SKYDIO 2 Drone Review Part 1 – IN DEPTH [Unboxing, setup, updating, pros & cons]
Is the sky? Do two drone from sky do themselves? I haven't reviewed the first one I figured. I would go ahead and drop the coin on the second iteration. The second generation, because it looked pretty good as far as what sky do had been working on, they finally got a three axis gimbal on here. It actually looks like it's gon na give us some possibly pretty good footage. This multi part series review we're gon na. Do all of it we're gon na do an unboxing inspection set up really good in depth in this one? Here this first video, then we're also going to do our series of flight testing range testing all that kind of stuff and also see what kind of cinematic footage we can get and really strange conditions in this one I'm gon na try to maybe follow my truck When we're kind of four, by falling in the forest, see how it kind of copes with the environment and the trees and stuff we'll have the rest of the series pop up here in the link for that playlist and also it'll, be down in the description down Below, as well as where you can pick, the sky do two up if you're interested in purchasing it anyway, let's get started with the sky, do two unboxing and review Music, okay, so first thing out of the box was just a letter of thank you from sky. Do they're basically telling you how much they appreciate it and how much hard work they put into this thing now guys I did purchase all this stuff myself.
I was in the first series of shipments, so this is the first shipment and it's already February and that's when I got this, so I did not get this for free. I dropped the full amount of money on this, like any other customer would, from my review I'm, not sure why they didn't get back to me. But I did asked him if I could get a review unit as early as some of the other people were, and who knows why? Maybe it's, because my reviews are brutally honest anyway. That aside, who knows that's just speculation, so I went ahead and got all the stuff I got an extra battery, it does come with one. I got the beacon here. This is the GPS module where you can fly it with just this. If you wanted to – and it actually has a GPS tracking inside of it, so if it does lose visual reference of you, it'll use the GPS kind of hone in on you hopefully and retrack you, and then I also got the regular controller. Now you can fly this thing with just your phone or just this thing, but you can also, if you wanted more of the traditional type of control, you can pick up this little controller here, it's. Basically, the parrot anafi, identical controller, rebranded and that's. Also, what I got so we're gon na test it through everything I have here all the different ways you can control it and see how it does so.
Those are the extra peripherals I got, and then right here is the actual sky. Do two very hard shell. On the outside, then you've got this just just shoulder. Strap here, nice little touch with the little blue accents on the zippers let's unzip this thing and see what it's all about there is a little handle. There kind of neat little spring loaded little handle there on the side. If you didn't want to take off your shoulder, strap anyway, let's unzip it and see what we got opening the top. This is the first time I've ever seen. The sky do two and check that bad boy out Wow, so this is it guys and so we've got our battery here looks like we've got a very extremely thick USB cable here. The sky do drone is right in the center of course, it's got propellers already mounted on it. We can see those cameras here on all of the edges. We'Ll take that out just second and explore. Then we have looks like our power pack over here on the left, but that thing does look pretty darn awesome in there. That is just a crazy I'm on a technology in there tracking and obstacle avoidance. I'Ve seen this thing do so far, but of course we're gon na put it to our own test. We have the rear, propellers and motors are mounted on the top, and then we have the front ones are mounted on the bottom, so kind of interesting hot, and there is our cameras, one two, three, four, five, six seven cameras in total on the sky do two To give us all that obstacle avoidance, so pretty awesome whenever possible.
Keep this thing in there and let's see how this comes out looks like we just basically pull it down, and it kind of you see how that notch is in the back and then pushes up inside of the camera. Once we take that out, we have our fully adjustable 3 axis gimbal camera, so here's. As far as it goes. This looks like it's a little limited on its yaw side to side. You can see that there that's the maximum side to side up and down. So this is an interesting type of gimbal it's like a half gimbal, so there is the up and down Wow. This thing will twist all the way back like that, going up and all the way back like that, going down to see how far that is, and as far as our rolling goes again very very far, it can go all the way about that. Far. That way, and about the same, the other way, motor housing inside back there and that's gon na. Basically, all that does is control the roll and everything else on this portion of the gimbal controls, the yaw and the tilt. But, as you can see, if I push it around it's, basically on suspension in there, I can feel it kind of maxing out and knocking so those are that's. The movement you're gon na get in dampening micro, USB type c connector. This is the very top of the unit, and if it starts to sprinkle what's gon na happen, the water is gon na get right in there isn't it from the top.
