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Selfie Drones Are Now A Thing

Drones - or more specifically quadcopters - are pretty hot as gifts this year, and since selfies are still rampant, how about we do a mash-up and have a selfie drone? By definition, that would be a smaller, easily portable quadcopter that can fly in a controlled manner and can take stills or videos from unusual vantage point (because it can fly!).
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There are already quite a few devices that fit this genre, although most of them are in the several hundred dollar range - largely because they have higher quality cameras, and niceties like GPS and altitude hold; devices like the Hover Camera Passport, and the Zerotech "Dobby".

However, I have noticed a couple of very inexpensive selfie drones recently that may allow you to scratch that itch without breaking the bank. For less than $50, there is the Eachines E50 and the JJRC H37 Elfie. These are essentially the same hardware and both are Dobby lookalikes; in other words a smartphone-sized quadcopter with retractable arms that works from a smartphone app.

Now at these prices, these are considered toys - they don't have great cameras and many of the premium features, but from the reviews I have read and seen, they work well for a budget device and will certainly give you a taste on the cheap. They are also slimmer and weigh less than half as much as the Dobby (and if you crash it and smash it, it's $50 vs $400).

Both can be flown from an iPhone or Android smartphone, both feature "altitude hold" which makes them easier to fly and actually use as selfie platform. They don't have GPS at this price point, which means you do actually have to "fly" them yourself to some extent - they won't stay hovering unattended in one spot by themselves like the real Dobby would.

But for $50 or less? Shoot.

Eachine E50 - YouTube

Eachine E50 - YouTube

JJRC H37 Elfie - YouTube

JJRC H37 Elfie - YouTube

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