The foldable drone is ideal for travel as it is compact and fits into any backpack. We’ve tested a range of quality foldable quadcopters for you. Below we will briefly introduce you to these aircraft and once again take a closer look at their features, value for money and unique advantages.
DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro is probably the most famous foldable quadcopter. Its design is so compact that when folded it fits even in a large trouser pocket. Then with outstretched wings, it unfolds to full size. We have already presented this multicopter in detail in the video:
Flight time, range and specifications
Thanks to its extensive sensors, it is also very suitable for beginners in flying. Thanks to the high quality battery, the Mavic will give you about 27 minutes of flight time. An enhanced version of the DJI Mavic Platinum, in contrast, shows a flight time of 30 minutes. However, how long you can actually stay in the air depends a lot on your flight behavior. In our test, we managed a little over 20 minutes in sport mode. You can also reach speeds of up to 65 km / h which is a lot of fun!
For this drone, you will need a suitable mobile device, smartphone or tablet. There are corresponding apps for Android and IOS operating systems. The camera image is transmitted to the end device in Full HD and you can control the Mavic Pro in FPV mode. With matching FPV goggles like the DJI Goggles, you add even more fun.
According to the manufacturer, the controller provides a range of up to 7 km. However, you can also control the Mavic Pro without a remote control simply by using your smartphone or tablet. However, in this case, the range is only 80 meters. However, you must comply with the laws in force in the USA, you are only allowed to fly the drone within line of sight, and in FPV mode there must always be a second person wearing the goggles to see the drone.
The Mavic’s suspension system is very small but extremely reliable. This ensures that the camera always stays horizontal for smooth, high-quality images.
Photos and videos with the Mavic Pro are super sharp, smooth and sharp. Videos can be recorded in 4K at 30 and Full HD at 96 frames per second. For this, a 1 / 2.3-inch sensor with 12 megapixels was installed.
DJI Mavic Pro Conclusion
You now only pay a fraction of the original DJI Mavic price. It only costs around 900 Euros instead of 1400 Euros and we highly recommend this model to you. The Mavic Pro has been one of the best drones we’ve tested so far.
This drone is ideal for travel, ready to take off in a few seconds or folded up and therefore transportable. You can also start in a few seconds, just pair your smartphone and remote with each other, then the FPV image is displayed in real time and you can take off.
The combination of technical advancement, design, performance, flight performance and the best value for money makes this model the ideal aircraft for beginners, advanced and professionals. You can order the Mavic Pro from Amazon * here.
Hubsan Zino foldable drone
Zino is a new quadcopter from Hubsan. The drone is equipped with a 4k camera and costs just under 400 euros. This is a clear declaration of a price war for all foldable drones on the market. We have thoroughly tested the model and will show in our video review what you can expect from the Hubsan Zino:
If the Hubsan can still remove small blemishes such as green and red flickering in the image (via a software update), then this helicopter is a serious competitor and a real recommendation for all beginners and hobby pilots.
I really like the videos in 4k, the photo quality is average. Flight times of 20 to 21 minutes are a good range for this price range.The flight is very enjoyable and the Intelligent Flight Modes work well. All in all, with the Zino you get a good all-round model that can also be lugged around on vacation thanks to the foldable rotor blades.
DJI Mavic Air
The DJI Mavic Air is a further development of the DJI Mavic Pro and therefore has many of the features of its predecessor. These include a 4K camera and gimbal system. Plus, this drone also folds like the Mavic Pro. The propellers no longer fold, but when folded they fit perfectly
So the Air is also great for the traveling and adventurous drone pilot. You can take it with you wherever you go in any bag. Like the Pro, it’s ready to go in just a few steps. Assembly work is no longer required, all elements of a modern quadrocopter are installed ready to go.
Flight time and flight range
The design is very sporty and that’s exactly what DJI wanted to achieve. The exterior and construction give the impression of an extremely fast, agile and powerful aircraft, which is exactly what the Mavic Air is. It is the fastest drone in the Mavic series and can reach speeds of up to 68.4 kilometers per hour in Sport mode.
