Eachine ProDVR Mini Video Audio Recorder

Eachine ProDVR is a useful mini digital DIY video recorder recently added to the long list of Eachine innovation. You can probably find a dozen applications yourself to put this little DVR to good use; some usage include using it as a micro Security CCTV DVR or recording video footage on a model aircraft. This mini DVR us especially popular among hobbyist. ■ by dronemission.com

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First Impression, this mini dvr is an innovative digital image capture card, leveraging the use of micro Secure Digital (SD) storage memory card.  It does require a user to have some basic experience in wiring and soldering.  Once you have installed the cables, you can determine the compatible connectors needed to receive video and to output video to a monitor.

A few issues has been identified.  The current firmware is not able to record in (720*480) or (1280*480) resolution.  It is only compatible with NTSC and not correctly recording with PAL cameras.  A new firmware is expected to be released to correct these issues.

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Similar Products

Users have recommended these 2016 alternatives: HMDVR

User Segment
Hobbyist, DIY Security, Budget (source $18 June 2016)

Factory Specifications
Brand name: Eachine
Item name: ProDVR Video Audio Recorder
Operating Voltage: DC 5V
Video Format: NTSC/PAL
Video Output Size: VGA(640*480px)D1(720*480)HD(1280*480)
Light Frequency: 50HZ/60HZ
Compress Format: MJPEG
Records Frame Rate: 30 Frames
Max Support: 32G TF Card
Size: 41mm*32.9mm*9mm
Weight: only 9.5g

What we love about it

  • Record flight video as a backup for recovering lost model aircraft
  • Add an external DVR to a video receiver.

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Fixed the Pal compatibility issue
  • Increase the recorded resolution

 

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Walkera Voyager 4 first integrated aerial 18x 4k zoom

Voyager 4 represents the pinnacle of Walkera’s 12 years of radio control aircraft design, a unique fusion of both aerodynamics and aerial video technology.  The goal of the Voyager 4 is to engineer an  integrated platform for various application meeting the needs of news broadcasting, search and rescue, aerial surveys, maritime air patrol, police work and environmental monitoring.  To achieve that, Walkera is the first to introduce 2.4 gHz and 4G remote control and video streaming, expanding the range as far as you can, as long as you have 4G mobile network.  Included is a precise  3-axis gimbal stabilization and a 18x optical zoom HD camera with a 10mm-1500mm wide angle-telescopic lens.

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First Impression, the Voyager is an elegantly crafted model, overall appearance is slim and sleek in proportions with wings that are slightly higher than the fuselage in a H-configuration. The design and contouring body follows it’s predecessors Voyager 3, powered by a high-end autopilot PX4, that originated from the PIXHAWK Project.   A big emphasis has been made to simplify piloting, with spring loaded throttle stick for ease of holding altitude and a modern car ignition buttons for each change of function and secondary controls with Apple IOS App. The changes shows the direction of Walkera’s thinking and how they see the future of modern personal drones.

User Segment
Videographers, News Broadcasting, Ready To Fly, Budget (source: $3099 November 2016).

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What separates the Voyager 4 apart from other quadcopter drones, is the design surrounding broadcasting and social media.  Live video is streamed via WIFI with the first 4G LTE drone application, an IOS application.  Production stations can have as many as six camera views from six Voyager 4 in the air at one time.  With 4G LTE, distribution of real-time video has never been easier; the media files can be shared over the two supported networks and multiple social media platforms.

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Two cameras can be adapted to the Voyager 4, to meet your needs.  A 18x zoom camera with a 10mm-1500mm wide angle-telescopic lens option at 4k 30 FPS or a 4k fixed lens camera.

Complementing the Voyager 4 quadcopter drone is the newly FCC approved Devo F18, a professional 18 channels radio transmitter with a range of 1.5 km stock.  The onboard camera of the Voyager 4 can be controlled remotely from the radio joystick.

