|Overall rating 3.9 / 5|
The Hotbird Follow Me drone is ideal for selfies, it also folds and is therefore quite compact.
Beginners will love this model as it is very easy to use. There is also a reliable rotor protection and a case included.
Compared to other RC aircraft in this price range, the Hotbird Follow Me drone has a lot to offer. In this report, we reveal the most important data and facts about the Hotbird drone.
The price / performance ratio, the corresponding resolution and the ability of the drone to automatically stay in the air are very good. What worries us a little is the short flight time, which is 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the flying style. However, the manufacturer indicates from 10 to 12 minutes.
Even in light winds, the flight model holds up without problems, and beginners can gradually get used to the properties of the quadcopter model.
The first impression is surprisingly good. Indeed, in addition to the pure quality of processing, the model also has a very attractive design.
Even 4 rotor protection units are included. They are easy to assemble. In our opinion, such protection is especially important if you want to control the drone within your four walls.
Currently, you can only get this drone in black. The contours are very thin, slightly curved and perfectly complete the overall package.
The small camera is in front, but its position cannot be changed using the remote control.
An LED unit is located under each propeller. At the front in pairs in the color “white” and at the rear in the color “red”. Thus, the drone pilot can estimate the position of the drone model even in a dark place.
The foldable design of the quadcopter is also very beneficial. But here, too, you should make sure that the propellers are also correctly folded, do not come off or break.
The built-in camera has multiple lenses for visually clear images. The FPV image can be transmitted to your smartphone in real time via Wi-Fi. All you have to do is download the appropriate app.
With 2 megapixels and 720P resolution, you can get good photos and videos. However, it should be said that in this price range, of course, there are cameras with higher resolutions.
Also integrated are dual camera switching and Auto Follo Me mode, in which a camera or drone follows you every step of the way.
Battery, range and flight time
According to the manufacturer, the 3.7V 1100mAh Lipo battery lasts 10-12 minutes of flight. However, empirical evidence suggests that significantly shorter flight times can be expected in normal or fast flight. Therefore, it is recommended to use a pair of additional batteries. Charging time for one battery is approximately 120 minutes.
The 4-channel transmitter can reach the drone at a distance of about 100 meters. This distance is quite long for a small model and it will be difficult for you to see the plane. Therefore, in our opinion, a range of 100 meters is quite legal and sufficient. You should also take into account that there are certain laws in the USA, according to which you are only allowed to fly such an aircraft model within sight.
The feeling of flying
Thanks to the optical positioning system and the automatic altitude hold mode with the barometer, a safe and stable position is always guaranteed in flight.
If you don’t know how to land, you can simply press the one-button landing button.
Pros and cons
- Super drone model with built-in Follow Me mode
- Transmitting live FPV images over Wi-Fi
- Super build quality
- Photos can be launched using gesture controls
- Optical flight stabilization system
- Great foldable design
- The camera has a resolution of only 2 MP.
We especially liked the gesture controls, but that only applies to launching photos, not the drone itself.
You can also manually move the camera to a vertical position and thus set the optimal viewing angle. Even though the cam is so small, it has a 120 degree wide angle. In a particularly dark place or with very dense clouds, the image is too dark for our taste, which is certainly due to the small photo sensor.
Images and videos can be streamed directly to your smartphone or sent directly to your FPV camera.
Overall, this drone offers quite a lot at a low price. Thanks to its special properties, it also stands out from other models currently on the market.
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