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Skycam HD Drone Review

Small and portable mini HD video recording drone that fits in your pocket. Easy to fly and setup.
James Lancaster Senior Contributor
I'm a nerd at heart who loves writing about popular tech gadgets.

About SkyCam Drone

It really does seem that drones are everywhere. They have become a very popular way to have some fun on a weekend, of course, but some people also love them because they can take photos.

Of course, you tend to get what you pay for in the world of drones, and the less expensive options are not always so good.

So, can the Skycam HD Drone stack up against the competition?

What Is it?

The Skycam HD drone is a mini-drone. This means that it’s small and portable. It is marketed as being able to fit into a pocket, so this makes it of great appeal to many people who just want to go out on weekends and have a little fun.

Technical Specs

Here are the technical specifications that really matter on the Skycam HD mini-drone:

  • Very lightweight at only 85 grams
  • A battery life of between six and eight minutes
  • Made of very tough ABS plastic
  • Inbuilt WiFi
  • A gyroscope that has six axes of sensitivity
  • HD camera
  • A range of 50 meters
  • Foldable and ultra-compact design

The specifications make it clear that the Skycam includes a lot for the money.

Top Features

Here’s what we think are the best features to take special note of:

1. Headless Mode

If you’re not familiar with drone technology, Headless mode means that the drone will fly in any direction no matter which way it’s pointing. This is not the same for all drones. In fact, many less expensive drones don’t do this at all. They will only fly in the direction that the front is facing.

Right away, the inclusion of Headless mode is a huge benefit. It makes flying the Skycam HD mini-drone a lot easier. This is ideal for people who don’t have a lot of experience flying drones and those who are completely new to the world of drone flying.

2. Lightweight and Foldable Design

Drones do need to be lightweight by nature since they are flying around, but they are not as light as the Skycam HD mini-drone. At only 85 grams, this is one of the smallest drones around with such a feature set. The foldable design also makes it ultra-compact so that it can squeeze into a coat or jacket pocket.

If you have limited time to fly a drone, the chances are that you’ll be getting out on weekends. This means that a portable and light drone like this will make a lot more sense.

3. One Click Operation

The Skycam HD also features one-click operation when it comes to landings and takeoffs. This means that there are no more messy landings, just press a single button and the Skycam HD mini-drone will land or takeoff automatically.

Once more, this feature is squarely aimed at beginners who don’t have a lot of experience. People love one-click type automated operations and this feature can be found on lots of more expensive drone models.

Customer Reviews

What many people seem to love most about the Skycam HD drone is the fact that it’s so small and portable. Lots of people enjoy the fact that they can easily take it out for a quick flight without having to worry about carrying cases and extra gear.

Additionally, people love the fact that the Skycam HD mini-drone is a really good drone for beginners and those with very little experience with drones.

Our Review

So, what do we really think of the Skycam HD drone?

First things first, it’s really good to see a lightweight drone with these capabilities in the market for beginners.

There are lots of people who want to enter the world of drones, but really don’t know where to begin. This is where the one-click takeoff and landing operation can really come in handy.

One of the bigger downsides is that it’s more expensive than some drones of this size. This is offset by the fact that it’s durable, ultra-portable, and includes features such as an HD camera and one-click operation. Whether that’s enough for you to buy it is going to be a purely subjective decision.

Durable Plastic

What we really liked is that a lot of the fuselage is made of something called ABS plastic. This type of plastic is really durable and means that you won’t be breaking the Skycam with an errant flight into heavy trees. It also means that you’re not likely to waste your money on something that will break easily and quickly.

The included Headless mode is also a feature that we think is great for this type of drone. Not all drones have it and it makes it really easy to operate for those who are new to the exciting world of drones.

Good Range

Finally, the range of 50 meters, or 150 feet, might not seem like a lot, but it does mean that you can use the onboard HD camera to take some really wild selfies or landscape shots. It’s also worth noting that the Skycam does have an air pressure hover mode, so it will be able to stay steady in light winds, making it easier to get the shot you want.

Short Battery, But Decent Recharge Time

The relatively short battery life of six to eight minutes definitely won’t win any awards, but there’s only a 70 minute recharge time which isn’t terrible compared to some other drones. Of course, a short battery life is what you tend to get when you invest in a very small drone.

Our Final Opinion

Overall, we think that the Skycam HD mini-drone is a worthwhile purchase if you have a slightly bigger budget and you want to get started in the world of drones. It’s a lightweight, no-fuss approach to mini-drones, and we think it will prove to be quite popular.

This would make an excellent gift for someone who has been wanting to get into flying drones, but they don’t really know where to begin. In this sense, the Skycam could be a nice drone that will give someone the experience they need to move up to the next bracket of drone tech.

Pros

  • Headless mode that makes it very easy for beginners to fly it
  • One-click takeoff and landing operation that also makes it easy for beginners
  • Small, lightweight, and super portable
  • Made of tough ABS plastic
  • A hover mode that makes selfie taking quite easy
  • It’s possible to find deals online if you want to buy more than one Skycam HD mini-drone

Cons

  • The battery life is short
  • The price is not over the top, but it’s not as inexpensive as many others
  • The range is not amazing, but is typical of mini-drones with small batteries

What's Included?

Here’s what you get when you buy the Skycam HD mini-drone:

  • A screwdriver for attaching each blade propeller
  • The drone body and the lithium battery
  • An instruction manual with details on how to download the application for your smartphone
  • A USB cable to recharge the battery

Where to Buy

The Skycam HD mini-drone is no longer available. We recommend a great alternative called the DroneX Pro.

Skycam HD Drone

Skycam HD is a mini-drone that is small and portable so it's easy to fit into your pocket, making it a great beginner drone for easily getting great shots.

Editor's Rating:
4.2
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