Unfortunately, the Mavic Air has slightly less flight times than the Pro version. However, during practical tests, we were able to determine that the maximum flight time depends on the controllability of the pilot. If you consistently perform risky maneuvers, you can get less than 20 minutes, and a calm flight even more than 21 minutes.
With the Mavic Air and the included controller, you can reach a total range of up to 4 kilometers. To control the drone, you need the DJI-GO app, which is available for both IOS and Android operating systems.
Mavic Air Conclusion
For many drone enthusiasts, the Mavic Air is considered the best drone of 2018. Many details have been improved, including chassis extensions and detachable joysticks on the controller, and a higher top speed in Sport mode.
The Mavic Air is available here on Amazon *
French manufacturer Parrot recently ventured into a foldable drone. Following the successful marketing of the Parrot Bebop 1 and 2, the Parrot Anafi was launched in July 2018.
The look and design is strongly reminiscent of the DJI Mavic. When folded, it is about half as large as when unfolded. Ideal for travel and convenient transportation.
Range, speed and flight time
Thanks to its low weight and powerful brushless motors, you can reach a top speed of up to 53 kilometers per hour with the Anafi drone. The Intelligent Flight Battery also provides enormous flight times of up to 25 minutes. The battery with a capacity of 2700 mAh is replaceable. You can buy more flight batteries cheaply.
The design of the controller is somewhat similar to the Skycontroller of the Bebop series. In fact, the Anafi remote control is an improved version and is a Skycontroller 3. It fits comfortably in the hand, has a holder for mobile devices (smartphone or tablet) and thanks to the dual-band operating frequencies 2.4 and 5.8 GHz, ranges up to 4 km are possible … However, be aware that the USA has certain laws regarding drone flights. You are allowed to drive Anafi only within sight!
A powerful 21 megapixel camera is installed, with which it is possible to record in resolution up to 4K. Photos and videos have tremendous depth of field and look very modern. The manufacturer has done a great job with the drone’s photo sensor compared to other Parrot models, where camera systems have often been criticized.
The FPV live image is transmitted to your mobile device, smartphone or tablet, and you can see in real time what the drone’s camera is currently seeing.
Differences from DJI Mavic Air and Pro
You’re probably wondering, “If the Anafi’s camera sensor is clearly better, why are the DJI Mavic Pro and Air so much more expensive?” Well, on the one hand, that’s because DJI is the most famous brand in the drone market. is and drives it.
On the other hand, there are also some features that Parrot does not have. Mavic models have significantly more flight modes than Parrot drones.They also have more powerful engines and a higher top speed. For comparison: DJI Mavic Air can reach speeds of over 68 kilometers per hour in sport mode, Anafi from Parrot – only 53 km / h.
Overall, DJI’s models also seem more sophisticated and modern than Parrot’s. We suspect Parrot took the DJI Mavic Pro as a design model for the development of the Anafi.
Conclusion on the parrot Anafi
Here you get a very modern quadcopter with all the improvements and performance you would like to get from such an aircraft. We are critical of the onboard board for advanced features such as Follow-Me mode. You can activate it in the app for a certain amount, just like in the previous model.
However, the Parrot Anafi is definitely worth it. The price / performance ratio is already very good despite the high starting price of around 700 euros. Therefore, we recommend that you wait a few more months until the price drops, as Anafi has only been on the market since July 1, 2018.
You can check the current price here on Amazon! *
Quite an unusual quadcopter – LBKR Tech FPV. When folded, the structure resembles a ball. Then the wings are placed inside.
It is more of a miniature or toy drone than a modern quadcopter. The flight time is only 7 minutes with a charging time of 50-70 minutes. With the remote control, you get a range of approximately 50-70 meters. You can purchase a model in the lower 2-digit range. The camera only has 0.3MP, but it is definitely suitable for a little getaway on vacation.
Click here to view the LBKR drone on Amazon *.
You can find more entry-level drones here.
What’s the best foldable drone?
As a rule, we always gravitate towards DJI models. We have already tested a number of them and are completely confident in the brand. You can order them directly from the manufacturer or on Amazon. Click here to see the DJI Mavic Pro * and Mavic Air *.
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