Potensic Atom review: An ultralight drone ready to pick a serious fight!

Is this the new king of the mini drone market? It's small, it's light, it's got a steady camera and it's 4K...

Potensic Atom
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Brilliant value for money, the Potensic Atom is nearly or more refined than the market leader in most regards and the 4K camera with that 3-axis gimbal stabilize isn't bad either. This might not be a 'pro' choice for a few niggling reasons, but it certainly re-defines the beginner and budget market.


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    4K camera with real 3-axis gimbal stabilization

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    Refined app with responsive live-view

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    Sensibly-designed controller

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    Great pricing policy makes a good 4K drone accessible


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    Fixed-focus camera noticeable in some shots

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    Slightly narrower field of view than DJI equivalents

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    No forward/side/rear obstacle avoidance systems

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Since legislators said that drones under 250g (just over half a pound) were the threshold for a lot of registration requirements around the world, there has been enormous competition to deliver good quality consumer-friendly drones under that weight.

Potensic Atom SE Specs

Video: 4K 30fps
Stills: 12 Megapixel
Sensor resolution: 12MP (Sony)
Field of view: 78˚
Camera tilt: -90˚ to +20˚
Flight Time: stated 32min
Range: 6km (3.7 miles)
Weight: 249g
Dimensions: 300 x 242 x 58mm (unfolded)

DJI Mini 2 SE

Although it lacks 4K, the market leader's entry-level drone, the DJI Mini 2 SE, is arguably the standard Potensic was aiming at with the Atom. It is an excellent piece of engineering with elegantly designed software and great range.

Potensic Atom SE

The Potensic Atom SE offers a lot of the same features as the Atom, except for the 3-axis gimbal. If you're looking to save few more pennies, but still want a good-quality drone with GPS, this is well worth a look.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook