Drone companies have been incorporating smart features into their consumer drones, to allow for an easier and better experience for customers. One of the first smart features added to make pilot’s lives easier was a follow me mode. Today we will be looking into follow-me mode, and give you a list of the best drones that follow you.

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    Skydio 2

    (9.4)
    $999.00 BUY
    • 23 - Minutes
    • 4K - 60 FPS
    • 36 - MPH
    • 2.17 - MILES
    The Skydio 2 is a consumer drone with the power of a commercial drone. An array of sensors and a powerful on-board computer make for...
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    Skydio R1

    (6.8)
    $1,999.00 BUY
    • 15 - Minutes
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 25 - MPH
    • 300 - ft
    The Skydio R1 is perhaps the best autonomous 4K drone around, superb when it comes to follow-me modes, but that's nearly the end of its...
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    DJI Air 2S

    (9.8)
    $999.00 BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 5.4K - 20MP
    • 42.5 - MPH
    • 7.5 - MILES
    The DJI Air 2S is easily the best camera drone for most uses. The 1-inch sensor produces fantastic images from the sky, and the compact,...
  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

    (9.5)
    $1,299.00 BUY
    • 31 - MIN
    • 4K - 30 FPS
    • 44 - MPH
    • 6.2 - MILES
    Along with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the Mavic 2 Zoom is one of the safest drones in the sky. You'll enjoy the flight with...
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    DJI Mini 2

    (9.4)
    $449.00+ BUY
    • 31 - Minutes
    • 4K - 12MP
    • 36 - MPH
    • 6.2 - Miles
    The DJI Mini 2 is an updated Mavic Mini, now with a 4K camera, Ocusync 2.0, and updated flight features in a package still small...

Our goal today is to help you find some of the best follow me drones on the market.

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What is Follow-me?

What is Follow me mode?

As the name suggests, follow me mode on your drone is a smart flight feature that allows your drone to follow you, or another selected object, completely autonomously. This is achieved through various techniques, including object detection, controller follow, and GPS/GLONASS follow. All of these modes use their own unique setups of ultrasonic sensors, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth connectivity, and/or cameras to get the best shot possible for the user.

DJI Quickshot object detection follow me

There is a large gap between the entry level drones and the best machines on this list. Some of the basic follow-me functionality is to use a Bluetooth connection between the drone and remote. For these machines, there may not be obstacle avoidance, you need to tread carefully, literally. Advanced machines combine visioning systems that perform smart computational object detection, with laser and other sensors to avoid obstacles, and many can even self-navigate around trees and more to keep a lock on you.

Some of our favorite follow me drones are from DJI, Yuneec, and Skydio.

Best follow-me drones

Related reading: DJI Quickshot smart modes

The Best follow me drones

This list is in no particular order, have a look through for the drone that best fits your budget and needs. Although, if we had to absolutely pick the very best follow me drone, that would be the Skydio 2, it has some serious next-level capabilities compared to most drones out there.

1. Skydio 2

Skydio 2: Next-level self-navigation and object tracking

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Skydio 2

November 2019

Release Date

Skydio 2 is the follow up to the impressive Skydio R1, a powerful drone with unheard of autonomy for its time. The power of both Skydio drones is in the Nvidia Jetson on-board computer and an array of obstacle avoidance sensors. The Skydio 2 uses six cameras, with a total of 48MP of resolution, for obstacle avoidance purposes, making it one of the safest drones around, in terms of avoiding a crash. They believe in this tech so much that they offer free repair or replacement if your machine happens to crash.

Skydio is not the only company that has drones powered by the Nvidia Jetson computer system, but at the time of launch, we know of no other Jetson powered drone that is designed for consumer use with a price tag less than a thousand dollars. Of course, the Skydio 2 integrates with DroneDeploy, for those looking to perform inspection or mapping tasks.

For the consumer side, the Skydio 2 offers a fairly standard 4K camera, that shoots at up to 60 fps. It is a class-leader in follow-me modes and finally offers additional control options. You can control Skydio 2 via your smartphone, just like the earlier models, or you can opt for the new remote control or the Skydio Beacon, which gives you some control of the drone, but mostly acts as a wireless tether, to ensure the drone follow you even when it cant see you.

Launch price for the Skydio 2 is $999 with pre-orders in October 2019, first shipments due in November 2019.

Purchase links coming soon!

2. Skydio R1

Skydio R1: Jetson powered AI flight

Skydio

Skydio R1

February 2018

Release Date

The Skydio R1 got the entire drone world excited. At a time when most drones offered some basic follow-me modes, and moderate obstacle avoidance capabilities, the Skydio R1 came along with near unbeatable follow and extreme obstacle avoidance. This was not the drone for folks wanting to put a serious camera into the sky, but this was a dream device for action cam fans. It wasn't perfect, however, a lack of dedicated remote controller was a problem for many, and the price tag was, well, prohibitive.

Considering the parts used to create this drone, and the features made available for custom coding flight modes, we don't think the price is out of hand. The advanced nature of the Nvidia Jetson on-board computer makes this a niche product that isn't actually ideal for someone that just wants a flying GoPro, so to speak. Sadly, that's exactly what this drone is best at, so we hope a new version of this product comes soon with a more consumer friendly price tag.

The Skydio R1 runs $1999 before any discounts.

Note: Skydio is teasing the new drone coming Fall 2019. As such, the Skydio R1 is out of stock most places.

3. DJI Air 2S

DJI Air 2S: Superb camera

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