Adventure junkies looking for an aerial platform for their GoPro action cameras need look no further than the SteadiDrone QU4D. This cool, locally produced ready-to-fly beastie uses a foldable arm system that facilitates two different flight modes: Normal, with the arms positioned like a traditional quadcopter’s, or Hero, with arms angled much wider apart to keep the props out of the shot. The arms fold up completely for convenient travel and storage in a matter of seconds, no tools required.
A motor mount vibration damping system allows for smooth video and “jello-free” filming. Built-in GPS navigation provides altitude hold, position hold, unlimited waypoint navigation, return to home and auto land fail-safes. There’s even a longrange wireless data telemetry system that links to a ground station/laptop. Maximum payload is 800 grams and the QU4D can fly for a little under half an hour at up to 100 km/h, with a range of up to 1,5 km. Price: about R17 400 (depending on the exchange rate). Contact SteadiDrone on 044-382 7051 or visit www.steadidrone.com