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PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard Review

A versatile drone with decent build quality and some fun flying characteristics but low video quality
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Price:   $1,250 List | $1,150.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Versatile hardware, good build quality, fun to fly
Cons:  Subpar video quality, gimbal stabilization issues, vibration issues
Manufacturer:   PowerVision
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 15, 2022
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#7 of 9
  • Video Quality - 45% 5.0
  • Flight Performance - 35% 7.4
  • Portability - 10% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 10% 8.1

Our Verdict

The unique design of the PowerVison PowerEgg sets it apart from the competition, as does its ho-hum video quality. While we like that PowerVision is trying to make their product more versatile by allowing the camera to be used apart from the drone, ultimately the drone needs to, first and foremost, function well, and the PowerEgg does not adequately satisfy this standard, added features aside. All told, we believe you would do better to look at other models in our review before settling on this odd egg.

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Pros Versatile hardware, good build quality, fun to flyLarge sensor, compact, high-quality footage, responsive controlsConsistent color and quality, decent flight time, intelligent flight featuresPortable, lightweight, budget-friendly, solid battery lifeInexpensive, simple operation, small and light
Cons Subpar video quality, gimbal stabilization issues, vibration issuesLacks following capabilities, some propellor intrusionGimbal overload errors, small sensor is limiting, subpar following capabilities, jittery rideSubpar gimbal stabilization, requires windless conditions, small sensor, low dynamic rangeSlightly choppy video, short range
Bottom Line A versatile drone with decent build quality and some fun flying characteristics but low video qualityThe large sensor, 5K video, user-friendly controls, and fantastic flight performance make this a high-quality, do-it-all droneA mostly capable drone that offers consistent color, 4K video, and intelligent flight features but requires regular gimbal calibrationA lightweight and reasonably-priced drone with decent video quality for those who want to capture their travelsGreat for kids and beginners alike, this is the best entry-level model we have ever tested
Rating Categories PowerVision PowerEg... DJI Air 2S DJI Mavic Air 2 DJI Mini 2 Ryze Tello
Video Quality (45%)
5.0
9.6
7.8
6.6
2.6
Flight Performance (35%)
7.4
9.2
8.2
6.0
5.3
Portability (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
10.0
Ease of Use (10%)
8.1
9.0
9.0
8.9
6.3
Specs PowerVision PowerEg... DJI Air 2S DJI Mavic Air 2 DJI Mini 2 Ryze Tello
Video Resolutions 4K, FHD, HD 5.4K, 4K, 2,7K, FHD 4K, 2.7K, FHD 4K, 2.7K, FHD 720p
Weight 1.98 lbs 1.31 lbs 1.25 lbs 0.55 lbs 0.18 lbs
Maximum Speed 40 mph 42.5 mph 42.5 mph 35.8 mph 18 mph
Maximum Claimed Flight Time 30 minutes 31 minutes 34 minutes 32 minutes 13 minutes
Diagonal Size (no props) 6.25 in egg mode
18 in drone mode
11.9 in 11.9 in 8.4 in 5.3 in
Video Format MP4 / MOV MP4, MOV MP4, MOV MP4 MP4
Maximum Video Bitrate 75 Mbps 150 Mbps 120 Mbps 100 Mbps n/a
Camera Sensor 1/2.8" CMOS 1" CMOS 1/2" CMOS 1/2.3" CMOS n/a

Our Analysis and Test Results

The PowerVision PowerEgg is a so-so device that left testers slightly amused with its flight performance but ultimately disappointed with its video quality and sluggish controls.

Performance Comparison


PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the poweregg has a unique, eye-catching design but lacks where video...
The PowerEgg has a unique, eye-catching design but lacks where video and flight are concerned.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Video Quality


The PowerEgg delivered middling results in our comprehensive video quality analysis. While it does have a decent 4K resolution, there is a noticeable loss of sharpness, what some would call "muddiness," in the picture. Additionally, there is codec breakdown in high-detail scenes. All told, this unit does not produce a professional quality video.



Specifically, the PowerEgg suffers from harsh highlight roll-off and fringing at points of overexposure in the frame. It also has a loss of detail in shadows. In lowlight scenarios, the higher ISO renders soft boundaries and poorly fuzzy details. Additionally, the gimbal fails to limit minor wobbles and vibration in footage, particularly while shooting a gradual forward descent. These vibrations affect video quality to the point of making some shots unusable.



Flight Performance


In contrast to the performance in the video quality metric, the PowerEgg did quite well in flight performance. The unit's takeoff and landing stability are nice, and the intelligent flight is intuitive, allowing for user adjustment of speed and distance in flight. The following mode has three tracking options, and the settings for these are touch screen activated.

PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the poweregg returns to home rather quickly but the consistency of...
The PowerEgg returns to home rather quickly but the consistency of this function is variable and ultimately unreliable beyond 200 feet.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The return to home feature is swift compared to other models we have tested. However, it proved to be inconsistent. For example, when using it when the drone was within 100 feet, it worked as intended. Beyond this range, the behavior was unpredictable, requiring testers to override the command and manually fly the drone, thus defeating the function altogether.

PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the so-so video feed and sluggish controls make us lukewarm about...
The so-so video feed and sluggish controls make us lukewarm about the PowerEgg as a reliable flying machine.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

If the problematic return home function concerns you, then the sluggish response to user inputs will further raise concerns about the PowerEgg. The video feed also lags a bit, further exacerbating the controls' clunkiness. That said, the drone proved stable in hovering flight and has a 30-minute battery life, which is respectable.

PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the battery life on the poweregg is about average at 30 minutes.
The battery life on the PowerEgg is about average at 30 minutes.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability


While video quality and flight performance are undoubtedly the most important considerations when selecting a drone, portability is also important. Your device will obviously need to be transported, and it is a somewhat fragile (and expensive!) device. The PowerEgg tips the scales at a mere 1.98 pounds (with the battery), and it is just 6.5 inches when broken down for storage. The unit comes with a case, but here's the rub: the drone has to be disassembled to fit inside of it, and the process can be annoying. That said, the case holds everything needed to maintain the drone.

PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the portability of the poweregg is compact but you have to...
The portability of the PowerEgg is compact but you have to disassemble and reassemble it to fit it into its compact case.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The PowerEgg did quite well in our ease of use analysis despite requiring a bit of set-up out of the box. The control interface is a phone attached to the remote, which is comfortable in hand with readily accessible buttons. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) looks good, too, though the interface isn't as refined as others we have tested.

PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the interface on the poweregg is good but not as intuitive as others...
The interface on the PowerEgg is good but not as intuitive as others we have used.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Learning to fly the PowerEgg is pretty easy. However, we were disappointed that the yaw wasn't easier to handle. That said, the video quality on the interface looks terrific and is faithful to what the eye sees. However, the transmission of the video is a bit laggy and stepped at times.

PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard drones - the view on the poweregg's display is true to what the drone is...
The view on the PowerEgg's display is true to what the drone is seeing and doing so you can be confident in the video you're capturing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Value


The PowerVision PowerEgg is a moderately expensive drone, yet it delivered a below-average performance. Given that some similarly priced models performed significantly better than this model, we do not consider it a good value. We suggest you look to other products in our review for improved performance at the same price point.

Conclusion


This review of the PowerVision PowerEgg looks at all aspects of a drone's performance, including flight characteristics, video quality, portability, and ease of use. Our evaluation revealed that the PowerEgg is a mediocre device in most aspects. As such, we recommend you consider other models in our review for better value or performance.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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