The Xiro Xplorer G is a good example of an inexpensive camera quad with impressive video and photo potential. While it doesn’t come with a camera, it has a 3-axis stabilized gimbal set up to support a GoPro Hero 3 or 4, which allows the operator to pick their camera while reducing sticker shock. The quad has a very clean 5.8 GHz controller with a smartphone mount. It possesses a stealthy black fuselage with uncluttered lines and a utilitarian appearance. It features a WiFi range extender, which boosts operational control up to 500 meters or more. The Xplorer G has GPS which provides for such goodies as waypoints, headless mode, Circle Me and Follow Me. It comes with 3 flight modes to accommodate differing skill levels, and it has the fail-safe Return-to-Home to keep it close.
With low cost quads like the Xplorer G available, it is not difficult to imagine the drone becoming akin to the personal firearm from a regulatory perspective. Passing laws regarding devices already in the hands of over a million people is problematic at best. The FAA reported that as of February 2016 drones had surpassed piloted aircraft in registration and those numbers are growing at an alarming rate. As the technology evolves, less expensive airbots will be able to do even more amazing things, placing them in the financial reach of the hobbyist and amateur, and as a result, increasing the saturation. Steps to reduce the problems of drones flying where they are not welcome are being developed concurrently in the private sector and by the military. The British are developing laser systems to disable them.
The DJI Phantom 4 and Yuneec Typhoon H employ geo-fencing to keep them out of restricted airspace. Along with obstacle avoidance, these features provide a high level of autonomy to the drones while reducing operator authority. As with any new computer technology, as soon as it becomes evident, efforts to counteract it go into place, and so it appears the drone wars are beginning in earnest. But UAVs, like the above mentioned, are not inexpensive, and their operators are likely quite careful with such an investment. How that shakes out with very affordable camera-ships like the Xplorer G remains to be seen.
One of the best looking drones I've seen...my first flight was made even easier by the comfortable remote controller and the simple setup.
Within the first few flights, the remote stopped working...does not come with instructions as to how to fix simple issues, so you are left wondering what to do.
Setup in a jiffy with no hitches or glitches. Having a blast with this quadcopter...Great quality product.
A great all around drone...It feels good and is natural to work with...I highly recommend you give the Xiro a serious look. I really like it and think you will too.
Stable aerial video. Solid operating range. Easy to fly. Automated takeoff and landing...Modular design. Comfortable remote control.
Phone clip is too small for phablets. GoPro can be tricky to fit into gimbal.