Parrot Announces ANAFI FPV Designed for Aerial Photographers
BY Isabella Lee4 September 2019
FPV drone pilots are enjoying a tidal wave of new tech recently. DJI kicked off the trend last month when they launched the DJI Digital FPV System, followed by the Drone Racing League’s release of the new DRL Racer4 Street, and Fat Shark announced that they’ve been working on an HD FPV system called Byte Frost. Now, Parrot is the latest manufacturer to hop on the wagon, announcing the ANAFI FPV just this week.
The ANAFI FPV is an extension of the ANAFI foldable camera drone launched in June 2018, with an added pair of “Cockpitglasses.” The Cockpitglasses hold your smartphone and pair with the FreeFlight 6.6 app to enable an immersive FPV experience.
An FPV Drone System Designed for Photographers and Videographers
With the many recent FPV launches, Parrot’s FPV pack is more likely to be the choice of an aerial photographer than a drone racing pilot. The FPV system lets photographers enjoy total immersion and explore new techniques for shot composition.
The camera experience is a new paradigm for aerial photographers and videographers, providing a unique “cocoon” for immersive photography and in-depth image controls. The full array of ANAFI’s manual camera settings are available in FPV mode—but only when you want to see them. Manual settings such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation—and advanced features such as an image histogram and “zebra” exposure assistance overlay—are customizable and easily displayed by opening the settings using the button on the Cockpitglasses.
Videographers can try out the new cinematic preset to capture smooth and dramatic footage that looks like you’re behind the controls of a glider. The horizontal axis of the 4K HDR camera is locked to the tilt of the drone, and footage shows every majestic bank and turn in your flight.
That’s not to say you couldn’t fly the ANAFI FPV in a racing environment if you wanted to. In fact, the FPV pack includes a racing preset built for high-speed flight. While the cinematic preset is built for stable and fluid motion, the racing preset is built for speed instead of smoothness. The horizontal axis is locked to the tilt of your drone, giving your videos a more aggressive look as ANAFI bobs and weaves through the air at high speed.
Another feature that will stand out to fast flyers is the See-Through View. If you lose sight of your drone, you can find your ANAFI in mid-air without removing the Cockpit glasses: Switch to See-Through View, and you’ll see live video from your smartphone camera. An overlay shows the exact position of your drone—and if your ANAFI is off-screen, an icon points to its location.
Price and Availability of ANAFI FPV
The ANAFI FPV All-In-One Pack will sell for $799 and be available for pre-sales & in-store from early September 2019.
The ANAFI FPV All-In-One Pack comes with:
- 1 ANAFI FPV drone
- 1 Parrot Skycontroller 3
- 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 3
- 1 smart battery
- 1 backpack
- 8 spare propeller blades
- 1 mounting tool
- 1 16 GB microSD card
- 1 USB-A/USB-C cable
For more information on the ANAFI FPV, check out this page on the Parrot website and the demo video below.
Parrot Reacts to Changing Landscape of Drone Manufacturing Market
A recent article from Bloomberg claims that the “drone bubble,” has burst. Dozens of startups have shut down or been consolidated in the past year. The drone landscape is changing in the U.S. with a shift from an emphasis on hardware and manufacturing to a focus on providing software and services.
Among other drone manufacturers, Parrot found themselves having to pare down their operations and narrow their focus to stay afloat. The French drone company reported a 45% drop in revenue during the third quarter of 2018 and plans to cut 100 jobs. Then in July 2019, Parrot halted the production of most of its drones to focus solely on the ANAFI.
Parrot’s ANAFI FPV falls in line with the company’s plan to focus solely on its strongest consumer drone. The ANAFI continues to expand its reach with new applications from thermal to FPV.
Let us know what you think of Parrot’s strategy to stay in the game and maintain its presence in the consumer drone industry in this thread on our community forum.