Fly­ing won­ders

The scoop on the lat­est drone mod­els and trends

Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents - by Kate White­head

The lat­est drone mod­els and trends

The drone revo­lu­tion has hit it big here. In fact, Frank Wang, the world’s largest drone maker and the first drone billionaire, grad­u­ated from the Hong Kong Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy to found DJI in 2006. To­day, Forbes val­ues the 35-year-old’s net worth at US$3.6 bil­lion.

DJI’S Phan­toms

This in­no­va­tive series of quad­copters have in­te­grated fly­ing sys­tems with air­craft, cam­era and Wi-fi con­nec­tiv­ity—all man­aged from the user’s mo­bile or tablet.

DJI Phan­tom 4

Easy to fly: press a but­ton to take off and an­other to land. New track­ing modes fol­low a tar­get, while the new sport mode lets it fly at about 45mph. The cam­era is im­proved with 4K video ca­pa­bil­i­ties. And, a flight sim­u­la­tor mode al­lows users to prac­tice fly­ing their drone be­fore tak­ing it out in the field.

Xiro Xplorer V

It flies as far and as high as other mod­els on the mar­ket, but it does take longer to mas­ter the fea­tures than other pop­u­lar choices. It’s sta­ble in the air, but un­for­tu­nately the on-board cam­era is a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing.

Lily

Not yet avail­able, the throw-and-shoot Lily is a waterproof quad­copter that acts as a ro­bot videog­ra­pher and can fly 50 feet in the air.

Sky-hero Anakin

It’s the lat­est racing drone from Sky-hero, re­leased as a frame and kit only, al­low­ing users to com­pletely cus­tomise their craft by choos­ing mo­tors, flight con­trollers and cam­eras. Su­per-fast, this is one of the top picks for drone rac­ers.

Drone Racing

The hottest craze that’s part video game and part ac­tion sport—drone racing lets you fly at up to 70 miles per hour, dodg­ing ob­sta­cles along the way. Us­ing spe­cial drones that are smaller and more light­weight, you can for­get fol­low­ing your drone in the sky—they go too far and fast for that. Keep track of your baby by wear­ing a spe­cial pair of gog­gles.

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