A drone that folds down to an iPad-sized package for storage in a backpack has received its official launch at PhotoPlus in New York

The ProDrone Byrd is trumpeted as the industry’s most powerful and portable consumer drone.

‘From the beginning we set out to solve the biggest problems with consumer drones today – lack of easy portability and swappable camera design,’ said ProDrone’s PR manager Joseph Haagensen.

He claimed: ‘The power, durability and portability of this device is a game-changer – when you add the modularity of the gimbal/camera combinations it will change the industry.

‘Our drones will put all-new power into the hands of outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers.’

The ProDrone Byrd, which boasts a flying time of 30 minutes, offers screen sharing for up to five devices.

The ProDrone Byrd costs from $949 in the US (price includes HD camera and gimbal). A 4K ‘premium’ version carries a $1,399 pricetag.

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo runs until 24 October at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

For further details visit the ProDrone website.