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Snap has announced a “pocket-sized” drone called the Pixy — available to buy today 2022-04-28 13:05:39

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Snap launched its Pixy drone on April 28 at the Snap Partners Summit. The pocket-sized drone can take off and land in the palm of your hand. The drone is available for purchase today on the Drone website.

Developed for the less enthusiastic market and regular users of snap chatSnap’s Pixy drone appears to be made of plastic and designed to take off and land in your hand. The yellow body and enclosed orange fans match the company’s bright and flashy branding of other products Snap has created in the past.

Snap doesn’t want to call Pixy a drone, but if it goes (fly?) like one and forms one, it’s a drone. Pixy doesn’t have any controller, it hardly has any way to control it. This is because the drone, cough cough, I mean a camera that flies, that flies by itself and you’re just using the Snapchat app to tell us what to do.

Details of the Pixy drone were first leaked via an FCC filing in the morning ahead of Snap’s launch earlier in the day. In the FCC file, you can see some photos of the drones from early on during testing.

Pixy Specs

Snap’s Pixy comes with two cameras, one on the front designed to focus on you and one on the ground. The bottom-facing camera is used to keep the drone stable, and it detects your palm, so you know when it’s landing. The front camera shoots 2.7K video, so nothing bothers us, but it is better than HD.

The videos are shot horizontally and then sent to the Snapchat app. This is where you can either crop the videos vertically and share them with your friends and followers on Snapchat or download them. A cool feature, that makes Pixy unlocked only to the Snap ecosystem.

To fly the drone, you can choose several different modes: scroll, detect, continue and then orbit. These modes do exactly what they sound like, and most drone pilots should be using them now. You set the mode to the dial on top of the drone, then you turn on Pixy, and it can fly to perform this mode for up to 60 seconds. Then Pixy is back at you for a nice palm landing.

Snap says you can get up to eight trips on a single battery charge, and it’s removable. However, according to Joanna Stern from The Wall Street JournalShe was only getting about four. Fortunately, more batteries are available for purchase.

The wind will be a challenge for this drone

This is not the first “flying camera” to be launched on the market. These ultra-lightweight drones give casual users a hands-free way to take selfies. Love them or hate them, they are coming. Unfortunately, Snap’s Pixy will fall under the same problems as ultra-lightweight drones, namely wind. Only the Pixy will have level two wind resistance, which means wind speeds of more than seven miles per hour will begin to make the Snap drone difficult and potentially unusable.

Snap’s Pixy on sale today, starting at $229.99

If you are a Snapchat fan and want a hands-free way to get unique videos, you can buy Pixy today at Snap website. The basic package with the plane itself, case, carrying strap, and one battery, will cost you $229.99. The Pixy Flight Pack will give you an extra battery for slightly longer flight sessions and is $249.99. You can also buy single batteries for $19.99 and a dual battery charger for $49.99.

Pixy will begin shipping to customers within 11-12 weeks. Will you get one? Let us know in the comments below.

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