Skydio introduces allnew Skydio 2. First true DJI Mavic 2 Pro competitor?

Finally, it is here! The all-new and vastly improved Skydio 2 drone. The long-awaited successor to the ground-breaking Skydio R1 autonomously-flying drone that was introduced in early 2018. The new Skydio 2 is designed and built right here in the USA and it competes head-on with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

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Let’s look closer at the Skydio 2

Its main camera, which is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal, shoots 4K 60fps HDR video and 12.3MP stills with its Sony 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor and f/2.8 lens. The Skydio 2 also comes with six (!) additional 4K cameras (three on top and three on the bottom of the aircraft) that enable it to fly autonomously for up to 23 minutes. The new drone is both smaller and lighter than the original R1 and has been completely redesigned. The quadcopter no longer has the ‘ring’ around the outside of the aircraft and has props that are mounted above the arms in the back but below the arms in the front. It seems that Skydio went all out with the new drone design and we cannot wait until we can fly one ourselves. The Skydio 2 starts at $999 and a Controller and a Skydio Beacon (magic wand) can be bought for an additional $149 each. The company also promises to repair or replace your lost or damaged drone for free as long as you fly within their safety guidelines. Designed AND built right here in the USA with ground-breaking features and priced well below the ever-more expensive DJI Mavic 2 Pro… It seems that we finally have some real competition!

New design for the Skydio 2

The Skydio 2 is a completely redesigned drone that has little if any resemblance to the original R1 aircraft. This time around the unmanned aircraft is much smaller, it has about the footprint of a 13″ laptop, and so it should easily fit in any regular backpack.

Perhaps most noticeably the Skydio 2 lost the ‘ring’ on which the navigational cameras were mounted on the original R1. The props are now exposed and the aircraft looks more similar to a modern quadcopter such as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The Skydio 2, however, is not foldable.

The propellers are mounted in a very distinct way on the new Skydio 2, presumingly to provide a better view for the six 4K navigational cameras. Three of which are mounted on top of the drone and the other ones at the bottom of the aircraft.

The original R1 was very well designed and built. It did not at all feel like a gen-1 product. We haven’t had a chance to hold or to fly the new Skydio 2 yet, but based on our previous experience and the photos and footage, I would expect the new drone to provide the same high level of quality and craftsmanship.

The battery is mounted below the aircraft and also seems to provide a good grip for hand-launching and landing the unmanned aircraft.