GDU ByrD PremiUm 2.0
GDU holds the distinction of beating both GoPro and DJI to market with a folding drone. The Premium 2.0 offers a modular design, which allows you to swap
out cameras and gimbals if you want to upgrade or change imaging devices without replacing the entire drone. Out of the box, you can purchase the Premium
2.0 with a 4K camera but there are modules for mounting a DSLR plus a unit with an integrated camera with a 10x zoom. The 4K camera records at up to 30
fps and can capture full HD at 60 fps or 12-megapixel still images. The drone has a vision positioning system to fly when
GPS is lost and can beam an HD signal to a remote from up to 2,000 meters away. You’ll enjoy about 29 minutes of flight
time on a fully charged battery.
If piloting a drone via a remote control looks a bit too daunting, the new
Fotokite Phi may be more approachable. The Phi is a quadcopter that stays
fixed to a tether, like a kite. The Phi has a mount for GoPro cameras and
is compatible with the Hero 3, 3+, 4 and Hero 5 Session. The Fotokite Phi
is launched with a simple twist and flies itself to the end of the 100-foot
tether where it is then controlled by gestures. If the tether is cut, the Phi
will automatically begin a controlled descent and power off upon landing.
The drone will also give low-battery alarms if you run low on power. If the
battery does deplete fully during flight, the drone will automatically land
softly and turn off. You’ll enjoy about 13 minutes of flight time on the
battery. According to Fotokite, the Phi drone is quieter than your typical
quadcopter because its propellers are slower. The Fotokite leash not only
steers the drone but can control basic GoPro settings such as video start/
stop and photo capture. A GoPro will draw
power from the Phi and will automatically
power on when the drone starts to fly.
The H520 is a six-rotor aircraft that can be outfitted with a number of
different camera options, including the new CGO-CI camera, which is
targeted at cinema and broadcast creators. The CGO-C1 4K camera sports
a 50mm lens and supports panoramic shooting, burst and time-lapse modes.
The camera sits on a 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal. The craft’s landing gear
retracts, giving you a clear view of your surroundings. You can also tilt the
camera and gimbal up 20 degrees—a feature principally designed for drone
inspections but also useful for filmmakers in search of unique angles. While
the H520 has six rotors, it can fly with five in the event one is damaged.
It incorporates Intel RealSense technology to map out obstacles along a
flight path and navigate around them. The H520 has a number of safety
features including geo-fencing, variable speed control, return-to-home and
low-battery return to home. The drone includes the S T16 controller which
sports a 7-inch Android tablet and a 720p
video downlink from the drone camera and an
HDMI output for external monitors.