The Selfie drone is a great choice for those wanting a more casual, less micromanaged drone to play with. Those simply wanting to have a great time with a flying camera around them should look no further. 2018 was a great year for selfie drones. Several brands offered their own unique twist to the selfie drone. Some selfie drones, like the Skydio R1 offered great camera qualities for photography and video recording. Others, like the AirSelfie 2 aimed to make their drone portable enough to travel easily along with its owner. The Eachine E56 Direct on the other hand has a more rounded, affordable approach. It does not aim to excel at any particular aspect, making it a fairly balanced drone to try out.
The AirSelfie 2’s creators recently unveiled not one – but three new selfie drones for the public to try out. When it comes to new releases, it usually comes with upgraded aspects and superior parts. How did the newer AirSelfie drones fare with the competition?
The Air 100 is the cheapest of the three. From that alone, one can easily have this as a choice for those tight on the budget or those simply wanting a cheap drone to try out. One can easily purchase this starter drone without breaking the bank. Priced at $100, it is on the lower-end range of camera drones. The Air 100 has similar specs to the AirSelfie 2 in terms of camera quality (12 megapixel) and flight time (5 minutes). So how is this different from the Air Selfie 2, you ask? The main selling point, literally, of this drone is its affordably low price.
The Air Zen is the middle ground between the Air 100 and Air Duo when it comes to price. It is more expensive than the 100 but far cheaper than Duo. Those wanting to try out the Duo but do not want to pay its price can try the Air Zen out, first.
The main appeal of the Zen is its autonomy capability – something the Air 100 does not offer. It can fly around on its own and follow its user without any micromanaged commands, similar to the Skydio R1. The name Zen may have derived from the fact that the drone is hassle-free (or at least close to it). Without any micromanaging, you can enjoy your freedom while ensuring that the drone does the job for you. The Air Zen can be yours at $140, forty dollars more than the Air 100. Is the autonomy enough to spend that extra money on?
The Duo, as with the name, has a dual-lens camera for supreme quality. First, it has a 12MP (80 degree) front camera, and the other is a 12MP FOV (110 degree) camera. This gives the user amazing detail and range when it comes to shooting footage or capturing photos. And yes, for those wanting a great selfie drone, you have to look no further. Priced at $230 however, you may have to think about this purchase long and hard. Having over double the price of the Air 100, it can be a huge leap. This is especially the case for those on smaller budgets. It is, however, the obviously best one of the three AirSelfies.
While these three drones still have their limitations (less than 10 minutes of flight time) the amazing upgrades can give you what you need. After all, selfie drones are just that – for selfies, casual photos, and easy shots. Those wanting a more serious approach should look at higher-end drones. But be forewarned, they can reach upwards of thousands of dollars, depending on the camera quality (and other features).