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I got this drone few weeks ago and been having a blast flying this. I had Spark and Air, sold them both in a month. This Anafi is easier to fly out of the box and I like their simple UI compared to DJI's. Also this Anafi is MUCH quieter than both drones I had. Image quality is very good (vid and pic), I don't tend to use the HDR setting much as it has a bit washed out look in bright light. I think around sunset hours in HDR will yield a better result.

On top of that, there's literally NO GEO FENCING restriction! (of course the user needs to fly responsibly). DJI won't let me take off at many places even just for a quick test run. This is one of the main selling points for Anafi.
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HDR footage looks pretty terrible. It has tons of noise in the shadows, highlights are still blown out, and the greens and yellows show up grossly oversaturated. The HDR capability is something Parrot is touting to set it apart, but I would say that the HDR footage is more or less unusable. It has moments where it's not objectively awful, but that needs to be the rule, not the exception.Standard 4K footage looks pretty good when you're all zoomed out. Especially when flying during the golden hour, the Anafi manages to produce some very cinematic-looking footage. But things devolve when you start to look closer. The noise in the image is only more obvious when you use the drone's built-in zoom. The zoom degrades the image quality so badly that you're better off just not using it, aside from the awesome Dolly Zoom.

In-Flight Turbulence
Flying the Anafi isn't much fun either. Out of the box, its response to the controls is extravagantly sluggish. You can go into the settings and tweak the speed at which it rotates and rises, which does indeed help a lot, but when compared to its closest competitor, the DJI Mavic Air, the Anafi feels lacking in responsiveness. There's also a significant amount of drift. While I sent it up into the air and let it hover in place for a moment, I looked up and saw that it was creeping closer and closer to a tree branch.The next big hole is that the Anafi has no obstacle avoidance sensors. The Mavic Air's on-board sensors can keep the drone from crashing into things when flying forwards and backwards. DJI's newer Mavic 2 drone has omnidirectional sensors. It all really works. The Anafi doesn't have those avoidance capabilities, which makes all of Parrot's pre-programmed flight routines way more dangerous to use. When taking a "dronie" in a forest clearing, for example, the Anafi started pulling back and up, but I could see that it wasn't rising fast enough to clear some treetops in the distance. A drone with obstacle-avoidance tech would have stopped itself. With the Anafi, I had to manually abort the move to keep it from impaling itself.

This is even more dangerous if you're having the drone track you (or someone else) while you're moving. And speaking of tracking mode, you have to pay extra to unlock that feature via an in-app purchase. Yes, a $700 drone has basic features you need to pay to enable. Parrot sometimes puts the in-app purchases on sale for as little as a dollar, but when you consider all the ways this drone is lacking, forcing the user to fork over any extra coin to unlock key features seems exceedingly short-sighted.While Parrot's price is $100 less than the DJI does for the Mavic Air, you're losing way more than $100 worth of value. It's easily Parrot's best drone yet, but it still feels miles behind DJI, and this foray doesn't make it seem like it's ever likely to catch up.
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HDR footage looks pretty terrible. It has tons of noise in the shadows, highlights are still blown out, and the greens and yellows show up grossly oversaturated. The HDR capability is something Parrot is touting to set it apart, but I would say that the HDR footage is more or less unusable. It has moments where it's not objectively awful, but that needs to be the rule, not the exception.Standard 4K footage looks pretty good when you're all zoomed out. Especially when flying during the golden hour, the Anafi manages to produce some very cinematic-looking footage. But things devolve when you start to look closer. The noise in the image is only more obvious when you use the drone's built-in zoom. The zoom degrades the image quality so badly that you're better off just not using it, aside from the awesome Dolly Zoom.

In-Flight Turbulence
Flying the Anafi isn't much fun either. Out of the box, its response to the controls is extravagantly sluggish. You can go into the settings and tweak the speed at which it rotates and rises, which does indeed help a lot, but when compared to its closest competitor, the DJI Mavic Air, the Anafi feels lacking in responsiveness. There's also a significant amount of drift. While I sent it up into the air and let it hover in place for a moment, I looked up and saw that it was creeping closer and closer to a tree branch.The next big hole is that the Anafi has no obstacle avoidance sensors. The Mavic Air's on-board sensors can keep the drone from crashing into things when flying forwards and backwards. DJI's newer Mavic 2 drone has omnidirectional sensors. It all really works. The Anafi doesn't have those avoidance capabilities, which makes all of Parrot's pre-programmed flight routines way more dangerous to use. When taking a "dronie" in a forest clearing, for example, the Anafi started pulling back and up, but I could see that it wasn't rising fast enough to clear some treetops in the distance. A drone with obstacle-avoidance tech would have stopped itself. With the Anafi, I had to manually abort the move to keep it from impaling itself.

This is even more dangerous if you're having the drone track you (or someone else) while you're moving. And speaking of tracking mode, you have to pay extra to unlock that feature via an in-app purchase. Yes, a $700 drone has basic features you need to pay to enable. Parrot sometimes puts the in-app purchases on sale for as little as a dollar, but when you consider all the ways this drone is lacking, forcing the user to fork over any extra coin to unlock key features seems exceedingly short-sighted.While Parrot's price is $100 less than the DJI does for the Mavic Air, you're losing way more than $100 worth of value. It's easily Parrot's best drone yet, but it still feels miles behind DJI, and this foray doesn't make it seem like it's ever likely to catch up.
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I got this drone few weeks ago and been having a blast flying this. I had Spark and Air, sold them both in a month. This Anafi is easier to fly out of the box and I like their simple UI compared to DJI's. Also this Anafi is MUCH quieter than both drones I had. Image quality is very good (vid and pic), I don't tend to use the HDR setting much as it has a bit washed out look in bright light. I think around sunset hours in HDR will yield a better result.

On top of that, there's literally NO GEO FENCING restriction! (of course the user needs to fly responsibly). DJI won't let me take off at many places even just for a quick test run. This is one of the main selling points for Anafi.
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I got this drone few weeks ago and been having a blast flying this. I had Spark and Air, sold them both in a month. This Anafi is easier to fly out of the box and I like their simple UI compared to DJI's. Also this Anafi is MUCH quieter than both drones I had. Image quality is very good (vid and pic), I don't tend to use the HDR setting much as it has a bit washed out look in bright light. I think around sunset hours in HDR will yield a better result.

On top of that, there's literally NO GEO FENCING restriction! (of course the user needs to fly responsibly). DJI won't let me take off at many places even just for a quick test run. This is one of the main selling points for Anafi.
DJI big brother spyware is exactly why I have Parrots and Yuneeks, never even really considered anything from DJI.
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I got this a couple weeks ago when Best Buy had the extra battery/case sale for 600 and change. It's fantastic. I've flown different aircraft for years and never learned or had a need for the obstacle avoidance features, so I don't miss that. I'm kind of glad that I never learned with them, either. the ONLY negative about this is it doesn't have true 3-axis mechanical gimble stabilizatoin. at times, if panning too quickly, the digital horizontal pic is a bit rugged. Not often though and the camera does have 180 degree up and down movement. Also, and a big deal to me...it's by far the most quiet drone I've heard or used. which is nice becuase it draws much less attention.

the negative review posted by phillint above overstates many of the negative aspects. Do a search for reviews and you'll see many more positive reviews than overwhelmingly negative reviews like the one above.

Just my 2 cents.
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OMG I bought a refurb for this price a couple months back! Dang! My previous drone was a Phantom 3 Advanced so I am familiar with DJI. I will say the remote isn't at the quality of a DJI remote...I miss that the most. But it is a solid drone. For this price it's not just $100 less then the Mavic Air, it's several hundred less...which makes it a viable option. The best thing I like about it is the quiet flight...so it's less conspicuous and less likely to freak people out. But I've had 2 crashes within a month that were not pilot error, as I've had many years experience with quadcopters.

3 things I've learned, never use a case on the phone with the controller. One time my phone slipped and hit the control sticks forcing a hard landing on rough asphalt. Second thing, when using Follow Me, DO NOT USE THE DEFAULT SETTINGS, use Locked mode. The default setting is Dynamic. When I tried it out, it flew backward into a tree instead of matching my forward walk. I had like 15-20 feet clearance and no wind. Finally, be careful with hand landings. It's better to grab the drone in flight from behind and quickly twist it 90 degrees so the drone is perpendicular to the ground. One time the sensor could not make up its mind that it was on my hand (my fault, it was kind of windy) and as I tried to steady the drone by grabbing it, a prop nicked me, lol!

The other thing that sucks is that the app has in-app purchases for Follow Me and Flight Plan. Granted they are 99 cents each, but it should have been free.
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Apples and oranges I say. It's pretty clear that the review you found was written by an amateur videographer with very little flight experience. It discusses illegal pilot behavior and autonomous functions designed to eliminate basic pilot error. Drones with and without obstacle avoidance appeal to different audiences.

Under the heading "In-Flight Turbulence" they discuss control characteristics making me wonder if they know what turbulence is. Perhaps Anafi being 15% lighter causes it to look different during line-of-sight operations to this reviewer. The reviewer seems to have missed some settings as well. If yaw and roll is turned all the way up Anafi is quite sporty. That's coming from an experienced drone racing pilot. I have only flown an Air in cinematic mode so I really can't compare. Anafi turned up certainly is too quick to make videos that won't cause the viewer discomfort.

The price difference is more like $300 at the time this deal was posted. Extra batteries for the Mavic Air are currently only $75 though. They are still sitting at $100 for Anafi. That aside it is difficult to compare the two drones. All things that fly are not the same.

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HDR footage looks pretty terrible. It has tons of noise in the shadows, highlights are still blown out, and the greens and yellows show up grossly oversaturated. The HDR capability is something Parrot is touting to set it apart, but I would say that the HDR footage is more or less unusable. It has moments where it's not objectively awful, but that needs to be the rule, not the exception.Standard 4K footage looks pretty good when you're all zoomed out. Especially when flying during the golden hour, the Anafi manages to produce some very cinematic-looking footage. But things devolve when you start to look closer. The noise in the image is only more obvious when you use the drone's built-in zoom. The zoom degrades the image quality so badly that you're better off just not using it, aside from the awesome Dolly Zoom.

In-Flight Turbulence
Flying the Anafi isn't much fun either. Out of the box, its response to the controls is extravagantly sluggish. You can go into the settings and tweak the speed at which it rotates and rises, which does indeed help a lot, but when compared to its closest competitor, the DJI Mavic Air, the Anafi feels lacking in responsiveness. There's also a significant amount of drift. While I sent it up into the air and let it hover in place for a moment, I looked up and saw that it was creeping closer and closer to a tree branch.The next big hole is that the Anafi has no obstacle avoidance sensors. The Mavic Air's on-board sensors can keep the drone from crashing into things when flying forwards and backwards. DJI's newer Mavic 2 drone has omnidirectional sensors. It all really works. The Anafi doesn't have those avoidance capabilities, which makes all of Parrot's pre-programmed flight routines way more dangerous to use. When taking a "dronie" in a forest clearing, for example, the Anafi started pulling back and up, but I could see that it wasn't rising fast enough to clear some treetops in the distance. A drone with obstacle-avoidance tech would have stopped itself. With the Anafi, I had to manually abort the move to keep it from impaling itself.

This is even more dangerous if you're having the drone track you (or someone else) while you're moving. And speaking of tracking mode, you have to pay extra to unlock that feature via an in-app purchase. Yes, a $700 drone has basic features you need to pay to enable. Parrot sometimes puts the in-app purchases on sale for as little as a dollar, but when you consider all the ways this drone is lacking, forcing the user to fork over any extra coin to unlock key features seems exceedingly short-sighted.While Parrot's price is $100 less than the DJI does for the Mavic Air, you're losing way more than $100 worth of value. It's easily Parrot's best drone yet, but it still feels miles behind DJI, and this foray doesn't make it seem like it's ever likely to catch up.
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For owners I assume the camera quality is good enough for roof/gutter inspections (personal use)? I need something that is not geo fenced and this sounds like a good option.
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this is perfect for my job picking up pitcher's signs over Fenway Park.
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For owners I assume the camera quality is good enough for roof/gutter inspections (personal use)? I need something that is not geo fenced and this sounds like a good option.
Easily. This is not a proper photo which would be much better. It is simply a portion of a frame grab from my monitor. It was a video where I was flying over the house and you happen to see the gutters. Anafi is about 25 or 30 feet above the roof with no zoom. Even from this shot I can see my gutters need attention. Smilie You could get down close and personal with the roof. Something I'm less inclined to do with larger more powerful drones.

Not only is it not geofenced unless you ask it to be but it flies fine LOS with poor or intermittent GPS. It doesn't freak out and take control away from you if it loses satellites.
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Easily. This is not a proper photo which would be much better. It is simply a portion of a frame grab from my monitor. It was a video where I was flying over the house and you happen to see the gutters. Anafi is about 25 or 30 feet above the roof with no zoom. Even from this shot I can see my gutters need attention. Smilie You could get down close and personal with the roof. Something I'm less inclined to do with larger more powerful drones.

Not only is it not geofenced unless you ask it to be but it flies fine LOS with poor or intermittent GPS. It doesn't freak out and take control away from you if it loses satellites.
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I have the Parrot Bebop 2 and like it very much. The Anafi is smaller than the Bebop 2 but has much better camera specs among other upgrades.

The size/weight of the Anafi is a benefit over the DJI Air and Mavic because a smaller and lighter drone can endure crashes much better than a heavier drone.

A good friend of mine has the Mavic Pro and he is always very nervous to fly it because a crash could spell costly repairs. I have crashed my Bebop 2 more than 10 times and the only thing I ever needed to replace was a propeller. They withstand quite a bit of abuse.

If you fly drones regularly, crashes are almost a foregone conclusion. So picking up a drone that can withstand a few is a big plus imho.
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