PowerEgg X Wizard
Weight: 860g / 1.9lb | Dimensions (egg): 178 x 102 x 102mm | Dimensions (drone mode): 427mm diagonal | Controller: Yes | Video resolution: 4K @ 60fps | Camera resolution: 12MP | Battery life: 30 minutes (dry mode) | Max Range: 6 km / 3.7mi | Max Speed: 65kph / 40mph
PowerVision is an innovative firm, as evidenced by its award shelf, and it has been creating underwater drones for as long as flying ones, so the PowerEgg X should not have come as a surprise, but it did. PowerVision’s first PowerEgg was a wonderful product, but instead of updating it, they went back to the design board. They designed an entirely new egg that could be used as a drone, a hand-held or tripod-mounted camcorder with gimbal for stability and A.I. for subject tracking, and a beach-ready drone that can land on water or fly in the rain (with the optional ‘Wizard’ kit.
Photographers will be concerned that the 4K camera does not have a bigger sensor than, eg, the Mavic, but in good light, it can shoot at 60fps – double the frame rate of the DJI, making it ideal for. Its versatility means that its arms are totally removable, yet because to the folding props, it can be set up in less time than a DJI Phantom. The AI camera mode is good, but it should feature a ‘record’ button like a typical camcorder — you have to use the app.
The waterproof mode requires connecting a housing and landing gear, which takes a minute or two and covers the forward-facing collision and object tracking sensors, but there is nothing comparable on the market, so it’s hard to criticise. This is the drone GoPro should have produced.