May 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm
Hello Vantage Robotics Team,
I would like to be the first to say thank you for the update and for informing us all about where Snap currently stands and I truly appreciate how you have taken the time to include us on the progress instead of just leaving us in the dark.
I am sure there will be some people who will be upset about the delay, and for those of you who are I hope you can all see that they are trying hard to get us the best product they can, and not some subpar product that so many other businesses are putting out there.
So I would just like to say thank you Vantage Robotics. I know you guys don’t like to push back the shipping dates, but I appreciate and admire your honesty. I would much rather wait a few more months to get the best product I can. Also the free spare battery makes the wait even better! 🙂
Thank you again.
May 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm
Thanks Jeremy! We’re really excited to get you flying.
May 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm
I live in the U.S., and own a iPhone 6s+. I’m looking for an easily transportable aerial camera platform for a documentary I’m filming later this summer. So, if I placed a pre order today, would I be invited to the voluntary beta program? My project has been put off for two years now, waiting for the right tech. I don’t want to wait another year, if I don’t have to.
May 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm
Thanks Kenneth – Priority is going to go to the pre-order customers who placed orders on September 2nd and 3rd. If you place a pre-order today, you should expect to receive Snap in September. Thank you for your interest. We really appreciate it.
May 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm
Exactly same sentiments, and i concur with Jeremy – i admire the dedication, the attention to details and honesty you guys are putting into this project. With all that, I don’t mind the delays especially with the spare battery! =P
If in any case, i’m not included in the first 5% pre-order customers and you didn’t get enough voluntary beta participation – i’d be more that willing to help out with testing, troubleshooting and providing feedback for this product.
All the best, keep up the good work! More power!
May 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Thanks so much, iLloydski. Can’t wait to get it in your hands. And thank you for the offer to help us test.
May 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm
Thank you for the update. I have be a pre-order customer of other products before, Vantage has by far the best job of keeping its pre-order patrons informed.
It sounds like the Snap will arrive just in time to take in the beautiful mid western fall colors.
May 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm
Thanks Dennis. We can’t wait to see what you can shoot with our camera!
May 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm
You guys are too hard on yourself. Trust me, we all want a product that first and foremost—you are happy with. Because then we will be happy with. You are completely right for giving an honest update. Please take as much time as you need to perfect the product to the standards you have set and thought of for more hours that we probably want to know. 🙂 You are building something very special and we all know that. Keep up the good work and please don’t feel pressure from your customer base. It will be worth it to everyone to have it when that glorious day comes for us and that the dream you’ve had for so long becomes a reality.
May 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm
Thanks for the kind words Steve!
May 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm
Thanks for the update. I was really looking forward to flying in June but, I understand and appreciate that you want to provide the best possible product you can from day one. Please keep us updated with the process and photos of the progress.
Thanks Craig. We will certainly keep you posted as things develop.
May 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm
Hi Vantage Robitics Team,
Thanks for the update, the transparency of reasons behind the delay are appreciated.
I have waited far longer for pre-ordered items far less technologically advanced than Snap so fully understand your position.
The efforts to refine and tune Snap reassure me that I will be receiving a product worth the wait.
May 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm
May 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm
I have to admit that this is pretty crushing news because I’ve been SO SO excited to get this camera and take it on adventures that I have planned for the Summer months. That said, having just wrapped up 2 years of product development on something much simpler than a flying camera I totally feel your pain on the difficulty of the task, so I can’t quite bring myself to throw a tantrum.
That said, I did order really really early last year, September 2nd to be exact, so I’m hopeful that I made it into the beta group. I have a soft spot for betas and would love to put this thing through it’s paces and help dial it in.
Best of luck on the home stretch
May 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm
Thanks Stephen – There is a good chance you will be in the Voluntary Beta program if you ordered on 9/2/15. Are you an iOS/iPhone user and living in the US? If so, we will be in touch. Thank you for your support!
May 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm
I am with Steve, take the time to do it right, and don’t let a minority of customers that ‘want it now’ change your apporach. Cheers, looking forward to a September delivery as I ordered past Jan 1st.
May 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your honesty. It’s obvious that you are most concerned with your customers having a good, well working product. It is hard waiting, but if all works as planned, I’m sure the wait will be worth it. Hopefully the Beta testing will go well–good luck with that!
May 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm
Thanks Tim. We really want to get this out ASAP, and no one likes delays. It will be worth it once you are flying though!
May 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm
Looking forward. Personally, I am more concerned about future upgrades such as 60mph and the ability to control remotely with ample range.
May 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm
Thanks Josh. What is your concern about the future accessories?
May 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm
Definitely iOS. Cheers!
May 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm
And definitely USA.
