The CES 2018 was held in Las Vegas this year and I have to say, it was well worth the trip. Las Vegas is packed full of excitement, but being the tech-enthusiast that I am, while the CES was going on, that’s all I really cared about. During the CES, I witnessed many different gadgets that are set to come out this year, but my main attention was placed towards the drones (of course, because drones are my main hobby).
Each year, I enjoy looking at the upcoming drones and every year, that’s the time my bank account gets emptied out, but this is the type of hobby that is well worth every penny. During this time, I witnessed companies like DJi and PowerVision announces their latest and “greatest” drones that are set to come out in 2018, but there was one company that I feel should have received more attention and that was High Great.
High Great is a company that is based in Shenzhen and is focused on making drones. During the CES 2018, they actually introduced two drones, the Mark and Hesper. Both of the drones are affordable and great quality and they are aimed at drone enthusiasts that just so happen to be on the lower side of the price range. While the Mark is a great drone within itself, today, I want to take a closer look at the Hesper.
In my opinion, the Hesper drone is better than the Mark drone in a variety of ways. However, it does share the same features as Mark, including the foldable design, Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, and the Sony IMX 214 sensor.
At first, looking at the Hesper, it almost feels as if the DJI’s Mavic Pro inspired the design, which isn’t a bad thing, because I actually like how the Mavic Pro looks.
If you’re looking for a drone that is capable of taking 4K videos, then you’re looking at it right now. This drone has a nie onboard camera that is mounted direction on the nose.
The flight time is something that really surprised me. With drones in this price range, I’m used to seeing flight times of 4 or 5 minutes, but this one right here actually offers a total of 18 minutes. It has a 1950 mAh battery.
Controlling the Drone
You can control the drone from a physical controller or a smarphone app. On the smartphone app, you will have a live camera feed, which is pretty cool.
Adjustable Mechanical Gimbal
The drone has an adjustable mechanical gimbal, which is capable of adjusting between -15 degrees to 90 degrees.
Visual Processing and Tracking Capabilities
The drone offers visual processing and tracking capabilities. As previously mentioned, there’s two operation modes – remote control and APP.
When you use the remote control, you will be limited to 60 meters, but with the app, you can fly up to 800 meters, which is pretty good.
All in all, the Hesper is a pretty good drone with some interesting features. The Hesper is set to hit the stores sometime in March this year (2018) and I believe it will cost $499 at first. I feel that the price for this drone is well worth it. Would I recommend the Hesper to my friends and family? If you had a choice between the Mark drone and this drone, while this drone may be a bit more expensive than the Mark drone, in my opinion, it would be the best choice. So yes, I would recommend the Hesper to my friends and family members, as long as they can afford it.