There's been a seemingly never-ending parade of consumer drones this year made for aerial photos and video. Several of them seem stuck in development, but ProDrone's Byrd is on its way to market in November.
Byrd comes in Premium, Advanced and Standard versions. Not unlike DJI's current Phantom 3 lineup, the Premium and Advanced systems have different cameras, but are otherwise the same. The Standard, however, has a lower-end camera and is missing a couple key features.
The controller has a discrete Return-to-Home button for bringing the drone back to you. You'll also find direct camera controls on the top corners, too. A smartphone/tablet mount will allow you to use an Android or iOS device to control the camera and get a live view from the camera.
Priced at $1,400, the Premium includes a 4K-resolution camera with a 3-axis gimbal for image stabilization that can be swapped for an infrared camera or a GoPro-ready gimbal or future add-ons.
The Premium version also has visual and ultrasonic sensors on the bottom for more stable indoor flight and positioning when GPS isn't available; a long-distance HD video downlink system for a live view from the camera from up to 2,000 meters (1.2 miles) away; and a Follow Me option that will allow the Byrd to record you on the move. The Advanced model comes in at $1,060 and has all the same features as the Premium, but trades the 4K camera for a GoPro-ready gimbal.
The Standard is priced at $950 and includes a 1080p camera, but sheds the long-range video downlink -- it just reaches distances up to 500 meters (0.3 miles) -- and it doesn't support the Follow Me mode.
Pricing for the UK and Australia wasn't available, but the prices convert to £620, £700 and £915 or AU$1,315, AU$1,470 and AU$1,940.