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Parrot - ANAFI 4K Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 114 reviews

88%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Mavic air alternative

    Posted
    Wras
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    Great little drone with features of a much higher end drone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Picture quality

    Posted
    Charlie
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    This is by far the best drone you buy for this price range. Packed with great features, fast, and with exceptional picture quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera, Some absent qol features

    Posted
    Nico
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    The 4k camera is awesome in a stone this size. However, obstacle avoidance and internal memory are absent from this drone but are non-issues in my use case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent drone

    Posted
    Harry
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    Excellent drone for the price. 4k video and 25 mins flight time. Slow motion vedio recording are great features

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera Drone! The best Follow Me Features!

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    JCBZ
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    This Drone is Fantastic! Easy to fly, Many automated flight and camera modes. I would by the unit that comes with 3 batteries and case that holds remote drone and all batteries for a little bit more money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wrong drone for the price point

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    MJHoyas
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    I was looking forward to the Anafi. It has some cool features that stand out from the pack, but ultimately at this price point, it has too many flaws. Stick to DJI, for now. @@@@@ Thanks to Best Buys great return policy, I was able to get the drone that ultimately worked best for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Has the absolute best dronie features you will wan

    Posted
    Charles
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    Ok so yes, DJI is king of the hill, but Parrot's Anafi is a true competitor to craft such as the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro. Neither of those drones can match the follow me modes of the Anafi. Go to youtube and search for the jeep follow video's for the anafi. This drone is excellent and has a very good range if you like to fly out far in an uncongested airspace.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Drone

    Posted
    Larry
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    When I bought it I didn't know what to expect, I had done back and forth comparisons with the DJI Mavic. In the end I went with this one, it's definitely quieter than the DJI as I have friends that own them. I love that I can turn the camera up and the zoom feature, flight time is slightly better as well. Does well in the wind better than expected. Very easy to fly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Drone

    Posted
    PsykoPup
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    So at the initial set up it was a bit difficult because there was no manual. The only included usb connector to attach the phone to the controller was NOT for iPhone even though it clearly stated "made for iPhone" on the outside of the box. The amazing thing about this drone is it is super easy to fly. Great for beginners or inexperienced drone operators. The camera was a bit finicky in the beginning but once it was detected and connected it was easy to maneuver and what an amazing picture. Some of the other great features were the zoom capabilities, the HDR footage, and the auto land button. The ability to tilt the camera up and down while in flight is also a great feature. The zoom picture was not blurred while zooming like on other brands. I do wish however that the "follow me" feature was not an additional cost. For the cost of this drone, it should be included. The 25 minute flight time is also a bonus as most other drones are less. After about 12 flights an update was performed so it appears that they are staying up on improving the software. Overall, this is a great drone and I would certainly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Decent features for a Drone

    Posted
    Orlandohoward
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    It is a great drone for what it does and it has great resolution for the camera. However the battery doesn't last too long and it takes forever to charge. You must buy a SD card other wise you won't be able to even record because 4K takes a lot of the memory. For the price it's at, I find they can lower another $100 so I would not recommend it to anyone due to the price and the battery issues. The app for the anafi also needs work, sometimes it takes forever to connect. To upload videos to you phone it takes forever as well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stabile, reliable drone. Great 4K camera

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    Amac
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    I originally entered the Parrot ecosystem with their Bebop drone. I was impressed with its flight and durability, but found it's camera leaving more to be desired, aside from its bulky form factor. I decided to trade it in for the Anafi. the Anafi is a great intermediate drone with many high end features. Excellent flight and flight stability with a solid 20 minutes of flight easily attainable at full charge. Battery takes a very long time to charge though, and a 15+ W wall adapter for its USB charger (not included) is desirable to keep its charge time under 2 hours. 4K camera, with its one-of-a kind ability to aim 180 degrees upwards, allowing for some incredible shots that are impossible to achieve with 'higher-end' drones. Excellent image stability + great piloting features in the mobile app. The form factor is very manageable with all of its arms folding inwards for storage. The Included case is solid, quality and a great overall addition to the package for easy storage. Very much looking forward to impressive footage during my travels in the summer. 4.5/5 drone. -Extra batteries for this drone cost $100, and this package only contains one, while the other package contains more. -The HDR mode greatly brightens details in scenery, but can add static-like pixelation to the image. -Excellent raw image quality in normal 4K, with many different file choices for post-production. -Utilizes a removable 16gb microSD card.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great photo drone for both beginners and experts

