Auto-Follow Drones Table of Contents
- FAQ’s about follow me drones
- 7 Best Auto Follow Drones Review
- #1 DJI Mavic Air
- 3DR Solo
- DJI Phantom 4
- Hexo+ Auto Follow Drone
- Hubsan 501S Brushless Quadcopter
- Yuneec Typhoon H
- Walkera F210 3D Edition
As drones become more and more complex, there are many different features that users can pick from. Having a drone camera that follows you has a special appeal for those in the filming and videography realm: the pilot can lock the drones direction on a very specified moving target.
After the pilot selects this function, the drone will then follow the target without needing to use the pilot’s input for control, by use of sensors, and software that allows the device to lock in on certain objects. While this feature is activated, the individual flying can focus on their own choice of creative photo and video elements, not having to worry about the duties of stabilizing flight.
Some of the other benefits of a self-following drone are for easier filming of action sports: a subject such as a mountain biker or skateboarder can be followed with this feature, and having the perspective from overhead will really add to the richness of the clip. When a drone follows you from overhead, everything from jumps you are taking, marathon steps you are running through, or obstacles you are grinding on or flying over with a skateboard will really come to life.
FAQ’s about follow me drones
What does auto follow drone mean?
An auto-follow drone is a uav that has the very useful feature which allows for a bit more freedom in the creative realm. It has the ability to use very high technology to fixate on a moving object, so the pilot does not have to spend time and effort worrying about the navigation of the craft. The subject being followed could be a person, plane, biker, hiker, runner, pet having fun, or athlete in training or performance.
How Fast can a Follow Me Drone Fly?
An average speed of an auto follow drone is around 25 MPH. That is what is clocked for the Ehang Ghostdrone; other units will vary slightly.
How does a drone that follows you have the ability to track you?
The way this technology works is that the device sends its location to the drone, and as the object begins to move, the drone closely tracks the object’s coordinates. It is not truly seeing an object, it is following according to map coordinates that it is given.
7 Best Auto Follow Drones Review
DJI Mavic Air
The DJI Mavic Air is, quite simply, the best Follow You drone around. It’s a relatively cheap option at only $798 USD, but it comes with a ton of high-tech features and the DJI promise of quality.
On a basic level, you get 21 minutes of flight time and a seriously impressive flight range of over 4,000 meters. The follow me features are the best on the market (since this drone is only about a year old), which ActiveTrack technology that can sense up to 16 subjects simultaneously even if they’re moving at great speed.
Finally, the camera is the best on this list, capturing 32 megapixel HD photographs and 4K resolution video in 30 frames per second. And all this comes in a convenient, portable, foldable package. So if you’re looking for a drone that has everything up to and including the best follow features on the market, look no further.
The 3DR Solo is another nice budget option at $315 USD (at time of writing – this drone has been seen for as low as $250 USD in some cases.) The video game styled controller is specifically designed to be intuitive even if you’ve never flown a drone before, making this a nice beginner choice for drone pilots.
The camera mount is fully adjustable, though you’ll have to buy the camera (a GoPro Hero 3 or 4) separately. As you would expect, the Solo has a completely hands-free Follow Me flight mode that, again, is designed to make it simpler for any beginner pilot.
Finally, despite the price and lack of camera, the Solo has some pretty solid flight stats. It’s relatively light (3.3 pounds) flies for 18 minutes (not at all bad for the price) and has a 700 meter range. Unlike a lot of drones, it can also stream FPV video to your smartphone for the entire distance of that range instead of having separate flight ranges and streaming ranges.
DJI Phantom 4
The DJI Phantom 4 is one of our favorite drones for sale and has some high-quality follow me features. Sadly, the ActiveTrack technology used by the Phantom 4 is not as advanced as the similar tech used by the much more recent Mavic Air. But this is still DJI, which means it’s still better than most other quadcopters on the market!
The Phantom 4 is a legendary camera drone and the preferred model for most aerial photography companies. You’re getting a very high quality camera, a durable drone with a lot of features, seamless FPV video, and a 280-minute flight time ideal for longer photo and video shoots.
