What Is A Foldable Selfie Drone?
First let us discuss what makes there drones special from the rest. Obviously, the major selling point of these drones is that they are relatively small and lightweight enough for you to easily put them in a backpack or even your pocket sometimes. This is achieved by making the arms, which hold the rotors foldable inside the body of the drone.
Another thing is how they fly and the way they are controlled. This type of drones allows you to control it using an app you install on your smartphone or tablet, this is meant to make these drones easier to fly and control even by newbie pilots who want to focus on getting a selfie rather than worry about thrust and yaw control.
Finally they are mostly autonomous and fly on their own in several predetermined patterns. Meaning you can set the drone to follow you from behind, or focus on your face from the front or even do a flyby around; all of this is done even if you are moving around. The idea is that you simply tell the drone to follow you and you start your adventure. Pretty cool!
Priced at about $70 at the time of writing this article. At this price point you can expect the Elfie drone to lack the advanced features of the more expensive selfie drones, and it is true. The JJRC H37 or “Elfie” does not have GPS nor does it have a gimbal or an adjustable camera, it even uses brushed motors. All of this of course to cut down the cost.
Even the camera has had its share of price cuts, the Elfie does not have a 4K video camera and is only limited to a resolution of 0.3 MP.
So is it a bad drone?
Despite all the not so good points mentioned above this is a great little drone that does have a lot of good things going for it, for a start it is very easy to control using your smartphone or tablet, it also has a headless mode which in this case is a very good addition because of its target market. And the standard feature of every selfie drone it can automatically hover midair so you can take that great selfie shot.
More advanced features include what they call a “G-sensor” mode which is basically a follow me mode that uses simpler technology to follow you around rather than photo and facial recognition found in the more advanced selfie drones.
As mentioned earlier, the Drone is controlled using your smartphone over a WiFi connection. Its flight time is about 10 minutes or less, which is typical of small drones and needs about 45 minutes to fully charge.
In conclusion, it is fun and it does what it was built to do…cheaply. What else can you ask for?!
- Extremely cheap drone
- Small, lightweight, foldable and very portable.
- Easy to setup and fly. Especially using G-sensor control with headless mode.
- Tilting camera, and can be flown with the camera pointed toward you using headless mode for those selfie shots.
- The JJRC H37 does not come with any directions at all, BUT it is very simple to figure out.
- Low-resolution camera.
- There is no microSD card slot on the quadcopter. Video is instead recorded to your phone over WiFi, with the typical lag and freeze issues normally seen with WiFi FPV video.
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