A camera that flies? She’s almost here. Lily is part drone part GoPro part flying camera part entirely awesome.
Lily is a throw and shoot camera. Never heard of a throw and shoot camera? That’s because she’s the first of her kind. In theory, you simply throw Lily into the air and she will follow you around while taking up to 20 minutes of video. She is also waterproof and she floats which means you can film yourself snowboarding or surfing in the rain or in the sun.
Lily tracks using GPS and computer vision. Computer vision uses facial recognition which is important when you are being shot by a self-flying camera. Using facial recognition, Lilly is able to get better footage by making sure that she stays focused on your face as a point of reference. Although computer vision will give you a better shot that is centralized on you, she knows it’s you because she also communicates back to a wearable tracking device that sits on the user’s wrist. Like the camera, the tracking device is waterproof and battery powered.
Lily or GoPro
Lily weighs just under 3lbs but she is surprisingly agile and more importantly, rugged. Lilly is also jam packed full of sensors that give Lily the ability to self-fly without being told what to do. She includes a three-axis gyro, magnetometer, barometer, GPS, a front-facing camera, and a bottom-facing camera. The cameras capture footage that is sent back to the 4GB micro SD card or to the optional, secondary SD card. She is powered by a lithium-ion battery that allows for 20 minutes of flying time and recharges in 2 hours. She can fly at an altitude as high as 50 feet and as low as 5 feet at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. She can also fly up to 100 feet away from the user which is just one obvious difference between using Lily and a GoPro. Lily can get the ultimate shot, the wide angle, and things that simply can’t be captured using a GoPro.
Compared to the HERO4 Silver or even the GoPro HERO3, Lilly holds her own.
- HERO4 Silver $399.99 vs Lily $499 presale price
- HERO4 Silver 1080p 60 fps vs Lily 1080p 60 fps
- HERO4 Silver 720p 120 fps vs Lily 720p 120 fps
- HERO4 Silver H.264 codec, .mp4 vs Lily H.264 codec, .mp4
- HERO4 Silver 12MP Photo Resolution vs Lily 12MP
- HERO4 Silver Max Battery Life 2:00 vs Lilly 0:20
- GoPro iOS, Android, and Windows Phone vs Lilly iOS and Android
Lilly will include access to a free iOS and Android app. Using the app you can change camera settings, live stream video, and also create a flight path for Lilly.
The presale price of Lily is $499 until June 15th with a $20 shipping fee. If you think that’s hard to swallow, let me be the first to tell you that the price will gradually increase to their targeted retail price of $999. The team expects to start shipping Lilly in February. You can pre-order Lilly here.