I ordered mine on September 10th, 2105 and I am an iOS/iPhone user as well. I am a video producer with 37 years of production experience in over 30 countries and I’m looking forward to putting it thru its paces and evaluating the 4k quality. Keep up the good work! 🙂
May 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm
Thanks Randy. Sept 10 is a bit outside the first 5%, but you do sound like a good candidate. Let’s see how things go. Either way, we will get you flying soon!
Oops! Make that September 10th, 2015. 🙂
May 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm
Great product update!
May 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm
I placed My order on sep 3 but I live in Sweden.
Why should I be excluded for beeing an early bird buyer and don’t live in The U.S? It doesn’ t make any sense at all. 🙁
A dissapointed early bird buyer.
May 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Sorry to disappoint you Henrik. We decided that the Beta program would be most efficient if we kept it to US customers. The cost and complexity of international shipping can cause a lot of strain, and we wanted to utilize our energy on the product. Also, we plan on giving out a direct line to our engineering team, which is based in California. Despite how much caffeine we are drinking and how many late hours in the office there have been, it seemed more reasonable to keep our first beta testers in a similar time zone.
May 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm
Hey Vantage, i pre-order it at the beginning of Jan. Since i pre-order i have not once recived any email or anything giving me updates about any of this. You guys must certently took my money as soon i put my credit card numbers in. Its been a really long await. I am really hoping im in this 5% to get in the beta selecteds
May 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm
Hi Harold- I apologize that you haven’t been getting emails! We email our entire mailing list with product updates regularly, so I apologize if there was a mistake with our system. I will add your email to our mailing list, and please email firstname.lastname@example.org with additional concerns. Thanks!
May 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm
Thanks for the update, good information.
May 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm
May 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm
Thanks for update. Good info.
Even if there is a delay in delivery, this post is very reassuring, thank you for that! I agree with all the comments above, I appreciate the detailed update of the situation! I am personally going on a year long backpacking trip around the world starting end of November 2016 and could not imagine bringing any kind of other drone that Snap to film our travels!
Thanks for all the effort being put into this!! It’s greatly apreciated!
May 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm
Thanks Kevin! Can’t wait to see some of that footage once you get on the road.
May 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm
Thank you guys for the hard work. I work in software development and I know when you rush a product to come out how that can affect the quality. so I definitely understand the delay, specially you guys missed the deal line with only 1 month (we usually miss it with more than that 🙂 ). I believe you did a good Job so far and I am looking forward to get my snap.
One thing I would like to ask, based on the qualification that you wrote about volunteer BETA tester, I may be one of them (not sure tho) which is my honor. So the BETA testers will have a BETA model not the final one? or they will have the same as everyone else will get but they will have direct connection with you for the testing results, debugging…?
Again, thank you.
May 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm
Thanks Fady. Beta testers will get the final product, though there will most likely be some software updates and stuff like that.
May 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm
Thanks for the update, though they are a bit too far and few in between. Anyway you can do a brief weekly one as to what you guys have accomplished in the last week?
Also, it was stated that a carrying case would be included with Snap… Is that still true, and, if so, what will it be like (hardshell/backpack/styrofoam)?
May 26, 2016 at 1:13 pm
Thanks Scott. We will try to get more updates out there moving forward. We are planning on sending a semi-hard case out to our pre-sale customers.
May 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm
Thank you for the detailed update. I have no problem waiting….its for all the right reasons. And thank you for the extra battery!!!
May 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm
Hi, thanks for the update
Not sure how can I update my delivery address?
May 26, 2016 at 6:23 am
Hi Jesty – Please send an email in to our customer support email and we will take care of you. Thank you for your support! Charlie
May 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm
Thank you for the detail update and really appreciate it. I understand when it comes to design and all then testing it takes. Can’t wait until I receive mine. I know I fall under the first 1% that purchase this. Keep up the status updates.
May 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm
Thanks for the support Blayn!
May 26, 2016 at 12:08 am
A delay can happen but please keep us informed on a more regular base.
Thanks Anton. We will try to get more updates out soon!
May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am
Yes! I absolutely approve your decision to delay shipping, but have to say I agree with Anton, would love to see some more (and more regular) updates, and if not updates at least videos of snap working and video quality you know?. I think it would be nice to be reminded and impressed of the awesome product we all pre-ordered. Who cares if the video shows a failure/glitch, that precisely shows us you are conscious of flaws and will work to improve them. Saying it outloud I realized that maybe wont be so good to attract new customers, but you could always send those videos/updates via email to those who have preordered already. Keep up the hard work, will be anxiously waiting!
May 26, 2016 at 10:32 am
Hi Nick – Stay tuned. We have a video from a mountain biking test shoot we did in Auburn with Specialized rider Dustin Schaad. The video is not quite perfect, and we are working on the issues we saw during that test session. We will be pushing it out next week. Thanks for your support!
