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  2. INTRODUCTION Emax recently has upgraded a lot of their Micro FPV racers and among the last we have now a super compact machine, i.e. the BabyHawk-R. Two models are proposed: one in 110mm format, the second in 130mm. For both, the electronic remains the same: a F3 Omnibus based FC with a builtin OSD, 12A 4-in-1 BLheli_S/Dshot 600 ESC 4S compatible, strong 1106/6000KV motors. For the FPV part, we have a 40CH module able to output either 25mW or 200mW. The associated camera is a 650TVL CCD model from Foxeer. The Babyhawk is also proposed in PNP or BNF configuration with either a FrSky D8 receiver or a FlySky AFHDS-2A one. Let’s discover this new FPV racer. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Emax BabyHawk-R + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x JST canector + 1 x Camera’s OSD control board + 1 x Bag of screws (M2 format mainly) + 2 x Instruction manual (English) OVERVIEW The 2″ machine is super compact and lightweight. In comparaison of the Eachine Lizard 105S and the Aurora RC mini, we have something more similar to the 105S. What on the main difference is about the motors/props choice. Stronger motors but shorter props for the Emax in opposition with the Lizard 105S. 110mm format with strong 3mm carbon arms -FRONT VIEW The general look is pretty cool thanks to this rounded top plastic canopy structure. This is the unique plastic element in this machine. Everything else is either carbon or metal ones. Both the 2.4G & the 5.8G antennas are linear ones and installed vertically more in the rear section. The machine accepts up to 4S LiPo but batteries plays also the role of landing skid…. Be aware in case of massive downward crashed. -SIDE VIEW The left side shows the main microUSB port connexion. Be aware, you will have to use a thin microUSB plug to able to connect the machine into Betaflight. More a 220uF condensateur is here to filter out any interferences from motors dirting the FPV signal… but in another hand, this cap can blocke partially the microUSB port access. You will need to bend gently the cap. Maybe a better location of the cap would have been a better choice. Each 3mm carbon arms are themselves jailed between two 1.5mm carbon plates. The battery strap is pre-installed… leaving a small gap between the ESC board and the nearby carbon plate. On the front left side, you can find a compact 1.25mmm 2p microJST connector to plug the OSD’s control panel of the Foxeer arrow CCD camera. Notice you can set the the tilt orientation with these two front M2 hexscrews. The main problem they are also used to lock the top canopy plastic stucture. The right side shows almost hidden the small button associated with the VTX. Not so obvious to access…. -REAR VIEW The 2.4G unique antenna associated with the FrSky D8 receiver is installed vertically via this small hole in rear section of the top canopy. No real risk to cut the antenna with props’s rotation. -UPPER VIEW Thanks to the transparent top canopy structure, we can read very well the content of the LCD Display. Notice also out of the box, the FrSky receiver is installed centrally and it’s not possible to reach the bind button either by the small top canopy hole or latteraly. I had to shift it to the left to access directly the bind button. Another minor detail for the LCD display. If the current Vband and #channel number are correctly displayed cyclaly every second, I regret that the current Vpower (l for 25mW or h for 100mW) is not also displayed. This setting is only displayed, when you enter into the VTX’s menu. -BOTTOM VIEW A small rubber anti-slicing pad is pre-installed. Just peel off the small plastic to use it. The battery strap is thin…. and versus time don’t inspire any confident on its own durability. Handle it gently each time you fasten the battery. The battery strap is based on two parts glued togather…. It will break relatively fast. -WEIGHT Close to 150g with a 4S 550mAh LiPo battery… Motors and props Here are installed some strong 1106 brushless motors. They are referenced @6000Kv for being 4S compatible. 1.5mm shaft section Some 2″ quadriblades…. where for example the 105S uses more some 2.5″ model (but with 1104 motors) and the Aurora RC mini directly some 3″ (with the same 1106 motor type)…. Clearly, we can announce that Babyhawk will be a little bit less powerfull vs the Aurora RC mini. Camera and 5.8G VTX modules One really positive element of this new BabyHawk-R is the presence of a CCD camera, more precisely a Foxer Arrow Camera. It’s a 650TVL model with a FOV equivalent to 120 degrees. Thanks to the leftward connector, you can plug the control’s board to enter into camera advanced settings. For example here, you can turn the camera into NTSC or PAL configuration. The camera orientation tilt angle can be ajusted via the two latteral M2 hexscrews. The nominal angle is +20 degrees and for advanced pilots you can increase the angle up to +50 degrees. A minor negative point: if you want to remove the top canopy element, you will also release the camera… and it’s a bit tricky to reinstall everything. The VTX Vband/Vfreq selection, not only is a bit hard due to the location of the unique button…. but the general flowchart is completly different than standard VTX behaviour. First of all, you must hold the button to enter into or to exit from the meny at anytime. Then by short pressing, you can select one of the three main sections: Band(R), Freq(C), Power(P). To enter into one of them, long press 2s… then short-press to change the Vband, the Vfreq or the Vpower. It takes a couple of minutes to be accustomed with but in practice this system is easy. I simply regret that the output power is only displayed during the setting selection. Disassembling Out of the box, the bind button of the FrSky receiver is not directly reachable. Good news for the FrSky receiver, the RSSI is exported for the OSD on the AUX5. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The machine comes with Betaflight 3.2.2 pre-installed… and good news and it’s rare when it can be mentioned, everything is well configured out of the box: receiver, PIDs, rates, OSD and flight modes. Even filter settings have been optimized and by default dynamic filtering, air mode and antigravity are permanently turned on. Maybe for the last two options, it’s not a perfect choice if you plan to fly this machine in angle mode (for landing operation for example). The machine starts to hover from 35-40% in 4S so clearly a bit more than with the Lizard 105S for example. Anyway, this machine is super powerfull…. Punchouts remain impressive…. What the more remarkable with is how this machine flies….. ultra stable…. even in angle mode… Impressive. Even with the presence of wind, it’s a pure happyness to fly with….. Acro style flights are really fun with and air-suspension feeling looks like hours with :). With a 550mAh 4S LiPo, you can expect 3min30-4min of flight duration for acro sessions. Anyway, I am sure it’s liked with the machine or my radio but I had maybe twice time some micro F/S beyond 70-80m of distance. You can see in the videos that the RSSI went at minimum at 25%…. Clearly the builtin receiver is far to have the best performances and a FrSky XM+ would have been a much better choice. CONCLUSIONS Emax with the Babyhawk-R has a pretty good machine, one of the best in the market …. It’s powerfull, 4S ready, very well tuned, durable and solid. There are some little details to optimize but no real negative rebuking points can be noticed. If you are interested with this machine, 4S 600 LiHV and a FrSky XM+ should be the perfect companions for this babyhawk. PROS + 4S machine + F3 w/OSD + Durable carbon structure + Very well tuned out of the box + Good CCD camera + Powerfull + Buzzer + FrSky D8 receiver with RSSI on the last channel CONS – Condensator fragile and badly located – FrSky bind button not easy to access – FrSky receiver with not impressive control range – Fragile battery strap – Missing output VTX’s power display – No lights Dump_BH_R_2P This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Gearbest in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 150USD at https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_1478640.html View the full article
