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

Body Size: 

143×143×55 mm

Battery Flight Time: 

16 minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

12.00

Max Video Resolution: 

1080P 30 fps

Remote Frequency: 

2.4 and 5.8 GHz

UPDATE 31/08/2017: The DJI Spark has got a new mode called the Sphere mode, recently released at the IFA convention held in Berlin. With this mode, fliers can get panoramic images with a fisheye effect that can also be shared directly to social media websites. Users can get this new mode by upgrading the firmware on their DJI GO 4 app.

The DJI Spark drone first came into light when pictures of the DJI drone were leaked a while ago. Touted as the DJI Mavic Pro ’s little brother, this drone has finally been released at the company’s 24 May event , and is everything that...

Drone Features

Battery Flight Time: 

25 minutes

DJI has been a leader in drone production for a while and they have recently released the upgraded version of their previous DJI Inspire 1 with a high-end model aimed for professional filmmaking, called the DJI Inspire 2.

The Inspire 2 has been made using magnesium-aluminum that makes the drone sturdier than the previous. Other upgrades include an increased speed from 50 miles per hour to 67 mph, and a battery life that is now 25 minutes instead of 18 minutes.

DJI Inspire 2 Drone

You can also fly the drone very high since it has a service ceiling of 16,400 feet...

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...

Drone Features

Battery Flight Time: 

20 minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

13.00

Max Video Resolution: 

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

Range: 

1km

Remote Frequency: 

5.8 Ghz

Battery Charge Time: 

2 hours

Product Specifications: 

The GDU O2 Drone has been created for use by everyone and is a product that delivers extreme portability, high resolutions, advanced sensors and easy operations.

The drone uses the world’s smallest 3-axis stabilized camera gimbal that has the ability to record in 4k resolutions. The powerful gimbal lets users take creative and stable videos and pictures. It uses a 1/3 Inch CMOS sensor and takes pictures in 13MP.

GDU O2 Drone

A great feature of the drone is its ability to fold that allows users to take it along with them. This compact design provides a secure way to...

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

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: 

2 Batteries Charger Charging cord Propellers Propeller Guards USB cable Product Guide Travel Case

Body Size: 

196 x 196 x 65 mm

Battery Flight Time: 

12 minutes

Stills Resolution (megapixels): 

13.00

Max Video Resolution: 

4K 30 fps

The Yuneec Breeze 4K Flying Camera Drone is a compact and convenient to use drone that features a camera capable of capturing videos in 4K Ultra High Definition, as well as taking pictures in 13MP. With a 1/3.06 CMOS sensor and 117° FOV, it delivers stunning quality pictures and media provided, so users can now capture all their special and precious moments!

Ease of use comes in the form of drone control using your smartphone or tablet, with the app available for both iOS and Android. Users can also view live 720p video transmission of what the done is recording. The app even...

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...

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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.