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While you have to be careful when you start piloting these drones, you don’t need a natural gift either. All have a GPS on board: they know their position to within three meters. If you let go of the controls, they stop and stay put.

In moderate winds, they automatically struggle to hold their position. Driving them requires a little skill, but remains precise and predictable. As their size is imposing, they are also very stable. You still have to manage their heading, orientation and altitude using two 360 ° joysticks.

The DJI is sharper than its competitors: it climbs in altitude at full speed and changes direction immediately. On the other hand, it turns out to be difficult to pilot in small spaces. In contrast, the 3DR flies very smoothly.

Its controls are very progressive and it is very stable. The Xiro sits halfway between the two. As for the Parrot, it lacks both precision and liveliness and is a little less easy to fly.Return to the test menuReliability and securityComparison of the reliability of the drones tested.Comparison of the reliability of the drones tested.

Drones can be dangerous for you, for those around you, and… for themselves. Only the DJI really convinced us. Its remote control is the safest – we haven’t experienced any disconnection.

However, we lost control of the Xiro behind a tree line 40 meters high – a long minute of anguish. He finally found his starting point on his own. The connection to the Parrot has been lost more than once. The bottom line is simple: keep the Parrot within 30 meters of you and never fly it behind an obstacle or over water.

The guidance function is interesting: press a button, these four drones return to their starting GPS position. Unfortunately, the Xiro lacks precision: it lands up to eight meters from the starting point. DJI and 3DR are more precise. They rarely land more than two meters from the target. As for the Parrot, its GPS is unreliable: it can land fifteen meters from the starting point.

In static flight, the problem is the same. When you let go of the controls of the 3DR, it has an unfortunate tendency to gain several meters in altitude. As for the Xiro, it drifts two meters in twenty seconds. We are not talking about the Parrot, which easily moves 5 meters away. Only the DJI holds its position to within a meter – you can take your eyes off it for a few seconds without danger.

Upon landing, on gently sloping terrain encountered in the countryside, the DJI was never a problem. The 3DR has flipped over several times: its propellers falter for several seconds after landing.

Result: some scares and three broken propellers. As for the Xiro, its landing gear is too narrow. As he landed, he spilled several times to the side, without adverse consequences. But this landing gear has another flaw, it is foldable: in the event of a fall, it does not protect the fragile camera of the Xiro.


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