  3. The drones’ technology has sparked amazing business ideas due to the many applications these gadgets have. If you’re one of the many people who are looking to explore and monetize on the commercial applications for Drones, this post can bring some light to your ideas. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles, are revamping the business and technology niches while creating opportunities to develop novel business concepts. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration has released a report covering the rules of commercial drone usage. The report put clarity on the legal requirements for drone use in commercial settings. With the removal of the high limiting costs and technical aspects which earlier impeded the use of drones, it is now possible for us to revolutionize the industry. Drones have now become a crucial component of businesses, both in the large and small-scale businesses arena. The main application of drones in business has largely centered on video and photography aimed at marketing, but numerous other drone use cases have proved that imagination and creativity is the key to succeed with drones. Estimates by Goldman Sachs show that $13 billion will be spent on drones by various businesses and governments by 2020. The most prominent benefits with drone use are the increases in work efficiency and productivity, improved accuracy, lowered costs, and improved security capabilities. But before you go wild with drones and start applying them in one of the many commercial applications they have right now, it would be a great idea to start small and pilot one of the best cheap drones for beginners in the market right now. This will greatly develop and improve your piloting skills and will prepare you for more advanced gadgets. New Uses for Drones are being developed and discovered every day Architecture and Construction Innovative architectural firms are now utilizing drones to enhance their competitiveness in the real estate business. The drones capture detailed images and videos that are then used to develop 3D renderings of structures they can design. Timely and low-cost aerial shots of buildings can help create incredible designs. Additionally, real-time aerial inspection using drones can help architects to detect mistakes and correct them, and alleviate threatening accidents at the construction site. Easing Agriculture Drones’ technology has benefited numerous farmers due to its versatile capabilities and ability to cover great distances. Our farmers now use drones to check crop health, take inventory of their crops, map the land, do soil analysis, capture heat signatures, and check irrigation systems. The data captured using the drone can be used to make informed decisions. The cost savings arising from such practices are exceptional with farmers citing that drones are cheaper than mini-crop dusters in spraying fertilizers, pesticides, or water on their crops. Expensive aerial surveillance that could only be done occasionally can now be done weekly or daily using technology costing hundreds of dollars. For farmers with animals, drones are also suitable for gathering data about the population and health of animals. Commercial Deliveries We often visualize a world where we get our packages delivered to our doorstep minutes after ordering online. This possibility is slowly metamorphosing into a reality, right in front of our eyes. Even though there are restrictions on the drone weight, capped at 55 pounds inclusive of the drone, there are innovators who have utilized drones to do mini-deliveries across short distances. Some innovative restaurants utilize drones to serve meals at their premises. Enhancing Emergency Services Some startup companies have recognized our country’s need for quick emergency services using drone technology. Due to the drones’ ability to access difficult areas, they are used to deliver medical supplies to stranded victims; improving emergency response in disasters. For example, Zipline utilized the concept of drones to drop medical supplies in Rwanda where poor road infrastructure inhibits health care delivery. Other companies are in the process of seeking approval to allow them to deliver medicine, vaccines, and blood to remote places in America. Improving Engineering Practices Different companies utilize drone technology to survey their projects. For example, oil companies can inspect oil pipelines and conduct maintenance inspections. Energy companies also utilize drones to inspect power plants and power lines, and analyze the effect of storm damage. Some airplane manufacturing companies also use drones to take an accurate view of commercial jets looking for damage, dents, or scratches. Conventional methods of inspection can take two hours, while the same task lasts only fifteen minutes when using drones, however, this requires high dollar drone technology to be applied. Animal Conservation Initiatives Governments utilize drone technology to protect land and species of animals that inhabit protected zones. Like drone use cases in agriculture, drones in animal conservation initiatives help officials to cover large distances in a short time. Conservation agencies utilize the drone technology to monitor populations of wildlife and determine the best land management practices to implement. With the data collected, it is possible to get an accurate picture of the distribution of animals and thus raise awareness in the quest to enhance conservation efforts. Drone technology is also helpful in identifying poachers. Subsequently, officials can keep animals safe. The images and videos captured improve intelligence efforts and help save the human lives working on the front lines against poaching. Surveying Bad Weather With the current unpredictable trends in weather, it is essential that we can study weather patterns to better prepare for eventualities. Drones can charge into storms at no risk to human life. Companies collaborate with agencies such as NASA to study storms to understand how they develop. Tropical storms can be monitored, and this knowledge helps improve prediction capabilities and consequently, save lives. Drone Assisted Removal of Landmines Researchers postulate that there are millions of landmines buried across the world. Around 70 people die a day from buried landmines. Some research companies fit drones with innovative hyper-spectral technology to capture images which they use to assess soil and plants for evidence of leaking landmines. Such drone use cases prove how resourceful the technology can be in saving lives. Search and Rescue Missions Search and rescue operations are often difficult because of the imminent danger rescuers face. In some cases where victims are concealed within debris, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact position. Helicopters are bulky which hinders maneuverability and exposes rescuers to danger. Drones with heat-sensing equipment can find victims in tight spaces and over great distances. Drone usage thus cuts down on the time and cost factors associated with search and rescue missions because they can fly lower than helicopters. For the final thoughts, we can say that In conclusion, it is evident that over the last few years, drones have managed to revolutionize not only the technology space but also the business space. They have been considered the most helpful and innovative inventions in recent times. Drones have been able to penetrate business sectors that had either reached a plateau or were altogether impenetrable. The limits on drone use and application only exist in our minds. Creativity in the application of drones can ensure more companies utilize them to grow their businesses, so they can now access new markets and niches never conceptualized before. Our aim should be to identify how to solve more problems with drone technology.
  4. NEWS: SPCMaker X90

    A new SPCMaker 2″ FPV brushless racer is announced: https://www.banggood.com/SPC-Maker-X90-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-Omnibus-F3-Flight-Controller-15A-Blheli_S-ESC-800TVL-Camera-p-1272648.html SPCMaker usually got more deluxe products with high-end electronics elements. Here with this new SPC-X90, we have a more affordable machine. How they managed ? No secret, they had to downgrade some elements. For example the frame is no more a 3mm but here 2mm. The ESC no more 28A… but here only 15A. The FPV camera no more a CCD model but a good 800TVL CMOS model… The flight controller is announced to be a simple F3. I really hope also they fixed they MPU problem… Remember the SPC-90NC was unflyable out of the box. In the bundle, they removed also all batteries and no more transportation bag. Three model of receiver are proposed: FrSky (D8 ? D16), FlySy AFHDS-2A and Spectrum DSM2. Specification: Brand name SPC Maker Model X90 Frame Kit Frame wheelbase: 90mm Meterial: 3K carbon fiber Bottom board: 2mm Side board: 1.2mm Motor SunnySky 1104 KV7500 Flight controller Omnibus F4 ? F4 or F4 ? Firmware: betaflight_3.2.1 ESC 15A Mini 4 in 1 BLheli_s ESC (2-4S LiPo) Propeller Gemfan Hulkie 1940 3-Blade Propellers Camera FXT T81 DC4.8-36V 800TVL NTSC/PAL Switchable 1/3″COMS Sensor VTX 5.8g 25MW-100MW 40CH Receiver Frsky/DSMX/Flysky (Option) Size 75mm*83mm*23mm Weight 62g (without battery) Package Included: 1 x X90 frame kit 1 x Omnibus F3 flight controller 1 x DSMX/Frsky/Flysky (Option) 4 x SunnySky1104 KV7500 motor 2 x Gemfan Hulkie 1940 3-Blade Propellers CW 2 x Gemfan Hulkie 1940 3-Blade Propellers CCW 1 x FXT T81 DC4.8-36V 800TVL NTSC/PAL Switchable 1/3″COMS Sensor 1 x 5.8G 25MW-100MW 40CH VTX 1 x Buzzer 1 x 12mm*150mm strap View the full article
  5. Any advanced RCmodelist should have a powermeter. And ImmersionRC will introduce the version V2: https://www.banggood.com/ImmersionRC-RF-Power-Meter-v2-w-Integrated-8-hour-Battery-for-RC-Drone-p-1271734.html This kind of tool is able to measure directly the output of a VTX working in large range of carrier and not only reserved for the 5.8Ghz band. More, if you plug the provided 2dBi antenna, you can measure wireless the received signal and if you move the powermeter around the source, you can even draw a radiation diagram. With the V2, now the 30dB attenuator is internal (good point). Thanks to it, you can plug via the RP-SMA any input from -20dBm (1mW) up to 30dBM (1000mW). More there is an internal LiPo for a 8h non-stop usage. A small OLED 128×64 display is here. The V2 adds a PowerScope mode where data packets are display in time domain. In can be very usefull to check the correct behaviour of a transmission. Specification: Power Level: -20dBm up to +30dBm Calibrated Frequencies: 35, 72, 433, 1200, 2400, 5600-6000MHz in 50MHz steps Accuracy: +/- 0.5dB Attenuator: 30dB (Internal) Battery: 3.7V Lithium Ion cell, 10440 size, 600mAh Current Consumption: ~35mA Battery Life: ~8 hours Auto Shutdown: 5 minute timeout Charging: Micro USB cable Display: OLED, 128×64 pixels, monochrome User Input: Joystick Interfaces: USB, power control via CDC Antenna: 5.8GHz ‘Sniffer Antenna’ (linearly polarized ~2dBi dipole) Adapter: Male to Male SMA adapter Package included: 1 x Power meter 1 x SMA M-M adapter 1 x 5.8G dipole Cet article NEWS: ImmersionRC Powermeter V2.0 est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  6. INTRODUCTION Boldclash has understood quicky than other 65mm-75mm brushless competitors are now offering TinyWhoop machines with directly a Builtin OSD (cf. HBRC model for example). In reaction, Boldclash just announced a new “Whoopcore” Flight Controller board including this magic ingredient: http://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-b06-13-upgrade-f3-flingt-controller-built-in-esc-28-5-28-5mm-p175.html. The board is still including some 3A (peak @5A) 4-in-1 BLheli_S/Dshot600 ESC. In order too boost even more performances, they also propose new 0703 motors now running @20 000Kv (instead of 15 000Kv). The gain in term of powerlift is 5g per motor (28g vs 23g @4.2v). If you are not able to assemble this new KIT, you can wait a couple of months to see the new revision of the B06 including directly all these new elements. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Whoopcore Flight controller (F3 + OSD) + 1 x Bag with spare screws & rubber O-rings + 4 x 0703/20000Kv motors with 1.25mm 3p JST connector Motors Not only motors now are boosted with an extra +25% faster tranlated into a +5g extra lift (+21%), but the general design is also improved. Magnets in the rotors are now better spaced and the more important, no more early motor’s bell ejection after a crash for example. An improved C-clip system is installed. Flight Controller On top you can find the connexion for the F2H AIO module on top. If you plan to install a 1.25mm 4p connector, be aware coz this connector will partially block the top canopy re-installation. It will be in contact with the camera module of the F2H. I decided to use two 1.0mm 2p JST connector (I didn’t have nearby such 1.25mm 4p connector). On the left, the former FC, on the right the new whoopcore. As you can see, the main lead power cable is wider… and handle stronger amount of current by consequence. No real difference in term of weight Once desoldered, you can reflash a FrSky XM firmware able to output the RSSI on the last channel. Be aware, with the last official one available at FrSky website (XM170323), at least for the 8CH version + RSSI, no sign of RSSI activity :(… It has been reported than the XM161221 works (but only in 16CH model) UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, BUILDING, CONFIGURATION ABD DEMO FLIGHT No real difficulty during the assembling. You must cut the video signal to feed the VTX and camera pads respectively. In term of betaflight configuration, initially i pushed all Gyros & Main PID loop up to 8Khz. I observed that the machine required regulary accelero recalibration and more can be instable. The trick is to keep to original settings to 8Khz/2Khz. Clearly you can feel the difference in term of power whith these new motors…. They give much more power… and now no problem for acro style figures. The machine is generally more responsive and sporty. In term of flight time, there is a small negative impact, about 20-30s…. Average flight time are now about 3min30-4min with the original 450mAH LiPo. I really hope, they will offer a LiHv model in the new BNF revision. CONCLUSIONS The Boldclash B06 was already a good machine and for sure with this Upgrade Kit, it’s the best 75mm TinyWhoop Brushless FPV machine. Eveything is here… durable to crash (even motors), good powerlift, stable, great indoors trainer and can now handle a moderate wind outdoors. The flight autonomy and the control range are also good. Of course this Ugrade kit is relatively expensive… (30+40 USD approximatively)… Maybe it’s better to wait the new major BNF revision of the B06 just sligtly more expensive. PROS + Boosted motor performances + No more easy motor’s bell ejection + Acro/free style compable + OSD + Wider lead power cable CONS – >=4hz, gyros need to recalibrated often – FPV camera connexion with a 4p 1.25mm connector blocked partially with the above F2H camera – No more boot microswitch This Kit have been courtesy provided by Boldclash in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually at http://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-b06-13-upgrade-f3-flingt-controller-built-in-esc-28-5-28-5mm-p175.html Cet article TEST: Boldclash B06 Upgrade Kit est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
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  8. 2016-2017 were the years of the massive introduction of cheap FPV mask, especially with the excellent EV800D. Here is the successor: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-EV900-5_8G-40CH-HDMI-AR-VR-FPV-Goggles-5-Inch-19201080-HD-Display-Built-in-Battery-p-1270784.html It’s still a 5″ model but now the design is completly changed. Not only the 5″ built-in screen is able to display an HD 1080p source @120Hz of refresh rate… but all the signal processing is bounded under 50ms maximum. More they adopt a new type of lens deblurring the image, improving this general quality versus a classic Fresnel Lens. The FOV is huge, about 85 degrees, perfect for a massive immersion. The EV900 includes a 48CH diversity builtin 5.8G receiver but no builtin DVR directly integrated. You will need to plug one via the AVin/Avout port, for example the EV100 DVR module. Compatible with multi devices via converting cables Mini HDMI port: iPhone : lighting to HDMI, need power( Power adapter or power bank 5V) video: become slightly lower resolution, audio: Okay; iPad : lighting to HDMI, need power( Power adapter or power bank 5V) video: become slightly lower resolution, audio: Okay; MacBook : USB type-C to HDMI MacBook Air, MacBook Pro : mini DP to HDMI TV : HDMI to mini HDMI cable Laptop with HDMI : HDMI to mini HDMI cable Laptop or PC with VGA, no HDMI : VGA to HDMI V-in port (in this port, we have Video in / Audio out / functions) Other RX devices : Video cable Cameras with analog video/ CVBS signal : Video cable TV : Video cable Video out : When EV900 work on RX mode, analog video can be connect to a DVR recording device through this port. Specification Brand name: Eachine Item No: EV900 Item Name: EV900 hybrid HDMI AR VR FPV immersive racing goggles 5 inch 1920*1080 built-in Battery Screen: Screen size: 5.0 inch Screen resolution: 1920*1080 (No blur after enlarge by the lens) Screen brightness: 600cd/m2 with special high brightness backlight LED for outdoor FPV Refresh Rate: 120Hz, offer better, sharp, colorful screen view View Angle: 140/120 degree(Horizontal/Vertical) FOV 85 degree, immersive larger screen Greatlines Tech To make analog video with much more resolution TV lines. 3D noise reduction, Color enhancement… DeepFeedback Tech Real voice audio technology, to bring in great audio enjoyment Lens: 3x boost of the video to acquire intense feel-in-there video; 92% transparent rate no distort of light; New lens is NOT a Fresnel lens anymore; New lens support 1080P Battery and recharge: Built-in 3.8V/2400mAh battery; Each battery circle offer around 2hr10min working time; 5-18V wide recharging voltage range, typical recharging voltage is 5V Accepts 5V power banks or 2S(7.4V)/3S(11.1V) battery as back-up power to have long working time Receiver: Build in 5.8G 40CH Raceband receive, ENHANCED with Greatlines technology Frequency Table Frequency Band A 5865 5845 5825 5805 5785 5765 5745 5725 Frequency Band B 5733 5752 5771 5790 5809 5828 5847 5866 Frequency Band E 5705 5685 5665 5645 5885 5905 5925 5945 Frequency Band F 5740 5760 5780 5800 5820 5840 5860 5880 Frequency Band R 5658 5695 5732 5769 5806 5843 5880 5917 Ports HDMI / V-IN(Audio out) / 2.5DC power charging port Body: Dimension: 148x 146 x 120 mm Weight: 330g with 2hr10min 3.8V 2400mAh battery Belt: three-ways adjustable belt Features – 5 inch 1920*1080px HD high brightness 120Hz refresh rate screen – With Greatlines technology DSP chipset, offer low delay (latency 20-50ms) and HD video wirelessly; – With DeepFeedback technology audio enhance AP, deliver great audio enjoyment. – Multi-use port can be used to work with many other devices*, more than FPV; – New designed, HD optic system, support 1080P, and no blur; – With comfortable face sponge and Video IN/Audio OUT function; – HD high brightness 5inch LCD specially tuned for FPV racing; – Built-in super sensitiveness 5.8GHz 40ch receiver, especially with RaceBand; – Come with advanced auto-searching function ad show you the working frequency on screen; – Built-in 3.8V/2400mAh battery, each full charge revive around 2hours 10mins working time; – Wide range re-charge voltage 5-18V, power banks or 2S/3S batteries can be used as back-up power sour, to prolong the working time; – Ergonomic design fit your faces; – Super-wide visible angle up to 85 degree; – 92% transparent lens adopted, no distort, no blur on the adage of screen; – Light weight 330g with 2hr10min 2400mAh battery, RTF for any scale racing game. Package Included 1 X EV900 AR VR FPV Goggles (Built-in 3.8V/2400mAh battery) 1 X StingPad Antenna 1 X K-loverleaves Antenna 1 X USB charger cable 1 X Battery charger cable 1 X AV IN cable 1 X User Manual Some pre-release versions have been sent to some top reviewers…. and unfortunatly, first feedbacks shows the major problem: For large face, the mask is very inconfortable to wear… a kind of skyzone SKY03 syndroma. I really hope the final version fix this major issue…. Of course, wait & see… Cet article NEWS: Eachine EV900 5″ HD FPV Mask est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  9. – Boldclash B06-13 FC upgrade: http://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-b06-13-upgrade-f3-flingt-controller-built-in-esc-28-5-28-5mm-p175.html – LightSpeed BeeBee 66 Lite: https://www.banggood.com/Full-Speed-Beebee-66-LITE-RC-Drone-FPV-Racer-ARF-Omnibus-F3-OSD-5_8G-40CH-4-In-1-6A-Blheli_S-ESC-1S-p-1239529.html – Emax BabyHawk R: https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_1644946.html Cet article NEWS: SeByDocKy’s weekly news #76 est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  10. INTRODUCTION The Eachine Lizard 105S is the successor of the top seller Lizard 95. So a lot of pressure over the Eachine’s shoulders to propose an even better machine. First, they upgrade most of the electronic elements. Now we have a F4 board running @8Khz and of course with a builtin OSD. The ESC are rated 28A !!!! Just impressive and by consequence, the 105S runs in 4S directly out of the box. Motors are 1104 but spinning only @6000Kv to be 4S compatible. One of the main novelty is the camera-VTX rig. Not only the signal is broadcasted classicaly among one of the 48CH either @25mW or 200mW but !!!! cherry on the cake, the clean inboard video signal is also directly recorded in 720p@60fps without extra latency. It’s a kind of 720p version of the runcam split mini… All these ingredients look terribly interesting. Let’s check if in practice… no bad surprizes are not around the corner. