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Micro Drone 3.0 ready for take off

The price of camera drones is set to fall as the Micro Drone 3.0 takes to the air. Until recently, only large, expensive drones could carry cameras, but this $200 (approximately £130) quadrocopter shoots 1280 x 720 photos and HD video at 30fps.

As its name suggests, in addition to taking snappy pictures, this new drone from London-based firm Extreme Fliers is also incredibly small.

Able to fit in the palm of your hand, the Micro Drone 3.0 is highly portable, but this doesn’t mean it’s underpowered. With a 450mAh lithium cell battery, the Micro Drone 3.0 can fly up to eight minutes; it has a maximum range of 50ft (15m) when controlled from a smartphone, or 300ft (91m) when controlled with the included radio controller.

Micro Drone 3
The additional expansion packs and the option to 3D print parts also enables users to further customise their flying experience.

All the aerial footage you take can be stored on an on-board microSD and streamed to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, so you can also broadcast video live and online through apps like Periscope and Meerkat. You can even pop your smartphone in a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset and steer the Micro Drone 3.0 in first-person.

Extreme Fliers smashed its Indiegogo goal in August, initially asking for $75,000 (£49,405), before receiving $2.5 million (£1.6 million) from online pledgers. Those backers will receive their Micro Drone 3.0 in November, before the camera drone goes on sale the following month.