Over the past couple of years, drones have evolved, but lately, looking at the current market, it’s obvious that we are getting into a new era. Instead of companies stuffing their drones with every feature available to mankind, they are starting to build them with features and specs that target the particular type of use. For example, you have drones specifically for filmmaking, racing, FPV, and so on. Take the Hover Camera Passport Selfie Drone as an example – this is a good example of this trend. This isn’t your “jack-of-all-trades” type of drone – it was specifically built, as the name suggest, for taking selfies and follow footage.
The design just so happens to be one of the most significant features on this drone – because it’s foldable and for this reason, it is one of the most portable drones currently on the market. It was intentionally designed to fit in a purse or backpack so that you have it by your side whenever you need it.
The camera is also pretty decent – yes, it comes with one already equipped, of course. It takes stills at 13 megapixels and shoots video in 4K, which is a major bonus. However, the camera isn’t as interesting as what’s nesting behind the scenes.
The image recognition software makes it stand out from the crowd – through the image recognition software, you will be able to sense/track faces and bodies. Without the air of GPS, you will also be able to maintain its position in the air.
Completing the package, the Passport comes with a large array of autonomous filming/flying modes. You have the standard ones, such as Follow and Orbit, but on the same note, you cannot look past the neat 360 Panorama function that can be activated with a touch of a button. You also have what is called Beast Mode. Through Beast Mode, you will be able to turn off the drone’s software-imposed limitation for when you need to follow objects quickly.
When it comes to the build quality of the Hover Passport, we have all good things to say – it is one of the most brilliant designs we have ever came across on a drone. The drone is designed to fold up just like a book. So, when you’re not flying it, you can easily fold it up and carry it around There’s a slim “spine” that is responsible for housing the electronics as well as a pair of enclosed propellers that are tucked under the spine – those swing out like pages of a book. When it’s closed up, it is only 1.3 inches tall – it has close to the same dimensions as a VHS cassette. Also, it only weighs 0.53 pounds, so when you put it in your purse or backpack, you won’t even know it’s there and that is with the battery included.
The Passport’s carbon fiber prop cages is another feature we like about this drone – this feature offers numerous advantages. For one, they protect the propellers from running into obstacles. Secondly, the prop guards come in handy because they protect the user from getting hit by spinning blades – this way, the drone is safe to launch from your hand or when it’s flying in the air, you can pluck it out when you’re done flying. Yes, this may seem like a small feature, but safety is a big concern.
If you’re looking for a drone that is specifically designed for selfies and safety is a big concern, then the Hover Camera Passport Selfie Drone is a must have. The build is high quality and it has a good camera – you really cannot go wrong with this one.