Skydio has launched a new drone. The new Skydio 2 is a much more consumer friendly machine than their first drone efforts, but it still packs a Nvidia super computer and all the sensors needed to be one of the safest autonomous drones in the sky. In their promotional material, they like to compare the Skydio 2 to the DJI Mavic 2 series of drones, which is a fair comparison for both size and capabilities in the sky. More than anything, if you go by the spec sheets, the 4K camera on the Skydio 2 should offer near identical footage as the Mavic 2 Zoom, just without the zoom.

You may have seen Skydio in action before, the Skydio R1 become a sensation for its ability to self-pilot around obstacles. The on-board array of obstacle avoidance sensors was second to none, with the resulting autonomous maneuverability instantly becoming famous. While the Skydio 2 does not pack as many sensors as the R1, it offers the same capabilities. With multiple object tracking, powerful follow-me modes and a new controller and Beacon so you can do more than just activate the machine with your smartphone, we’re pretty excited for the Skydio 2.

Skydio 2

Skydio 2

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!

Skydio 2 specifications

Skydio 2 Controller Beacon

Before we dump a big chart of specs on you, we think the most important Sydio 2 specs are the 4K camera, which shoots at 60fps and records at 100Mbps, which has been a winning combination in DJI drones. The range is vastly increased with the new Controller or Beacon, able to get up to 3.5KM away – being that this is a “follow-me” drone, that’s more than enough. We are excited for the Beacon, as it acts as a wireless tether with the drone. This means its okay if the drone loses sight of you for a moment, it will still follow along.

We’re also happy to see the top speed up to 35mph, not many of us can run that fast, but our bicycles and cars certainly get up there.

For comparison purposes, let’s lay out the Skydio 2 specifications side-by-side with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

9.4 DRONERUSH SCORE
FLIGHT TIME 23 Minutes
CAMERA 4K 60 FPS
SPEED 36 MPH
RANGE 2.17 MILES
9.8

User SCORE

9.7 DRONERUSH SCORE
FLIGHT TIME 31 MIN
CAMERA 4K 30 FPS
SPEED 44 MPH
RANGE 4.3 MILES
8.6

User SCORE

Skydio 2 price and availability

Skydio 2 in hand

The Skydio 2 was just announced, and is up for pre-order, but only a limited run will be produced and shipped in 2019. Most orders will ship in early 2020. The drone is made and supported in the United States, which is an important thing for some buyers.

Launch pricing is as follows:

  • Skydio 2 drone – $999
  • Controller – $149
  • Beacon – $149

Are you excited that there is a powerful drone hitting the market that might be able to keep up with the likes of the DJI Mavic 2 series drones?