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It seemed to have happened overnight: drones took over the world. No, seriously. Besides delivery, videography, and mapping, they’re also being used to help enforce social distancing. Then there’s the guy who walked his dog with a drone and the guy who had a totally-not-creepy drone date. We live in weirder times than any of us even realized. But that’s beside the point.
If you want to get in on the craze and enjoy the freedom of flight, we’ve found a deal on a great starter drone: the SHIFT RED. While others may require a steep learning curve, the SHIFT RED is intuitive enough for you to fly solo pretty quickly. Its one-hand control system, enabled by the Near-Field Micro-Sensing technology, makes flying as easy as moving your thumb around on a joystick. And there are even eight different auto-pilot modes that let you cruise around and take breathtaking shots with a tap of your finger.
With video recording quality at FHD The-SHIFT-RED-Drone-is-on-Sale-038-can-be-flown-using-just-your-thumb-The-SHIFT-RED-Drone-is-on-Sale-038-can-be-flown-using-just-your-thumb-2080p and streaming quality at HD 720p, you can capture some truly incredible footage. Plus, thanks to virtual gimbal software, there won’t be any shakiness or blurriness. You can fly for a maximum of one hour before you’ll need to recharge, so keep your eye on the time.
French drone manufacturer Parrot is getting on the First-Person-View bandwagon with the launch of the ANAFI FPV, a package that includes the ANAFI drone and a pair of FPV goggles.
The move comes a matter of weeks after DJI launched a bundle of drone racing gear. The Chinese manufacturer is expected to unveil a drone to go alongside the tech in the not too distant future.
So what’s new with the ANAFI FPV?
Parrot ANAFI FPV
The first thing to say is that the ANAFI FPV is the latest in what will probably be a string of ANAFI iterations. The platform has previously been adapted for thermal imaging. We’re expecting further tweaks to be made for different commercial applications, too.
So essentially, the ANAFI FPV is just the original drone with a pair of FPV goggles.
Having said that, the ANAFI does have a few tricks up its sleeve that make it an interesting platform for first-person flight.
First is the immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera. When viewed through the included Cockpit glasses, the ability to shift perspective to that degree is going to be interesting and has plenty of creative potential – particularly with the camera’s 4K HDR video, 21-megapixel images, 3-axis stabilisation and 3X zoom.
Parrot revamps the FreeFlight app for FPV fun
The ANAFI FPV comes with a pair of Cockpit glasses, which pair with your phone and the Free Flight 6.6 app to give you a front-row seat at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
Parrot says the ANAFI FPV’s new user experience “relies on a combination of cutting-edge hardware and intuitive software.”
The new FPV interface in FreeFlight 6.6 is a simple, streamlined heads-up display (HUD) with an immersive, unobstructed view of your aerial acrobatics. Any safety alerts or geofencing limits are automatically highlighted in your field of view.”
The main FPV HUD has been designed to be immersive, adaptable and informative. The standard HUD shows flight metrics, including speed, direction, altitude and location. But a click of a button on the Cockpit glasses switches to a minimal interface – removing the data and leaving you to the FPV experience.
You can even find your ANAFI in mid-air without removing the Cockpit glasses: Switch to See-Through View, and you’ll see live video from your smartphone camera. An overlay shows the exact position of your drone. If your ANAFI is off-screen, an icon points to its location.
Aerial photography meets FPV
As much as Parrot want to focus on the FPV element of this launch, the ANAFI was and remains a drone primarily designed for photography. But in theory, there are plenty of creative benefits that come with flying a photography drone in first-person.
For starters, total immersion in the on-screen image gives you a great platform to manipulate shot composition. Using the new FreeFlight app, Parrot ANAFI FPV lets you toggle through image controls to fine-tune photos and videos as you watch a scene unfold.
FPV pilots can fly with manual settings such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation, a histogram and more overlayed, opening the settings using a button on the Cockpit glasses.
Fast access to manual settings can also be set with the Sky controller 3, which supports custom mapping of the right trigger to adjust exposure.
Parrot ANAFI FPV: New Flight Modes & Presets
Rather than just adding a pair of FPV goggles to the ANAFI package and tweaking the app, it’s clear that Parrot has gone deeper with the new launch in terms of software.
Two new flight presets have been added which are designed to expand the pilots’ creative options. These are:
Cinematic preset: Capture smooth and dramatic footage inspired by flying in a glider. The horizontal axis of the 4K HDR camera is locked to the tilt of the drone. Footage is characterised by gentle banks and turns.
