Parrot takes off again with their ANAFI drone.

parrot anafi drone

While Parrot has let DJI take control of the UAV market in the last few years, they seem to be back with a new drone that aims to compete with DJI Mavic Air and other competitors in the same price range.

The ANAFI folds and unfolds quite quickly so that once wrapped; you can store it in length. In practice, it is easier to store in a bag. With an alloy of materials like carbon fiber and glass fiber, the Parrot ANAFI looks solid. With a weight of 320g, the drone is rather light.

ANAFI is his name, and the position that Parrot aims for is that of the drone that you can take everywhere with you. From beginner to the enthusiast, the Parrot ANAFI unfolds in just 3 seconds, and Parrot promises 20 seconds for the ANAFI to be in the air. From the first grip we had, everything was straightforward and much more accessible than a DJI, even a Spark.

The significant innovation concerns the camera which rests on a three-axis stabilizer by combining mechanical and software stabilization. However, the real particularity is to offer a 180° tilt (from -90° to +90°), which is a great first and will allow photographers to better frame according to their desires. The camera can also be tilted horizontally from -40° to +40° to stabilize the horizon. Digital stabilization provides +5° to -5° EIS in the direction of flight, facilitating high-speed travel.

As for multimedia, the Parrot ANAFI is the first UAV on the market to record 4K HDR videos at 30fps up to 100MBps. Note the possibility to record videos in 4K or UltraHD, purists will appreciate. In addition, in 1080p or 720p, up to 60fps can be recorded. For photos, a 21 Megapixel sensor will take the picture, and by cropping in the sensor, you can zoom in the video up to x2 in Full HD, x1.5 in 4K/UHD, and up to x2.8 by combining a digital zoom, all without quality loss. This zoom gives us a lens of 26-78mm in video and 23-69mm in the photo. Finally, the drone supports the RAW and Parrot-LOG video mode to facilitate post-production work.

We end with the new application FreeFlight 6 which takes everything we already knew with Bebop but new modes like a Hyperlapse mode, a Slow-motion mode or the Dolly-Zoom (the famous scene like in the Dents de la Mer for example). We look forward to testing it. On the other hand, no sensors to avoid obstacles or other like at DJI, but we’re Geek, only our pilot skills count, right?