chroma100638984orig

Hands on: Up in the air with two 'flying camera' drones

As drones gain popularity, drone makers are looking to distinguish their devices from each other by adding features aimed at specific customers. Every generation of drones has become increasingly easier to fly, and offers more high-end features such as ultra high definition video and autonomous flight modes at lower prices. With modern drones, the technology needed to capture great photos and videos of people and scenery from a bird’s eye view is no longer the sole purview of RC pilots and hobbyists.

Anyone with a little bit of money to spare can now get in on the aerial action.

With that in mind, I recently tested two "flying cameras" that are vying for your attention. The $899 Chroma 4K quadcopter from Horizon Hobby and the $599 Dragonfly from SimToo both want to be your aerial camera. But they tackle that goal in different ways. While each kit comes with everything you need -- quadcopter, camera and controller -- it’s how they do the job that separates them from each other. In essence, the Chroma 4K is a manual flyer with a variety of autonomous flight modes, while the Dragonfly is an autonomous flyer that offers some manual controls.

The question to ask as you contemplate which one would be better is how much hands-on flying do you want to do and how much do you want to leave up to the drone?

IDG Insider

PREVIOUS ARTICLE

« Sir David Attenborough narrates Google's latest virtual reality Expedition

NEXT ARTICLE

Google+ for Android may save you time by launching links in Chrome custom tabs »
author_image
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Recommended for You

Trump hits partial pause on Huawei ban, but 5G concerns persist

Phil Muncaster reports on China and beyond

FinancialForce profits from PSA investment

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Future-proofing the Middle East

Keri Allan looks at the latest trends and technologies

Poll

Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?