Invasion of the selfie drones
Few months ago I reviewed the FlyPro XEagle which was my first selfie drone. Shortly after, two new selfie quadcopters were revealed, the Wingsland S6 and the ZeroTech Dobby.
Till now, it looked like the big quadcopter brands have no interest in this market segment. As if they talked to each other, in the course of last 2 months Yuneec, GoPro and DJI announced their selfie drone quadcopters.
Although Yuneec was the first popular brand which announced a selfie drone, in my opinion their Breeze quadcopter seems to be the weakest in terms of features and specifications.
GoPro with their Karma becomes a new player in the word of quadcopters, which is really great because fierce competition should lead to lower prices.
Unfortunately, as the DJI Mavic Pro was just leaked out we have only slight specifications. Because the images with the DJI Mavic shows a very versatile quad with foldable design, I’m not expecting to be as cheap as the Yuneec Breeze.
Unlike all other selfie quadcopters, the GoPro Karma‘s camera is removable and can be used like a stabilized handheld action camera, which is really nice in my opinion.
According to the manufacturer’s specs, the Karma quadcopter is compatible with the GoPro Hero 4 (Session and Black), GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session cameras. Just like in case of the Yuneec 4k, GoPro includes a grip handle which allows comfortable ground usage.
The chart bellow will be updated as I find new and relevant details about these 3 selfie quadcopters.
Comparison chart of the best selfie drones
|Model Name||DJI Mavic Pro||GoPro Karma||Yuneec Breeze|
|Battery capacity||3s 3830 mAh||4s 14.8V 5100mAh||3S 11.1v 1150mAh|
|Max flight speed||64 km/h||36 KM/h||18 KM/h|
|Max flight time||Up to 27 minutes||Up to 20 minutes||Up to 12 minutes|
|Max video resolution||UHD 4K@30fps||UHD 4K@30fps||UHD 4K@30fps (3840 x 2160)|
|Gimbal||Yes, mechanical 3-axis||Yes, 3-axis||No, only electronic image stabilization|
|Real-time image transmission||HD 720P and 1080P with up to 7km range||HD 720P||HD 720P|
|Removable Camera for ground usage||No||Yes||No|
|Intelligent flight modes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mobile APP||Yes||GoPro Passenger App||Breeze Cam|
|Obstacle avoidance||Yes||No||Infrared positioning sensors|
|Price||$999||$1099 with Hero5 Black||$499|
|Manufactures home page||DJI||GoPro||Yuneec|
As you can see in the images bellow, the DJI Mavic Pro has the most high-end design.
Images with the 5 best selfie drone quadcopters in 2016