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Basic specs Price: $ 1,9991 709 €1,529 £225,919 ¥
Manufacturer Skydio
Category Hobby
Type Multi-rotors
Release date 2018
Country United States
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Skydio R1 review

The Skydio R1 is a 4K autonomous drone made by Skydio, a drone manufacturer from the US.

This advanced self-flying camera drone is designed to be fully autonomous and can also capture high-quality 4K video.

The R1 makes use of a powerful AI processor and the Skydio Autonomy Engine allows the drone to navigate by itself to avoid collisions through its 12 navigation cameras. In addition, by making use of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), the R1 can more easily map the environment.

The construction of this aerial photography drone allows it to be durable and light. The anodized aluminum build and carbon fiber rotor guards also ensure a high-quality finish.

Drone pilots can use the intuitive Skydio R-1 app (Android and IOS) to control the drone. In addition, users can access multiple flight modes via the app.

Skydio R1 drone main features

  • Obstacle avoidance: the Skydio R-1 uses its 12 onboard cameras to provide 360-degree obstacle avoidance. Thus the omnidirectional obstacle avoidance is critical for the autonomous drone to operate.
  • 4K UHD camera: users can also capture and save beautiful footage with the 4K camera and record live in 720P.
  • A range of flight modes: therefore users can take advantage of numerous flight modes on the R1. These include Orbit, Follow, Stadium and more.
  • Easy hand launch: the drone can easily be launched by hand which allows drone pilots to immediately start recording footage in any location.

R1 Frontier Edition

A limited Skydio R1 Frontier Edition drone is also available.

  • Has the ability to pair with a second battery.
  • Features a distinctive blue lens ring and custom engraved badge.

Skydio R1 price

This self-flying 4K camera drone is available at the manufacturer price of $1,999 (see on Amazon).

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Model R1
Manufacturer Skydio
Price $ 1,9991 709 €1,529 £225,919 ¥
Release date 2018
Country United States
Status Available
Category Hobby
Type Multi-rotors

Flight performance

Max. speed 40.2 km/h40.2 mph
Max. range 0.1 km0.1 mi
Max. flight time 16 min
Max. payload/cargo

Flight modes

Orbit (POI) Yes
Follow-me Yes
Waypoint (flight path) No
Beginner No
Headless No
Acrobatics/stunt No
Altitude hold Yes

Flight assistance

One key takeoff Yes
One key landing No
Return home No
Obstacle avoidance No


Smartphone/tablet only (via app) Yes
Controller w/ built-in LCD No
Controller w/ smartphone/tablet mount No
Controller (no screen) No


Dimensions 330 × 50 × 406 mm12.99 × 1.97 × 15.98 in
Dimensions (folded)
Weight 1 kg2.2 lb
Number of rotors 4
Battery capacity
Min. operating temp.
Max. operating temp.


Video resolution 4K
Video frame rate 30 fps
Camera resolution (photo)
Live video feed resolution 720p
Live video feed frame rate 15 fps
Gimbal stabilizer Yes


Foldable design No
LED lights Yes
Propeller guards Yes
Robotic arms No
Waterproof No
Live video feed Yes
Facial recognition No
FPV goggles (optional) No
Heavy-lift No
4K camera Yes
Gesture control No
Headlamps No


Micro USB No
SD Card No
Micro SD Card Yes
Bluetooth No
Radio No
Wifi Yes

Skydio R1 tests and ratings

DC Rainmaker
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Adam Savage's Tested
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4.8 / 5