    Posted
    bd43274
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    good: - Small and Lightweight - Includes Controller - Includes 16GB microSD card and adapter - Traveling Case - USB-C Charging - Stunning 4K Video Quality - 21 MP Camera - Long battery life (2700mah) - Vertical 180 camera - Extra Propellers - Long Flight Time - Not that noisy. bad: - In-App Purchases - Can drift a bit but stable video - No Obstacle Avoidance Tech overall: The Anafi has a lot of features that make it a great photography drone for both beginners and experts alike. In the box you get the drone itself, which comes folded inside of the included travel case, a 16GB Sandisk microSD card with adapter, the controller, extra propellers, and a USB-A to USB-C cable. The drone looks like a bug, nothing flashy - a black plastic body with 4 legs and 8 small propellers. ? One of the most interesting features is the fact that the camera can swivel 180 degrees from straight down to straight up which means it's one of if not the only drone that can actually film at an upwards angle, giving you some interesting possibilities in filming angles. You get a 21MP Sony Sensor so the quality of the footage is similar to what you'd get with a flagship cellular phone, but at a higher megapixel count than most. Footage quality is excellent with 100Mbps 4K and as an extra bonus you get the option for HDR, a feature not found in drones a this price range? However, in 4K UHD the best you will get is 30 fps so for filming fast action or sports you might want to consider setting it to 1080p for 60fps. There's also nearly a 3X optical zoom but again at 4K UHD you are limited to just 1.4x optical zoom. Despite being small and lightweight, Parrot claims that it can withstand up to 31Mph winds. It wasn't quite that windy when I was out but wind was making the drone drift quite a bit during a filming session but I was surprised watching the video feed to see that the video was perfectly stable despite the drone bouncing around. However, with the lack of obstacle detection, and some drift you have to be careful about getting close to other objects as you could end up crashing it. There's also a weird business decision to make you pay $1 for two additional flight modes via the app on your phone. One is "follow me", where the drone will focus on you and follow you as you jog or ride a bike for example. Without obstacle detection, this could be very risky. The other is called "flight plan" where you can set a path for the drone based on GPS. Making users pay $2 for these two features on top of the cost of the drone is a bit baffling. ? Overall, this is a good buy for anyone who is looking for a small and lightweight drone that's easy to travel with. However, the lack of obstacle detection means you will need a bit of practice flying it before you get too close to things.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great drone for beginners and more advanced users

    Posted
    Kat777
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    This is the first drone I've used however I had a general idea what to expect and that some do more than others. The app you use on your phone is so easy to get started and get flying. I was impressed with how little it took to get in the air and love that it can be flown with or without the controller. The first time I took it out I just used my phone to get the feel for how to fly and maneuver the drone. It's so easy to use and I'm so impressed with the camera quality. Pictures and video are crystal clear. The controls for moving the camera were a little harder to get used to but it's so similar to a gaming controller that once you figure out the buttons it's fairly quick. The range and height on this is incredible. It does take awhile to charge which is my only complaint. Otherwise this would be great for beginners and should do the job for more experienced flyers as well. It's fairly quiet which I was surprised by which is a great feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth your time

    Posted
    Waldomann

    Let me start by saying that the reason I fly drones is to have the unique ability to take aerial stills and videos... Having been in the drone game since 2013 I have flown many drones. My first camera drone was the Yuneec Q500 which had a terrible 1060, 12mp camera....not satisfied I purchased the 3RD Solo with a gimbal for a GoPro 4 Black...much better but still had issues. From there I took a leap of faith and purchased a DJI Phantom 4 Pro...wow, great camera for 4K video and 20mp stills...Last month I purchased the Parrot Anafi....and I love it....and here is why. It is small and extreamly easy to pack. It is crasy quiet. It takes 20 mp stills in both JEPG and Raw(DNG) and the 4K video. The video it captures is amazing. I can get the Anafi up in the air FAST...and it is stupid easy to fly with the included controller. The app is simple and straight forward with some of the best pre-programed cinamatic moves.....Cameraman, boomerang, to name a few...and yesterday Parrot released to more features for 99 cents each...Follow me and Way Points.... So now I have two drones ...the P4Pro and the Anafi. I love flying the Anafi....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So small, quiet, and very promising

