Parrot Anafi FPV Quadcopter Review
You may have heard about the Parrot Anafi because it’s one of the best low budget drones out there. It flies really well and most importantly it has a 4K capable camera. It also has a foldable design which will allow you to transport it more easily. The drone also has some intelligent flight features which can provide you really amazing footages. And the surprise, now it can be ordered with FPV Goggles. Flying the drone with FPV goggles is a whole new experience which anyone will enjoy. For more information about the drone itself and the ups and downs of the google stay with us in this Parrot Anafi FPV Quadcopter Review.
What’s in the box?
- Parrot Anafi drone-with battery
- Remote controller
- FPV Goggles
- Spare propellers
- Users manual
- Carrying bag
Design and build
In the design, nothing really has changed. From upside, the drone looks exactly like a dragonfly. It weighs 320 grams and it’s pretty lightweight. It was built out of light materials. The heaviest part of the drone is its battery. At the bottom, it has an optical flow sensor which also can be used as a camera but it’s not recommended.
The drone has a lot of open areas so you have to be extra careful where and when you fly the drone. I say this because dust or water enters under the case it might cause some serious problems to your drone.
The controller itself isn’t that big but it’s really heavy. More exactly it’s 400 gram heavy, it’s even heavier than the drone itself. But other than this it has a good and ergonomic build, you can reach each button easily. It also has a foldable phone holder that works as the antenna as well.
This drone is so popular because of its 4K capability. The drone can make exceptional footages, and besides that, it has some cool features as well which will help you. The camera is supported by a gimbal, so it’s protected from any vibration. The camera can also be tilted, it can be tilted totally up or down but unfortunately, it doesn’t have any obstacle avoidance so you always should have visual contact to drone not to crash into anything. It also has some video modes like Standard, Cinema, Hyperlapse, Slow motion, High frame rate. You can try out each of them and find the one which fits you the most.
The footage of the can be stored on an sd card, you can find the slot for the SD card by removing the battery and you will use it along with the cardholder. However, the system has some computing bugs. The drone itself can format the sd card but after that, some devices may not recognize the card, so you should use a PC for previewing the photos and videos.
As for the flight experience of this drone, the propellers handle really well the weight of the drone. It has 2 main flight modes with which you can adjust the max speed of the drone; these are the: film mode and sport mode. You can adjust the specs of the flight on the app, you can select your optimal vertical speed, rotation speed, camera tilt speed, etc.
Also, it has some intelligent flight modes as well like: Manual flight, Cameraman, SmartDrones, Touch & Fly, follow me, Flight Plan (however, for the last two you will have to pay).
Like a good pair of mobile VR goggles, the headset has is relatively comfortable, the straps to your head and the phone holder in front of your eyes are built really well and cozy. The set up is also really easy. You just have to lock your phone in place, adjust the straps, and you’re ready to go. Parrot has a list of supported devices, see first of all check if your device is on the list before ordering anything.
Having a smartphone as your screen helps Parrot to keep its costs down, but it’s not without trade-offs. But because of this, you have fewer options to access the FPV menu, usually, these headsets have their own buttons and settings. If you access the FPV with your phone you won’t have such a thing. There are only two hardware buttons, one of which calls up a menu that you then navigate with the joysticks while the Anafi hovers in place. And the other button toggles your phone display between the app and your rear camera (so you can see ahead of you), which is useful if you want to take a quick look around without removing the headset.
The buttons in the headset are actually just levers that tap the display on the phone’s screen. This approach is really low tech, but it’s simple and efficient and helps you get an FPV drone for low costs. Nonetheless, it eliminates the need for batteries in the headset, you just have to keep your batteries full on your phone, also it keeps the goggle more lightweight.
There are absolutely none focusing options which made it difficult for the eyes to focus well on the screen for long periods of time. Usually, the best FPV headset has focusing options, so this is a sad omission. You will find some joy in flying the Parrot Anafi with the Goggles but if you do that a long time it will be exhausting for your eyes. Even if you enable a blue light filter on your phone’s screen.
The Parrot Anafi from our review is the perfect quadcopter for anyone who desires a low budget drone in their home. It will provide you with a lot of high-quality footage and you will learn how to fly this thing pretty quickly because everything on this drone is beginner-friendly. If you became interested in the drone you can check out it’s the price on Amazon and Bhphotovideo.