Smartphones brought in the golden era of selfies. A feature that is often publicly hated, but secretly admired and indulged in a lot, selfies have made us more narcissitic. But they have definitely left most of us with divided opinions as there are either selfie lovers or haters — there is no middle ground.
The need for better selfies gave rise to the invention of the selfie stick. It had its glorious run, but as things stand, they might be outdone by a much stronger alternative — drone selfies. Capturing photos using selfie drones will eliminate the need to extend your arms at awkward heights. All you need to do now is just toss the drone in the air, smile and let it do the rest. We take a look at some of the good
selfie drones available in the market
Identifying itself as a mini drone, the device is filled with feautures, such as intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal and a camera with great image quality. But that’s not all — not only will park have new shooting modes like Pano and ShallowFocus, it’s advanced gesture controls will let you control it entirely by hand.
With anti-vibration shock absorber, 5 megapixel (MP) camera and video that can stream 1,080 pixels at 30 frames per second, AirSelfie is a strong contender for one of the best selfie drones available. What really helps the drone stand out is that it’s about the size of your palm, so its very easy to stick it in your purse or coat pocket.
The Hexo+ has a gimbal mount designed specifically to work with GoPro cameras, enabling it to work with the best video cameras available in the market. The drone can be programmed to follow you wherever you go. It also has other features, such as 360 degrees, sideways slide, hover and more. It is stronger, faster and more adaptable than other selfie drones in its league.
Promoted as a pocket selfie drone, Dobby is a very popular selfie drone. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, this iPhone-sized device boasts of 13 megapixel (MP) camera captures stabilized images at 4K resolution and videos at 1,080p. The drone can stream live videos via Wi-Fi to smartphones, and has 16GB internal memory. With voice control functions, auto follow, face recognition technology and a GPS tracking system, it’s a cool device to own.
This lightweight (weighs under 250 gram) quadcopter packs an amazing 4K resolution and a generous 32GB of storage. The deivce, which folds down to the size of a book after it’s done taking selfies, allows you to customize your capture and even take 360 degrees panoramic, blur-free videos.
Kimon is probably one of the most versatile selfie drones to be made so far. It’s 360-degree panorama, 45-degree shot, panoramic selfie, follow shot and standard selfie gives its users a variety of options and angles to shoot from. It also comes with multiple video shooting modes, which include burst mode, video recording, photography, time lapse photography, and slow motion. The 16 MP, 4K flying camera can sure spring a surprise or two.
One of the few drones with waterproof construction, Lily is a pure selfie drone. Toss it in the air and it will automatically fly to the height you selected — five feet or 50 — just to take your photo. And with speeds up to 40 kmph, it can keep up with most sporting activities, even when windy, capturing clear images up to 1,080p at 60fps.
Drone laws in India
According to the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for the operation of civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), as mandated by the office of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), to operate a drone, one has to obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN), an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) and comply with certain other operational requirements. The DCGA has divided the RPAS (commonly known as drones) into five categories based on their maximum take-off weight (MTOW) — nano, micro, mini, small and large — and DGCA will allow model aircrafts, with a MTOW of up to 2 kg and without any payload, to operate without UNIN and/or UAOP, provided that they’re flown below 200 feet and only inside the premises of an educational institution. But recreational flyers are
expected to inform the local police authorities before flying them. Rakesh Chris, a Bengalurean who owns a drone, says, “As a user, I have not faced many problems because I fly very low, only for short periods of time and avoid no-fly zones. While I understand the need to monitor and regulate the flight of drones, I wish that there was more clarity on what we can and cannot do when it comes to flying them. From what I’ve heard other users complain, more often than not, it becomes another excuse for the authorities to bully or extract fines from us, knowing that we won’t hesitate to pay for such a costly piece of equipment.”
* Nano: Less than or equal to 250 grams
* Micro: Greater than 250 grams and less than or equal to 2 kg
* Mini: Greater than 2 kg and less than or equal to 25 kg
* Small: Greater than 25 kg and less than or equal to 150 kg
* Large: Greater than 150 kg
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