autel Robotics - EVO II Portable 8k Drone - Black/Orange
    Description

    Capture breathtaking aerial videos with this Autel Robotics EVO II 8K drone. The camera records 8K videos for crystal clear visuals and supports up to four times lossless in-camera zoom. With 12 computer vision sensors, this drone is easy to control and avoids in-air collisions. An included rechargeable battery keeps this Autel Robotics EVO II Pro done ready for flight and film.

    4 Features
  • Built-in camera: Take action shots to show your friends in 7680 x 4320 resolution.
  • 2.4GHz transmitter: Lets you perform a variety of precision aerial tricks.
  • Recommended minimum age: Suitable for ages 18 and up.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by QPilot, 10 out of 10
    Great Drone

    This is a great drone, easy to learn to fly, very smart ai control and safe to fly around tree and object. It is very good a keeping still in higher wind up to 39mph! I highly recommend to anyone over the DJI.

    May 09, 2021 00:20
  • Review by Ranchdad, 2 out of 10
    Battery Life + Customer Service Fail

    You will love flying this drone. As an aircraft and as a device to capture stunning still images and video, it is superb. So why do I give it only one star? The battery life indicator is extremely unreliable, and customer service takes no accountability for this. My drone initiated a landing sequence entirely on its own with 16% of its battery life left (this metric along with estimated remaining flight time of 5 minutes are clearly recorded in the flight log) and landed in enough water to destroy the electronics. The drone was 120.5 feet away from me and flying at an altitude of 12 feet. Easy to bring back to my location in a matter of seconds. I tried to abort the landing and the aircraft was unresponsive. When I contacted customer service they were willing to review the flight log with me. They admitted that my explanation of the sequence of events was correct. No dispute. But they placed 100% of the blame on me for flying with low power. This drone at this price point with a battery indicator that shows a precise % of life left (accompanied by a time estimate as well) should have given more reliable data to the pilot. Imagine if your car ran out of gas with an estimated 1/8th of a tank of gas left. Would you feel responsible for that? This is how Autel Robotics runs its customer service center. You should know that before you buy this drone. And if you buy this drone and have trouble, you will remember this review and kick yourself.

    Jul 19, 2021 20:27
  • Review by Evan, 8 out of 10
    Best drone on the market hands down! Watch out DJI

    Absolutely fantastic drone! I ones the Mavic Pro(1st one) and the Evo 2 is so much better they're not even comparable. I get around 30-35 minutes flight time and the video and pictures are outstanding. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 is the battery charger quit working after only 5 flights. I'm just glad they have great customer service also because the day after I sent Autel an email I received one back and 2 days later a new charger was headed my way via FedEx overnight. Great job all the way around Autel.

    Feb 22, 2021 18:52
  • Review by kickler, 8 out of 10
    Solid drone

    Being that it was the first drone i owned very impressed with the quality of the drone wife and i had a lot of fun using it filmed fireworks on the 4th 2020 turned out very nice File size on the 8k were HUGE so be aware and make sure you use a good quality SD card.

    Mar 08, 2021 20:03
  • Review by ChrisChris, 10 out of 10
    One of the best Photo Drones for business!

    My office now has 3 of these...bought primarily because they do not have automatic geofencing. That being said, there is a new firmware update which enforces geofencing as of Aug 15, 2021.

    Oct 19, 2021 13:00
  • Review by BESTIE, 10 out of 10
    BEST DRONE!!

    Best drone I’ve owned in five years. Ease of operation, excellent video quality.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:36
  • Review by Corey, 10 out of 10
    Professional level drone

    This drone is not an easy plug and play level quad copter. It is easy to fly and very well designed but it is a professional grade camera system and a professional grade Arial platform. Strongly recommend

    Jul 31, 2020 16:06
  • Review by MikeyD, 10 out of 10
    Manager "G" really saved the day

    What could have been a complete nightmare experience due to the situation and circumstances was completely turned around and turned into a positive by the manager at the store his name is g I think. There was a miscommunication and it was an honest mistake and it could have been costly but it was made right and I can't tell you how pleased I was with the level-headedness fairness and just good that I felt coming to that store after I left. Thank you for your help I appreciate it hope to see you soon

    Oct 15, 2020 08:45
  • 8.4score
    Parrot - ANAFI Extended Drone with Skycontroller - Dark Gray
    Description

    Take to the skies with this Parrot Anafi Extended drone. Ideal for capturing footage off the beaten path, this ultra-compact drone offers easy portability and records breathtaking footage with a 4K camera. This Parrot Anafi Extended drone has a powerful battery that lets it explore the sky for up to 25 minutes at a time with a top speed of 33mph.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    10 Features
  • ANAFI Extended: The flying 4K HDR camera complete with accessories that you can take everywhere on the go.
  • 180° tilt gimbal: ANAFI features a 180° tilt gimbal, capturing unprecedented shots from inimitable angles, up to 2.8X lossless zoom to visualize details clearly and 3-axis image stabilization to shoot ultra-stable videos and photos.
  • 4K HDR: The flying 4K HDR camera boasts video and photo shooting capabilities. Show off your creative flair with a 21MP camera with Slow-Motion and Hyperlapse modes. Make your photos stand out with Adobe Creative Cloud (2-month membership included).
  • FreeFlight 6 - intuitive piloting interface: Get ready to fly ANAFI using FreeFlight 6, the new intuitive piloting interface. With a tap of your finger, make automatic drone videos using state-of-the-art A.I. and Skycontroller 3. Film and photograph your most memorable moments.
  • Automatic framing assistant: Cameraman is an automatic framing assistant for all your aerial videos. All you have to do is control the movement of your ANAFI drone whilst the subject is automatically framed.
  • Slow-Motion mode: Records automatically, instantly adding a slow-motion result, ideal for all your sport or action based videos.
  • Hyperlapse mode: Immediately accelerates your videos so you can capture a sunset, a sunrise or even passing clouds.
  • Automatic aerial selfies: SmartDronies let you take automatic aerial selfies. Create fun moments with your friends and share them on your social media in a click.
  • Robust carbon-reinforced design: ANAFI was made to resist difficult weather conditions thanks to its carbon reinforced frame and athermic camera that resists temperatures from -10° to +40°. The powerful motors can resist winds of up to 33mph.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CyberPlex, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely Amazing Drone

    This is the best cinematic and multipurpose drone. Being newly Part 107 certified. It's used for aerial photos and videos.

    Apr 26, 2019 18:15
  • Review by PeteInCT, 10 out of 10
    Great quality drone at a great price!