May 26, 2016 at 3:43 pm
Thanks for the update, although I wish we had these a little more frequently. I understand the reasons and the work that goes into this, but putting down money for something definitely increases my interest in knowing the production progress. I was really excited to have this for the summer, especially long adventure runs and backpacking. I’m currently in-between drones and made the hard/financial decision to avoid buying another for a recent trip based on the still listed delivery date of June. Please continue to work on making a great and well-developed product (unlike so many of the Kickstarter/IndieGoGo failures out there), but it is disappointing and places me in the hard spot of deciding whether to spend the money on another one or not in the meantime. It does look like it will be amazing once I have my hands on it though, please keep us up-to-date with sample videos and images!
May 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm
Thanks Jason. We will certainly try to keep you more updated moving forward. Please let us know how your summer goes.
May 27, 2016 at 8:44 am
Nice to see all of the support and patience coming from long-time backers. Like everyone else who’s already commented on here. I truly truly believe that the wait is absolutely worth it as SNAP is unlike any other aerial photography / videography camera that is currently available. I also think a lot of us aren’t surprised with the slight delay as it is more than understandable and all in all is no where near as long of a delay compared to what we’ve seen from other much less innovative companies. I think a few of us were even anticipating a slight delay and we’re all happy at the great communication.
Now for the hard question that I don’t see anyone having asked yet. HOW reliable is this new date and can we expect a future update and or personal e-mails going out to pre-order customers as the anticipated shipping date approaches. In other words, we currently have a rough approximation which at this point in the game. i.e.: “As a rough approximation, we expect orders placed before Jan 1 to ship in August and those placed after Jan 1 to ship in September.”
I think is fantastic and thank you so much for providing it. However say come July or early August. Can we get another update on the shipping status either through blog post or personal individual e-mail? I’m thinking specifically for the fall Mountain biking season and how many of us pre-order customers are looking at fall trips and will be looking to purchase airfare tickets and would more than likely rather delay their vacation by a week or 2 if it meant having their brand spaking new Snap in their backpack for the trip. 😉
Thanks so much. Keep it up! The best things in life are worth waiting for!
May 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm
Thanks for the support Kevin. As mentioned, there are several factors that are out of our hands, so no schedule is 100%. That being said, please know that there are a handful of people who have dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy into getting these out the door as soon as possible, and we aren’t letting up in doing everything we can. As things progress, we will be getting a clearer idea of when to expect shipments, and will certainly pass that info to you when we get it.
May 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm
@potential beta tester. Please share some footage once u get the snap ;-).
May 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm
Thanks Anton. We wil be posting more footage really soon!
June 1, 2016 at 11:37 am
I pre ordered on Sept 2, 2015 and have an i-phone 5. I am about to upgrade my i-phone due to some speaker
problems and want to know which i-phone you would suggest as the best for flying snap?
June 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm
Snap will work with any iphone that is an upgrade from your iphone 5. It is all based on preference. The larger iphones have a bigger screen, but we mostly use our iphone 6s in the office, and are happy with them.
June 2, 2016 at 11:05 am
I’m super excited to get hold of mine. Happy it’s getting the time to refine before launch, delay is far better than rushing it out. I ordered last September, I live in the UK, so hoping I may get mine sometime in August?
I’ve got a big trip planned to South East Asia starting last week of August and into September, it would be great if I’m able to take Snap with me for that, likely to get some stunning footage 🙂
Good luck with the next few months!
June 7, 2016 at 9:35 am
I´ll be changing my phone in the next month or so, the one im using is quite broken. My question is: what sensors or whatever is needed for your app to work properly? must the phone have gyroscope, barometer, accelerometer..? would like to avoid having to buy a tablet or ipod just for flying after i realize my new phone doesnt work properly with snap.. you know??
June 7, 2016 at 11:39 am
What kind of phone are you changing to?
June 7, 2016 at 11:49 am
i was looking into sony´s M5, a great phone for a low price, my sony z3 broke down after 3 months and it felt horrible paying so much for a broken phone, this one i wouldnt mind SO much.. but it only has accelerometer and compass.. anyway, I havent decided yet, hence my question, which sensors/specs does your app require? maybe good RAM? memory? processor..?
June 8, 2016 at 4:22 pm
Snap will certainly need a gyroscope, and its interesting to find that this phone doesn’t have one. Snap will also require an accelerometer. Having a magnetometer or compass will enable the SmartTilt. You CAN fly without it, but not as smoothly. Same with the barometer. It helps with the tracking. So while not needed, you will have a better experience with it.
Content will be stored on a memory card, so all you need for your phone is enough space for the app. Pretty much all new phones will have enough processing powers. As far as RAM is concerned, we are developing computer vision tracking, which does require RAM. Other Snap features don’t though.
