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  1. TEST: ARRIS X210S

    INTRODUCTION The ARRIS X210S is 210mm FPV racer with 5″ props. It’s based on solid ingredient. 5mm carbon arms, 30A BLheli_S/Dshot600 ESC 4S compatible, strong 2205 (or even better 2206) motors, a great CCD Foxeer camera, a 48CH up to 600mW IRC Tramp compatible VTX. All ingredients are here to have a really nice and powerfull racer. The X210S is proposed in three BNF versions: i) FrSky in D16 mode, ii) FlySky in AFHDS-2A and with iii) specktrum solution. BOX CONTENT + 1 x ARRIS X210S + 4 x 5″ props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Camera OSD board + 1 x Velcro band + 1 x USB to microUSB cable + 1 x Instruction manual (English/Chinese) No spare props …. in the bundle but we have the extra OSD board associated with the Foxeer arrow mini camera. OVERVIEW The X210S presents a lower structure fully carbon based with 5mm of section for arms !!!! Super solid. But the machine is not full carbon based, Most of the cage is 5mm aluminium based. The cage is attached to bottom part via a leg design where in case of frontal crash, most of the energy will be transmitter to rear segment. -FRONT VIEW -SIDE VIEW On top the 48CH VTX IRC Tramp compatible. The VTX’s control is done via the connexion between the VTX and this 5p JST connector with one unique yellow wire. The RHCP antenna is attached via a specific HF connector. Notice the presence of the cap on the lead cable to filter out most interference/noise from motors. -REAR VIEW Two leds pre-programmed in betaflight and centrally a buzzer. You will have to assign a switch for this function, it’s not pre-defined. -UPPER VIEW -BOTTOM VIEW A carbon plate is here to protect the bottom surface of the battery. A foam is also here. -WEIGHT More than 315g for the machine standalone…. It’s not among the lightest 210mm machine Motors I received the 2206/2450Kv version…. the most powerfull edition branded directly by arris. Unfortunatly, there are not 6S compatible. Camera module Probably one of the best element in this bundle, the presence of the foxeer arrow mini pro with a FOV of 140 degrees. The two positions JST connector is here to plug the OSD board. By default, some specific foxeer OSD information are displayed in supplement of betaflight OSD ones. There are redondant informations. To turn on/off these OSD information, you will need to long press the up button to enter in the OSD menu of the foxeer camera. The camera can be tilted from -10 degrees up to 60 degrees. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The machine comes Betaflight 3.3.1 pre-installed. The LEDs, basic flight modes and receiver configuration according to your BNF version comes pre-configured. Unfortunatly, for the FrSky version the XM+ is not flashed with the firmware exporting the RSSI. The relative good news, the receiver is connected via a 5p microJST connector and it’s easy to access to the three wires for the flashing procedure with your favorite taranis radio. I decided to test exclusively this machine in 4S configuration with some 1300mAh/1500mAh LiPo. In this case, I advise to lower the D values in betaflight around 20 to remove oscillations. First of all, with the 2206 motors, the machine is extremely powerfull !!!! A real monster. A real kick for each 100% throttle input despite being close to 500g. It’s easy to gain 20m high in a fraction of second. Acro styile figures are super super easy. In acro, the machine is flying on some rails. Good news also, for 6-axis stabilized flght modes, no drift can be observed. I am positively surprized by the rendition of the CCD foxeer camera as well… The WDR algorithm works beautifully. No majors noise can be noticed in the FPV signal… and even with the default 25mW output power, the FPV range exceeds 130m so no problem of FPV range when set to 600mW via the OSD command. With a 1500mAh, you can expect about 5min of flight time in pure acro style !!!! It’s a good. CONCLUSIONS A good machine with good electronic elements, well designed and robust. In 4S configuration, this machine flies beautifully. I didn’t see major drawback. In another hand, there are a lot of competitors in this size segment and some are already 6S compatible. In any case, announced around 180USD, the ARRIS X210S is a very interesting machine. PROS + Very durable with 5″ carbon arms + Powerfull machine + 5″ machine + Great CCD camera + F4 w/ 30A ESC 4S compatible + VTX w/ IRC Tramp support + No Jello + >5min flight time + Cheap CONS – FrSky XM+ not flashed with RSSI compatible firmware – No extra spare props – Right-hand thread only for the four motors dump_BF_3_3_1 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Hobby-wing 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 179USD at https://www.hobby-wing.com/arris-x210s-210mm-5-inches-fpv-racing-drone.html View the full article
  2. NEWS: C-fly Dream

    Remember the C-fly obtain, a clone of the DJI Mavic ?. A complete desaster in most points: poor fligh time, poor gimbal stabilization, poor camera performances, poor software… Today, they present a clone of the DJI Spark with the C-fly dream: https://www.banggood.com/C-Fly-DREAM-GPS-WIFI-FPV-With-2-Axis-Gimbal-1080P-HD-Camera-Optical-Flow-RC-Drone-Quadcotper-RTF-p-1321873.html A 250g machine with a 2-axis stabilization system like the spark… but no mention (and it’s probably not the case) about a potential Electronic stabilization for the yaw direction like the spark. The flight time is announced about 15min, probably 12 maximum in practice. Another important remark… Like the Obtain, videos are shooted in 1080p resolution but no frame rate mentioned. I bet it uses the same sensor with a maximum of 24-25fps!!!! so clearly very choppy recordings in practice. The control is done in the 5.8G band so probably incompatible with some europeans android devices if no channel selection can be done. Ok it’s twice cheaper than a spark but IMHO, it’s urgent to wait first feedbacks about this machine. I am afraid, it will be another DJI wanabee failure…. Wait & See. Specifications: Aircraft Size 148 X 145 X 60 mm (L x W x H) Wheelbase 175mm Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 248g Motor 18*12mm 1900KV Max Ascent Speed 2m/s Max Descent Speed 1.5m/s Max Speed 20km/h Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 3000m Max Flight Time 15mins Max Total Travel Distance 3km Operating Temperature Range 0~40° Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS Hover Accuracy Range Vertical: +/- 0.5 m Horizontal: +/- 0.5 m (when Optical flow is active): +/- 1.0m Operating Frequency FCC: 5.150-5.250GHZ CE: 5.150-5.250GHz Transmitter Power (EIRP) 5.2GHz FCC:<=23dBm Optical flow system