Yuneec’s Breeze markets itself as a drone that is easy to fly without any experience, a claim that certainly holds up. It’s probably the easiest drone I’ve ever flown, as it took off in my living room and hovered, allowing me to control the direction of the drone.
It has a few different modes: Pilot mode is what traditional drone pilots wold be used to. There is also Follow, Orbit, Journey and Selfie mode.
The Yuneec Breeze is super light at just 0.81 pounds. I was impressed with how the propellers and legs fold up into about the size of an iPad (though of course slightly thicker). Every Breeze comes with a compact hard case, making it easy to travel with.
DJI’s Osmo was an impressive piece of technology when it was first announced — bringing that silky, smooth drone like footage to the ground. Priced initially at $649, it was a huge cost-savings for people who wanted to ditch their $1000+ SteadiCams, but it was still too pricey for most hobby photographers to justify.
In an era where everyone is trying to be the next hot drone maker, many companies it seems are falling into the trap of a “cool, distinguishing” feature that turns out to be a marketing gimmick and nothing more. Ghost Drone 2.0 VR is no exception.
The $899 Ghost Drone 2.0 calls itself the easiest-to-fly drone in the world, requiring only an Android or iOS device to fly, and comes with a set of VR goggles.
GhostDrone 2.0 Setup
Setup was extremely easy. All I had to do was screw on the self-tightening propellers. I also had to do a software update on the drone, which could not have been easier. No cords or plugging anything into a computer involved! I had to simply log onto the app and everything was done wirelessly. Easy! Time to go flying.
GhostDrone 2.0 Flying
Flying is where things went downhill. I live and work in downtown San Francisco, so I typically fly in smaller parks that are sprinkled throughout the city. I chose one near my office, which is a block long and surrounded by buildings on all sides. I’ve had no problem flying other drones there in the past — very few people are around that area on weekends which is ideal for testing new drones. Continue reading GhostDrone 2.0 review: too many gimmicks, not enough function→
The Part 107 exam availability is about a week away — and it’s not going to be an easy test for people unfamiliar with aeronautics.
If you’re like me and have trouble committing to — and understand — a book, then reading the FAA’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge may not be enough. There are a number of online and in-person training courses to help you learn what you need to know
The case fits any DJI Phantom model drone as well as any laptop up to 13-inches in size with a laptop sleeve in the back.
This case seems designed particularly with the photographer in mind. While the main compartment is designed for a Phantom drone, the padded inserts can be removed or reconfigured to store a DSLR camera body and lenses. It also has an external tripod mount, which I find useful when shooting my own Drone Girl videos.
I review quite a few drone backpacks and what I found really intriguing about this one was a TSA approved combination travel lock. I could see this coming in handy not just when you’re traveling, but also in cases where you need to ensure the contents of your backpack are secure — perhaps even just from your kids!
While walking around with this backpack, I enjoyed the form-fitting and ergonomically designed shoulder straps with chest and waist supports that alleviate pressure points.
This drone backpack is 19x13x9.5 inches, so unlike most hardshell cases, this meets most airline carry-on restrictions. If you need to check your drone in through the airport, I would still recommend a hard shell case. But for carrying your drones on hiking adventures or wherever you like to fly, the ultra-padding on this case makes it pleasant to carry.
If you’re in the market for a Phantom backpack, this one holds up!
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The first piece of advice I will give anyone looking to getting into drones for the first time. Don’t start with an $1,000 drone you will inevitably crash. Pick up a $30 toy drone and start practicing with that.
The first drone I ever flew (and crashed about 5 seconds later) was a DJI Flame Wheel. The first drone I ever owned myself was an original DJI Phantom.
So it’s incredibly exciting to be a flying a drone that is so far ahead in its technology that it literally can sense and avoid objects in front of it. What’s even more exciting is those Flame Wheel days were only about three years ago. I would have never guessed a Phantom 4 would exist as it does today even a year ago.
For $1,199, you can get a Phantom 4, launched in March 2016, — and it’s truly an incredible piece of equipment.
DJI Phantom 4 review:
The Phantom is pretty much ready to fly out of the box. There are auto-locking propellers you’ll have to put on. You also will fly with the RC transmitter, but to get that first person (FPV) view, you’ll need to use a smartphone or tablet to see what the drone’s camera sees. You can do that by connecting it to the DJI Go app.
If you fly FPV but don’t have a good way to store all your gear, Lowepro just came up with a solution.
The camera bag maker introduced a QuadGuard Kit, which costs $99.95. It’s a 2-in-1 case intended to hold one FPV 250 class racing drone or quadcopter plus parts and accessories, including a transmitter, spare blades, goggles, batteries, charger, manual, etc.