HEXO+: In my buying spree two summers ago, I also bought the HEXO+. My two main beefs with it are that it’s massive to take with you while in sport (compared to Airdog, or even the P4). And second, the battery is pretty horrible. When I last tried last about a month or two ago, I was in the 6-10 minute range. Also, you use your phone for tracking, which just isn’t as convenient for sports as the dedicated transmitter of the AirLeash/Airdog combo.
GoPro Karma: Quite simply, we don’t know enough about this yet. It’s been touted as being sometime “early 2016”, which all signs are currently sounding like June. But we don’t know if it’s aligned more towards the Phantom series, or aligned more towards sports (i.e. Airdog).
Lily: This could be very tempting, and the team has done a good job of going from what was a fairly well faked marketing/kickoff video to showing off lots of footage weekly on their current prototypes. No doubt they’ve raised tons of money, but right now the quality of footage isn’t anywhere near their initial marketing promises. Still, I’m optimistic they’ll work it out. It’s just a question of when.
So to sum it up – if I’m controlling the shots for non-sports, it’ll be my Phantom 3 & 4 any day of the week. But if it’s me cycling, skiing, or doing some other sport by myself – then it’ll be my AirDog.
AirDog Quadcopter Drone
Although piloting drones is a mostly fun experience, not everyone wants to fly a drone themselves. There are plenty of uses for drones, especially now that they’ve become incredibly popular. There are racing drones, camera drones for photography, and toy drones just to have something to do for a day at the park. But, what about those who just want to capture sweet footage without having to hold a controller to control the drone itself?
There are plenty of auto follow drones available on the market right now, each of which has their own set of pros and cons. Finding the right automatic follow drone for you isn’t a task that should be taken too lightly, since there is such a variance in quality in the marketplace. When looking for the right quadcopter to fit your needs, you should factor in price (of course), but also battery life, durability, special features, and what accessories might be available for you in the future. Luckily, you have me, a known drone enthusiast.
- 1 x Airdog Quadcopter Drone
- 1 x Airleash
- 1 x Airleash strap
- 1 x Battery
- 1 x Battery charger
- 1 x USB wall adaptor
- 1 x Micro USB cable
- 1 x Power cord
- 1 x EU plug
- 1 x US plug
- Range: 400 feet (120 metres)
- Flight time: 10-18 minutes
- Max speed: 44mph
- Max altitude: 11500 feet (3500 metres) above sea level
- Height: 13.7cm
- Motor to motor dimension: 62.7cm
- Total weight: 2.003kg
- Motor type: brushless
- Battery: interchangeable 14.8V 5600mAh lithium polymer
- Operating temperature: -5°C – 40°C (23°F – 104°4)
- Operating relative humidity: 0-85% RH
- World’s only action sports drone
- Five follow me functions
- Film every moment of your epic journey
- LiDAR and GPS
- One button take off
- Completely autonomous
- Clever battery warns user when below 30%
- Advanced 2 way stabilising gimbal
- Enjoy sports whilst filming the action
- Flight time: 2 hours (6-10 flights)
- Charge time: 2 hours
- IP Rating: IP67 (submersible up to 1metre for 30 minutes)
- Charging port: Micro USB
- Range: 820 feet (250 metres)
- Weight: 0.08kg
- Dimensions: 8cm x 6cm x 2cm
- Battery: rechargeable 3.7V 450mAh lithium polymer