Reptile S800 FPV Flying Wing 3-Axis Sky Shadow 820mm

Reptile S800 is the latest Flying Wing entry into the world of FPV racing and at an affordable  price.  Looking like the recent release of BLADE FPV Manta, flat on the nose block, FPV ready. A 3-axis gyro for stable flight and a 700TVL Camera is included for the PNP version. The PNP is almost a kit, requires complete assembly ■ by dronemission.com

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Market Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves,   Budget $ (PRICE CHECK: $109 PNP & $59 Kit ■ Dec 2016 at Arthur’s Pick at Banggood)

Design  the material used is light-weight Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), a durable flexible foam. It is impact resistance, and strong enough to take a direct impact against a tree or slamming onto concrete.  Why EPP, for some racing pilots a key component to racing wings (see experiences).

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Competitor / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Blade FPV Manta, Blade Theory

Camera

The camera is a sharp 700 TVL camera with low latency

Factory Specifications
EPP foam construction, durable and lightweight
3-Axis flight control ensures a more stable flight
200mw image transmission enables real-time image transmission
700TVL camera gives you a clear fun FPV

Package Included:
2 x Wings
1 x Fuselage
2 x Small Wing Tips
1 x Nose Block
1 x Main Hatch Cover
2 x Emax ES08A Servos
1 x 3-Axis Flight Control
1 x Flight Control Circuit Board Base
1 x Sunnysky2205 Motor 2300KV
2 x 6045 Propellers
1 x 700TVL Camera
1 x 200mW AV Transmitter
1 x 20A ESC
1 x Sticker
1 x User Manual

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RC Stunt Car 360 awe-inspiring! MKB

MKB 5588 – 610 Brushed RC Stunt Car GREEN – is the latest family fun indoor and outdoor radio control MKB 360-degree spinning crawler.  It breakdances with the two identical sides and two rotatable lines of wheels, operating like a tank, an exciting, fast moving children’s RC car.  The wheels can rotate very quickly along with the body, you just need to move the joysticks either up or down.  ■ by Louise

Little Gearers Market Segment
Kids ages 3+, Hobbyist, Budget $26 (source GearBest: Dec 2016 [PRICE CHECK here])

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What To Expect

The material used is light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego).  It is impact resistance, but not strong enough to take a direct impact against a wall or slamming onto concrete. The controls are very simple to operate and easy to get a hang of, even if this is your first time operating a RC and definitely provide hours of fun to a family of all ages.  The car is simple to operate and I thought quite impressive for the price. Anyone could use it and have fun. The battery charge lasts a good 25-30 minutes so you can spend a good time experimenting on what it can do before it needs recharging. This is important when it is for a child who cannot always be patient waiting for a toy to recharge, especially when that is all they want to play with.

The car can do a 360 degree body spin, tire spin , double side roll and do crawling stunts on a 360 degree spin. The car also has a nice led light featureand a closed battery compartment to keep it dry if playing near water.

What We Love About It

  • The car once out the box and when the battery is charged is ready to go. Very simple to operate and great fun for kids and grown ups.  Even for someone with no RC experience, this car is fun to play with.

Competitors / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives:  Dessert Snowfield Land, 2016 Truck Gears

Factory Specifications
Brand: MKB
Model: 5588 – 610
Weight: 0.457kg ( not including battery )
Material: ABS
Features: 360-degree rotation, 360-degree transformation, off-road running, LED lights, robust lateral parts, aerodynamic design, fall resistance
Motor: brushed
Signal frequency: 27MHz
Channels: 4
Control distance: 10m
Car battery: 6.4V 400mAh 2S lithium-ion battery, 38g
Charge time: 120 minutes
Charging method: USB cable
Run time: 25 – 30 minutes
Transmitter battery: 2 x 1.5V AA ( included )

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Frsky Horus X12S God of RTX

Frsky Horus X12S radio transmitter, 16-32 channel system, is built to make you the God of the Sky, just like the Egyptian God Horus. Just tilt the transmitter to facilitate auxiliary control as there is a built-in 6-axis sensor. Includes Voice Alerts for things like; audible count down timers, low voltage warnings, landing gear down warnings etc., just about anything can be programmed and with full telemetry capability and GPS. ■ by dronemission.com

User Segment
Keen Hobbyist, Pro Radio Transmitter, Collectors, Budget [$$] (PRICE CHECK ■ Nov 2016 Arthur’s Pick at Banggood)

First Impression,  the material used is heavy-weight milled CNC aluminum, like a military-grade version of the popular Frsky Taranis. It is impact resistance, weight just under 3 pounds.  The sticks equipped with six ball bearings for precision and durability.  A lot of programming features to keep you up learning and discovering.

