Skydio 2

Skydio 2

12MP, 1/2.3” CMOS sensor | Fully autonomous flight | 4K/60p video

What we like:

  • Excellent subject tracking
  • Autonomous operation with obstacle avoidance
  • 4K/60p video

What we don't:

  • Does not fold for travel
  • Controller and Beacon cost extra
The Skydio 2 is a compact autonomous drone aimed at both professionals and consumers. While you can't fold it down, it's still small enough to fit in a typical backpack. Users not interested in learning to pilot a drone will like the ability to throw the Skydio 2 up in the air and have it follow them automatically while they hike, bike, surf, or engage in some other activity.
It reaches a maximum speed of 58 kph (36 mph) and can remain in flight for up to 23 minutes. That's a bit shorter than other drones in its price range and class. Skydio uses NVIDIA Jetson TX2, the same AI that powers autonomous cars, along with 200º of fisheye color cameras that enable the drone to detect obstacles in every direction and maneuver around them.
If you're the type looking for a drone that can follow you as you run, ride, surf or do any other adventure sports the Skydio 2 should be on your shortlist.
The camera, mounted on a 3-axis gimbal, is built around a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor with Qualcomm's RedDragon QSC605 technology. The latter allows it to capture HDR photos using a range of shooting options, including single and Interval. The 12MP camera uses a 20mm equivalent fixed F2.8 lens and is capable of capturing Raw images. HDR video can be recorded up to 4K/60p and 1080/120p using H.264 or H.265 codecs at a bitrate of 100 Mbps.
Users have two options when it comes to operating the Skydio 2. The Beacon, which comes at an additional cost, resembles a television remote and will extend your drone's range an additional 1.5 km (1 mile) for a total distance of 3.5 km (2 miles). The traditional remote will do the same and also comes at an extra cost. You can also simply operate it via your smartphone. Modes including Rocket, Dronie, and Orbit are available.
If you're not a serious drone pilot and want something you can throw up in the air to follow you as you hike, bike, surf, or engage in some other related activity, then the Skydio 2 is ideal. Those looking for more professional-looking photos and video clips might want to look at drones with a superior camera.