Skydio 2 unboxing: the $999 starter kit

Skydio 2 unboxing: the $999 starter kit

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Skydio 2 went again on sale on Thursday after a hiatus — primarily as a result of coronavirus — pressured the California-based drone maker to place a pause on manufacturing.

However Skydio is again and taking orders on its Skydio 2 drone, which is essentially thought-about the one “really autonomous” drone, as six, 200-degree colour cameras permit Skydio 2 to see every thing in each course so it theoretically by no means crashes.

The drone is unimaginable — particularly for individuals in motion sports activities who need aerial monitoring movies of themselves (ie. driving horses via a forest, snowshoeing within the woods or biking).

Watch my Skydio 2 unboxing video as you see what’s inside the bottom package, plus a few my favourite equipment — the Beacon and the Controller — right here:

The bottom package prices $999, although there are some gadgets you should purchase a la carte, like spare batteries and a controller. If you would like something greater than the naked bones, anticipate to finish up spending $1,500 to improve to the Professional Package (in reality, it simply pays for itself with only a couple a la carte add-ons that I contemplate necessities).

Right here’s what you get within the Base Package ($999):

  • One battery
  • Two further propellers (one among every sort past the 4 required to fly)
  • One USB (sort C) cable for charging and knowledge switch
  • One USB (sort C) wall adapter for charging.
  • A custom-fit, sturdy hardshell carrying case

One neat word concerning the case (and why you shouldn’t change to a Third-party case): Skydio 2 can truly autonomously land on it simply by recognizing the brand. Simply pilot the drone over the case, and permit the digital camera to pan down and see the brand. From there, faucet on the telephone display that the drone sees the case, and it’ll land there.

Skydio 2 unboxing beacon controller
The Beacon and the Controller could be added on to your Skydio 2 for a further value.

Additional add-on gadgets with Skydio 2

On this unboxing video, I additionally present you the Beacon and the Controller. These separate, add-on gadgets value $179 every.

The Skydio Beacon:

The Beacon is principally a drone magic wand that extends the communication vary as much as 1.5 km (with out the Beacon, the vary is a most of three.5 km), and supplies extra correct consumer positioning. In a nutshell, it ranges up your drone.

You possibly can watch me utilizing the Beacon in my full drone evaluate (textual content and video!) right here.

The beacon comes with 5 obtainable AI expertise, together with Movement Monitor, Fastened Monitor, Orbit, Hover, and Steering.

The Skydio Controller:

The Skydio Controller is identical actual controller hardware you get with the Parrot Anafi drone (sure, it’s manufactured by Parrot), however loaded with Skydio software program. It principally provides you extra management over the place the drone flies (makes it go up and down, aspect to aspect, and so forth.).

In case you’re making an attempt to get a selected shot, it’s higher to fly with the controller quite than depend on one of many drone’s AI modes.

Skydio 2 controller
In the event you’re used to piloting drones just like the DJI Phantom or Mavic drones, then utilizing the controller may make flying the Skydio 2 really feel a bit of extra acquainted.

The Skydio Professional Package

Not pictured on this video, however value figuring out about: you should purchase a professional package for $1,500. Right here’s what comes with the Professional Package (observe: the drone is NOT included with this package, so that you’re paying $2,500 to have all these extras — and truly fly with them):

  • 1 Rugged Case
  • 1 Controller
  • 1 Beacon
  • 1 Skydio-branded pill mount for Controller
  • three Additional Batteries
  • 1 Pair of Additional Propellers
  • 1 Twin Battery Charger
  • 1 128GB SanDisk Excessive microSD Card
  • 1 SD Card Laptop computer Adapter
  • 1 Microfiber Lens Material
  • Skydio Premier Help

A few of these extras are extra crucial. For instance, you’ll want the lens material, as you need to maintain your lenses clear to permit the drone to truly fly autonomously. And also you may want that microSD card — even when you have already got one million at residence. That’s as a result of the Skydio 2 particularly requires a UHS Velocity Class three (U3) or quicker microSD card to report 4k video.

Skydio Premier Help is actually an prolonged guarantee program. With Skydio Premier help, your one-year guarantee turns into two, plus you’ll gett what they declare is their “precedence tier of customer support.” They’ll additionally substitute your drone if one thing goes incorrect — sending you a brand new one earlier than they even get the previous one again so that you don’t should go drone-less for too lengthy.

You possibly can learn my full Skydio 2 review here, which incorporates video from the primary flight I took after this Skydio 2 unboxing was full.

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