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Protocol - Dronium III AP Drone with Remote Controller - Green/Black

Enjoy a new hobby with this Dronium III AP drone. Automatic stabilization makes it easy to maintain even flight, and precise controls let you get the drone exactly where you need it to go. The onboard video camera of this Dronium III AP drone captures video during the flight to provide a bird's eye view.

Fly Responsibly:
Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.
See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

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$199.99

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    Overview

    Notices


    What's Included


    • Protocol Dronium 3 AP Drone
    • Remote Controller with Phone Mount
    • USB Cable Charger
    • USB Card Reader
    • Blades
    • Blade Guards
    • Screwdriver

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    64% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (90 out of 142)

    Features


    6-axis motion-sensitive auto stabilizers

    Maintain stability for precise movement.

    View a live video feed on your compatible mobile device

    4GB of internal memory allow you to save plenty of footage, and the live feed makes sure you don't miss a thing.

    7 minutes of flying

    The built-in battery provides up to 7 minutes of flight time per charge.

    Remote controller

    Wirelessly control the drone with included remote controller.

    Crash-resistant materials

    Durable materials protect your drone against damage.


    Customer rating

    Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars with 142 reviews

    63%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      DO NOT BUY - You will lose your money!

      Posted
      beatnavy98
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I don’t typically write product reviews but I wanted to take the time to document my experience with the Protocol Dronium III AP so that others don’t meet the same fate that I did. Anyone considering purchasing this product should be advised that it is prone to “fly-aways” and that the companies policy is to just write it off as user-error. Before I share my experience, I want to establish credibility. I am a West Point graduate and as an Active Duty Army officer, I was involved with early testing of drone technology. I am also a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating. After leaving the military I earned a graduate degree from MIT. I share this to establish the fact that I am quite familiar with this technology and am not the “idiot” that the customer service rep at Protocol wrote me off to be. I bought a Protocol Dronium III for my son for his 13th birthday back in October. When he opened the present he was ecstatic and his eyes lit up! We brought the drone home and charged it, as well as, put brand new batteries in the controller. That night he read the entire user guide (which is unheard of for this child but he was THAT excited). After he went to bed, I grabbed the guide and also read it in its entirety. The following day, when he came home from school, the drone was charged, we downloaded the app for the iPhone, had everything set up and were ready for a test flight. We waited until my other children were home for school and once everyone was there I took the drone out to the backyard. The plan was I was going to fly it first, make sure it was working properly and then teach him the basic controls. I started the app, we synced it to the controller and then moved the two control sticks down and outward to start the propellers. The drone went into a nice hover. I increased RPMs to gain altitude and had the drone bank right and then left at about 8’-10’ above ground. I then took the drone up and was going to hover at a height slightly higher than my house. Right about that time, the drone became unresponsive and kept gaining altitude and moving off to the left despite the fact that I wasn’t even controlling it. The camera feed on the app froze and the drone continued to fly away as my son watched in horror. The drone never regained connection, continued to gain altitude and within a minute had disappeared over the treeline never to be seen again. My son was hysterical and after 2 hours of searching for it we gave up hope not knowing how long it flew or which direction it ended up before crashing. I flew the drone for all but 2 minutes before we lost it forever. After this happened I reached out to the company and within 24 hours had my concern responded to by a CSR named Rose L. Rose started off the email response by telling me about the challenges flying outdoors. To Rose’s credit she didn’t know that I was a pilot and have operated aircraft in some of the harshest, most difficult conditions pilots experience. She told me that “flying outdoors presents challenges that pilots don’t experience indoors” (BRILLIANT ADVICE; thanks, Rose!). The “space is limitless outdoors without walls” she told me (again, I never would have known that flying inside was different than flying outside). She then said “to prevent fly-aways it is important to first test and practice within close range before letting the drone fly too far”. All of this was done yet the product did not perform as it was supposed to. Rose wrapped up by telling me that “fly-aways are not covered by warranty” so I was stuck. She did tell me that they were sorry and if I wanted to buy the product again they would send me a code for 50% off. Seriously? Your product doesn’t work and you want me to spend MORE money? You take zero responsibility and pass this off as customer error?! The fact that they even have a term (i.e. “fly-away”) for this mishap lets you know that this happens quite frequently. Thje bottom line is that I spent $200 on something that didn’t work right out of the box, my son’s only birthday present was a disaster and the company did not step up and assume ANY liability in the least other than offer me a 50% discount if I wanted to RE-BUY their non-functioning product. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT BUY this product. You run a substantial risk of it not working and the company will not be there to make things right. Your child (or you) will be disappointed on Christmas. Buyer Beware!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Big and loud