Racing preset: The horizontal axis is also locked to the tilt of your drone, but this preset is built for speed instead of smoothness. Videos will have a more aggressive feel as the ANAFI bobs and weaves through the air at high speed.
There’s also a new flight mode, Arcade Mode.
With Arcade Mode switched on, the Sky controller 3’s left joystick controls the camera, which allows you to view in any direction. The right joystick controls the movement of the drone. By holding forward on the right joystick, the drone will travel in the direction the camera is pointed.
A New ANAFI Backpack
Parrot is also launching the ANAFI Backpack as part of the FPV package. It doubles as a stable platform to prepare and launch flights from. So no more worries about mud, water or whatever else clogging up your rotors.
Parrot ANAFI FPV: Price and Availability
The ANAFI FPV All-In-One Pack includes the drone, one battery, the Sky controller 3, one pair of Cockpit glasses, a 16gb SD memory card, a USB-C cable, one extra set of propellers and the ANAFI FPV backpack.
The Hubsan Zino is definitely one of the top camera drones under $400 at the moment of writing this article. In this review of this drone I’ll go over a lot of details, but some of the more notable ones are:
all the Hubsan Zino specs
how it compares to the competition (in visual tables)
Where it’s cheapest to buy it from
Where to get the black version
how many changes the new update brought
how good is the camera and the flight
And many more… This being said, let’s dig into it and see why I actually consider this to be my favorite camera drone in this price range. Not really that hard to tell why a 3 axis stabilized 4k GPS camera drone would fit well in that category.CONTENTS
Xiaomi Fimi x8 Specs and Features (vs competition)
Camera4KBattery life23 minCamera Stabilization3 axis gimbalRange1000 mFormatFoldable DroneDrone TypePro Camera DroneTransmitterRemote with PhoneWeightOver 250gGPSComes with GPSObstacle AvoidanceNoneSpeedOver 60 km/hMotorsBrushless
The Zino weighs 700 grams and is obviously over the 250g limit of US registration. It’s to be expected, considering the hardware it has and the ability to carry the 3 axis camera and gimbal and a big enough battery.
How good is the GPS accuracy
The biggest drawback of the Hubsan Zino was that it’s GPS stability was a bit shitty in the past. I even experienced toilet bowl effects. However, Hubsan has changed the software a lot and with the new update everything in terms of stability has been fixed. Now the drone doesn’t do any more toilet bowling and it flies quite steady.
Does it come back after losing signal?
Yes, The hubsan Zino does come back after losing signal. It actually comes back until it regains signal and then it stops for you to take the controls again.This is a feature I actually like, as it can save you from having to cancel the return to home yourself in case there is an obstacle in between.
Does it return on low battery?
Yes, the drone does come back on low battery, 20% to be precise, but you can deactivate this function from the app if you so want. You can also change the height the drone comes back at home.
What’s the maximum height it reaches?
This quadcopter can fly up to 500m in height, but you can limit this setting from the app too. There’s also beginner mode that will limit both height and distance, in case you want to practice without making any mistakes.
Does it come with optical flow stabilization
No, the Zino does not come with any obtical flow stabilization or obstacle avoidance sensors. This is obviously made so it lowers the price as much as possible. But it would have been nice to at least have on obstacle flow camera at the bottom so you can fly it inside or just fly it more stable when closer to the ground.
What are the best alternatives for the fimi x8 (table comparison)
Considering the Hubsan zino can be actually found even under $300 if you know where to look, it doesn’t really have much solid competition for this footage quality. Bellow I presented a table comparison between the Zino vs the Fimi A3 vs Cfly Dream and VS X12 Aurora. All of these come with their advantages and disadvantages, depending what you’re looking for. Versus the X12 Aurora The Aurora is a very recent drone released on the market, and although it comes with a 1080p camera, it also comes with a better battery life, 3 axis gimbal and even bottom stability sensors.The image quality is not as good, but it’s not that bad either. Versus the Xiaomi Fimi A3 Xiaomi has released some killer drones lately and the FImi A3 is quite special, having a really good build quality and a unique transmitter with an FPV Screen inside of it and a lot of functions. Versus CFly Dream This is a bit curious, because the CFly dream is one of the few drones with this filming capacity that is actually under 250 grams to make it legal in the States, besides the Mavic Mini, probably.
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Hubsan Zino Camera specs(3 axis stabilization)
The camera is obviously the strong point of the Hubsan Zino, and it’s quite amazing how they managed to actually get a really decent looking camera on a very well stabilized gimbal for this price. These photos were taken in 4k, click on them to see the full resolution image in a light box. The photos are mainly exactly what you’ll get from the video image as well. And that’s because the photos are nothing else than basically still shots taken from video.