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Eachine Lizard 105S + 1 x 550mAh 4S LiPo with XT30 connector + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 4 x Prop guards + 8 x M2x7mm hexscrews + 2 x Zip-ties + 1 x Velcro band + 1 x Damping band + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Allen key + 1 x Instruction manual (English) OVERVIEW Here is the complete technical caracteristics The machine is a 103mm … so slightly larger than the former 95 The most surprizing point is the complexity of the frame structure. The main lower structure is not a unique carbon element. In fact it’s a mixture between aluminium brackets and carbon arm/bar elements. The idea is to reinforce by two latteral bars the durability of arms to crack. More these latter offer their main section vertically. Motors themselves, are attaches to these arms with two aluminimum elements. The assembling/disassembling of this frame is long. The only advantage is the extra durability….. but comparatively is at least 10g more heavier vs other 110mm frames. Thickness of the main arms and for the latteral bar The latteral vertical plates are also 1.5mm carbon based. -FRONT VIEW The 105S offers a central main hub section where the camera is fully protected to any frontal shocks What a pity, there is no frontal white light for LOS/night flights. As you can see, the battery plays the role of podium…. be aware in case of hard landing to not damage it. -SIDE VIEW The left side shows the main rubbon cable linking the flight controller to the external dampned MPU (6800 based). This ribbon cable is fragile. Notice also, for the best 2.4G antenneas positionning, you can use the two zip-ties provided to install them more solidely vertically a bit more further of the 5.8G antenna. More just above this ribbon cable, upside down, you can guess the microSD card slot… It’s tricky to insert it but it’s possible with fingers. Be sure to insert it gently by not domaging the ribbon cable nearby. No click feedback for the insertion. For the extraction, you need a twizzer, it’s not possible even with your nails. The right side presents the microUSB port. No specific board alignment is required in betaflight configuration. More the third board from bottom is the DVR one. A unique button is here to start/stop 720p recordings. Notice, when you will power the machine, the recording will be automatically turned on. Don’t forget to stop recording. When recording, the blue light will blink and stay solid when no recording. If you press and hold this button while plugging the battery, you can change the system either in NTSC (default) or PAL format. -REAR VIEW Out of the box, you will need to fix the small bar with two LED lights and the buzzer on the rear tail just below the prop. This bar has a simple double side tape… The installation versus time will fail and you will need a better fixing solution… with glue for example. At least the two lights can be programmed via betaflight, but out of the box there are well configured: indicating throttle inputs and turning directions. You can also cleary see that the IMU modul is softmounted to absorbe vibrations. -UPPER VIEW The FrSky XM+ with its ultra tiny bind-F/S button. Good news, the firmware installed (international) exports the RSSI for the OSD!!! -BOTTOM VIEW A small carbon plate protect the bottom part of the electronic tower. In addition of the slim battery strap pre-installed, tape the velcro band to completely secure the battery installation. -WEIGHT About 146.5g AUW… with a 4S LiPo… so around 36g more heavier than the original Lizard 95 in 3S setup (110.4g) Motors Motors are 1104@6000Kv models…. Maybe we could expect some 1106 version here … to boost even more performances. Notice this strange motor support system based on two aluminimum brackets jailing the arms. At the base of the arm, the arm is attached via two screws to the main frame aluminium bracket. Unfortunaly some little play can be here, especially after few crash. Inspect regulary these screws. LiPo Among the novelty, a pretty good 4S 550mAh LiPo ending with XT30 connector. The discharge rate is 60C … so no problem to feed hungry motors and VTX. Camera and VTX modules The VTX board is the top one under the cockpit. It’s a 48CH divided into six sub-bands. One unique button is available, in practice not super easy to access, at least it’s not possible without a screwdriver/stick. Unfortunatly, as far I know, this VTX is not compatible with the IRC Tramp/Smart audio protocol to change settings through Betaflight. Vband/Vfreq selection is classic. Short press to cycle among the eight Vfreq inside the selected current Vband. Long press more than 3s then release the button to change the Vband. I would prefer an automatic Vband shifting without requiring the release of the button… For the 105S, you can change by accident the output power by accident via waiting hold more than 10s this button. The Cloverleaf antenna is connected via a uFL connector, a good point for maintenance… but I advise to secure completly the installation by adding a small drop of hot glue on the connector. The camera got a 1/4″ CMOS sensor and record natively in 1280x720p. The signal is directly send to the DVR and recorded @60fps. Of course to be transmitted via analog 5.8G link, the video signal is then downscaled to either NTSC or PAL format. The good news and probably the best argument in favor of the 105S. All the procedding, i.e. DVR recording and FPV transmission don’t introduce any extra lag quantified in total about 30-40ms with or without recording. The camera can be uptilted up to 40-45 degrees, so compatible with severe acro free flight style. The camera sensor is blocked by a plastic bar into the camera hoursing. In practice this bar is doing its job correctly. It means that the camera is still free to move a bit inside the housing, especially after high throttle inputs. That’s the main source of the camera’s jello/vibrations we can observe out of the box. The devil is in the details!!!. It’s not a problem of PIDs, frame, softmounting… but a question of fraction of free millimiter in this bay. To solve this problem, it’s super easy…. just install some electician tape around the lens and reinsert gently without damaging the camera ribbon cable. The more tricky part is to reinstall the plastic bar to be attached with the two latteral screws. It’s a 5min fix… but improving drastically the situation. I really hope in the next batch, everything will be fixed out of the box. Files are recording @720p/60fps is a rather good bitrate. Here is a raw video recoded on the DVR. It’s super smooth…. thanks to the 60fps. More the sound is also recorded. It’s a nice bonus. Unfortunatly, you can already observe the light sensitivy is poor, colors not super rendered… turning a bit too much on the blue/purple colors. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, BINDING, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT First good news, the machine comes with Betaflight V 3.2.0 very well configured out of box. You don’t really need to touch the OSD layout, LED light programmations, receiver settings. PIDs as well as the rates are the default Betaflight ones. A three way swich (AUX2) select acro, angle and acro+air mode respectively. In first testings, as many other reviewers, I noticed some vibrations especially after middle throttle inputs. I immdiatly applied the camera housing fix mentioned previously. After that…. no more jello reported. That’s great. The machine strangly seems to vibrate according the sound emitted…. but in practice no negative impact in the FPV result. The video signal is clear and stable !!!