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Follow Me Drones FAQ:
I suppose there is no real need to explain this feature since it is pretty much self-explanatory… but then what the heck, I might as well write a couple of informative sentences about drone that follows you.
As the name implies, the Follow Me feature basically allows your drone to follow you around. Of course, this doesn’t have to always be “you” – you can order your drone to control other people or objects as well. Depending on the model you have/will buy, you might also get extra adjustments such as setting your desired altitude, flying speed and various other parameters.
In addition to all that, some models also have several subfeatures based on Follow Me. Thes are, in most cases, variations of the basic feature that incorporate preset settings from the feature itself. Here’s a couple of them so you know what exactly am I talking about:
Set the desired location by tapping on the screen and your drone will follow the path you chose.
- Terrain Follow
Recognition software will learn the surrounding terrain and keep the height level by following the terrain both uphill and downhill.
Pretty straightforward – the drone will keep the subject in focus while flying around it.
The drone will circle around the target, flying either in front or behind it.
The drone will fly directly alongside its target.
THE WAY FOLLOW ME DRONES WORK
Drones that follow you rely on a dedicated technology that turns your drone into a smart device and makes it act as your own camera crew. Up until the latest DJI’s flagships (Mavic Pro, Inspire 2 and Phantom 4) we only had one type of Follow Me technology. It is powered by GSC and GPS transmitter systems that work together allowing the drone to follow the control around and keep it in the camera focus.
The second technology is DJI’s ActiveTrack. Like we have already mentioned above, it is used by the newest DJI drone that follows you, models. Relying solely on facial and object recognition software, ActiveTrack is able to pinpoint your exact location at all times and smoothly follow you around everywhere you go.
This technology is pretty straightforward. It relies on a connection between the drone and its dedicated GPS enabled device. In most cases, that device is either GSC (ground station controller) or a phone. Ideally, when the Follow Me function is turned on, the drone follows the GSC or phone everywhere it goes, making sure it stays in the camera focus at all given times. This technology has several different following styles, varying from hovering, circling around the subject, following it in a straight line and much more. These sub-features depend from drone to drone.
Latest in the line of DJI’s flagship models rely on the special recognition software called ActiveTrack. It basically enables the drone that follows you to recognize certain people or objects and follow them around with the camera being focused solely on them. This is done by a series of algorithms and a test flight around the desired subject so that the software can learn its shape and outer appearance from all sides. ActiveTrack does not require GPS or any other technologies and is currently available only on the newest installments of DJI drones.
Waterproof drones that follow you?
Unfortunately, none of the drones listed below are waterproof. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t survive a couple of raindrops here and there. Keep in mind though, flying in rain might be safe… but if something goes wrong your warranty won’t be valid.
One more thing that I’d like to add – if you are looking for water-resistant or waterproof solutions, you might want to take a closer look at AirDog ADII. Even though the drone itself is in no way waterproof, the controller (AirLeash) is. This means you can go surfing, kiteboarding or do any other water sport all while controlling your drone and not worrying about any water damage.
If speed is your top priority then you should look no further than the AirDog ADII. As you will have the chance to see down below in the thorough explanation, AirDog ADII is an auto-follow drone specialized for fast-paced outdoor activities. With that said, it comes as no surprise to see it clocking in at approximately 45mph (slightly above 70km/h).
On the other hand, if you are a professional filmmaker in desperate need for a speedy aerial platform, take a closer look at DJI Inspire 2 which can go as fast as 58mph (almost 100km/h).
Battery life in average drone that automatically follows you
This heavily depends on the type of drone you are going to get. There are selfie drones with follow me mode, there are professional aerial platforms… there are flagship drones with follow me mode and then there are dirt cheap ones. With all that in mind, we come to the conclusion that finding the unique average flight time of these drones is not an option. That’s why I’ve set up 2 subtypes to make your life easier.
Mini auto-follow drones – 12 minutes
Commercial Auto follow drones – 25 minutes
Most people think that smart auto-follow drones cost way more than they actually do. Let me rephrase that, people are convinced anything below $500 is considered a toy drone. Well, if you know anything about the drone industry than I’m sure you already know that those people are greatly mistaken.
All that leads us to a simple answer to the above-stated question – yes, there are several cheap Follow Me drones that could sweep you off your feet. As a matter of fact, there’s a small list of cheap drones that follow you down below.
If we are talking about the normal windy weather and not hurricanes, then the answer is yes in most cases. Perhaps the smoothness and general quality of your drone’s flight path might not be ideal due to all that drifting caused by winds… but the drone would still be able to follow you.
Of course, I am referring to the normal-sized drone that follows you and not those miniature ones such as DJI Spark or Yuneec Breeze. While they are still able to battle their way through common wind, if they get up against anything stronger they’ll be swept aside and rendered unusably.
Unfortunately, guys, I will have to disappoint you since the answer is no. Most (if not all) modern-day drones are still unable to automatically land on moving objects such as boats. With that said, if you happen to try this out on your own and you end up crashing your drone in the water, your warranty won’t cover the damage.
Table: TOP 10 Drones that follow you
|Image||Name||Camera||Range||Flight Time||Best Offer|
|10. Potensic T35||FullHD||0.3km||14min||See best offer|
|9. HStone HS120D||FullHD||0.2km||15min||See best offer|
|8. Ruko F11||4K||0.5km||25min||See best offer|
|7. HStone HS700D||2K||0.8km||20min||See best offer|
|6. Potensic D85||GoPro||1.5km||20min||See best offer|
|5. Hubsan Zino||4K||4km||20min||See best offer|
|4. Parrot Anafi||4K||4km||25min||See best offer|
|3. DJI Mavic Air||4K||4km||20min||See best offer|
|2. Autel EVO||4K||7km||30min||See best offer|
|1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro||4K||8km||30min||See best offer|
10. Potensic T35
We’re starting the list off at number 10 where we have a cheap all-rounder, Potensic T35. The base package doesn’t cost much, around $150, but it’s often on sale for less than that. By the end of this short overview, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say Potensic T35 is a great cheap solution for a follow me drone!
