Competition is good. It forces you to get better, to stay innovative, and potentially change your approach in order to snag the market share you believe you deserve. In the world of drones, competition for the market leader DJI seems to be nonexistent. Remember 3D Robotics? Gone. Lily Robotics, which had the most exciting Kickstarter project in years? It’s been killed and resurrected with nearly none of the original autonomous features present. Even GoPro’s Karma program, an initiative that was dubbed a savior for the already turbulent company is dead. Parrot, a company mostly known for drones tailored to kids or beginner pilots, on the other hand, is still around. The new $699.99 Anafi is the company’s direct answer to DJI’s recent Mavic Air, and is a compact, capable drone that promises to capture stunning aerial footage in 4K. It also introduces a few features you can’t find on other drones today. But is it enough to knock DJI out of the sky? 5.5 Verge Score Good Stuff Unique lens and camera features not found elsewhere Adequate battery life Solid connectivity Bad Stuff Poor design Difficult to fly Autonomous features require extra purchase, don’t work well I’ve been testing out Anafi for the past two weeks, and have logged around 30 flights in that span. There are a lot of things I like about it, including zoom capabilities and the ability to capture HDR footage that you won’t find in other drones. But all of those positives are overshadowed with… [Read full story]
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