First Impressions: PowerVision PowerEgg Drone

When you look at drones these days, many of them have a very similar design. But as of recently, things have started to change. And with today’s announcement of the new PowerVision PowerEgg, things are really starting to look different. For the uneducated, the Portal-Turret-Looking-Drone may not even look like a drone. But indeed, it’s a beautiful product that wants to promise users a simple experience and a fun time overall.

More importantly, it will change the way you look at a drone.

Tech Specs

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  1. AIRCRAFT
Weight 2,100 g (4.6 lb) (Battery and propellers included)
Diagonal Size (Excluding Propellers)  448 mm
Physical Dimension  272 mm x 176 mm (Close) / 272 mm x 476 mm (Flight)
Max Ascent Speed  5 m/s (Professional mode)
Max Descent Speed  2 m/s (Professional mode)
Hover Accuracy Vertical: +/- 0.1 m (When Vision Positioning is active, 0.2 – 4 m); +/- 1 m
Horizontal: +/- 0.2 m (Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting); +/- 1.5 m
Max Flight Speed  13 m/s (Professional mode)
Operating Frequency  2.4 G
Propellers Size  10.5 inch
Power  265 W (Hover) 450 W (Max)
Max Flight Time  23 min
Max Attitude  30 degree
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level  4,000 m (13,123 ft)
Operating Temperature  0° – 40°C (32° – 104°F)
GPS Mode  GPS and BeiDou
Anti-wind < 5 level 
  1. CAMERA
Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS
Lens FOV 95° 22 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 G
ISO Range 100 – 3,200 (Video); 100 – 1,600 (Photo)
Shutter Speed 8 s to 1/8,000 s
Image Max Size 4,254 x 3,264

2,840 x 2,160

2,560 x 1,920

Still Photography Modes Single shot

Burst shooting: 3 / 5 / 10 frames

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 / 5 / 7 bracketed frames

Self-timer: 5 / 10 / 30 s

at 0.3 EV Bias

Time-lapse: 1/30, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 60 s

Video Recording Modes UHD: 3,840 x 2,160 30p

FHD: 1,920 x 1,080 30/60/120p

HD: 1,280 x 720 60/120/240p

Supported SD Card Types Micro-SD

Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required

Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps
Supported File Formats FAT32/exFAT

JPEG, DNG

MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

Operating Temperature -10° – 40°C (14° – 104°F)
  1. GIMBAL
Controllable Pitch Range 0 – 90°
Controllable Row Range -120° – +170°
Stabilization 3-axis (Pitch, roll, yaw)
Controllable Accuracy 0.05°
  1. STANDARD REMOTE CONTROLLER
Operating Temperature 0° – 40°C (32° – 104°F)
Battery 2,800 mAh LiPo 1S
Operating Voltage 120 mA / 3.7 V
Operating Life 20 hours
Charging Time 3 hours
  1. POWEREGG MAESTRO MOTION REMOTE CONTROLLER
Operating Temperature 0° – 40°C (32° – 104°F)
Battery 1400 mAh LiPo 1S
Operating Voltage 120 mA / 3.7 V
Operating Life 10 hours
Charging Time 2 hours 
  1. BASE STATION
Operating Frequency Aircraft to Base Station: 2.400 – 2.483 GHz

Base Station to other devices: 5.725 GHz – 5.875 GHz

Max Transmission Distance 5 km (3.1 mi) (Subject to regulation and local operating conditions). Distance will be shorter for CE.
Operating Temperature 0° – 40°C (32° – 104°F)
Battery 2,300 mAh LiPo 1S
Transmitter Power 20 dbm @ CE, 28 dbm @ FCC
Operating Voltage 800 mA / 3.7 V
Operating Life 1.5 hours
Charging Time 3 hours
Latency 300 ms
  1. POWEREGG SMART BATTERY
Capacity 6.4 AH
Voltage 14.8 V
Battery Type LiPo
Energy 94.8 WH
Net Weight 580 g (1.3 lb)
Operating Temperature -10° – 40°C (14° – 104°F)
Charging Current 2 C
  1. VISION POSITIONING
Velocity Range ≤ 4 m/s (2 m above ground)
Altitude Range 0.2 – 4 m (0.66 – 13.12 ft)
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (Lux > 15) 
  1. CHARGER
Input AC 100 – 240 V
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Output Port 1: 16.8 V ± 0.1 V

< 5 A

Output Port 2: 5 V ± 0.1 V

< 6 A

Operating Temperature -10° – 45°C (14° – 113°F)
Rated Power 114 W 
  1. APP
Required Operating Systems iOS 8.0 or later

Android 4.2 or later

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Ergonomics

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The PowerEgg has a lot of pretty complicated sections and overall layout–but tries to make it pretty simple overall. The legs fold out for themselves while each of the arms and the propellers need to be folded out as well.

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On the top of the drone, there’s a button that you’ll need to hold down in order to make it power on or off. In the middle of all this is where you place the battery.

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The arms stay in place with a locking button mechanism. It’s pretty easy to fold them back down when you need to for storage. All of these arms and legs then come right back in to form the egg-like design and look.

Build Quality

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The drone is incredibly well built with its body comprised of metals and plastics. One of the tougher things to remember is how to place it on the charging station when needed. It’s pretty smooth on the outside as well, so you’ll need to ensure that you’ve got a good grip on it. Texture would be nice for gripping reasons.

Ease of Use

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The PowerEgg has a lot of features like many other drones. It will detect when the battery is about to die and return home, connect to your phone to beam video or images, and even connect to one of two controllers. The first looks like a typical drone radio controller/XBox controller. The second looks like something designed to work with the Nintendo Wii system.

PowerVision tells us these drones aren’t really designed for professionals, but instead hobbyists and enthusiasts. On top of that, they’re billing that anyone in the family will be able to use it with ease.

The drone will be able to do cool things like hover and follow you too–just in case you’re all about being broadcasted from above. Of course though, it’s got a small sensor.

First Impressions

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One of the things that makes testing drones so darn tough in NYC is the fact that they’re pretty much illegal all over except in a few parks. When the PowerEgg becomes available for review, we’re calling one in for testing. We have yet to see any sort of image quality from the PowerEgg too, but so far it looks pretty promising and cool.