Drones that follow you (follow me mode)

Drones that follow you (follow me mode)

Drones and quadcopters are great to use when you want to take some amazing footage of places, but they are also extremely efficient when it comes to taking pictures and videos of you. Whether you want to record yourself on an adventure or just want your drone to take some pretty pictures, the advanced technology that now powers quadcopters allows them to use a ‘follow me’ mode. This is essentially a mode where the quadcopter will follow you or the specified subject around, keeping it as the focus of its recording.

Drones that feature the follow me mode provide an easy way to stay in the center of the camera and the camera swivels in the correct direction to keep you in the frame at all times. Capture yourself just walking around in a beautiful locale, doing some crazy adventure and sports, or even record yourself from a distance with the perfect angle and frame to get a scenic shot - all that without having to use a mounting pole or your hands!

With the opportunity to film some very unique aerial shots, this feature provides hands-free flying and filming. At the moment, there are 2 kinds of drone Follow Me mode technology available on quadcopters in the market – Transmitter that uses Follow Me technology with GPS and object recognition software such as ActiveTrack from DJI.

Transmitter with Follow Me technology

Quadcopters use a GPS enabled device like a smartphone, tablet or a controller that has a transmitter to 'follow' the desired subject at all times, allowing users to keep what they want in the picture. This is like a virtual tether between the quad and the GPS-equipped device, working seamlessly.

ActiveTrack from DJI

ActiveTrack is exclusive to DJI and is used in the newer DJI drones that are equipped with sensors and recognition technology as well as software algorithms to identify a person or object. Their ActiveTrack Follow Me technology permits the drone to follow and track a moving subject without needing a separate GPS tracker.

If you too want a self following drone that has such cool features and follows you around, then here’s a list of the best quadcopters that can do so. Pick one that suits you best, depending on the various features they offer. Not only will it add a fun element to your drone and quadcopter flying experience, but will also help sports people record themselves to review their stunts, and allow industries to use their special technology for good.

Drone Features

Battery Flight Time: 

27 minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

12.00

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps

Range: 

4.3 miles (7km)

The DJI Mavic Pro is the newest release by the leading drone manufacturers, and is a compact yet powerful drone, created to meet the consumers’ needs. Even though it has a small size, it possesses features as powerful as the DJI Phantom 4 , if not better.

Body and design

DJI has taken all their expertise of creating spectacular unmanned aerial vehicles and applied that knowledge into a compact, sleek and foldable body. The drone was created with portability in mind, and with this foldable design the drone becomes as small as a water bottle with the arms and propellers safely tucked...

Drone Features

Battery Flight Time: 

10 - 20 minutes

Range: 

300 m

Weight (KG): 

1.85

The AirDog is a unique drone equipped with Auto-Follow function that is possible due to their AirLeash technology, which works like a leash for the drone to follow you around using long-range Bluetooth. It ensures that you are always front and center of the video, so the focus stays on you.

It is easy to operate and provides a stable platform to take videos with its special gyroscope stabilized gimbal. You can safely attach a GoPro camera onto it and it also comes with a waterproof case.

Users can also fly it manually with a radio transmitter, using the directional buttons...

Drone Features

Body Size: 

10 in. tall (25 cm), 18 in. (46 cm) motor-to-motor

Battery Flight Time: 

up to 25 minutes

Range: 

8 km

Remote Frequency: 

2.4 GHz

Battery Charge Time: 

1.5 hours

Weight (KG): 

1.50

3D Robotics (3DR) is releasing their most advanced consumer drone till date called the 3DR Solo drone and it is being touted as one of the best in the market right now.

Unlike the other quadcopters and drones available in the market, the Solo is equipped to directly stream video from a GoPro camera (Hero3+ and up) to your smartphone or tablet due to its new 3-axis Solo gimbal.

The drone can fly for about 20 minutes when using a camera and gimbal, while it can go around 25 minutes without them. It is equipped with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor inside the drone along with...

Ghost Drone

$599.00

Drone Features

Battery Flight Time: 

20 - 30 minutes

Range: 

0.6 miles

Remote Frequency: 

2.4 GHz

Weight (KG): 

0.60

The Ehang Ghost Drone is an easy to operate drone due to its controls that lie in a smartphone-based iOS/Android app available for download on any smartphone or tablet. Using this you can easily make it perform functions at the touch of a button and also set it to follow you around using GPS.

Ghost Drone

By adding an optional gimbal mount, the drone can carry a GoPro camera that can be additionally panned and tilted to get a clear and steady shot. The app offers a Tilt function, which lets you steer the drone by just tilting the phone in the direction you want.