How good is the footage and photos
I am pretty happy with the quality, I must admit. There is some blurriness on the edges, but otherwise it’s top notch from what I can tell.The dynamic range is allright, but as you can see, in the brighter part of the image above, the snow has lost almost all it’s details. The gimbal itself is stabilized in 3 axis and I simply don’t have any complaints for it, it works as it should and is one of the most stable gimbals I have seen in a while.
My Video review (and camera footage)
I know it’s a bit hard to tell the camera quality just from some screenshots or photos, so that’s why I made a complete video review that also has a ton of footage you can judge from.
The Zino doesn’t come with many camera settings besides the standard ISO value and exposure.The maximum resolution in which you can record is 4k 30fps, but you can also go for 1080p in 60fps if you think your computer won’t handle the processing power.
Parts and Accessories
Best accessories for the Fimi x8
There are more and more accessories appearing online for the Zino, as it raises in popularity. You can get most of the stuff you image, but haven’t yet found any ND filters, which could have turned this drone a bit more into the pro range.
The Hubsan Zino is not a very stophisticated drone with tons of sensors and such, it focuses on:
a solid build
powerful brushless motors for carrying the heavy battery
And the main focus: an aerial camera that’s well stabilized
The plastic it’s made of is quite standard, a bit inferior to what you can see in Xiaomi Drones or DJI, but good enough nonetheless.It also comes with foldable props, which make it even more compact and easy to carry.It even has a nice, well made gimbal cover (that’s easy to put on).
Battery (multiple, depending on the package)
3 Types of connecting cables
Transmitter And Mobile App
The transmitter feels a little bit cheaper than higher end drones, the sticks felt a bit like cheaper toy drones from china, but overall the controller does its job well. Usually transmitter quality is an area where I can compromise in, if all the functions are properly working. The drone can be set up to fly in standard or sport mode, which will make it considerably faster, but won’t allow for smoother cinematic movements.There’s a wheel to control the camera gimbal up and down and a few useful buttons like aut launch and return to home.
scroll wheel to move the gimbal
switch between GPS mode and Atti Mode
phone holder at the bottom
What phones work with the Hubsan Zino? Do you need a 5G 802.11ac Phone?
The Hubsan Zino doesn’t require you to use an 802.11ac phone, as it connects though a small cable to the transmitter, which takes that function instead. So any smartphone works with the Zino, considering you also get 3 different types of cable for Iphones and Android too. You can also use the phone only, without any cables and connect it to the drone directly, but that does require you to have an 802.11ac wifi phone and the FPV distance will also be limited to 300m or so. The controller itself has a 5g repeater so it can extend the range of action up to 1km, which is not bad at all.
The Zino App
The Zino app works as it should, doesn’t come with the most sophisticated settings in the world, but you will get to setup most things and intermediate user needs and even more. You can obviously see things like:
number of satelites connected (btw, you need to have more than 7 if you want positioning to work)
micro SD storage space indicator
How fast can it fly?
The Zino has 2 main flight modes: GPS and atti mode.In GPS mode it flies slower, but in Atti mode you can unlock it’s full 60km/h sport mode. Otherwise, 40km/h should be enough for most people. The maximum speed
What flight modes does it come with?
Waypoint modeA standard waypoint mode, but you can actually change the direction of the drone and camera angle while flying, which is nice. Orbit ModeA standard flight mode, no issues here, it simply does what it says. It can get clumsy sometimes in stronger winds.Following ModeIn following mode you can either follow the GPS signal of your phone, or you can follow the subject on the screen. This mode works very well, and manages to track subjects even if you run under the drone. Line Fly modeThis is my favorite, as you can setup a certain trajectory for the drone to fly at and then play with it, to get a more complex sideways shot for example.
Hubsan Zino Price, Manual and Instructions
How to fly it
The process is a bit more complex the first time you do it, but easier from then on.
Start the drone and transmitter
Connect to the app and the phone to the transmitter
Bind aircraft to the device by the first prompt you get in your app screen
Do a GPS accuracy test as prompted
Calibrate the Compass from the menu settings (at least the first time)
Start the Motors
Who should buy it (is it worth the price)?
This drone is MUCH MORE than worth its price, it almost competes with DJI drones when it comes to image quality, and that’s on a whole different price level. I think this quadcopter can fit in a wide range of uses and some people that could benefit from having it are:
If you’re taking photos/videos at weddings ( This is quite a high quality addition to your gadgets without breaking the bank)
If you’re a hobbyist and want a very reliable drone to play around with and experiment filming