Walkera Voyager 4 Police Drone Camera Zoom

Drone camera zoom lenses are the next biggest demand for commercial and agency tactical use.  Walkera Voyager 4 developed over the last year for Police use, has now an all-new 18X 4K gimbal zoom lens.  This new 18x lens increases the speed, performance and optical quality, while maintaining all of the functionality made for the integrated 3-axis gimbal on a modern looking quadcopter drone.

  • Brand: Walkera
  • Camera: 18x Optical Zoom 4K 30FPS
  • Sensor: 1/2.8 SONY IMX222 CMOS sensor
  • Video Resolution: 4096 x 2160
  • Compress Standard:  H.264 / H.265
  • Files Format:  MP4/JPG
  • Gimbal: Pitch rotation -90°~ +45°; +- 150 degrees rotation

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KingKong Tiny6 65mm Micro FPV Quadcopter

KingKong Tiny6 is the latest entry into ducted fan micro racers, this tiny inspired whoop (or Inductrix) is hitting the market as fast as the first phantom and 350 pros were a few years ago.  Weighing just 24.7 grams and at 65 mm, will bring you 3 minutes of fun indoors or outdoors.  Best of all, it does not break that easily and very affordable. ■ dronemission.com

Market Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves,   Budget [$] (PRICE CHECK: $54.99 BNF ■ Dec 2016 Arthur’s Pick)

What To Expect

TBD.  Coming Soon

Flight Characteristics

TBD

Competitors / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2017 alternatives: Furibee F36s, Makerfire Micro Eachine E010s, Blade Inductrix

Camera

The camera is a sharp 800 TVL camera at 150 degrees.  See video for results.

Factory Specifications
Brand:KINGKONG
Item NO: TINY6
Battery Power:3.7V 250mAh 30C
Wheelbase: 65mm
Propeller size: 31mm
(FC): Micro F3(Betaflight)
VTX: 25mW/16CH
Camera: 800TVL/150°
Frame: ABS high-quality
Motor: 615 Brushed
Charger: 200mah/500mah
Basic version: 1s,  Charger USB Powered
Advanced vesion:Switchable 1s Five -way Charger USB or 2~6s  Lipo Powered
Weight: 19.2g (without Receiver and Battery)

Market Demand

  • TBD

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Walkera Aibao Airbot

 

Walkera Aibao Airbot is the new generation of drone technology  incorporating games into radio control aircraft with what is pioneered by Walkera as Mixed Reality. This allows for pilots to actually fly their GPS drones into virtual funnel gates, besides using it as filming platform. ■ by dronemission.com

 

User Segment
Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Collectors, Budget $469 (source: Aug 2016 Walkera)

Camera

Camera: 16M (4640*3480), 12M (4000*3000), 8M (3264*2448), 5M (2592*1944)
Video: mp4/mov: UHD (4096*2160p) 25 fps or (3840*2160p) 30 fps, FHD (1920*1080) 60 fps, HD (1280*720p) 120 fps.
Storage Supports: SD/SDHC/SDXC Micro SD

Factory Specifications
Quadcopter Size: 280
Features: Mix Reality (MR) Drone Experience, GPS
Flight Duration: 17 minutes
Pro Class Radio Transmitter: new F8 with gaming functions, 2.4 gHz and WIFI. 8 or 18 channels
Radio Range: 2 km
Games: WIFI
Video transmitter: 5.8 gHz, 200 mW (800m range)
Estimated Price: $400 range

Release date: Q4 2016, available at all retails, online stores, including Amazon.

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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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Walkera Voyager 4

The Walkera Voyager 4 quadcopter drone is scheduled to arrive in the USA for it’s final circuit tests and media evaluation July 2016.  Capable of broadcasting over 4G LTE or WIFI, this is a new and exciting solution to kickoff the newly approved  FAA Part 107 certification for commercial drone broadcasting starting this summer. Here are some of the recent photos, a peek at the Voyager 4 along with the latest Devo F18 radio transmitter that will be paired with the next two quadcopter drones. The Voyager 4 that uses the PX4 flight controller, was recently demonstrated at a Police event. You can read more of some of the latest development at dronecode.org

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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 or 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 16x zoom camera option 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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FreeX MCFX-01 Drone Review FreeXgroup.com

FreeX MCFX ! It seems like the FreeX is being revived, now the 4.0 edition, in a nut shell reading the specs, what caught my eyes are:

  • Lost signal: Automatic return or hover at last known position
  • Reduces speed as it approaches launch point during return home, when near 80m
  • Stock Range: 1 km
  • Onetouch4 configuration tool software
  • Channels: 7
  • 6 Axis Gyro
  • FREE quality 2-axis gimbal with pitch control
  • Estimated price: $200!

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History
FreeX is not new in the market, the SkyView has been in the market since 2014, marketed and backed by several prominent labels such as OFM, Xaircraft, manufactured by Skyartec ; along the way, Firmware V4 was released. I am not sure what else is different, but read on for everyone’s updates in the coming weeks.

It is also interesting to revisit the history behind this model. Back in 2014, when DJI Phantom1/2 and Walkera x350 Pro were selling like hot cakes, any new models entering the market was welcomed with great excitement. Everyone, including distributors and dealers were craving for more and claiming their territory to be selling the next hottest “drone”. You will notice there are several threads in the forum (several privately moderated thread) on the FreeX SkyView and lots of ranting, bickering at the start, and even today with scare tactics to brush any new sellers entering the market. After 2 long drone years, the FreeX has been revived from the grave, there is no need to carry those orange and white stripes dji-looks anymore, all that can be left behind, as a new chapter unfolds.

