As the whole selfie trend grows bigger and bigger, so does the ways of taking selfies. Mobile phone manufacturers have increased megapixels in front cameras, some have added flash, the introduction of the selfie stick and now selfie drones. That’s right, small multirotor copters armed with a camera that can take selfies. The idea is that you can take selfies from further away than you could with your hand or a selfie stick.
So what I found in the market is that it is based only on size, portability, function, popularity, and the fact I own both I will be discussing the selfie/pocket drone from Wingsland and Zerotech. Both are controlled via a device and the apps are available to both Android and iOS.
So 1st up in no particular order is the ZEROTECH DOBBY
Let me just say WOW. Zerotech really have nailed it from a concept to a reality with this one. The Dobby is small, around the size of an iPhone. Dobby uses a Snapdragon 801 SoC which has a Quad-core 2.3GHz CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU so right off the bat you can see a difference between this and a flight controller from larger drones.
The arms fold into the body making it small enough to put in your back pocket.
Dobby has a 4k camera. It uses a Sony IMX214 CMOS image sensor with Effective 13.13 pixels resolution with FOV75°; 28mm (35mm Format equivalent）and f/2.2-Infinity focus.
The lens of the camera can be manually adjusted between -90 ° ~ + 22.5 °, providing more flexibility to capture the selfies when in action, which compliments the apps feature “pull away”.
Dobby’s package includes a 7.6 Volts 960 mAh 2S Lipo battery, a wall charger, a base, a USB-C cable and an adapter. There is also an updated propeller style that is not included with Dobby as well as a ND filter that helps with some of the camera “jello”.
Outtake: Dobby flies really well indoors and out. The built-in GPS picks up around 8 to 9 locks very quickly. I am able to get about an 8 min flight on a fully charged battery.
The adjustable lens angle to key here for the app a mode called “pull away” when the Dobby will drift up and out at present angles relative to camera angle allowing great footage.
Taking a look at the 2nd option: Wingsland S6
The Wingsland S6 comes in many color configurations. It is packed with a 13 megapixel 1/3.06 inch CMOS sensor. The S6 can record 4k@30fps and 1080p@60fps. Also onboard are dual ultrasonic sensors, a downward facing optical flow camera and a GPS. This is also a folding form factor drone, which makes it pocketable.
Here is a quick size comparison next to iPhone.
Included with the Wingsland S6 is a 7.6V 1400mAh 2S Lipo battery, a charger base, a USB cable, a tool for prop removal, a 16GB Sandisk Micro SD card and a full set of spare props.
Wingsland also have a few accessories available which include, prop guards, a boom-boom gun, a search light and an emoji flasher which all can be mounted on the top of the S6.
Outtake: You can feel the quality that went into the S6. Here is a selfie/pocket drone with style and attitude. The S6 flies so smooth through the air and at a steady pace. Wingsland updates the app/firmware frequently with bug fixes and new features which shows great support. The camera on this little drone really does capture some smooth video with the help of the EIS.
Will selfie drones be a surge in the selfie market? Only time will tell, but I will say that I love being able to throw either one of these guys in my back pocket and grab some footage while the action is happening. Two awesome products to increase how much electronics we lug around daily but it is well worth it.
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