Zerotech Dobby Quadcopter Pocket Smart Drone + FREE Extra Battery worth £30 £109.98 @ Scan
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Zerotech Dobby Quadcopter Pocket Smart Drone + FREE Extra Battery worth £30 £109.98 @ Scan

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Found 30th Dec 2017
Cracking price - usually around £250 - this also comes with a spare battery.

Don't expect this to take high-quality video - but at this price worth a punt for a good quality camera for photos whilst travelling.
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Note to the potential buyer, fly this thing is not as easy as you did in bf3 or gta.
Camera any good?
Great price for a little fun!!
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dealerxxx8 h, 15 m ago

Camera any good?


Good for photos. The electronic image stabilisation makes it rather unusable for serious video.

Great price and ordered will be handy for some photos when on holiday etc
What real purpose do drones serve the average person?

Do people just take them on holiday and annoy the s@#t out of other people on the beach with these noise factories, just to make these lame videos with twee music in the background?
dewonderful33 m ago

What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take …What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take them on holiday and annoy the s@#t out of other people on the beach with these noise factories, just to make these lame videos with twee music in the background?


Arghh ain't he sweet. He's our little ray of sunshine!
dewonderful35 m ago

What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take …What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take them on holiday and annoy the s@#t out of other people on the beach with these noise factories, just to make these lame videos with twee music in the background?


Great contribution the daily Mail would be proud of you
dewonderful3 h, 4 m ago

What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take …What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take them on holiday and annoy the s@#t out of other people on the beach with these noise factories, just to make these lame videos with twee music in the background?


Not all of us are surrounded by people when on holiday old chum
dewonderful30th Dec

What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take …What real purpose do drones serve the average person? Do people just take them on holiday and annoy the s@#t out of other people on the beach with these noise factories, just to make these lame videos with twee music in the background?


Clearly not a drone person, or a fun person!
Is it possible for this drone to record 4K video if it can do 4K photos?
Or does it need some 4K hack?
chrisshein4 h, 24 m ago

Or does it need some 4K hack?

No gimbal on this drone so no way you will get 4k video on it
Apparently There is the possibility of a software upgrde to record in 4k. The photos are 4K. I just bought this and Im amazed by it for the mone. Its gone up to 129 now but still a good deal
got onedelivered and mine also came with a nd filter
Edited by: "Infractionboi" 10th Jan
This deal has expired and it's now £119.99, but it's still a massive bargain. This is a very sophisticated drone with GPS, follow tracking, orbit mode, return to home, very stable flying, hover, FPV, dighitally stabilised camera, 1080P video and 4K stills, etc. and you can fold it up and put it in your pocket. The cheapest I've seen it elsewhere is £180 (including shipping) from an obscure Amazon seller but without a free £30 spare battery. Even from Gearbest, and soa long wait from China and risk of import charges, it's £214 without the extra battery. For £120 you can't really go wrong. Don't get too worried about the video quality; there are plenty of tips from owners on how to solve the 'jello' effect (basically you need to ensure the props don't have too much play on the motor which causes unnecessary vibration. There are lots of videos on Youtube showing really good stable footage. The app is now very mature (18 months) so early reviews give an outdated view of the Dobby's control functionality. You can also get inexpensive 'new version' props that are quieter. The main issue with a Dobby is flight time 6-7 minutes if you are recording video constantly but up to 10 minutes not recording (you can snap stills instead of course). But of course you get a spare battery - so problem solved Even moans about the range should be put into perspective, 100m horizontal and 30m high is more than adequate for this kind of drone but some have managed to get it to fly over 600m and automatically return.

Edited by: "ifb-online" 5th Feb
mattmerch10th Jan

got onedelivered and mine also came with a nd filter


How are you getting on with yours?
nickylew30th Dec 2017

Good for photos. The electronic image stabilisation makes it rather …Good for photos. The electronic image stabilisation makes it rather unusable for serious video.[Video]


The occasional black borders are a price worth paying in my view. Remember that with many bigger drones packing GoPros and gimbals you can get the landing gear and props showing transiently in much the same way.
ifb-online3 h, 50 m ago

How are you getting on with yours?


weather not good enough for me to use it yet just ordered a extra set of props & prop protectors)a case and a bluetooth controller (GameSir G3s Enhanced Ver. Bluetooth 4.0/2.4G/Wired Gamepad with Phone Mount)
Edited by: "Infractionboi" 5th Feb
Price now up to £149 - glad I got mine at the lower price!
ifb-online5th Feb

The occasional black borders are a price worth paying in my view. Remember …The occasional black borders are a price worth paying in my view. Remember that with many bigger drones packing GoPros and gimbals you can get the landing gear and props showing transiently in much the same way.



not if you fly it right never get black bars when i use my xiaomi mi drone 4k you only get props in shot from poor flying imo
the dobby drone will gve me more flexibilty be easier to use in some places
Edited by: "Infractionboi" 6th Feb
Gearbest are doing two batteries for £20 during Feb for as long as stocks last.
expired now....
Yes, I clicked on 'expired' yesterday but nothing seems to have happened?
Any good alternatives to the dobby in the sub £200 price bracket?
inertia8th Feb

Any good alternatives to the dobby in the sub £200 price bracket?


