Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone Review 2019 – is the Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie quadcopter worth the money? Review of features, pricing, flight duration, battery, camera and more.
Selfie drones are increasingly attracting the interest of many drone enthusiasts. The Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone was specifically designed to fit this category. This is a small folding quadricopter designed to take selfies. The unit comes with features that enable users to capture the best possible shots.
The Zerotech Dobby is packaged in a small white box. The folded drone is at first the only thing you see. It is placed on a plastic base and below there are accessories. In the box, you can find the drone, a battery, a charger, a power adapter, a USB adapter and a user manual.
When folded, the drone does not look like a quadcopter at all. Its design is original and different from other mini selfie drones and at first glance, you would not think there is a drone in the box. The device is elongated with a rounded front and back.
The arms fold completely and harmoniously into a hatch on each side of the drone. The mechanism is soft and you simply need to pull the arms gently. A locking system keeps them open during use and you have to push them gently to lock them for transport. The arms are not straight; they are slightly curved inwards.
At the end of each arm, you can see a small brushless motor and two-blade propellers. The front of the drone is occupied by a camera that is embedded in the hull. The camera is mounted on a hinge that adjusts the tilt manually before takeoff. Below, you can see a micro USB connector. At the rear of the drone, there is a ventilation grille. The battery is housed at the belly of the device. It is placed in a small hatch and is fixed by a clip system.
The battery has small LEDs and a button that provides information on the charge status. Still, on the belly, you can see a vertical camera and an ultrasound sensor. In terms of dimensions, the Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is an ultra-compact device. Folded, it measures 5.3 inches in length, 2.5 inches in width and 1.4 inches in height.
With these dimensions, it can fit in one hand and also in a pocket for transportation. Unfolded, it measures 5.3 inches in length, 5.7 inches in width and 1.4 inches in height. The blades of the propellers measure 1.22 inches each and 3 inches diagonally.
As a ready to fly unit, the drone weighs a featherweight of 7.2 ounces whose 1.87 ounces represent the weight of the battery. The entire drone is made of plastic. It comes in a pearly white color and the markings on the back are black. The finish of the drone is neat. The packaging, the drone and the accessories present an image of a quality product.
– Brushless motor
– Lipo 2S 970 mAh battery
– Ultrasonic sensors
– 3-axis accelerometer
– Altitude barometer
– Electronic compass
– Orbit mode
Pros and cons
– The drone is stable
– Comes with a SnapDragon quadcore processor
– GPS and Glonass make it easier to catch a satellite signal quickly
– Battery charge status indicator
– Image stabilization system not always effective, particularly in windy conditions
Many users highlight key functions like GPS and Glonass as key aspects that help improve in-flight performance. The Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone can catch a signal fairly quickly thanks to the availability of both Glonass and GPS. On the other hand, the camera can take pictures at 13 megapixels (4208×3120). The photos are in JPEG format and time-lapse function is available.
Selfie drones comparison
Most of the selfie drones on the market allow you to capture decent pictures and offer multiple viewing angles – something that is difficult to achieve using simple sticks or ordinary cameras on the ground. Some of Zerotech Dobby’s notable competitors in the selfie drone category include the DJI Spark, Yuneec Breeze and the DJI Mavic Pro,
The DJI Spark drone boasts advanced technology and it is intended primarily for beginners and selfie lovers. This mini-drone fits in the palm of your hand and offers a number of smart flight modes and sensors for obstacle detection.
Yuneec Breeze has a 4K HD camera for video and a 13MP sensor for photos and five intelligent automated flight modes to capture the best shots (Selfie, Pilot, Orbit, Journey, Follow Me). With its folding propeller design, it is certainly one of the lightest and most portable drones on the market. The Breeze allows you to share all your photos instantly on most social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Flickr, which will appeal to blogging and social media enthusiasts.
However, just like the Wingsland S6, this selfie drone is not perfect. In some cases, you can lose WiFi connectivity and signal. On the other hand, flying indoors can be a challenge.
The Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is undoubtedly a selfie drone par excellence. It comes with an HD camera and its control mechanism is based on your actions. It boasts a facial recognition and dual satellite positioning systems, all beautifully packaged in a mini-size device that you can literally carry everywhere with you.
You can control the Dobby via its gesture sensors or the smartphone app. You can easily view and share your photos from the app in an instant. This selfie drone is lightweight (just under 7.2 ounces) and the quality of the photos is good for this type of model. It can fly for about 9-10 minutes, which should be enough to bombard your friends with stunning images.
The Zerotech Dobby’s accelerometer measures the inclination and the amplitude of the acceleration. The gyroscope makes it possible to measure the angular velocity and the orientation of the drone. Meanwhile, the barometer allows a better correction of the altitude and the ultrasonic sensor makes it easier to detect and correct the height of the drone. It works by transmitting ultrasound to the ground at regular intervals and reflecting it back to the sensor.