he CHASING GLADIUS MINI is a mini tethered smart underwater drone made by CHASING, a manufacturer based in China. They also produce the GLADIUS underwater drone.
This underwater drone is tethered but can reach 100 m from the drone pilot as well as reaching 100 m depth underwater. Furthermore, the mini-drone has 5 stabilizing propellers.
The GLADIUS MINI is also a professional-grade underwater drone with a 4K Ultra HD camera. Drone pilots can operate it via a smartphone. Therefore, the drone is ideal for a range of professionals and hobbyists including scuba divers, yacht owners, content creators, etc.
Besides, the manufacturer claims the GLADIUS MINI is the first five-thruster, mini-sized underwater drone.
GLADIUS MINI drone main features
- 4K Ultra HD camera: users can capture UHD footage at 1080p or 4K resolution and 12 MP resolution for photos.
- LED lights: divers can adjust the dimming LED lights which are designed specifically for use underwater, therefore providing great lighting.
- One TouchDepth-Lock Mode: thus, users can easily control the depth and record footage with this new feature
- Wireless controller: the diver/drone pilot operates the drone via a remote controller and app which the smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS) fits into. The controller is WiFi enabled.
GLADIUS vs. GLADIUS MINI
Aside from the size difference, one of the key additions to the MINI in comparison with the original GLADIUS (which is no longer in production) is the use of FPV goggles.
Three devices can also share the control of the underwater drone. Footage can also be screened on TV via HDMI. In addition, users can stream to YouTube or social media.
CHASING GLADIUS MINI price
The CHASING GLADIUS MINI is priced at $1,499 (50 m cable length).
Although there are presently numerous consumer underwater drones on the market, one that really caught our eye was Chasing Innovations’ Gladius Advanced Pro. Now, the company has announced the smaller, lighter and cheaper Gladius Mini, which actually has some extra features.
Whereas the Advanced measures 432 x 269 x 112 mm (17 x 10.6 x 4.4 inches) and weighs 3.2 kg (7 lb), the Mini sits at 384 x 224 x 137 mm (15.1 x 8.8 x 5.4 inches) and tips the scales at 2.5 kg (5.5 lb). That said, its maximum dive depth still matches the Advanced’s 100 meters (328 ft).
Other features shared by both models include a 4K/30fps/12-megapixel camera, dual LED spotlights, and a maximum forward speed of 4 knots (2 meters/6.6 ft per second).
Footage and photos are recorded on an onboard SD card, plus real-time 720p video is streamed up to a shore- or boat-located reel unit through the Mini’s communications cable. An iOS/Android app on the user’s smartphone wirelessly communicates with that cable reel via Wi-Fi, displaying a real-time video feed on the phone’s screen – a dual-joystick controller also communicates with the reel, sending commands down to the drone.
One thing that’s different about the Mini, however (besides its size), is the number of thrusters. While the Advanced has four – two for horizontal propulsion and two for vertical – the five-thruster Mini has an extra vertical thruster in the rear, which is claimed to result in increased stability.
Additionally, unlike the Advanced, the Mini can be locked at a tilt angle of plus or minus 45 degrees. This means that it can move forward to track a moving subject, for example, remaining tilted up or down while doing so. By contrast, underwater drones without that feature have to level out flat whenever moving forward.
So, why would anyone still want the larger Advanced? Well, for one thing, its bigger battery offers a runtime of three hours, as compared to the Mini’s two. Additionally, its cable reel can be mounted on a floating buoy that the drone pulls along at the surface, greatly increasing the distance that the drone can travel from the user while still remaining in control range.
Should you still prefer what the Mini has to offer, it can be preordered now for US$1,099 – the planned retail price is $1,299, with the Advanced Pro coming in at $1,799. There’s also a $1,499 Standard Pro model that’s the same size as the Advanced, but that has 1080p/60fps video and a maximum dive depth of just 50 meters (164 ft).