Seven portable, packable drones for everything from 4K travel footage to soaring selfies
Whether you’re looking for professional-quality aerial footage of your latest travel adventures or just want to add a new dimension to your selfies, there’s a drone for everyone – and some will even do the flying for you
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition
The Power Edition of Parrot’s versatile AR.Drone 2.0 line flies for longer than the company’s other drones, achieving about 36 minutes per flight. As such, it’s a good choice for serious users – those who want to pilot a drone rather than merely take a few special selfies, though at 420g it’s relatively heavy. It takes 13-megapixel (MP) photos and films video in HD. Available from revoit-asia.com/hk.
While some adventurers are using drones to capture images of places humans can’t get to – the tops of glaciers, remote mountains or panoramic images from on high and so on – many other users are more narcissist than navigator. For them, a more portable option might appeal. Zerotech’s tiny “pocket selfie” drone is one option which, although only 199g, still packs a 13MP camera and films video in 4K resolution. Flight time is 25 minutes. Available from flycamhk.com.
Micro Drone 3.0
For those who travel light and have no fear of flying, this barely 70g drone packs a lot into a small size. While it can take only 1MP images, it can live-stream video in HD to a smartphone; put your phone into an optional Google Cardboard VR headset and you can even get a first-person view, as if you were the pilot. However, flight time is barely five minutes. Find it on price.com.hk.
Yuneec Breeze 4K quadcopter
Want a drone to follow you around and capture your outdoor adventures? Weighing less than 385g, the Yuneec Breeze features autopilot operations as part of its “selfie”, “orbit” and “follow me” modes. The drone is controlled via the Breeze Cam app, which makes it easy to share its 13MP stills and 4K video. However, flight time is only 12 minutes. Available from flycamhk.com.
DJI Mavic Pro
At 750g this is one of the larger drones in this list, but the DJI Mavic Pro remains the last word in semi-pro drones. A long-range, high-speed robot with GPS and automatic obstacle avoidance, it can fly over four miles away and reach 40 mph while you see a live view through the DJI Go app. Its camera snaps 12MP images (even RAW files) and it records 4K video. Flight time is 27 minutes. Available from apple.com/hk.
Another so-called “pocket drone” that can film 4K video, the Wingsland S6 captures still images at 13MP and weighs just 230g. Easy-to-fly modes include “return-to-home”, “point of interest” (where the drone orbits an object automatically) and “follow me”, while it can also rotate in place and take 12 photos in a row to produce a 360-degree panorama. Flight time is 10 minutes. Available from price.com.hk.
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Who needs a selfie stick? The tiny AirSelfie has turbo fan propellers to lift it to only 20 metres, but that’s enough for selfies galore. Images are only 5MP and it doesn’t capture video, but this pocket-size flying camera is exceptionally travel-friendly, weighing just 61g. Flight time between charges is an impressive 60 minutes. Available on pre-order now from airselfiecamera.com.