The journey of my first flying with a quadcopter

Tuesday

23

August 2016

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DYS XDR220 cool FPV racing quad

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DYS XDR220 FPV quadcopter

DYS XDR220 mini racing quadcopter with SP F3 flight controller and FPV camera

Certainty, it seems that DYS made a nice job in terms of design with this XDR220 quadcopter. I like the robust carbon fiber airframe as well as the color combination they chose. In order to allow side-by-side races, you can opt between 3 colors of cockpit (blue, red or white). Also you can opt between red and blue tri-blade propellers.

Compared to the DYS X230, where the FPV camera is located in the front, this XDR220 drone has the CCD camera on the top. In order to obtain the best field of view, the tilt angle of the camera can be adjusted from 30 to 40 degree.

Frankly, in my opinion the price of the XDR220 is a bit spicy, especially taken into consideration that we are dealing with PNP package (no radio nor battery included). (more…)

Monday

22

August 2016

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Eachine MC01 FPV camera review

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Eachine MC01 AIO camera review

Eachine MC01 all-in-one first person view camera for quadcotpers and drones

Frankly, I was a bit reticent to review this Eachine MC01 FPV camera because on first impression it looked very cheap compared to the RunCam cameras I tested in the past.

Eachine’s idea to integrate the camera, 5.8G TX and the antenna into a single FPV gear is probably the most appreciated feature by those who want to build their own micro racing quadcopter. With minor investment they can get a lightweight AIO FPV camera which only need to be mounted on the front of the quad-copter and connect it to the main Li-Po battery.

Not late after the MC01 AIO camera was announced, Eachine came up with another similar concept (3 in 1), the MC02. This new upgraded model has better video resolution (900 TVL) and dual power TX (switchable between 25 mW and 200 mW). (more…)

Wednesday

17

August 2016

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Story of my first drone flyaway

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Drone fly-way

All about drone quadcopter flyaway

Probably few of U will ask, what does it mean “flyaway“. Frankly, is one of the ugliest things that could happen with your favorite quadcopter. When flyaway occurs you totally loose the control of the drone and it will fly away from you in one direction or chaotically changing its flight path. I read somewhere that the quad also can increase its flight altitude till the battery is empty and drops out from the sky.

What can cause fly-away? Honestly I’m not an expert, but in my opinion, they are mainly caused by the pilot errors and also can be caused by:

  • interruption of communication with the remote controller;
  • electromagnetic interferences;
  • wrong set-up of the return-to-home point;
  • misconfigured flight controller;
  • hardware failure (GPS, barometric sensor, receiver board, etc);
  • design error.

Losing your $500 quadcopter is certainly hurtful, but other more painful things can happen like hitting someone or set fire to the woods. Damaged Li-Po batteries are highly flammable and is very important to recover them and safely dispose. (more…)

Friday

12

August 2016

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XK X252 Shuttle quadcopter review

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XK X252 review

XK X252 entry level racing quadcopter with FPV screen

I read somewhere that XK Innovations is “deluxe” division of WLToys. Certainly, on first look the XK X252 quadcopter has a pretty nice design and comes with many features. Only its attractive price is apart from a “deluxe” product so I’m expecting to discover about this quad only positive things during my review.

The XK brand started to become popular with their X380 quadcopter. That cruising model is still an affordable alternative to the popular DJI Phantom series. Shorty after this success they announced another 3 models including the X251 which is the predecessor of this X252. With top speed of 20 m/s (72km/h) the XK X252 can be easily categorized as entry-level racing quadcopter.

In order to make this newer model even more attractive, the manufacturer decided to equip the XK 252 Shuttle with a complete 5.8G FPV system. This upgrade increased the final price of the product with about $ 40. (more…)

Thursday

11

August 2016

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Eachine Pioneer E350 quadcopter for aerials

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Eachine Pioneer E350 drone

Eachine Pioneer E350 – The new Phantom killer ?

Finally, after several racing models, Eachine surprised us with a nice cruising quadcopter. This Eachine Pioneer E350 equipped with a GoPro or Xiaomi camera looks just perfect for aerial filming. In order to allow smooth and vibration free videos this quadcopter is equipped with a 2-axis brushless gimbal.

The design of this Eachine model somehow reminds me about the Cheerson CX-35. It has about the same color combination and it also has two cool frontal LEDs.

Checking the specs I found only the capacity of the battery but nothing mentioned about the flight autonomy. In my opinion, the 2200mAh battery should allow about 15 minutes of continuous flight.

Thanks to the GPS positioning system, the Eachine Pioneer E350 is capable for automatically return to the take-off point if the communication is lost with transmitter. (more…)

Sunday

7

August 2016

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Need advice to purchase my first drone

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my first drone under $200

Recomandations for my first drone

Greetings and Salutations !!!

Love your website and videos !!!!

This 55 year old father of 2 is desperately looking to buy his FIRST quadcopter.

Unfortunately, I’ve never operated anything that is RC so I know I need something easy.

At the advice of someone on an RC forum, I bought a Eachine H8 Mini. I was told its cheap, can take a lot of crashes and if you can fly that one, you could fly ANY one.

So far I can’t even figure that one out … I push the throttle up ever so slowly but still cannot seem to control it. Not sure what I am doing wrong ???? (more…)

Wednesday

3

August 2016

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XBM-55 WIFI first person view drone

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XBM-55 quadcopter

XBM-55 (aka T-Smart) quadcopter with altitude hold and one key take off/land

Certainly, WiFI FPV is one of the most handy first person view solution because it can easily be implemented and accepts as FPV display almost any mobile device. In order to be in trend, this XBM-55 T-Smart drone features a 720P WiFI FPV camera.

In my opinion, the designers of this XBM-55 were deeply inspired by those from Hubsan because it looks very similar with the H501S quadcopter.

The nice game controller style transmitter is extendable in order to allow the mounting of mobile devices of almost any sizes. Frankly, you will need a map to handle those bunch of buttons.

While the RC’s left shoulder button allows to activate the 3D flip mode, the right one allows to switch between flight speed rates.

Thanks to the integrated barometric air-pressure sensor, the XBM-55 quadcopter is capable to keep its flight altitude very stable.

(more…)

Monday

1

August 2016

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Hubsan H111D quadcopter review

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Hubsan H111D quadcopter review

Hubsan H111D world’s first mini FPV quadcopter

Since I started the FirstQuadcopter.com blog I wrote about many Hubsan models in the quadcopter news section but till now I have not had the chance to review one. I was extremely happy when one of my partners offered me this Hubsan H111D for review especially that it’s a very new model on the marked so I will be between the first people who reviews it.

After the Hubsan’s big success in 2104 with the award winning X4 Nano H111 model, we all expected from them to see something even better. Instead of coming up with a totally new model, they decided to upgrade their most popular model with new features. This time they announced two variants of the X4 Nano, one called H111C (aka X4 Nano Plus) which is equipped with a 720P camera and the H111D (aka Nano FPV Q4) with complete 5.8G FPV system.

The Hubsan H111D Nano FPV Q4 is certainly one of the most versatile mini quadcopter. On first look, the only thing that I miss from this little drone is the altitude hold feature. This would be very helpful for first time pilots. But who knows, Hubson maybe already started to work on the “H111HD”. (more…)