    Posted
    Manny

    Just picked this up at my local store yesterday. Got to do a little bit of testing today (too windy though to do more) and have to say that I'm very pleasantly surprised. The box itself is so small and that alone got my excited for this as I was looking for a compact drone for travel. I already own a Phantom 4 Pro so I've experience with DJI. I chose to look into the Anafi versus the smaller DJI drones because it was different (zoom, form-factor, upwards view, etc). I've also had issues in the past with the Android DJI app not being usable at all so that's left a bad taste (I use an iPad mini while flying the P4P). Anywho, love the small case it comes in. The controller is a little bigger and perhaps could have been smaller, but hey, can't complain too much. Controller feels nice and love that it just turns on and off by opening and closing the phone mount. As far as the drone, it's definitely lighter and it makes you question build quality due to the lightweight. The anafi has a unique shape so I felt like I had to learn how to hold it properly (not putting pressure on blades and other parts) while removing the battery and unfolding it, etc. After handling it for some time, I felt more used to it. Setup was a breeze. Firmware updates were a little sketchy though (app hung at the last bit of the progress bar for both firmware updates - I hit cancel after maybe 10 minutes and found out firmware updates were successful). After that though, flying was a breeze. I've to note that the default flight settings do need some tweaking (rotation is awfully slow by default for one). After some adjustments I'm glad to say it feels very nice. Compared to my P4P, I would definitely say my P4P is more stable - I flew inside my garage for a test (out of the heavy gusts) and would still see the drone drift vertically and horizontally (usually leaning towards one side). I trust my P4P to pretty much stay in place (for the most part) as I take pictures, but I feel like I couldn't trust the Anafi in tight spots without hands on the controls ready to correct it. This isn't quite a big deal to me as I don't plan to fly this in tight spots anyways and will fly this in more open areas. One other thing I noticed was a bit of jitter at times when doing horizontal panning, an issue I've heard about from other users. We believe it's due to the EIS system and I think that's something that will be improved upon with firmware updates in the future. I definitely need to do more testing, but I'm already sure I'm going to keep it and pre-order some extra batteries as I think this is going to be a great travel drone. For the price, the size and features like the lossless zoom and extra camera tilt, this just fits the bill nicely for me. I enjoy DJI and I've never had firmware/software issues that seem to plague the DJI community (other than the Android app), but the Anafi was just different enough to warrant exploring. I like different and I can't wait to use these features in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Drone for Video

    Posted
    Mark4java
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    I gave this a 4-star rating with one or two exceptions. The battery, propellers and photos. It's great for video. The photography while good is slow and takes time to get use to. Controls are excellent. Much better than DJI. I love this because you can put it in a case and take it w/you hiking and just use the phone but then you lose range because the controller doesn't fit in the case. It's fat and doesn't have the range it should but is convenient. The blades are going to be really hard to replace. It's a French company so maybe they aren't use to designing easy to use, field ready equipment. They are much too small to change anywhere but on a work bench. This is great for hobbyists. I like it because it'sn't DJI and the creativity is nice. The video is great and the photos look very nice, they just take time to capture because it's slow. The HDR feature for those is thoughtful but useless. Just a few small improvements especially to the camera making it quicker and it would be the best small copter out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Missing Some Key Features

    Posted
    DonMc
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    If I were to mention every single detail of this Parrot ANAFI drone, this review would be so long that no one would read it, so I'll focus on a few key points. First off, this drone is extremely light weight. So light in fact that I was convinced that it wouldn't withstand strong winds. As it happens, the day I tested this drone, it was very gusty out. Although the wind moved it about some, I thought it held its own. Parrot boasts a 25 minute battery life, that's only when flown in ideal conditions. I got about 19 minutes due to its bout with the wind. The drone comes with a USB-C charging cable, but not with the actual charger. You'll have to use your phone/USB charger. The remote control is pretty large, but not large enough to hold a larger phone if it's housed in a case (I have a Note 8). So be prepared to remove your phone case every time you want to fly this thing. I ended up using my iPod, it worked great. Parrot was thoughtful enough to include a protective carry case for the drone, but not for the remote control, so you need to purchase a case to transport it. Now for the missing features: - There is no Obstacle Avoidance feature on this drone! If you want to fly this thing around trees (or anything else), you'd better have a deft touch with the remote, or else it will blindly fly into any obstacle. - There is no Follow Me feature included with this drone. You'll have to make an In-App purchase to utilize this feature. - The Flight Plan feature is also an In-App purchase. The 4K video and HDR makes for some pretty impressive results. The camera is a very generous 21 megapixels. The 4K video is awesome! This unit also boast 180 degree tilt. This allows you to look directly above and below the drone. I really like that feature! There is a 16gb microSD card, with an adapter included to allow you to insert the card into your computer. Be very careful when removing and reinserting the card in the drone, the mechanism is small and delicate, I can see the tiny metal securing plate become easily broken. If it's broken, there's no way to secure the SD card in place. If you have a caveman's touch, better let someone else perform the procedure. Despite its (glaring) negatives, I still like this drone. I'm looking forward to exploring more of its capabilities. I can't wait to go the park and fly this puppy over the gorge! Pros: - Beautiful 4K video - 21mp camera - 25 minute battery life - 180 degree tilt with the gimbal - Lightweight and portable Cons: - No obstacle avoidance - In-App purchases for Follow Me and Flight Plan - Remote control is too small for large phones

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little Drone

    Posted
    Maze
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    This was my first drone purchase and I'm very happy with my decision. I wanted a portable drone for travel that took great pictures and 4K video and this thing delivers just that. Also relatively quiet as I've heard other drones that are much louder. Lightweight, which helps with battery life, as you can expect up to 25 minutes flight time. This drone is more unassuming than some of the other "monstrosities" out there, which I think helps it fly a bit "under the radar" in terms of annoying people who might not be as enthusiastic about drones as you are. Another implementation feature I love about this drone is the fact that both the controller and drone battery can be charged using USB-C cables that most of us use to charge our phones these days. Consequently, you don't need to lug any proprietary chargers with you just your phone charger, power bank, or USB-C car charger will suffice for providing power to your components. One USB-C cable is included to connect the phone/device running the FreeFlight 6 app to the controller. In regard to piloting, the Anafi has no avoidance sensors other than a bottom facing one, but as a first-time flyer, I don't consider this drone hard to pilot. I simply don't fly it close to potential hazards. Simple common sense goes a long way in preventing drone crashes. Piloting in "film" mode slows down the drone and its controls quite noticeably. I'd advise flying in this mode when close to a lot of obstructions. On the other hand, "Sport" mode makes the drone much more nimble and agile. I'd advise flying in this mode only if you have lots of open space or are a more experienced pilot. The drone and controller are both GPS-aware, and the drone will come back to the location it took off from (RTH) if disconnected from the controller. The app allows you to set the altitude that the drone will use for RTH purposes so that you don't run the risk of the drone flying itself into a tree or building as it makes its way back to the "home" position. Simply scout the area and make sure to configure the drone to fly higher than any potential obstruction in the area as it "returns home". The hardware is just one part of the equation when considering which drone to buy, and I've also been very impressed with the FreeFlight 6 software that is at the heart of the Anafi. Tons of great automated video and photo features to play with. And while it's true that the "Follow Me" and "Flight Plan" features are in-app purchase, I was fortunate enough to get them both for .99 apiece. A recent update introduced the ability to take fully-automated 360 panoramic photos. The fact that the camera tilts a full 180 degrees up and down allows for some amazing 360 degree shots. Great way to capture a scene or a landscape in its entirety. @@@@@@@@ Sky and ground included! @@@@@@@ . Imagine the immersive vacation shots you could get with this feature. I tend to do a 360 capture whenever I fly at a new spot for the first time. The only real gripes I've with this drone is that when accessing the SD card, it requires removing the battery and freeing the card from a little metal gate. Would have been nice to simply be able to pop it out like what is typical of most micro SD card enclosures. Also the remote will not hold larger phones without removing it from the case. @@@@@@@@ If you have a Note 9, you will have to take it out of the case for the phone to fit. @@@@@@@ It would have also been nice for them to include a carrying case for the controller, but one can be had for cheap online. In summary, I think this is one of the best value drones that you can buy as it appears to be much cheaper than other drones with similar functionality. The drone itself might look a bit "toyish", but don't be fooled: it's an unassuming little drone with lots of muscle. And it seems to get beefier every firmware update. Don't believe me, check out some of the Anafi drone footage on YouTube. Happy Flying!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Beginner and Advanced

