Potensic Atom SE review

Is this the best beginner drone out there? It depends on whether the flying experience or the camera dictates your choice...

Potensic Atom SE in flight above grass
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

An ideal beginner drone with excellent features, the Potensic Atom SE can worry the market leader in every respect except the camera. Relying on electronic stabilization keeps costs down and Potensic has invested some of that in extra batteries and a case – a great bundle, but some might have preferred a gimbal.


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    4K video output

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    GPS return to home

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    Includes carry case and two batteries

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    Optical stabilization can fly indoors

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    Waypoint and orbit modes


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    Camera uses EIS, not a mult-axis gimbal

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    Batteries lack fast charge; take a few hours to charge

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    Forces registration (email address) to use the app

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The Potensic Atom SE marks a significant step up for the brand in terms of spec and quality, with real radio control linked to your phone via cable rather than low-distance Wi-Fi. In effect, this is a beginner drone that is looking to offer a challenge to the DJI Mini 2 SE. It also comes with high-quality accessories and a case that seems to owe more than a little to the one you might find in a DJI Fly More kit, with an extra battery – but Potensic isn't asking you to pay more.

Potensic has long been associated with cheap drones, and this is still more modestly priced, making one big concession compared to DJI's line – while the camera is remotely tiltable, it is not on a 3-axis gimbal. Instead, all the stabilization is electronic. This is a fast-moving tech, and good enough for GoPro, so it isn't to be sniffed at – it is, now the main dividing line so the question is, if you're looking for a first or beginner drone, is it worth spending more on a gimbal, or a bundle like this?

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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