    Great quality drone for the money! I'm thrilled with the photo and video quality from the Anafi. Very stable and easy to fly. I've flown in winds over 25 mph with no issues at all. I've been learning the "dronies" (automated features) and they give awesome results. I've found the at the 5.8 ghz setting works best in urban environments when there is a lot of wi-fi interference. I've flown up to 400 foot elevation and quite a distance away (while still maintaining visual line of sight) and am impressed with the Anafi.

    Aug 17, 2021 10:39
  • Review by CULGI, 10 out of 10
    Great Drone!

    Great drone, I've owned previous drones along with the Parrot Bebop drone and this unit is miles better than past models. The camera on this drone is great and the ability to change angels 180 degrees is a nice addition. The flight time is also much better than previous parrot products, I haven't pushed it for the full flight time but can have done multiple over 20 minutes without pushing it to zero. The carrying case that comes with the extended model is also very nice to have making it easy to haul the drone with you anywhere. Only complaints on the drone is the size of the controller. Phones with a case will not fit in the controller, you will have to take your case off. I prefer to fly with an iPad as well which past models would hold but still works with the product. I would suggest getting the extended pack as it provides you with three batteries. The charging of the batteries is a little slow and takes over an hour so having three should give you plenty of flight time.

    Aug 31, 2019 21:47
  • Review by CeeDee, 10 out of 10
    Great 4k videos and so easy to use. A winner!!!

    I have had the Extended for about 2 weeks now and Purchased it at BestBuy. It is my first drone and have been reading the manual, viewing online reviews and videos, and applicable FAA regulations. It has no object avoidance sensors so be very careful if you fly it close to trees or bushes. I have lightly crashed it on a couple of occasions while trying to figure out the controls and damaged some of the props. It was easy to replace them with the extra props included in the extended version, which also includes 2 extra batteries (total of 3 batteries) and a great storage bag. I have the Anafi with the Skycontroller connected to my iphone and the software is very comprehensive, feature rich and smooth. Image quality is excellent (see attached photo). This drone is easy to operate, has 25 minutes of flight time and it is very low noise. People around me hardly notice I am flying a drone. I am very happy with the Anafi and would buy it again.

    Jul 04, 2019 11:09
  • Review by TerryM, 10 out of 10
    Awesome small drone!!

    These small size drones are the future! Super easy to pack and take on trips while still sporting a great camera and other features.

    This drone was super easy to setup and understand how to use.

    When it starts up it rises up a few feet and sits there waiting for input. The camera is awesome! Most reviews are very positive for this unit and it's easy to see why. I think this unit is a winner for anyone interested in a great drone at a great price!

    Jun 21, 2019 19:52
  • Review by Woodwalker, 10 out of 10
    Super quiet and easy to fly.

    I did some research before I purchased this drone for my wife’s Christmas present (it was what she had asked for). This is the first drone for us and I was worried about crashing it and wasting the money on it. I can tell you that it’s super quiet and very easy to fly. We tried it on a windy day and I was really surprised it didn’t have any issues. I was worried that it might struggle with the high elevations in the mountains but it had no problems at 7,000 ft. The little camera is quite adequate for both stills and video. I’m sure one could use it for professional real estate photography and for how quiet it is it wouldn’t disturb the neighbors.

    Jan 11, 2020 13:28
  • Review by Tallman, 8 out of 10
    I love it overall.

    The camera image quality and the size are strong pluses. The video quality is absolutely better than the 1st gen Mavic Pro I used to own and it was even more compact and lightweight with the extra batteries kit. Hand launching and landing was a breeze. The only thing I would have wished for is obstacle avoidance but the remote control was good enough that I didn’t worry after the second flight.

    Mar 04, 2019 16:30
  • Review by bobo, 8 out of 10
    Not bad for a small drone

    The stability and agility are impressive. I've had the Anafi in 15mph winds and it performed well; a little slow heading up wind but it did. The lens articulation is excellent. And, at high elevation, you can not hear it. So keep on eye on your bird.

    Advice: do read the Parrot website instructions for the Anafi regarding micro SD cards: Not all micro SD cards are compatible; it lists which ones are.

    Aug 26, 2019 12:03
  • 8.2score
    PowerVision - PowerRay Wizard Underwater ROV Kit - White
    Description

    Open a world of ocean exploration with this PowerRay Wizard underwater camera. The detachable PowerSeeker fishfinder can be used by itself to map landscapes, and the 4K Ultra HD camera with wide-angle lens captures photos or videos in lakes or seas. Real-time streaming at 1080p from this PowerRay Wizard underwater camera lets you share your adventures via social networks.

    9 Features
  • PowerRay ROV kit: Ideal for exploring the underwater world.
  • Remote-controlled design: The internal Wi-Fi system allows transmission of images and data over a distance of up to 262 feet.
  • Runs on lithium-polymer batteries: Equipped with a 6400mAh battery for PowerRay and a 3000mAh battery for the base station to provide long sailing time.
  • Wireless transmitter controller: Offers wireless connection with the base station to operate the vehicle, or adjust LED lighting and speed.
  • Fully integrated 4K UHD camera: Research and shoot underwater content for movies with Burst Mode photo shooting at 5 fps in 12 megapixels and real-time 1080p underwater streaming.
  • PowerVision VR ONE Plus goggles: Travel the underwater world and explore its secrets with an immersive First Person View (FPV) experience.
  • PowerSeeker fishfinder: The sonar system can detect underwater landscapes, temperature data, depth and fishing hot spots up to 230 feet below the surface.
  • Vision+ app: View real-time transmitted photos or videos. Acquire detailed information from the underwater sonar and navigation. Operate the vehicle and adjust LED lighting and speed. (Supported iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.2 or later).
  • Recommended minimum age: Suitable for ages 18 and older.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by callmeageeth, 6 out of 10
    Cool, but has shortcomings and limited use

    The PowerRay is really tough to review. On one hand, it's really cool. Playing with a submarine in the ocean is awesome. And in the right circumstances you can get some good underwater photos, but unfortunately, it's inconsistency and steep learning curve make it hard to recommend to anyone that isn't a hardcore fisherman or dedicated underwater photographer. It would be super cool to get some sweet underwater photos of underwater fish or even friends who are diving and/or snorkeling, but it takes so much coordination and effort that, unless you literally live on the water and are in it all the time, it's tough to pay such a premium for limited functionality.

    HOW IT WORKS

    I'm a dedicated technophile, but I had an extremely difficult time getting the PowerRay up and running, the instructions are lacking in all of the important ways that makes the initial setup and use EXTREMELY frustrating (which I'll mention below). So I think it's a good idea to understand how it works (the knowledge I obtained after significant trial and error).

    Traditional methods of wireless communication do not work underwater. So, you have to be tethered to the PowerRay in order to control it. (Which is ultimately a good thing, more on that in a moment). So in terms of the MUST HAVES, you have to have the PowerRay connected to a long cord, which connects to a Base Station, which is required. You also have a phone or tablet (you don't have to be connected to the internet). The controller isn't necessary, you can drive it with your phone via touch controls, but that is no way to drive it, it's too difficult. For ease of use, I think the controller is a necessity. So to operate the PowerRay, you connect the PowerRay via the long cable to the BaseStation, you turn the Base Station on separately, which acts like a Wi-Fi hub. You then connect your phone to the Base Station's Wi-Fi network, which is ultimately how the phone/tablet communicates with the PowerRay. When you turn the controller on, after turning the Base Station on, it automatically connects to the Base Station's Wi-Fi network and integrates into the app on your phone/tablet (but I found the controller's ability to connect to the BaseStation's Wi-Fi to be inconsistent at best.

    This is just the basics on getting the PowerRay into the water for purpose of operating it. To use the "sonar" device to map the floor of the body of water and/or find fish, you simple plug the PowerSeeker Fishfinder (a little plastic ball) into the bottom of the PowerRay (it screws on after removing a cover) and to use it, you simple choose it on the app while you're driving. It then starts to scan the water.

    DESIGN

    I am super impressed with the design and what you get. This truly is a complete package. You can look at the product details to see everything you get, but the PowerRay comes with it's own rolling suitcase which is a gigantic plus. It gives you a good place to store it, and makes it convenient to take on a plane. I took it through TSA without a problem, I simply opened it up and laid it on the security belt and had no issues.

    The PowerRay looks sleek, and is extremely well built. I found all of it to be well built and thought out. You really can't hurt yourself with the blades unless you shove your finger into the propellers. There's a danger, no doubt, but I was never concerned, you can grab the back of it to pull in and out of the water without fear of cutting your finger off. The controller is well built and thought out and so is the PowerSeeker and means to charge it. There's one charger than charges the BaseStation, PowerRay itself, and controller. NOTE: you have to charge the BaseStation and PowerRay, at first I thought the BaseStation powered the PowerRay, but that's NOT the case. You need to charge it all. Luckily there's only one charger.

    INSTRUCTIONS AND EASE OF USE

    If there's one big complaint I have, it's the instructions and ease of use. This is one of the most unintuitive devices I've ever used. The Quick Start manual is paltry and does a poor job of explaining how the device works, which helps you figure out how to set it up, and it's just not intuitive. I guess once you know how it works it makes sense, but until you do it can be frustrating.

    You have to turn the Base Station on, then plug it into the PowerRay, turn the controller on, turn your phone on, select the BaseStation's Wi-Fi network, open the Vision Plus app, and hope that it connects. When you open the app, it goes to a screen that says "Start Diving." But you can't advance (well you can, but to a stock image of the cotnrols that does nothing) unless it connects to the BaseStation. The connection issues are compounded by Android. If Android connects to a Wi-Fi network without internet access (like the BaseStation's network) it will often disconnect. Unless you know, you have to select the option to stay connected to the network even though there's no internet. And even after successfully driving the PowerRay several times, on the 3rd or 4th time it simply wouldn't connect to my phone. The BaseStation was on, but I ultimately restarted my phone, disconnected from the BaseStation network and reconnected. Eventually it worked, but it was frustrating because I knew how it worked and successfully used it before. I simply cannot explain the inconsistency.

    THe first time I used it, the controller simply would not connect to the BaseStation. On my second drive, it did finally connect, but I didn't do anything different.

    What compounds the instructions issue is that there's no good FAQ or troubleshooting resources in the app, or in the online community. It's too new of a product to get reliable help on say, YouTube. I couldn't find any help to solve the controller connectivity issues. Luckily, it finally just worked. But with a product this expensive, unfortunately the bar is just so high, it needs to work reliably every time (at least more than most).

    Again, once you understood how it works, it makes sense, but it's not intuitive and the instructions simply aren't helpful. if you decide to get this, make sure to spend plenty of time in advance of your first dive (maybe practicing in a pool if you have that option) so you understand it and aren't left confused and frustrated say, out on the ocean.

    OPERATION

    So assuming you get everything set up, it's exciting. You start diving and bam, you're off to the races. But when I was driving it in the Gulf of Mexico, I simply couldn't control it. I put it on the Slow setting, and because I couldn't see which way I was pointing (and the water was cloudy, so the camera was of no help) and ultimately couldn't control where I was going. On this particular "dive" I simply couldn't get any photos because I was driving blind. It seemed every time I tried to drive it the way I thought it was going, it seems like it started going off in the opposite direction. So unless you can see it, and see which way it's pointing, it's tough to drive (unless you were in really clear water and the camera was more helpful). And when the purpose is to dive up to 100 feet, you often won't have the ability to "see" the PowerRay and figure out where you were going.

    I'm not sure if the current played a part, I think so, but I can't say for certain. It certainly felt like the current kept moving it which again, made it difficult to navigate.

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    The PowerRay has a fantastic camera. When I got to clear water, I was impressed with the quality. BUT, the issue is setting up your shot. To get a picture of say, the ocean floor (in shallow-er waters of course), you have to dive while driving forward and hit the shutter button. It takes some skill. What would have been easier if you could dive to a certain depth, and then control the camera separately. Trying to control the PowerRay while lining up your shot makes it difficult.

    Again, though, I was in cloudy water, I'm sure in better circumstances, like being in clear-er water with beautiful reefs around, you could grab a great picture. Quality of the camera isn't the issue, lining up and framing your shot is.

    POWERSEEKER

    I used the PowerSeeker to map out the floor. It was cool, it gave us the depth. But it didn't find any fish. I don't think there were any around, so it's not the device's fault, but I could see where it could be a big boon to fisherman. I could see this device's best utility where yo drive it close to the surface (so you can see where you're driving from the boat or dock) and scan the water to see where the fish are.

    VR GOGGLES

    Put this in the category of "cool" but of mostly gimmicky. I used the VR Goggles for a first person view, but I found it even more difficult to figure out where I was driving. It's a fantastic viewing experience (and simple to change, you simply push a button on your phone and it switches to VR mode without any issues). I think it would best used when a friend connects their phone to the BaseStation and simply "watches" rather than trying to drive while in VR mode.

    CONCLUSION

    All-in-all, this is a cool device. But it's too difficult to recommend to anyone given it's price and steep learning curve. Plus, it's use really is limited. If you were traveling to a reef with clear water AND had access to a boat, I could see you getting some great photos, even great photos of your friends who might be diving or snorkeling in the same place. But I don't live near water, so those type of "events" where I could capture some great photos are just too few and far between to justify the cost. But if you're getting it for photography purposes, I would take a hard look at how you'll use it, and I would definitely make sure you understand how it works before taking it out on your first trip.

