Buy it on Amazon – http://lon.tv/io87x (affiliate link) the Dobby Drone is a pocketable drone with decent flight intelligence. Unfortunately the camera is not as good as it should be on a $400 drone. See sample footage: http://lon.tv/dobby and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s — More drone reviews: http://lon.tv/drones
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00:37 – Hardware overview
01:10 – Manual camera positioning
02:00 – Short battery life and replacement battery cost
03:34 – Indoor test flight
06:06 – Palm landing and take off
06:35 – Automated flight: face tracking and object tracking
07:33 – Sample video footage
08:15 – EIS digital stabilization feature
09:31 – Still image quality
09:59 – Downloading images and videos from the drone
10:39 – Folding up the drone
11:10 – Conclusion and final thoughts
The Zerotech Dobby Drone is small yet offers some of the more advanced flight features found in more expensive and larger drones like the Parrot AR Drone / BeBop. It sells for $350 – $400.
It offers very stable flights and generally hovers in a stationary pattern both indoors and out. It also offers some automated flight modes like orbit, object tracking and face tracking.
Battery life is a short 8 minutes under ideal conditions. Outdoor battery life is likely to be a lot less than that. Replacement batteries are expensive at $65 each.
The camera systems is my biggest disappointment. Camera angle has to be adjusted manually before take-off and is not very stable in flight. The EIS (electronic image stabilization) is not very effective and often results in large black bars in the image as the drone moves beyond the software’s ability to compensate for the motion. My advice is to leave it off and have your video editing software or YouTube manage post production stabilization.
All in this is a nice drone but I think it’s camera system’s performance does not live up to the price tag.
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