Potensic Dreamer Pro Review Summary
The Potensic Dreamer Pro is an impressive drone that comes with some advanced features. The main feature of this drone is its HD camera, its equipped with a Sony sensor and can capture HD images in 16MP and record 4k video footage. The camera is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal which will improve the quality of your videos and photos by eliminating or reducing any sort of distortion. Other features include a dual GNSS receiver, autonomous flight modes, low battery automatic return to home and 28 minutes of flight time.
- 1/3-inch Sony sensor with 78° FOV
- Captures 16MP images
- Records video footage in 4k@30fps
- Video recording speed of 60Mbps
- 3-axis gimbal
- Dual GNSS receiver
- Smart flight modes
- Automatic return to home
- 28 minutes of flight time
- 2km control range
Hi and welcome to this review of the new Potensic Dreamer Pro drone, this is the successor to the Dreamer 4K drone (which actually didn’t record videos in 4K, but the Pro does).
Potensic have released some fairly popular mid-tier drones, for example, the Potensic D58 and T25 are very popular drones on Amazon.
However, they do have some competition in this area from the likes of Holy Stone, Hubsan and even DJI with their release of the DJI Mini range of drones, most of which are cheaper than the Potensic Dreamer Pro.
The new Dreamer Pro is Potensics first drone that comes equipped with a camera that can record 4K video footage and is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal.
It has proved to be quite a popular drone and comes with some impressive features, if you are in search of a drone for under $500, the Potensic Dreamer Pro may be worth taking a look at.
Potensic Dreamer Pro Review
This drone looks very similar to its predecessor, but it is slightly larger and weighs around 820g.
As the drone weighs more than 250 grams, If you live in the UK or USA, you will need to register this drone with the CAA or FAA and make sure to have your registration number clearly labelled on the drone.
With its all-white body and the pair of landing legs, the Potensic Dreamer Pro has similar design features to that of the DJI Phantom range of drones.
The drone comes with some impressive features, for example, it is equipped with a dual GNSS receiver and powerful brushless motors both of which will help with better flight stabilisation.
The brushless motors are especially helpful if you decide to fly in windy conditions as they will help maintain a steady altitude especially when it is on hover mode.
The official stated flight time for this drone is 28 minutes, which is slightly less than its predecessor, which is a little disappointing.
However, most people will probably manage around 25 minutes as the official time is usually achieved in perfect conditions.
25 minutes is a good flight time, however, it’s slightly less than the DJI Mini drones, which all have a flight time of around 30 minutes.
The drone is powered by an intelligent battery that has a fast 2 hour charge time and a safety feature that will prevent it from being overcharged; this will help in prolonging the life of the battery.
If you want to extend the flight time of the drone (any drone for that matter), it’s best to purchase at least one more battery so that you do not have to wait for a battery to recharge before being able to fly again.
There are LED lights underneath each rotor, these help to indicate when the drone has been fully calibrated and also help you quickly identify if there are any issues with the drone by flashing in certain ways.
There is a micro SD card slot on top of the camera, it can take a maximum capacity of 256GB and it’s advised that you purchase a fast memory card of class 10 or above.
There is an option to purchase this drone with a 32GB micro SD card, however, it will cost a little bit more, however, since you will need one anyway, it’s probably best to go with this option.
The remote controller for this drone has a nice design, it is powered by an internal lithium polymer battery that can last a couple of hours before it needs recharging.
It isn’t too big and feels comfortable in your hands, the buttons on the front are for take-off/landing, automatic return and there is a switch for different speed modes.
On the top there are a couple of dials on either side, one is to control the angle of the camera and the other will allow you to adjust the brightness.
On the back, there are a couple of buttons to capture images and record videos.
The left hand side of the controller can be pulled out so that you can attach a smartphone in the middle.
To use the drone FPV feature and autonomous flight modes, you will need to download the Potensic Pro app.
The app is compatible with smartphones that are running Android 5.0 or above and iOS 9.0 or above.
Potensic Dreamer Pro Camera
The best feature of this drone is its camera, the camera has a 1/3-inch Sony sensor, and the lens has a 78° FOV.
Unlike its predecessor, the Potensic Dreamer Pro can record videos in 4k at 30fps and capture images in 16MP.
The camera is stabilised by a 3-axis gimbal which will help reduce any kind of distortion like shakiness and jello-effect in your videos.
To record and capture videos and images at their highest resolution, you will need a micro SD card, otherwise, you will have to record it over WiFi on your smartphone, which will be lower quality.
The quality of the videos and images captured by this camera is very good and much better than the original dreamer drone.
However, at its price range, I do believe the DJI Mini 2 is the better option, it comes with a superior camera and the images and videos are of a higher quality.
The Mini 2 records videos at 100Mbps while the Dreamer Pro records at 60Mbps and the Mini 2 can capture images in both RAW and JPEG, while the Potensic Dreamer Pro only captures in JPEG.
Flight Features & Performance
The drone comes with GPS assisted autonomous flight modes, these flight modes can only be accessed via the app, and you will have to be in an area with a strong GPS signal.
As the drone comes with a dual GNSS receiver, it can connect with GPS and GLONASS satellite systems, so there will be little chance that you find yourself with a weak signal.
The autonomous flight modes include follow me, orbit and waypoint flight mode.
The follow me mode is self-explanatory, the drone will lock onto your smartphone and follow you from behind.
In orbit mode, you can select an area of interest and the drone will orbit that position. You can adjust the height and distance to your liking.
In waypoint flight mode you will be able to draw a flight path within the app and the drone will automatically fly along that route.
The drone also comes with an automatic return to home feature, this is activated whenever the drone battery gets low on power or if it flies out of range, it can also be activated manually via the app or controller.
The drone has two-speed modes, in the default standard mode, the drone can reach a speed of 18km/h. In sports mode, it can reach a speed of up to 28km/h.
The drone can stream live video footage in HD and as long as you keep well within range and the weather is good, the quality of the FPV is good.
Overall, the drone is pretty easy to operate, it flies well, and its hovering capability is good, there is little drift (as long as it is not windy) and this allows you to capture better quality photos.
This is a pretty good drone, it’s a suitable drone for beginners and it comes with some advanced features and a high-quality camera. It is one of the best drones in its price range, however, I do believe there are a couple of better options with the likes of the Fimi X8 Mini and my personal favourite the DJI Mini 2.
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