The startup on Tuesday began taking preorders for a drone camera that will shoot video and stills as it flies above you.
While drone cameras have been on the market for some time, the Lily offering combines the popularity of first-person video cameras, like the wildly successful GoPro line of products, with the emerging consumer flying drone market.
Lily isn’t alone in developing a “follow me” drone cam, competitors AirDog and HexO+ will launch their products later this year — but it may be the most consumer-friendly.
“It’s the best executed [drone cam] for widespread adoption,” said Jaron Schneider, managing editor of Resource Magazine Online and owner of Schneider Productions, a commercial video company.
Pod With Propellers
The Lily camera looks like a pod with four rotors protruding from its midnight blue polycarbonate and brushed aluminum body.
It weighs 2.3 pounds and has a footprint of a little over 10 inches square. Its nonremovable lithium-ion battery takes two hours to recharge and will keep the drone aloft for 20 minutes.
Maximum altitude for the drone is 50 feet; the minimum, five feet. Maximum range from a user is 100 feet; minimum, five feet. Its max speed is 25 miles per hour.
The unit has two cameras — front and bottom facing — that can shoot 1080p video at 60 fps, 720p at 120 fps and 12-megapixel stills. Video is stored on a 4-GB micro SD card included with the unit.
Camera functions and video editing can be performed with a mobile app for Android or iOS devices. In addition, instructions can be sent to the drone via a tracking device with a diameter that’s a tad over 2 inches.
“Everything is held into a rather small package,” Schneider told TechNewsWorld, “which allows them to do a couple of cool things, such as make the device waterproof, and make usable audio with a drone for the first time ever.”
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