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Voyager 4 Parameters
Model Voyager 4
Weight (include battery) 3200g
Maximum Pitch Angle 35°
Maximum Ascending Velocity 5m/s
Maximum Descent Velocity 4m/s
Maximum Horizontal Flight Speed 20m/s
Maximum Flight Altitude 1000m
Maximum Affordable Wind Speed 10m/s
Flight Time 20mins
Environment Temperature “-10° to 40° C
Wheel Base 580mm
Maximum  466 x 464 x 367mm
Camera 18x Optical Zoom Camera
Zoom Ratio: 18x optical zoom
Zoom Speed: about 2.5s
Horizontal View: 55.2°-3.2°(Wide Angle-Telescopic)
Close-shot Distance: 10mm-1500mm(Wide Angle-Telescopic)
Day/Night Mode: ICR”
Electronic Shutter Speed Automatic/Manual(1/5~1/50000s)
Video FOV “Compress Standard: H.264/Mjpeg
Output Bitrate: 16Mbps
Frame Rate: 30fps
Sensor 1/2.8 SONY IMX222 CMOS
Image Shooting Mode Program Automatic Shooting
Video Storage Maximum  16Mbps
Files Format H.264/Mjpeg
Support Micro-SD Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Micro-SD;
64GB Class 10 UHS-1  MicroSD
Support Micro-SD SD/SDHC Card(16G)
Environment Temperature -20℃~+60℃
Standard Battery 22.2V 4500mAh
Name Intelligent Flight Battery
Capacity 4500 mAh
Voltage 22.2 V
Model LiPo 6S
Flight Time 20mins
Energy 104.34 Wh
Working Environment Temperature Temperature: -10° to 40° C
Storage Environment Temperature >3 Months: -20° to 45° C
Charge Environment Temperature 0° to 40° C
Optional Battery 22.2V 9000mAh
Flight Time 36mins
Gimbal
Model Zoom Gimbal
Angel Jitter ±0.01°
Gimbal Installation Detachable
Controllable Rotation Range Pitch: -90° to +30°
Yaw: ±90°
Supply Voltage 12V
Supply Current 0.7A
Remote F18
Name F18
Remote Range 1.5km
Power Supply Mode Li-Poly Inside
Charge Mode Dedicated Charger
Tablet Bracket Standard
Battery 8000 mAh LiPo 2S
Endurance 48H
HDMI Support goggle – TBD
Walkera APP  IOS

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Voyager 4 News Press

1. About Voyager 4

Voyager 4 represents the pinnacle of Walkera’s 12 years of radio control aircraft design, a unique fusion of both aerodynamics and aerial video technology.  The goal of the Voyager 4 is to engineer an  integrated platform for various application meeting the needs of news broadcasting, search and rescue, aerial surveys, maritime air patrol, police work and environmental monitoring.  To achieve that, Walkera is the first to introduce 2.4 gHz and 4G remote control and video streaming, expanding the range as far as you can, as long as you have 4G mobile network.  Included is a precise  3-axis gimbal stabilization and a 18x optical zoom HD camera with a 10mm-1500mm wide angle-telescopic lens.

For Immediate Release – Walkera, DM

2. Two system configuration to meet your specific needs.

  • WIFI HD Edition, Profession Edition
  • 4G HD LTD Edition, Global Solutions
  • 4G
  • 4G Internet, flying without geographic limitations
  • Supports 4G LTE mobile network, when there is 4G, a user can control the Voyager 4 from anywhere and anytime without geographic limitations
  • 150⁰ range to your left and to your right is literally at your fingertips and with one simple control you can see and record images behind, below, and even slightly  above wherever you are flying

3.  18x optical zoom HD 4K 30 fps camera with a 10mm-1500mm wide angle-telescopic lens and a 1/2.3 SONY IMX117 CMOS sensor.

4. View live, wireless HD video transmission across the net without geographic limitations using a phone, tablet or personal computer

5. An all new integrated gimbal, 10 times faster and precise camera stabilization system to provide smooth cinematic video.  300⁰ range allowing you to see and record images behind, below and above.

6. All new flight system

  • One key control switches to make flying easier
  • One key to return / One key to start / One key to descend / Orbit mode / Way points / Point to point
  • Functional modular design, making maintenance easier

7.  A new elegant Devo F8W radio transmitter, designed for aerial photography

  • Compact and elegant, sensitive control sticks and buttons, with a range up to 1.5km.
  • Professional radio transmitter that provides you that confidence to pilot the Voyager 4.
  • Dedicated switches to control specific functions
  • Dedicated controls for taking photos and videos, adjusting angles of camera, controlling flight direction and to return home with one key.
  • Individual setting, customizable function keys. The Devo F8W can accommodate different control preferences, all the function keys can be customized, fly it the way your wish.
  • Convenient one step remote sensing mode switch to accommodate different countries and personal preferences for different flight modes

8. Intelligent power management system.  Voyager 4 build-in intelligent battery management system provides better protection for the aircraft and battery.  While flying, the Devo F8W radio telemetry system will display real-time remaining battery power, automatically analyze and calculate the return and landing time.

