Vantage Robotics has a new 4K camera quadcopter called Snap, and it's now up for pre-order. The company calls this a 'flying camera', one that is compact enough to fit in a backpack and safe enough to grab out of the air with a bare hand.

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Snap is a lightweight quadcopter with a 4K camera that snaps into place between the propellers, hence the name. The device weighs 500 grams (approx. 18 ounces) overall, and has a 20 minute flight time per charge. The camera features gimbal stabilization for smooth footage; motor controllers are also integrated to keep the drone steady in windy conditions. Features include a Sony Exmor IMX 377 1/2.3" camera sensor, 82-degree FOV fixed focus lens, single shot and time lapse still image modes (12MP), and support for a microSD card with up to a 64GB capacity.

Three video recording modes are offered: 720p HD (30/60/120/240 fps), 1080p FHD (30/60/120 fps), and 4096 x 2160 30p DCI 4K. Operators control the quadcopter via an Android or iOS smartphone and the SmartTilt app; a DSM or Bluetooth controller can also be used. Various tracking modes are offered through the app, including free-follow, geo-fencing, virtual wire, and air tripod. In addition, Snap offers an 'out and back' orbit flight mode.

Sensors include a 3-axis gyroscope, barometer, 3-axis accelerometer, GPS, sonar, and 3-axis magnetometer. Vantage Robotics has a few future accessories planned, including thrust modules for improved flight time and wind/speed performance, a cellular modem, obstacle avoidance sensor, and ground modules for waterproof tracking and extended Wi-Fi range.

Snap is currently available for pre-order at a discounted rate of $895 with a full retail price of $1,295. The flying camera comes with a battery, charger, and carrying case, and will begin shipping in Spring 2016.