- Quadcopter drones are generally split into two different categories, low-cost recreational drones and high-priced drones with advanced features.
- While drones in the latter category can easily cost $1,000 or more, they’re worth the expense for people with a real need.
- That said, there are some affordable options with advanced features you would normally have to pay a premium for, and the Potensic D58 Drone with 1080P Camera on Amazon is a perfect example.
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When it comes to camera drones, a lot of people think they only have two options: pay top dollar to get a drone with a high-quality camera and killer features, or get a cheap toy just to play around with. What you might not realize, however, is that there are some models that offer a fantastic balance between feature set and affordability.
The Potensic D58 Drone with 1080P Camera is one of our favorite options that fit this description. You get a wonderfully sleek design that’s black and stealth, good battery life, long-range Wi-Fi, GPS-assisted automatic return with one touch of a button, and so much more. On top of all that, it has a crystal clear 1080p camera and an awesome feature called “Follow Me.” Set the drone to Follow Me mode and it will track your movement and automatically follow you while filming. Think of all the awesome videos you can make with a feature like that!
We’ve seen the Potensic D58 Drone with 1080P Camera on Amazon for as much as $199.99, but right now you’ll find it on sale for $179.99. But there’s also a $30 coupon you can clip, which means you’ll only pay $149.99 if you snag one before the sale ends.
Here’s a great review from the Amazon page that sums up the experience very well:
First, let’s get the obvious thing out of the way. Potensic D58 is a $199 drone. You cannot compare it to DJI drones that cost between $600 and $1,600. It won’t fly as well, have the same stability, construction, and robustness, or come with a camera that produces fine resolution images or video. Now that you set your expectations accordingly, let’s actually look at what this drone does well.
In my opinion, this drone is an excellent choice for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money learning how to fly a drone. For $199 you get a pretty close experience of what it’s like to fly a more high-end drone like a DJI Mavic Pro. The controls and UI are very similar, the drone is easy to set up and everything connects to each other surprising quickly and with very little fuss. So sure, it doesn’t have the motor strength to fly in stronger winds and the camera and stabilization are not the best, but that’s not the point. Instead of risking a $1,000 drone to teach yourself or your kid how to fly, you now have a pretty good starter drone that can be operated straight out of the case in just a few minutes.
Some other specifics worth mentioning. The battery life is about what you’d expect at this price point. You’ll get about 15 minutes at most on a single battery, less if the motors are working harder in stronger wind. My unit came with 2 batteries. The camera is not stabilized using a 3-axis stabilization gimbal found in more expensive DJI products. Instead, it’s suspended in a flexible plastic housing that will not always result in smooth video. Again, I think if you’re considering something at this price point photo and video quality are not likely to be high on the priority list. Lastly, the drone is small – it looks like 3/5 scale model of DJI Phantom and packs very easily into the provided case which itself is very compact. It’s light and easy to carry around.
I own two higher-end DJI drones and the Potensic D58 will be the drone that my daughter will be using to learn how to fly. I feel comfortable that this drone will help her learn the basics of flying without the risk of damaging a far more expensive unit. Keep your expectations reasonable and Potensic may serve you very well.
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