Chinese UAV manufacturer ZeroTech has launched a consumer-friendly “selfie drone” known as the Dobby. Taking such selfie drones along while travelling has been a serious pain for a while now, thanks to their fragile and delicate parts like the props.
(UPDATE: 5 places you can buy ZeroTech Dobby now)
However, in the recent past we have seen a selfie drone called Hover Camera addressing that issue with its unique foldable design. Dobby takes it a notch further with its compact design along with foldable props making it fit in a user’s pocket or bag, much like a smartphone. Just like the Hover Camera, Dobby is light enough (199 grams, to be precise) to do away with FAA’s registration for drones weighing above 250 grams.
ZeroTech Dobby Specifications
With a 970mAh LiPo battery inside, the drone promises to deliver 9 minutes of flight time and can be controlled by either Android or iOS devices up to a range of 100 meters both indoors and outdoors. It features a 13 mega-pixel f/2.2 camera and has a field of view of 75 degrees. Besides that, it can even record videos at up to 4K resolution at 30 fps or at 1080p/30fps with image stabilisation and perform o burst shots of up to 15 pictures.
Dobby can even do real-time image transmission (FPV) at chopped down resolution to its controller phone. The smartphone-like design of the drone isn’t just skin deep, as underneath the hood, Dobby features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and an Adreno 330 GPU.
All this tech enables the drone to offer some nifty features like facial recognition, take voice based commands, auto follow, gesture based controls, 3 tap wake up and perform flips. If you thought that was cool, there’s more: it even has GPS and GLONASS for precision flights and even perform trajectory flights (mission control) along user defined paths and record at the same time.
The Dobby will retail for about $300 in China. However, if you want to pick one up elsewhere, re-sellers are listing it for around $350. Have a look at these videos below to know better: