Look out GoPro! There's a new adventure camera that's about to take over.


 No selfie-stick required!

As an avid traveler and experience junkie, I absolutely love my GoPro. I fell in love with GoPro in July of 2011 when I went skydiving for the first time. The GoPro is an excellent piece of equipment that can withstand just about anything. However there is one problem. Unless you want to hike, bike, dive or ski one handed with a selfie stick, it can be challenging to find a way to get video of yourself doing these actual activities. Most of my videos turn out to be from my point of view of whatever activity I'm doing, rather than of me being the subject. That's great and all, but sometimes I want a video or picture of myself doing these activities. The solution? The new Lily Camera.

Earlier this week I discovered a new drone camera that will track and follow it's user with no controller required, keep it's user in frame at all times!

Lily requires very little effort from it's user. With a simple toss in the air, Lily will follow its subject for up to 20 minutes. The creators of Lily have really thought of everything. The tracking device that the user has will record sound that automatically will sync to the video. Lily is even waterproof. Additionally, it has the ability to sense when it's user leaves the ground. For example, say you are going skiing and you hit a jump, because of Lily's sensors it knows when you are in the air and can automatically record the in-air portion in slow motion, no editing or special effects required.

Lily can follow it's subject from behind, lead in front or even circle around.

The only foreseeable downfall besides the limit of 20 minutes of usage is the fact that it currently does not have an obstacle avoidance, which means the user will need to be on the look out for trees!

It also looks like Lily will have some healthy competition with AirDog ($1295), which is planning for a release in the 4th quarter of 2015. AirDog gained its funding on Kickstarter and will work with users GoPro. However, the Lily camera seems to have a better price point, looks more user friendly and does not require purchase of a GoPro for use.

The Details

Dimensions & Weight

  • 10.29 in x 10.29in x 3.2in
  • 2.8 pounds (1.3kg)

Battery and Power

  • Built-in Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 20 min of flight time
  • Charging via 5A charger
  • 2-hour charge time


  • Waterproof rating IP67


  • Max Altitude above head 50 ft
  • Min Altitude above head 5 ft
  • Max Speed 25mph


  • Video Resolution: 1080p 60 fps / 720p 120 fps
  • Video FOV: 94º
  • Video Format: H.264 codec, .mp4 file format
  • Photo Resolution: 12 MP
  • Digital gimballing
  • Image stabilization
  • Fixed focus


  • Accelerometer
  • Three-axis Gyro
  • Magnetometer
  • Barometer
  • GPS
  • Front-facing camera
  • Bottom-facing camera


  • 4GB micro SD provided
  • External memory card slot

Lily Companion App

  • Change camera settings
  • Create custom shots
  • Edit and share content
  • Available on iOS and Android

Tracking Device

  • 2cm x 6cm
  • Built-in Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 4-hour battery life
  • Charging via micro USB
  • Water resistant
  • Comes with waterproof wrist case
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • GPS
  • Microphone
  • Vibration motor

Lily Camera will be retailing for $999. Early adapters are able to pre-order at only $499 now through June 15th.


Remember: Pre-Orders at the $499 rate are only available until June 15th and they will ship in February of 2016. I purchased one now because I think the deeply discounted rate is worth it.

To get a better sense of Lily, watch the video below.