This drone is a lot more expensive than some of the other models here and will cost you well over a thousand dollars. But if you’re ready to take your follow you drone game to the next level and move on to a high-end aircraft, we highly recommend the Phantom 4.
Auto follow Drone Hubsan 501S Brushless Quadcopter
The Monoprice Hubsan 501S Brushless Quadcopter Drone is half the price of the Follow Me sports drone, but the main reason is because the video resolution is 1080p instead of 4K. This has a pretty cool gold and white appearance, and a flight time of around 20 minutes.
Each motor is constructed with powerful and very durable technology, and the self-tightening propellers ensure a smooth flight. This drone follow me option works on a 5.8Ghz signal, and you can use the very popular shark FPV goggles to view the fun.
This drone also does not have obstacle avoidance, but for the price, you get something fun that you can use for sports such as mountain biking and rollerblading, or to capture the thrills of a downhill skier.
Yuneec Typhoon H
The Yuneec Typhoon H Pro is a Phantom 4 alternative that’s a little more expensive, but which is often preferred by people who don’t want to support DJI’s erstwhile monopoly of the drone market. Like the Phantom it has a 4K video camera, a long (though not as long) flight range, and a flight time of about 25 minutes. It’s also close to $500 more expensive.
However, if you’re just looking for follow features, the Typhoon H Pro beats the Phantom 4 every time. It has 8 different smart flight modes, so it won’t just follow you effectively – it will let you pick how you want it to follow you. It can orbit you in circles, fly out to take a selfie and then fly back, and more!
Walkera F210 3D Edition
The Walkera F210 is another budget option that only costs $350 USD. It has a very good range for its price at 1.6 kilometers, as well as a decent 17-minute flight time. However, it lacks a camera (though it is compatible with certain action cameras.)
The follow me features on this drone are pretty basic – you certainly get what you pay for. But what’s cool about this quadcopter is that it can actually be used for racing thanks to its light weight and the fact that it can reach speeds greater than 30 miles per hour. The flight controller is adjustable with the help of a smartphone and it comes with a Devo 7 controller for a better “follow me” racing experience.
So if you want a speedy follow you drone and don’t care too much about the bells and whistles, you might like the Walkera F210 3D edition!
Hexo+ Auto Follow Drone
While the Iris+ is a general quadcopter platform with the follow-me function added, Hexo+ was purpose built for this niche. Their Kickstarter campaign well exceeded the set goal of a mere $50.000 (which must have been set deliberately low to avoid failure) and brought in more than $1.3 Million for the team. The other main difference is that the Hexo+ is a hexacopter (has six rotors instead of four) which adds a lot on the safety front by being a bit more redundant and less prone to motor failure.
Here is what the team claims: Deciding how you want your aerial camera to frame your shot is ridiculously intuitive. The interactive live view feed of your camera’s point of view lets you pinch to set the distance between your subject and your drone, slide laterally for panning and vertically for height. You can shoot from front, back, sides, above and everywhere in between. All you need is your smartphone plus three intuitive gestures and you’re set.
Ok, great but this picture exactly shows the setback. It’s kind of cumbersome to be tapping on a small smartphone screen in action, not to mention if there is an emergency and you have to play swipedy swipe to react. Having gloves on can be problematic too, unless they are “touchscreen gloves”.
There is one aspect where the Hexo+ shine and that is speed. It can reach up to 70 km/h – 45 mph top speed to track even the fastest subject. And let’s be honest, that is a pretty obvious must. Imagine riding your dirt bike trying to make that awesome backflip and your drone can’t keep up with you. We have not been able to find the top speed of the Iris+, so we can only suspect that it is not a particularly fast bird. The Hexo+ promises 15 minutes of flight time, which is pretty basic, unless they are a lot more humble in this aspect than other manufacturers and promote the net flying time, not something that was measured among ideal conditions and indoors.
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Justin is a certified Drone Enthusiast with several years experience piloting as many UAV aircraft as he can get his hands on. While shooting footage as a hobby has now become more of a full time job, Justin still enjoys the peaceful feeling of getting a birds eye view while hiking or on vacation with his family. Reach out to Justin by using the Dronethusiast Contact Page or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.