We all remember how the drone developer Lily officially declared bankruptcy and completely curtailed the project due to a banal lack of funds to start mass production. We think that many then regretted what happened, especially those who invested in this startup and hoped to the last that everything would resume.
Less than a year later, the well-known American company Mota Group drew attention to the closed Lily project. A major player in the global market, founded in 2003, long before the existence of DJI Innovations. The scope of activity is the production and subsequent sale of high-tech consumer electronics, including UAVs and robotics around the world. With a strong manufacturing base, Mota Group acquired some of the assets and the Lily brand itself. Then, relying on her own experience in the field of UAVs, she presented the drone in her vision. You will learn more about what the Lily Next-Gen selfie drone has lost and what it has acquired from our review.
- Futuristic design
- Made from durable polycarbonate and brushed aluminum
- Foldable beam and rotor design
- All the same quick start principle
- Smartphone/compact remote control with built-in display
- Self-configuring 13MP 4K camera
- Built-in mechanical gimbal + digital stabilization
- Flight time 18 minutes
- 2 × batteries (Li-ion) included
- Battery charging time 30 minutes
- brushless motors
- Horizontal flight speed up to 40km/h
- Lightweight, only 385 grams
- Ready to fly out of the box (RTF)
About the product
As we can already see, the new developer has moved away from the old exterior and added to the drone’s compactness due to the foldable beam design, similar in principle to the Karma drone. As a result, the Lily Next-Gen only slightly increased in size (in flight condition): 31.1 × 27.2 × 7.6cm (Lily dimensions: 26.1 × 26.1 × 8.18cm.). The drone is made of the same materials as the previous Lily — high-quality, durable and at the same time lightweight polycarbonate combined with brushed aluminum, but now it weighs 385g, against 1.3kg Lily.
What was rejected
- Complete departure from analog construction and design
- No water and dust protection IP67
- Missing remote control bracelet
- The drone takes off exclusively from the ground (before it could just be thrown)
- Autonomous landing on the palm is excluded
It’s a pity that Mota Group abandoned such significant advantages of the previous version, because they were the hallmark of Lily, a portable selfie drone with an emphasis on an active lifestyle.
In all other respects, the Lily Next-Gen drone has only succeeded. It is fully autonomous thanks to Smart Hover™ technology, GPS and computer vision. Everything is aimed at making the use of the product as simple and easy as possible.
If Lily Next-Gen loses connection with the smartphone, it freezes. The system will first try to restore the connection, if this fails, the drone will automatically switch to the return mode and go to the place of the last takeoff, maintaining the set altitude throughout the route, taking into account the terrain.
Instead of an FHD camera, Lily NG is equipped with a self-adjusting 13MP 4K camera, which, according to the manufacturer, is suspended using a mechanical gimbal that works in conjunction with electronic stabilization. We couldn’t find illustrations of this drone’s mechanical suspension device, so for now we’ll just take the developer’s word for it.
Drone power is no longer built-in, but external. The kit comes with two lithium-ion batteries at once (for the Fully Loaded Package — 3 batteries), providing, according to the specification, 18 minutes of flight each. Charging dock included — Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 provides the shortest charging time — 30 minutes.
Battery charge control
If the user ignores low battery warnings, the Lily NG will soft-land on its own within a safe circle from the smartphone paired with the drone.
Everything captured by the drone’s camera can be broadcast in real time on social media such as YouTube, Facebook Live, etc. Through the Lily Companion application, the user will also be able to change the camera settings, edit the captured photo / video material and share it with everyone through all known social networks in one tap.
Now in place of the bracelet remote, the drone classically tracks the smartphone (IOS/Android) with which it has been paired via the Lily Companion app. Flight characteristics remained unchanged.
Lily Next-Gen has successfully passed wind resistance tests with wind speeds over 9.8m/s. But, the manufacturer still recommends not to fly the drone when the wind speed is higher than 6.7 m/s.
Lily Next-Gen, like all modern drones, comes with a geofencing system — Fly Safely Postcard. The user will always be aware of No-Fly zones.
The drone can be controlled in two ways:
- IOS/Android smartphone via Lily Companion app
- Using control equipment paired with a smartphone (included in the “Fully Loaded Package” and can be purchased separately).
The manufacturer offers two configuration options:
- LILY Camera Drone Pro Package (1 year loss/damage protection)
- LILY Camera Drone Fully Loaded Package (1 year loss/damage protection)
Fully Loaded Package
Dimensions (in flight condition):
Accelerometer/3‑Axis Gyroscope/Magnetometer/Barometer/GPS/Geo Fencing
External lithium-ion (Li-ion)
Return home function:
Distance control function:
Minimum proximity to smartphone:
FPV Removal Distance When Controlling Smartphone:
up to 30m
Maximum lifting height when operating a smartphone:
Distance FPV removal when controlling equipment:
4K at 30fps
FHD @ 60 fps
720p at 120 fps
FOV Viewing Angle:
Internal mechanical & Digital gimballing, Image Stabilization, Fixed focus
microSD card (16GB)
H.264 codec, mp4
Real time video transmission distance:
At the moment, Lily Next-Gen is available for purchase on the official website of the developer (including for the World). The customer undertakes to deliver the drone within 30 days after payment to anywhere in the world:
- LILY Camera Drone Pro Package — $699
- LILY Camera Drone Fully Loaded Package — $899
Lily Next-Gen is certainly a significant product in the home UAV market. Subject to the correspondence of everything declared by the manufacturer with reality, it is ready to create tangible competition for the currently existing selfie drones and not only.
Video of unboxing and inspection of the drone Lily Camera Next-Gen.
Flight preparation video and the flight of the Lily Camera Next-Gen drone.