      Posted
      Daphne
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Sounds like lots of bees .it's huge .only problem that's where we found was that the lending legs and the guards for the blades do not stay on in a matter of fact when you push him in there will fall out the moment you blow some Airaid will fall off so we have to hot glue everything on there and waited on when you're Landing no matter how gentle you are your blades will always hit the guard rails I don't think it's hard enough for y'all do any damage but it is big and bulky definitely not for indoor use. We bought it for $100 so having it being half the price that's why I'll keep it if I have to pay full price I don't think it was

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Our drone went rogue!

      Posted
      MBmom
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We bought this drone because it had decent reviews. The first time we took it out, we were able to handle it pretty well. The second time we took it out, it went rogue and flew off into the sky until it disappeared. My son said it was as though it started drifting toward a mother ship as soon as it took off. Perhaps this was due to our inexperience, but the fact that it didn't follow any of our commands makes me wonder if it was entirely our fault. Would not recommend.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Total Garbage

      Posted
      EWaters
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      We purchased this drone for our son for Christmas. Within the first week the propellor motor stopped working and the drone wouldn't fly. We contacted the company MANY MANY times for either a replacement (the drone was under warranty) or replacement parts. They contacted us saying that the product would be replaced so we waited. Two weeks later they tell us they won't replace it. This product is garbage and the company is the worst I've ever seen. We will NEVER buy another one of their products and we are surprised that Best Buy would even sell anything from them. Best Buy should do a much better job vetting their vendors.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Touted as a good unit

      Posted
      Retired182
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      After reading the manual the unit failed to function as it was suppose to function. The manual said it would upon pressing the lift off button, lift off to about 3 or 4 feet and hover. It actually lifted off about 2 feet and then on its own initiative darted away to crash. Repeated attempts resulted in the same failure. The controller seemed cheaply made and the right control joy stick seemed to have little if any control resulting in uncontrolled flights. The only things that worked as described was the start control for the motors and the camera. I returned the unit for a full refund.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good for new drone pilots.

      Posted
      JimN
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Easy and enjoyable to fly. Responds well and has veriable speeds for when you get more comfortable. camera quality is ok. I would suggest cleaning the lens before flying. This drone is durable so long as you don't crash it hard. The phone app works very well. Makes it easier to take photos while in flight This craft doesn't fly well with wind. The caliberation and adjustments don't work very well. So getting it to stabilize while hovering can be difficult. however it does keep altitude while moving in all directions. Battery life is very short around 5 minutes tops. So I would suggest getting extra batteries.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Virtually unflyable

      Posted
      Jsnr75
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This thing has a decent feature set. Takes off by itself, has a ok camera considering the price point. Unfortunately, it just doesn't fly like it is supposed to. I'm not new to drones or RC, and I was barely able to get this thing to move forward at all. My son...forget about it. Not sure if ours was defective, but we were happy to return it, and haven't been able to find something we felt comfortable spending money on yet. $200 was a lot to spend on something so disappointing, and I'm fairly convinced that most anything under $400 is going to be disappointing at this point.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good drone for starters

      Posted
      Cheeze

      This was my first drone purchase. Only thing I can say is you will need practice when you start out. Make sure you are in an open area not around house's. The wind will take this drone and make it hard to control where you almost lose control of it. It is lite weight so unfortunately it's best to fly with minimal wind. Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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