Foldable selfie drones are becoming very popular, new models are coming out almost every month. People are interested in this segment, and, consequently, new models of foldable selfieRC drones are emerging. Back in May 2016,Zerotechjoined this segment with the release of its selfie foldable drone named Dobby with foldingpropellers. And in October 2016, there was a worthy competitor in the person of the foldable Hover Camera Passport, which is designed in the likeness of a small book. Let’s compare these two great selfie foldable drones by the most important criteria for the user.
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Size and weight of each mini drone
Let’s start with very important factors for the foldable selfie drones segment, namely the size and weight. By this criterion, Zerotech Dobby selfie drone wins, being at 3.8mm thick, it has a smaller overall volume. Its dimensions in the combined form are 135mm x 67mm x 36.8mm vs. 182 x 132 x 33mm from Hover Camera Passport.
The weight is also an advantage over the Dobby drone, which weighs 199 grams (including the battery). Hover Camera is slightly heavier, its weight is 242 grams.
Speed of flight
Another important indicator for a selfie-taking foldable mini drone is the speed of flight. The maximum speed is very important if you want the mini drone to keep up taking selfies while you’re riding a bike or running. Here, too, the advantage is over the Dobby Drone: 40 km/h, while the Hover Camera – up to 27 km/hquite obvious, the Hover Camera drone cannot always keep up with you.
With a larger battery (1360mAh compared to 970mAh, on the Dobby), the Hover Camera Passport can carry a flight of up to 10 minutes (in perfect weather conditions), while Dobby’s autonomy is 9 minutes. In practice, this time is not more than 7 minutes. Thus, in terms offlight autonomy, the advantage is over the Hover Camera Passport drone.
Ease of Management while taking selfie pictures
Another important feature for unprepared pilots is the ease of controlling the drone for selfie shots. Easy control is provided by the presence of necessary sensors, which allow the foldable drones to hang in the air at one point. These sensors include GPS receivers (if you fly on the street) and ultrasonic and visual sensors (if the flight is carried out indoors).
The ultrasonic sensor and the camera of visual positioning are in boththese selfie foldable drones, but GPS is only present in the Dobby drone.
In the match of the cameras, the Hover Camera Passport drone wins. While both selfiemini drones are capable of writing video at 4k / 30 frames per second, the Passport camera has servo control, which allows you to adjust its tilt through the application against manual tilt control of the camera in Zerotech Dobby. In addition, Passport has a slightly larger field of view 78.4° against 75° in Dobby. In addition, the Passport camera has a slightly larger F/2.0 lens versus F/2.2 from Dobby.
The possibilities of both selfie-taking drones are similar: face tracking, body tracking, follow mode are available. Hover Passport can also fly in orbit around you, as well as shoot 360 degree panoramic videos.
Wi-Fi and range
Zerotech Dobby and Hover Camera Passport both have Wi-Fi connectivity at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. However, Zerotech’s range of management of the selfie mini drone is equal to 100 meters 5 times more than the Hover drone with 20 meters.
At the moment, Zerotech Dobby can be found on sale at a price of $ 349, which includes the drone, battery, charger and 4 propellers. In the kit there is no protection for the propellers and any other accessories.
The Hover Camera is for sale at price of $ 599. The kit includes drone, protective case, strap, light carrying bag, two LiPo rechargeable batteries, charger, USB 3.0 cable and 4 spare propellers.
Conclusion of our reviews
Opponents are certainly worthy. It is difficult to distinguish an obvious favorite. Dobby is definitely the best choice if you want to shoot selfies outdoors. It is faster than its rival and has GPS support, and in addition, the signal range is incomparably higher.
The Camera Passport drone is more suitable for shooting selfies indoors. In addition, the use of this foldable drone will be more convenient and safer for selfie enthusiasts who do not have experience in managing drones. From the advantages of the Hover Camera Passport, you can also note the better camera performance and the ability to control the slope through the application.
We would like to hear topinion of users of both these drones and how they enjoy taking selfies with them. As for newbies, which of these would you consider as your first selfie-capturing drone?