When the UAV company Axis debuted its minuscule Aerius drone last April, drone enthusiasts the world over couldn’t believe a tiny drone could pack such an entertaining punch. Slightly larger than a quarter and the epitome of cute, Axis packed the Aerius with technical specifications akin to its larger brethren, allowing the drone to stand toe to toe with its competition. Well just this week, Axis upped the ante yet again by officially unveiling the world’s smallest first-person-view (FPV) quadcopter dubbed the VIDIUS.
Measuring in at just 1.7 inches wide and standing just under an inch tall, the VIDIUS is a modern marvel of design and engineering. Though larger than the previously mentioned Aerius (Axis did have to make room for a camera, after all), it’s still one of the smallest drones you’ll find anywhere. For instance, the included controller, which isn’t all that big, absolutely dwarfs the VIDIUS when set side-by-side. Due in large part to its diminutive size, owners need not register the VIDIUS with the FAA before flying.
Feature wise, Axis once again cut no corners. Not only does the onboard camera boast the capacity to stream and record video in 420p, but it also allows pilots to snap stunning photos in-flight as well. Its built-in 3.7V, 150 mAh battery packs enough power to keep the little guy flying for roughly 7 minutes and requires just 20 minutes to fully charge via a USB cable once depleted. Axis also includes three pre-programmed speed settings, allowing users extra control over the amount of flight sensitivity they desire.
Aside from its built-in camera and competitive specifications, Axis’ inclusion of Aerius-like aerial maneuvers is sure to make this one wildly fun drone. Utilizing its pre-programmed “Trick Mode” algorithm, the VIDIUS can also perform a range of automated rolls and flips with just a few simple flicks of the controller’s joystick. Furthermore, its 6-axis gyro stabilization keeps the VIDIUS center and stable throughout flight — even while pulling off the most hair-raising of tricks.
During flight, the VIDIUS carries a maximum distance of roughly 100 feet from the pilot, which assures the tiny drone won’t just wander off, never to be seen again. If flying at night is any user’s particular cup of tea, it also features bright LED lights which help locate the quadcopter in the dark while. If for any reason the VIDIUS does get away from the pilot and suffers a crash, Axis includes an extra set of blades to help get it back in the air as quickly as possible.
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Available next month on January 29, Axis currently allows preorders of the VIDIUS for $75 ($20 off its regular retail price). Packed to the brim with impressive features and specifications, Axis’ VIDIUS looks poised to take the drone industry by storm and, once again, score one for the little guys.