Jul 052016
 

Sharper Image camera drone

I visit the local Michaels store at least once a week. Even if I didn’t have a 10 year old daughter with an insatiable appetite for arts and crafts, I imagine that I would still make that 5 minute crosstown trip weekly. The reason is simple: coupons. In their weekly circular, without fail, they always include a handful of coupons, and even though I am not that artsy crafty myself, I can usually find something useful for my lab. From resin and epoxy to tools and storage, I never come home empty-handed. Most of the time the coupon is for 40% off any regularly priced item, and sometimes it’s even 50%, but the rare, and often most useful coupon is the 20% off any item – regular OR sale price. It was because of such a coupon that I came unexpectedly home with a Sharper Image camera drone.

I’ve wanted an inexpensive, “toy” drone for a while, but even their price range of \$75 – \$100 is above my impulse buy threshold. But when I walked into Michael’s with a 20% sale-indiscriminate coupon in hand, and saw that the Sharper Image camera drone whose regular price of \$80 was on sale for 50% off, I had to grab one. Truth be told, I’m not really even an impulse buyer at \$32, but my wife pointed out that my daughter also would really enjoy playing with it. Well, then. That bump in utility cemented my decision, and I made my way to the checkout, drone and debit card in tow.

Sharper Image Camera Drone Features:

  • Maximum altitude: 150 ft
  • Range: 450 ft
  • 6 axis gyro stabilization
  • 360 degree flipping ability
  • Rechargeable, 3.7V/800 mAh LiPo battery
    • Provides ~7 minutes flying time
    • 180 minute charging time using included USB charging cable
  • 0.3 MP camera shoots both photos and video
  • 4 GB micro SD card (can utilize up to 32 GB cards)
    • 4 GB card can store 45,000 pictures or
    • 1.5 hours of video
  • 2.4 GHz wireless remote control
    • 450 ft control range
    • Uses 6 x 1.5V AA batteries

The drone’s specs aren’t anything to write home about to be sure, but having taken it for it’s maiden flight, I’m pretty confident I won’t have any buyer’s remorse especially considering the deep discount I got.

Now on to the photos:

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