Gear | January 4, 2016 9:00 am

Pocket-Sized Video Drone Is Our Favorite Drone of 2016

The VIDIUS by Axis: Small machine. Big deal.

By The Editors

There are many new dilemmas a man must face in 2016.

Should I invest in Bitcoin? What is the appropriate amount of daily screen time for a 12-year-old? Am I too old for a man bun?

And, for our purposes here, Do I buy the drone that fits in the palm of my hand or the one that can take videos?

Answer: Both, thanks to the VIDIUS from Axis Drones a 4.3 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm quadcopter that can fly up to 100 feet away … while filming all of your radical antics with its on-board camera.

What the world’s smallest first-person-view drone lacks in emotion, it makes up for in technological prowess: the engineers at Axis have packed the little guy with the ability to fly at three different speeds for up to seven minutes while shooting video on a single 20-minute charge. Prospective pilots can control the miniature flyer with a smartphone, tablet or the included 2.4 gHz controller and stream or record video and photos in 420p with the installed camera.

To protect against shaky hands, the VIDIUS is also equipped with six-axis gyro stabilization, while the drone’s pre-programmed “trick mode” algorithm can help you (pretend to) channel your inner Red Baron. There’s also no FAA registration required, although we still don’t recommend rolling in hot on President Obama’s motorcade any time soon.