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The Lily Camera

In the latest drone news, I've come across the Lily Camera which has the biggest feature of having to follow you wherever you go.  The tracking capability is done by having a portable tracker that you can carry with you.

I had a Phantom before and it was tons of fun using it wherever there are wide open spaces. Stick in a GoPro camera and a decent gimbal and you'll be capturing scenes you've never seen before.

The Lily however, decided to be something of an Apple product: closing and sealing everything in to one robust structure.  This has benefits as well as downsides.

It has the following specs:

  • Built-in Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 20 min of flight time / 2-hour charge time
  • Waterproof
  • Max altitude 15m 
  • Max speed 40 km/h
  • Video Resolution: 1080p 60 fps / 720p 120 fps

For its purpose it will do its job well -- following you and taking awesome 120 fps video which is enough to have that dramatic slow motion effect.  It has also loads of other behaviours, one of which is you can just throw it into the air and it'll activate on its own.  You can have it float on water where other drones fear to tread.

Downside?  20 minutes of fun with a 2-hour recharge is quite limiting.  Then again, if you don't have an extra pair of hands, this is probably all you need.  A fast charger would work wonders though, especially if it's something you can hook in your car (don't blame me if you can't get home).  If you want more flight time, other, more capable drones would probably do a better job.

At 40 km/h it's faster than my Phantom, but if they can make it go more than 100 km/h like the Quadmovr then they can have my money.

Pictures below taken from official website.

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