It certainly is easy to compare the AirSelfie 2 to a drone, because it has a camera and four propellers to keep it airborne. Considering that we live in an age of selfies, it just makes sense to create a device to make a camera float in front of you to take your picture. This is essentially the AirSelfie 2 in a nutshell.
So, when this AirSelfie 2 came to me, I was hoping it could be this flying camera that followed you in the air like…I don’t know, a hover-puppy? That’s a well-trained dog that could take pictures of you from the air.
When the AirSelfie 2 came to me, I wondered how to get this thing to fly. As it turns out, all I needed to do is download the app, and charge the unit itself. I don’t know how long it took to charge it fully, but it that red light on when it needs charging, and the blue light when it is fully charged. You know, the usual.
When the app is downloaded, you have to connect your Wi-Fi to the device itself. I thought it would take Bluetooth, but clearly I won’t be able to use the Internet on other apps with this app. Not that I would be doing anything else with the AirSelfie 2.Once I got the controls, it was time to set it into the air. All I needed to do is touch a control for a few seconds (the up button in the nearby illustration), and the AirSelfie 2 whirred to life. Occasionally, the AirSelfie 2 started to just veer off, so you have to learn to take control of it. Now, there are three ways to do this, for some odd reason. What you are seeing on the left is the “Easy” mode, and there are two other Medium and Hard modes.
Now it took a while before the props became airborne-worthy, but it did take to the sky. I actually was told that I could toss the AirSelfie 2 into the air and it would fly, but I found that the props didn’t defy gravity until a second or two after starting. The best thing that I would recommend is hold the AirSelfie 2 in your hand, and when it feels lighter than air, let it go.
From there, the AirSelfie hovered and would usually go in whatever direction it felt compelled to go. Steering it was a matter of figuring out what button did what, and there is a bit of a learning curve here, and this applies to the Easy, Medium, or Hard modes.
By the way, my dog really freaked out when the AirSelfie 2 started flying around the room. I’m glad she didn’t try and grab it in her jaws like a frisbee. I would have got a picture of it, but my smartphone was otherwise occupied.
So let’s just get to the pictures. It has a 12 Megapixel camera, and this is a shot that I took in my hotel room in Florida. I should also take the time to say that I had the AirSelfie 2 in my carry-on on the plane, and I was not called aside by the TSA.
In case you are wondering, it was difficult to set up that shot. In some cases, I just moved myself into position, like when I got this video that you can see below.
In case you are wondering why the video is short (a second), then you should know that the AirSelfie 2 has about 5 minutes of flying time. Yeah, I thought that there was something wrong with this guy as the battery life kept changing color very quickly from green, yellow, to red.
So, can I recommend this? If you want to take some interesting selfies that are way different than other selfies, then yes, I would recommend this. Just know that you will have to learn how to make it work, and when it does work, you won’t have much time to get that selfie shot that you are looking for. It is recommended for indoor use, so I definitely wouldn’t use it on the edge of a cliff or anything.
If you’re lucky, you can hopefully get it before the holidays. Check it out here on the AirSelfie site for about for $199.95.