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The Dobby: An Affordable GPS Drone Under $200

ZeroTech Dobby

Starting under $200

Overall Quality















  • PROS:
  • HD Camera with Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Foldable, Portable Design
  • Easy to Fly
  • CONS:
  • Not Fast/Agile
  • No Remote


  • Flight Time: 9 minutes
  • Range: 200 meters
  • Camera: 13 MP (4K video)

The Zerotech Dobby was an impressive drone when it was released a couple years ago, but the price tag was a little high. Many drone enthusiasts initially cringed at the idea of a “selfie drone” but with other small flying cameras gaining popularity (like the DJI Spark), the idea is now more mainstream. Now that the Dobby is under $200 it is one heck of a deal.

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We took a look at the camera quality and features of the Dobby and found it to be a compelling option at its new low price point. Its camera still stands up well to the competition. With the price tag falling closer to $200 it is definitely worth another look.

ZeroTech Dobby

If you are looking for a foldable GPS quadcopter with some sweet flight modes then keep on reading.

Dobby vs Tello
The Dobby is one small but capable quadcopter. See how it compares to the Tello (left) and Spark (right).

The Original Selfie Drone

Dobby selfie drone
Ok. I took a selfie with the Dobby.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of selfie drones or even selfies for that matter. That said, there is no doubt that the Dobby started a fad of sorts by introducing the original “selfie drone.” While I think the idea of purchasing a drone to take pictures of myself is odd, I do like the idea of a small but portable drone with an HD camera that has multiple shooting modes. The Dobby is just that, a small and portable HD camera, that happens to be able to fly with the help of your phone.

Dobby and Elfie Selfie Drones
The Dobby was the first and maybe the best of the selfie drones. The inexpensive Elfie was popular but nowhere near as nice as the Dobby.

The Dobby Camera

Dobby 4K camera drone
As you can see the Dobby has an adjustable angle camera.

The Dobby sports an impressive 13 MP 4K camera. It has built-in electronic image stabilization (EIS) that does a very nice job of smoothing out the drone’s movements. Dobby was built to fly slow and steady. If you accelerate more quickly you’ll notice some odd EIS cropping. So fly slowly and you’ll be happy with your video.

Dobby camera
You can see the image quality of the Dobby is pretty darn good.

I was shocked to discover that the image quality of the Dobby holds up extremely well to its more expensive peers. When you see the video and photos the Dobby produces you will see why it initially demanded such a high price tag.

Dobby Usability

Best portable drone
The small and lightweight Dobby is an excellent option for people that want a portable drone.

The Dobby was a very easy drone to fly. Its sensors do an impressive job of keeping the drone steady and level. Dobby has a handful of different modes that make it easier to fly than some other drones, but it also has modes that give the drone pilot the ability to maneuver it like a standard quadcopter.

Dobby Drawbacks

Dobby drone
Take a look at the Dobby from the bottom. You’ll see the extra camera and sonar sensor.

We weren’t able to get our Dobby connected to a new iPhone 8 or the Google Pixel. These two newer phones didn’t work and we aren’t sure why. It did work well with the iPhone 7+ and iPhone 6 we tested. The camera angle is adjustable, but only manually. Once you are in the air you’ll have to deal with the angle you chose. Flying with your smartphone isn’t ever my personal preference and it is a little disappointing that you can’t pair it with a real remote control. That said, with the stability of the Dobby and given its intended purpose, this is not a major limitation.

***WARNING*** Follow the battery charging instructions. The Dobby charger will let you plug the battery in backward (a rookie design mistake). Doing this will completely discharge the battery and render it useless.

Should You Get a Dobby?


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Take a look at the Zerotech Dobby drone.

There are not many options for drones that combine a small foldable size with a crisp HD camera. If you are looking for something inexpensive and portable then the Dobby is a good choice. With other drones in the price range producing sub-par image quality, you will be impressed with the Dobby’s camera. The major limitation seems to be app support, with the latest generations of smartphones not pairing with the Dobby.


Other Options

Dobby vs Breeze
Take a look at the Dobby with the tiny Tello, white Yuneec Breeze and red DJI Spark.

The Yuneec Breeze is another good option if you are looking for an HD camera drone with electronic image stabilization for around $200. If you have a slightly larger budget we’d recommend taking a look at the $399 DJI Spark. It will give you a two-axis mechanical gimbal and is a spectacular beginner aerial photography drone. If you aren’t ready to spend $200 on a quadcopter then take a look at the Ryze Tello. It is the best drone you can buy for under $100.

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  7. It’s 2021 and the Dobby can be had at bargain basement prices. Mainly due to the fact that more and more cheap drones have come out and that Zerotech has abandoned it.

    It’s still a great little drone to take some arial family pictures. I’ve modded mine as much as I dare to, including removing a lot of plastic by dremel and replacing the gaping holes with lightweigh mesh to keep debri out. I’ve also done the “CPU mod” (removing CPU heatsink and moving the fan from the back of the drone to up top over the CPU). This has kept the drone cooler, but also requires you to cut into your drown so you can mount the fan with an air hole over the CPU.

    Finally, I’ve noticed that some have complained that the connections where the motors mount to the plastic are showing cracks. I’m guessing this is a weak spot, but there are 3D printed files out there that basically work like a cup that covers that area reinforcing it. I’ve done that mod as well to future proof it.

    I’ve owned DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. And I have to admit I absolutely LOVE DJI drones. It’s the de-facto drone to look up to. With that being said, I’m also loving the Dobby despite it’s short flight time. (My only true gripe, and the false 4K advertising. 4K pics, not videos.)

    Just remember, Zerotech ditched the Dobby. But there are 3rd party Wifi controllers on the App stores that will work like a charm.

    Great write up on the Dobby. Will you ever follow up with using it in 2021?

  8. Sorry for the double comment, can’t see a way to edit my previous one.

    I forgot to mention the main reason I love the Dobby – It’s small! So is the Spark, but the Dobby folds away nicely. (Wish the propellers stayed tucked away.) Which means I bring it everywhere with me. Plus it’s now less than 100 USD on places like eBay. Got mine for 50 USD with four batteries. So I’m not worried if it gets destroyed which means I’m not very careful with it. I don’t baby it, so sand at the beach? No worries. Rains a little? Who cares? This has made it so I use a drone so much more often. While for birthdays and major events I’ll whip out one of my DJI’s, but for just family fun the Dobby is my go-to.

    Thanks again.

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