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PowerVision PowerEye Micro Four-thirds Camera Drone $1199

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The PowerEye professional cinematography drone is available in two camera models. "PowerEye Professional" is equipped with a 4K 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with a Panasonic Lumix F 14mm F2.5 ASPH lens. "PowerEye Thermal" includes a state-of-the-art thermal/natural light camera with two integrated light sensors and two lenses, which can capture a spectrum of light not visible to the unaided eye.

https://www.adorama.com/pvrpey10a.html - temporarily on backorder

Most retailers I've found wanting closer to $4k, though the manufacturer has it listed at $2k, last I checked.

There aren't many drones with a camera sensor this large. DJI Inspire costs $3-4k.
DJI's mavic pro 2 has a 1" sensor (slightly smaller) for around $1,500.

The amazon listing says it can do 1080p at up to 120 fps (I didn't see that elsewhere) and that it has different flight modes (like orbit, follow).
added 3/20/19, THIS IS INCORRECT. It cannot do 1080p at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps.

Its also got a front-facing camera meant to be used to fly the drone, while the main camera captures video/photos. I haven't noticed another drone with that feature.

I did order it, and its been shipped but I haven't received it yet so no first-hand experience.
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Most stores appear to sell for $3000, but official store sells for $2000. $1200 seems good for the specs especially with changeable lens.

I can't find much on reviews or anything and it seems like this has been available for over a year.
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Most stores appear to sell for $3000, but official store sells for $2000. $1200 seems good for the specs especially with changeable lens.

I can't find much on reviews or anything and it seems like this has been available for over a year.
Same here, couldn't find many reviews. There are a couple reviews on youtube, though.
But it has basically everything I wanted.

- bigger sensor than the 1/2.3" sensors typical in drones.
- ability to use a zoom lens
- basic flight modes, though it doesn't have dolly zoom built in and the SDK doesn't seem to give access to adjust the zoom.
- 3 axis gimbal
- one of the things I read said its quieter than the DJI drones (most of them, anyway)

it doesn't have obstacle avoidance, but it does give a warning when you are moving towards an object.
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The description on the adorama page may not be clear, but I don't believe that this version has any of the thermal options.
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I was waiting for a slickdeal on the Mavic 2 Pro due to its portability, but this might be too good to pass up at this price. I have a few questions for anybody familiar with this machine:

Does it have some sort of "follow me" mode?
Crash sensors?
Home button?
Can you send it to waypoints or points of interest?
Is it radio or wifi controlled?
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I was waiting for a slickdeal on the Mavic 2 Pro due to its portability, but this might be too good to pass up at this price. I have a few questions for anybody familiar with this machine:

Does it have some sort of "follow me" mode?
Crash sensors?
Home button?
Can you send it to waypoints or points of interest?
Is it radio or wifi controlled?
The flight modes are listed here:
https://support.us.powervision.me...ight-modes

it gives an obstacle warning when you are within 30 feet of an object, but it doesn't fly around an obstacle and it may only have the front-facing sensor.

way points is listed (#4) in the flight modes linked above.

"The PowerEye control can provide a real-time HD video stream up to claimed 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) and has a flight ceiling of 4,000 m (13,123 ft). The maximum velocity of the drone is 64.8kph (professional mode)."
I don't know if that tells you if its wifi or radio, though.

The user manual is here: https://fccid.io/2AKBMPEY10/User-...234002.pdf

It shows a "return to home" button on the remote.
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I found this somewhat amusing, from the user manual. They warn against use in the Arctic or Antarctic circle.

Also be wary in flying under the following conditions, as it is not recommended:

① Non-ideal weather conditions (extreme windy, rainy, thunderstorm,etc.)
② In Arctic or Antarctic circle ( can NOT use any mode other than Manual mode)
③ Altitude above 3000m
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Is the price dead?
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The flight modes are listed here:
https://support.us.powervision.me...ight-modes

it gives an obstacle warning when you are within 30 feet of an object, but it doesn't fly around an obstacle and it may only have the front-facing sensor.

way points is listed (#4) in the flight modes linked above.

"The PowerEye control can provide a real-time HD video stream up to claimed 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) and has a flight ceiling of 4,000 m (13,123 ft). The maximum velocity of the drone is 64.8kph (professional mode)."
I don't know if that tells you if its wifi or radio, though.

The user manual is here: https://fccid.io/2AKBMPEY10/User-...234002.pdf

It shows a "return to home" button on the remote.
Thanks for the info. I know the PowerEye is more for experienced pilots, but it will be my first drone so clearly I'm a beginner. With the lack of auto features, and the concern about the reliability of a wifi signal, I'm not so sure this will be ideal for me. But man, that price really has me tempted, and I'll learn to fly it when I get it. Decisions, decisions....damn you slickdeals!
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Is the price dead?
I still see $1199.

This is drop-shipped, by the way. Adorama doesn't have it in stock.
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Thanks for the info. I know the PowerEye is more for experienced pilots, but it will be my first drone so clearly I'm a beginner. With the lack of auto features, and the concern about the reliability of a wifi signal, I'm not so sure this will be ideal for me. But man, that price really has me tempted, and I'll learn to fly it when I get it. Decisions, decisions....damn you slickdeals!
I'm in the same boat. My only other drone was a $20 egg-shaped drone that was basically impossible to fly (the controls lagged, big time). I may get a cheap drone to practice with, too.
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Ehhh.... I'd recommend trying to find an Inspire 1 w/ an x5 camera as there are tons of accessories and apps for them at this point. IMHO
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Ehhh.... I'd recommend trying to find an Inspire 1 w/ an x5 camera as there are tons of accessories and apps for them at this point. IMHO
Based on personal experience? Or just based on DJI being a known quantity?
That camera/gimbal alone looks like its $1100, without the drone.

The manufacturer (powervision) has apparently been making commercial drones for a while.
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Based on personal experience? Or just based on DJI being a known quantity?
That camera/gimbal alone looks like its $1100, without the drone.

The manufacturer (powervision) has apparently been making commercial drones for a while.
Have you received yours yet? Where did they ship from? I ordered one, but then I received a notification stating it was on backorder. I'm hoping that my order goes through and they don't cancel it. The more research I do on the PowerEye the more I think it is a great value (although it was first released over two years ago).
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I'd be wary of buying an off-brand that may or not be around in the USA in the future. That's a lot of money and folks should do the same as they might do with a "total new brand" of a camera....which probably not many of us would buy.

Great value for a closeout (if so) isn't great for many. These things are 100 reliant on constant software and firmware update so you are not just buying "one and done".

Good luck....but my suggestion would be for those who don't 100% know what they are doing to stay away. I say that as an industry watcher and writer (and FAA pilot) of many years.
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