AirSelfie 2 - a miniature quadcopter with a camera, or as it is called on the official website: aerial camera.
It just so happened that both the advantages and disadvantages that are found here stem from the same idea: the idea of extreme portability. Let's look a little closer:
PS: there are several gifs up to 3MB
, as the name suggests, The second version of the toy. The success of the first was extraordinary: while striving for the goal of 50 thousand on Kickstarter in 2016, collected
a little less than 600 thousand Euro. Pretty good!
But be that as it may, of course, any “designer” thing becomes a hostage to its design, and with all its merits it has its limitations. What is more here - let's try to figure it out.
Externally, AirSelfie is really very pleasant, for which Reddot received, in general.
The drone is a rectangle with smoothed corners, the size of which is slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes.
And if you consider the height - even less.
The case is burdened only with a camera - on the one hand, a Type-C connector on the other (cable included):
And on the sides has small inserts. Bottom on/off button:
There is nothing complicated and unusual here. 4 screws, connector and button. All this is compactly packed in a rectangular box:
Most of which - frankly speaking, the space is unnecessary:
In addition to the AirSelfie 2 and the cord, there is also a leather special case for carrying the aerial camera.
1. Miniature size = miniature battery. In such a small box, as you could see, the built-in 450 mAh battery fits. In general, this is not something unusual: all small drones fly for about the same amount of time: AirSelfie will last for 5-6 minutes in air. Charging takes about 20-30 minutes. A curious feature was noticed: in order to charge the copter, it must be turned off with the button. If you just land the battery, connect the gadget to charging, but leave it on and connected - it does not charge.
2. Small size = small propellers. The trick here is that they cannot lift a construction from the floor. AirSelfie starts from your hand: you need to push it up a little, after which it floats perfectly in the air.
3. Small size = light weight. Kopter weighs only about 80 grams, and this affects when you run it on the street. In windy weather it becomes more difficult to manage, of course. For example, here’s a couple of gifs, how we started it:
He behaves more than steadily, easily controlled, does not change the trajectory, he does not lead anywhere.
Manage becomes more difficult. AirSelfie leads in the direction of the wind.
Managed by the drone through the application. This is not the first toy with a similar control that we encounter, but the first one, where management does not cause any difficulties. The only thing is that the main thing is to download the application correctly: there are two of them - one under AirSelfie, the second under AirSelfie 2. We need the second ( Android
The drone is connected via wi-fi, more accurately defined as an access point, which gives it some advantage in terms of control radius - up to 20 meters.
After that, when you return to the application, you will be offered three control options to choose from simple to complex.
And here the trick is that you have to choose the most difficult option: so, surprisingly, to manage AirSelfie 2 is the easiest. In this mode, you have a horizontal display with two “touch” buttons, and the screen broadcasts what the drone’s camera sees. Immediately you can set some settings for the camera.
In order to lift the AirSelfie into the air, you need to hold the button up for a few seconds (on the left of the display). To take a picture - the white button on the right. Above photo/video switching mode.
By and large, except for the wind there is no interference, the interface is convenient and fairly clear. All functions that may be required are displayed on the control screen, but do not interfere with each other. Of the other menu items may need, perhaps, only automatic calibration.
It is the first item in the settings menu. By the way, this can be noted as a big plus: do not bother with calibration in traditional ways, as it is found in drones with a controller. It works quickly, automatically and regularly. In the room, the drone stably and evenly hangs in the air.
Generally, given that we are urged to take a selfie. Plus a small and secure design with screws closed at the sides. It turns out that such a drone is quite suitable as a "home". A kind of flying camera for parties and parties, very easy to operate and safe for others. Yes, and outlets in the room, of course, much more than on the street.
Photos and videos
As already mentioned, all other sections, such as the gallery, are not very necessary in the application: AirSelfie 2 is perfectly recognized as a removable disk, from where it is easy to get photos and videos. All in all, it holds up to 16 GB of data. Takes the model on the camera 12 MP.
Examples of photos 4032x3024 (up to 7MB)!
Examples of videos on the poison: one
- a fun toy, and rare the case when both kills and makes stronger is the same: in this case, in our opinion, the craving for the “most compact” category.
The optimal scenario for using such a drone is a home, small party or family party, where some kind of action and photo are relevant, although the photos in natural light are better.
According to its characteristics, the drone is similar to its counterparts in the category: a small battery capacity with a flight time of up to 5-6 minutes, relatively fast charging, a camera and a decent amount of memory of 16 GB. In the air, its dimensions are slightly “trimmed up” - 80 grams is not enough for him to withstand the wind.
The most positive thing here is a very simple control and auto-calibration, which will allow launching such a drone even to those who, for the first time, decided to try to amuse themselves with something like that.