Optical Flow System yes Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux >15) Velocity Range ≤1.5 m/s at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground Altitude Range 0.5~5m Gimbal Controllable Range Pitch: -90°~0° Stabilization 2-axis (pitch, roll) Camera Sensor 1/2.7″CMOS Lens FOV 110° 42 mm (35 mm format equivalent) ISO Range Video: 100 – 3200 Photo: 100 – 1600 Image Size 2560*1440 Video Recording Resolution FHD: 1920*1080 Supported File Systems FAT32 (<=32GB) Photo JPEG Video MP4 Supported SD Cards Micro SD Max capacity: 32GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required Operating Temperature Range 0~40° Live View Mobile App C-Fly Live View Quality 720p FPV Transmission Distance 800m Required Operating Systems iOS 9.0 or later Android 4.4 or later WiFi Operating Frequency 5G Max Transmission Distance Horizontal: 200m Vertical: 150m Max Speed 20 km/h Max Ascent Speed 2 m/s Max Descent Speed 1 m/s Battery Capacity 1000 mAh Voltage 11.4V Battery Type LiPo 3S Energy 10.83 Wh Net Weight about 72g Charging Temperature Range 5~40° Max Power 15W Charger Voltage 12.6V Rated Power 18W Remote Controller (RTF) Operating Frequency 5GHz Max Transmission Distance 800m Operating Temperature Range 0~40° Transmitter Power (EIRP) FCC: <=26dBm CE: <=20dBm SRRC: <=20dBm Operating Current/Voltage 1.5A@3.7V Supported Mobile Device Size Thickness Supported: 6.5-8.5mm Max length: 80mm Port Types Micro USB Charge USB port Max Charging Power 5w Battery of Remote Controller (RTF) Capacity 2600mAh Voltage 3.7V Battery Type LiPo 18650 1S Energy 9.62Wh Net Weight about 60g Operating Temperature Range 5~40° Features: – Small total weight is 248g, with a new vision 2-axis gimbal, easy to carry, easy to shoot. – Precision hover, bulit-in GPS+Glonass system,make the drone stable. – With advanced Optical flow system, it has better adaptability to all kinds of ground textures. – With 2-axis gimbal, pitch angle 0°-90°,720P FPV, 1080P high quality video.guarantee a perspective and unique image. – One key take off/landing. Humanized design,more intelligent flight. – One key return, will return automatically, make everything simple. – Dream can fly 15mins, control distance is about 800m. – Waypoints function, Follow me mode, Fly around mode. – Low battery protection, flight control fail-safe. Package Included: 1 x C-Fly Dream Quadcopter 1 x 1080P Camera 1 x 2-Axis Gimbal 1 x Transmitter (BNF Version Not Included) 1 x 11.4V 1000mAh Lipo Battery 2 x Propeller 1 x Charger 1 x Tranmitter Battery (BNF Version Not Included) 1 x Tranmitter USB Charging Cable 1 x Manual View the full article
  3. Remember the JJRX H62 Splendor, the first toyquadcopter with a really efficient target tracking ?. Here is a new model with the same advanced tracking system:https://www.banggood.com/HR-SH7-WIFI-FPV-With-1080P-HD-Camera-18mins-Flight-Time-Altitude-Hold-Mode-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1321874.html But now we have a 1080p FPV WiFi link instead of the a 720p. Unfortunatly, no builtin DVR to record natively the HD source flux… and also according to the associated photos, no wide-angle lens is installed. Whatever, thanks to the 1200mAh battery, 18min of flight time is advertized. A barometer helps to keep the altitude for indoors/outdoors applications. Three speed modes are pre-programmed to fight some windy conditions. More the SH7 has a gesture recognition system to trigger the photo/video modes. Of course it’s a basic brushed machine, no EIS… but for around 50 bucks, this toyquadcopter can be interesting as a first cheap video plateform. Description: Item Name:HR SH7 RC Quadcopter Color: Black, White (Optional) Quadcopter Size: 32*30*11cm Take off weihgt:151g Box Size: 35*16*22cm Gyro: 6-axis Frequency: 2.4G Channel:4CH Battery: 3.7V (1200mAh) (included) Transmitter Power: 4 x 1.5V AAA battery(not included) Flight time: about 18 minutes Charging time: about 90 minutes R/C distance: 100m WIFI transmission distance:50m Camera Pixel:1080P Features: – Manually capture the targert by intelligent visual trackng system recognition analysis. Achieve follow-up shooting and customize the locked position of the object in the picture(Tips:indoor open environment operation,outdoor unmanned environment operation) – Equipped with 1080P high-definition camera,you can easily achieve aerial film-style framing,help you shoot large-scale material. – With wifi function can be connected APP, APK system to take pictures, video, real-time transmission through the phone camera image. – With 1200mAh larger capacity battery for longer playing time, flight time up to 18mins. – Set high,determined by air pressure.With altitude hold mode function provides stable flight. – With Headless Mode,no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying . – With One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home. – 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference. – 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°. – 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control. – It have 3-level flight speed to switch that can make more fun with the flying. – It can realize 3D tumbling 360°rolling in four directions with 4 LED lights. – The quadcopter fuselage is made of high strength and resistant engineering plastics,lightweight and durable resistance. Function: Up/down, Forward/backward,Turn left/right, Sideward flight, LED Light, Headless Mode, 3-level flight speed;One Key Automatic Return,Air pressure high hold mode;WIFI FPV;Long battery life;Gesture photo/video, smart follow Package Included: 1 x SH7 Aircraft 1 x Transmitter 4 x Protection Ring 1 x 3.7V 1200mAh Battery 4 x Propeller 3 x Tripod 1 x USB Charging Cable 1 x Screwdriver 1 x User Manual View the full article
  4. A new competitor of the excellent Runcam split micro is announced by Caddx: https://www.banggood.com/Caddx-Turtles-FOV-145-Degree-Super-WDR-Mini-FPV-Camera-1080P-60fps-DVR-HD-Recording-OSD-for-RC-Drone-p-1320281.html It’s a 12g module able to record HD video in 1080p@60fps via the builtin microDVR and broadcast the FPV signal. No information about the associated latency.. and it’s a really important missing point. Like the runcam modele the FPV view offers 145 degrees FOV while the HD recording a little bit more wider FOV up to 165 degrees. The camera is in 16:9 format only. Be aware, it’s not a CCD sensor but a 800TVL CMOS 1/2.7″ sensor with a pretty good light sensitivity of 0.01Lux. The good news, is the lighter weight and price versus the runcam model. The camera is linked to the main electronic board via a DJI’s style riboon cable. Specification Image sensor: 1/2.7″ CMOS sensor Horizontal: 800TVL TV system: NTSC/PAL,changeable Power Input: DC 4-20V FOV : 145° Recording FOV :165° Mini Illumination: 0.01lux Dimension: SD Slot Module 28*29mm / Camera 19*19mm (installed with 20*20mm, expand to 30*30mm ) Net weight: 12g(more or less) Lens: F1.8 Turbo Eye Color: RED Only Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Package Included 1 x Caddx Turtles Camera View the full article
