An Improvement on the Selfie Stick

selfie droneThese days, everyone seems to be obsessed with taking pictures of themselves, or taking a “selfie,” to use the parlance of our times.  One can debate whether or not people should be doing such things so obsessively, but they are, and for purposes of this post, that is that.

Traditionally, people who take selfies have done so by one of two methods:

  • Awkwardly holding their camera in front of their face
  • Using an extension known as a “selfie stick” to awkwardly hold their camera in front of their face

Neither method is ideal, and both have their problems.  A particular problem is if you want to capture a larger area in your photo than your selfie stick can accommodate.  After all, a selfie stick is only so long, so it can only get so far away from whatever it is you’re trying to shoot.

That’s where the appropriately named “Selfie Drone,” from Hammacher Schlemmer, can come in handy.  Admittedly, it’s a drone with a pretty specific purpose, and at $300, not everyone is going to regard it as a worthwhile investment.  Still, it can help you take better selfies and it offers some pretty amazing advantages over existing methods.

The selfie drone is a battery operated flying device that you can control from your smartphone.  It has a built in 12 megapixel camera that offers both electronic and mechanical stabilization as well as a flash to let you take high quality photos from wherever you need to take them.

The camera is compatible with both iOS and Android, so you can use pretty much any smartphone to fly it.  The camera uses a micro SD card of up to 64 GB capacity and is also capable of taking video at 1080P and 60 frames per second.

selfie droneThe battery provides up to 8 minutes of flight time and takes 90 minutes to fully recharge.

The selfie drone measures 8″x8″x1″ and can take off from your hand.  It has built-in obstacle avoidance, which will help you minimize crashes.  It has a range of 98 feet, which, frankly, isn’t all that far as drones go.  Then again, this one isn’t built to go flying around the neighborhood, performing surveillance on your neighbors.  This one is for taking selfies, and chances are good that you won’t need it to be more than 98 feet away from you.

The selfie drone comes with two batteries, a 16 GB micro SD card, a USB charging cradle and cable, training bumpers and a carrying case.  The price is $299.95, and it’s available from the Hammacher Schlemmer Website.

I don’t know if this is something that a lot of people are going to need, but it does seem as though it will have some good possibilities as a camera.  Many inexpensive drones have cameras built in, but most of them aren’t very good as they’re intended to just be cheap drones and they’re not optimized around providing good quality photos.  This one may have some benefits, and the built-in flash will certainly help provide better photos.  What you do with it is up to you.

 

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