Did you think Parrot would claim the mantle as the first dedicated FPV consumer camera drone? Same here. Yet, say hello to the Parrot Anafi FPV. The company has been steadily releasing software updates to the Anafi over the summer and is now launching its first foray into FPV.
And it’s damn good timing. DJI has imposed a January 2020 date on itself for any new drones weighing north of 250 grams. In its place have been a steady dose of Osmo announcements. See the Osmo Pocket, Action, and Mobile 3.
The Parrot Anafi FPV has the opportunity to fill the small crack DJI is leaving open as it works on numerous safety enhancements. It can by taking the Anafi and add smartphone-based ‘cockpit glasses’ to the system along with a few wildly creative modes.
What is the Parrot Anafi FPV?
It’s the Anafi we’ve come to know with FPV capabilities. One nice touch is the company didn’t slightly alter the drone to force new battery adoption. Your old ones work with the Anafi FPV. Parrot was kind enough to give us a couple of marketing videos.
Ok, that’s slick. You have to admit the ability to feel like your banking the drone into turns will be an incredible experience. It’s a nice touch to have the photo, and video controls up on the screen during flight.
Parrot Cockpit Glasses. The big addition to the Anafi FPV is the smartphone-based Cockpit Glasses 3. It can handle screen sizes up to 6.5 inches. Any of the major flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and Google, will fit. What remains to be seen is how it looks off a smartphone versus dedicated screens like the DJI FPV system.
Transmission from the Anafi FPV works out to 720p and range can extend out to 2.5 miles. It can smart switch between 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz.
Wear glasses? Here’s the company’s official line from Parrot’s PR and Communications lead, Cecilia Hage: “ANAFI FPV’s goggles are designed to fit comfortably over most glasses; However, user comfort may vary depending on the size and frame shape of eyewear.”
Arcade Mode. The flight mode which speaks for itself. It’s here where you get to have some fun banking the Anafi FPV in and out of turns complete with the horizon indicators. It does lock it in, so you’re not out there going full Top Gun. Hmm… Can we get an inverted mode Parrot?
Racing. The arcade mode demands a racing mode and the Anafi FPV delivers. The top speed hits around 34mph and can handle winds up to 31mph. I know it says it can, but if it’s that windy, call it an early day. Trust me. Personal experience.
Battery Life. 26 minutes is the advertised time, but we know the score. That’s under perfect conditions. Shave off two or three minutes for real-world flight times.
Image & Video. It’s the same drone, just with an FPV component. Everything from the Anafi is still here, including the 21-megapixel sensor. The 180-degree gimbaled camera. 4K video at 30fps.
Shot Modes. Parrot is including aerial selfie modes, cineshots for landscape videos, the 360-degree panorama (known as the Little Planet), slow-motion, hyperlapse, and more.
How Much is the Parrot Anafi FPV?
The price checks in at $799, which includes the Anafi drone, cockpit glasses, the SkyController, one battery, and a custom backpack. The backpack can also be used as a small launch and landing platform. Older accessories work with the Anafi FPV making your store of batteries useful.
A release date is set for later this month and will be available at Parrot and other retailers.