  5. After the Semi-fiasco of the F7X, TopSky will introduce soon a complete new FPV goggles: https://www.facebook.com/fpvTOPSKY/?hc_ref=ARTqpCCPZig2zc7QgcvOUQ52zOufSJvQH0KquCWz9SMQCt3dhnXkTnXw2bQv73Ufq2c&fref=gs&dti=1779173945719852&hc_location=group Actually the model don’t have an official name but main new features are: Characteristics: -Big FOV (46 degrees) -SVGA displays (800×600… so no more based on LCOS technology but more on classic LCD/LED) -Improved DVR -Quad Diversity (like the EV200D) -Redesigned receiver bay for be compatible with most after market receiver -Optimized usability -Integrated RGB adjustment -58mm-72mm IPD ajustement -4:3/16:9 Aspect radio switchable This new FPV product will be very close from the Eachine EV200D…. TopSky have a lot of pressure over their shoulders….. Their first FPV product was too buggy. View the full article
  6. Want a super light AIO Module compatible with smart audio ? Boring to change manually the Vfreq/Vband ?. This V2 version of the Turbowing Cyclops is maybe for you: https://www.banggood.com/Turbowing-Cyclops-Mini-5_8G-25mW-48CH-AIO-FPV-Camera-VTX-Transmitter-Combo-Support-Smart-Audio-v1-p-1318070.html It’s a 3g module uncased up to 4.2g with the full protection. For the camera part, it’s based on a 700TVL CMOS Sensor and FOV will be around 110 degrees approximatively. 48CH channels are supported and transmitted with 25mW. Now 5 wires are here. The blue one is for the smart audio and must be connected to a TX pad of a free UART port of your FC. If you have a recent betaflight version installed, selected correctly the Smart audio protocol with the associated UART, you will be able to select the Vband/Vfreq from the OSD. This module can a good candidate to replace the original AIO system from the excellent UR65/Snapper 6. Specification: Output Power:25mw Supply Voltage:2.9-5.5v Frequency Band:5362-5945 Mhz Channel Customer:48 Channel Sel:Touch Switch Input Format:Ntsc/Pal Camera Resolution:700tvl Lens Angel:h:120°/v:100° Operating Temperature:-10℃~+60℃ Pcb Profile Dimension:14.5mmx12mm+15mmx15.6mm Miniature And Light Weight Design: 3g Total Weight: 4.2g Features: Compatible With Smartaudio v1 Protocol. Mounting Bracket Hole Position:Standard m2 Screw Hole Position. Package Included: 1 x 5.8g 48ch Fpv Camera & Transmitter 1 x English Manual Instructions: 1.Red And Blue Two Rows Lights Different Colors Blinking Combinations Will Move Position Of Thefrequency; 2.With Blue Led Lights Abcdef Expressed As a Frequency Group, With a Red Led Light 12345678 Shows As The Channel; 3.Frequency Selection:Long Press The Button For 2 Seconds To Enter The Frequency Group Settings, Press The Button To Change The Frequency Group From a To f, Select The Appropriate Options You Want Then Long Press The Button To Exit Frequency Group Settings; 4.Change Channels-Short Pressing The Button, Will Changes The Channel To 1 Through 8, Select The Appropriate Option To Complete the Frequency Selection. P.S I will try to resume little by little drone-maniac.com. I need to move forward, even if my heard is still broken by my father’s lost. I received a lot of support. I would like to thank you so much. It helped me a lot. View the full article
  7. INTRODUCTION The Funsnap Idol is a new challenger in the category of selfie drone. It’s a new competitor for the Zerotech Dobby, Alphatech, Rcmoment drone and many many others. The Idol is a foldable brushless machine equiped of a 1080p@30fps 1/3″ sensor relatively easy to transport. You have officially a flight stablization done via GPS for outdoors and a camera/ultrasonic sensors more for indoors applications. The machine is relatively smart with a visual target tracking, gesture recognition and three basic selfiedrone flight modes. Let’s discover this machine. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Funsnap Idol + 1 x 2S 1800mAh LiHV battery + 1 x Charger + 1 x AC/DC Power unit + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Instruction manual (English) The proprietary charger. A blinking blue light is here when charging and becomes solid as soon as the charge is done. Expect 1h to full charge the battery from a depleted situation. OVERVIEW First of all, the machine is surprizingly not small …. a 190mm unfolded and more with the full external dimensions (250mm). Not sure, it’s really compatible with selfiedrone applications. -FRONT VIEW The design is very similar to the RCmoment drone with a unique tube body and two latteral propguard/arm system. Good news, no occlusion at all for camera recordings whatever the tilt angle of the camera. -SIDE VIEW On each side, a small landing skid is here to stabilize correctly the machine on the ground. The left side presents a microUSB port where you can extract recorded photos&videos. There is a 8Gb builtin memory. No possibility to extend it, at least easily. You will need to power the machine to correctly access to these files. -REAR VIEW A unique power button. You must hold it more than 5s to power the machine. The light start from blue to red when fully powered. You will hear the ESC boot buzzing. -UPPER VIEW It’s really easy to unfold the machine and thanks to these four magnet pads… arms remain in place without problem. -BOTTOM VIEW For low altitude (<= 1.5m) and indoors flight, a small VPU and ultra sonic sensor are here to stabilize the machine. -WEIGHT More than 360g with the battery…… Clearly it’s heavy !!!!!! and no stablized gimbal in the menu…. Ok Ok one would say it’s a 180USD machine…. and free lunch for that price. Motors and props Some triblade props LiHV battery A Large 1800 mAh 2S LiHV. Expect 1h to charge it. Insert the battery by the front first then press the rear side until you hear to clips. To release the battery, it’s easier to fold first the machine to press the two latteral plastic clips. Camera module A 1/3″ CMOS sensor with 77 degrees of FOV… Not super wide… At least the gimbal can be controlled manually via the appz. Even a positive angle can be applied, around +15 degrees and almost -90 degrees. Ideal for the rocket selfie flight mode. Here is a raw video sample. As you can see no EIS …. but in windfree condition, results are not so bad. The camera sensor’s job is correct in term of color rendition and light sensifitivity. Strange thing, for some mp4 recording, we have a variable datarate or a fixed one to 30fps. