Global Drone GD96: A serious DJI alternative (for 2020)

Global Drone GD96

The newly announced Global Drone GD96 features a repeater mode transmitter that promises a flight range of 4KM. RC to phone downlink was introduced by DJI a few years ago, before 2020. This approach allows a much longer range and stable transmission than drone-to-phone over WiFi connectivity. In addition, the GD96 quadcopter comes with frontal and real obstacle avoidance sensors, making it a good option for those on a tight budget.

The Global Drone GD96 adopts a collapsible design with a nice carbon fiber-like finish.  With folded arms, the drone measures 190 x 95 x 80mm. The aircraft is powered by a 3s (11.4V) 3000mAh battery that allows a flight time of up to 30 minutes.

Equipped with a 4K (3840x2160P) camera and a 3-axis gimbal, the video quality should not disappoint any newcomer to this hobby. Furthermore, the GD96 drone has DJI QuickShot-like autonomous video creative modes like Rocket, Dading, and Spiral Up.

GD96 drone: Key features

  • Built-in repeater in the remote control for long-range flights
  • Front and rear visual obstacle avoidance function
  • GPS/GLONASS double satellite positioning system
  • Optical flow positioning mode
  • Powerful brushless motors
  • 4K HD adjustable camera
  • Mechanical three-axis brushless motor gimbal
  • Digtal image transmission
  • Intelligent flight modes:
    • Intelligent follow
    • Surround flight
    • Waypoint flight
    • Trajectory pointing flight
    • One key course reversal
  • Aircraft retrieval function
  • Up to 30 minutes of battery life


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