Skydio has released the Skydio 2, an update to its autonomous drone which can record 4K video at 60fps and a price tag just below $1000.
The Skydio 2 features a 12-megapixel camera that employs Sony’s IMX577 1/2/3-inch CMOS sensor paired with Qualcomm’s RedDragon QSC605 chip. The camera is also mounted on a gimbal providing 3-axis stabilisation.
The Skydio is 50% smaller and more lightweight than its predecessor, but retains the R1’s capability for autonomous flight. This is driven by Skydio’s Autonomy Engine.
This engine is powered by six 200-degree cameras placed around the body of the drone that use 45 megapixels of visual sensing to detect obstacles in the path of the drone.
In autonomous mode the Skydio 2 can reach speeds of up to 36mph with a range of up to 3.5km. You can extend this range by up to an extra 1.5km via Skydio’s new Beacon accessory, which is sold separately for $149.
You can extend the range even further by up to 3.5km with a remote control that sells for $149, as well. You can also control the Skydio 2 via a smartphone app.