It...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Drone 1 x Charger 4 x Spare Propeller 1 x English Manual

Body Size: 

138 x 79 x 26.8mm

Battery Flight Time: 

10 minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

13.00

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 60/30 fps
720P 60/30 fps

Range: 

120m

The Wingsland S6 RC Drone is an attractive mini UAV that boasts of an ultra slim body and can easily be carried around in your pocket. It is equipped with a 13MP camera as well as 3-axis EIS that makes it possible to capture stable and beautiful pictures and videos in 4K UHD at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 60fps.

The body of the drone has been in an ultra slim design that measures just 138 x 79 x 26.8mm in size and weighs 230g. It is one of the smallest drones to have 4K recording and is capable of some great aerial photography. The camera supports various features like...

Drone Features

Body Size: 

Folded Dimension - 182x132x33mm

Battery Flight Time: 

10 Minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

13.00

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps
1080P 30 fps
720P 30 fps

Range: 

20m

Foldability is a factor that is very sought after in the drones that are popular today and this can be seen with the case of the GoPro Karma and the DJI Mavic Pro . But there’s a new drone called the Zero Zero Robotics' Hover Camera Passport that is foldable in a new and innovative way, and is also fully enclosed. This means that the propellers are built inside of foldable carbon-fiber enclosure, that allows users to hold the drone from anywhere without getting cut by the propellers.

Once folded, the drone is about the same size as a VHS cassette tape, but is much lighter than you...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

1 x Transmitter 1 x Battery 1 x 4GB microSD

Body Size: 

22 x 22 x 7 cm

Battery Flight Time: 

20 minutes

Max Video Resolution: 

1080P 30 fps
720P 60/30 fps

Range: 

300 meters

Remote Frequency: 

2.4GHz + 5.8GHz

Battery Charge Time: 

150 minutes

Motor Type: 

Brushless WK-WS-34-002

Weight (KG): 

0.41

Hubsan has a new quadcopter to offer and has introduced the Hubsan X4 H501S . It is an FPV quadcopter that features a modern and sleek design, along with a plethora of great features.

The quadcopter is equipped with a1080p camera to take great aerial videos and also has a transmitter that uses 5.8Ghz for video transmission. This allows fliers to view what they are recording on the transmitter. With a transmission range of 300+ meters, it can easily be used long distance and its great technology will still provide clear video quality.

Hubsan H501S X4 FPV Quadcopter

...

Hexo+

$1,349.00

Drone Features

Battery Flight Time: 

10 to 15 minutes

Range: 

300 Ft

When it comes to autonomous flying, the Hexo+ Drone has got it right! It is a rare camera drone that does not use a handheld remote, but is instead controlled using just a smartphone app. It can record videos with great precision that look like pro aerial cinematographers work and can perform specific camera moves.

These camera moves include pans, dollies, and circular motions that are easy to program using the app and have amazing effects on your recordings. It is completely capable of taking off, flying in the air and landing back on the ground, as well as of course, following...

Drone-maker Yuneec has created a new drone that can give the DJI Inspire 1 a run for its money, that too at 1/3rd the cost! Their new Yuneec Typhoon H Drone is a high-end UAV, which is available for $1799, as compared to its DJI competition that sells for a whooping $3,000.

The Typhoon H comes with some unique features and professional-level performance due to its hexacopter design of six rotors that are fixed to the drone using collapsible carbon fiber arms. It also features carbon fiber retractable landing gear that provides unhindered footage from its 360-degree rotating gimbal...

Drone Features

Accessories In Box: 

H7000 Smart Remote Controller HBS1080P Camera 3-Axis Gimbal for HBS1080P or GoPro HERO Sun Shade for FPV Screen Strap for Smart Remote Controller Transmitter Straps 7000mAh LiPo Flight Battery 5000mAh LiPo Smart Remote Controller Battery 380mAh LiPo Battery for HBS1080P Camera 4 x Prop Guards U-Wrench 4 x Propellers 4 x Propeller Guards Battery Charger U-Wrench

Battery Flight Time: 

40 minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

12.00

Max Video Resolution: 

1080P 30 fps

Range: 

Up to 3280.8' / 1000 m

Remote Frequency: 

5.8 Ghz

Motor Type: 

Brushless Motor

The Hubsan X4 Pro quadcopter (H109s) is a mid-sized quadcopter that has been designed for aerial photography and video capturing. It is being tooted as one of the best the company has produced and will have a ton of features that can even give tough competition to the existing DJI Phantom 2 .

The drone was originally supposed to be released in 2014, but the company decided against it and has spent the time improving upon the drone and it is now finally available in the market after a long wait.

Hubsan X4 Pro H109s Quadcopter

The X4 Pro Delux Quadcopter comes with a...

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Arshiya

I am a freelance writer who is always on the hunt for cool new gadgets and products on the internet. With never ending love for animals and a new found interest in drones, I enjoy writing about all things Apple, quadcopters and the newest tech accessories.