    Posted
    Ludlow
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    I'm a serious novice when it comes to drones. The closest I ever came was a little helicopter that I would fly from the coffee table to the counter. @@@@@@@@ If I took it outside, it would blow away if a mouse farted on the next block. @@@@@@@ So when I say novice, you know what I mean. The ANAFI by Parrot is simply amazing. I would rather be able to give it 4.5 stars instead of 4. As a beginner, I was able to read the quickstart guide, browse the app/software required to use it with your smartphone, read a few short PDFs from the Parrot website, and boom, I was ready to fly. There are two reasons why I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars. While I would have read all of the above mentioned media prior to flying anyway, due to the length of time it took to charge both the drone and controller, I had MORE than enough time to read all that documentation. My understanding is that it would charge faster with a USB-C port or A/C adapter, but sadly, all my USB ports are A as well as my A/C adapter. It took about 6 hours to fully charge everything before I could take it on it's first flight. I really wish, for the cost of the drone, Parrot would include a USB-C A/C adapter, and perhaps a charging cable that is more than 6" long. The only other reason I would take away a star is for the clunky and, shall we say, industrial manner in which the MicroSD card is stored in the drone. It comes with an adapter, but that is only for computer use. The drone itself has a metallic trap door under the battery where the card is held and it's not difficult to get to, but difficult to replace. Surely they could have included an easier way to access the card. Other than those two small complaints, I absolutely love this drone. The first videos I got with it were crystal clear The video/photo settings/features are easy to understand. The Free Flight 6 app is great and they're improving it constantly. I can't wait to get this thing out in the wild and really open it up. For now, my flights have been limited to my backyard, but I'm sure it will be even better when I do make it out there. I highly recommend, even if this is your first drone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Images, Quiet Flight, No Object Avoidance

    Posted
    EricJay
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    It's clear from watching the footage of my first few flights that Parrot put a lot of emphasis on image quality in the Anafi. The photos and videos I've taken so far have been truly stunning. Resolution up to 4K has been sharp and clear, although the higher "sport/action" frame rates are only available at HD resolution. The ability to rotate the camera lens up and down has allowed me to get video that other drones couldn't have captured. Also, I'm very impressed with the lossless zoom. The Anafi is relatively easy and quiet to fly. It's responsive and is reasonably good at maintaining stable hover. There is some drift, especially when the wind is blowing, but the avionics self-adjust accordingly, and the software does a good job of removing motion from the video footage. Operators always do need to remember, however, that Anafi has no object avoidance sensors. It will respond to instructions right into a tree, a fence, a wall, etc. I'd prefer an option that helps avoid crashes even if it meant giving up a bit of control while that feature is activated. The Anafi charges via USB-C, which is becoming much more standard for phones, laptops, and chargers. It folds up neatly into a travel case that's about the shape of a water bottle, but the joysticks on the controller can't be removed or folded down, so they could get damaged if you just toss it into a bag. The controller has a spring mounted bracket to hold a mobile phone - my phone has a rounded edge that's not the same in the front and the back, and so it wants to pop out of the bracket if I don't get it lined up just perfectly. I've tried a few other Phones with more squared edges and they fit much more securely. The Parrot Pro Flight 6 app is available for iPhone and Android, and offers a lot. I found the organization of some features and settings a bit counterintuitive at first, but am learning where the settings and options I'm looking for are located, and finding them well described on screen and easy to use. I mostly use manual flight mode, but Pro Flight 6 has several helpful auto-pilot moves. For example, Boomerang has you select your subject on the screen so the Anafi can fly out out and back in for some great dramatic shots. Cameraman keeps the camera focused on the selected subject (rotating the Anafi's body, moving the camera angle up and down, etc.) as you manually fly around it. I was annoyed that with a product like this, some of the features (including the very useful follow-me, and the option to set a flight plan on a map in advance) require in-app purchase of an upgrade. Overall, I'm very happy with the images and videos that I've already captured with the Anafi, and I look forward to making lots of beautiful mini-movies with it. There are a few things that I'd have improved upon, but overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind being extra diligent about piloting their drone around obstacles in exchange for great image quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend