Even though I already own a DJI Spark drone (which I am very impressed with) I wanted a small and foldable drone I could carry around with me at all times. Okay, the Spark is a small drone but because it isn’t foldable there is additional bulk there and the gimbal mounted camera is a bit delicate. I want a ‘plug n play’ drone which I can get out the bag, send in the air, take some shots/record some video, land it and stuff it back in my bag and all in a few minutes. My other half doesn’t have the patience to stand around waiting while I am setting up a drone, performing all the necessary pre-flight checks etc. etc. and all of these I have to do with the Spark.
When it comes to small and foldable drones there are a few different models to choose from, and they range from the budget “toy” folding drones right through to the higher end professional folding drones, like the Mavic Air. I intend on using the folding drone primarily for fun, however I still want one with a half decent camera so I can capture some good stills and video footage.
After spending a bit of time on the internet it seemed like there are only two folding drones that will do what I want them to, and these include the Zerotech Dobby selfie drone and the Wingsland S6 selfie drone. These two selfie drones seem to be pretty similar in spec, although the Wingsland S6 does have a few more advanced features. The Wingsland S6 drone is a little more expensive than the Zerotech Dobby, and before pulling the trigger and buying one I need to check whether the additional features are worth the additional cost.
I have read a few reviews on both the Wingsland S6 drone and the Zerotech Dobby drone however they are all written by the large tech guys who are “given” the drones to test. The tech guys don’t have to part with their hard earned money to test the drone, and I have to admit that I am sceptical about reviews when the reviewer was given the product to test for free. The reviews I read about each of the folding drones listed the technical specs, included some still photos samples and included the some video footage there was one crucial thing missing – balanced opinion.
All of the reviews listed each of the drones’ positives but there was no mention of negatives. Yep, the opinions were very one sided and, I think, biased. I always think that if you’re not going to provide a balanced review and list both the positives and negatives don’t bother doing a review. I appreciate these tech guys don’t want to upset the applecart and want to make sure they keep getting a supply of products to test and review, but withholding information (i.e. the negatives) from potential buyers isn’t really on. There are some reviews on each of the drones on Amazon and similar sites that appear to be from genuine owners and buyers, but even some of these appear a little suspect.
The Wingsland S6 or the Zerotech Dobby drones are definitely top of the list but choosing the best one or the best one for my specific needs is going to be a bit of a challenge and requires a lot more investigation.
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