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND DEMO FLIGHT You must download the “Funsapp Idol” appz available for both iOS and Android. For android, two important remark must be done. 1) For some of my Android 7 devices, the appz was not available in google play. I had to install the corresponding APK file manually 2) The connexion is done with a 5.8G WiFi link you must have a compatible 802.11 ac device but it’s not over… The link is done via the channel 153 and no possibility to change the channel. In practice, it means that a lot of europeans android owners…. you won’t be able to connect your device to the Idol….. It’s really a shame that there is no parameters/procedure to change this chanel. If you are living in US/China, you should have no problem of connexion. Proof of the poor instruction manual quality…. the password for the WiFi connexion is even not printed. Luckely, it’s the classic: “123456789”. For the first connexion, I upgraded the FC firmware. Be aware, the procedure is 5min long. You will have to wait until the machine autopoweroff. You can feel that the appz is far to be mature. For example, the top horizontal bar where current craft dynamic information are displayed is almost unreadable even with a 10″ tablet. I don’t like also the two top right button. One for the advanced features and for the craft setting. For the craft settings, you can choose between two speed modes, between mode 2 and mode 1 controls and to turn on/off headless mode. For the advanced features, we have a mix between the (intelligent tracking&gesture recognition) and the three selfiedrone flight modes: dronie/orbit and rocket. For the intelligent tracking, you need first to turn on this feature before to select a rectangle in the central area where is the target of interest is epected to be. Why this button is not directly available from the main interface ?. For the the gesture recognition..it’s even more pity…. There is no instruction at all about the pre-programmed gestures…. Incredible…. At least the associated visual algorithm associated with the target tracking works correctly…. but far to be fantastic. It’s not hard to loose the track especially with very strong sunrays. More ….. the machine only center the target via yaw moves but I didn’t observe any forward/backard/left/right movements…. to follow the target…. Concerning the three selfiedrone modes… the circular is not an orbit one !!! it’s just a clockwise 360 degrees self-rotation on itself…. It’s absoluptly not rotating around the person holding the smarphone/tablet…. Crap. The dronie and the rocket are more classic …. Two important remark: 1) There is no way to change one setting of these three flight modes 2) When turned on, these modes turn on then off automatically the video recording. The machine fixes GPS/Glonass satellites relatively fast and the stability of the machine pretty good. In another hand, the Idol is noisy…. it will be hard in a park to use this machine if it’s crowdy. Finally the most annoying point, especially versus competitors…. is the absence of EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)…. Results are not bad in windfree conditions…. I didn’t observe major frame rate disorders especially for fast yaw mouvements…. but as soon as the wind will blow a bit more …. don’t expect miracle in term of video stabilization. The flight duration is also not impressive …. around 8-9min… CONCLUSIONS Unfortunatly the Funsapp Idol is not the selfiedrone of the year…. Too many drawbacks: heavy, large, no EIS, immature appz, poor flight time. More the advanced features can’t be tuned at all so hard to shoot your favorite snapvideo with. In another hand, it’s not a complete fiasco, the stabilization and the 1080p recording are not bad, better than the RCmoment drone for example but globally the zerotech dobby is still superior to this iDol. PROS + Correct 1080p@30 videos + Correct 720p FPV link + Foldable + Good & accurate Visual&GPS stabilization + 1-axis gimbal controlable via the appz CONS – No EIS – 5.8G FPV transmission incompatible with a lot of european Android (Channel 153) – Poor/incomplete appz where a lot of parameters can’t be tune (camera/selfie flight modes, etc…) – Not small – No real target tracking – Poor visual tracking performances – No real Orbit mode – Dronies flight modes force to stop the current 1080p recording – > 360g – Noisy – Propguard innefficient to protect fingers from bottom side – 8-9 min of flight time 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 179USD at https://www.banggood.com/FUNSNAP-iDol-AI-Gesture-Recognigtion-WIFI-FPV-With-1080P-HD-Camera-Foldable-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-p-1301722.html View the full article
  8. TEST: SPCMaker S125

    INTRODUCTION The SPCMaker S125 is the first compact (3″) FPV racer directly integrating the great Runcam Split Mini module. What does it mean ? It means that you can enjoy a great FPV feedback with a powerfull CCD sensor while recording simultaneously and without extra latency some 1080p@60fps videos !!!!. It’s a huge step forward in the FPV racing area…..Maybe in a couple of years, the 1080P resolution will be also for the FPV link. Whatever, with the S125, we have a 125mm machine with 1106/5500Kv 4S compatible motors, super strong 20A BLheli_S/Dshot600 ESC. As already mentioned the FPV/DVR part is based on the Runcam Split Mini. Two different FOV are associated with this sensor: one about 135 degrees for the FPV live part, a 160 wider for HD recordings. All the electronic is completly jailed into a pure 3K carbon structure where arms are 3mm. The machine can be found in BNF with two type of receivers: a FrSky XM+ (D16) and a FlySky AFHDS-2A. Let’s discover this potential new most advanced FPV racer. BOX CONTENT + 1 x SPCMaker S125 + 4 x 3″ props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Battery strap No spare props …. no instruction manual at all to help to bind the receiver, to set the VTX….. A real shame…. from a deluxe machine like the S125. OVERVIEW It’s compact…. 