The Up Air One drone is a great option for beginners. It’s basically a Phantom copy, which is why you don’t hear about it much. However, while most Phantom copies aren’t worth looking at, the Up Air one has a lot of great features, and it’s a great beginner GPS drone.
There are a bunch of different packages for this drone. There’s a 2.7k model and a 4k model, and for each of those there’s a “normal” package and a “plus” package. Thus, there are 4 options. The difference between the normal and plus packages is that the normal package has a screen built into the controller, while the plus package lets you use your phone. I think using the phone gives it more smart features, which is why the plus is more expensive than the regular. Here are the prices for each of the packages (on amazon):
2.7k regular: $295
2.7k Plus: $309
4k regular: $340
4k Plus: $350
Honestly, I don’t know why you would buy the plus package, because it’s much easier to use a screen that’s built into the controller. But whichever package you choose, it’s still a great deal because for under $350 you’re getting a quad with GPS built in, and a good camera.
I’ve heard many people complain about the reliability of this drone. But let’s be honest, it’s a $300 drone, so you can’t expect it to have the flight quality of a Phantom or Mavic. That being said, it has a range of about 600 meters, and can fly at speeds up to 27 mph. It gets a flight time of up to 18 minutes, which is pretty impressive for a drone under $400. Overall the flight specs are pretty good, but just keep in mind that it’s somewhat unreliable.
Like I said before, there’s two camera packages: 2.7k and 4k. Both cameras are surprisingly good-quality. I was quite impressed when I saw some photos taken with this drone. However, I don’t like that it only has a 2-axis gimbal. That means that the camera can’t turn around to face backwards or to the side. I hope for the Up Air 2 they integrate a 3-axis gimbal like the Phantom 4.
The controller on this drone has everything you need to pilot it, and I especially like the built-in screen that comes with the regular packages.
The Up Air is a decent drone. But considering the low price, it’s that much better. In the end, I think it’s a great drone for beginners, but for more advanced hobbyists or professionals, it falls short of the bar.
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