… but my main negative comment comes more from the poor light sensitivity… really not good enough IMHO. Shadowed zones are not well rendered … :(. The WDR is rather slow….. What a pity … With a better sensor, the 105S would have been almost perfect :(. Thanks to the 4S setup, the machine is a monster of power !!!!! Punchouts are impressive… and with default betaflight PIDs, results are already really really good. It’s a super fun 100% acro style machine definitively. Another drawback can be observed… Amperage reading on the OSD are wrong… It’s linked with a bad connexion of the lead wires to the FC. Except if you really want these informations, you can disable the display in the OSD settings. Flight times with the 550mAh LiPo is about 4min in acro style mode. CONCLUSIONS The Eachine Lizard 105S is a really good machine as soon as you apply the camera’s housing fix to remove definitively the jello. The 105S got supe strong ESC, a F4 w/OSD board and pretty well configured out of the box. The 720P recordings are good and super smooth the 60 frame per second rate. My main concern is more about the relatively poor light sensitivity of the camera sensor…. PROS + Powerfull machine !!! + 4S 2.5″ quadcopter + F4 + OSD + Great acro flyer + Great 720P@60fps recordings + FrSky XM+ flashed with RSSI for the OSD + No drift in angle mode + Frame more robust for direct crash on arms CONS – Jello/vibrations in the video signal linked with a small gap in the camera housing – Below average light sensitivity of the camera sensor – Amperage reading false – Difficult microSD card insertion/ejection – Rear LEDS/buzzer bar not solidely installed – Complex frame structure – VTX no IRC Tramp/Smart audio compatible This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 170USD at https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-Lizard105S-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-Omnibus-F4SD-28A-Blheli_S-ESC-720P-DVR-5_8g-25200mW-VTX-4S-p-1258632.html Cet article TEST: Eachine Lizard 105S est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  11. Here is probably the lightest brushless FPV Tinywhoop BNF machine in the market !!!: https://www.banggood.com/HB65-65mm-1S-Micro-Brushless-RC-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-F3-OSD-5A-Dshot-25mW-48CH-600TVL-p-1269078.html After the good HBRC HB68 (recently reviewed) and the HB64… this new 65mm model is < 29g AUW !!!! For this new edition, they shrinked basically the HB68 frame a bit more in order to gain some weight everywhere where it was possible... Now more than 3g are saved from the original HB68 setup so close to 7-8% of original total weight. Not bad and very important especially when we know for such machine every fraction of gram matters. For the electronic parts, no real change: we have a micro F3 board with a builtin OSD, some 5A BLheli_S/Dshot 600 ESC (1S only) and ultra tiny 0603/16000KV motors. The AIO FPV solution is of course super light, around 3.5g and classic, i.e. a 25mW 48CH 600TVL CMOS module. I didn't reviewed the HB64 (~30g) but some feedbacks noticed a relatively weak structure to crash. Here it's sound more durable. Three choice of receivers are proposed, a FrSky (pro?), FlySly AFHDS-2A and spektrum DSM2. The battery is the same good and powerfull 260mah LiHV model. I really hope also the RSSI will be here for the OSD if the FrSky version is picked up. Wait & See. Specification: Item name: HB65 65mm 1S racing drone Wheelbase: 65mm Frame structure: true X Weight: <22g (without battery) Flight weight: <29g (with battery) Flight time: 3-4mins (260mAh) Flight controller: F3, built-in OSD ESC: 1S 5A 4in1 Dshot Motor: 0603 16000KV Propeller: 31mm 4-blade (4x orange, 4x other random color) VTX+camera: 25mW 48CH 600TVL 120° battery: 1S 3.8V 260mAh/ 250mAh 30C Receiver: Compatible FS-RX2A/ Frsky pro/ DSMX pro receiver (option) F3 OSD flight controller: Item name: BF3-OSD-1S Board size: 28*28mm Mounting hole: 36*36mm, 2.5mm hole diameter Processor: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: SPI sensor MPU-6000 Firmware: Betaflight_3.2.x_OMNIBUS Power supply: 1S Built-in 5V/0.5A BEC Built-in BF OSD Built-in LC filter Support programmable LED Supports BLheli suite ESC programme With buzzer port SBUS or DSM receiver input, please configurate RX3 as input interface. DSM receiver powered from 3.3V SBUS and PPM from 5V 5A 4in1 Dshot ESC: Item name: BS5A Size: 28*28mm Mounting hole: 36*36mm, 2.5mm hole diameter Firmware: BLHeli_S 16.6 Continuous current: 5A Burst current: 6A (5s) Power supply: 1S lipo Support Dshot150/300/600, PWM, Oneshot125, Multishot 0603 motor: Item name: HBFPV 0603 KV: 16000KV Stator diameter: 6mm Stator height: 3mm Shaft diameter: 1mm Working voltage: 1S Max thrust: 26g (56mm 2-blade BN props) Weight: 1.6g VTX+camera: Item name: OV25 Output power: 25mW Camera resolution: 600TVL, OV lens,120° Channel: 48CH Video system: PAL/ NTSC Antenna: hose antenna Built-in OSD wiring port Battery: Capacity: 250/260mAh Voltage: 1S, 3.8V Continuous Discharge Rate: 30C Connector: PH2.0-2P Weight: 6-7g Notes: -the 250/260mAh battery will be sent according to the goods supply, the 260mAh battery will be sent firstly, if 260mAh battery in insufficient supply, we will sent the 250mAh battery. Package included: 1x frame kit 1x F3 flight controller 1x 5A BLHeli_S Dshot ESC 4x HBFPV 0603 16000KV motor 1x 25mW VTX+camera 1x Compatible FS-RX2A/ Frsky pro/ DSMX pro receiver (option) 1x 1S 250/260mAh 30C battery 4x HB31 4-blade propeller (orange) 4x HB31 4-blade propeller (other color sent in random) 1x propeller puller Cet article NEWS: HBRC HB65, the lightest BNF FPV brushless TinyWhoop ? est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  12. Remember close to 1 month ago I reviewed the Eachine Beecore V2, probably the ultimate flight controller dedicaced to 1S TinyWhoop machine in 26mmx26mm size. Here is the FrSky D16 version: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-Beecore-V2_0-D16-Brushed-F3-OSD-Flight-Controller-for-Inductrix-Tiny-Whoop-E010-E010S-p-1267723.html Here, the FrSky D16 receiver can be turned into 8CH (with lower latency) or 16CH mode but in any case, the RSSI is sent to the last channel for the OSD rig and also sent by telemetry. More it’s compatible with EU-LBT preflashed radiocontrols… So it should work with all FrSky compatible radios. My first concern with the original V2 in D8 mode was the relatively poor performances of the Vreg part (~0.8A). No strong enought and probably full diode based… very sensitive to the voltage drop and requering at least a 40C battery. I really really hope, they improve the situation where for example you could have a receiver brownn out immediatly after the take off. Anyway if this problem is solved, this D16 version will be probably the best we can have for a compact brushed FPV Tinywhoop machine: a strong MCU with an OSD, a great builtin receiver with at least 300m of control range and everything around 3g. Associated with a 3.5g AIO module, Dark edition 7mmx20mm motors, a 66mm frame, you can build the best TW machine ever made. Be sure than a Eachine machine (QX65 Pro ?) will be produced soon in BNF edotion with this board pre-installed. As usual, Wait & See. Beecore V2.0 D16 version flight controller is a Ultimate version for 1S brushed Whoop racing drone. It’s the world first Tiny Whoop size brushed flight controller with D16 receiver/Betaflight OSD/Telemetry all in one design, include all your needs for FPV racing drone. Specifications: Brand Name: Eachine Firmware: Customized Betaflight_3.3.0_Crazybee MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: MPU-6000(SPI connection) Power supply: 1S battery input (DC 3.5-4.35V) Board size: 26 * 26MM Board weight: 3.0 g Receiver Parameters: SPI BUS receiver Frsky D8/D16 switchable Channels: 8ch or 16ch Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Features: Built-in Frsky receiver with telemetry Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Controll) Built-in voltage detection Heading LED Ready Frsky D8/D16 mode switchable Compatible with Frsky EU LBT Package Included: 1 x Beecore V2.0 D16 controller Board 4 x Rubber Shock Absorber 4 x Screws 3 x Power Cable (For Inductrix x1, For E010 x1, For QX Serials x1) Cet article NEWS: Eachine Beecore V2 with builtin D16 receiver est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  13. Eachine just announced a new brushed 120mm FPV quadcopter with the QX90C pro: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-QX90C-Pro-with-F3-Betaflight-OSD-Buzzer-Telemetry-Micro-FPV-Racing-Drone-Quadcopter-BNF-p-1267721.html Even if brushless machines are now became the standard, here we have a 1S solution equiped of 8.5mmx20mm coreless dark edition boosted motors. The F3 board welcomes obviously a OSD chip and even a small buzzer is preinstalled. For the FPV rig, a classic 600TVL 25mW 48CH AIO solution is integrated. Notice also the lens can be tilted up to +15 degrees. The machine is powered via a 600mAh LiPo with microLOSI connector. Three choices of receiver are proposed: FrSky D8 (with RSSI display for OSD), FlySky AFHDS-2A and Spektrum DSM2/X. The total weight with the battery is about 50g, so lighter than other competitor machines and with on steroid motors, the performance should be not bad at all. You can also select three types of bundle: from “basic” to the “fly more” combo with 5 set of spare LiPo and props and a charger. Wait & See…. Specification: Brand Name: Eachine Item NO.: QX90C Pro Size:118mm*118mm*60mm Weight: 50.5g (With battery) Flight controller: Eachine AIOF3_Brushed built-in OSD Motor: Coreless 8520 Black Edition CW/CCW Propeller: Lady bird 55mm CW/CCW 2-blades propeller Camera: 600TVL HD CMOS 1/4inch VTX: 5.8g 25MW 48CH NTSC Video transmitter Battery: 3.7V 600mah Lipo battery OSD: Betaflight OSD Firmware of Flight controller: Betaflight 3.2.2 (Target:Omnibus) Flight time: 5 minutes (Battery voltage at 2.8v) Features: – More powerful Coreless motor – Jaw-dropping flight performance – Airmode/Angle/Acro mode support – Adjustable Angle of Camera (0°~15°) – Built-in Betaflight OSD – Radio Stick to control PID Tunes – Buzzer Ready – Telemetry RSSI Output ready(Frsky version) – V-bat Detector Receiver Option: – Frsky D8 mode SBUS Output 8ch With RSSI output (OSD display or X9D telemetry) – Flysky compatible 8ch IBUS receiver(AFHDS 2A Mode) – DSM2/DSMX compatible Receiver Compatible: 1.Frsky Receiver Support FRSKY taranis X9D/X9D PLUS(D8 mode),and XJT (D8 Mode),DJT DFT DHT Transmitter. 2.Flysky Receiver Support FS-i4, FS-i6, FS-i6S, FS-i6X, FS-i10, FS-GT2E, FS-GT2G, FS-GT2F, Turnigy Evolution Transmitter. 3.DSM2/DSMX Receiver Support Spectrum/JR(DSM2/DSMX protocol) DEVO10/DEVO 7E(with deviation firmware). Version Option: – Basic Combo: with One battery, one USB charger, spare propellers one set. – Standard Combo: with Three batteries, one USB charger, spare propellers one set. – Fly more Combo: with Five batteries, a Charsoon BC-1S05 Charger, a spare body cover shell and camera cover, spare propellers 5 sets. Package Included: Basic Combo: 1 x QX90C Pro Drone 1 x 3.7V 600mah Lipo Battery 1 x USB Charger 4 x Spare Propeller 1 x Buzzer 1 x Paddle Propeller Standard Combo: 1 x QX90C Pro Drone 3 x 3.7V 600mah Lipo Battery 1 x USB Charger 4 x Spare Propeller 1 x Buzzer 1 x Paddle Propeller Fly more Combo: 1 x QX90C Pro Drone 5 x 3.7V 600mah Lipo Battery 1 x Charsoon BC-1S05 Charger 20 x Spare Propeller 1 x Spare Body Cover Shell 1 x Spare Camera Cover 1 x Buzzer 1 x Paddle Propeller Cet article NEWS: Eachine QX90C Pro, the new brushed 0820 FPV reference ? est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  14. INTRODUCTION The C-me produced by Hobbico is a brushed Selfiedrone equiped of a 1080p camera and a GPS module to maintain the position. The massive argument of the Cme it’s probably its price. Sold below 80 USD…, not bad for a 1080p stabilized flying machine with advanced flight mode such as Follow-me and find me. It was even advertized to have a builtin EIS… but main probably it’s a false advertizing. The C-me is also very tranportable with some foldable arms and lightweight, so easy to pack it into the pocket. Let’s now discover this bundle. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Hobbyco C-me + 1 x USB charger + 1 x USB to microUSB cable + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 4 x Prop guards + 1 x Instruction manual (English) The quadcopter comes into a very high quality bundle, color printed with a magnetic lock system. OVERVIEW All the main caracteristics can be found printed on the back cover. The 1080p@30 camera is associated with a 8Mpx sensor. More advanced flight modes such as follow-me, find-me, RTH and 360 degres auto-panorama tour are proposed. I regret the absence of an orbit mode or up & away mode … so popular for selfie drones. In folded position, the C-me is very compact…. perfectly rectangular, about the size of a 5″ smartphone… so no problem to install it in your pocket. The C-me canopy is 100% plastic based but a high quality material. -FRONT VIEW When powered on, notice the white led light. -SIDE VIEW -REAR VIEW The two ports available are all located on the rear side: a microSD card slot on the left. Please use a microSD card class 10 U1 minimum. On the right, a microUSB port to charge the 750mAh LiHV battery. -UPPER VIEW -BOTTOM VIEW A unique power bottom… Press and hold this bottom at least 3-4s to turn on the machine. The front white LED will also be tuned on. a small green light is solid when the machine is turned on. A major drawback can be noticed… the battery is jailed inside the structure… What a pity, because you will have to wait 1h40min to charge the internal battery. -WEIGHT Less than 150g AUW … For a geared system including a 2S builtin battery it’s correct. add 3.6g with the four prop guards installed Camera module The camera lens offers a field of view of 70 degrees only… Latterally a small white light is here to help to keep your orientation for LOS flights. This light is bright enough for a radius inferiour to 15m. It’s possible to manually set the orientation from 0 degrees down to -90 degrees. No possibility to control the tilt from the appz unfortunatly. The official specification claims a 8mpx able to record 1080p videos at 30fps. No information about the size of the sensor as well for the light sensitivity. Juge by yourself: here is a raw video sample recorded on the microSD card (prefer a Class 10 U3 model). As you can see, results are really not bad at all for a cheap model. The light sensivity is correct, compression factor not huge, colors rendering relatively faithfull and images crisp enough. Good work in general. The media information of the recording file confirms the 1080p@30 specifications. In addition of the high resolution file recorded onboard on the microSD card, the transmitted WiFi video link is also recorded locally on your smartphone/tablet. Here is the corresponding raw sample Here the video is in 720p format @25fps…. but results are also relatively good. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND TESTING The machine is connected via 2.4G WiFi so no risk of android incompatibility we can meet for some 5.8G recent models for example. First good surprize, the main interface is great: clear, easy, intuitive where all main features are directly available. More particulary, a really appreciate the animations associated with the compass calibration. The WiFI FPV signal is broadcasted in 720p format. Here one more time, the transmission is correct for a WiFi link, a minimum of 0.3s of latency and a frame rate about 15-17fps…. very acceptable for a selfie drone. On the main interface, you can retrieve the WiFi signal strength indication, the GPS satellites number. The general quality of the camera recording are good…. but unfortunatly no EIS is here … so stabilization results will massively depend of the wind/gust power… What a pity than the camera’s processor is not strong enough to perform EIS in the same time. The machine is stable… and one unique rate is proposed… the maximum speed is slow about 2m/s. One negative point is the absence of yaw command feedback on the interface. You will have to swipe left or right with your left thumb to yaw the machine. More throttle and yaw commands are not correlated as can be the forward/backward/left/right commandes via the right vitual sticks. Unfortunatly, no possibility in the appz setting to change this control behaviour for a more classic 2 virtual sticks. Another con point, at least with the model I received concerns the battery level status. The battery status under load (after take off) shows just after a couple of second a massive drop. Maybe my internal battery is damaged or the discharge rate not strong enough or the threshold LVC settings not well tuned. No possibility to set them in the interface. For the advanced flight mode, the follow-me function is working correctly but often can’t center correctly the phone’s holder. More, it can follow well a walker but can’t really follow something faster. The “find-me” function is more efficient. This one will automatically center the camera on you…. and work very well. In a second video, I tested more the 360 degrees functionality. It’s a basic panorama self-rotation mouvement. Be aware, you can’t run this function while currently filming turned on. You must stop first recording. If not recording, the 360 degrees will automatically start and will stop recording after the completion of the CCW tour. No possibility to change the rotation sens on the interface. The WiFI link is ok within a radius of 25m. The flight duration is about 7-8min with recording turned one. The machine will automatically land with the battery is depleted. As expected with a 150g machine, the C-me can handle well even a moderate wind. CONCLUSIONS An interesting model with good 1080p videos recording relatively stable but only in zero wind conditions. The appz is great and ideal for beginners. More the machine is light and ultra transportable. In another hand, unfortunatly no EIS to stabilize even better 1080p results and the battery can be replaced quick. This machine is direct competitor of the Hubsan H507A or the incoming DJI Tello. For this latter, even if videos are only recorded in 720p, this one offers EIS and better flight time. PROS + Cheap WiFi 1080p machine + Great Appz, very beginners friendly + Good 1080p recordings + Basic “Follow me” + Efficient “Find me” + Good packaging + Cheap machine CONS – No EIS – Builtin battery – No yaw command appz feedback – Battery reading not accurate – Not wind resistant This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 79USD at https://www.banggood.com/C-me-Cme-WiFi-FPV-Selfie-Drone-With-1080P-HD-Camera-GPS-Altitude-Hold-Mode-Foldable-RC-Quadcopter-p-1260477.html Cet article TEST: Hobbico C-me (brushed 1080p selfie drone w/ GPS) est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  15. NEWS: Walkera Vitus II

    Not matter what their new product it's... Walkera will continue be Walkera and their products are not trusted. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  16. – C-me Cme WiFi FPV Selfie drone: https://www.banggood.com/C-me-Cme-WiFi-FPV-Selfie-Drone-With-1080P-HD-Camera-GPS-Altitude-Hold-Mode-Foldable-RC-Quadcopter-p-1260477.html – Eachine Lizard 105S: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-Lizard105S-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-Omnibus-F4SD-28A-Blheli_S-ESC-720P-DVR-5_8g-25200mW-VTX-4S-p-1258632.html – Firefly 8: https://www.banggood.com/Hawkeye-Firefly-8-170-Degree-Bluetooth-Remote-Control-WiFi-FPV-Action-Camera-for-RC-Drone-p-1239388.html Cet article NEWS: SeByDocKy’s weekly news #75 est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  17. MJX Bugs b2w

    Hi Alex, no I didn't. I'm playing this game with the seller where he tells me to try this or that and it's exactly what's in the manual. It worked from day 1 on my iPad and girlfriends iPhone but it refuses to work on my android phone which works with 5G wifi. All contact for the factory that made it in China are not active. Any thoughts?
