Potensic Atom drone review | Space

Key specs:

Weight: 8.8 oz / 249 g 

Dimensions: 3.5×5.6×2.3 in / 88x143x58 mm folded / 8.3×6.0x2.3 in / 210x152x58 mm unfolded

Battery: 2330 mAh / up to 32 minutes flight time

Charger type: USB-C cable / Mains powered Fast Charging Hub

Modes: Video, Normal, Sport

Video transmission range: 3.7 miles / 6 km

Video resolution: 4K, 2.7K, 1080p 

Frame rates: 4K up to 30FPS, 2.7K up to 30 fps, 1080p up to 60FPS

Potensic has taken a new approach with its drones in the past year or so with the release of the Atom SE in 2022. This drone marked a turning point for the company in terms of design and features and quickly inserted the Atom SE into the list of the best beginner drones available. It remains a great drone, but taking features and functionality even further, the latest model, the Potensic Atom offers a 3-axis mechanical gimbal alongside manual camera control and additional feature improvements.

The Potensic Atom, like most drones in a similar price bracket, doesn’t offer Collision Avoidance so you have to take care when flying close to obstacles. But despite the absence of this feature, the Atom provides impressive subject-tracking functionality. If you’re wondering what this is, it’s simply automated flight patterns, such as following a predefined moving subject or orbiting it, while capturing video.

The Potensic Atom drone opened up. (Image credit: Future)

These features are just the tip of the iceberg for what we can confidently say is one of the best non-DJI beginner drones available. The Atom is available in two kits, which we’ll cover in more detail later. But in terms of cost, the Standard kit which comes with everything you need to get started including one battery costs $299 / £279, while the more comprehensive Fly More Bundle which includes three batteries and other useful accessories costs just $399 / £379.

Potensic Atom: Design

  • Sub-249 g drone with a folding design 
  • Interesting and effective controller design 
  • Easy-to-use smartphone app 

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