Parrot drone company might have scaled back its drone branch and altered some of its attention toward employees, but it does not mean it is downplaying the customer side of things. If anything, it is ramping up things with its new Anafi, Parrot’s folding 4K drone.

The business has unveiled the Anafi, Parrot’s folding 4K drone, a folding drone which takes some not-so-subtle potshots in DJI’s Mavic Air. It’s not only the portability — the Anafi touts a 21-megapixel camera which promises 4K HDR video at 100Mbps, such as 2.8X lossless zoom. The camera isn’t great as the Mavic Air’s in certain respects, as it is only using two-axis mechanical stabilization (applications and a wide lens manage the third axis). Nonetheless, it represents a significant improvement over the 1080p movie and no-gimbal layout of Parrot’s Bebop drones.

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The flight period is a solid but unspectacular 25 minutes (extendable by charging from a USB-C battery bank) using a 2.5-mile variety, although Parrot is promising”super silent flights.” We would want to test this claim, but it is a great sign if you despise continuous buzzing of some drones. And since it is 2018, you are getting a new smartphone-based drone management app (there is an included physical control ) with AI-based visual monitoring, drone selfies, automated landscape videos, slow movement and hyperlapse.

In specific ways, the Parrot Anafi’s 4k folding drone real charm is the cost. It is going to arrive on July 1st for $699. That is not trivial to get a private drone, but it is a cool hundred less than the $799 Mavic Air. If you’re prepared to take care of a few compromises, it might provide better overall value.