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Skydio 2 vs Skydio 2+ comparison: What's new, what's changed?

Josh Spires | 20 January, 2022 | The Sphere Drones Blog

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Skydio recently released the Skydio 2+ an updated and improved version of the company's Skydio 2 drone. It might be a little confusing to figure what the differences are between the two. It is important to note that the Skydio 2+ is replacing the Skydio 2, meaning it can no longer be purchased.

Comparison chart

Specification  Skydio 2 Skydio 2+
Weight (With battery) 775g 800g
Dimensions (With battery) 223 x 273 x 74 mm (l x w x h) 223 x 273 x 74 mm (l x w x h)
Flight Time 23 minutes 27 minutes
Max Flight Speed (Sea level, now wind) 58 kph 58 kph
Max Wind Speed Resistance 40 kph 40 kph
Max Service Ceiling (Above sea level) 4572 m density altitude 4572 m density altitude
Max Flight Altitude (From control device) 499 m 499 m
Max Range 3.5 km 6 km
Operation Temperature Range -5°C to 40°C -5°C to 40°C
Battery Capacity 4280 mAh 5410 mAh
KeyFrame Yes Yes

What's new?

2x range

The Skydio 2+ features a new high-power 5GHz radio with two collapsible omnidirectional antennas on the top of the two front arms. This improved system takes the Skydio 2+'s range from 3km to an impressive 6km when in the best conditions.

Controller range

  • Desert - 6km - Low Wi-Fi Density
  • Suburb - 2km - Medium Wi-Fi Density
  • City - 1km - High Wi-Fi Density

Beacon range (not currently available in Australia)

  • Desert - 3km - Low Wi-Fi Density
  • Suburb - 1km - Medium Wi-Fi Density
  • City - 500m - High Wi-Fi Density

20% more flight time

The Skydio 2+ has also been given an improved battery that comes in at 5410mAh, an increase over the Skydio 2's 4280mAh battery. This increase in capacity allows the Skydio 2+ to get an extra four minutes in the air with a maximum flight time of 27 minutes.

Keyframe

Adding to Skydio's autonomous feature set, KeyFrame allows users to set keyframes with the camera and drone's position recorded. Adding multiple of these KeyFrames together allows the drone to complete complex shots autonomously that would only be possible with a dedicated team.

Our goal when developing KeyFrame was to enable any pilot—no matter their skill level—to capture complex Hollywood-style camera moves that would be impossible any other way. KeyFrame does not replace human creativity or composition but allows a pilot to unlock incredible shots with just a few taps. KeyFrame is without a doubt the most powerful aerial tool a person can use to bring their creative vision to life.

KeyFrame is available right now for all Skydio 2 and Skydio 2+ owners and can be downloaded via the Skydio Android and iOS apps.

Source: Skydio

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