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ZANO Camera Drone

ZANO unveiled its new camera drone at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show.

While ZANO’s drone is still under development, if it meets production, cyclists will have an affordable option to capture aspects of their riding experience as no traditional camera can. Dig !

What is ZANO ?

It’s autonomous. It’s intelligent. It swarms. It takes selfies?

ZANO is an ultra-portable, personal aerial photography and HD video capture platform, Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and intelligent enough to fly all by itself! ZANO connects directly to your smart device (iOS or Android)  via onboard WiFi and enables you to instantly begin capturing and sharing moments like never before. 

"When we began work on ZANO, our goal was to make aerial photography and video capture truly accessible to everyone. This meant making ZANO small and lightweight, yet durable enough to take with you anywhere. Intelligent enough so no piloting skills were required, and most of all, pricing ZANO at a point that makes it affordable." Reece Crowther, Head of Marketing.

 Revolutionary Autonomous Operation

"Right out of the box you can begin capturing and sharing stunning aerial photographs and videos, with absolutely no complex flight training required." 

Ivan Reedman, Head of Research and Development.

A plethora of sensors work seamlessly together to allow ZANO to avoid obstacles, hold its position and know exactly where it is in conjunction with your smart device, at all times. 

This means ZANO operates on a virtual tether connected to your smart device. Allowing for simple gesture control of ZANO. Tilt your phone or tablet left or right, forward or backward and ZANO will follow. (ZANO can also be utilised in "Free Flight" mode, using on-screen Joy Sticks). On screen slide bars control rotation and altitude. ZANO will hold its position unless instructed otherwise (In both "Capture" mode as well as "Free Flight" mode), which allows for maximum control and creative freedom without the burden of piloting ZANO.

If ZANO senses it’s strayed too far from your smart device or is running low on battery, it will automatically return to your smart device. 

Operating on a virtual tether also enables "Follow me" capability in ZANO. Which means once you set ZANO’s hold position, it will register the distance it is from your smart device. You can choose for ZANO to hold this position or enable a "Follow me" feature, which will instruct ZANO to constantly maintain that distance from your smart device and follow you whilst avoiding any obstacles that may get it in the way during flight. 

Hardware Under the Hood of ZANO 

Key Features

  • Revolutionary Intelligent Flight and Autonomous Operation, complete with Obstacle Avoidance – Don’t fly it. Task it!
  • Lightweight and Durable. Conveniently take ZANO with you wherever you may go. 
  • Instant image and video sharing capability to social networks.
  • Digital Image Stabilisation – For clear and precise image and video capture.
  • Safe – Failsafe software features ensures ZANO will always return to your mobile device if it feels its strayed too far, is losing signal or is running low on battery. ZANO will never leave your line of sight! 
  • Free Flight Mode – Have complete control of ZANO with on screen Joy-Sticks, while still capturing and sharing photos and videos. 
Interchangeable batteries 
ZANO comes complete with a removable battery feature! This means a user can carry multiple charged batteries, and when ZANO is starting to run low on juice, simply bring ZANO home, pull the battery out, put a charged battery in and you’re back flying in no time!

ZANO’s battery can be charged whilst it is docked inside ZANO via a standard MicroUSB connection, and with a simple adapter ZANO’s batteries can be charged whilst outside of ZANO.

Technical Specifications

  • 6.5cm x 6.5 cm (2.5" x 2.5")
  • on board MicroSD cradle
  • 1 x Spare battery
  • 55 grams in weight (1.94 oz)
  • 5 megapixel HD video camera
  • IR obstacle avoidance
  • Echo sounding sonar and high resolution air pressure sensor for altitude control
  • 32bit 330DMIPS processor
  • 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz WIFI connectivity
  • 2w Class D Audio Amplifier
  • High sensitivity onboard digital microphone
  • Unlimited colour RGB 8*8 pixel front display supporting animations, icons etc – Which doubles as a camera flash!
  • Unlimited colour RGB landing lights
  • Bidirectional motor control (Zano can drive motors in either direction)
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • 10 – 15 minute continuous intelligent flight time. (Weather dependent)
  • 15 – 30 meter optimal operating range. (Smart device and regional legislation dependent.)
  • 25 mph top speed
  • Durable and Lightweight design.
  • Digital Image/Video Stabilisation for clear and precise images and video capture.
  • Easy-Access Charging Port complete with removable battery. Charge multiple batteries and carry with you so your ZANO never runs out of juice!


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