125mm machine… where the free room when the runcam split mini is installed is almost 0mm. Arms are 3mm and look strong even if arms looks not so large… -FRONT VIEW The runcam mini is connected to send the video signal to the FC & VTX modules…. But as you can see, no other connexion on the free RX&TX pads to control for example the camera trigerring via the remote… What a pity !!!!! You will need first to disasemble all the machine to access more easily to these pads and the UART3/6 pads …. -SIDE VIEW The microSD slot is located on the right side. First raise the metallic bar to insert the card until you hear the click. Thanks to this bar, the risk of ejection during a crash is mimized. The 40CH 5.8G VTX installed on top offers one unique button. The Vfreq/Vband/output power selection is done sequentially. Notice the Vfreq are sorted ascendly according to the following table The default Vfreq is the A1=5645Mhz. The selection is done as this diagram. Press 3s to enter into the Vfreq selection mode, then short press to cycle within the selected row. Long press one more time 3s to select the row… and one more time 3s to choose between 25mW and 100mW. The Runcam module is installed with a fixed angle about 30 degrees…. and no possibility to tune it Good news, a small caps is installed behind the buzzer-lights module in order to filter out most noise from ESC/motors. -REAR VIEW Two lights are jailing a buzzer. These lights are not programmed in Betaflight ….. What’s a pity. -UPPER VIEW The FrSky XM+ is attached to the 5.8G antenna via a zip-tie. The bind button is easy to access. -BOTTOM VIEW -WEIGHT 108g without the battery…. so about 18g more heavier than 120mm with classic FPV solution. A litttle bit less than 170g with a 4S 500mAh LiPo. Motors and props 1106/5500Kv Sunnysky motors. Very strong…… and no problem to support 4S setup. They are just warm after usage. Some 2840 props triblades are provided. They required 10mm M2 hexscrews. What a pity that no spare props are provided in the bundle. Camera module A raw video sample of 1080p@60fps recording UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The default PIDs of Betaflight 3.17 shows low values for P & D. They have been optimized for this machine. In another hand, BF 3.17 is quied old now and no possibility to enjoy the runcam protocol for example with this branch. As already mentioned, unfortunatly the FrSky XM+ receiver is not flashed with a modern firmware exporting the RSSI on the last channel. And no possibility to flash it directly without desodering the receiver from the FC. The Betaflight settings have been optimized for PIDs. You have to program your own OSD & flight modes and Lights preferences. When the battery is connected, the runcam split automatically starts the recording. Good news, even if the battery is disconnected while recording, most part of the file is not corrupted.!!!!! That’s great. In 4S, the machine hoover from 25% of throttle input. There is a huge amount of power available !!!!! Really impressive. No oscillation with maximum throttle inputs!!!! Great. More in 6-axis stabilized modes, no drifts at all. A really pleasante flyer. A small red circle point is here in the FPV signal to indicate when recordings is turned on. What is impressive is the super low latency of the runcam split mini….. ideal for FPV racing. More…. both FPV and 1080p offers jellofree rendering. In term of flight time, with a 550mAh 4S LiPo you can expect 3min30 of flight time. CONCLUSIONS The SPCMaker S125 represents clearly the most advanced advanced compact FPV racer. It’s powerfull, well tuned, durable and the runcam split mini is a great little combo. This machine would have been perfect if two minors details were there: i) The possibility to control the Runcam Split Mini via the FC… It need to solder two wires from the camera to the FC and ii) to flash the FrSky XM+ with a recent firmware to enjoy RSSI on OSD. PROS + Great and powerfull flyer + Most advanced 3″ FPV racer + Integrated Runcam Split Mini + Great FPV cam + Jello free for both FPV & 1080p videos + 20A BLheli_S/Dshot600 4S compatible ESC + Solid frame + Autorecording by default + Video files almost entierly saved even with a hard crash CONS – Runcam split mini not connected to the FC – Fixed orientation of the camera – FrSky XM+ not flashed the RSSI compatible firmware – No possibility to control the VTX via OSD – Partial occlusion of props & frame in the 1080p recordings – No instruction manual – No spare props – Flashed with an old BF version Dump_BF_3_17_S125 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 229USD at https://www.banggood.com/SPC-MAKER-S125-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-Omnibus-F4-20A-Blheli_S-ESC-Runcam-Split-Mini-5_8G-40CH-VTX-p-1295246.html View the full article
  9. A second FPV racer including a Runcam split mini is announced: https://www.banggood.com/IFlight-iH3-3-Inch-142_5mm-F3-15A-ESC-5_8G-FPV-Racing-Drone-w-RunCam-Split-Mini-1080P-Camera-p-1309177.html This one comes after the SPCMaker S125 (soon be reviewed @D-M). The dimensions are slightly larger (142.5mm). The iH3 comes with 1106/6000KV motors coupled with 3″ props. There is also a 15A BLheli_S/Dshot600 4-in-1 ESC board 3S maximum compatible. The flight controller is a classic F3 model in 20mmx20mm format. The full carbon frame offers at least 3mm arms section. The Runcam camera module is well protected from frontal crash and we have the possibility to uptilt the camera. The machine standalone weights 124g… so should converges about 160g with a 3S 550mAh LiPo. Three choices of receiver are proposed: a FrSky solution with the D16 XM+, a FlySky AFHDS-2A and a Futaba FASST. Specification: Brand Name: IFlight Model: iH3 Item Name: 3 Inch F3 5.8G FPV Racing Drone Version: PNP ( Without Receiver ) ; With Compatible Frsky XM+ Receiver With Compatible Flysky FS-A8S Receiver With Compatible Futaba FASST MINI SUBS Receiver Weight: 124.1g ( Not include battery) Hover Time: 5mins Wheelbase: 142.5mm Frame weight: 39g Bottom plate thickness: 3mm Top plate thickness: 2mm Vertical side plates thickness: 2mm Vertical side plates width: 19mm Standoffs mouting distance: 22mm Flight Controller & ESC: 20x20mm IFlight Mini F3 & 15A BLheli_S ESC Flytower – F3 Integrated with betaflight OSD, 5V@3A BEC output – BLheli_S firmware, support Oneshot, multishot, Dshot150, DShot300 and DShot600 Brushless Motor: IFlight iPower Force 1106 6000KV Motor Propeller: Emax AVAN Mini 3024 3-Blade Propeller ( Clear Red Color ) FPV Transmitter: IFlight Force Mini 48CH 25MW/100MW/200MW S.BUS VTX Camera: Runcam Split Mini 1080P/60fps HD recording & WDR FPV camera Antenna: Foxxer Pagoda Atenna ( SMA ) Recommend Lipo Battery: 2S 850mAh Or 3S 550mAh ( Not Included in package ) Package Included: 1x IFlight iH3 142.5mm Drone 1x LED w/ Buzzer 1x Strap for Battery 1x XT30 Cable 1x XT30 to JST Cable 1x Magic Tie View the full article
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  11. TEST: URUAV UR65

