GDU has been building some of the more intriguing drones on the market today. Whether folding or sliding, they like to design new techniques to improve the drone ownership experience. The GDU Byrd Premium 1.0 is a folding quadcopter focused on aerial photography, the Premium 1.0 version of the Byrd packs its own 4K camera and all but their latest in flight capabilities.

The GDU Byrd Premium 1.0 is a large, powerful quadcopter that is a blast to fly – let’s explore more in our full review.

Update: May 2017

Our last flight with this drone was a great success, as far as the drone is concerned. Working through the available flight modes, attempting flight with and without camera attached and utilizing some of the tips provided by GDU when we chat with them back at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the Byrd Premium flew great. The following review expresses some concerns over this drone’s capabilities and safety, I want to tell you now that I no longer feel this way. Admitting it took some time to get used to it, the GDU Byrd Premium is a great machine to fly. It is still a powerful beast, but definitely capable and fun.

With nothing but nice things to say now about the GDU Byrd Premium 1.0, do not buy it! Instead, take a look at the GDU Byrd Premium 2 (this link is to the same video from CES above.)

The GDU Byrd Premium 2 is a vastly updated machine over the original. Packing superior connectivity, better flight features and the ability to accept the many camera options available, unless price prohibits it, there is no reason to purchase the old machine. Check out the GDU Byrd Premium 2.0 for $1049 on Amazon today.


GDU Byrd Premium 1.0 review

The first thing you’ll notice about the GDU Byrd Premium 1.0 is the size of the box it comes in. This is a well built and designed box with a convenient carrying handle and a magnetic enclosure.

The first thing you see when you open the lid is the drone itself, packed in a tray above the controller and accessories. You get the drone, documentation, a controller lanyard, the controller, the 4K camera and mount in a protective case, the battery, a few extra propellers, a battery charger and more.

GDU Byrd Premium 1.0 review

I have yet to figure out the best way to transport the GDU Byrd on the daily, sometimes I pack it into the box, but other times the box feels too large and cumbersome for easy handling. No matter what, this drone requires some assembly before first flight, and for best results, some breakdown and re-assembly in between flights.


GDU Byrd Premium 1.0 review

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