Parrot Anafi FPV
Weight: 310g | Dimensions (folded): 244×67×65mm | Dimensions (unfolded): 240×175×65mm | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K HDR 30fps | Camera resolution: 21MP | Battery life: 25 minutes (2700mAh) | Max Range: 4km / 2.5mi | Max Speed: 55kph / 35mph
Until the Anafi came in mid-2018, Parrot wasn’t really a contender in the high-end aerial video market, but it was well worth the wait. Rather than raising cost and weight with dubious sensors (and the processing power to manage their data), Parrot leaves the business of avoiding barriers to the client. In exchange, it’s managed to make the portability and pricing manageable, which is helped by the fact that a fantastic hard-fabric zip bag is supplied with the package, allowing you to shoot just about everywhere.
The carbon-fiber body elements can feel a little cheap, but in reality, this is one of the best built frames on the market, and very easy to operate thanks to automatic take-off, landing, GPS-based return-to-home, and an exceptionally well-built folding controller with a hinged phone-grip, one that seems so much easier to operate, and so much more logical, than recent DJI contenders.
The only drawbacks are that the gimbal is only powered on two axes, relying on software to handle fast rotations, which it only performs well, and that Parrot charges extra for in-app capabilities like follow-me modes, which DJI includes as standard. On the good side, the gimbal can be rotated all the way up for an unobstructed angle that most drones cannot achieve, and the system even has zoom, which is unheard of at this price point.
A new Parrot Anafi FPV kit, which combines this drone with head-up display (‘first-person view’) goggles for a truly immersive flying experience, was just unveiled. While the inclusion of FPV may appear to be a novelty at first, the cost-effective implementation means that anyone contemplating an Anafi can afford to try it – and we honestly believe it would be a tragedy to miss!