While DJI dominates the drone market with its product line, there are some new entrants which are looking to make a dent in its business. One of such companies is Skydio. The company has launched a product called the R1 which has some unique features and offers a unique experience to its users. However, how does this drone stack up against DJI’s product line?
It’s no secret that DJI is a drone pioneer. In fact, they were one of the first companies to produce consumer-level drones back in 2013. However, DJI is no longer the undisputed market leader.
That’s because there are quite a few drone manufacturers who are challenging DJI such as 3DR, Parrot, and Yuneec. However, one company that’s been making quite a splash in the drone market is Skydio.
DJI vs Skydio
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Feature Of DJI Drones
A single frame separates exposure levels in different areas when recording high-quality quad Bayer hdr video. This method better captures light and dark details than other cameras, capturing depth at night or during the day. Combined, the layers create a colorful, balanced, and eye-catching picture with a greater dynamic range.
The Mavic Air 2 features SmartPhoto, which innovatively combines HyperLight and HDR into one mode to deliver optimal results. Intelligent recognition of five specific scenes (Sunset, Skies, Grass, Snow, and Trees) intelligently optimizes different camera parameters for maximum image quality.
The Mavic Air 2 can be summed up in one word, which is stylized as the “Ultimate Freedom”. The drone has a 4K camera, that yields spectacular and high-resolution images while its new gimbal stabilizes footage even when there are thermal winds.
With Nikon’s SnapBridge, you can quickly and easily upload footage from your camera to your device. This application makes it easy for you to share the moment without worrying about having lost the footage in a failed transfer attempt.
The Mavic Air 2 is the world’s first drone you can control with gestures. You can just wave your arms to control every movement – take off, fly and land – even if your hands are full. The technology used for gesture control is extremely advanced. We may not quite yet be able to “fly” through walls and ceilings, but the future is certainly close now!
Feature Of Skydio Drones
This drone is available at a variety of price points. People who are just getting started and are on a budget can take advantage of the starter package that comes with multiple batteries and access to backup parts, while those more skilled will find they can save money by ordering only what they need directly from the manufacturer!
Whether you’re looking for something to just take photos or to have fun playing with the kids, this drone is for you. When paying for your drone, remember that it takes certain equipment to make it work properly. If you want your shots to come out well, for example, you need high-quality items such as ND filters or extra propellors!
Skydio 3D Scan, enterprise drones, and Geopolitics
Not a feature of this product but an actual company, Skydio makes high-quality software for drone inspection photography. Their software is also used by professionals to capture footage and images from drones which they can then use to carry out things like design and real estate jobs.
It seems that Skydio wanted to see if they could develop cheaper options with similar capabilities to their enterprise-grade drones, the SkYdio 2 for Enterprise and the Skydio X2 so they started selling the Skydio 2 which has similar features to their X2. As recently as 2018, many US government organizations including FEMA, the NFL, etc have actually banned DJI drone parts because of spying concerns.
Size and Weight
The Skydio 2 has a convenient size for travel at 8.8″ x 10.7″ x 2.9″ (223 x 273 x 74 mm). Compared to the DJI Mavic 3 which is 14.1″ (355 mm) wide and 19.4″, 22.8″, 15.3”, or 24” long (355, 380, 375, 320, or 635 mm), the Skydio 2 has a more portable design. When folded its arms lock into place so it doesn’t tangle while being transported.
The weight of the Skydio 2 at 775 g (1.7 lbs) is quite noticeably lighter than that of the Mavic 3 at 1 lb 11 oz. Because of its compact size and more lightweight packaging, the Skydio R1 also beat out the other drones when it comes to portability by being 13 x 16 x 1.5 inches and weighing 969 g vs 20 x 24 x 15 centimeters and 1 kg of the others.
A single battery gives about 23 minutes of flight time to the Skydio 2. Below average for a high-end drone. The DJI Mavic 3 has an advertised flight time of 46 minutes on a single battery. It’s closer to the original Mavic Air on flight time (25 minutes) than the Mavic Air 2 (34 minutes).
For the same cost as the Starter Kit, you could get a DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly-More combo with 3 batteries. The battery connects via a unique magnetic mount system. Running six 4K cameras and actively processing all that imagery likely makes the biggest difference battery-wise, compared to similar drones.
Let’s talk about AI for a moment. What is it? How does it help the drone? That is, what does it do for a device that would otherwise have to be controlled by a human operator? AI takes basic and sometimes not-so-basic tasks away from the pilot, allowing them to focus on what really matters – like capturing awesome footage (or data) of virtually anything they are targeting with their drone.
Onboard AI makes autonomous flight possible by making decisions based on environmental changes around the drone. This makes obstacle avoidance more accurate or lets your drone predict where you will be going through GPS tracking. Essentially all of the reasons that autonomous flight and obstacle avoidance are so effective on the Skydio 2 and its predecessors are due to its integration of onboard AI.
Taking a step back, let’s talk about the camera. A drone’s camera is arguably its most important feature as it shows the world what your company can do with your product or service. The Skydio 2’s integrated main camera is specifically a Sony IMX577 ½.3” 12.3MP CMOS sensor that shoots 4K footage at up to 60 fps (3840 x 2160 @ 30, 60 48, or 24 fps / 1920 x 1080 @ 120, 60, 30 fps).
In addition to that using the full resolution of the sensor (4056 x 3140), you’ll be able to capture high-quality images as well like DNG (RAW) and JPEG format which will give you 13 stops of dynamic range in still photos.
It’s no secret that DJI is a drone pioneer. In fact, they were one of the first companies to produce consumer-level drones back in 2013. However, DJI is no longer the undisputed market leader. With the rise of new companies, like the Chinese company Yuneec, the drone market has become much more competitive.