Video effects specialist Robert McIntosh wanted a tiny but powerful camera drone, so he built himself the world’s smallest high-definition drone. It’s a drone that can squeeze through the smallest of spaces, as you can see in the unusual 2-minute video above.
His drone weighs just 94.7 grams with a stripped down GoPro camera mounted on it, and about 120 grams with a flight battery and foam roll cage. Just for reference: a GoPro HERO5 Black camera itself ordinarily weighs 118 grams, so this complete GoPro camera drone weighs about the same as a GoPro.
Here are all the parts McIntosh stripped off his GoPro camera before it was mounted on the drone:
Size-wise, the drone uses 2-inch propellers and measures about 5 inches wide and 3 inches tall — small enough to fly through the gymnastics rings on the beach.
Here’s some raw flight footage and outtakes prior to digital stabilization using ReelSteady — as you can see, the drone was flown with the camera pointing forward, and the resulting video shows the footage played backward: