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Excerpt from By Andrew Amato

3D Robotics’ X8+ is a serious piece of hardware that lends itself much more to the tinkerers- the technologically savvy drone enthusiasts who want to understand what makes it tick. As the name suggests, the X8+ is an octocopter. It can be purchased barebones for $1350 and users can customize it out from there, but to roughly equate it with the Inspire 1 (with a gimbal, camera and inherent FPV capability), the cost rises to $2209.

The X8+ gets about 15 minutes of flight time and can carry payloads up to 800 grams. It also features the increasingly popular “Follow Me” functionality, wherein the drone will follow a GPS beacon (your smartphone, for example you) at a specified altitude and angle.