The DJI Mavic Pro set the cat amongst the drone pigeons, showing that a compact drone doesn’t have to have a compact feature list. The GDU Byrd Advanced 1.0 is the latest of these compact drones, with deftly designed, fold-out arms and landing gear that make it compact when stored, but larger in flight. Although it’s not as compact as the DJI Mavic Pro, the GDU is more versatile, letting you swap out different cameras, and it has a lower starting price of $749 — but you’ll need to bring your own GoPro.
Design: Larger Than the Mavic Pro
The Byrd Advanced is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing: It’s fairly small when folded up, but it expands into a large drone. In its folded state, the Byrd measures 10.7 x 8.8 x 4.21 inches. That’s much larger than the folded-up Mavic Pro (8 x 4 x 3.5 inches), and that size for the Byrd doesn’t include the gimbal or camera. It’s still quite portable, though, and will fit easily into a small backpack.
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