  18. It was not a real surprise but now with new micro F3 3-in-1 flight controller including, OSD, especially with the last announced CrazyBee F3 model, it’s not a surprize to see new BNF model emerging. Here is the Happymodel TinyWhoop variant (I guess another subdivision of WLtoys/XK): https://www.banggood.com/Happymodel-Snapper7-75mm-Crazybee-F3-OSD-5A-BL_S-ESC-1S-Brushless-Whoop-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-p-1266612.html Like the Boldclash B06, it’s a 75mm model (so 10mm larger than the genuine TW chassi) with 5A ESC BLheli_S/Dshot 600. Motors are 0703 but running @19000Kv… so among the fastest in 1S configuration. Of course the main interest is the presence of a BetaOSD compatible chip to overlay important informations in your FPV signal. Two BNF versions are proposed: one with a FrSky D8 mode … but also written switchable in D16 mode … If true, can be great. I really Hope RSSI is exported at least on the last channel. The second receiver is compatible with FlySky AFHDS-2A protocol. The main chassis is carbon based and standalone without the battery, the weight turns around 28g and close to 40h with a 450mAh LiHV (3.8V) battery. It’s a serious competitor of the Boldclash B06… at least for the first model introduced … but for the Boldclash, an upgraded version with more or less the same caracteristics will available late march. I will receive for the first editio the new FC (w/OSD) and the 20000Kv motors. The Happymodel, two bundle are proposed. One with three batteries. For the 5.8G part … a classic 48CH 25mW 700TVL CMOS AIO solution. The battery has microLOSI connectors…An interesting paper on the paper. Wait & See …. Specification: Brand Name: Happymodel Model: Snapper7 Item Name: 75mm Wheelbase 1S Brushless Whoop FPV Racing Drone Wheelbase: 75mm Version: Basic Version / Standard Version ( Optional) The difference of them are the package lipo battery and charger Receiver: Compatible Frsky D8 Receiver Compatible Flysky AFHDS Receiver ( Optional) Size: 98.5mm*98.5mm*36mm Weight: 28g (without battery) -Crazybee F3 Flight Controller Item Name: Crazybee F3 FC MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: MPU-6000 (SPI connection) Power supply: 1S battery input (DC 3.5-4.35V) Built-in 5A(each) Blheli_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 ready Built-in Frsky receiver Or Flysky Receiver Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Controll) Built-in Current meter (Max 14A,could be modified to 28A by replace resistor) Built-in 5V 0.8A BEC with LC filter Built-in voltage detection BLHELI_S pass-through Ready Firmware: Betaflight_3.3.0_Crazybee Board size: 28.5 * 28.5MM Board weight: 3.5 g Heading LED Ready Onboard 5A 4 In 1 ESC Power supply: 1S LiPo/LiPo HV (4.2v/4.35v) Current: 5A continuous peak 6A (3 seconds) Support BLHeliSuite programmable Factory firmware: O_L_5_REV16_6.HEX Motor connector: JST PH1.25 3pin Signal Support: Dshot150/Dshot300/Dshot600/Oneshot125/Multishot/PWM Onboard Frsky Receiver Version ( Optional) SPI BUS receiver Frsky D8/D16 switchable Compatible both of Non EU and EU LBT transmitter Channels: 8CH Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground) : 300m Onboard Flysky Receiver Version ( Optional) SPI BUS receiver Protocol: AFHDS and AFHDS-2A Switchable Channels: 8ch (AFHDS) or 14ch (AFHDS-2A) No ground interference (Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Failsafe support –SE0703 19000KV Motor Model: SE0703 KV: 19000KV Configu-ration: 9N12P Stator Diamter: 7mm Stator Length: 3mm Shaft Diameter: Φ1.0 Motor Dimension (Dia.*Len) : Φ10*14.5 Weight: 2.5g No.of Cells: 1S Lipo -Propeller 40mm 3-blade Propeller ( 4 CW + 4 CCW) -5.8G VTX AIO Camera 5.8G 48CH 25mW VTX Output Power: 25mW Frequency: 48CH With Raceband: 5474-5945 MHZ Input Voltage: 3.3V-5.5V Current Consumption: 300mA (type) -700TVL Camera Camera Resolution: 700TVL Field of View: 120° Video Format: NTSC Antenna: RG178 antenna Size: 13.9×12.0mm( LxW) Weight: 3g -3.8V 450mAh Lipo Battery Capacity: 450mAh Voltage: 3.8V Continuous Discharge Rate: 30C Instantaneous Discharge Rate: 60C Size: 60x18x7mm Weight: 13.6g Connector: PH2.0 Features: – Betaflight support, multi flight mode: ACRO/AIR/ANGLE – Powerful Brushless motor and Smooth ESC – CNC aluminum alloy propeller guard – Betaflight OSD support, easy to get RSSI, Voltage and other info from your goggles – Adjust the settings and the PID of the flight controller via OSD – Frsky version support both EU LBT and NON-EU Frsky transmitter – Full telemetry function ready – Head lights ready – Camera angle adjustable – Real Bind and Fly version Package Inlcuded: Basic Version 1x Snapper7 75mm FPV Drone 4x 40mm 3-Blade Propellers ( 4 CW & 4 CCW) 1x 3.8v 450mah 30C/60C Lipo battery 1x USB Lipo/LIHV Charger 1x Propeller Disassemble Tool 1x Screwdriver Standard Version 1x Snapper7 75mm FPV Drone 4x 40mm 3-Blade Propellers ( 4 CW & 4 CCW) 3x 3.8v 450mah 30C/60C Lipo Battery 1x 1S06 6 Way Lipo/LIHV charger 1x Propeller Disassemble Tool 1x Screwdrive Cet article NEWS: Happymodel Snapper7 est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. 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  19. MJX Bugs b2w

    Did you ever get this working?
  20. Did you get this working? Also, there was a problem with uploads I found out that should be fixed now. You can also copy and paste images into posts.
  21. XRC Quad Copter

    Did you ever get this working?
