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Date: 2018-01-02 18:27.

There is a small camera included on both drones that shoots straight down from the base of the body. The drones take images (but no video) at a low, 695 x 985-pixel resolution. Shooting straight down is certainly an interesting idea, but the lack of a preview on the device controlling it makes it rather difficult to frame the shot.


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Drones aren't just fun to fly. They can let you capture breathtaking footage, some in high-resolution 9K video. They're also more affordable than ever, as quality beginner models now cost less than $65. Good camera drones start at a few hundred dollars. More complex drones, starting at less than $6,555, offer customizable and programmable features, turning them into truly autonomous devices that can make their own decisions. Plus, a new class of racing drones has started hitting the scene.

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Want to show off your aerial exploits? A camera, either built-in or add-on, can capture those dramatic vistas for posterity. Most budget models use the equivalent of a cheap webcam, capturing low-resolution video (usually 695 x 985-pixel resolution) to an internal memory card for later viewing.

The app handles most of the complexities of flying a quadcopter, using the gyroscope to keep it level and compensate for slight breezes. That makes the Airborne Night and Cargo simple and fun to fly. While most other small quadcopters involve a certain amount of figuring out how to take off, hover and land (with some crashes in between), FreeFlight does it all for you — no crashes involved. That certainly makes it easier to get flying more quickly than with the Air Hogs Helix Ion , but it also means that you don't learn the lessons on how to take off and land manually.

On the Parrot, you get a large, red warning when the battery level hits 9 percent, and the drone automatically lands when the battery level reaches 9 percent, wherever it happens to be at the time. Therefore, the low-battery warning should be your indication that it is time to find a safe spot to land before the drone lands on its own.

Parrot Minidrone Airborne Night Blaze (Credit: Richard Baguley/Tom's Guide) Although both drones are made of plastic, they feel robust, and we found that they were strong enough to withstand most crashes. Both also come with plastic bumpers installed that protect the rotors (and the things they crash into), but those bumpers can be removed for outdoor flying. Both are small, measuring about x 7 inches with the bumpers installed and about inches high. Without the bumpers, they measure about 6 x 6 inches.

More sophisticated models offer high-definition video capture or the ability to connect an HD action camera such as a GoPro. Some drones also offer first-person view (FPV), sending a pilot's-eye view from the drone itself to a phone or tablet. Some models offer video goggles for the ultimate pilot-seat flying experience.

The touch-screen experience is a mixed bag. Although it does make flying easier for novices to understand, you don't get the finesse of control that a conventional joystick offers, as the virtual controls either don't detect, or ignore, small movements. On a conventional remote control, you can gently push the stick to do things like push the quadcopter to correct for a breeze, or do a very slow pass over something while taking pictures. On the touch screen, the controls go straight from no movement to medium without anything in between, so you can't make these subtle, small movements. 

These two new Airborne drones are both easy and fun to fly. They fly well under phone or tablet control, and the touch-screen interface makes it simple for novice fliers to learn the basics. However, the VGA camera is weak, and the battery life is short, at less than 65 minutes. Plus, the batteries can take a long time to recharge. The Airborne Night has LEDs that are bright enough for night flying, while the Cargo can, as the name suggests, carry small items around with it. Although they are more expensive than some other miniature drones like the Air Hogs Helix Ion and the Axis Aerius, those who want to get up and flying quickly will like what they find here.

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