9. Walkera APP supports a selection of functions. 

Zoom control/gimbal adjustment/battery display/GPS signal/remote
signal/photography/flight mode/map display/share

10. Multiple applications

Fire emergency / Police reconnaissance / City management / Environment
monitoring / Emergency rescue / Scene detection

 


Voyager 4 Specifications

Model Voyager 4
Weight (include battery) 3200g
Maximum Pitch Angle 35°
Maximum Ascending Velocity 5m/s
Maximum Descent Velocity 4m/s
Maximum Horizontal Flight Speed 20m/s
Maximum Flight Altitude 1000m
Maximum Affordable Wind Speed 10m/s
Flight Time 20mins
Environment Temperature “-10° to 40° C
Wheel Base 580mm
Maximum  466 x 464 x 367mm
Video Resolution: 4K 30fps
Photo Resolution: 4608 x 3456
Focal Length: 6.7-134.5mm
Zoom Ratio: 18x optical zoom
Zoom Speed: about 2.0s
Sensor: 1/2.3 SONY IMX117 CMOS
ISO Range: 100-3200(Video) / 100-1600(Image)
Horizontal View: 59.8°- 3.0°(Wide Angle-Telescopic)
Close-shot Distance: 10 – 1500mm (Wide Angle-Telescopic)
Bitrate: 16Mbps
Compress Standard: H.264 / H.265
Files Format: JPG/MP4
Day/Night Mode: ICR”
Image Shooting Mode Program Automatic Shooting
Support Micro-SD Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Micro-SD;
64GB Class 10 UHS-1  MicroSD
Support Micro-SD SD/SDHC Card(16G)
Environment Temperature -20℃~+60℃
Standard Battery 22.2V 4500mAh
Name Intelligent Flight Battery
Capacity 4500 mAh
Voltage 22.2 V
Model LiPo 6S
Flight Time 20mins
Energy 104.34 Wh
Working Environment Temperature Temperature: -10° to 40° C
Storage Environment Temperature >3 Months: -20° to 45° C,<3 Months: 22° to 28° C
Charge Environment Temperature 0° to 40° C
Optional Battery 22.2V 9000mAh
Flight Time 36mins
Gimbal
Model Zoom Gimbal
Angel Jitter ±0.01°
Gimbal Installation Detachable
Controllable Rotation Range Pitch: -90° to +30°
Yaw: ±90°
Supply Voltage 12V
Supply Current 0.7A
Remote F18
Name F18
Remote Range 1.5km
Power Supply Mode Li-Poly Inside
Charge Mode Dedicated Charger
Tablet Bracket Standard
Battery 8000 mAh LiPo 2S
Endurance 48H
HDMI Support goggle – TBD
Walkera APP  IOS

XK X252 Shuttle 3D Quadcopter

Following the success of the XK X251 mini racer, XK Innovation brings to us the XK X252 Shuttle, a blend of speed, First Person View (FPV) flying with 3D capabilities.  With brushless motors and 3D bi-directional electronic speed control (ESC),  this quadcopter can perform amazing stunts, flips and inverted flying. ■ by dronemission.com

First Impression,  amazing, we love it, this quadcopter can be flown by keen beginners (intermediate) and yet provides the capabilities for a new pilot to venture into advance 3D flying.  However because of it’s structure design and one solid frame, breaking any parts would mean changing the whole frame out.  Out of the box, the X252 is not as fast as it’s sibling X251, but change out the 3D propellers to performance propellers, you begin to regain some of that high speed.

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User Segment

Some experience, Park Flyers With The Need for Speed, 3D flying, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Budget USD$165 (July 2016 source: GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

You can easily spend 12 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 8-10 minutes.

Propellers airfoil are evenly distributed on both upper and lower surfaces as expected with a blunt trailing edge, for a 3D quadcopter design.  The reversible electronic speed controller (ESC), allows you to reverse the motor at mid point to fly upside down in a 3D manner.  You do this by putting your right shoulder safety switch (Throttle Hold) to on, set your throttle stick at mid point and mixing your two left switches into 3D.  Be very careful now, at this point pushing the throttle up above midpoint will start the motors and lowering below midpoint will reverse the trust of the motors.

