|Overall rating 4.2 / 5|
In this review, I will introduce you to the Dragon Fly KK13 drone. A new drone from the manufacturer Dragon Fly has just hit the market.
We took a close look at the foldable drone in our test report and found out what it can do for just € 179.
Dragon Fly KK13 drone delivery scope
- quadrocopter KK13
- Remote control
- 7.6 volt 3000 mAh battery
- USB charging cable
- Replacement propeller kit
- Instruction in English
- Assembly screwdriver
We also liked the included bag. This is not a rule of thumb for competing models in this price range. Even the DJI Mavic Mini has no pocket in the standard version and costs significantly more than the Dragon Fly KK13.
Technical details Dragon Fly KK13
The unique advantage of this drone is undoubtedly its 170 ° dual axis stabilizer. Since this gimbal can be rotated 170 °, you can rotate it up or down until it stops and shoot vertically. The Dragon Fly KK13 design is very similar to the Parrot Anafi.
The Dragon Fly KK13 drone has the following features:
- folding design
- Image resolution: 2592 * 1520 or 3840 * 2160
- Video Resolution: 2592 * 1920 @ 25fps and 1280 * 720 during transmission
- Format: MP4 / H.264 and JPEG
- LCD display for remote control
- Waypoint flight, turn, active track, FPV
- Flight time 25 minutes (in practical test)
- 6 hours charging
- Li-ion 3000mAh battery
- WLAN frequency: 2.4GHz, four channels
- Range: 1200 meters (control), 700 meters HD live broadcast
- maximum flight height: 150 meters
- maximum speed: 30 km / h
- Weight: 450g (with battery)
Due to its weight, the drone belongs to the C1 class of the drone regulations. Here you will find an overview of what to look out for.
Another important point is sensor technology. This model has an optical flow sensor for obstacle detection and a GPS system. This allows the drone to stand still in the air without manually calibrating the drone.
As mentioned in the flight performance tests, this model is very safe in the air.
Don’t rely too much on built-in sensors, especially in low light conditions or even in the dark, the optical flow sensor quickly reaches its limits.
Otherwise, unfortunately, there is nothing more to say about the sensors. Ultrasonic sensors would be desirable for indoor flights. However, this cannot be assumed for a model under € 200.
Flight characteristics and flight range in the test
In terms of flight performance, this inexpensive drone surprised us with good wind stability and a well-balanced ratio of acceleration and speed. The only drawback is the low top speed of only 30 km / h.
The KK13 has proven its reliability in flight tests. However, you shouldn’t fly it in the rain, because the manufacturer says that the drone is not suitable for this.
In our opinion, the drone will withstand light rain or fog, for example, if the rain surprises you.
However, the wind is not an issue for this drone, it keeps well in the air even with slightly stronger winds of over 20 km / h.
The app also has a newbie mode. At the same time, the maximum flight range is limited to 50 meters, the maximum flight range is 10 meters, and the headless mode is automatically activated. Thus, this setup option is ideal for drone training.
Remote control overview
The remote control is very simple. However, it has a small LCD display.
The current charge status, the communication quality of the remote control with the drone and GPS, as well as the current flight mode and speed can be read on this display.
Range and battery
Dragon Fly KK13 has a very long range for a model in this price range with a transmit power of only 18 dBm for the 2.4 GHz band.This is due to the fact that the remote control has two antennas. You can’t even out this, but you still have a much better range than without it.
Dragon Fly claims the drone has a range of 1200 meters. Unfortunately, we were not able to confirm this in our practice test, because the USA has drone regulations.
So we could only fly within sight. But it worked, even to a height of 100 meters it was possible to climb without problems, and even at this height the wind could do little.
There was still a live broadcast at a distance of 300 meters. Even if this or that fragment was already visible there on the display.
There is one more drawback. Unfortunately, the drone only has 2.4GHz and that’s only 4 channels. What this means is that the drone does not have many alternatives in the event of interference with other WLANs. This can lead to a significant reduction in flight range and should not be underestimated if you are looking to fly this model in the city.
Drone video and photo recording
Thanks to the gimbal, the recordings are not too blurry. It wasn’t until we launched the drone that we noticed that the image was rather shaky. Once the drone is a few centimeters off the ground and successfully launches, this effect dies down a lot and you get a fairly stable recording.
But this is only a two-axle cardan! With a triaxial gimbal, the effect will be even more stable and will always provide a stable and stable image even during takeoff and landing, as well as when cornering or turning the gimbal.
This dual axis stabilizer shakes a little here and there. As already stated, this concussion occurs only during panning and during takeoff and landing.
With extensive video footage of the drone flight, you will have to live with one or another wobbler.
Video quality can also be better at a bit rate as low as 10Mbps, even if the camera is still 2.7K high resolution. In this price range, you won’t find this very often. Here is a screenshot from the video, which, of course, is compressed for the site and looks better in reality. However, you can see where I am getting at with the low bitrate:
Video transmission, on the other hand, is more balanced in terms of bit rate and resolution. However, only in 1280 * 720. You can also save these broadcasts in the application, but only during video recording. The recording is then exported directly and you can watch the video on your mobile phone, but only in HD quality.
There is also a problem with the camera when it is cold. In practical tests, we flew around 0 ° C, sometimes even minus one or two degrees, and the drone itself worked perfectly. In the cold, after a few minutes of flight, color fragments could be seen live, as well as on the finished recording.
The camera does not seem to work properly in cold weather, so the drone is not suitable for operation in temperatures below 0 ° C.
Conclusion and comparison with Parrot Anafi
The model is a good entry-level drone. It offers all kinds of low-cost specifications that can also be found in high-end models. Even if the technology is not well implemented, the drone doesn’t need to be hidden.
Here is a small comparison with the Parrot Anafi drone:
|Sensors||Optical flow||Optical flow, ultrasound|
|positioning||GPS / GLONASS||GPS / GLONASS|
|Maximum speed||30 km / h||55 km / h|
|the size||177x90x55 mm folded
177x196x70 mm, unfolded
|94x152x72 mm, folded 153x152x116 mm, unfolded|
|Weight||450 g||400 g|
|Flight time||25 minutes||25 minutes|
|photoshoot||2592 × 1520
3840 × 2160, JPEG
|Video recordings||2.7K – 5MP at 2592 × 1920||4K, 21 MP at 5344 × 4016 / 24p
3840 × 2160 / 24.25.30p
1920 × 1080/60 pixels
|Image stabilization||biaxial suspension system
Swivels 170 °
|triaxial suspension system
Rotates 180 °
|frequency||2.4 GHz, 4 channels||2.4 GHz and 5 GHz|
|Range||Remote control 2000 meters
700 meters live broadcast
|Remote control 4000 meters
1000 meters live broadcast
|price||179 euros||579 euro|
In terms of image quality and sensors, it certainly cannot compete with expensive models such as the Parrot Anafi or Mavic. But he does offer a good introduction to the drone world and is a good all-rounder for little money.
During the test, we were worried about the poor recording quality. We think a lower resolution with a higher bit rate would be better than using 2.7K or 4K. Dragon Fly’s head of marketing probably saw it differently.
Nevertheless, the recordings are well stabilized by the biaxial harness and make a satisfactory impression. However, for professionals and enthusiasts, the camera is not suitable.
Since the drone is available from 179 euros, you can hardly go wrong with this model. Newbies should definitely take a look at a drone – at least when it comes to the fun of flying. Only the recordings from the camera are subject to criticism. In terms of price / quality ratio the recordings are good and outperform the competition significantly in terms of resolution and image stabilization.
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