ZeroZero Robotics has introduced the Hover Camera X1, a user-friendly drone that simplifies the process of capturing aerial selfies. Designed as a compact alternative to large and expensive quadcopters, the X1 offers an improved experience with its easy-to-use features and versatile flight modes.
Like its predecessors, the original Hover Camera and the Hover 2, the X1 has a foldable body that allows for convenient storage. When not in use, it can be folded down to a compact size of 127 by 86 by 31 mm (5 by 3.38 by 1.22 in) and weighs just 125 grams (4.4 ounces). In addition, the drone’s propellers are encased in protective caging, enabling it to safely take off from the user’s hand without any risk of injury.
Controlling the X1 is made effortless through its compatibility with an iOS/Android app. Users can choose to remotely control the drone or opt for preprogrammed flight modes. What sets the X1 apart from its predecessors is the added convenience of using it without a smartphone or a remote. By simply pressing a button on the drone itself, users can select from five flight modes: Hover, Follow, Zoom Out, Orbit, and Bird’s Eye. Each mode serves a specific purpose, whether it’s hovering in place, tracking the user’s movements, capturing wider shots, circling around the user, or capturing an overhead perspective.
Upon selecting a flight mode, the drone swiftly takes off from the user’s hand, achieving airborne status within a mere three seconds. The X1 boasts a maximum video resolution of 2.7K/30fps, incorporating both mechanical gimbal stabilization and electronic image stabilization systems to ensure smooth and level footage. It is also capable of capturing high-resolution 12-megapixel still photos. The recorded videos and photos are stored on the drone’s 32GB internal memory. The camera’s live view is transmitted in real-time to the accompanying app via Wi-Fi, with a maximum range of 30 meters (98 feet).
Powered by a 1,050-mAh lithium battery, a single charge of the X1 provides an estimated flight time of approximately 11 minutes. Additionally, the drone is available in black or white color options. Currently, the Hover Camera X1 is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, and backers who pledge $329 will receive one if the campaign succeeds. The retail price is planned to be $469.
Whether you’re an enthusiast looking for a pocket-sized drone or someone interested in the latest advancements in drone technology, the X1 proves to be a promising option for capturing stunning aerial shots.