Cheapest follow me drone
In all honesty, you can’t find a decent camera at this price point. Even though the drone tech has significantly advanced over the course of the last two years or so, and even though we now have GPS-powered drones at incredibly affordable prices, the camera department is still slugging behind. Potensic T35 does feature a solid 1080p wide-angle camera, but it’s the vibration that’s killing the footage. And Potesnic T35 is not the only one, vibration and jello are still the teething issues drone industry is battling with.
Needless to say, Potensic T35 comes with the infamous follow me feature. After all, it wouldn’t be here if FM wasn’t present. In addition to following you around, Potensic T35 also sports a dual GPS module, ensuring stable flight and failsafe features like auto return to home.
You won’t be able to reach too far with this little bugger. Even though we’re talking about a pretty bulky drone here, it does come at an affordable price tag so I guess price cuts had to be made in the range department. We’re looking at roughly 200 to 300 meters, and even that requires a clear line of sight. Battery duration is fairly good, though, averaging around 14 minutes. If you really need a drone that can follow you around and you’re on a tight budget, Potensic T35 will do, but only just!
9. Holy Stone HS120D
Holy Stone HS120D is the next follow me drone we’ll be talking about here on our Top 10 drones that follow you list. Design-wise, it’s very similar to Potensic T35/Holy Stone HS100, but has some differences that set it apart. It’s a fairly cheap drone too, often available for under $140. With its cute design, responsive controls, and solid FPV range, HS120D won’t disappoint you.
Camera and Features
Let’s get the important stuff out of our way first! Yes, Holy Stone HS120D sports both GPS and follow me, meaning it has excellent following accuracy. For the price tag, at least. You can’t expect to go too fast, or make excessive directional changes (i.e. running back and forth in and out of the drone’s FOV), otherwise, it will lose track of you and that’s about it.
Photography-wise, Holy Stone HS120 features a simple 1080p camera that does well in terms of still images but underperforms in the drone follow me video department. As usual, vibration is the main culprit, and Holy Stone HS120D doesn’t have the ability to dampen it.
The range is a bit problematic with this one. As you’ll come to see, most follow me drones possess far greater range than 300ish meters, which is what you can expect from HS120D. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to belittle this little bugger, and if we take the price tag into consideration, the range is reasonable, to say the least. On the bright side, the battery duration is around the 18-minute mark, which is just enough to get your daily dose of drone flying.
8. Ruko F11
Ruko F11 is the eighth drone on our list of the best follow me drones out there. And, even though it’s pricier than the two aforementioned models, the performance it brings to the table is worth every penny. Here’s why:
Camera and Features
For starters, this self following drone features a 4K camera. 4K for still images that look outright awesome. Heck, you can even vertically rotate it via the dedicated controller. However, the footage goes up to 2.7K and isn’t too smooth nor crisp. As stated above, this is nothing but a teething issue, and you won’t have luck with any other similarly-priced drone unless you up your budget and go with something that has proper hardware image stabilization.
Gesture controls, headless mode, GPS altitude hold, and point of interest are some of the most heavily marketed features of the Ruko F11. However, what I like the most about this bugger is the fact it comes with an extra battery as well as a carrying case. If that’s not a good deal, then I’m not sure what qualifies as one…
If you didn’t like the range of the two above-featured drones and you’re looking for something that can go a bit further without crashing your finances, then Ruko F11 is the obvious way to go! This little bugger has 500 meters of range, like the two aforementioned models combined. And that’s FPV range, too – the operating range exceeds 1 kilometer, enabling you to go on all sorts of missions with your 4K-ready Ruko F11! The battery life isn’t half bad too, reaching 25+ minutes with ease.
7. Holy Stone HS700D
Let’s check out Holy Stone HS700D follow me drone now. It’s a pretty hefty drone here, not to be mistaken with its foldable brother, Holy Stone HS720. They’re pretty similar, though, as they both come with excellent sets of features and great overall quality. So, let’s get our props running and check this little bugger out!
Camera and Features
The camera isn’t the greatest of the bunch, here, especially considering the quality of Zino and drones below it. Still, for less than $300, Holy stone HS700D offers a solid all-around look and 2K resolution. Need I remind you again – 2K is just a slightly wider 1080p. Remember that and don’t get fooled!
Moving to the features, HS700D’s brushless motors mean this bad boy is up to no good. They’re fast, durable, and don’t make much noise. Much durable than brushed motors, mind you, which is a huge plus for HS700D. In addition to follow me, this bugger also has GPS, return to home, and most importantly (beginners-wise), altitude hold.
22 minutes is the marketed flight time of Holy Stone HS700D. However, that’s a bit exaggerated. I’ve been flying this bad boy for a few days already and it’s constantly going under the 20-minute mark. Close, but under! I have no bad remarks about the range, though, sweeping in at around 800 meters, and 500m for FPV. Overall, HS700D is another decent package in Holy Stone’s lineup of budget drones.
