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Get­ting air­borne is an ex­tremely sim­ple process with all three drones: charge the bat­tery and con­troller, down­load the com­pan­ion app to your smart­phone (DJI Go 4, Par­rot Freeflight 6, Yuneec Pi­lot), fol­low the sim­ple on-screen in­struc­tions and you’re ready to fly. If you’re a new­bie, each drone of­fers a begin­ner mode that lim­its speed, al­ti­tude and range. These drones also record their lo­ca­tion at take-off, re­turn­ing to that point at the touch of a but­ton. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Yuneec Mantis Q fea­tures voice con­trol for ini­ti­at­ing take-off, land­ing, and cer­tain cam­era com­mands (“Record a video”).

The pri­mary func­tion of a cam­era drone is to cap­ture sta­ble footage from the air, so the drone’s abil­ity to re­main com­posed in flight is vi­tal. This is usu­ally aided by a multi-axis, cam­erasta­bil­is­ing gim­bal and po­si­tion­ing sen­sors. In com­par­i­son, the bud­get Yuneec Mantis Q comes up way short. Shoot at 1080p and the cam­era is kept fairly well-rooted via elec­tronic im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion (EIS). Boost the res­o­lu­tion to 4K and EIS stops, leav­ing footage at the mercy of the wind and the steadi­ness of your con­troller in­put. Dis­ap­point­ing.

The Par­rot is a dif­fer­ent beast. Hur­tle the drone sky­ward and, whether it’s hov­er­ing or track­ing a high-speed cy­clist down a hill, the

Whether the Par­rot Anafi is hov­er­ing or track­ing a cy­clist, its poise is cat­like

poise is cat­like, while three-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion works won­ders to keep the cam­era locked on tar­get. Move­ments are smooth and there’s im­me­di­acy be­tween con­troller in­put and drone move­ment.

The Mavic Air is just as com­posed in the air. Those ob­sta­cle sen­sors add an ex­tra layer of in­surance, while the three-axis allme­chan­i­cal gim­bal keeps footage steady.

All three drones ben­e­fit from a Sport mode for high-speed flight. Both the Mavic Air and Mantis Q de­liver whop­ping speeds of 44mph, with the Anafi fall­ing be­hind at 33mph.

Bat­tery life is the fi­nal bat­tle­ground here. The Mavic Air takes last place with 21 min­utes in the air, com­pared with 25 for the Anafi and an im­pres­sive 33 min­utes for the Yuneec.

YUNEEC MANTIS Q

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