PowerVision PowerEgg X Wizard Review
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|Pros||Versatile hardware, good build quality, fun to fly||Awesome video quality, sensitive controls, stable platform||Large sensor, compact, high-quality footage, responsive controls||Portable, lightweight, budget-friendly, solid battery life||Inexpensive, simple operation, small and light|
|Cons||Subpar video quality, gimbal stabilization issues, vibration issues||Lacks a case, control a bit cramped for big hands||Lacks following capabilities, some propellor intrusion||Subpar gimbal stabilization, requires windless conditions, small sensor, low dynamic range||Slightly choppy video, short range|
|Bottom Line||A versatile drone with decent build quality and some fun flying characteristics but low video quality||This fun-to-fly drone is shaking up the professional market with its high-quality video and easy portability||The large sensor, 5K video, user-friendly controls, and fantastic flight performance make this a high-quality, do-it-all drone||A lightweight and reasonably-priced drone with decent video quality for those who want to capture their travels||Great for kids and beginners alike, this is the best entry-level model we have ever tested|
|Rating Categories||PowerVision PowerEg...||DJI Mavic 3||DJI Air 2S||DJI Mini 2||Ryze Tello|
|Video Quality (45%)|
|Flight Performance (35%)|
|Ease of Use (10%)|
|Specs||PowerVision PowerEg...||DJI Mavic 3||DJI Air 2S||DJI Mini 2||Ryze Tello|
|Video Resolutions||4K, FHD, HD||5.1K, DCI 4K, 4K, FHD||5.4K, 4K, 2,7K, FHD||4K, 2.7K, FHD||720p|
|Weight||1.98 lbs||1.97 lbs||1.31 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||46 minutes||31 minutes||32 minutes||13 minutes|
|Diagonal Size (no props)||6.25 in egg mode
18 in drone mode
|8.75 in folded
16 in unfolded
|11.9 in||8.4 in||5.3 in|
|Video Format||MP4 / MOV||MP4 / MOV||MP4, MOV||MP4||MP4|
|Maximum Video Bitrate||75 Mbps||200 Mbps||150 Mbps||100 Mbps||n/a|
|Camera Sensor||1/2.8" CMOS||Hasselblad: 4/3 CMOS
Tele Camera: 1/2" CMOS
|1" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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