6. Potensic D85
Potensic D85 is a pretty looking drone. It’s very easy on the eye thanks to its gray/black color scheme and overall aggressive-looking appearance. There’s a lot of rough edges, and it all looks quite nice together. The build quality is at an exceptional level too, and you’ll be able to find a ton of spare parts too.
Camera and Features
Potensic D85 doesn’t just sports GPS but GLONASS too. These two positioning systems ensure smooth flying, impeccable responsiveness, and impeccable accuracy. Furthermore, it also features beefy 1500Kv brushless motors, which are both quiet and fast. Additionally, the D85 features 5G Wifi FPV with a pretty lengthy range, as well as auto return to home which ought to save your butt in time of need.
The provided 2K camera is okay. But okay at best – it won’t blow you away or create superb aerial photography. On the bright side, I’ve seen people mount their GoPros on this bugger. Especially Sessions, which aren’t too heavy but still feature much better image quality and software stabilization.
If you want long-range drones with Follow Me, but you don’t want to overspend, then Potensic D85 is the drone for you! With up to 1.5 km of operating range, this nimble flyer won’t disappoint you, that’s for sure! Add to that cca 20 minutes of flight time and you got yourself a screamer. And just look at that price tag. I mean, come on…
5. Hubsan Zino Pro
Lately, Hubsan has slowed down a bit. At the moment, they only have one proper drone to show off, and that would be their newest foldable platform, Zino. Yes, we know ZIno 2 is out there, but it’s still not available on Amazon and Hubsan’s shop is sold out, meaning no one can get their hands on it right now. So, at least for the moment, Hubsan Zino (and Zino Pro) will have to represent Hubsan in our Top 10 drones that follow you article.
Camera and Features
Zino Pro is the first-ever foldable Hubsan drone to feature proper hardware stabilization. Better yet, it’s the first-ever foldable Hubsan drone that features a 4K camera. ND filters are there too, alongside a bunch of photography-based features that make Hubsan Zino Pro a viable business drone.
In addition to follow me, Zino also supports stuff like GPS & GLONASS, panorama, image tracking, RTH, failsafe and more. Hubsan Zino Pro is a feature-packed model, just like the majority of its direct competitors. However, thanks to dual positioning systems and a polished app, I dare to say Hubsan Zino Pro is the most accurate of the bunch!
Hubsan Zino pro is a beast in the specs department too. With around 4km of range and 22ish minutes of flight time, we’re looking at a very capable little bugger here. I know, DJI Mavic Mini can fly 8 minutes longer, but it can’t shoot in 4K, and doesn’t have object tracking. Keep that in mind when making your final decision on which follow me drone to buy!
4. Parrot Anafi
Parrot Anafi is next self following drone we’ll talk about, marking the fourth place on our list of the best follow me drones available on Amazon. It’s a high-end drone, this one, packing all sorts of features and some state-of-the-art hardware inside. So, let’s take a closer look and see what separates it from all other drones out there!
Camera and Features
The camera! The camera is what separates Parrot Anafi from all of its competitors. And it’s not because of the crystal clear 4K resolution nor HDR recording capability. Nope! There are drones that feature both of that. The sensor itself is nothing special. Don’t get me wrong, Parrot Anafi bears one of the best drone cameras out there, but it’s not the special part here.
What’s special is its ability to rotate 180 degrees vertically, allowing for both straight down and straight-up shots. Yep, you’ve read that right! As far as features go, Parrot Anafi is a heavy hitter, featuring everything from GPS, failsafe, altitude hold, follow me (duh), return to home, and numerous advanced modes for aerial photography enthusiasts.
Specs-wise, Anafi is not too bad and can go toe to toe with most other similarly priced drones. However, people who want their drones to last close to half an hour won’t be too happy with this one. Parrot Anafi gets around 20 minutes in the air, but only just. It’s good and goes in line with other listings, but I really hoped for more. Range-wise, Anafi is capable of reaching 4 kilometers which is sort of like the industry-standard these days.
3. DJI Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Air is the second foldable DJI device that came out after the original Mavic Pro. It comes at a lower price tag yet offers more or less the same functionality as its big brother. In other words, when it comes to price/performance, DJI Mavic Air is right up there with the best of them. There are no compromises in this package, and I’m sure you’ll notice it by the end of this short overview.
Camera and Features
Even though DJI Mavic Air is smaller than the original Mavic Pro, they basically have the same set of features. Obstacle avoidance sensors are here too, both on front and in the back. They’re pretty accurate and will get your drone out of trouble in most occasions. On top of that, DJI Mavic Air is also foldable, has GPS, object tracking, and a plethora of DJI Go features that’ll help you make a name for yourself with awesome aerial selfies.
Don’t get me started on this camera. For the price the base Mavic Air goes for, you can’t really get a better camera. This thing features 3-axis stabilization and is capable of shooting 4K footage. Dronies, orbiting, asteroid (FRIGGIN AWESOME), and even HDR – this camera supports it all, and makes DJI Mavic Air one of the best price/performances follow me drones on the market.
Unfortunately, DJI Mavic Air’s biggest downside is its specs sheet. It’s not terrible, but it is significantly inferior to the likes of Mavic Pro and Mavic Mini. The Air can reach up to 4 kilometers and fly for around 20ish minutes. Yes, the Fly More Combo does get you two extra batteries which means a full hour of flying right out of the box, but I’d still love to see battery life improvements with the DJI Mavic 2 Air!
2. Autel Robotics EVO
The second-best follow me drone you can buy right now is the famous Autel Robotics EVO. This orange badass excels in every department, delivering professionally-viable performance at an aggressive price tag. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still have to pay upwards of $1000 for the package, but at least you’ll get a whole bunch of accessories, including extra batteries to improve already excellent flight times.
