My Facebook feed exploded today with the number of people posting about the not-yet-released Lily camera, a waterproof drone camera you throw to activate. The Lily tracks your movements via the tracking device you keep on your body, say, in you pocket, rather than you having to control it with a remote; essentially, the drone is an assistant with a mind of its own. Lily.camera is offering pre-orders at half the price, and being someone who hadn’t yet jumped on the drone wagon, a
1. autonomous camera that tracks movements
2. that is $500 off list price and
3. is smaller and therefore easier to transport than the DJ Phantom
won me over. Preordered. It won’t start shipping until February 2016, but that just gives me enough time to get shooting scripts and concepts together that will make effective use of the Lily. It already feels like buying another set of hands, shooting aerial B-roll.