At first glance, you might mistake the Ghost drone for the DJI Phantom 2. But this Indiegogo project aims to make drones more accessible and easier to fly.
Designed with filmmakers and aerial photographers in mind, Ghost takes the guesswork out of drone flying, so you can focus on capturing the perfect shot.
Let’s take a look at the makers behind the Ghost and its features to see if it lives up to the hype.
What is the Ghost Drone?
The Ghost Drone was developed by Ehang, a team of international flight enthusiasts. The team recognized that most drones are really difficult to fly, they crash easily, and they can be expensive.
The Ghost Drone is the solution to these problems. It allows enthusiasts of all experience levels to enjoy drone flying.
And because it’s so easy to fly, filmmakers with no flight experience can still use their drone to capture amazing footage from high up in the sky.
Ghost was designed for:
- Travelers and adventurers
- Photographers and filmmakers
- Drone users of all experience levels
- Sports enthusiasts
- Anyone who owns a GoPro camera
Features You Might Want to Know About
Ghost is a quadcopter that’s ready to fly out of the box. It’s portable, lightweight and incredibly easy to fly. Let’s take a look at this drone’s standout features:
- High precision GPS (UBlox 6M)
- Weight: 1.4lbs
- 2D gimbal (an optional feature)
- 30 minute max flight time without gimbal; 20 minute max flight time with GoPro and gimbal
- 3-bladed 8045 reversible propeller
- Up to 0.6 mile control distance
- Can reach speeds of up to 49 mph, but speed is set to 10 mph for safety
- Wind and water resistant
- Auto return feature
- Night mode
- Auto-follow mode
- Compatible with GoPro cameras
- Single-click commands
- Four colors: Red, blue, white and black
Ghost is controlled by an intuitive smartphone app, which is why it’s so easy to fly. It comes pre-assembled, so you can start flying right away.
The auto-follow mode and auto return are two features that we really love. In auto-follow mode, your drone will tag along with you wherever you go. So, if you’re biking, snowboarding, skiing or doing whatever it is you love, Ghost will follow you around and capture every moment of your adventure. And when you’re ready to call it a day, the auto return feature will ensure that your drone lands safely right where it took off.
Let Your Smartphone Be Your Pilot
Forget having to lug around a big bulky radio controller, Ghost lets you control your drone using your smartphone. And the app couldn’t make flying any easier. In Auto Mode, all you have to do is tap your finger on the map, and the drone will automatically fly to that point.
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While you can ditch the big radio controller, you’ll still need to carry around the drone’s G-Box. The G-Box communicates between your smartphone and the drone.
Part of what makes the Ghost so easy to fly is the one-click commands. Hovering, takeoff and landing are already programmed for you.
The app will even let you know when the battery is running low, so you know when it’s time to pack up and call it a day. All of these intuitive features take away the focus of controlling the drone and allow you to concentrate on getting that perfect shot.
Drone, camera and micro controls are also available through the app. The drone controls allow you to adjust the orientation and the height of Ghost in a simple way. Swipe the vertical bar up or down to control the altitude. Swipe the horizontal bar right or left to swivel your camera.
And there are even more controls for your camera. Just like the drone’s controls, a vertical bar allows you to tilt your camera up or down. A horizontal bar allows you to tilt right or left.
Once your piloting skills have improved, you can use the micro control to further adjust the position, height and angle of your drone for more precise shots.
What Sets Ghost Apart
With so many drones out there, it’s hard for developers to really stand out in the crowd. What Ghost does is give users a drone that’s reasonably priced, easy to fly and captures great quality footage. The auto-follow feature is just the icing on the cake. It’s a drone for anyone and everyone.
Because the drone is still in the development phase, no one in the community has really had a chance to fly the Ghost first-hand. But judging from the footage in the promotional videos, it’s safe to say that this is going to be a really exciting addition to the industry.
And if the Indiegogo prices are any indication of the retail price, the Ghost will be a really affordable option. Right now, you can snag a Ghost without a gimbal for just $375. If you already have a GoPro camera, you can get your hands on this drone with a gimbal for just $599.