Camera and Features
Autel Robotics EVO packs quite the punch in the camera department. Yep, in other words, this birdie can shoot fluid 4K videos thanks to its beefy camera and sophisticated 3-axis gimbal stabilization solution. It’s the perfect mixture, creating a very usable camera no matter the type of use you put EVO up against.
The feature set is absurdly good. Autel Robotics EVO basically offers everything all other high-end models offer. It’s basically nitpicking at this point since Autel Robotics EVO sports awesome stuff like orbiting, viewpoint, waypoints, dynamic tracking, and offers full VR headset support.
Specifications are coming right up. Starting off with the flight time, Autel Robotics EVO sports a hefty but highly optimized battery which can endure close to half an hour on a full charge. That’s right up there with the best follow me drone – DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The same goes for the range, which caps out at around 7 kilometers. Let’s be realistic, when will you need more than 7 kilometers of range, really?
1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro
If you’re looking for the best follow me drones money can buy, this here model definitely tops the list. As you can see, we’re referring to DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the all-new successor of the original Mavic Pro that’s coming in with an even greater force underneath its hood.
Camera and Features
DJI Mavic 2 Pro comes with the standard DJI feature set, including all the most popular DJI Go features. We’re talking impeccable GPS accuracy, omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, image tracking, and so many smart flight modes and features, it will make your head spin.
The camera will sweep you off your feet too. Hasselblad is to thank here, they’ve done an amazing job, creating one of the best 4K cameras ever seen on drones. Whether you’re looking for a drone that can be used in industrial, outdoor sports(ish), or plain casual scenarios, DJI Mavic Mavic 2 Pro has the versatility and feature set you’ll need!
The best self following drone
The specs of this drone that follows you are a slight upgrade over the original version. We’re looking at roughly 30ish minutes of flight time, providing 5ish extra minutes. Not much, but does stand for something, especially for folk needing to go through several batteries per day. Range-wise, DJI’s Lightbridge technology keeps getting improved, allowing DJI Mavic 2 Pro up to 8 kilometers of range. That’s roughly a kilometer more than the original Mavic Pro, but in urban areas with a ton of interference, I doubt you’ll even notice the difference.
Explanation of different drone following modes
It was already explained above that AirDog ADII sport several modes in which it follows people or certain objects. Now, we are going to take a closer look at those and see how can users benefit from them!
Drones that follow you – Terminology explained
This subtype of Follow Me mode represents a fixed pattern in which the drone will follow you but retain your desired distance, angle and altitude. In other words, Fixed Follow will allow you to position the AirDog ADII to your liking and it will start following you around; and will do so without rotating on its x-axis. This means it will stay focused on you without changing its orientation. Fixed Follow is meant for wide open spaces without any obstacles nearby.
Here is a short video demonstration of this smart flight mode in action:
Hover and Aim
Hover and Aim is the default flight mode on AirDog ADII. The drone will go into this mode after each pause or after the initial takeoff. It is meant to be used in tight spaces and during scenarios in which the tracked object moves faster than AirDog ADII can fly, but is located in a relatively small area. When the drone is in Hover and Aim mode, it will be at a fixed position and altitude but will pan around the area and effectively adjust its camera to keep the tracked object within its frame. Needless to say, this mode is awesome for skateboarding, biking, parkour and other similar activities which possess fast moving objects in a small area.
Here is a short video demonstration of this smart flight mode in action:
If you want a linear approach to your handsfree aerial recordings, then AirDog ADII has the perfect solution for you. Meet Follow Line, a special submode of Follow Me which lets the drone focus on you while following a preset line. Prior to the initialization of this mode, you must select a line path (at least 2 points) and takeoff, it’s that easy! Of course, you can adjust the drone’s height in mid-air if you want some close ups on your action.
Here is a short video demonstration of this smart flight mode in action:
If you are looking for smooth panoramic footage, then your obvious choice should be Adaptive Follow mode. What this does is it basically allows the drone to move relative to your movement. Prior to this, you will have to set a certain angle (for example, you can set it to fly in front of you) that your drone will then precisely follow. If you happen to change your direction during this mode, the drone will adapt to the situation and make a smooth transition around you.
Here is a short video demonstration of this smart flight mode in action:
This mode is pretty much self-explanatory. If you want your AirDog ADII to fly around you then this mode is the obvious way to go. By default, the drone will circle around you in a clockwise fashion and will do so at a steady speed. You can increase/decrease the speed with the left/right button on the AirLeash. Pressing the opposite directional button several times while in clockwise rotation will change it to counterclockwise. Keep in mind that you should not be moving faster than 25km/h if you want optimal results.
Here is a short video demonstration of this smart flight mode in action:
IS FOLLOW ME FEATURE VIABLE FOR SPORTS AND OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?
Short answer – Yes! Follow Me feature is extremely viable for both sports and all sorts of outdoor recreation. You can even find specialized drones that come with smart features such as Follow Me and incorporate it in brand new ways that aren’t seen in conventional drones.
The best example of this is surely the AirDog. It comes with a special leash (AirLeash) that is used as a standalone controller. What’s so special about it is that the AirDog can be programmed to follow it around and, best of all, the AirLeash is waterproof and handsfree, allowing you to fully concentrate on your favorite extreme sports.
Most newer drones come with specialized features that are able to handle fast-paced activities and can be used for outdoor sports with ease. So, if you are that type of person and you would like something to capture your extreme moments with, then a drone with the Follow Me features seems like a no-brainer.