  22. Well … you probably noticed that … but no many news are published in D-M mainly because chine was out of bisiness during close to two weeks… More since 2-3 months less new machines are announced mainly because: – the market was oversaturated – some small compagnies dissipeared due to high competitions and poor sales – no real amazing novelties proposed Cet article NEWS: Very calm period…. especially after the CNY est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  23. NEWS: Walkera Vitus II

    After the Fiasco of the first Walkera Vitus …, and the first fixing with the Walkera Vitus starlight, the Vitus II is expected to be delivered this summer. They reduce/miniaturize the 3-axis PTZ to gain so weight… and promise to deliver better stabilization results without help of EIS. More they also increase the battery capacity to reach 30min of flight time. Obstacle avoidance is still here and the camera sensor seems to remain the same with a 4K@30 and 1080p@60 resolutions. It’s really a Vitus I fixed IMHO…. You want something more funny ? The final android version of the app promised for the last august is still not here for the Vitus I Here is the leak of the first photos… More to come Cet article NEWS: Walkera Vitus II est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  24. TEST: Aurora RC Mini 110

    INTRODUCTION The Aurora RC mini 110 is the successor of the excellent Aurora 100 one of the first BNF 2.5′ FPV racer including a FC equiped of a betaOSD compatible chip. WIth the new edition, they upgraded most of the elements. First the frame is much more durable with 3mm carbon arms. The FPV camera is now a (clone of ) Runcam micro swift 600TVL model with high light sensitivity and efficient WDR. Motors are boosted to 1106 (vs 1104). ESC are now some 28A model supporting BLheli_S/Dshot 600. The FPV rig can deliver over 48CH up to 200mW with three choices of output power. Let’s review this new potential jewel. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Aurora RC mini 110 + 1 x Battery strap + 1 x Rubber anti-slicing pad + 4 x Spare 2035 props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Instruction manual (English) You will have to use the M2x7mm hexscrews to install props on motors. A unique recto but color printed instruction manual where all important informations are here Probably linked with recent airshipping restriction and also to save money but no more battery is shipped even for a BNF version OVERVIEW Paradoxally it’s absoluptly not a 110mm but more a 124mm …. So much larger than the former Aurora 100. The design is H based shape. At least all the lower frame and arms are 3mm so much more durable than the poor 1mm for the original Aurora 100. The machine looks really super solid… I am super confident about its durability to crash. -FRONT VIEW The CCD camera, a clone of the Runcam model is black. As you can see, the lens is not fully protected by the strucure… so exposed to a frontal central crash. Motor’s wires are protected by a dedicaced protection. The 5.8G antenna is installed in the rear section while the 2.4G more centrally. Another novolty is the new Gemfam 2035 props reducing air turbulence and reducing by consequence jello. -SIDE VIEW The three layers electronic tower is classic in design: the 4-in-1 (28A) ESC+BEC board on bottom, the main FC in the central position and on top the VTX part. On the left side, the microUSB port where you can connect the machine to Betaflight From the side, we can guess the two rows of lights associated with the VTX board. The blue lights are for the Vband selection and the green for the Vfreq. Configuration are coded in binary over three bits. -REAR VIEW Around the buzzer, two lights are permanently turned on… No specific light programmation done via betaflight. -UPPER VIEW Originally, the FrSky receiver module was located more close to the rear side… and in this position, the bind button was not durectly available. It’s advise to move the receiver few cm front. The receiver status and the more important the bind button are available through the top canopy section -BOTTOM VIEW To install the battery strap, you will need first to release a bit the four screws holding the main electronic power in order to manage to slide the strap between the lower carbon plate and the bottom of the ESC board. It’s also advise to install the rubber band. Cut with a scissor the band to fit perfectly the room available below. -WEIGHT Almost 128g with a 300mAh 3S LiPo Add 10g with a 550-600mAh model. Motors and props One of the major novolty here… 1106 motors more powerfull than 1104 models of course. Announced to spin @5500Kv… the main question: Are they 4S compatible ? I didn’t test myself, but I think yes. Camera module A direct clone of the Runcam CCD 600TVL model. Everything is the same, same WDR, firmware with same options. The Field of View is about 120 degrees. The rendition of this camera is just great…. No real possibility to ajust the lens orientation…. fixed by default to something around 20-25 degrees. Disassembling For the clone of the Runcam micro swift, the OSD plug is still here UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The machine comes with Betaflight 3.2.2 pre-installed… but except the receiver section, no specific settings have been optimized for the machine. We have default PIDs, rates, OSD layout and Lights. After the binding, first bad news, at least for the FrSky D8 model, no RSSI sent by telemetry or on the last channel for the OSD …. It’s a real pity, they didn’t installed more a FrSky XM+ flashed with the RSSI firmware. From the first take off… the machine is super powerfull … What a beast !!!…. but with default setting…. from middle throttle inputs, a lot of oscillations are present in the machine.. Definitively, new PIDs must be tweaked. Generally both P & D values must be decreased as follow: With these new settings, the machine now flies beautifully: no vibration during punch outs, no bounce backs… A real glider in the air.. Super fun….. BUT I met twice problem probably linked with the same proble: 1) I noticed some errors sent to FC (by the receiver) forcing the machine to be desarmed while still being in the air 2) Some receiver failsafe tops or even worse, completly out of range while being only 50m of distance. I decided to change to transmitter to the Jumper T8SG and use better LiPos, some Eachine 550mAh 40C. From the ground range testing, I got a solid 150m… I don’t think the iRangeX radio is guilty because I had with, some great range with some FrSky D8 & D16 receivers. I think, the RC Mini Flight 110 requires battery wuth discharge rate > 40C. As you can see in the video, with my first SPC Maker 30C batteries, under big load, the voltage dropped about 1V and more… and was often below 9.5V. I guess the diodes of the builtin BEC stopped to work in such condition leading to a receiver reboot. The good news after swapping for more robust LiPo, the machine flies like a beast… no more fallouts linked with a bad receiver status.. I was able to fly beyond 250m without problem. The machine climbs like a rocket… It’s real impressive. The CCD camera works like a charm… This machine well tuned is super mega fun… Clearly one of the best 2.5″ machine I ever tested. CONCLUSIONS What a beast !!!!!!! Fantastic flyer machine, one of the best in the market actually BUT !!!!! this machine requires a super strong LiPo/LiHV battery with discharge > 40C. If not… expect sporadic drops linked with a receiver reboot. I regret deeply that now even in BNF bundle no more battery are provided. I regret also the absence of a FrSky XM+ receiver….. Whatever, I recommend this machine. What we could dream now ? The same machine with an XM+ receiver and a Runcam Micro Split combo 4S compatible of course. PROS + Strong 3mm frame very durable + Powerfull 1106 motors + F3 w/OSD + Great CCD FPV camera + Excellent acro flyer CONS – Basic FrSky receiver in D8 mode without RSSI – Need high discharge rate LiPo/LiHv batteries to not meet receiver brownout/disconnection. – Not well configured out of the box (PIDs, rates, OSD, LED lights) This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 185USD at https://www.banggood.com/Aurora-RC-Mini-Fight-110mm-Micro-RC-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-F3-NANO-4in1-BLHeli_S-28A-48CH-1500TVL-HD-p-1226059.html?p=YL2512105842201212FR&utm_content=huangguocan&utm_campaign=sebydocky Cet article TEST: Aurora RC Mini 110 est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  25. Hi all, Apologies in advance if this turns out to be too basic, but I have a Xiangyyu mini uav that is proving tricky to get going. I tried to read the mini instruction manual provided, but it was written in Chinese, and the translation to English is a poor quality machine translation. I attempted to follow the instructions but did not get any result. I have charged the drone, and used the controller in what I think is the way they instruct but... btw, I tried to attach JPG images but uploads failed each time. Thanks, Mike.
  26. Want to build you own brushless tinywhoop easily without spending hours in microsoldering jobs ?. Here is maybe the solution with the Crazybee F3 4-in-1 board: https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-Crazybee-F3-Flight-Controller-4-IN-1-5A-1S-Blheli_S-ESC-Compatible-Frsky-D8-Receiver-p-1262972.html In the same board fully integraded in 29mmx29mm size, we have a F3 MCU + a builtin OSD, a 5A ESC BLheli_S/Dshot 600, a FrSky D8 with telemetry & RSSI and a BEC up to 0.8A enough to power an external small 25mW AIO module. The board weights only 3.5g. Brushless motors can be directly connected via 3 positions microJST connector (seems to be 1.25mm model). The board can only works in 1S for LiPo or LiHv batteries. Sounds to be a pretty interesting model. Ideal motors are 0603 or 0703 models. For example the HB68 or HB64 quadcopters comes with such kind of motors with plug. Crazybee F3 flight controller is a Ultimate version for 1S Whoop racing drone, it’s the world first Tiny whoop size brushless flight controller with Receiver/4in1 ESC/OSD/Current Meter all in one design, include all your needs . Specifications: Firmware: Betaflight_3.3.0_Crazybee MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: MPU-6000(SPI connection) Power supply: 1S battery input (DC 3.5-4.35V) Built-in 5A(each) Blheli_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 ready Built-in Frsky receiver with telemetry D8 Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Controll) Built-in Current meter (Max 14A,could be modified to 28A by replace resistor) Built-in 5V 0.8A BEC with LC filter Built-in voltage detection BLHELI_S pass-through Ready Heading LED Ready Board size: 29 * 29MM Board weight: 3.5 g ESC parameters: Power supply: 1S LiPo/LiPo HV (4.2v/4.35v) Current: 5A continuous peak 6A (3 seconds) Support BLHeliSuite programmable Factory firmware: O_L_5_REV16_6.HEX Signal Support: Dshot150/Dshot300/Dshot600/Oneshot125/Multishot/PWM Receiver parameters: SPI BUS receiver Compatible Frsky D8 Channels: 8ch Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitting and receiving 1 m from the ground): 300m Package Included: 1 x Crazybee flight controller ESC receiver Cet article NEWS: Racerstar Crazybee F3 est apparu en premier sur Drone-Maniac !!!!!!!. View the full article
  27. Hi... I put together this template for a 6-channel multirotors based on CF/BF. I've tested with my Devo 12e, and 6s, but I don't have a T8SG to test. install in the templates folder then in Model setup scroll to choose the 6Ch Multi template.The template assigns channels 1-4 to simple curves, channel 5 to arm (GEAR1) and channel 6 for modes (MIX).
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