THE Breeze is a small mid-priced drone aimed squarely at the selfie camera market and casual family fun. It is sleek, friendly and simple to fly controlled by your smart device or optional RC controller.
If you are looking for a first drone that won’t send you broke and still has some important safety features to ensure you don’t lose it in flight or crash too easily, whilst making you look like a boss as you post wicked selfies with ease to social media, then the Breeze is worth a closer look.
Using the Breeze Cam app on any smart device and connected via Wifi you can access all the manual and autonomous flight controls. Flying with the virtual sticks on your screen is intuitive and you can’t really get into trouble easily, as it will just sit there and hover if you let go.
For beginners the Breeze also allows you to reverse controls. If you have ever flown a drone you will know when you turn the drone around to face you, all the controls are reversed which takes some time to get used to.
Reversing controls lets you face the drone either towards yourself or away and change the controls to suit. As you get more experienced, you won’t need this but it certainly helps when you are just starting out if you want to take a selfie and not crash at the same time.
We have become used to drones that are quite stable and here the Breeze aims to please. It's equipped with GPS so it won't drift away outdoors, and it's quite stable indoors too, thanks to downward facing optical flow sensors. It also has a return-to-home function when flying outdoors in case you stray a little too far.
If you're a newbie to the drone movement then your piloting skills are going to need some honing.
In the meantime, Breeze treats you to various automated flight modes such as:
Selfie mode: Really just an assisted control panel to get your drone in the right posi
Orbit mode: Breeze will orbit around you, or set it to orbit another person or object
Journey mode: Like a selfie pull away, it flies back away from you and then returns
Follow me mode: Breeze will stalk you
Make sure you read all the on-screen instructions though. I did the usual male thing of assuming I could just work it out, but had to go back and read instructions later after I thought the drone wasn't working properly. It was of course me that was the problem.
Photos come in at a respectable 13MP. Quite good enough for social media but it doesn't shoot in RAW.
Video is advertised as 4K. Now it does shoot 4K, but without a 3-axis stabilised gimbal your 4K footage is going to lack the smooth finesse of the more expensive drones.
The Breeze however has a trick up its sleeve called digital image stabilisation. What that does is takes all those 4K pixels and digitally crops and stabilises the video, giving you a relatively smooth 1080 output.
Most videos you see online are 1080 or less, so this shouldn't really be an issue. If you want high-end 4K footage then you will need to pay high end prices (see the Mavic Proor Phantom 4 Pro).
Breeze makes it super easy to show off your selfies straight away right inside the app. Find the photo, choose a social media platform, write a witty comment and share.
For an extra $130 you can upgrade to the FPV Controller with goggles. It connects to your smart device via bluetooth and gives you standard RC-style control sticks.
This also mean s you now have an independent controller - you can put your phone into the FPV goggles and fly First-Person-View (FPV) just like if you were flying a racing drone.
It doesn't extend the range however, as you are still using the Wifi on your phone to connect to the drone, but if you want to fly the bigger drones, it is the next step in learning.