So a little bit worried about that would have been nice, if maybe they could have put it maybe down here somewhere on the side bottom just so. If it did start to sprinkle on it, you could kind of bring it home before any water got in there. So I think that might be not a very good spot for it right up top like that. Also, it does have venting right there. On top too, you can see that's, probably the exhaust venting. There is some mesh there, where the heats gon na dissipate out. That way, possibly susceptible to some moisture trickling in there micro SD card, you slide it right in there and that notch it doesn't come with one. So you need to get one. This can do for the 4k 60. I do like these extreme pro cards that do work very well, so I'm gon na be using this let's go ahead and install that first kind of match up the way. It'S. The graphic shows with a notch on the left, and this one is a kind of a sliding click, so just kind of push it down with our fingernail and it clicks in there, and we should be ready to go and over here. Just a little bit of information, it tells you what your Wi Fi name is, and the password you're gon na need to connect that to your phone, and this is also using a lipo 11 point, 4 volts.
So a higher voltage, 3s lipo connection port pins right. There for the battery motors are totally blank, nothing to see here, interesting propellers, and there is quite a bit of bite on these propellers. Just look at that. That is some bite on there and they are collapsible. So if you hit something or for storage purposes, nicely collapse down the only guide in the box. Is this quick little getting started guide for the sky? Do two and you have to go to sky? Do calm, slash, get started for the full manual, so I would have liked to see maybe how to take off and on the propellers, but all it tells you is how to push in the SD card how to pop in the battery how to charge it. You got a charge of all the batteries in the drone and that's. Really it and then you have to download the app sky do from the App Store, Android or Apple, looks to me, like we're, just going to need to push this thing down and in yeah there we go and then rotate. It see how that is so they're. Just very simple and the whole assembly just is a push down twist and lock type of system, so very, very simple. As far as lighting goes on the drone on the rear. We have this one LED light here, flip it around to the front, and there are two on either side of the camera and that's about it, for the LED lighting, let's go ahead and pop in this battery see how this battery goes in, while we're pulling out Our battery let's check what else is in here so here's that charging cable it's just basically a USB C to a USB C on either end extremely thick, because this is powers going through this.
I guess and also data. I would presume there's a little cleaning cloth for your lenses. Just two extra propellers would have been nice to have a full set, but they're only giving us two extra propellers here, and this is basically it. This is what we're plugging in to our wall to charge. This thing up, that's, actually a hefty little brick for a little USB charger man. So there is going to be some current going through here and then, of course, you just plug one end of the microUSB see right into there this into the wall, and then the other end is going into the top of that sky. Do drone, like I showed you with the battery mounted – and this is the last thing in this little case so there's our battery let's go ahead and remove this let's call guy here, that's interesting, you see the receiving pins here, and this is the three s. 42. 84 thousand two hundred eighty million power eleven point: four volt 3s battery. So take the drone like this flip it over upside down and make sure you have the connectors lined up and then just pop it like that yeah, so that just pulled together, magnetically and boy that that does not want to come off. I got to pull really hard and kind of squeeze my fingers together to separate that so looks like they did a good job. The only thing I could see is with a crash, or you know, hitting like a branch a little too hard.
This battery might fly out, so it is a quite tight magnetic, but I still can see that breaking loose somehow, who knows, but it does seem to be working pretty good. This is just basically a QR code and also your Wi Fi information. So make sure you take that off before you fly, so that thing's ready to go to charge I'm gon na. Stick this thing on the charger while we're talking about the other peripherals over there, the extra stuff I got so let's open this up and there it is so just the same exact battery one of the cons I'm. Seeing right off the bat is, it sure would have been nice if these batteries have that micro USB type c connector directly on them, because you have to plug them into the craft to charge, maybe something they could fix in the future. Maybe the next generation, or when that multi charger comes out that'll kind of fix the issue, but there's a little button there, and you can see that this one is only one third charge, so I'm gon na need to charge this one as well. Okay. Next item is going to be the beacon, so you don't actually have to fly with your phone. You can just fly with this thing or hopefully with both of them in any type of situation. We'Re gon na check all how all that works. Just pop and open the top and there it is so a little getting started, beacon manual here turn on the beacon power on the sky.