Cheap Follow Me Drones
Here’s a quick overview of all drones featured in this list:
5. Hubsan H501s – a drone that follows you
Hubsan H501S is the first cheap follow me drone on this list. It has been assigned to a humble 5th spot, but do not let that fool you as this little birdie is more than capable! It sports a sleek appearance that is shared among several other Hubsan models. With a Full HD camera leading the charge and GPS powered smart features, all for an affordable price tag, Hubsan H501S looks to be set to rule the entry-level follow me drone market.
As stated above, Hubsan H501S sports a Full HD camera. Unfortunately, there is no hardware image stabilization in terms of a gimbal, but the image/video quality is still pretty good, especially considering the price tag that this birdie goes for. Moving forward to the specifications, Hubsan H501S will amaze you with a stellar airtime clocking in up to 20 minutes. Plus, the range is nothing lesser, standing tall at 300 meters. But, that’s not all folks…
In addition to the above-mentioned GPS, Hubsan H501S has several other smart features at its disposal. Drone Follow Me is obviously here. If it wasn’t, Hubsan H501S wouldn’t be on this list now, would it? In addition to that, H501S also incorporates Return to Home and Altitude Hold, both of which are equally important for producing great aerial shots. All things considered, I believe there are only few other models besides H501S that can brag with such great performance and affordable price… And that speaks for itself.
How to set up Follow Me on Hubsan H501S
If you want to enjoy a hands-free recording of a certain object/person with Hubsan H501S, you will have to use the Follow Me mode. It is pretty basic but still gets the job done. In order to turn Follow Me mode on make sure your drone and its transmitter are both locked to several GPS satellites and that you’ve previously calibrated the compass. If you’ve already sorted both out, then simply quick press the right stick and Hubsan H501S will start following you.
4. 3DR Solo – top 10 drones that follow you
4th spot on our list of top drones that follow you goes to 3D Robotics. 3DR Solo is a self following drone (list of Autonomous drones is here) which has a particularly interesting history. After its makers, 3D Robotics, decided to drop Solo from their business, its price has significantly dropped. And we are talking about a huge price drop here, 3DR Solo went from costing over $700 to less than $300. However, for under $300 you will only get the drone without the 3-axis gimbal… which is definitely worth spending a bit extra for it. But, how does such a cheap model compare to others on this list? Well, let’s talk more about that!
First, let’s start with the biggest (and only) downside of this awesome drone – GPS! It supports it, of course. It wouldn’t be able to use the Follow Me feature otherwise… but it’s spotty and can cause drift if it doesn’t connect to plenty of satellites. This probably will not happen to most of you but I just had to get it off my chest. Now moving forward to everything else, I’d like to start off with other features. So, in addition to GPS and Drone Follow Me, 3DR Solo also has access to several smart flight modes including Selfie, Orbit, and Cable Cam.
This birdie is no pushover in terms of specifications either. For starters, it can reach whopping 55mph which is much faster than the majority of its price-tier competitors. Furthermore, 3DR Solo can reach up to 22 minutes in the air and go as far as 800 meters. Plus, it is powered by 2 microprocessors which make it among the smartest drones on the market. Last but not least, I really recommend you getting its dedicated gimbal as well. It works with GoPro Hero 3 and 4 models and incorporates fluent controls and stabilization which will make your aerial footage extraordinary!
How to set up Follow Me on 3DR Solo
3DR Solo is equipped with a comprehensive Follow Me mode. In order to turn it on, you must open up the Smart Shots menu and select Follow. Instead of using its camera to focus on an object, 3DR Solo actually receives the GPS location of your smartphone which it uses to track down its location. This means it is able to follow you or virtually anyone who is holding the smartphone used to control it. One thing you should keep in mind though – 3DR Solo does not have obstacle avoidance which means you need to pay attention to obstacles that could get in its way. That’s why a high altitude is always a good option with 3DR Solo in Follow Me mode!
3. Yuneec Breeze is a drone that follows you
If you are looking for an awesome auto-follow drone that can provide you with wonderful dronies (yup, dronies has become an actual term for selfies taken with drones… where is this world going…), then Yuneec Breeze should be your first choice.
We are talking about a miniature and probably the cheapest follow me drone here that is equipped with GPS and a bunch of supporting smart features. Best of all, it is capable of recording 4K footage which is outstanding at this price range.
Yup, such a tiny drone is capable of outputting 4K footage… Amazing, right?! But, the camera isn’t the only noteworthy aspect of Yuneec Breeze. You should also know that it can endure up to 12 minutes in the air thanks to its 3S 1150mAh proprietary LiPo battery. It can provide a good constant flow of juice allowing Breeze to be highly maneuverable up there. However, the range is not its biggest virtue coming in at roughly 80 to 100 meters. On the bright side, Yuneec Breeze is marketed as a selfie drone which somewhat justifies the poor range.
Features-wise, this self following drone incorporates several smart flying modes including its main one – Selfie. Other than that, there are also Orbit, Journey, Follow Me and more. The App GUI is pretty simple and will not take you a lot of time to figure everything out. All in all, if you’re looking for a selfie drone ,Yuneec Breeze is worth checking out!
How to set up Follow Me on Yuneec Breeze
First, we need to clear up that Breeze can either track you as an object via its camera, track you via your phone’s GPS or… both. Additionally, there are also several different types of Follow Me modes present on this little birdie, and we are going to focus on the most advanced one – Smart Follow Me. To turn it on, you will have o select it from the list of flying modes after ensuring the GPS is locked to plenty of satellites. Move the Breeze to the location from where you want to start the tracking and select your desired object/person. With Smart Follow Me turned on, Breeze will automatically follow the object no matter where it’s heading. That wouldn’t be the case with other types of Follow Me as they only allow Breeze to rotate on the x-axis without it actually moving correspondently to the tracking object.