There are lots of choices so you need to narrow down a bit; do you want a compact (folding)drone, GPS, FPV or are you into photo/videography, do you want to attach a GoPro or similar? The Dobby is rather unique!
ifb-online11 h, 2 m ago

There are lots of choices so you need to narrow down a bit; do you want a …There are lots of choices so you need to narrow down a bit; do you want a compact (folding)drone, GPS, FPV or are you into photo/videography, do you want to attach a GoPro or similar? The Dobby is rather unique!



Any other decent folding ones..??

....normal quads was thinking Mx bugs 2w... or a bugs 3 with a cheap action cam. Would want to take some decent photos/videos

any advice welcome..
inertia42 m ago

Any other decent folding ones..??....normal quads was thinking Mx bugs …Any other decent folding ones..??....normal quads was thinking Mx bugs 2w... or a bugs 3 with a cheap action cam. Would want to take some decent photos/videosany advice welcome..


I'm interested in the video and photography aspect and initially looked at reasonably large quadcopters to attach a cheap (but motorised) gimbal to for my action camera (Yi Lite 4K). The Bugs 3 was an early contender, but after trying to fly another relatively simple drone I realised I'm not good enough to control a drone that isn't 'smart'. I need GPS, altitude hold and return to home. So I focused on a Bayangtoys X16 (GPS version) and the dearer X21 and similar. There was a second hand Simtoo Dragonfly on eBay that I actually bid on and it went for £180 + shippinhg. By then I realised that these were probably too big to transport as I travel a lot. So my focus evolved again, losing the idea of using my action cam and looking at smaller drones that have reasonable cameras built in. I think if I could justify £500 I'd go for a DJI Spark, but I can'! Others that came to mind include the Yuneec Breeze, Parrot Beebop, Hubsan H501S and some others but the £120 deal on the Dobby sealed it for me. It's so small, it has optic flow and other very advanced autonomous features and the camera is not bad. There are some challenges - I've noticed some 'jello' effect on video with mine but there are some fixes to try (the supplied ND filter plus fettling the prop tightening). Stills, especially when EIS is off, are really quite good. Flight time is not great - 7-8 minutes but I have ordered a two-pack of batteries from Gearbest for £20 so I will have four in all and they charge in less than an hour if you use a QC charger (supplied) or QC power bank, which I already had. I have no concerns about range because I don't intend to fly it out of sight but I've also ordered a £10 Xiaomi USB WiFi repeater/amplifier and people are getting 500-700 metres range using one of these. I'm very happy so far and looking forward to taking it to the Far East later this year

If you can wait, the Dobby 2 is expected out soon (was supposed to have launched last summer) and this will be even more advanced, probably with motorised up/down for the camera. But it will probably be, at least initially, way more than £200. even the current Dobby is selling routinely for over £200 and it was £300+ at launch at the end of 2016.
Edited by: "ifb-online" 10th Feb
ifb-online32 m ago

I'm interested in the video and photography aspect and initially looked at …I'm interested in the video and photography aspect and initially looked at reasonably large quadcopters to attach a cheap (but motorised) gimbal to for my action camera (Yi Lite 4K). The Bugs 3 was an early contender, but after trying to fly another relatively simple drone I realised I'm not good enough to control a drone that isn't 'smart'. I need GPS, altitude hold and return to home. So I focused on a Bayangtoys X16 (GPS version) and the dearer X21 and similar. There was a second hand Simtoo Dragonfly on eBay that I actually bid on and it went for £180 + shippinhg. By then I realised that these were probably too big to transport as I travel a lot. So my focus evolved again, losing the idea of using my action cam and looking at smaller drones that have reasonable cameras built in. I think if I could justify £500 I'd go for a DJI Spark, but I can'! Others that came to mind include the Yuneec Breeze, Parrot Beebop, Hubsan H501S and some others but the £120 deal on the Dobby sealed it for me. It's so small, it has optic flow and other very advanced autonomous features and the camera is not bad. There are some challenges - I've noticed some 'jello' effect on video with mine but there are some fixes to try (the supplied ND filter plus fettling the prop tightening). Stills, especially when EIS is off, are really quite good. Flight time is not great - 7-8 minutes but I have ordered a two-pack of batteries from Gearbest for £20 so I will have four in all and they charge in less than an hour if you use a QC charger (supplied) or QC power bank, which I already had. I have no concerns about range because I don't intend to fly it out of sight but I've also ordered a £10 Xiaomi USB WiFi repeater/amplifier and people are getting 500-700 metres range using one of these. I'm very happy so far and looking forward to taking it to the Far East later this year If you can wait, the Dobby 2 is expected out soon (was supposed to have launched last summer) and this will be even more advanced, probably with motorised up/down for the camera. But it will probably be, at least initially, way more than £200. even the current Dobby is selling routinely for over £200 and it was £300+ at launch at the end of 2016.


