Parrot ANAFI

Parrot ANAFI

21MP, 1/2.4" CMOS sensor | 180° tilt gimbal | 4K/30p video with HDR support

What we like:

  • 180° tilt gimbal is unique
  • Dolly zoom feature
  • 2.8X zoom for 1080p video

What we don't:

  • Intelligent flight modes cost extra
  • A bit awkward to fly
  • Feels unsteady in mild winds
Parrot’s Anafi is a compact, lightweight, foldable drone that contains a substantial set of features. Some are unique, including a camera that can tilt 180° vertically, which allows you to shoot straight up as well as straight down, and the option to record Hyperlapse video and play it back at 240x the speed. The Anafi is ideal for content creators looking to capture unique imagery at a competitive price point and, in some circumstances, can be used professionally.
The Anafi boasts a top speed of 55 km/h (34 mph) and has a battery life of 25 minutes. It doesn’t include obstacle avoidance sensors but it has its own proprietary embedded artificial intelligence that allows pilots to make use of its automated flight modes. Geofence, which allows you to define a virtual perimeter, and Smart RTH (return to home) features are included to ensure you don’t lose sight of the drone. The Anafi comes with a compact carrying case, a battery, the Parrot Skycontroller 3 and a 16GB microSD card. Additional batteries cost $99 each. Purchasing the Anafi Extended bundle gets you a 2-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.
The Anafi's ability to point the camera 90° upward means you can capture shots that simply aren’t possible with other drones.
The Anafi’s camera uses a 21MP 1/2.4-inch CMOS sensor from Sony. It has a 23mm equivalent F2.4 lens and can capture DNG Raw files in addition to Jpeg images. The built-in HDR option minimizes harsh bright and dark areas while adding rich contrast to imagery. What’s notable about the Anafi is that it is the first drone to feature a 180° tilt gimbal. This offers pilots the opportunity to capture imagery from unprecedented vertical angles 90° upward and downward. 3-axis image stabilization allows pilots to shoot stable photos and videos, and when shooting in 1080p (FHD) the camera can effectively create a lossless 2.8X zoom.
Video can be captured up to DCI 4K/24p, UHD 4K/30p or 1080/60p at a 100 Mbps bitrate, and includes HDR video support. The ability to Dolly Zoom on a point of interest, keeping it the same size in the frame, while the camera dollies towards or away from the subject to create a ‘Vertigo’ effect, is also included. Hyperlapse video can be recorded and played back at 15x, 30x, 60x, 120x, or 240x the speed while slow motion shots can be captured at 720p/124p.
The Anafi is controlled by the Parrot Skycontroller 3 and its FreeFlight 6 app, which is available for download on both iOS and Android marketplaces. Each of the four drone legs contains a dual band antenna (2.4GHz & 5GHz), enabling HD video streaming up to 2.5 miles. SmartDronies allows users to take selfies by Dolly Zoom, Boomerang, Orbit, or Parabola mode. The FollowMe mode offers three different tracking features. Path follows users from behind, Lock tracks a subject at a from a consistent distance, and Dynamic will track a subject at a designated distance and angle. Cineshots offers up automated effects such as Discover Reveal, Epic, 360°, and Spiral.
The Parrot Anafi is an ideal drone for casual consumers who want to experiment with a variety of special effects without spending a great deal of money. It offers up features not found in other models with similar price points, and its ability to point the camera 90° upward means you can capture shots that simply aren’t possible with other drones. While it’s lightweight, weighing 320 grams, and can fold and unfold in 3 seconds, it doesn’t hold up well in windy conditions and is not as ergonomically friendly as other drones in its class. If your priority is stability and reliability, you’d be wise to explore other options.