2. GI Follow me drone – one of the smallest drones that follow you
GeniusIdea Follow is a brand new auto-follow drone that has just been released. Already, it has received a ton of positive feedback… but some negative as well. The latter is mainly referred to as a bad interface and the lack of proper image stabilization when recording in 4K. Other than that, I’d go out on a limb here and say that the GI Follow offers great value for money and is bound to continue making a great name for itself out there on the market.
The first thing that needs to be said about GI Follow is its exceptional build quality. Or, should I say building material. You see, this birdie is made out of highly durable rubber(ish) materials that do it a world of good in terms of durability. As a matter of fact, GI Follow is one of the most crash-proof drones currently available on the market thanks to the build materials of its body and even propellers. But that’s not all – this birdie has plenty more to show you! Take batteries for example – Instead of opting for conventional LiPo’s, GI Follow uses two 18650 batteries. The biggest advantage of this is the obvious expense cut since these batteries can be bought for dirt cheap prices.
There’s nothing short of brilliance in terms of specifications and camera! GI Follow stands high with a 4K capable imaging sensor with software stabilization that’s bound to provide you with outstanding aerial photos and videos. Flight time heavily depends on the type of batteries you go for, but it usually ranges anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Range, however, is not that huge – only 100 meters. But, this should not be an issue since GI Follow is not a scout drone.
How to set up Follow Me on GI Follow
In order to turn to Follow Me mode on GI Follow drone, you should start off by ensuring you have decent GPS satellite coverage. Unfortunately, you won’t have access to seeing the exact number of satellites connected. Instead, you will only see a green light once the GPS signal is locked. Once that’s taken care of, turn on the Facial Recognition feature from the main settings menu. On a side note, this feature does not work with 4K videos which means you are limited to 1080p and 720p.
1. DJI Spark – Self following drone
Ever since the release of DJI Spark, praises have not stopped coming down its path. Why is that so? Well, it’s fairly simple to answer – DJI Spark is a magnificent drone with unparalleled performance/size ratio that no drone will beat years to come.
With that in mind, I’d like to take you on a trip in which we’ll talk more about this little pocket drone and see what kind of performance can fit in such a small size factor. Why beat around the bush – let’s jump straight to the topic!
As stated above, DJI Spark is a tiny drone but it is not foldable as the Mavic Pro. Still, it is much smaller than the Mavic and incorporates decent specifications as well. With the app controls only, you’ll be getting around 100-200 meters of range… Perhaps even less than that if there is a lot of interference going on. However, if you buy the controller, you can get anywhere from 500 to 3000 meters which is outright amazing for such a miniature drone. Airtime, on the other hand, hovers steadily around the 15-minute mark which is not half bad, wouldn’t you agree?!
Moving forward to the camera, DJI Spark sports an insanely small 2-axis gimbal with an even smaller FHD camera. Photo and video quality is second to none but we’ve come to expect that from DJI, right? As far as the features are concerned, DJI Spark has access to pretty much everything from DJI’s abundant arsenal of smart features. This includes facial recognition and PalmControl + PalmLaunch features which will provide you with great flying experience.
How to set up Follow Me on DJI Spark
DJI Spark, just like a whole bunch of other DJI drones below, incorporates a very simple approach to setting up Follow Me… or should I say, ActiveTrack mode. The easiest method is launching the Spark straight out of your hands by tapping twice on the power button after which it will scan your face. Then, navigate to ActiveTrack mode and select it. After that, all you’re left to do is draw a box around yourself and the Spark will start following you. It’s as simple as that!
Best Follow Me Drones
After reading about those 5 drones which feature Drone Follow Me mode but do not cost a fortune, now is the time to dwell into exactly the opposite. The next 6 drones might be pricey, but you can rest assured they will provide you with the ultimate Follow Me experience. Here are the 6 drones we have in store for you:
6. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium – drone that automatically follows you
Autel Robotics is a company that only has 2 follow me drones to their name, X-Star and X-Star Premium. The latter is their flagship model (who would’ve guessed, eh?) which will be in the focus of several following paragraphs where we’re talking about drones that follow you. I’ll do my best to give you an honest opinion on this drone which has, truthfully, amazed me with its outstanding performance! But, can it justify such a huge price tag? Well, why don’t you continue reading and you might just find out!
One thing is for sure, Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is a great all-around drone that can be used for various commercial and casual scenarios. Plus, it incorporates a sleek design with a bright orange coating that separates it from all other drones in this price tier… Continuing in the same fashion, X-Star Premium offers great specifications too, so for all of you who get wet when seeing huge numbers, this birdie will be your next expensive wet dream. With around 2 kilometers of range (both operating and FPV, list of other Long range drones is here), X-Star Premium marks itself as quite the explorer. Flight time is not to be taken for granted either – with around 20 minutes you will be more than thrilled with your sessions.
The camera is not a weak link either. Autel Robotics X-Star Premium sports an Ultra HD camera mounted on a quick-release 3- axis gimbal stabilization system. Without a doubt, aerial footage shot with X-Star Premium offers unparalleled smoothness and crystal clear scenes. When it comes to the features, this birdie’s FPV capability leads the charge with HD resolution and low latency. There is also GPS/GLONASS and Follow Me (obviously) as well as several others such as Orbit and Waypoints.
