Skydio pulls out of consumer drone market

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American drone specialist Skydio has announced that it is pulling out of the consumer drone market. The move comes as a big blow to those looking for a best-in-class non-Chinese drone to fly - and ensures that industry leaders DJI has even less competition than ever before. Skydio will now concentrate on producing drones for enterprise customers – to big businesses, the armed forces, and first responders.

"The impact we’re having with our enterprise and public sector customers has become so compelling that it demands nothing less than our full focus and attention," explains Skydio CEO Adam Bry in an announcement on the company website. "As a result, I have made the very difficult decision to sunset our consumer business in order to put everything we’ve got into serving our enterprise and public sector customers".

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.