Do two pair the beacon with sky. Do two you have to plug it in directly to the sky. Do two that's interesting and there's all of our controls on it interesting so here it is let's. Take it out of the box here, get a better look at it. There we go so a little screen protector we'll. Take that off right, away, hover land and power off is the red using the magic wand, hold it for three seconds, that's, basically turning it on that little sky do insignia, and then this changes, the camera angle, so it's gon na spin around it looks to me, Like this is gon na have to be used just to film yourself, so it's gon na be kind of like a selfie little wand, I'm, not sure if you can put this on something else and be somewhere else and then kind of track this, because this has The GPS in it remember a little charging in sync USB type c and just got a little vent speaker on the bottom, a little reset switch. It looks like in their Wi Fi name and the password there as well will go a little bit more into that. When we're either powering it up for the first time here on the table or doing our beacon flight test now, let's unbox the controller. Look at that thing guys does that look familiar basically, just like the anafi controller, they must have had some collaboration with parrot or whoever manufactures this controller with parrot and just slap their sky do branding on it.
All there is in this box is a little bag. Lightning plug for Apple and also USB type c, see if that's all we got in here, yep that's, it some zooming, USB type c on the very top, and then we have our gimbal up and down pictures and video recording our joysticks very simple. Nothing super special here and turn it on that's how we turn it on and we just open it up and see the little light there on the bottom left going and then that's our little spring loaded for our phone mouth there's. Already some custom mounts you can use to mount tablets. So if you wanted to mount a tablet, you can get those custom mounts. I already have a couple for the anafi, so they should work for this. Otherwise, you're only going to be limited to like a larger phone size that's, the maximum that extends antenna is up here so make sure you're pointing that at the drone return to home, and that is our takeoff and landing button. There figure it may as well just quickly show you guys the controller manual while we're here I do have to sync it again through the sky. Do so you're gon na plug this directly into the sky? Do drone synced up to the sky do and then put your phone in there connect to your phone. If you only have that one cable, these guys give you that's going to take a while to charge all this stuff.
So, while your first charging up the sky do – which I am right now, I'd recommend definitely just throwing these on some of those extra cables. If you have them, if you don't, you're gon na have to buy a couple of them. If you want to charge everything separately at the same time, it took about one hour to charge this thing fully, basically it's in quarters 25 to 100, when you do and plug that power cable from the sky do – and this is on the bottom – the batteries installed. It doesn't shut off. The fan is still going it's like the is kind of like halfway on and it doesn't seem to turn off so that was kind of interesting. I had to just pull the battery out, so it's kind of like they're using the sky, do it's kind of like this fan power charger. So when I ordered some of this stuff wasn't available, but you can now get this dual charger. You see there where you can charge two batteries on this multi charger separately, so definitely get one of those. If you can afford it beacon the controller and the sky do with one extra battery cost me a total of fourteen hundred dollars, but you do have the ability to get these things now. They do have extra Cinema Series and the filters now. So I might actually go ahead and spend the 200 and upgrade to this pro case, so I can fit everything in it because, as you can see the regular case here, it doesn't have any spots really for the beacon, the controller or any of that stuff.
So, as you can see, it's flashing power, we should see the gimbal move a little bit and that means it's ready to go after it stops blinking there we go, stop blinking and the gimbal is centered, so doesn't really make any sounds, and so, but once you See those lights around solid, you know what to do sky. Do too x8 BTW is mine there. So initially, when you first connect your going to need to punch in the password that was on that little sticker on the top and it's. Also on the bottom of the sky: do here we go, I want to connect right to the sky do, and it immediately shows that it's connecting so we're ready to go. I kind of skipped through that, but you are gon na need to register it with your email. You just hit a little code, you got to punch in the code and you're set to go begin flight and it says starting autonomy, and this is how you would obviously fly it with your phone, and you can see immediately what it says is unsafe and launch Space, I have the camera around that I have all this stuff kind of encroaching on it. So, as long as you have a few feet perimeter, you should be able to launch it, but right now, it's, just not able to launch so that's already connected ready to go. So if you ever wanted to fly with just the cellphone.
This is how you do it: we'll go over the interface just super quick here before we start connecting anything else, so you can go into your media. If you do have any pictures or videos, you can go ahead and check those out if you wanted to there's. No media right now we'll go into fly and then up here at the top. You can see that we have a little video camera to go into the 4k settings of the camera, so we can choose between 4k. We tap on that and it's just HD. If we stay in HD we're also going to have the option to switch it between 30 60 and 120 frames per second. So if you wanted to get that slow mo 120, you can go in there. You can't do HDR, but you can choose from h.265 and h.264 compression. We can do recording manual or automatic if it lifts off it'll just start recording. We can also adjust our white balance in here. If we wanted to I'm gon na leave it at Auto, you can adjust your shutter speed and your ISO. If you want it to leave it at Otto and there's your Eevee down below. If we do go ahead and just change over here to 4k. Obviously the cool thing about this drone is: it does 4k 60 frames per second, so you could do the 60 frames per second 24, 30 or also 48 I'm. Just gon na probably leave it at 30 right now.
