Topics: Skydio 2, Autonomous, Drones
Drones are dumb, but Skydio 2 is smart. So smart it flies itself. The autonomous, unmanned pilot combines group-breaking artificial intelligence with a best-in-class 4K60 HDR camera with 3.5 kilometers of wireless range and a 23-minute flight time. For experienced pilots, Skydio 2 makes every aspect of flying drones more creative, fun, and useful. Additionally, it does the flying and the filming all by itself, as it is equipped with fully autonomous cinematography up to 36mph and with a 360-degree obstacle avoidance system. The drone can detect surrounding objects and fly smoothly through them while capturing amazing images and videos. With its category-defining person and car tracking, it also enables the owner to capture everything from a backyard pickup game to a downhill adventure with a single tap. It delivers stunning, dynamic footage because of over a decade of R&D by a world-class team that spans AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles. It is designed and manufactured at their company headquarters in Redwood City, California and it is backed by a simple promise: if you are flying Skydio 2 within their safe operating guidelines and it crashes, they will repair or replace it at no extra charge. For any issue, big or small, their customer support team works down the hall from the engineering team and they are there to help with whatever problems may arise. Currently, the price for the product is listed as $1,099 on the company’s website and it comes with the starter kit including the hand-held beacon remote, battery, and Controller for even more precision. Some people may wonder how to fly this thing in the sky, the blog called “The Drone Girl” has all the answers. The buyer can use the app to control the drone; however, flying it manually is very clunky and is not very responsive. Based on the review, it is recommended for the buyer to purchase a controller that costs an additional $179 because, with the help of the remote, it would make it easier to get a specific shot like Angle Track (French, 2022). Its portable design makes it a compelling option for travel bloggers, and documentary compliers because this unmanned vehicle can take documents itself with amazing, quality shots.