It seems that a new powerhouse is on the drone with a camera market.
Well, its more like a flying camera
Introducing Lily: The Flying Camera
The Lily Camera drone review is like none other, mostly because it poses many of the functions that the top drones, like an average of 20 Minute flight time. The difference is, it take less work and preparation to take flight.
All you need to do is toss it.
Yes. Toss. Or throw.
To take off, the Lily Camera just needs to be tossed into the air and you are in action. Initially on Hold Mode which mean its will simply hover and still follow while keeping you in the frame. Then you can place it on Watch Mode, and Lily will follow. Simple right? her blue light come on and its go time.
The top drones with camera’s (currently) take way more preparation and skill. Don’t get me wrong, many of those drones are RTF (ready to fly) and don’t take much to get used to, but this Flying Camera doesn’t even need a remote control.
Well, you do need the Tracking Device (more on this later)
Definitely making it easier to fly than the DJI Phantom 3 Pro & Advance that was engineered to make creating smoother. Does this make Lily the best best drone of 2015 or 2016?
Lily Will Make Flying and Shooting 100x Easier
If it isn’t already clear from the simple fact that Lily just needs to be tossed, lets look at the specs.
At 1st glance, it seems that Lily would not be competition for the big dogs but the specs beg-to-differ.
Lily Camera Shoots Like a Pro
The Lily Camera shoots in HD! 1080p 60 fps / 720p 120 fps to be specific. High quality shooting isn’t an issue. Once thrown in the air, it shoots on its own.
“You throw this in the air, go about your business and at the end, you’ll have a high-quality video,” said the camera’s cofounder Henry Bradlow.
The camera is built in, so there is no need to worry about controlling the drones direction. There is a digital gimbal and the camera keeps your body in frame. This is not the ideal drone/flying camera to make movies but it can produce some great action shots, especially sports scene or personal drone usage.
You can set it on Smart mode and it will shoot SlowMo shots automatically (once the sensor picks up a jump or large movement), then return to real time action. With Computer Vision built into the Flying Camera, you have achieve more close up shots too- Up to 10ft (the selfies will be awesome :))
The camera can also shoot you like an orbit, just activate Spiral Mode and the drone will circle you and who ever is near. You can set the radius yourself to determine the distance it spirals.
No need to get a second controller, like the DJI Inspire 1 which gives you the option of having one person controlling the drone and another maneuvering the camera. Don’t get me wrong, the Inspire 1 is awesome for crews and bigger production.
Currently, Lily can’t be controlled by multiple people, nor can it follow multiple people- unless you are in a group close together.
The Hands Free Tracking Device
The small tracking device has a GPS and senors that keep track of where you are and how you’re moving. The Tracking Device is about the size of a small yo-yo. Also, Lily will react to certain movements that triggers how it shoots.
For Instance, if you are jumping or making a large movements, Lily will automatically go in SlowMo mode. Awesome right?
Because users are leaving all the control and trust to the sensor,GPS and wifi, you have to be cautious of where you are shooting. The Lily Cam sensors you, NOT trees or other object. This where you have to accurate in your radius calculations (if you aren’t shooting in a large open field like Central Park, NYC)
The prediction is, if lilly isn’t the best drone with a camera for 2015/2016, it will be the best drone for capturing sports events and live action scenes.
Another Awesome feature:
Lily Cam comes with an app for either iOS or Android. So you get a live few and notifications.
Lily’s Tracking Device is waterproof. This resolves many problems for drone users who shoot by the beach, in boats like this guy (clip below) and anyone shooting a film by water/ high winds.
Water Proof Tracking Wrist Band
You can literally drop Lily into the water. Not only will it not get damaged, Lily is designed to float. The camera wont get ruined because everything is integrated in Lily. Your Tracking Device is also water proof (there is a wrist band that has a protective, clear cover)
Other wise, Lily can rest in your pocket while you venture out into the world.
Lily Cam’s Battery & Landing
There is a built-in Lithium-Ion Battery which has a 4 hour batter life.
Lily doesn’t exactly “Return Home” BUT it can “Phone Home”
Before Lily battery dies, it will send you a few warning but it wont just come to you like other drones. When the built in battery is about to die, the Tracking Device will vibrate, if that doesn’t grab your attention, a message will be sent to your phone and if all else false, Lily will hover for a moment and slowly land on it own.
Its best you pay attention to your Tracking Device, who knows where it might end up if you are in mid action.
Wrapping Up with Lily Camera
Lily Cam it awesome and we look forward to see what it will do once it gets to the masses. I know many drone enthusiasts and hobbyist alike are waiting for its commercial release. That include creators who are looking to be in the lily digital photography game. Some are even opting to get the early bird special at $499 ($999 once its released.)
To the consumer who just want to make video of themselves playing sports; surfing, snowboarding, bike riding, etc. She seems to have all you need without the hassle of manually controlling her. It charges, fly’s and lands easily, and has a flight time of 20 minutes.
Who knows… Lily might actually be a higher priced competitor for GoPro (you know… the hands free, remote-less camera, no?)
Although there were some comparisons to the drones currently moving the needle in the personal drone space, Lily is unique. Sometimes one unique feature is all you need. Lilly has a few: She follows, remote-less, waterproof and SlowMo is automated.
With great features and high promises for the future, the Lily Cam is already (in a matter of days) been called the Selfie Drone. It makes sense. It fly’s as close as 10ft, keeps you in frame and follows you where ever you go. Hope buy its full release in 2016 the kinks shown in this video will be worked out.