The latest breakthrough in drone technology, the Skydio 2+ has achieved new heights of efficiency and safety in drone operations. But how can one drone be better than all the others? What features make this quadcopter stand out?
In this article, we’ll answer these questions and more, giving you the rundown on what makes the Skydio 2+ different from every other drone on the market.
We’ll take a close look at the design, construction, and capabilities of this sleek UAV to help you decide if it’s worth your hard-earned money. Continue reading our Review of the Skydio 2+ to learn more.
The Skydio 2+ drone features a revolutionary new set of smart features that can track you down and film you from any angle. It can even avoid obstacles on its own, meaning you no longer have to worry about crashing your drone into trees or buildings. The drone is also capable of filming at 4K resolution, making it perfect for vlogging.
The Skydio 2+ offers these advanced features while remaining affordable, weighing just 10 ounces and available for a decent price. There have been problems in the past with the 20-minute flying time and Wi-Fi connectivity, but Skydio has responded to the critics by introducing a larger battery and antennas.
Size with battery (antennas up)
229 x 274 x 126 mm (l x w x h)
Size with battery (antennas down)
229 x 274 x 76 mm (l x w x h)
Size without battery (antennas up)
229 x 274 x 101 mm (l x w x h)
Size without battery (antennas down)
229 x 274 x 51 mm (l x w x h)
Size Of Included Hard Case
297 x 255 x 65 mm (l x w x h)
(case fits: drone, spare propellers, charging
cable, and either 2 batteries or 1 battery and
1 wall adapter.)
Weight (With Battery)
Max Flight Speed (Sea Level, No Wind)
36 mph (fully autonomous)
Max Wind Speed Resistance
Max Service Ceiling (Above Sea Level)
15,000 ft density altitude
Max Flight Altitude (From Control Device)
Operational Temperature Range
-5°C to 40°C
The revolutionary feature is called Collision Avoidance, and it enables you to shoot smooth video with much less effort than ever before. Simply fly your drone while following a subject, and let Skydio 2+ take care of avoiding obstacles. It uses 12 different onboard sensors to generate an awareness bubble around your subject, so you don’t have to worry about crashing your drone into objects or walls as you fly through narrow spaces.
Skydio 2+ series uses six cameras to map out the surroundings and then use AI smarts to know how to navigate areas that other drones can’t navigate. Skydio launched a new KeyFrame flight system. The KeyFrame takes their powerful 3D modelling system and renders it into an automated flight system. You can create three-dimensional maps for the drone to navigate which is pretty impressive.
It’s unfortunate that Skydio did not improve the camera. Although it has a 1/2.3 inch sensor capable of 4K footage at 60 frames per second, the average user is looking for a higher resolution camera like the one found in the Autel Evo Lite+, and when the Evo Lite+ and Skydio are flown side by side, the Skydio camera looks last-generation. With regard to image quality, the DJI Air 2S or Evo Lite+ are excellent choices.
However, the Skydio 2+ may not produce equally high-quality images, considering it outperforms all other drone competitors on some other features. White balance was not so great on my end. I found adjusting it in the app rather tricky and without support for log video. When you film in log, you capture a higher-dynamic-range video that can be colour-corrected in post-production.
There are three ways to control the Skydio 2+. First, you can use the app (iOS, Android). If you choose the cheapest Skydio kit, the Starter Kit, you’ll control the drone with this app. The most novel and intriguing control mechanism is called the Beacon. Although it has no screen, it offers easy-to-control buttons for the drone’s basic features, as well as gesture controls for added accuracy when the drone is following you.
They functioned well when I was walking but not while cycling or moving faster than a walk. And as such, the Skydio 2+ has an unrivalled capability for smooth autonomous flights. Ultimately, what makes the Skydio 2+ compelling is that it enables users to fly like a pro without having to put in the hours of training it usually takes.
The only downsides to the Skydio 2+ are its shorter battery life and inferior camera in comparison to our current top pick for people in most situations, the DJI Air 2S. However, if you are willing to put up with these downfalls, and have never heard of D-log and know only what a log is, then the Skadia 2+ will be an excellent beginner’s entry point to the world of drone-based filmmaking.