    INTRODUCTION After the excellent Happymodel Snapper6, here is a new 65mm microbrushless FPV machine, i.e. the URUAV UR65. To make short, it’s based at 90% with the same incredients: same Crazybee F3 board, same AIO FPV module, same bundle… only the frame and the KV of the 0603 motors are differents. For the UR65, we have a machine 3g lighter but with slightly slower 0603 motors: 17000Kv vs 19000kv. The crazybee integrates a 5A (peak 6A) 4-in-1 ESC BLheli_S/Dshot 600 compatible, a builtin 2.4G FrSky (D8/D16) or Flysky (AFHDS-2A) receiver? The FrSky export the Vbat & RSSI via telemetry… of for both RSSI is also sent for the OSD directly via SPI connexion. The AIO is a good 700TVL CMOS model with a builtin 48ch/25mW VTX. So a lot of similarities with the snapper6 in a first glance. Let’s discover the UR65. BOX CONTENT + 1 x URUAV UR65 + 3 x 250mAh 1S LiHV with JST pH2.0 + 1 x USB parallel charger + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Wrench prop remover + 2 x Spare rubber bands + 1 x Instruction manual (English) WIth the standard version, a parallel charger is provided. The charger accept DC input from 7V up to 25V. In the field, you can use a 3S-4S battery with a XT30 connector. Two switches are here one to select between the LiPo/LiHV modes and the second to select between 0.2A or 0.6A charge. A bag with spare elements… exactlement the same contents as for the Snapper 6. The rubber bands are useless since the battery is hold directly via the tray. OVERVIEW The full detailed list of all elements: It’s clearly a super compact 65mm machine… 100% of the size of the original TinyWhoop but this one is brushless. A direct comparaison with the Snapper6. The top canopy plastic structure is identical…., same props, same AIO module. Only the lower frame is different with a full nylon plastic solution for the UR65 while the snapper6 mixes carbon and aluminimum elements. -FRONT VIEW The duct sytem is now larger fully nylon based. Even arms are in plastic…. Since the duct system is attached to the frame in two different points and thanks to the flexibility of the nylon and the ultra light weight of the structure…. the durability is in practice pretty good…. Dislike the Snapper6, no need anymore to reshape the aluminimum guard after a big crash -SIDE VIEW Thanks the two latteral screws, the AIO FPV module can be uptilted up to +15 degrees. From the rear holes, at least the VTX button can be reached. -REAR VIEW The UR65 uses a JST ph2.0 connector…. -UPPER VIEW The linear antenna is installed vertically via a small dedicaced hole. What a pity, they didn’t also drill another one for a more direct access of the Vfreq/Vband selection button. -BOTTOM VIEW The microUSB port of the Crazybee F3 board is located bottom…. not the best location to level your machine when connected to Betaflight. Be aware, the three screws holding each motors tends versus multiflights to pop out…. It’s strongly advised to secure them with a locite thread lock. The 2.4G antenna is installed bottom…. Try to straight it vertically to maximize the control range. Good news versus the snapper6, the battery is now installed into a dedicaced tray… No more rubber band as for the snapper6 As for the snapper6, motors are directly attached via a 3p 1.25mm microJST connector. It’s super easy for maintenance/upgrade -WEIGHT 27.3g !!!!!!! in comparaison with the snapper 6 So more than 3g saved…. about 10%. It’s a huge difference… The massive argument for the UR65. Motors 0603 motors up to 17000Kv … so 2000Kv slower vs the snapper 6 model LiHv batteries 250mAh LiHV battery…. rated 30C… They are good in practice but don’t go too low with. LiHV batteries are know to loose faster than LiPo their charging capacity. AIO Camera FPV module The same 700TVL CMOS NTSC camera module of the Snapper 6. If you raise the front right canopy side, you can guess the ultra tiny micro switch used to bind the receiver….. This one is hard to access…. and it’s strongly advised to remove first the top canopy module. A unique button not easy to access via the left hole. The selection is classic. Short press to cycle inside the eight Vfreq of the current selected Vband. Long press to cycle within the 6 supported Vbands. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The machine comes with BF3.3. Be aware if you want to upgrade. There are two versions of the CrazyBee F3 board one for the FrSky, the second for the flysky. Dshot600 is selected by default. The originality with SPI connexion, first you can turn the builtin receiver into D8 mode (FrSky_D) or in D16 (FrSky_X). For both… the Vbat & RSSI is sent by telemetry and the RSSI is also here for the OSD… Important remark, since there is a SPI connexion for the receiver, DO NOT APPLY THE RSSI ON THE LAST CHANNEL in the receiver panel… it will block the RSSI to 50%. The default OSD settings display a lot of informations…. probably too much IMHO. Some elements can be removed. Since there is no builtin buzzer, you can apply the poor’s buzzer trick by 1) increasing the beacon level strengh (~200) then 2) thanks to the “set beeper_dshot_beacon_tone = 1” command, you can assign a switch to this “buzzer”. But to be working, you need also 3) to flash the BLHeli_S “16.67RC Dshot_cmd” firmware via BLheli_configurator or BLheli_suite. The PIDs are the default ones … and default flight modes just select angle and acro….. First take off and the machine left the ground from 55-60% of throttle input… not so bad… It’s silent and no drift in angle-6 axis stabilized mode can be observed versus time… That’s a really positive point. As soon as the push the throttle to maximum… really punch out are pretty good for a 1S machine…. one the best I ever observed…. I can’t imagine how good will be with the 0603/22000Kv racerstar motors. The machine flips and rolls great !!! What a pleasure for a such small machine to have a machine 100% acro compatible. More for indoors, it’s so tiny that you go everywhere and have super precize control…. I much prefer this UR65 than the 75mm boldclash B06 pro for example… It’s almost as powerfull but more agile and compact… The good news it’s a indoors trainer only…I was able to fly with in presence of moderate wind (~20 km/h) and no big impact/chaos…. I was impressed. The flight time are in average about 3min…. Not so bad. The FPV feedback is also good, with a good light handling for a CMOS sensor…. No problem from this side. No problem for both the control range/FPV to reach 100m… Cherry on the cake, the current meter helps a lot to manage your LiPo to not go beyound 230-250mAH for example. One more time, to not abused of these LiHv batteries…. Despite multiple crashed, I didn’t observe any major stress on the full plastic based frame. CONCLUSIONS This URUAV AV65 is currently one my favorite machine …. it’s so small that it’s impossible to hurt something/someone… no problem with any restrictions. The machine is strong enough to enjoy acro…. it’s stable, fly great in acro…. Good FPV and control range and the flight duration about 3min is also really acceptable. To make short, I highly recommand this machine for both Indoors/outdoors application….. I can’t imagine this machine with 22000Kv motors. PROS + 27.2g AUW !!! + 0603/17000Kv motors strong enough for acro + F3 w/OSD + Well tuned out of the box + No drift in angle mode + FrSky SPI receiver w/ RSSI for OSD & Telemetry + Good AIO module + Uptiltable camera + ~3min of flight time + Good LiHV battery + Silent CONS – Micro bind button hard to access/press – No top direct access of the AIO button – Motor’s screws easy to loose. Need to be thread locked 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 97USD at https://www.banggood.com/URUAV-UR65-65mm-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-Crazybee-F3-Flight-Controller-OSD-5A-Blheli_S-ESC-5_8G-25mW-VTX-p-1295884.html View the full article