To land, it is easier to flip the switch back to 6G and then put your right shoulder safety switch (Throttle Hold) to off, this will stop all motors.

There is SD card storage area, to record your onboard flight video, with a clear 720P HD miniature camera.  Press the red left button to begin recording.

When the battery is low, the quadcopter will begin to descend. There is no audible sound to warn you of low battery, so setting a timer may be a good thing.

Flight Characteristic

The XK X252 is easy to maneuver around, forward pitches at a perfect angle of attack, ready for the next flip.  The upward trust is limited to 80% of the throttle curve, anything above with a 3D propellers will cause it to wobble to the side at full acceleration.

Camera and Monitor

The quadcopter carries an average 720P camera, almost jello free recording out of the box. While recording, a consistant drop of frames every few seconds on our x252. The video monitor is clear and has a good reception flying within the specified range

Similar Model Aircrafts

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives:  Walkera F210-3D, XK X350, XK X100, WLtoys V383 500, FY801 3D, Floureon H101, JJRC H22

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Factory Specifications
Brand name: XK
Item name: X252 RC Quadcopter
Material: High-strength composite materials
Frequence: 2.4G
Brushless motor: 1804 * 4
Flight time: about 12 mins
Charging time: about 60-80 mins
Control distance: about 
300m

Radio Transmitter Range: more than 250m
Quadcopter Battery: 7.4V 950mAh 20C
Transmitter Battery: 6 x 1.5V AA Battery (Not Included)

Wheelbase: 242mm
Flight weight: 220g (DM 232g takeoff)

Structure: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego).

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LiPo case and LiPo dimensions

What we love about it

  • Everything about it. How easy it flies, amazing forward thrust and flips.
  • 3D and 6 Axis Gyro.  Flip with confidence without worrying which side you may land up.
  • FPV monitor auto scans video channels instead of using dip switches (for version 2)

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Strengthen the frame for 3D flying
  • To not hard soldered the LiPo.  A LiPo case is fine, have the LiPo easily replaceable

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In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 7 favorites during this release recorded July 2016.  (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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Firefly Q6 Hawk Eye

Known to all, the GoPro design, form factor isn’t the most aerodynamic or slim design for action sports or model aircraft drone flying. The Firefly Q6 4K slimline sports camcorder is among the highly anticipated 2016 entry, retaining all the features of a LCD sports camera but resized to a keychain.   HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology is known for it’s ultra vivid FireFly 6s that carries a Sony CMOS 12.0 MP sensor with high resolution and GYRO image stabilization; recently putting GoPro in a tough spot. This round, a new challenger to the Mobius and Runcam ■ by dronemission.com

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FPV Highlights. What caught our attention.

  • Remote Start and Stop recording using receiver (option)
  • External battery display. Use the AV voltage converter cable, connect a 2s-6s LiPo, voltage display will show on AV output
  • HDMI Output
  • GYRO image stabilization
  • Auto power on and gracefully turns off after your aircraft battery is powered off !
  • LCD screen and sound to assist pilot in knowing recording is on.
  • High video resolution like it’s sibling Firefly 6s
  • Change all your settings with the LCD screen even in the dark, no PC software needed
  • Internal OSD to assist pilot
  • Angle adjustment: 3 options: Large / Medium / Small (small = less distortion but reduce image quality)

User Segment

Camera Enthusiast, FPV Ready, Budget (July 2016 source: $69.36 GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video cameras are designed for First Person View (FPV). The Q6 comes with an Audio Video out voltage converter cable. This allows you to connect to a video transmitter and begin receiving live video on your FPV goggles or monitors. Our initial test tells us this is a keeper, regardless if it films at a perfect 4K or not, the 1080P 60 FPS results are fantastic, with that perfect brightness balance suited for FPV. If you do not own a GoPro, this is definitely the choice for a budget Action Sports HD camera.

The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk-Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed. What differentiates the Firefly Q6 from it’s competitors, is the LCD screen embedded on a light 45 grams camera, inheriting the award winning Firefly 6S video quality. We like that the fact everything worked out of the box.

