- 1 The fun features of the AirSelfie drone camera
- 2 Top quality construction
- 3 This is how to fly a pocket camera drone
- 4 Compatibility with mobile phones
- 5 Recommendation
- 6 But what if the AirSelfie isn’t available yet to buy?
- 7 ZEROTECH DOBBY Mini Selfie Pocket Drone
- 8 The tech specs of the DOBBY mini camera drone
- 9 Recommendation
- 10 What’s all the fuss about drone photography?
- 11 How to fly a drone
- 12 Tips for drone safety
- 13 In conclusion
Who or what can take the perfect group photo for you? The AirSelfie drone camera can. Forget stretching your arms or using a selfie stick. Send up your drone and snap the shot from the air. We love the AirSelfie because it’s convenient to carry around, easy to use, and just plain cool.
What is the AirSelfie? It’s a pocket-size ultralight flying camera designed by an international team from Italy and Shanghai. It’s simple to launch, land, and control with an app on your phone. The built-in Wi-Fi shares images to your device instantly.
We think the AirSelfie ought to be on almost everyone’s Christmas list this year. Everyone from kids to grandparents can safely use it to capture family get-togethers. Couples can keep unique memories from their vacations. Friends can record and share parties and fun times. You don’t have to be a geek or a pro photographer to love taking aerial pictures, either.
The fun features of the AirSelfie drone camera
Think of all the times you had to ask someone else to take a group photo for you. Remember when you were at an amazing location but your selfie shot just couldn’t fit both you and that place in one picture. With the AirSelfie drone, that will never happen again.
Just imagine what you can do with this phone-size camera quadcopter that fits into your pocket. Launch it and it can fly up to 20 meters (21.87 yards) into the sky. It can hover up to three minutes at a time. The built-in Wi-Fi activates as soon as you turn it on so you can guide it and send images straight to your phone. The 4GB SD card records the images, too.
The 5 megapixel HD video camera takes clear, vibrant photos without blur. The camera’s images are stabilized by the vibration absorber system onboard the drone. Plus, when the drone hovers, the built-in altitude sonar and gyro keep it nice and steady.
Top quality construction
One of the reasons the AirSelfie Kickstarter campaign drew in almost ten times their original fundraising goal is its top quality construction and design. There are four major points about it we’d like to discuss.
First, the drone has an aircraft-grade aluminum body that weighs only 52 grams (1.83 ounces). That’s less than two slices of whole grain bread or twelve nickels of weight. It slides into its own case which doubles as a case for your cell phone. That way you have just one thing to carry around, not two.
Second, the turbo fan propellers inside the case are quietly powered by brushless motors. Brushless motors run cool and efficiently. The fan propellers are safe to hold; they won’t hurt you if you grab the AirSelfie while it’s hovering.
Third, the AirSelfie app works on both Android and iOS phones. It makes it very simple to control the camera drone, to see what it sees. There are three modes available: Selfie, Selfie Motion Control, and Flying. You can snap pictures yourself, or set a timer to do it for you.
Selfie mode is very simple to use—there are two virtual buttons that move the drone closer or farther away from you. The mode Selfie Motion Control has an on-screen joystick for more precise positioning. Then Flying mode turns your whole phone into a virtual controller. Once you put the AirSelfie into place, it will automatically hover there while it films.
Fourth, while the lithium-ion battery has a small 260mAh capacity for up to three minutes of flight time, it recharges in two handy ways. Either plug it in with the included USB cable, or slip it back into its case that doubles as a phone cover. The case can also charge the battery of the drone back up to full in 30 minutes. If you choose to use the AirSelfie Power Bank phone case, it can hold enough charge to refill the AirSelfie drone battery up to 20 times.
This is how to fly a pocket camera drone
So how do you fly this thing again? Don’t worry, it’s easy! The AirSelfie mini drone camera comes out of its case ready to go, no adjustments needed. It can even take off from your hand.
First, use the phone app to launch the AirSelfie. Once it’s in the air, you can control its flight with just one hand on your phone. Select one of three modes (Selfie, Selfie Motion Control, or Flying) we mentioned above. Take your photos or video yourself, or set them up with the self-timer. The images are transmitted over the AirSelfie’s Wi-Fi to your phone. Once you’re done, then land the drone and put it back in the case or plug it in to recharge.
Compatibility with mobile phones
AirSelfie says the charging case fits the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 7 Plus as well as select Android models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei P9, and Google Pixel.
But if you choose to keep your phone in a different case, you can still use the app and control the AirSelfie. The app works from a wider range of phones than those listed above, both Android and iOS.
Who will love the AirSelfie? We predict that just about anyone will find this selfie camera drone to be very handy and fun to use. Travelers will love the excitement of taking aerial photos with a portable drone of their own. Anyone who likes taking selfies will find it to be a new and fun way to take awesome pictures. Check out this brief video that will leave you wanting to get one today.
But what if the AirSelfie isn’t available yet to buy?