  12. NEWS: Eachine EX2mini

    Clearly inspired by the MJX Bugs 3 mini, here is the Eachine copy-cat version with the EX2 mini: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-EX2mini-Brushless-5_8G-FPV-Camera-With-Angle-Mode-Acro-Mode-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1301880.html It’s a full plastic based 2S FPV cruizer including also an acro mode to perform basic flips & rolls. Of course everything is proprietary… no possibility for example to tune any setting in betaflight for example. The idea is to have a 100% working machine out of the box … without any extra work/binding procedure…. 100% intermediate flyers oriented. It’s a 2S machine with a 850mAh Lipo advertized to offer close to 10min. The FPV camera is clipsable. It’s a basic CMOS sensor based with a builtin 24CH/25mW VTX. Versus last generation of RTF FPV cruizer… this EX2mini integrates an “acro” button… to push the machine into its limits. The FPV and control range is announced to be around 200m. Description: Brand Name: Eachine Item NO.: EX2mini Item Name: 5.8G FPV Brushless RC quadcopter Frequency: 2.4G Channel: 4CH Gyro: 6 Axis Motor (x4): Brushless 1306 2750KV Propeller:3025 Charging time: About 3-3.5hours Flying time: About 8-10mins Control distance: About 200-300m Quadcopter battery: 7.4V 850mAh Lipo Transmitter battery: 4 x 1.5V AA battery ( not included ) Size:22*22*6.5cm Package Size: 26.5 x 14 x 22.5 cm FPV Camera: C5810 5.8G 25mw 24CH ( optional) FPV Dstance: about 200m FPV Monitor:4.3 inch 5.8G ( optional) Color: Black Features: * 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference. * 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°. * 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control. * 5.8G FPV with C5810 HD camera are tuned amazingly to capture stunning pictures and videos from the sky. * With 1306 2750KV Brushless motor, make your flight more powerful. * With Angle mode, the aircraft can perform flips and rolls if you press the rolls button and operate the control stick. * With Acro Mode, requires flexible manual control during flight, which is great for acrobatics such as flips and rolls. You can flip and roll your aircraft by operating the control sticks. * Innovative 4-in-1 Electronic Speed Controller makes racing aircraft more agile and more adept at sudden maneuvers including sharp turns and hard braking. * With LED lights making the flight more spectacular especially in the dark. Function: Up/down, Forward/backward, Turn left/right, Sideward flight, LED Light, Headless Mode, One Key Automatic Return,H/L Mode Package Included: 1x Eachine EX2mini RC Quadcopter 1x Transmitter 1x Battery 1x Charger 4x Blade 4x Protection Cover 1x Screwdriver 1x FPV Camera( optional) 1x FPV Monitor( optional) 1x FPV Goggles( optional) View the full article
  13. A new brushless selfiedrone is introduced by the new HighGreat compagny with Highgreat Mark: https://www.banggood.com/HighGreat-Mark-VIO-Positioning-4K-WIFI-FPV-With-13MP-Camera-Foldable-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-p-1301491.html It’s a 200g machine similar in size to the zerotech dobby, promised to fly during 18min able to shoot videos 4K@30 & 1080p@30. One originality is the absence of a GPS+barometeros sensors in favor of a new VIO system: a pure visual solution able to stabilize precisely the machine indoors & oudoors. More all the terrain elevation crossed during the flight is recorded in order for example to have precise RTH. There are some specfic selfie flight modes: Orbit, circle, dronie and Helix. There is also a target tracking/follow me vision based. From the specification, I am surprized to see no mention of builtin EIS… coz I don’t see any sense to integrate a VIO if videos are full of jellos without EIS… More I hope also there is a 1080p@60 modes. Well… we need extra precisions for the last two importants… but if there are here…. can be a serious zerotech/alphatech competitor. Wait & See. Description: Item Name: HighGreat Mark RC Quadcopter AIRCRAFT: Dimension(Battery &Propeller Included):148mm x 148mm x 48mm Dimension(after Folded) :148mm x73mm x 48mm Wheelbase:210 mm Weight(Battery &Propeller Included):200 g Max Ascent Speed:2 m/s Max Descent Speed :2 m/s Max Horizontal Speed:3 m/s Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level:4500m Max Flight Time:18min(no Wind) Hover Accuracy Range (In Safe Mode) : Vertical:±0.1m Horizontal:±0.1m Operating Temperature Range:0~40℃ CAMERA: Lens:FOV 75°; F/ 2.2 Sensor:CMOS;1300 MP Electronical Shutter Speed:Auto Image Size:3840×2160 Still Photography Mode:Auto Video Recording Resolution;4k 30fps /1080P 30fps Storage Format:JPEG,MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) Supported SD Cards:EMMC 16G Storage Capacity:EMMC 16G Operating Temperature Range:0~40℃ BATTERY: Weight:60g Capacity:1300mAh Energy:9.88Wh Max Charge Voltage:8.7V Quick Charge:2.0A Nominal Voltage:7.6V Type:LiPo 2S Operating Temperature Range:0~40℃ LIVE VIEW / APP: Live View Quality: 720P Live View Working Distance:≈50m Live View Working Frequency:2.4G / 5.8GHz Latency:200 – 300ms Required Operating Systems:iOS 8.0 or later / Android 4.1.2 or later Feature: – Quickshot – VIO Positioning – Remarkable Memory – Gesture – Active Track Package Included: 1 x Quadcopter 1 x 7.6V 1300mAh Lipo Battery 1 x Charger 1 x Manual View the full article
  14. TEST: JJRC H62 Spendid

