“Follow me” mode seems to be a feature many people want in a drone, however I have to admit that I am not overly bothered by it and couldn’t care less whether a drone has it or not.
That said, I decided to test out the “follow me” mode on my Hubsan 501S drone to:-
Enabling the follow me feature on the Hubsan 501S drone is easy and all I have to do is put the drone in the air, check I have a sufficient number of satellites available (at least 6 on both the drone and the controller) and then press the right hand stick down for a couple of seconds. Once the follow me mode in enabled the 501S will spin around until the camera is pointing at the controller, i.e. me. When I move (with the controller) the drone will automatically follow me, remaining at the same altitude and distance away from me it was when I enabled the follow me mode.
I could have sent the drone several meters up and a long way off for this test, but I couldn’t see the point or the value in this. Instead, I kept the drone in close quarters and sent it four meters or so up and the same again away from me.
If you want to see how the Hubsan 501S drone performed in the follow me test check out the video below.
Overall the Hubsan 501 works very well in follow me mode, however I have to point out that I was only walking around. Had I decided to run, cycle or be more active I don’t know how the drone would have performed but I don’t have any reasons to think it would have struggled. Had I been travelling fast on a motorbike or in a car, or racing across the waves on a jet ski or boat this may not have been the case but for slow to moderately fast action I think the Hubsan 5021S drone would easily cope. Perhaps I’ll do a bit more testing in the future……..
Even though the follow me mode works on the Hubsan 501S drone I still don’t think it is a feature for me. I am struggling to see how I’ll use it, where I’ll use and why I would want to use it, but that’s just me. I know the follow me feature is important for many people out there and it is one of the must have features, and if you are one of these people the Hubsan 501S drone may well be the perfect drone for you.
You can buy the Hubsan 501S drone from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and eBay.com.
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