Similar Cameras

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Mobius, Runcam, Foxeer Legend1

Factory Specifications

  • Brand Name: Hawkeye
  • Item Name: Hawkeye Firefly Q6 4K 1080P 24FPS HD Mini Camera
  • Model: Firefly Q6
  • Size: 30(L)*21(W)*25(H) mm
  • Image Sensor: SONY 12M back illumination CMOS
  • Wide Angle: 120 degree wide angle lens
  • ISO: Auto,ISO100,ISO1600,ISO400
  • Video Record Format: MP4
  • Photo Record Format: JPG
  • Video Resolution: 4K 24fps, 2.5K 30fps, 1080P 60fps / 30fps, 720P 120fps, VGA 30fps
  • Gyro Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Image Rotate 180 Degrees: Yes
  • OLED Size: 64*48MM
  • Videoplayer software: Quicktime
  • Storage Card: 8G–64G
  • C10 TF card needed: Yes
  • Microphone/Speaker: Yes
  • Image Resolution: 16M, 8M, 5M
  • Time-lapse: Off, 0.5s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 30s
  • Loop-cycle Recording : Yes
  • Loop-cycle Recording Time: 5min,OFF
  • HDMI Output: Yes
  • WDR: Yes
  • Weight: 50g (DM 45 grams without cables)

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What we love about itfirefly-remote

  • Superb sharp and vibrant colors
  • Brightness average balance option for FPV, balancing  skyline and ground
  • Remote Control Module, to start and stop recording remotely
  • LCD screen, no need for PC software to change settings

What may be essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Mini playback of video

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 2 favorite cameras during Jul 2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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Firefly 6s Hawk Eye

The Firefly 6S WiFi 4K action camera sport DV camcorder is among the top 3 cameras mimicking the GoPro form factor. HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technoloy is known to focus it’s effort on FPV action, has a 2k-4k version of the camera following the 1080p release FireFly 5s. Similar to it’s sibling, it carries a Sony CMOS 12.0MP sensor, but with higher resolution and GYRO image stabilization, this makes the Firefly 6s a winner.

User Segment
Camera Enthusiast, FPV Ready, Budget USD$99.99 MAP (May 2016 source: GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

Our initial test tells us this is a keeper, regardless if it shoots at 4K, the 1080P 60 FPS is fantastic and with GYRO image stabilization. If you do not own a GoPro, this is definitely the choice for a budget Action Sports HD camera.  The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk-Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed. We like that the fact everything worked out of the box and the video we have included showcase the great potential of a Firefly 6s.

The FPV cable with a voltage regulator comes included with a Firefly 5s and 6s.

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FPV Highlights

  • Remote Start and Stop recording using receiver (option)
  • GYRO image stabilization
  • Auto power on and gracefully turns off after your aircraft battery is powered off !
  • SD card slot relocated to the bottom for some gimbal convenience
  • Soft blue light indicator when recording is on, flashes on the OK button and Mode button to assist pilot in knowing recording is on.
  • OSD to assist pilot in knowing recording is on.
  • Angle adjustment: 3 options: Large / Medium / Small (small = less distortion but reduce image quality)

Similar Cameras

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Git2 by GitUp, Xiaomi Yi

Factory Specifications
Video resolution: select from 4K@24fps(Quicktime player required),2.5K
@30fps, 1080P 60@fps,1080P@30fps and 720p@120fps,VGA@3fps。
Photo resolution 16M
AV output
USB Port
PAL/NTSC
HDMI Output YES
Class 10 Maximum size of TF card supported 64G
Wi-Fi YES
Camera size 59×41×21 MM

Weight 70g
Battery Capacity 1600mAH
Battery life: 1.5 hours
Charging 2-3 hours
Compressed format H264
Video/photo format *.MP4 / *.JPG
Optical Parameter Diaphragm F/2.8 ,7 glasses
Angle Horizontal 105 degree
Diagonal 140 degree
Working Voltage 5V
current 800mA
Modes: Video, Photo,Time-lapse video,Time-lapse photo,11 Burst Photo
Time-lapse video: to start/stop time-lapse video at 0.5 / 1 / 3 / 5 /10
second intervals.

What we love about itfirefly-remote

  • Vivid color and ultra sharp images.
  • Fast, smooth, auto aperture exposure
  • Remote Control Module, start and stop recording remotely

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Different form factor, slim line design

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 2 favorite cameras during May 2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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Syma X8HG Altitude Hold Quadcopter

This summer, teaching a beginner to fly a quadcopter has never been easier, when the height of the aircraft is constantly level, allowing the pilot to focus on forward flying and yawing around. Syma continues to improve the next generation of budget quadcopters with barometer sensors for Altitude Hold, adding it to the Syma X8HG.  Pressure sensors are not new to the quadcopter drones scene but not many budget quadcopters carry them until recently.  The Syma X8HG also has an improved 1080p camera and a standard gopro fixed mount, which allows you to interchange with a GoPro camera.