How to set up Follow Me on Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
To turn this feature on, all you need to do is select it from the interactive menu on the left side of the app’s window. But, before turning Follow Me mode on, you need to place the X-Star Premium in hover mode to ensure optimal stability and GPS satellite connection. Furthermore, you should keep in mind X-Star Premium will stay at the designated (in-app) altitude at all time, unless you manually adjust it during following. To ensure the maximum safety of your drone, make sure you inspect the area is clear of trees, power lines and other obstacles that could potentially damage your drone. Also, pay attention to battery levels (especially if you’ve selected Me in the Go Home Option) to avoid losing your X-Star Premium.
5. DJI Mavic Pro
On the 5th spot, we have DJI Mavic Pro, a foldable drone that has been ruling the drone market for quite some time now. And it’s a proper beast, there is no doubt about that. DJI made a great move with DJI Mavic Pro and it seems as though they’ll be “forced” into making a better upgrade than the petty Platinum Edition. With unparalleled performance and a great dose of portability, it comes as no surprise that DJI Mavic Pro has been the most popular drone for sale ever since its official release…
With those words being said, I’m sure you are all wondering why is it placed so high on this list? Well, even though it delivers outstanding performance considering its size, truth be told – there are drones that have slightly better implementations of Follow Me. Don’t get me wrong, DJI Mavic Pro’s ActiveTrack is on point, but drones listed below do the task just a tiny bit better. Now that we have that out of our way, let’s talk a bit about these birdie’s specifications. First off, the range goes to whopping 7 kilometers thanks to DJI’s patented OcuSync technology. Airtime is nothing short of brilliant either with up to 27 minutes.
Moving forward to the camera, DJI Mavic Pro incorporates a state of the art 4K ready camera with the world’s smallest 3-axis gimbal. Needless to say, these 2 combined offer great imaging solution in a very portable package. Lastly, DJI Mavic Pro offers an unprecedented set of features. Pretty much exactly the same set as DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Even obstacle avoidance is present which means you will get to enjoy worry-free flying time and time again.
How to set up Follow Me on DJI Mavic Pro
But, before turning you want to enable Follow Me mode (or how DJI likes to call it – ActiveTrack), you will have to select it from the DJI GO app interface. After that, simply select the object (or draw a box around it) you want to follow and tap GO! DJI Mavic Pro will take full control of its movements as well as the gimbal, allowing you to record smooth tracking cinematic footage. However, make sure there are no drastic elevation changes on your drone’s path as that might compromise its safety during the following procedure.
4. Yuneec Typhoon H – one of the best drones that follow you made by Yuneec
Yuneec has done itself a world of good with the release of several top-tier models that have captivated a large fan base. Mainly, I am referring to the likes of Q500, Breeze and Typhoon H. The latter drone that follows you is, obviously, the focus of the next couple of paragraphs in which we’ll further dissect it and see what’s it all about! So, without much further adue, let’s jump straight to business!
First things first, Yuneec Typhoon H comes in 2 different variants, with standard obstacle avoidance sensors, and with specialized Intel RealSense technology. The latter is, obviously, a much more sophisticated collision avoidance solution that is much more precise and offers timely evasions from any potential crashes. With that said, if you are considering to buy Typhoon H I warmly suggest you go for the RealSense version. With that out of the way, it’s also noteworthy to add that Typhoon H is a hexacopter equipped with 4K capable camera mounted on a 3-axis gimbal for extra stabilization. In terms of features, this birdie sports GPS, Best Follow me drone and 8 different types of smart flight modes among other safety features.
Among these safety features, there is one that’s definitely worth mentioning – 5 rotor failsafe. This feature basically allows the drone to land safely even with one of its rotors dead. Specifications are on point too. Yuneec Typhoon H can travel up to 1500 meters away from its ST16 transmitter. Lastly, thanks to its 5400mAh 4S LiPo battery, this birdie can fly for around 25 minutes.
How to set up Follow Me on Yuneec Typhoon H
The first thing you need to do before turning on the Follow Me and Watch Me modes on your Yuneec Typhoon H is making sure your drone is set to smart mode. These features won’t work in angle or home modes so bear that in mind. After ensuring that the drone has good GPS satellite coverage, all you need to do is select either Follow or Watch mode from the menus on the right side. The current smart flight mode will be embossed in orange after activating and will be written in green letters in the top right of the ST16 display.
3. DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Needless to say, Phantom 4 Pro is the current DJI flagship that has been taking a good portion of the entire market ever since it was released back in November 2016. With a brilliant camera, extremely splendid specifications and a wide variety of features, it is safe to say there are not that many better drones out there. But, of course, DJI Phantom 4 Pro comes with a huge price tag… but considering everything it is capable of offering, I’d say the price tag is more than justified!
I’d like to start off with DJI Phantom 4 Pro’s excellent choice of camera. There’s been a great upgrade over the previous version since we are talking about a 1-inch 20MP sensor. This means DJI Phantom 4 Pro is able to take brilliant aerial footage further helped by the presence of a 3-axis gimbal for even smoother scenes. This is not surprising to be completely honest here. DJI Phantom series of drones are primarily targeted at people who want a sophisticated aerial photography platform… In fact, they’re pretty similar to the Inspire series – Phantoms are Inspires for beginners!
Of course, this camera isn’t the only awesome aspect of DJI P4 Pro. Specifications are too. You see, this birdie has basically the same specifications as DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Inspire 2 – 7 kilometers of range and 27 minutes of flight time. These 2 numbers are basically shaping up the high-end drone industry and I have to say I’m very thankful to DJI for that.
How to set up Follow Me on DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Setting up ActiveTrack on DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a piece of cake. You first must make sure you have the newest version of DJI GO app installed, your drone must be at least 2 meters above the ground and it needs to be set to P mode. If everything is set up properly, then simply turn ActiveTrack on from the smart flight menu and select the object you wish to follow. If the app recognizes the object immediately, simply press GO and the following process will start. If it does not recognize your desired object, you will have to draw a box around it (strictly covering its edges with little to no background inside the box). After initializing ActiveTrack, you’ll get access to 3 modes Trace, Profile And Spotlight, ensuring you get the best possible footage from this smart flight feature.
2. DJI Inspire 2
For professional aerial photographers and those who want to become just that DJI offers Inspire 2 as their go-to photography platform. This beast of a drone is equipped with pretty much everything you could want as a professional… and it packs everything into a relatively intuitive interface. If you want to know more about this DJI Inspire 2 make sure you keep on reading!
Designed specifically for filmmaking, DJI Inspire 2 effectively pushes the boundaries of what drones can accomplish in terms of modern-day cinematography. By implementing HD video transmission, state of the art camera/gimbal combinations and superior software, it is able to provide everything professionals need. This includes RAW images and 5.2K recordings thanks to its stellar choice of imaging solutions by Zenmuse. As far as the features are concerned, there is nothing to worry about as DJI Inspire 2 sports DJI GO app support and has access to virtually all available features. Dual way collision avoidance system is here as well as sensor redundancy.
While the design has remained faithful to the original, the specifications have gained a solid upgrade. OcuSync technology is in charge of the operating range which stretches all the way to amazing 7 kilometers. Also, thanks to the dual battery setup, DJI Inspire 2 can fly as long as 27 minutes even with the Zenmuse X4S onboard. All things considered, after reading through everything that’s written about this drone, It’s safe to say that the huge price tag is justified only to professionals who will know to pull every last bit of juice out of this beauty. No doubt this is one of the best drones that follow you !
How to set up Follow Me on DJI Inspire 2
If you want to enable Follow Me mode on this device, you basically need to do the same procedure as with all other DJI drones. Simply select ActiveTrack feature and draw out a box over your desired object. That’s it – your drone will now follow the object no matter where it heads. Keep in mind that Obstacle Avoidance greatly helps with ActiveTrack. Not only does it keep the drone safe at all times but it also gives you a worry-free experience, and that’s priceless!
1. AirDog ADII – best follow me drone?
AirDog ADII auto-follow drone is another brand new drone follow me that has just been released after an excessively successful Kickstarter campaign. Its makers are trying to build on the innovative traits of its predecessor which received a lot of positive feedback but failed to deliver on all fronts. This time around, the expectations have been set even higher but retaining the primary audience – athletes. With that in mind, if you are an athlete and you want something pacey to record all of your stunts, then look no further as AirDog ADII can provide with exactly that!
The first thing that needs to be said is that AirDog ADII does not come with a camera. To compensate for that, it does come with a state of the art 3-axis gimbal which supports GoPro Hero 5 and most likely GoPro Hero 6 as well. Surely, those 2 cameras are all you need to create spectacular aerial videos with this beauty, right? That goes without question especially considering the power of this beast. Not only is it fast but it also possesses great flying stability and a plethora of smart features.
These features are all brought to life with the AirLeash, a completely waterproof controller that straps on your wrist (or biceps) allowing you to do your thing without the controller in your way. Considering AirDog ADII is focused on extreme sports and other fast-paced outdoor activities, it comes as no surprise to see an abundance of sports modes with preset settings configurations. Don’t worry, we’ll talk more about that down below… For now, I’d just like t0 summarize with the specifications. AirDog ADII can fly as far as 150 meters away from its AirLeash (not the best drone for exploring, obviously) and stay up in the air for roughly 15 minutes. Do you agree this is one of the best follow me drones available on the market?
How to set up Follow Me on AirDog ADII
As I have already stated above, if you are purchasing a drone solely for the Follow Me mode, then AirDog ADII is the one you should go for! It has superior technology powering up this awesome feature and will undoubtedly provide you with a great user experience. To turn this feature on, all you need to do is select it from the navigation menu and select the object for following afterward. It’s a very straightforward procedure, especially if your drone has already established a connection to many GPS satellites.
How to use follow me drone for surfing?
Step by step guide for recording surfing with AirDog ADII drone that follows you
- Turn both the controller and drone on and select the Surf mode from the main menu on your AirLeash.
- Enable Fly-In feature from the Customize menu and assess if all other settings are set up properly.
- Navigate to Takeoff timer and set it to your desired amount. The unit is measured in minutes.
- Navigate to Fly-In distance and set it to your desired distance in meters.
- Place the drone on the beach with at least 5m of clearance surrounding the drone.
- Initialize takeoff, start recording with your GoPro and paddle to your desired location.
- After the takeoff timer runs out, AirDog ADII will launch and fly towards you to record.
Here are the recommended settings for using AirDog ADII for surfing:
How to use AirDog ADII for kiteboarding?
Step by step guide for recording kiteboarding with AirDog ADII follow me drone, one of the most famous drones that follow you
- Turn on both AirLeash and AirDog and make sure you’ve selected Windsurf as your desired sport.
- Start recording with your GoPro action camera and initialize GoPro takeoff.
- Position your drone on the upwind side and enable fixed following mode.
- Adjust the altitude and distance if needed to ensure the safety of your drone.
- Customize the settings to match the below-listed ones for optimal performance.
- Stop worrying about the drone and focus on kiteboarding, it will return to home on its own when low on battery.
Review of drones that can follow you
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