Taking your pictures or documenting your special moments is something that has become possible with the invention of smart devices like mobile phones, cameras and tablets, among others. Taking this one step further, drones and quadcopters too provide a great way to record all your important memories that too without having to focus on actively recording it yourself!
Instead of needing selfie sticks and mounts, using a drone provides a more convenient option for users to capture themselves and take selfies. An aerial view also gives different angles to record from, and drones can keep up with all the action, thanks to their advanced technology.
With amazing features inbuilt, drones come with Selfie Mode or Follow Me feature to keep the camera positioned on the desired object from a safe distance, allowing it to capture all that is happening, but not get in the way or get damaged, as in the case of recording adventure and action sports.
With great camera option with high-resolution recording and pictures, selfies come out clearer and better in quality, giving you the best way to keep your memories with you.
Here are some of the best Selfie drones and quadcopters for 2017.
Yuneec Breeze 4K Flying Camera Drone
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 provides seamless sharing on social media websites from within.
Design wise, the drone is ultra-light and compact, weighing a little less than 1 pound. Made for portability, it features foldable propellers and comes along with a carrying case, making this drone a great travel companion.
The drone features 5 automated flight modes allowing better ability to get that perfect shot. These modes are – Selfie, Pilot, Orbit, Follow Me, and Journey. It also comes with an Indoor Positioning System that makes flying inside possible.
Wingsland S6 Foldable Pocket Selfie Drone
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 panning, slow motion, time-lapse, auto following and flight path setting.
The drone also has omnidirectional obstacle avoidance due to its infrared detector, which can analyze and evade external obstacles from any direction to provide you a carefree flight.
It can be remotely controlled using the compatible and versatile application over Wi-Fi. It includes features like a virtual lever, gravity sensing, and voice control, as well as a Flight Simulator that allows you to learn and perfect flying the drone. The app will also let users edit their videos and pictures in an easy way, which can even later be shared to the Cloud.
Other features include a 6-axis gyro, infrared altimeter, high precision barometer, Dual mode GPS and 3 processors. The drone also has Automatic Following, FPV capabilities, Gravity Sense Control, Low-voltage Protection, One Key Automatic Return, One Key Landing, One Key Taking Off, Point of Interest and Selfie mode.
Apart from flying, there are also other ways of aerial entertainment with the Wingsland S6 RC Drone. It features extension interfaces on top of the drone’s protective guard. You can mount a Bomb Gun to launch bullets using the app, use the LED Expression Board that can display some cool emojis and text, and even use the Search Light to send SOS signals in the case of emergency.
The drone uses a 7.6V 1400mAh 10.64Wh (2S Li-Po) battery that provides a flight time of around 10 minutes, and has a control distance of about 120 meters.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
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 inside.
Users can simply toss the drone into their bag and not have to worry about detaching the props beforehand. Other elements like the camera and gimbal too are protected, as they have a transparent cone surrounding it, so damage to the structure or lens will not be incurred.
Camera and gimbal
The Mavic Pro uses a 3-axis gimbal that provides shake-free footage and pictures when recording in the air, and it is also the smallest gimbal the company has built till now. It features a camera that can record in 4K at 30 fps, as well as 1080p HD at 96 fps. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 19 in (0.5 m), which is a great improvement over the previous DJI drones and DJI Osmo.
The camera can take pictures in 12MP and the picture can also be flipped 90 degrees to a portrait mode for taking vertical photos.
ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone
The ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is the newest entrant in the selfie drone race, created by Chinese UAV manufacturer ZeroTech. The drone makes taking selfies much easier as it features high portability, something that was missing from previous such drones and quadcopters.
The fragile and delicate parts like the propellers have always been a concern when travelling since they can break easily, but the Dobby comes with a unique foldable design that is compact and has foldable propellers, allowing it to fit in a bag or pocket! The drone is also super light at just 199 grams, letting it do away with FAA’s registration for quadcopters that weigh more than 250 grams.
The ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is equipped with a 970mAh LiPo battery that provides 9 minutes of flight time. It can be controlled using an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, and has a range of up to 100 meters when flying indoors as well as outdoors.
It uses a 13 MP f/2.2 camera that has a FOV of 75 degrees. Apart from taking pictures, it can also record videos in 4K resolution at 30 fps or in 1080p at 30fps. It features image stabilization and can take burst shots of up to 15 pictures.
Hover's Passport - Foldable Follow You Camera Drone
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 would think at 242 grams. It’s also not subject to the FAA's Hobbyist Drone Registration.
The Passport drone is an ultra-lightweight and very compact quadcopter that is powered using the Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform. It is equipped with a 13MP camera that has the capability to record videos in 4K video and provide amazing, smooth footage.
Hover's Passport - Foldable Follow You Camera DroneHover's Passport - Foldable Follow You Camera Drone
It doesn’t come along with a controller and fliers can instead use an iOS or Android device via Wi-Fi to control it. This provides an approximately 20-meter range with a 5GHz connection, as well as up to 10 minutes of hovering time without wind. The drone can also fly at up to 8 m/s or around 18 mph horizontally and sues a 1360mAh battery.
The drone has some cool flying features and can automatically follow you by tracking your face or body, circle around a subject to record, and even shoot a 360-degree panorama video. It also starts flying with just the press of a button when on standby, and you can release it horizontally for it to hover away. Another trick is to grab it while it is flying in mid-air and point it downward to make the propellers slower, and then press the power button to completely stop it. These functions are possible due to the drone’s processor, sonar, downward-facing camera, as well as other sensors.
JJRC H37 Elfie Pocket Selfie Drone
The JJRC H37 Elfie Pocket Selfie Drone has been designed as an aerial companion capable of taking some amazing selfies of you. It features a 0.3MP camera that can take pictures and videos in 720 x 576 pixels.
It is equipped with a 6-axis gyro calibration function for stable flight and smooth footage. The drone’s foldable design makes it convenient and portable, allowing you to travel with it easily.
It can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet with Wi-Fi for iOS and Android. Users can also view a live stream of what the drone is recording to get an FPV experience. Everything recorded is stored on your phone to easy sharing.
Flying the quadcopter is fairly easy, and does not require any prior experience. Users can ascend, descend, fly forward and backward, turn left, turn right, hover, fly left and right sideward as well. Apart from this, you can perform some cool tricks with the drone, like 360-degree roll to make it flip in any direction.
It features a High Hold Mode for accurate hovering, and a Headless Mode so you don’t have to keep finding the right direction of the drone. There is also One Key Return to get the drone back to its starting point.
Xiro Xplorer Mini Drone
The Xiro Xplorer Mini Drone features smart and compact technology, allowing you to take your aerial companion with you anywhere. It has a compact design and is lightweight at just 410 grams. It is super portable due to its foldable design, which is the newest must-have feature in all drones.
Users can record HD stable video with its camera that is capable of 1080p at 30fps and can also take 13MP pictures. It features Fisheye lens imaging, as well as electronic image stabilized (EIS) technology for no shake during high movement.
Equipped with 4 brushless motors, the drone comes along with accurate positioning, hovering and control without the need for GPS when flying indoors, as well as GPS/GLONASS dual-satellite system navigation to make sure that you get the most accurate positioning and safe flight experience outdoors as well.
The drone features built-in optical flow sensors and ultrasonic sensor, and is also equipped with XIRO's powerful flight control technology that provides multiple intelligent flight and recording modes. One such is Follow Snap Optical recognition technology that makes the drone automatically follow an object or person.