Taking so many selfies with a camera or smartphone might have been tedious for some. Therefore, there is an easier option known as a selfie camera drone for those who would love to capture themselves and their surroundings with much more freedom. These camera-fitted flying machines are known to take high-quality pictures in selfie mode that a user can easily control. The market for such drones is currently emerging, so several third-class products are available that take hideous pictures. Buyers have to be wary that only a high-end drone can produce desired results. There are factors involved in a drone other than just a camera. It must be clear whether the device’s price matches the level of its structure, motors, mainboard, gimbal, etc. Typical selfie drones are different from the mainstream ones, which are relatively advanced and have plenty of flight options. They also cost relatively lower than the advanced ones.
How does Selfie Camera Drone Work?
A selfie drone can be an upgraded alternative to a selfie stick, one of the best inventions introduced in 2014. Selfie sticks only allow the user to take pictures from an arm’s length, while selfie drones can do that from several meters. One may wonder how they do that. Well, there are a lot of products out there with different methods of use. A typical selfie camera drone follows the user by being operated through a smartphone app. It can be connected to the phone using Wi-Fi and controlled with the virtual movement pad on the screen.
These drones also have built-in safety protocols like infrared sensors that prevent them from crashing into objects. They are also designed to not drift outside of user-defined parameters to maintain a Wi-Fi connection. Whenever they get out of range, they either land or go back to the last known location of their user.
Different Drones Different Purposes
Unlike mainstream drones primarily being used for commercial purposes, a selfie camera drone is for personal use. One of the most popular selfie drones is the Zerotech Dobby which offers what users want from the technology. It is a pocket-sized foldable drone controlled through a smartphone. It has GPS and ultrasonic sensors for keeping its position and altitude steady. Phone controlled drones like this use Wi-Fi transmission and offer flying ranges between 50m to 100m. Some drones do not require an app to control them. They have controls on their body for the user to input commands and launch them in the air. They will do the rest themselves. An example of such a drone is the latest Pixy by Snap (creator of Snapchat). Unlike many other drones that can be used for selfies, it is specifically designed for this purpose. It has simple controls on its body that involve just a dial indicating its different modes. A user can start the device by turning the dial to the desired mode.
Advanced drones come with a separate controller and serve broader purposes than selfie drones. They are usually heavier and suitable for covering the distance in kilometres rather than meters. Besides taking high-quality pictures, they can also perform various flight operations like circling a subject, recording it, and auto “return to home” function. They might not have the option to take selfies but can be used to make a short cinematic clip by filming the users while flying away from them in the upper direction.
It is workable for those who want to carry on using their advanced or industrial drones for the same purpose selfie drones are here for. A reliable selfie drone with good results can cost 200 to 300 USD. It is still significantly less than the price of commercial drones. Some are also under 100 USD, and some even cost 20 USD. However, they compromise on the battery life and may not produce the optimal results one may expect from this technology.
How is The Picture Quality?
Among all the frequently asked questions regarding this technology, the picture quality of a selfie camera drone is highly debated. While searching for an appropriate device, buyers must extensively study available products and whether they fulfil their requirements. They can look for a few things before planning to buy one for themselves.
The first thing to note is the camera stabilisation. No matter how much selfie drones are advertised as flawless, they always shake (because they are levitating in the air), causing a slight distortion in the image. Even drones that capture 4K shots cannot save the image from post-processing. Many small and cheap drones have electronic image stabilisation, but buyers must focus on those offering gimbal stabilisation, which is the actual difference-maker.
Secondly, the battery life or flight time varies depending on the drone’s size. Bigger drones usually fly longer, whereas smaller ones only last for 7-8 minutes. Ideally, anything above 10 minutes is considered a viable selfie drone for private use. Even much bigger ones can fly for up to 30 minutes.
Finally, the most important thing to consider before buying any selfie camera drone is its positioning sensors. These are vital to keep the device stable in the air and prevent it from moving in case of wind or other external pressure. A desirable selfie drone must be able to take a fixed position wherever the user wants it in the air.
Drone technology is so much more than just taking photos and videos. Industrial drones proved to be huge champions in some cases during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020.