After the launch of DJI’s Mavic Pro and GoPro’s Karma, foldable drones have really become mainstream. But those two aren’t the only foldable drones available on the market; there are some other less popular ones which you might not be aware of.
This is why we made a list of the 8 foldable drones you should know about!
8 Foldable Drones You Should Know About!
1. Keyshare Kimon
The Keyshare Kimon was born as a selfie drone (as many on this list) but nonetheless it has four foldable arms to make it more pocketable. Sadly the drone didn’t have a huge success and it’s only available in China. On the hardware side, the Keyshare Kimon packs a 4K (25fps) camera, 2000mAh capacity battery, it weights 500g and has a flight time of around 10 minutes.
The Zerotech Dobby is one of the most popular foldable drones due to the fact that it’s readily available, and relatively good hardware & software. It can shoot 1080p video with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) and packs different features such as Face Tracking, Follow Snap and gesture based motion controls.
This foldable drone is fueled by a 970mAh battery and can fly for about 9 minutes on one charge. Here are the top places you can buy the Dobby drone!
3. Hover Passport Camera
The Hover Camera Passport is the most recent drone release from this, it was indeed launched just a few days back (check out the Zerotech Dobby vs Hover Camera Passport comparison). The Camera Passport is interesting for its encased fans design, which make it easier to bring around and safer to use.
This foldable drone sports a 1360mAh capacity battery ensuring an autonomy of 10 minutes, its camera can shoot 4k video at 30fps combined with a bright f/2.0 lens.
This is probably the drone people are most excited about and actually want to own; you’re right, we’re talking about the DJI Mavic Pro. It’s the latest product from the consumer drone market leader DJI, most famous for their Phantom lineup.
Well, the Mavic Pro is not much different from those but it’s all packed in half the size thanks to its clever way to fold the arms up. It lacks a bit of video quality compared to the bigger Phantom 4 but it can still shoot high quality 4k @30fps with 3-axis IS, it packs tons of features from ActiveTrack to precision hover, obstacle avoidance, OcuSync video transmission and more. The big 2970mAh capacity battery gives it the amazing flight time of around 27 minutes.
5. GoPro Karma
GoPro’s Karma drone was bound to a huge success but the launch of the DJI Mavic Pro a week later kind of killed all the hype. It’s still an amazing drone for those who can combine it with a GoPro Hero5 Black 4K, this mix should produce very high quality videos, probably better than what you can get on the DJI Mavic Pro.
On the flip side, you give up on portability as the GoPro Karma will definitely occupy more space in your backpack. Hardware wise, it sports a massive 5100mAh battery but due to it being heavier it can fly for up to 20 minutes, not too bad after all.
6. Wingsland S6
The Wingsland S6 is somewhat similar to the Zerotech Dobby, but it sports a more aggressive design, indeed it kind of looks like a racing drone even if it really isn’t. The Wingsland S6 also distinguishes itself for its attachment platform on the top. You can add different modules such as a mini cannon, search light, obstacle avoidance sensors and a display board for emojis and whatnot.
The drone is still not available for sale and the pre-productions versions on the market do not have all the features nor an app with English language. The Wingsland S6 can shoot 4k video @30fps with 3-axis EIS, the battery is a tad small at 1400mAh, still it has an advertised flight time of 10 minutes.
This is kind of a treat, I’d find it hard to believe you know about the Flexify Drone and that’s probably a good thing. Its looks are quite antiquated, it feels like they designed this in the 90’s. The Flexify Drone is big even when folded up (609.0mm x 609mm x H 195.0mm) but it looks pretty stable in the air if you’re interested in mounting a camera on it.
The drone is powered by a 4S / 5200mAh capacity battery which gives it a good 22 minutes of flight time. What’s great though about the the Flexify drone is that it was the first drone on this list to go on sale — no crowdfunding BS.
After the resounding success of the Zerotech Dobby, China’s Tencent (the company behind the massive WeChat app) decided to follow it up with something more powerful. And hence, the Ying Drone!
On a scale of Hover Camera Passport to DJI Mavic Pro, the Tencent Ying Drone is something that skews towards the DJI Mavic Pro. However, it does not feature a gimbal stabilised camera. But at the same time, it is way more affordable at just $299. It’s already on sale in China!
8 Foldable Drones You Should Know About: Over To You
And that ends our list of the best foldable drones! Did you guys get to know some new drones or did you know them all? Nonetheless, which one would you buy? Let us know in the comments section below!