With the Snap Pixy, the developer of the social media platform Snapchat has introduced a particularly small and lightweight drone. The “friendly flying camera” works directly with Snapchat and independently takes photos and videos. There is no need for remote control.
The Snap Pixy in detail
A drone for the Snapchat generation wants to be the new Snap Pixy, which manufacturer Snap Inc. yesterday introduced. Instead of controlling the aircraft via smartphone or remote control, as is usually the case, the Pixy is set into action with the help of buttons on the top.
At the touch of a button, the Pixy takes to the skies and flies in four predefined trajectories. It can hover above the ground, follow users at a distance of two to three meters or orbit around them in orbit mode. It is also possible to have the Snap Pixy take off from a distance and record its return to the user. All this works at the touch of a button, without the need for remote control.
Videos of the flights are directly transferred wirelessly and stored in the Snapchat Memories of the associated social network. With the help of editing tools, lenses and sound effects, short videos of the recordings can then be made.
2.7K videos and 12 MP photos
Technically, the Snap Pixy is capable of recording videos in 2.7-K resolution. Photos shoots the camera of the drone in a resolution of 12 megapixels. A second built-in camera is used to navigate the aircraft.
While Snap Inc. itself shared little information about the Pixy, initial tests already provide additional details. Accordingly, 16 GB of internal storage space is available, while the battery should be sufficient for around four to five flights. In addition to the drone, however, the manufacturer also offers individual battery packs to quickly continue flying on the go. The Snap Pixy is charged via USB Type-C.
Prices and availability
The Snap Pixy is available to order now in the U.S. via the manufacturer’s shop. However, the drone will also be offered in France in the future, and no release is apparently currently planned for the German-speaking market. The MSRP is $229.99, a “Pixy Flight Pack” including dual charger and second battery comes in at $249.99.