June 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm
Once the snap is in full production and in the hands of users will there be parts available to fix/repair the Snap in the event a crash happens? Are these units user repairable? I am thinking mostly about the prop shrouds, etc.
June 13, 2016 at 11:28 am
We will certainly sell replacement parts. Some will be user repairable, but most will be user replaceable. The modularity of Snap makes it easy to replace one broke part without having to replace the whole unit!
June 13, 2016 at 5:17 am
Will there be NTSC / PAL mode? for 29.97fps (ntsc) and 25fps (pal). I desperately need 25fps here in germany. Can you guys post a quick replay regarding this? thanks ALOT!!!
June 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm
We have gotten this request before, and plan on adding pal soon. However, we are also a bit curious about why this is so important for you. With HDTV, it seems like the only issue is frame rate. And since Snap also allows for 24fps, what is so desperate about 25? Please shoot us an email at email@example.com if you have any input. We have a lot on our plate right now. If you can help us understand why it is so important, then we might make it a higher priority.
June 13, 2016 at 9:27 am
I hope to have the option of beta testing. Will be heading to Iceland in early August and would love to take snap with me!
June 13, 2016 at 11:31 am
We certainly want to do whatever we can to get you flying when you are in Iceland. Shoot us an email with your travel dates and your transaction number (from the confirmation email we sent you when you ordered). While we can’t promise anything, we will do the best we can!
June 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm
if i place an order now, do i also get the extra battery? the extra battery will certainly come in handy to shoot more videos on a trip.
June 17, 2016 at 9:59 am
Yes. All pre-sale orders will get an extra battery.
June 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm
I’m in completely! I’ll gladly wait until SNAP is ready for the real world because I plan to fly the heck out of this thing when I get it! You guys are awesome in your ingenuity and design and dedication to accuracy in production. Thx for the update and if it takes any longer to get the perfect drone, I for one will gladly wait.
June 27, 2016 at 11:52 am
Thanks Larry! We can’t wait to get you flying and see what you shoot!
June 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm
September!!! I wish I can cancel my pr-order. Its too long to wait.
June 29, 2016 at 11:45 am
Brian, if you would like to cancel, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 3, 2016 at 10:52 am
Worth the wait in my opinion. Going to be the best drone on the market. Just wish I could afford to order one. Consider yourselves lucky who can get in on this early!!!!
July 25, 2016 at 12:17 am
Even though I came to the party late I am very excited about the Snap. Since I hope to use it with my students I appreciate the emphasis you are putting on quality – thanks.
July 25, 2016 at 10:33 am
July 25, 2016 at 11:05 am
Can I get an update on the July shipping for early adopters? I was definitely among the earliest pre-order customers having ordered September 2nd but I still haven’t heard any news and July is almost over.
July 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm
Sorry for the radio silence recently Stephen. We have been super busy, and haven’t had much bandwidth for sending updates. We will get another update out super soon!
July 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm
If you say “July for early adopters” and July is about to end, it’s time to make room for an update even if it’s just a small one to let people know that you haven’t forgotten that you made a commitment.
July 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm
We haven’t forgotten you! We will send an update out really soon.
July 25, 2016 at 3:54 pm
Hi Team Vantage! I know that you guys are extremely busy but it’s been a while since you gave us an update on delivery times 🙂
We would really appreciate feedback on your side! Good or bad!
I think it’s safe to say every single customer would love it! 🙂
Thanks for make our dreams come true!
July 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm
We hear you loud and clear Kevin. Update coming soon!
July 31, 2016 at 11:38 pm
Just curious when your next update will be. Unfortunately, I have to wait to launch my new website(s) and services. The SnapDrone is a major component to my next company verticle(s) and any information you can provide is helpful and appreciated. I haven’t recieved anything in the form of an update (via email or something outside of my own research and persistence). Thank you for the earliest future update you may provide, as http://www.brucebreton.com, the relaunch of that brand and associated subsidiaries are somewhat at a standstill until then. Thank you for your time and consideration. I have been looking forward to the launch of my new brand for about a year now and am quite excited to see how Snap can help us grow!
Entrepreneur of sorts
August 1, 2016 at 8:28 am
Hi Bruce – We will publishing a new manufacturing update today or tomorrow. Thank you, Charlie
August 3, 2016 at 2:39 pm
I was preparing to move my preorder for my Lily cameras over to you guys, but it appears you’re giving your customers even less info on your status than they are. I was hoping for a July shipment as well from them, or at least an honest and logical forecast on when and no this run around you guys keep giving everyone…..
August 4, 2016 at 11:31 am
Sorry for any disappointment here Billy. We are trying to be as honest, logical, and transparent as we can. We are not intentionally giving you the run around by any means. The fact is that this is an incredibly complex process and, despite how much we would like to, cannot know any exact dates.
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