    Mar 11, 2019 16:49
  • Review by pauldar, 10 out of 10
    Underwater Adventure, Exploration & Excitement

    I was excited to have an opportunity to provide a comprehensive review of the PowerRay Wizard Underwater ROV Kit by PowerVision in exchange for the product. I live in North Florida, which has an abundance of natural fresh water springs. I am approximately 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 65 miles from the Atlantic. The Florida Manatee is my favorite gentle, sea cow, creature to observe and interact with in certain springs and runs. However, they are strictly protected in Manatee Sanctuary Zones. Even outside the Sanctuary Zones Federal Law prohibits humans from 'touching' any Manatees. This is where the PowerRay is my most valuable asset and resource (see attached pics). At my age, 75, diving is no longer a viable activity for me, and, although snorkeling is FUN, it has it's depth limits. The PowerRay Wizard allows me to enjoy our fascinating underwater world of enchantment and wonder without ever getting 'wet'. YooHoo!

    When I received the PowerRay Wizard I was immediately impressed by the quality of the professionally designed, secure, luggage-like, carrying-case it came in. The outer housing is made of hardened, composite, plastic with two wheels for rolling ease, telescoping carrying handle, and zippered combination lock. On the inside there are individual cutouts lined in 'shockproof' material to protect each individual component of this PowerRay on my journeys to the water areas. After downloading the Vision + App I started learning the intuitive controls of the PowerRay while training in my pool. The more I practiced, the easier it became. Over the past three weeks I was able to make trips to visit local, fresh-water springs and a bay off of Crystal River looking for Manatees. I captured many photos with this PowerRay (see attached pics). WoW!

    I love this PowerRay Wizard ROV and here are the reasons why:

    ** Setup – The PowerRay furnishes a Quick Start Guide, which familiarized me with the basics of set-up and devices. However, there is a PowerRay User Manual, which is much more detailed and comprehensive including helpful illustrations to connect, navigate, and take quality photos and videos. It is available for downloading at the main United States PowerVision Support Center website. I found this site extremely helpful in showing me what mobile devices are compatible with the Vision + App, FAQs, Specifications, Quick Tip Videos, and much more pertinent information. I strongly recommend visiting this website.

    ** Vision + App – I first determined that both my mobile phones and I-Pad were compatible with the Vision + App. So, I downloaded the Vision + App from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for my three devices. I use my I-Pad as my primary device just because it has a much bigger screen and allows me to see much more underwater detail. My Apple and Android mobile phones are my backup just in case my I-Pad battery runs low. After downloaded the Vision + App the first time it prompted me to register and log in. It allowed me to add my two other mobile devices under my same account. Easy process.

    ** Charging – The PowerRay folks made this process super convenient. I can charge the PowerRay ROV, Remote Controller, Fish Finder, and the Base Transmitter, or Wi-Fi Router, all at the very same time using the included Charging Adapter. How convenient is that?

    ** Hardware Setup – Simple cable connections to follow. However, connect the Base Transmitter and ROV cables first before turning ON the Remote Controller. Once the cables are connected turn ON your Base Station (Wi-Fi Router). You can scan your mobile device for the Base Station (Router) and, then connect to your mobile device. Next, turn the Remote Controller ON and OPEN the Vision + App. Ready to navigate. Exciting! The attached tethering cable is 230 feet long. It can withstand up to 30 kg of force per foot (30kgf) or 66 lbs of force per foot (66lbf). So, it can take a load in the water and withstand moderate force. I am working on a separate 150lb test fish line attachment and reel to attach to the rear body of the ROV as extra insurance when I use it in the ocean.

    ** Intuitive Learning Curve – I found the more I used this PowerRay ROV the more I familiarized myself with all of its FUN features and settings, and the easier it was to enjoy this baby. Make no mistake this is not a 'toy'. The PowerRay is a semi-professional, underwater camera accessory, which allows me to visually explore the water-world in my local environments. I love it!

    ** Navigation – I prefer the Joystick Controller in Default 4 Mode. It is exactly like a gaming controller and so easy to use. However, beware there is a communication gap of approximately one and a half seconds between the Remote Controller and ROV. I found that after gently putting the ROV in the water it responded or navigated more efficiently about one foot or more under the surface of the water. It is professionally designed to glide underwater with hydrodynamic efficiency. I first set the Speed on the Remote Controller to 'L' or low while getting used to navigating the ROV. When I want to get out to a certain area I set the speed on 'H' or high at about one to two feet underwater. When diving I always go at 'L' low speed. Near the bottom I use 'M' or medium while getting into the position I want for pics or videos. Navigating around the bottom, grass, rocks, etc. 'L' for sure. The PowerRay will travel 1 knot or 1.15 miles an hour at 'L' or low. It moves at 2 knots or 2.30 miles per hour at 'M' or medium. And, at 'H' it moves at 4 knots or 4.60 miles per hour, which is 7 feet a second and pretty fast.

    ** Underwater Photos & Videos – The PowerRay exceeds all my expectations in taking photos and videos. I set my resolution through the Vision + App for 1920 x 1080 30fps. This is the third lowest resolution setting, but easiest to enlarge, download, and send by e-mail. The 4K,12 megapixel, UHD camera has an 100-degree wide-angle lens. Burst Mode photo shooting at 5fps in 12 megapixels, 1080P real-time image and video streaming, integrated adjustable light for photography and videography. Fantastic! I cannot believe the excellent quality of photos and videos. This baby absolutely amazed me and it will you, too.

    ** VR – This is an astounding feature, which turns your underwater adventure into a real time 3-D experience. The Zeiss VR Goggles are of the finest quality. Wow! It actually takes me to the front of the ROV (where the camera is mounted) as if I was actually there, and, I get to see what the ROV is capturing as I navigate it underwater. If that is not enough for 'over-the-top', I can also control the ROV with my head motions – Up and the ROV goes up, likewise by moving my head down for down, left, and right. How Cool Is That? I tried it out at Crystal River looking for Manatees – this is the ultimate in 3-D virtual reality and control experience. Fantastic!

    ** Optional Controls of the PowerRay – Using the Vision+ App I can use any of my mobile devices to control the navigation of my ROV with simulated joysticks on the face of my mobile device. Although it allows me to use my mobile device in place of the Remote Controller (Joysticks) to navigate the ROV, my fingers are way too big for the Left and Right simulated joysticks to be effective. I'll stick to the joysticks on the Remote Controller.

    ** Fishfinder – Now, that the weather is getting better I can't wait to use this optional device in the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of Florida. It can be used with the PowerRay ROV, or, separately. It uses a sonar system that can define underwater landscape, depth, temperature, and, of course, where the fish are. Amazingly, it can detect fish as far down as 230 feet below the surface. The Vision + App can even set alerts when fish are near the Fishfinder. The only thing I need is a fishing rod and bait!

    ** Maintenance – Thoroughly clean the ROV when it is taken out of the water. I towel dry the ROV body and stand it upright to let all of the water drain out of it for 20 minutes or more. It needs to be rinsed with fresh water if it was used in salt water. Let it dry out completely before putting it back in its case.

    ** TIPS:

    * Always 'lock' the PowerRay ROV before getting it out of the water to prevent bodily harm from the propellers. The ROV can easily be locked through the Remote Controller, or, the Vision + App.

    * Keep the PowerRay submerged several feet under the water surface for increased mobility.

    * Keep the tethering cord clean and dry after use. If you have a wind-up reel you can use it would be most helpful rather then winding the cable by hand on the furnished reel. There is approximately 230 feet of tethering cable altogether.

    * Keep the 'capped switch cover' of the PowerRay's communication port handy in your pocket so when it is pulled out of the water the 12 pin communication cable port can stay dry by placing the cover on it for protection.

    * If you have more then one mobile device – consider downloading the Vision + App on both devices so you have a 'backup' in case the first mobile device' battery runs low. Be prepared for at least 3 hours of continued use with this PowerRay.

    Conclusion:

    I wholeheartedly recommend the purchase of this phenomenal underwater drone. It will open up worlds to you previously hidden. It is 'addictive'. I never know what incredible natural beauty awaits for me to discover. The springs are so clear, full of life, and the water is so pure, and another opportunity to observe my favorite animal, the Manatee. This would make a great gift to yourself, loved one, family member, or special friend. After using this PowerRay Wizard for the last three weeks all I can tell you is that it is worth every penny. Buy one, you won't be disappointed.

    Mar 11, 2019 22:41
  • Review by RandallFlagg, 8 out of 10
    Had a few beginner's issues, but....

    I wanted to test the powerray in a large body of water here in So. Cal, but for the last week we've had rain and snow (yes snow) making that impossible. So today with our first nice day of sunshine, I phoned my sister and asked to use her swimming pool to test the unit. Here's what I discovered.

    First off, I'm a trained network specialist and I had difficulty getting the unit to connect. I was lucky to have my nephew's help and between the two of us messing with it for about 25 minutes, we got it to connect. What I observed was that once you power up the unit and go to connect to wifi, you have about 4 new connections available. ONLY one of those will start with PRA, the other is like PSA and two others were something else. Anyways, once you connect to the PRAxxxxx network, use the default password 1234567890 and it should change to connected in the phone app. Then you will probably be so excited that it's connect that you'll do what we did and start pushing levers on the controller. Remember that once the unit is in the water, you need to unlock it. I did so by using the left dial and dialing it left while pressing the right bottom button in the middle of the controller. Then it was off and running.

    Once it was moving, it's like anything else. You need to take it for a spin and figure out what does what. It seems to have no lag between the controller and unit, but the phone app seems to lag just a bit. I'm using an original Pixel so it should be okay. I did come home and download firmware updates for 4 different functions, so maybe that fixes it. Either way, the lag isn't so bad that its unusable. It was noticeable is all. I don't think it really affects the performance of the unit and once it's in deeper water, I doubt you would be able to tell. We could because the unit was visible in clear pool water. The unit has 3 speeds, low, medium and high. In the pool, we used low for learning how the unit moves, but it seems to operate best in high. Taking off and ascending were smoother and easier when the unit had more thrust. Getting it to do the same maneuver in low speed and the unit seemed to stay on the bottom or struggle to take off.

    VR mode. I was unable to test the VR goggles. It is made for the iPhone 6 or better and I use the Pixel XL so that was a no go. It would be great if they offered suggestions on how to use Android phones with the goggles. I saw one YouTube video that had a comment that the Play store has an Android app, but I couldn't find it. Maybe it's the same Vision + app, but I wasn't sure. I'll have to research it some more.

    Charging the unit. It is easy to charge the unit, controller, base station and even your phone via a standard USB port. You can hook up all 4 items and simultaneously charge them in about 2-3 hours. You'll just need a 110 outlet nearby to get the job done.

    Phone mount. The mount works good and it kept the phone locked in place with no issues. The only downside is my Pixel is really hard to view in the sunlight. I found it best to stand in the shade to operate the unit. Not really sure how much shade there would be on a shoreline, dock or deck of a boat.

    The case. It comes with a great case. Everything has a spot, including the two pockets on the flap for holding the 110 power cord and the straps used to tie up the tether. So far I've kept the tether on the spool. One downside to the case is the finish. I got so flustered trying to connect the base station to my phone that it got a bit scuffed up on the concrete patio. When you get your, maybe lay it out on a towel or blanket to protect the finish.

    So all in all, this is a fun (do I dare say toy). It works pretty well and I imagine with the fish finder and bait, it would make for some fun fishing. My brother in law said, yeah but when you find the fish, you have to guess where the unit is and whether or not the fish were scared off. Like him, I think this would be great for underwater exploration and taking pics and vids of coral beds and underwater sea life. Getting the unit to sync up with the base and phone are a bit of a head scratcher, but with persistence you'll get it. I think the quick start manual needs an overhaul and a bit more information would be helpful. The short company YouTube videos help, but it seems each one leaves the viewer with additional questions.

    In Addition. I just got home and checked my phone for the pictures and video we took. I didn't find it in the usual places, so I hooked up the unit and turned it on. My phone remembered all the settings and it connected with no issue. That's wonderful for my next venture. Once I had the unit powered up, I was able to click the picture icon on the app (I used the one on the right in the driving app, but I believe there's also one at the bottom of the white screen before the app starts. It allowed me to click on each photo and download it to my phone. I wish it had a select all button. I can imagine it's pretty tedious to do a bunch one at a time. Maybe there is a way to download a batch, but I didn't see it. I then transferred those to my PC. There is an app I found for PC use, but I kept getting "connect to camera fail" At least I was able to get the photos and video onto my PC. One other concern is the tether. If the unit were to get detached from the tether, would the unit be retrievable or is it a loss. There ought to be a safety like my brother in law said. Maybe a short cable or chain with a small carabiner.

    If drones, remotes and/or underwater exploration are your thing, I'd recommend this unit. It will take some patience at the beginning to get it all set up and running, but once you work out the kinks, I'd think you be pretty happy.

    Feb 23, 2019 21:01
  • Review by Txstatesal, 10 out of 10
    4K With Amazing Clarity and Fun to Use!

