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A smooth-flying camera quadcopter that comes up short in featuresWhile the Blade Chroma 4K has a lot to offer, those looking for advanced automated piloting will still want to look elsewhere.
[MUSIC] This is the Blade Chroma 4K from Horizon Hobby. And if you've got a little over $1000 to spend on a camera drone, you'll wanna check it out. Inside is basically the same as the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K, but outside it's very different. It's much smaller for one and can easily be disassembled for travel or repairs. The slot loading battery offers up to 30 minutes of flight, but I typically got just over 20 minutes before I had to bring it in for a landing. It has a smart mode that always moves the quadcopter in the direction you move the stick regardless of the direction the nose is pointed and you'll also have follow me and tracking options that use GPS to keep tabs on whoever or whatever has the controller If you want more control you can drop it into angle mode and when you're ready to land just flip the controller switch to home and it will fly back to you and land. The controller is pretty key to the package in general, it has a built in 5.5 inch touch screen to give you a first person view from the camera and slight info and access to setting as well Other quads generally rely on a tablet or smartphone for this, so going with a Chroma means you'll have one less battery to worry about keeping charged. It also gives you the camera controls, including buttons for stills and video, and a slider for camera tilt. So why would you look else where, well the main reason would be to get speakers, like way point navigation, or other autonomous flight options, that you could get [UNKNOWN] or the 3d robotic solo. But if your looking for a simple, ready to fly camera drone, the Blade Chroma is easy to recommend.