Welcome back my loves! I am EAGER to share my recent blog purchase. Say hello to my new friend The Xiro Explorer 4K! In typical me fashion, I impulsively bought a drone. Well, not entirely impulsive. I have been yearning for one for quite sometime now. Those who know me, know how long I have been wanting to buy one. I was explaining to Caleb & Alla on my birthday that a drone would be my next purchase, quite literally after opening up my GoPro gift.
Each have their own amazing qualities. What sold me for the Xiro Xplorer was the “bargain for your buck mentality”. Seeing as my blog, or as I like to refer to it – my online diary, caters to my personal growth and social inspiration, I only would use the drone for fun. Whereas I have friends who use their drone professionally. To them, it becomes an investment to splurge. For me, I did not want to hit the $1000 mark when purchasing a drone that will only supplement my blogs, look books and travel videos. Although The Mavic is one of the best, following suit The DJI Phantom 3, I couldn’t bring myself to spend over $1300 on a drone. Maybe one day when I feel stable in my career. I have been trying to be meticulous with how I spend my money and look at the bigger picture within my purchases.
Fun fact, I am looking into upgrading my camera this winter. I again, have 3 options in mind. A DSLR is something I am willing to invest more into as I would be using it on a regular basis.
Up above you will see a snippet of Caleb and I testing out my drone 2 evenings ago. I have had my drone for over a week now, but I didn't unbox it right away...something about the "it being final sale" threw me for a loop (anxiety 101 with the money I put into it). I want to point out that the footage above is also my FIRST flight with my drone (Caleb can testify to that). I am actually pretty impressed with how I assembled this bad boy and how easy it was to fly (with Caleb’s help). Although at first glance, the drone seems confusing especially when YOU have to set it up, propellers and all. What was great about this model is that it embodies both expert capabilities with a beginner user friendly flight system. I have not crashed it and fingers crossed I hope I never will (probably unlikely). It truly is all about practise and being extremely careful with your new gizmo (ahh Gizmo, like Gremlins...I love that movie...anyways). You have to get used to it and then you both can work together like a team. If you look into the DJI Spark, I have heard good things but the battery life and complications in reviews, seemed like a no for me. Although it being the selfie and portable drone option, the quality is not as good as 4K and if parts break - unfortunately, the whole item would need to be replaced as opposed to the assemble yourself pieces (which could be beneficial in the long run). Also, the Xiro Explorer gives you EXTRA pieces just in case items do break (winning)!
I know the quality doesn’t look the best – but take it into account that it was starting to get dark outside. With low light comes a grainy film output. The drone I bought is coupled with a 4K camera – so I have no doubt in my mind that the video quality come day light will be just what I was looking for. The Xiro Xplorer is said to have a little darker picture tone as opposed to the DJI Phantom 3. Post production can help brighten up each shot just as well which is why that did not bother me too much. Side note, the flight range is less than the other two (almost) contenders. Always look at the specs and compare your models to find a drone (or anything) that suits your specific needs. If you will be using your drone for farther distances, perhaps look into purchasing the DJI Phantom 3. For professional use, The Mavric or DJI Phantom 4 are considered some of the best in the market.
These video links REALLY helped me in the process of setting up and flying my drone.