Consumer drone manufacturer ProDrone has launched the Byrd, a portable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a fully collapsible design for easy transport.
The quadcopter has a maximum takeoff weight of 3.9 kg and a flight time of up to 30 minutes. Depending on the model – standard, advanced or premium – the Byrd weighs 1,890 g or 1,866 g (roughly 4 lbs.), including the battery and propellers. The standard version has a transmission distance of 500 meters, while the advanced and premium versions offer 2 kilometers (1.24 miles).
The UAV offers screen sharing on up to five devices, as well as a multi-controller option for the teaching and sharing of one aircraft.
Modular gimbal and camera options provide for easily swappable combinations, including 4K, 1080, infrared and GoPro cameras. It also offers follow-me technology, as well as comprehensive safety features, says ProDrone.
At launch, the retail price for the standard version, which ships with a ProDrone HD camera and gimbal, is $949. The advanced version, which comes with a GoPro-ready gimbal, is $1,059, and the premium version, with a 4K camera, is $1,399.
“From the beginning, we set out to solve the biggest problems with consumer drones today: lack of easy portability and swappable camera design,” says Joseph Haagensen, PR manager for ProDrone. “The power, durability and portability of this device is a game-changer; when you add in the modularity of the gimbal/camera combinations, it will change the industry. Our drones will put all new power into the hands of outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers”
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