Yes , AirSelfie is not available yet to buy.We hate waiting for cool stuff to arrive. If you don’t want to wait for an AirSelfie because you would love to have your own pocket drone camera now, check out the ZEROTECH DOBBY review below.
ZEROTECH DOBBY Mini Selfie Pocket Drone
Photography geeks, selfie takers, and gadget fans everywhere will admire the DOBBY Mini Selfie Pocket Drone from ZEROTECH. In some ways, they may even prefer it to the AirSelfie Camera Drone. It has a few more advanced features.
What are the reasons why the DOBBY is even cooler than the AirSelfie? For one, it has a 13-megapixel camera, not just a 5MP like the AirSelfie. But there’s more to love than that.
The DOBBY can film 4K and full 1080p video as well as take HD photos. The onboard software powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor stabilizes the images on three axes for professional-looking pictures. All the shots and videos sync quickly to a smartphone so you can share them to social media right away.
Besides image stabilization, the DOBBY’s software has facial recognition and target tracking. This works great when you’re using one of the pre-programmed flight patterns like Follow Me, Orbit, and Selfie Zoom-Out.
The DOBBY is very easy to control with its app on a smartphone, especially iPhones. It launches with a voice command and can be controlled by just swiping on the app’s interface. The app shows you in real-time what the camera sees. When you’re done taking shots, it can fly home automatically—you don’t have to worry about crashing it. (We love that part!)
The DOBBY comes with a removable rechargeable battery that gives about 9 minutes of flight time, depending on conditions. More wind means less flight time. But you don’t have to be outside to enjoy using this little camera drone. You can shoot film and photos indoors too.
The maximum range of this mini drone is about 328 feet. Once it lands, it fits in a pocket for easy transport. Recharge it and it’s ready to fly again. Even better, purchase a backup battery so you don’t have to wait for it to refill to fly again.
The tech specs of the DOBBY mini camera drone
One thing we like about both the DOBBY and the AirSelfie is that no one needs to register them with the FAA to fly them. (We’ll talk more on that below.) Besides that, here are the nitty gritty details of the DOBBY:
- Weighs 199 grams or 7 ounces, more than three times what the AirSelfie weighs
- Measures 5.31 by 2.64 by 1.45 inches with the propellers closed
- Brushless motor powers the propellers
- USB-C cable and adapter for charging
- Comes with quick start manual
If you don’t want to wait for the AirSelfie, the DOBBY may be the answer for you. It takes higher resolution photos and video and can stay in the air longer than the AirSelfie. But these advantages come at the cost of a larger, heavier drone that isn’t as easy to transport with you.
What’s all the fuss about drone photography?
Why is everyone getting excited about selfies with a drone? Selfies are a fun way to share your emotions and experiences with others as well as document your own adventures. Aerial photography makes selfies even better. You can include a lot more of the scenery and fit a larger group into the photo when you have your own drone to take the photos.
Mini camera drones or pocket drone cameras like the AirSelfie and the DOBBY are small, light, and easy to use and transport. They aren’t any more expensive than many cameras on the market. And they can be used again and again for all sorts of interesting projects like indie films, too.
How to fly a drone
Generally speaking, most pocket drones are legal to fly in the US without needing to be registered with the FAA. This means any unmanned aircraft that doesn’t go above 400 feet off the ground or fly within three miles of an airport or air traffic should be okay to use. But just to be safe, check in your area to see what the local laws are.
Also, and this is important, don’t fly over where you’re not wanted. For example, it’s possible that flying over someone’s home without permission could be considered trespassing. Although it’s tempting to spy on your cute neighbors, think twice!
Now, let’s get down to business. When you want to fly a drone, first it’s a great idea to practice. (It doesn’t hurt to review the user guide either.)
- Take it out to a safe space where you have room to play.
- Launch the app that controls it and check out its features and options and settings.
- Once you get a feel for the app, launch your camera drone and play with moving it around and taking photos.
- Now bring the drone back home. See how easy that was?
- Plan adventures, include friends, and take lots of selfies and photos!
Tips for drone safety
These are mini pocket camera drones, not death-dealing monsters high in the sky. But some rules still apply.
When you first begin to play with your new drone, don’t fly over people. If your drone runs into turbulent air or runs out of power, it might crash and hurt someone.
Until you’re really good at controlling it, don’t fly into areas where you can’t see well.
Avoid flying over water in case the drone crashes. Water and electronics don’t mix.
Flying at high altitude might not be possible for a little camera drone. The air gets thinner the higher you go. Even a high performance helicopter can’t hover above 10,000 feet. So if you go mountain climbing with your drone, don’t rely on it for selfies up where the air is thin. It may not be able to fly.
Don’t add extras to your drone unless the manufacturer recommends it. This means that trying to add on a different lens, filter, extended life battery, etc. may keep your drone from operating properly.
Get ready to have all sorts of creative fun with your new drone!
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