SkydioR1

  • Flight time
    16
    minutes
  • Slow-mo resolution
    1920x1080
  • Video resolution
    3840x2160
  • Control range
    0.1
    km
  • Gimbal
    2-axis
  • Camera resolution
    3840x2160
8.5
Rating
camera
drone
7
Retail Price
$
1999
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This is the smartest drone money can buy.

The Skydio R1 is an amazing piece of new technology. It’s the first truly autonomous drone that you can buy right now. If you’ve ever flown a drone before, you know that it can be hard to shoot videos of yourself. Even with the obstacle avoidance and follow modes like Active Track on DJI drones, it’s really hard to control the drone and get it into the right mode to follow you. Once the drone is following you, it will usually go a few seconds before coming to an obstacle and failing to follow you.

With the Skydio R1, you turn the drone on, tell it to take off, who to follow and that's about it. The R1 automatically starts following you and as it sees different obstacles in the way, it will come up with a plan to fly around them and continue following you. It’s more like if you had a super human piloting the drone instead of a dumb robot.

This drone has more cameras than a Tesla.

The R1 has 12 cameras that it uses to see in every direction. While flying it builds a map of the world using visual slam algorithms. It also uses deep learning algorithms to track you and path planning to predict where it needs to go. All of this is handled by a 256 core AI computer from NVIDIA cald Jetson.

To launch the drone and set up your shots, you just use your smartphone, or your Apple Watch. There are a few ways that the R1 can follow you. These flight modes are called Cinematic Skills (Follow, Lead, Orbit, Side, Tripod). Using follow will make the R1 follow you from behind. Lead will make the drone predict your direction and stay in front of you. Side stays to the side for panning shots. Tripod keeps the drone in one spot while looking at you like an automated tripod in the sky.

If you need to fly the R1 manually to get traditional drone shots, you can use your smartphone to control it like any other drone, or use one of the predefined shots like dronie, boomerang, cable-cam etc…

This drone Does have a few drawbacks.

There are a few downsides to this drone, the main one being the price. At $1,999 USD, not everyone will be able to afford it. It also uses a 2 axis gimbal, so panning motion is not very smooth. Since it doesn’t have a controller, that also means you can’t fly the drone farther than wifi range will allow. The biggest issue with this drone in my opinion is the size It’s not much larger than the Mavic 2 when unfolded, but that’s the problem, it doesn’t fold up at all. This means if you want to fit it into a camera bag or small backpack, you’re just out of luck.

If you want the coolest drone on the planet right now, or you need a drone that can film you riding your bike down a mountain, or doing parkour in the forest, this is the drone to get. For the rest of us, one of the DJI Mavic models is a much more practical option. I do think that what Skydio is doing is very impressive though. When it comes to autonomous drones, I think Skydio is at least a year or two ahead of DJI.


8.5
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9.0
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Product quality
6
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Camera Quality
9.0
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Ease of use
5.0
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Flight Time
6.0
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Speed
3.0
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Range
10.0
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Flight Autonomy
4.0
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Portability
R1
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