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Parrot looks to the insect world for folding 4K camera drone

Parrot looks to the insect wor...
The Anafi camera drone folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm
The Anafi camera drone folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm
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Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
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Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
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Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
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Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
The Parrot Anafi camera drone can record in 4K HDR mode or 4K Cinema mode
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The Parrot Anafi camera drone can record in 4K HDR mode or 4K Cinema mode
The camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt up by 90 degrees, of down by 90 degrees
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The camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt up by 90 degrees, of down by 90 degrees
The Parrot Anafi drone comes with its own carry case for ease of transport
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The Parrot Anafi drone comes with its own carry case for ease of transport
The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3
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The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3
The Anafi camera drone folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm
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The Anafi camera drone folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm
The 21 megapixel camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt up by 90 degrees, of down by 90 degrees
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The 21 megapixel camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt up by 90 degrees, of down by 90 degrees
The Anafi camera drone folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm
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The Anafi camera drone folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm
Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
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Parrot says the Anafi camera drone design was inspired by insects
The camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt down by 90 degrees
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The camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt down by 90 degrees
The camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt up by 90 degrees
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The camera mounted to the gimbal of the Anafi drone can tilt up by 90 degrees
The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3
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The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3
Parrot says that the Anafi is the only drone available at  the moment that shoots in 4K HDR video
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Parrot says that the Anafi is the only drone available at  the moment that shoots in 4K HDR video
The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3, which has a range of 4 km
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The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3, which has a range of 4 km
The Anafi camera drone can be set to auto follow
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The Anafi camera drone can be set to auto follow
The Parrot Anafi camera drone launches on July 1
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The Parrot Anafi camera drone launches on July 1
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Parrot says that the Anafi drone has been 2 years in the making, and has looked to insects to inform its design. Two rotor -packing arms fold out on each side of its thorax, its head is home to the camera and gimbal and the abdomen contains the drone's battery. The French firm has also tapped into user feedback to zero in on image quality, flight performance, foldability and ease of use in the control and software departments.

The Parrot Anafi features a carbon fiber frame filled with hollow glass microbeads to keep weight down, which comes in at 320 g (11.2 oz), and its four arms are reported to fold in or out in under 3 seconds. To fit inside the supplied carry case, it folds down to 244 x 67 x 65 mm (9.6 x 2.6 x 2.56 in), and opens up to 175 x 240 x 65 mm (6.8 x 9.4 x 2.56 in) prior to flight.

The Parrot Anafi camera drone can record in 4K HDR mode or 4K Cinema mode
The Parrot Anafi camera drone can record in 4K HDR mode or 4K Cinema mode

The drone's camera is mounted out front to a gimbal that has 3-axis stabilization and rotates the camera 180 degrees vertical and 80 degrees horizontal. The wide-angle F2.4 lens lets light through to a 21 MP Sony IMX230 CMOS sensor that works with an Ambarella video processor. Parrot says that the Anafi is the only drone available at the moment that shoots in 4K HDR video (3,840 x 2,160), which it does at 24, 25 and 30 fps. Flyers can also choose 4K Cinema mode for 4,096 x 2,160 resolution videos at 24 fps or opt for Full HD at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50 or 60 fps.

The Anafi boasts lossless 1.4x digital zoom capabilities in 4K modes and 2.8x in FHD, or up to 3x in all modes for standard digital zoom. And there's also something Parrot is calling the Dolly Zoom, where the background can be moved away at the same time as zooming in on a subject.

Footage is recorded to microSD storage (a 16 GB card is supplied), and flight time is 25 minutes from the drone's 2,700 mAh Li-Pol battery, which is charged over USB-C.

Each of its feet has a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi antenna for wirelessly connecting with the Parrot Skycontroller 3, which auto syncs to the Anafi drone when unfolded and powered on. The controller has a range of up to 4 km (2.5 miles), and caters for a live streaming resolution on the docked smartphone of 720p.

The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3
The Anafi drone is controlled using Parrot's Skycontroller 3

That smartphone will be running an app developed in tandem with the drone called FreeFlight 6, which can be used to set automated flight and camera modes. Users can also choose to fly in Sport mode for speeds of up to 55 km/h (33 mph), while being able to withstand winds of 50 km/h (31 mph). The Anafi drone can be set to auto follow its user too, making use of a neural network for target tracking and shape recognition.

The Anafi camera drone is a clear competitor to DJI's Mavic Air, but is lighter, can fly for longer, is able to capture higher resolution stills, and is due to fly in for less on July 1 with a price tag of US$699.

You can see the drone in action in the video below.

Product page: Parrot Anafi

Parrot ANAFI – The ultra portable design

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1 comment
notarichman
unless you are carrying one in a backpack, i don't see the advantage of a small package. i'd much rather have a drone that doesn't break (easily), is easily repaired cheaply, runs for a long time, has great optics - including options for infrared, is programmable for flights and landings, has great gps, comes with it's own screen/controls with a choice of multiple view points (several lens?), very good hovering, image stabilization for stills, and options for more powerful transmitters (illegal probably).