Skydio Second Gen self-flying drone
If you're a daredevil looking to record your adventures, this drone is the best option for you videos. This is the second-generation Skydio 2, its main feature is its self-flying capabilities enabled by its collision detection.
The new Model can follow you with incredible precision, it comes equipped with a vast array of cameras that allows it to avoid obstacles along the way. It will go around trees and fences and adjust its altitude and speed to keep you in the take.
One key differentiation from the older model is its price, the Skydio 2 costs $1000 whereas the previous generation had a price tag of $2,500. Other improvements include a better camera a smaller form factor, speed and range. You have the option to add a controller and a beacon that is ideal for those cinematic chase scenes.
It has some impressive specs like a 3.5km range, a 36 MPH autonomous speed a 4k60 HDR camera. Lets talk about that camera its a Sony IMX577 sensor with a still resolution of 12MP (4056x3040), it can capture video in the following resolution and mods:
3840x2160 30 fps
3840x2160 60 fps
3840x2160 48 fps
3840x2160 24 fps
1920x1080 120 fps
1920x1080 60 fps
1920x1080 30 fps
To get a full technical report on that camera checkout this resource from Skydios site: image quality report.
All around this is a great quadcopter, however all of this has been seen before in other Drones, what really differentiates this Drone from the competition its its advanced Artificial Intelligence system for obstacle avoidance that is like no other that we have seen in this form factor. Its system is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra X2 SOC chip.
Its system maps the route it took creating a 3D Map to know where it is, and where its going, and even where it came from so that it can backtrack and go back to its previous position. It will create the same map for the subject that its tracking to be able to follow it and find it if it loses it. This is all possible due to great advances in the field of Computer Vision and machine learning, if all of this navigation sounds familiar to you its because you have seen it before. These algorithms come from self driving cars and are now being applied to drones, and now are available to the public for $1000.