    I live near an awesome river and visit a beach nearby my area annually. The Power Ray is definitely for a specific person and a gadget for someone who loves drones, photography and water activities. It is for sure a conversation piece since it resembles a mini spaceship and it comes in its own rolling suitcase which has padded slots for every part of the equipment from VR goggles, Power Ray, remote, wires, and more.

    If you get this I suggest tossing in a microfiber cloth for cleaning after you are done playing. We took ours to the river where our dogs were playing which also has crystal clear water. It sparked interest from nearby swimmers which was funny to explain because we were as much in awe as they were. Paired with the VR goggles it was much easier to maneuver in the water with the sun out. It took some getting used to but once I played with the remote it was quick to get the hang of. Under water grass did get sucked into the fans but the Vision+ app lets you know so that you can grab the drove and remove debris.

    The actual quality of footage and pictures was amazing and the headlights on the drone help with clarity. I was very skeptical at first that the Power Ray might be all talk but I am glad to say that the pictures and video footage as I explored the riverbed was very cool! Lots of people lose jewelry down by the mouth of the river and I can see this being a fun weekend treasure hunt for me and my family (I’ve lost so many pairs of sunglasses tubing on the river)!

    Feb 25, 2019 18:19
  • Review by jago, 10 out of 10
    Wow, fun drone! Great Video!!

    I finally found some time to take this out into the nearest body of water to me. It was a man-made lake that wasn’t the clearest, but I do plan on going up to Lake Tahoe as soon as the snow clears, that is a very clear lake and it will provide for some awesome video. When I opened the box and pulled out the suitcase that the PowerRay Wizard is packaged in I was very surprised. The case is first class. Hard foam cutouts provide a spot for everything and straps hold down the PowerRay and the tether reel, so they don’t move. The suitcase has a lock on it as well and you can easily change the default password to make it secure so little hands (my kids) can’t get into it. It’s not meant to keep someone with metal cutters out though and the zipper handles can be cut with a little effort. Still, it’s a very nice feature. The case will scratch on concrete so be careful of that, when I used it I brought a towel with me and I laid it on the towel to protect it from scratches.

    To get it set up I downloaded the PowerVision+ app, and the only way I was able to locate it was scanning the QR code in the quick start guide. I tried doing a search on the google play store and I could not find the right one. Setting up the drone after that was fairly easy, but it is a bit confusing on which Wi-Fi to connect to. For some reason, when you turn on the base station, it creates two different Wi-Fi connections. A PSAxxxx and a PRAxxxxx, connecting to the PRAxxxx allowed me to see the video from the PowerRay on my Galaxy Note8. I should note, that the PowerRay atomically turns on once you connect the tether to it. At first I had no issues with it as I launched it in the water. You have to be careful to unlock the propellers once it’s in the water (hold left shoulder scroll wheel left and press the fish finder button until it vibrates) and unlock by (holding the left shoulder school wheel right and pressing the fish finder button until it vibrates) before you remove it from the water. Once I thought I had it all set up and ready to go, I was able to control it, but I didn’t have a video feed on my phone. I could see the pitch and angle and depth of the device but no video. After every combination I could thing of with powering on/off reconnecting to the network and so on, I finally pulled the PowerRay out of the water, dried off the tether connector (has to be keep 100% dry) and reconnected the tether and the video came up immediately. After that I was finally able to see what the PowerRay was doing. Low speed is your best bet to get used to how it moves, but when you put it in the high speed this thing really moves and is more agile. Battery life is rated for about 4 hours and I am sure that is what you will get out of it.

    Once I brought it home I was sure to rise it off with clean water and I let it dry out pretty good. I did notice a few scratches on the PowerRay from when I got a bit too close to the bottom of the water and the dive motor propeller was nicked up pretty good from the rocks on the bottom of the lake as well. Nothing too bad though and doesn’t hurt the functionality. Trying to transfer the video’s over to my Note8 was a bit of a challenge and the 1.2GB video that was about 2 minutes took a while to transfer over and it timed out a lot.

    Overall, I really enjoy this drone and I look forward to taking some great 4k videos with it and exploring the underwater world that most of us never see up close. The kit is a little pricey, but it is well made and worth the cost.

    Feb 27, 2019 08:29
  • Review by Zaid, 10 out of 10
    Great underwater experience

    This underwater drone comes with full required equipments needed to drive it. surprisingly very well bulit. First off, setup was is straigh forward and instructed in the manul. Its has a safety fetures by locking the drone and preventing propellers from working while they are off water and you are required to unlock it before take the control. Controller has a good phone holder and goid enought to hold tablet up to 7”. Lights are reakly bright and helpfull during recording. Controlls take few minutes until you getvtge pattern if it. 2 sticks for forward, backward, up and down controlls. Make sure to mount the wifi transmitter to get a wider coverage and get a good and stable wifi conncetion between the smartphone and the drone. 1-2 hours after a full battery charge. I got a chance to test it in a pool and was a great experince after spending 30 minutes to fully learn how to smoothly drive it. Picture is crystal clear.

    Feb 19, 2019 22:09
  • Review by dharr18, 10 out of 10
    ROV of My Dreams

    The weather and my schedule have not cooperated since the ROV arrived. I have not had a chance to take the ROV out for a thorough test run.

    While the WiFi receiver is splash proof, it is not water resistant nor waterproof. After discussing with support, BTW support is fantastic, it is probably a good idea to pack a plastic bag in the case for any potential rain events.

    I could not find the Vision+ app in the Google Play Store. I contacted support after discovering the link on the support site was dead going to the Play Store. They supplied the apk to me to side load. The tablet app was available and I could install it as a side load also. According to support, the Play Store issue will be resolved soon.

    *NOTE The app was readily available in the Apple App Store.

    The hardware is fantastic, but missing 2 KEY things. The bracket to hold the phone or tablet, in order to have it in tablet format, you need a small screwdriver to remove one of the phone grips to allow for a larger format to be held.

    Second, a larger screwdriver to put in the hole in the spool for the tether. This will allow for a quicker, easier deployment of the tether but also an easier way to reel it back in.

    I am looking forward to having more time in the near future to really test this puppy out. I am anxious for some good weather. I will post some videos online, maybe a second review. As I get videos done I will load them to you tube, just search for my user name that is same as here. I will also try and upload a video here with a review after a good dive session.

    Controls in the shallow water where the waves are breaking can be a learning experience. After you get paste the rough waters and get the sub deep enough, the controls are fantastic. There is a button to maintain the depth. You will still go up and down depending on your speed, but as you slow it will normalize.

    There is a spray (what I call it) mode when you are near the top of the water that is great for finding where the device is when it is out at a distance. Trust me, you will find it.

