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Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby: The portable selfie drone battle


We may soon have to add a separate category on our site for what are popularly known as ‘selfie drones’. The selfie trend which started with smartphones resulted in smartphone manufactures going above and beyond to embed some really good cameras in the recent times. This viral trend has now claimed drones as its next victim and we are getting to see some rapid evolution in both design and features of drones.

Today we’ll take a close look at two such selfie drones- The ZeroTech Dobby and the recently announced Wingsland S6. Lets get into details now!

Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby: Pocket Selfie Drone Battle!

Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby: Design

Dobby selfie drone

The usual camera drones that we normally see are a far cry from being portable. Fragile and delicate parts like the props aren’t easy to carry around. However, both, the ZeroTech Dobby and the Wingsland S6 have overcome this mainstream setback and in fact, their designs are said to be the respective stand out feature.

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The ZeroTech Dobby took us by a shock when it was first announced. It features foldable arms which hide inside the drone’s shell when not in use. With the company’s intention of targeting not just drone hobbyists but almost every tech consumer, this foldable design along with the small size of that of an average smartphone makes the Dobby a very portable camera drone.

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The Wingsland S6 is no different in this regard, as it features a similar design. On the first look, one might even reckon that the Wingsland S6 might have taken a lot of inspiration from the Dobby’s design. The S6 however takes full marks for its futuristic design details and drool worthy coloring schemes in comparison with the Dobby’s rather austere white shell.

Both the drones escape FAA’s regulations needing to have a license as they weigh under the 250g mark.

Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby: Features

The ZeroTech Dobby is just an LCD touchscreen and cellular connectivity short from being a flying smartphone (we would definitely like to see that some day). It features a 13 mega-pixel f/2.2 camera that’s capable of recording in 4K at 30 fps without stabilization. You even get EIS when recording at 1080p, 30 fps.

The drone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC on board which features a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and Adreno 330 GPU. You won’t be able to run apps on this drone because of this specification, as ZeroTech claims that the powerful CPU is for performing tasks like voice control, facial recognition, auto follow, gesture control, follow me mode, etc. The drone also has an embedded GPS sensor for trajectory defined flights. The Dobby has a 970mAh battery on board promising a flight time of up to 9 minutes and can be controlled with an Android or iOS device within a 100 meter range.

The Wingsland S6 doesn’t boast of any fancy smartphone level chipset in its PCB (at least from what’s known so far). However it still goes on par, if not even better than the ZeroTech Dobby in terms of features and specifications (on paper). The S6 also features a 13 MP f/2.2 camera which is capable of recording at 4K resolution at 30 fps. The drone also has the advantage of recording at 1080p at 60 fps with EIS and there’s even slow motion recording mode on the drone.

It houses a 1400mAh battery that can fly the drone for up to 10 minutes and can be controlled by Android or iOS devices. It has a GPS+GLONASS positioning system for precise flying in outdoor and also has an IR and optical flow sensor positioning system for indoor or poor GPS areas.

The drone has two flight modes — Beginner and Normal, along with two additional feature based flying modes like course lock and home point lock mode. It also does auto follow, waypoint, point of interest, programmed flight, among others.

Wingsland S6 3

The S6 also has special modules or accessories like Bomb Gun, Searchlight and Display Board that mount on to the drone and evolve it into more than just a selfie drone. You can read more about the Wingsland S6 here – Wingsland S6 drone pricing, specifications and more.

Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby: Pricing and Availability

The Dobby being the older drone, has already hit mass production and is now being shipped worldwide for around the $350-370 mark. (Update: Here are 5 places you can buy ZeroTech Dobby)

The Wingsland S6 on the other hand, is still around a month away from making its way into stores and eventually into consumers’ hands. The company reckon that it’ll be available before the holidays this year, for a price of around $400.

Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby: Conclusion

While the Wingsland S6 does look like the better of the two at the moment, it’s hard to tell how it’ll fare in the real world. The ZeroTech Dobby, on the other hand, has been shipping since July with a lot of happy customers. It might just be fair to say that the Dobby wins the Wingsland S6 vs ZeroTech Dobby battle for now, but that might very well change with time!