(Cybertech) – It was back in 2018 that Parrot launched Anafi, a drone – described as a platform, as its quick-release batteries offer standard and extended options – with 4K camera for capturing great in-flight video and stills. Its 180-degree moving camera gimbal offers top-down vertical viewpoints in either directions, making its professional applications wider than some competitors’ drone offerings.
For 2019 Anafi is back in a special package. Called Anafi FPV – which stands for first-person view – the box contains the Anafi drone, battery, Skycontroller 3 control (which uses your smartphone for point of view), Parrot Goggles (which can be used to deliver left/right eye view for true first-person view direct to your eyes, virtual reality style), and a Parrot-branded backpack to hold it all together.
The backpack is designed to be used as a launch platform; clip it around your waist and the zip means the pack opens forward by 90-degrees, so you can access all the components with ease.
But that’s not all, the 2 September launch date is when all Anafi drones will receive a software update, adding additional modes – including the FPV option, which was absent before – such as Arcade control (the left stick on the controller adjusts camera position, the right stick then sends the drone there on a straight path), Cinematic and Racing capture presets (designed for capturing, as the names suggest, cinematic scenes and fast-moving subjects using tracking).
The Anafi is designed to fly for up to 26 minutes on a single charge and can travel at up to 50kmph. The battery is charged by USB-C, making it super easy to plug in at home or when on the go with a separate battery pack.
Available from 2 September, the Anafi FPV will be priced £729.99.
Writing by Mike Lowe.