Cheers for the info... more to think about ;-)
ifb-online35 m ago

I'm interested in the video and photography aspect and initially looked at …I'm interested in the video and photography aspect and initially looked at reasonably large quadcopters to attach a cheap (but motorised) gimbal to for my action camera (Yi Lite 4K). The Bugs 3 was an early contender, but after trying to fly another relatively simple drone I realised I'm not good enough to control a drone that isn't 'smart'. I need GPS, altitude hold and return to home. So I focused on a Bayangtoys X16 (GPS version) and the dearer X21 and similar. There was a second hand Simtoo Dragonfly on eBay that I actually bid on and it went for £180 + shippinhg. By then I realised that these were probably too big to transport as I travel a lot. So my focus evolved again, losing the idea of using my action cam and looking at smaller drones that have reasonable cameras built in. I think if I could justify £500 I'd go for a DJI Spark, but I can'! Others that came to mind include the Yuneec Breeze, Parrot Beebop, Hubsan H501S and some others but the £120 deal on the Dobby sealed it for me. It's so small, it has optic flow and other very advanced autonomous features and the camera is not bad. There are some challenges - I've noticed some 'jello' effect on video with mine but there are some fixes to try (the supplied ND filter plus fettling the prop tightening). Stills, especially when EIS is off, are really quite good. Flight time is not great - 7-8 minutes but I have ordered a two-pack of batteries from Gearbest for £20 so I will have four in all and they charge in less than an hour if you use a QC charger (supplied) or QC power bank, which I already had. I have no concerns about range because I don't intend to fly it out of sight but I've also ordered a £10 Xiaomi USB WiFi repeater/amplifier and people are getting 500-700 metres range using one of these. I'm very happy so far and looking forward to taking it to the Far East later this year If you can wait, the Dobby 2 is expected out soon (was supposed to have launched last summer) and this will be even more advanced, probably with motorised up/down for the camera. But it will probably be, at least initially, way more than £200. even the current Dobby is selling routinely for over £200 and it was £300+ at launch at the end of 2016.


I would have got a Dobby if it wasn’t OOS...
I think the Dobby is end of life now, hence the discounting so keep any eye out for more deals.
ifb-online3 h, 23 m ago

rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F182856450621 The camera is not high spec. But it's a decent price. Not sure if it has brushless motors.Also this: ?https://www.ecrater.co.uk/p/29633226/force1-f100-ghost-gopro-drone?gps=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAzfrTBRC_ARIsAJ5ps0s4QNCYeZDfqbrfq2AuYbqnGu5LQVVN-qVm8mFWRN7eH6jCgRwg3FUaAs1hEALw_wcB


I’m gonna try a MJX Bugs 2w... it’s got GPS, altitude hold and you can strap a cheapo action cam to it if you want... not as portable as a Dobby admittely... which is what I was looking for. Decent Pocketable drones are hard to come by....
inertia3 h, 57 m ago

I’m gonna try a MJX Bugs 2w... it’s got GPS, altitude hold and you can str …I’m gonna try a MJX Bugs 2w... it’s got GPS, altitude hold and you can strap a cheapo action cam to it if you want... not as portable as a Dobby admittely... which is what I was looking for. Decent Pocketable drones are hard to come by....


You know I might have gone for that; two things made me discount it and they may have been unnecessary distractions: it's called Bugs 2 so I thought it was a lower-spec stablemate of the Bugs 3, which doesn't have GPS, and secondly I didn't see it with tall undercarriage so I couldn't see how a camera could be slung underneath. Now I have had a look I was wrong on both assumptions so you may be onto a winner there!

Edited by: "ifb-online" 10th Feb
Hilarious and sobering all at the same time

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