You can also in this mode, choose to shoot with HDR or non HDR, so I'll probably leave it in HDR. For my first couple of videos, take note that you can't shoot HDR in 24 fps, but you can, in 30 and above in 4k mode that's. All the settings I have for video: if I go over here press on the camera now I have the option to do burst modes off 1. Second. 5. Second. 10. Second, I can shoot in jpg or DNG. Jpg allows us to do HDR, but GampG does not so I might leave it in jpg and have HDR photos return. Hdr off. You also have all those shutter speed. Iso white balance and Eevee options. Turn HDR on all you have. Is the white balance option? What else can I do press it over here on the top on the settings, and you have a couple of settings here: there's a height floor, eight feet or above so it will launch at 8 feet. It won't go lower than that when it's following you. So if you really want to squeeze into some tight places and stuff, you may want to turn that off or if you're like flying in your house and stuff, when you have a lower ceiling or flying in buildings, may want to turn that hight floor off. But that is just kind of a safety function. There controller that's, how you pair the controller, and then these are the controls for the phone we have default and we have the other type of steering here.
It just depends on what the buttons do and how you want it, and you can also have traditional joysticks. If you turn the phone landscape. You'Ll have dual thumbs, so this is more for one hand and control these two up here, and this is for, if you want both thumbs on your phone and then, of course, we're gon na want our flight telemetry on there as well, obviously with a default for Now and that's pretty much all I can do all I can see up here is the action. It looks good with the drone there, and basically all I can do is fly it now with the phone so before we fly, let's go ahead and try to connect this little guy here, the beacon and also the controller and we're gon na need to bust out. Remember our USB cable for this one, so I'll go ahead and plug it in to the bottom of the machine and let's turn our beacon on first, so just press and hold the blue button. There we go 100 charged on the beacon, it's just flashing and now it's saying connect to vehicle. So very, very simple. I already have this side connected to the vehicle and I want to take the other side and just connect it into the beacon so plugging in there let's see what it says looking for it, sky do USB in use launch blocked, so that was it. That was really quick syncing.
All I had to do is plug it in it's, updating the beacon, so you might want to wait a sec and let it kind of do this update I'm still plugged in perhaps when it finishes it might be able to do some wireless syncing. But of course you can't fly if this is always plugged in right, so we'll just let it do its update, as you can see, there's a little meter there, okay round and out that only took about 20 seconds or less. It looks like the beacon is restarting, and this is good to know on what to expect guys. If you do do this, and you want to know exactly what this is all about on what to expect so I'm just kind of waiting, letting it reboot and kind of just waiting again for maybe a you know, thirty Seconds to a minute just to make sure It doesn't need to do any more updating. It looks like that should be about it, so I guess what I'll do now is I'll unplug, the USB from the bottom. Okay – and it can tell the USB – is back there in the sky, deal so I'm going to take that out. Let'S see what the screen says right when they take it out boom. Look at that so it's a smart device here. It knows when it's plugged in GPS sync speed up with app interesting. So apparently, perhaps you can use this a beacon with your app on your phone or separate let's, see if we do that right now, launch the sky do application.
Please connect phone to beacon for a stronger connection, strength, okay and now, let's see where the beacon is speaking right there in my wireless menu and it's going to need the password. So, of course you look on the back here and that's gon na be your password information. So let me punch that in okay, that was pretty easy, got it punched in and connecting there we go we're getting some calibrating, the beacon says, ready to fly and the phone also says ready to fly. Of course it says no internet options, so if you get that error guys make sure you check don't, ask again for this network and just let it connect with no internet. So just press yes, so there we go. We got the phone connected to the beacon and the beacon connected, so you're gon na want to do all this stuff. First, if you got these two devices right, I can hold them hand in hand, and so I can see the video on here and fly it with the beacon. If I wanted to turn off the beacon by just holding in this red button here, power off three. Two one and there we go with a little logo and the power off now, just to let you know it said disconnected on the phone, but then it reconnected directly to the sky. Do so you see how that's working, if you have the beacon on and connected the beacon will be going across to the phone and the beacon will be connecting directly to the aircraft if the beacons off this switches directly, the Wi Fi connection directly to the sky? Do too so that's how that connection, loop kind of works, we're gon na get out our USB cable again now we're, connecting with the controller so I'm, not sure.