    The magnetic deployment of the weight is pretty neat. Just take the bait to where you are wanting it. Disable the electromagnet. One reel in from your rod and the bait detaches with the weight.

    Shopping list:

    precision screwdriver

    screwdriver

    plastic bag

    Here are the pro's and con's that I have noticed so far. I will add another review, if BB will allow it, after I get a few sessions done with a video upload.

    Pros

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    Suitcase is very nice.

    USB Type A on power brick to allow you to charge phone or tablet with the ROV.

    Lights are impossibly bright out of the water.

    Controller, sub, WiFi hub are all very well built. Not sure I would want to get the hub wet though.

    Support is fantastic. Contacted them on the Android app. They were open to suggestions and a pleasure to work with.

    Video and Photo are exceptional in or out of water.

    Spray mode to see where the craft is from a distance.

    A button to maintain depth.

    Fish finder and a lure deployment weight that is magnetically released.

    Cons

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    Android app is "item not found" in the play store using the link from the PowerVision web site. A work around is to download the Android Tablet app from the link on PowerVision site. Copy it to your phone and side load it. You may want to get the apk downloaded from Chrome browser desktop mode, I downloaded from Windows desktop so I could scan the apk. It was clean. Downloading in mobile browser mode failed for me the first time. Worked the next try. (Contacting support they sent me the current apk.)

    iPhone app is available.

    Mar 04, 2019 18:43
  • Review by TheTruQ, 10 out of 10
    THIS for true underwater exploration

    Having an underwater drone can’t be considered as normal or common. Sure, drone ownership has boomed in the last couple of years or so, but underwater exploration is a whole different story. If you live near mid to large size bodies of water, enjoy water activities, or just like to fish, the PowerVision PowerRay could be a novelty to consider, possibly adding to your experience.

    Of course, the first thing you notice about the PowerRay, as with any other item purchased, is the packaging. I opened the box expecting to find a carefully configured Styrofoam separated assortment of pieces I would have to ultimately put together… Ah, no. There was a fantastic case that resembles one of my best Victorinox travel bags; complete with pull handle and nice, sturdy wheels. The case is worth mentioning – it’s on THAT level. Upon opening, you find the unit and all it’s peripherals neatly tucked in their appropriate places. The cool factor of this awesome drone begins asserting itself before you even lay a hand on it. PowerVision does an excellent job of treating their product like the premium, elite machine it is, and in doing so, the customer is kindly rewarded. While the glamour of the PowerRay immediately catches your attention, the thought of bringing it all together can be a bit overwhelming. Just looking at everything, and wondering how it all fits may make the average user uncomfortable. There’s the drone, the remote, the base, the goggles, the cable, small ball (PowerSeeker), etc., etc… Tech gurus will use standard logic to predetermine the use of everything, but you will find that instructions are your friend.

    Speaking of instructions, there is a quick start guide to get you up and running quickly. In terms of its effectiveness, I will say so, so. The PowerRay has to maintain a cable connection to it’s transmitter in order to receive commands. This source is actually the base station. The controller and/or your phone connect to the base station. The base station has it’s own WiFi signal allowing device connection. So, just to make sure we are all clear, you need to have the base station powered on, connected to the drone, with your controller/phone powered on and connected to the base station. This is the minimum required to begin using the PowerRay. Also, don’t forget that the base station and drone have separate batteries. You will need to ensure both are charged when using. It’s a lot to take in for the average user. My thoughts are this device is not for the average user. Hey, PowerVision has an 18+ recommended age limit – that should tell you something about not only the safety level, but difficulty/simplicity.

    Once you get it all together, operation is a bit of a mixed bag. This thing is slick. I haven’t used an underwater drone before this, but I would imagine it doesn’t get any better. A powerful underwater drone with a stellar camera; throw in goggles, some sonar… Impressive! Only thing is, rookies and twitchy users beware. Control is tight and responsive, with little to help the driver. Of course you can set the speed to slow, but it’s still one of those things where beginners need to be cautious. When flying copter drones, there is so much they can do to make flying it easy – install a couple of gyros, throw in some limits and GPS controls, and you can actually struggle to crash it. The water is not so kind, and that serves as the primary difference in driving the PowerRay. In very clear water, it’s much easier to control because of one simple fact: you can visibly see the craft’s physical orientation. When used in a pond, lake, or any water that’s not quite as clear, things get a bit tricky. The goggles are awesome, but getting a true feel for where you actually are in murky or cloudy water can be quite the challenge. I recommend spending quite a bit of time using the PowerRay at the slowest speed. It really takes a bit of time to get comfortable, then decent at controlling the drone in different situations. I have to say using the controller is the way to go. It’s practically video game-like, and offers a much more precise experience than the phone app (Android in my case). The PowerRay has a cable that’s well over 200 feet long, and this thing is pretty sturdy. You can practically drag the drone out of the water by the cable if necessary – it’s actually impressive. That being said, because of the nature of the device (underwater exploration at depths up to 200 feet), there is a bit of concern about the cable disconnecting. The concern is just as an owner of an expensive piece of equipment deeply submerged and held by a single cable (for control and safety)… It just screams, “get a back up line”.

    Well, should you buy this thing. The short, quick answer is yes, if you live around enough water. If you fish in ponds or lakes, this will help you find those little honey holes where the fish are possibly biting. If you are just looking for a toy, this may be a bit much. It’s a very fun and versatile device, but know that the PowerRay is a very serious piece of equipment.

    Apr 03, 2019 01:26
  • 8.0score
    Protocol - Drone - Black/Silver
    Description

    Capture stunning aerial images with this Protocol Slipstream drone camera. It delivers live streaming video on your smartphone via Wi-Fi, and it has selectable speeds, auto stabilizers and multidirectional maneuvering to provide versatile, precise shooting of captivating scenes. This Protocol Slipstream drone camera is made from crash-resistant materials to ensure long-lasting use.Fly Responsibly:Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

    5 Features
  • Built-in camera: Take action shots to show your friends in 720 x 576 resolution.
  • Shoot 480p video and photo: For visually stunning footage.
  • 2.4GHz transmitter: Lets you perform a variety of precision aerial tricks.
  • Crash-resistant materials: Durable materials protect your drone against damage.
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Marco, 10 out of 10
    Lots of fun

    Its small and compact and easy to fly. Battery last about 10 minutes.

    Dec 20, 2020 22:07
  • Review by ProjectAdventure, 8 out of 10
    Good starter toy drone.

    Fun toy starter drone. Takes a while to get used to controlling it, just give it some time. Only giving four stars because cannot find replacement props anywhere, including Best Buy & Protocol websites!

