November 2019Release 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.
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August 2018Release Date
Introduced in August of 2018, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro instantly became the best consumer-class folding drone that DJI had to offer. A marked upgrade over the original Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro rocks a 1-inch camera sensor for 4K video capture at 100Mbps, multi-direction obstacle avoidance sensors for some of the safest drone flight possible, and much more. OcuSync 2.0 enhances connectivity to the remote control and other accessories, now able to transmit 1080p live stream video well beyond the legal line-of-sight.
With an initial launch price of $1449, plus another $319 to get the Fly More kit with extra batteries, there is a barrier to entry with this machine, but if the DJI Mavic 2 Pro is within your budget, we think you will not be disappointed.
That’s the hard part here, while the main camera on the Skydio 2 better competes with the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, instead of the Pro, and does not offer an optical zoom like the Zoom, the newer machine performs follow-me tasks that the competition isn’t ready to keep up with. Bottom line, if you need a drone to follow you down a winding path full of drone-killing obstacles, the Skydio 2 is hard to beat at its sub-$1000 price.
Make no mistake, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro has the better camera here. The 1-inch Hasselblad camera on the DJI drone is tough to beat right now, if straight up aerial photography is your goal, the Mavic series may be for you. Having said that, Skydio put short video on their site (Scroll down a little bit.) to show off a typical hiking trail obstacle. The Mavic 2 drone is successful in not crashing, but was not made to navigate that sort of forest, you can find that video on their website, for now, here is the official launch video, a fun clip to build some hype!
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