If we need to open this up or what I'm just gon na plug it in there, it should actually kind of be syncing right now, I'll open this guy up, went kind of blue to white and now it's, flashing green after I waited about. You know 10 seconds it's just connected directly from the controller to the sky deal when the flashing blue light turns solid. Okay, now it's, blue and it's solid. So just wait for that solid blue light. When you have everything powered up in just the controller attached to the sky deal now, I should be able to unplug this guy's so I'm, going to unplug the controller and the sky do now is where I'm going to mount the phone up so get it in That little notch and then just kind of push your phone up just be careful of like your power button and stuff, and you may have to kind of fiddle with this. Maybe you leave your case on take your case off see what fits the best now. It'S time to grab that little short, jumper cord, remember if you have iPhone or Android just go ahead and grab the one that corresponds to your device, so I'm plugging into the phone, and also just to the back of the controller right there, plugging in and let's. Just kind of see what happens: OpenSky do to handle controller I'm gon na say: yes, always: okay, alright cool, so that goes ahead and just will auto open it up now, it's gon na auto connect and it's going to do its calibrating, whatever it's doing I'm, not Sure, and there we go so it is ready to fly.
Let'S see begin flight starting sky. Do let's, get that a little farther back there. It seems like every time it does this. It kind of does a it starts. It'S some itami engine so unsafe to fly again, but, as you can see, we have a few different options here up here. We have like a map. We'Ve also got our layers here, so there you go. I just press that top little layer icon and that will give us Google Maps, of course, press again down here kind of like what DJI does they give you the picture in picture and if we just hit home yeah. So these are all in flight stuff. Like return to home and start recording motion track, we have our settings here, left hand, side, it's, either camera or video and those same kind of options. Remember now we have the controller lit up, so we can just oh that's cool. We can adjust our gimbal sensitivity so say if I move this trigger up and down let's see if that does anything nope. I guess we got to be flying for that. Gimbal torque, but we've got gimbal sensitivity. We'Ve got flights cool, so you can adjust all of your gains in your controller and you can also customize it. The default is just locks you out. If you want a custom, you can up those rates, so that's good to know I didn't know we'd be able to do that and of course, of course, that's just the phone control back up there, which we're not using.
So if you have the controller connected, this will be enabled – I guess maybe the last thing to do is see if we can use connect the beacon with the controller here. So let me grab this beacon and turn it on and see what happens when we have the controller already connected 100 power ready to launch cool? Ok, so what that's telling me is, you can fly with the controller and the phone either or just the phone connected. If you want – and you can always have the beacon connected to so having the beacon seems like it would be pretty darned beneficial because it's just a better way to give it a GPS coordinates. Of course you don't have to fly it with it. The main thing about this is to have this on you, while it's tracking you, because it gives it another way for it to hone in on you with GPS, instead of if it loses that image tracking it can hone in on the GPS signals. So that's kind of probably the only reason I would use it. I probably wouldn't, be using it flying with my controller and the phone connected like this and the beacon I'm, not sure if there's any reason to unless what we'll try is. Maybe I'll give this to one of my kids and see if I can follow them and if they have the beacon on them and I'm in a different area. Say: I'm at the launch site with the phone and the controller give this to them and just have it in their pocket and see if it will track them better like under trees and stuff.
That would be pretty valuable if that was the case, pretty cool, even the beacon, if you can see it there on the screen, it says waiting to clear launch area, because I have the controller too close to the cameras. If I pull everything back, you see that now it can sense it's far enough away, even though it's only a few inches to actually launch so pretty awesome, pretty high tech stuff anyway guys. I hope you learned a lot in that video that was informative to me. As well, I love to just take you along with me, while I'm just kind of learning these things and just show you how it really is, in a first hand, and what to expect in connecting all these things, taking it out of the box getting a really In depth, look, and also you know, updating and stuff, so really in depth. Experience if you're just about to take it out of the box. You may want to watch this video and learn how to set everything up anyway, lots more to come. This was just the unboxing inspection and set up an updating video. We are going to take this thing in the air we're gon na do lots of flights with it and lots of different scenarios, as I was explaining. I'Ll definitely be flying with just the beacon, with just the phone with the phone and the controller, and also giving the beacon to somebody else and trying to track them while I'm at its home launch point with the controller we're.
Also gon na do range testing too. So you want to know how far it'll go with just the phone, with just a beacon or with the controller in the phone we're going to do all that as well and I'll.