 

Factory Specifications
Model No.: FreeX MCFX-01
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Width & Length: 280mm
Height: 191mm
Diagonal base: 396mm
Propeller Size: Standard 9 inch (Supports upto 10 inch)
Flight Time: About 15-20 minutes with 3000mAh Battery (supports 3S only)

Flight Characteristic
The forward flight is fast, easy to handle.

User Segments
Beginners, Video Platform, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Budget USD$189.99 (May 2016 source: GearBest)

Tip
Tested propellers compatible with the original Phantom 3 Spare Part No 9 self tightening (available at BestBuy).  You can flybbeypnd your geofence on manual mode.

 

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What To Expect If This Your First
You can easily spend 15 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 10-15 minutes. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

You must complete a compass calibration on your first flight outdoors.

  • Move both stick up and together, immediately begin to rotate the quadcopter horizontally, side and forward, quickly non-stop.
  • Set it down flat and move both sticks up and apart to complete the calibration.
  • Disconnect the battery to reboot, to use the new adjusted magnetic north.
  • To test the compass, find north and point the quadcopter north, a blue light should come on the left rear LED. Tilt it 45 degrees down and up, it should stay blue.

When to cailibrate:

  • When you change venue a long way from your last flying location (greater than 100 miles).
  • When your quadcopter is drifting or rotating in a “toilet bowl effect” fashion. The inclination and deviation has to be corrected through compass calibration. The inconsistencies between GPS and compass will cause that swirling motion, in a tug-of -war for direction.
  • After a firmware upgrade, as it may carry the factory magnetic values.

Connect your battery to your quadcopter, close battery door and power on, lay the quadcopter flat on a hard surface immediately. Power on your radio and wait for the GPS blinking green light, signaling enough GPS has been acquired. I found that I will only receive GPS outdoors, so fon’t a green light indoors always.

START
When you are ready to fly, move your left throttle down and to the right, to arm the motors. The propellers will begin to rotate slowly, the quadcopter is now live, any movement on the throttle stick will accelerate the motors.

STOP
To stop the motors, lower the left throttle stick to the lowest point and to the left For 3 seconds.

Further digging, led me to believe this quadcopter carries the new 4.0 firmware with added 2 failsafe design.

  • the flight controller will detect a loss of signal from the receiver and will auto-return home.
  • the new receiver will send signal to flight controller every second, if MCU of receiver has any problems (faulty), the quadcopter will auto-return (whereas the old version receiver doesn’t send any signal to flight controller).

Similar Model Aircrafts
Users have recommended these 2016 alternatives: the XK x380, Hubsan X4 Pro H109S, UpAir Chase

What we love about it

  • Good Forward speed
  • Stability and easy to fly
  • True North Indicator for Compass Calibration

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Improve on Gimbal, as it tends to pitch down for no reason

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 5 budget GPS quadcopters with cameras during this season, recorded on May 2016.

 

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Volantex Ranger 757-4 Review

Synopsis Ranger 757-4

TODAY I took a look at the Volantax Ranger 757-4 that we purchased online for just over a $100. The 757-4 is a scale down version of the popular 2m Ranger Ex 757-3 FPV Drone plane. It is resized to 1.4m 1380mm, just small enough to fit into a standard size car trunk/boot without taking it apart.

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One of the more interesting feature of the plane is that it is designed for GoPro or FPV cameras.. it comes tail heavy, so you can install multiple fpv cameras and large batteries. A weight is even included in the event you are not ready to fly with a camera. We had to fly it with a 3S 5000 mAh LiPo battery without a GoPro weight on the front, to get the correct center of gravity (CG). It is quick, easy to assemble, no glue is required.

I would say that for the most part, all the things looks good, and well-built. The decals look fantastic. I have a few minor concerns that I would like to take a further look at, but i think it is well designed. I will reserve my judgment on anything that I think might be an issue until I get the chance to take it in the air for a few test flights.

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The inside of this plane is enormous, a warehouse fuselage to store all your fpv gadgets. There should be no complaint of a lack of space. As I began to inspect the plane, i did noticed that there is no way to attach or hold the high wings down. After a few days of research, I realized that a bracket is missing to bolt the wings. My favorite dealer was quick to promised to get me a bracket, but in the mean time i will have to build it out of a popsicle stick and re-enforce with velcro on the front and sides. The only other thing to adjust is the tail wheel which was not perfectly align straight for take-off, other than that, those wheels are very strong.

Factory Specifications

  • Brand Name: Volantex
  • Item Name: Ranger 757-4 Airplane
  • Wingspan: 1380mm
  • Flying Weight(without battery): 800g
  • Motor Size: 2812/1400KV powerful out runner brushless motor
  • ESC: 30A brushless ESC
  • Servo 9-gram Servo * 4pcs included
  • Recommended Battery: 11.1V 1800mAh Li-Po
  • Charger: Not included
  • Flaps: Yes
  • Retracts: No
  • Recommended Radio: 2.4Ghz 6-Channels
  • Experience Level: Beginners ~ Expert
  • Recommended Environment: Outdoor
  • Assembly Time: Less than half hour
  • Is Assembly Required: Yes
  • Requires: PNP requires Radio System, Battery and Charger

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Conclusion

To conclude, the Volantax Ranger 757-4 is well-engineered, there are some minor quality concerns. Love the color scheme and the decals are professionally designed. It is simple to assemble and flew very well without any modifications. Take-offs will need some space, and landings are easy. We do recommend the Ranger 757-4 for anyone who is looking for a perfect trunk size FPV plane.

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the lower half of what’s new in the market April 2016, unfavorable flying characteristics out of the box. (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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