Skydio has launched a new drone. The new Skydio 2 is a much more consumer friendly machine than their first drone efforts, but it still packs a Nvidia super computer and all the sensors needed to be one of the safest autonomous drones in the sky. In their promotional material, they like to compare the Skydio 2 to the DJI Mavic 2 series of drones, which is a fair comparison for both size and capabilities in the sky. More than anything, if you go by the spec sheets, the 4K camera on the Skydio 2 should offer near identical footage as the Mavic 2 Zoom, just without the zoom.
You may have seen Skydio in action before, the Skydio R1 become a sensation for its ability to self-pilot around obstacles. The on-board array of obstacle avoidance sensors was second to none, with the resulting autonomous maneuverability instantly becoming famous. While the Skydio 2 does not pack as many sensors as the R1, it offers the same capabilities. With multiple object tracking, powerful follow-me modes and a new controller and Beacon so you can do more than just activate the machine with your smartphone, we’re pretty excited for the Skydio 2.
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Skydio 2 specifications
[newsletter title=”Don’t Miss Out!” description=”Sign up now to get the latest Drone news delivered directly to your inbox! We guarantee 100% privacy. Your information will never be shared.” alignment=”right”]Before we dump a big chart of specs on you, we think the most important Sydio 2 specs are the 4K camera, which shoots at 60fps and records at 100Mbps, which has been a winning combination in DJI drones. The range is vastly increased with the new Controller or Beacon, able to get up to 3.5KM away – being that this is a “follow-me” drone, that’s more than enough. We are excited for the Beacon, as it acts as a wireless tether with the drone. This means its okay if the drone loses sight of you for a moment, it will still follow along.
We’re also happy to see the top speed up to 35mph, not many of us can run that fast, but our bicycles and cars certainly get up there.
For comparison purposes, let’s lay out the Skydio 2 specifications side-by-side with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
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Skydio 2 price and availability
The Skydio 2 was just announced, and is up for pre-order, but only a limited run will be produced and shipped in 2019. Most orders will ship in early 2020. The drone is made and supported in the United States, which is an important thing for some buyers.
Launch pricing is as follows:
- Skydio 2 drone – $999
- Controller – $149
- Beacon – $149
Are you excited that there is a powerful drone hitting the market that might be able to keep up with the likes of the DJI Mavic 2 series drones?