Vjeran Pavic from The Verge isn’t entirely happy with what they’ve delivered. Can it compete?
Parrot’s Anafi is their answer to DJI’s Mavic and Mavic Air. In some ways, their design trumps DJI’s. I personally love the idea of being able to tilt the camera to face upward. It’s a new perspective that’s never been done before on a consumer drone. I’m also a big fan of charging the batteries with USB-C cables, meaning you can use any portable battery.
Unfortunately, the $100 price difference isn’t enough to fill in the gaps that you can expect. DJI’s software and clout in the market is an uphill battle that Parrot hasn’t quite nailed. Now, I’m sure we’ve all had the DJI app quit unexpectedly, so I’m not sure I’d be so harsh on Parrot for app issues.
It’s ideas like this that will drive a better market, and that’s exactly what Pavic sees in this. It’s no mystery that drones are a tricky business category to get right. With stocks currently plateaued, a drive in competition couldn’t hurt.
If I was to make a guess, I think DJI will take Parrot’s digital zoom function. While they already have similar features for their consumer drones, and obviously you can crop 4K footage for a HD export, Parrot’s implementation seems better. You can achieve a 1.4x crop in UHD 4K, and a 2.8x crop in 1080p resolution. It's getting consumers closer to higher-end drones, with longer lenses.