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First Impression,  the polished luster of smooth metallic paint takes it up a notch, material used is light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego).   It flies very smoothly and the camera is a great improvement, but the lack of gimbal causes some jello with the stock fixed mount.  We are pleased you can actually substitute the camera with a GoPro equivalent

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User Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Collectors, Budget (source $136 June 2016)

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What To Expect If This Your First

You can easily spend 10 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 5-7 minutes. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

Some assembly is required.

  1. The propellers are lock into place with an intricate system of iron pins and lockstitch as shown on the video.   First to remove the transparent looking lockstitch off the pipe by rotating the lockstitch 90 degrees anti-clockwise, until you hear a click to release the pin.  Remove the pin and the lockstitch.
  2. To install the propellers, here are the steps.  Insert the correct propeller into the pipe all the way down, with the metallic washer facing up, add the transparent looking lockstitch with the notch on top, rotate it to align the notch to the pin hole.  Insert the iron pin (shaft).  Rotate the lockstitch inside 90 degrees clockwise until you hear a click that locks the pin mid way.  Cover the propeller with a prop nut.  A lot of fuss, but still a genius engineering piece of work.

Connect your battery to your quadcopter, close battery door and power on, lay the quadcopter flat on a hard surface immediately. This will allow the quadcopter to self-level the gyroscope. Power on your radio and move your left thottle stick up and down once to bind the receiver. When you are ready to fly, hold both sticks inwards to arm the motors, the propellers will begin to rotate slowly.  The quadcopter is now live and has entered into flight preparation mode.  To stop the motors, hold the left stick to the lowest point for 3 seconds (which means don’t try to descend at full speed for 3 seconds or it will just shut off).

The quadcopter LiPo battery may get a little warm after each flight. When the voltage is low, the quadcopter four lights will begin to blink and will begin to descent to prevent the battery from over-discharging. Over-discharging a LiPo battery below 3 volts per cell, can permanently damage the battery. It is best to let the LiPo cool down before the next charge.

You must set the speed to High (H) rates for outdoors by pressing the left shoulder button a quick once.  Holding it down will turn on headless function.

When recording with the stock camera, the four indicators lights at the bottom of the quadcopter will flash intermittently.

With a 6-axis gyro flight controller, you can toss your quadcopter in the air and throttle up in full to self-level.  Lower your throttle stick to about half once you regain control to hold the altitude. You will than need to yaw around to identify the front or back, to regain your orientation.  If it helps, mark the back with red tape to make it more visible.

To complete an auto flip, fly to about 10 feet and press the top right button, and move the stick in the direction you want it to flip. It will auto flip!

When the four indicators lights at the bottom of the quadcopter starts to flicker, it means the aircraft power is low.  At this time, the quadcopter will descend to a safe height and limit the height it can climb.

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Flight Characteristic

Very smooth flight and it makes a nice banking turn.  Moderately quiet.

Similar Model Aircrafts

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: MJX 102H, Syma X5HW, Syma X8HG (wifi), Syma X8HC

Camera

Photo (8.0MP). The camera is a low end 1080p 30 fps camera with 720p option.  Records.mov files.  See video for results.

Factory Specifications
Model:X8HG
Frequency:2.4G
Channel:4CH
Gyro:6 axis
Camera: Photo/Video(8.0MP)
Battery:7.4V 2000MAH
Flight Time:5-7 Minutes
Charging Time:200 Minutes
Radio Control Range: 70m
Battery for controller:4 x AA batteries
Weight: 612g
model size: 50*50*19cm

What we love about it

  • Smooth, stable flight that holds the altitude reasonably well
  • Radio range improvement

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Better camera mount to correct the jello (without increasing cost)
  • An alternate way to stop the motors instead of holding the left stick to the lowest point for 3 seconds. Since XH8G has a controlled descend, unknown to some users, descending at full speed for more than 3 seconds will actually shut down the quadcopter in mid-air

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 5 favorites during this release recorded June 2016.    (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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