The KFPLAN KF617 is an affordable drone with a 4K camera that has obstacle avoidance for less than $50. It is small, foldable, and portable and even comes with its own carrying case. Is this the new best option for a drone that is less than $50?
The KFPLAN KF617 sounds like a decent option for a beginner that is looking to buy a low-cost entry-level drone. However, its specs are mostly overrated. While the camera claims to be 4K it is really a 720p camera that is upscaled. It shoots at a low 20 fps and isn’t stabilized footage. That means it will be shaky. It is fine to learn but the footage will be grainy at best.
The small lightweight drone ok windless days but the brushed motors are not powerful enough to battle even light winds. This is not a GPS drone but has optical flow for added stability. The KFPLAN KF617 has a flight time of up to 15 minutes and a range of 80 meters. You can expect about half of both those numbers in real-time flying. Obstacle avoidance works in certain situations but it isn’t something to rely on. I had issues with connectivity with my model. It disconnected about 20 meters away from me and I had to rely on the app to get it back.
The flight modes on the KFPLAN KF617 include waypoints, path drawing, point of interest, and return to home. None of these features are things I’d even recommend trying. They just aren’t well implemented. Especially return to home. Attempting an automated return to home on a non-GPS drone is asking to lose it. If you are looking for a good beginner drone I’d recommend the Ryze Tello. It is a great option and one of the best beginner drones on the market today.
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