    INTRODUCTION The JJRC H62 is the new revision of the H6x’s selfiedrone serie from JJRC. From the previous revision, the altitude hold positionning and 720p WiFi with a large FOV were already here. With the H62, for the first time, a visual based target tracking/follow me is added… incredible for a cheap toyquadcopter… Clearly the VPU is strong enough to compute basic computer vision primitives. The H62 is still a brushed machine with foldable arms super easy to transport. The FPV link is done in 720p resolution via WiFi and it’s always a good news when now we can see (at least) a wide angle lens installed on the 2mpx sensor. The H62 is actually controlled only via the iOS/Android Appz. Let’s have a look to this new toyselfiedrone. BOX CONTENT + 1 x JJRC H62 Splendor + 1 x 1S 850mAh proprieatary LiPo with JST connector + 1 x USB charging cable + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Transportation bag + 1 x Instruction manual (English) OVERVIEW Like the H60, H61, it’s a rectangular selfiedrone with one unique power button installed on top. The plasic quality is in the average…. relatively flexible but far to be the best material I saw. Folded it’s larger than any 6″ smartphone, more similar more in size to an iPhone X. -FRONT VIEW On front, 2 green lights can be found… ideal for LOS condition flights. In fact, don’t dream to perform FPV with… the associated latency is too important for this application. -SIDE VIEW No presence of a microSD slot …. so no possibility to save inboard the native 720p resolution with a constant framerate. -REAR VIEW -UPPER VIEW -BOTTOM VIEW All lights are installed bottom The good news as predecessor, the battery is removable. You just need to slide bottom the plastic tab on the battery and extract the battery. The battery connector uses a classic JST so… it will be not hard to transplant another LiPo into this plastic casing The super tiny camera used the VPU in altitulde hold -WEIGHT Almost 93g… since there is a gear system, it’s not a big deal to raise 93g Motors and props 8.5mm coreless motors are installed horizontally. A 90 degrees gear system is here to drive the large prop installed LiPo A proprietary 1S 850mAh LiPo ending with a JST connector. In practice, if you need to replace the LiPo, you can install a new fresh model inside the batery plastic casing. Camera module A large FOV lens with approximatively 120 degrees. Good news, the lens can be downtilted a bit to -15degrees approximatively As you will see, the color rendition of the 2mpx sensor is pretty, the image sharp and precize. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND DEMO FLIGHT Both the control and the FPV feedback is done via a simple 2.4G WiFi appz. The layout is classic but the major novelty can be found in the bottom left side part. Two button for the follow-me. The lower one allows the target selection via rectangule. This one must defined inside a central yellow one. The secong button runs the tracking. The H62 will first of all centers the tracked target then i f the target moves in x-y axis, the H62 will follow gently. To optimize tracking performances, it’s recommended to downtilt a bit the camera. As you can see also, there is also a selfie mode rotating the machine of 180 in yaw axis and inverting associated command. There is also the possibiliy to shoot photos one by one or in a burst sequence. Classic takeoff/landing are here as soon as there is an altitulde hold stabilization system. The 720p rendition is good and thanks to the wide angle the dynamic range adaptation is smooth. Good color rendition and the FPV video is pretty sharp. My only concern is about the sporadic freezing of the FPV link time to time. It can be solve main probably at least in close range conditions by optimizing the 2.4G antenna location for a more vertical position. In windfree condition the machine keeps pretty well its position… the new VPU sensor helps a lot the baromter. Unfortunaly, it’s another story in presence of wind. In this case, the H62 will slide a lot in the x-y axis…. No miracle without GPS. A good news, the H62 is relatively silent…. The machine is easy to control via the virtual sticks…. Of course rates are adapted to offer the best non-shacky videos we can obtain with a machine without EIS. Definitively it’s not a sporty flyer and the max speed seems bounded to 3-4m/s maximum. One more time don’t expect miracle in wind conditions. The good surprize come from the result of the visual tracking system. As soon as the target is select via the green rectangular and the tracking started….. the detection box is surprizingly pretty accurate for a 50USD machine. IMHO it’s as accurate as the Zerotech dobby for example of 3-4 times more expensive model!!!! . This model at least follow at minimum the target via yaw mouvement. If the machine is 3-4m higher the target and the camera downtilt a bit, the H62 will follow the target as soon as the target is moving relatively slowy: walk or very slow jog. Sometimes if the altitude is not correct, the H62 don’t move…. Only the target centering is done in the yaw axis. The flight time is about 6-7min…. I found the battery warning comes relatively soon (about 4-5min)… you can expect to flly a good extra minute from this alert. CONCLUSIONS For 50USD and in windfree conditions, the JJRC H62’s results are impressive in term of visual tracking….. really it’s as good as 3-4 times more expensive machine. The machine is stable, silent and the 720p FPV link good thanks also to the presence of the 120 degrees FOV. Clearly we want to see next a version with a builtin DVR to record natively the 720p video…. or even better a deluxe version with a 1080p sensor. PROS + Efficient visual target tracking + Visual assisted altitude hold + 720p WiFi Link + 120 degrees FOV + Foldable + Silent + Good Appz + Cheap + No builtin battery CONS – No builtin DVR to record 720p videos directly – Not wind resistant (must be used in very calm wind conditions) – Only ~6min of flight time – Sporadic FPV freezes 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 50USD at https://www.banggood.com/JJRC-H62-SPLENDOR-Foldable-Selfie-Drone-WIFI-FPV-With-720P-HD-Camera-Altitude-Hold-RC-Quadcopter-BNF-p-1284127.html View the full article
  15. A new foldable selfiedrone from Xiaomi will be lunch pretty soon. The builtin camera shoots 1080p@30fps video (with EIS according the video sample below). There is a specific noise reduction algorithm to improve the general rendition. The idol includes some AI for gesture recognition and target tracking. There are some specfic flight modes: 360 panorama, 45 degrees flips among them. The FPV feedback is done via a WiFI 720p link. The machines includes also GPS, barometer, ultrasonic anti-collision sensors and VPU for position stabilization. The dimensions are 226 x 114 x 28 and the total weight will be around 360g with battery. The expected flight time is about 10min. The machines should start to be shipped around the 14th june. Seems to be a very interesting selfiedrone especially of EIS is really efficient. First introduction price seems unrealistic low: 120 euros but for the associated kickstart project. Source: https://en.xiaomitoday.it/funsnap-idol-e-il-nuovo-drone-di-xiaomi-dotato-di-riconoscimento-ai.html View the full article