    Apr 08, 2021 18:52
  • Review by HappyFather, 6 out of 10
    You get what you pay for

    You get what you pay for in drone flight. Perfect for introducing our 10 year old to drones but quickly bored given the flight time is roughly 10 minutes.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:30
  • Review by Jenn421, 4 out of 10
    Battery life sucks

    It only lasts for about 5 minutes before you have to recharge it again. It says it in the instructions but with Best Buy’s return policy of having to pay a restocking fees if it’s open that doesn’t leave you with much room to just take it back without having a loss any way. Kiddo still likes it but gets annoyed that he can’t play with it for long. For 80 bucks the battery should last at least 15 minutes right? Yeesh

    Nov 15, 2019 19:53
  • Review by PROTOCOLDRONE, 8 out of 10
    Good until it goes down

    Product was amazing at first but after about a week. I was flying and it fell out of the sky and hit the ground and will not fly anymore.

    Apr 09, 2021 22:03
  • Review by bonnieengle123, 4 out of 10
    Drone review

    This drone may be a good buy but there are very poor directions for this drone. We have not been able to figure out speed and direction for the drone and it is not very user friendly.

    Nov 05, 2021 22:39
  • Review by funny, 10 out of 10
    so much fun

    great flying for my grandson it was easy to use and everybody came over to watch it go all over the yard

    Nov 02, 2021 08:17
  • Review by Thedaywehavetobuy, 10 out of 10
    Done mini

    Listen one of the best mini dones I ever purchased the falls and doesn't actually break it's real good real phone anything one of the best toy dones everyone loves this toy

    Sep 10, 2021 19:10
  • 7.4score
    AirSelfie - AirPix Quadcopter Drone with Camera - Black
    Description

    No matter where your adventures take you, the Airselfie AirPix quadcopter drone with camera will be there to capture every moment. This pocket-sized drone is completely portable while still delivering impressive 12MP photos and sharp 1080p videos. It's equipped with auto-fly functionality and smooth flight stabilization for effortless piloting.

    6 Features
  • Aerial Camera: 12MP photos and 1080p HD videos allow you to capture every moment in stunning clarity
  • AutoFly: One-button launch and flight makes it easy to take to the skies
  • Small & Light Weight: 2 ounces and small enough to fit in back pocket or purse
  • Instant Social Imaging: In-app ability to post your photos and videos to all your phone's social media platforms
  • In-App Image Editing: Put the professional finishing touches on every photo and video right from the app
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DylanGaine, 2 out of 10
    Failure of a product

    This product is horrible. It failed immediately coming out of the box. Several propellers are non functional or do not function 100% of the time - this causes the drone to immediately crash - if I were to test this outside, it would have landed in a lake or ditch- save your time and money - 100% garbage!

    Jun 15, 2021 09:27
  • Review by Tony, 2 out of 10
    The AirPix Quadcopter cannot fly

    I bought this for my friend as a gift and sent it to Taiwan. He told me that the AirPix Quadcopter cannot fly at all. And it’s over the return date. Hard for me to deal with this issue.

    Oct 31, 2021 22:41
  • Review by Hussien, 6 out of 10
    Air selfie

    Nice product but needs practice, a good idea and small as well

    Feb 06, 2021 04:15
  • Review by Chris, 2 out of 10
    Save your money.

    The company is entirely unresponsive to problems of any kind encountered with the product, and the product and its manufacturers have failed those who helped bring the product to market. Save your money for a more robust and capable product.

    Jul 10, 2021 20:44
  • Review by SamJami, 10 out of 10
    Good product to learn

    I am a first-time owner of a selfie drone. I bought it to learn how to fly and take pictures as a hobby. The PIX is much nicer than I expected capturing pictures better outdoors in sunlight than it does indoors. Being able to capture pictures without being connected to the phone is very cool, my friends loved it.

    Mar 23, 2021 01:31
  • Review by BlazeOrange, 10 out of 10
    Selfie's with my Dog

    Received for Christmas - cool product, I used it to capture some pictures of my dog and I when hunting. Little tricky in the wind but found with the wind at my back made it easier to control

    Jan 14, 2021 10:52
  • 5.4score
    AirSelfie - AIR PIX with Powerbank Bundle - Black
    Description

    AirSelfie AIR PIX comes with its custom Portable Power bank -- 5000Mah power bank designed to provide power on the go and act as a protective sleeve for the AIR PIX . Model: 25265VRP

    5 Features
  • Power Bank: For power on the go
  • Storage Sleeve: Can store your AIR PIX
  • Power Up Other Devices: Can charge your smartphone & tablet
  • Light Weight: Power bank weighs less than half a pound
  • Fly Responsibly:: The following website may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction.
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Crankycorey, 8 out of 10
    It worked.

    (Fyi- to connect disable your phone's mobile data, allow all privileges and disable you vpn)

    So it does what it says. It flew back to the picture and came back to my hand on auto pilot. The 3rd attempt of auto fly outside, it didnt find my face so it never returned to land or took the picture. It flew in place for a couple mins then landed. The camera quality is dependant on lighting. Outside on a cloudy day it took a nice photo. Id say its similar to phone picture from the 2010. They should step up camera quality and it's "find your face" tech then price it at 200. For 160 its usable. It really should be priced at $100, $120 with case. A great first step to self flying drones. -comes with usb c charger unit, usb c to normal usb cable, 6 replacement propellers,cloth carrying case and 8 gig micro normal speed card.

    May 27, 2021 18:39
  • Review by Mavila503, 2 out of 10
    Absolute Garbage

    Probably the biggest piece of trash I have purchased at Bestbuy. It literally drops to the ground and hovers 2-inches off the ground. If you're looking for a drone to take videos/photos of your feet then this is your product. RETURNED.

    Nov 22, 2021 10:58
  • Review by Dropped, 4 out of 10
    Dropped

    Drop this device once and the fans won’t run anymore.

    Nov 14, 2021 10:18
  • Review by Display, 6 out of 10
    Ok

    Impressive as a gift until you try to use it. Not user friendly.

    Jan 15, 2021 16:43
  • Review by Zaddy, 2 out of 10
    Not Happy

    Didnt hold up to its name..Kept falling as I tried to use it..

    Jul 21, 2021 10:15
  • Review by SamJami, 10 out of 10
    Good Experience

    I am a first-time owner of a selfie drone. I bought it to learn how to fly and take pictures as a hobby. The PIX is much nicer than I expected capturing pictures better outdoors in sun light than it does indoors. Being able to capture pictures without being connected to the phone is very cool, my friends loved it.

    Mar 23, 2021 01:32
  • Review by toysjunior, 2 out of 10
    Poor Power

    After charging it flight for no more that 1 min. I took a video and 2 picture, but nothing was recovered.

    Sep 30, 2021 17:22
  • 4.8score