 

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What To Expect If This Your First

It may be overwhelming at the first, but take your time to explore features of a Horus.  One of the best features of the Horus is its full telemetry capability, as well as RSSI signal strength feedback, there are 3 different programmable failsafe modes and receiver lock, so no more crashes due to selecting the wrong model. If you have stock in other brand receivers or B&F’s, no worries the Horus has a JR style RF module slot, so you have the option of other brand modules such as the Orange DSM2/DSMX or Open LRS 433mhz module. An inbuilt GPS module helps your model know where you are at all times, making it easier to return to you.

Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Frsky Taranis

Factory Specifications
Brand: Frsky
Item Name: Horus
Number of Channels: 16CH / up to 32CH
Operating Voltage Range: 7~15V (2s,3s lipos acceptable)
Backlight LCD Screen: 480*272, high resolution TFT color screen
Model Memories: 60 (expandable with SD card)
Advance Functions: Full telemetry capability inbuilt GPS module
Gyro: 6-axis sensor (3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerator)
Trainer: Inbuilt wireless trainer system
Compatibility: FrSky X series, D series, L series and V8-II series receivers

What we love about it

  • Audible count down timers
  • Audible programming
  • Low voltage warnings

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • FPV video screen and DVR

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 7 favorites during this release recorded November 2016.  An update to follow.

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Upload 360 videos Youtube

What the Andoer Dual-lens 360°, Ricoh Theta S and Samsung Gear 360 have in common are the dual-lenses that allows you to film and upload 360-degree videos.  This give rise to a new perspective if drone aerial first person view

YouTube and Facebook now supports uploading and playback of 360° spherical videos. To watch 360° videos, you need the latest version of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer on your computer. On mobile devices, use the latest version of the YouTube app for Android or iOS.

(Flipboard not compatible. Best viewed in youtube app directly by opening this link https://youtube.com/360)

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For an immersive experience, you can even watch 360° videos with a cardboard goggle attaching the YouTube Android app.

After a week of filming, we begin to discover that is just a few things to consider before creating the video.

  • Decide the best way to mount the camera without appearing to be holding a tripod or showing too much head (realizing you are being filmed no matter where you stood in 360).
  • What if you want to incorporate text on the video or include a logo, not knowing if your audience is looking front, back, sides, down or up.
  • Storyboarding and sequencing scenes in 360.  How do you you mix 2D and 360 footages.

The following 360 cameras are compatible with YouTube and are available today:
• Andoer Dual-lens 360° (budget $125 source: Nov 2016 camfere.com)
• Ricoh Theta S
• Samsung Gear 360

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For the best results, encode your video at a high resolution and according to YouTube’s advanced specifications. YouTube currently supports 360° videos with 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, or 60 frames per second. We recommend uploading 16:9 aspect ratio stitched videos in 4K (3840×2160) resolution as a loss of resolution is inevitable when playback in youtube 360. A 1080p video, when stretçhed and wrapped around the sphere will look like 480p.

When uploading your 360° video, don’t make edits to the video using the YouTube Video Editor and Enhancements tools on desktop or mobile. These tools don’t currently support 360° videos.

Before publishing, schedule the video for a later date and verify that the file has 360° playback enabled by watching the video on your device. It may take up to 30 minutes for 360° playback to be processed after uploading.

360° videos on a browser feature a pan button in the top left, and can be rotated using the WASD keys, so look for these features to confirm your video is in 360.

If you take the video straight out of the camera and try to upload it to Youtube, it’s not going to work properly. The video will upload and be available, but when you go to view it you’ll see a stereoscopic image–an odd-looking video of side-by-side circles, each showing the hemisphere captured by one of the two lenses.

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To make it work properly there are two steps you have to do before uploading it.

1. You will need to convert the image from stereoscopic view to an equirectangular one. That will combine the two hemispheres into a wide view with dimensions where the width is exactly double the height (otherwise known as a 2:1 aspect ratio). And the tops and bottoms of the frames will look strange and stretched. But when used in a specialized 360° player those stretched parts of the frame will fill out when you look up or down, wrapping around the sphere 360.

If you own the budget Andoer 360 camera, you can use the recommended unregistered Symax 360 software – Open Convertor, set Video Quality = High, Start.

2. In order to upload and playback a 360° video file, you’ll need to modify the metadata of the video file with an app or script before uploading.

Follow these instructions to install an app that will add the necessary metadata into a new file for you.

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  1. Download the 360 Video Metadata app for Mac or Windows recommended by YouTube
  2. Un-zip the file, then open the 360 Metadata Injector app. If you’re on a Mac, you may need to right-click the app and then click Open.
  3. You can also add the metadata using a Python script.
  4. Select the original or edited 360 video file
  5. Select the checkbox for My Video is Spherical (360) and click Inject Metadata. Do not select the “3D Top-bottom” checkbox. For more information, refer to upload instructions for virtual reality videos.
  6. Save the file that will be created suffix with “injected.mp4”.
  7. Save the file. A new file will be created automatically in the same location as the original file.
  8. Upload the new injected file to YouTube.
  9. Wait for the 360° conversion to process. This may take up to 30 minutes for a 7 minutes video.

Tip: Andoer Dual-lens 360° 960p on Premiere Pro, follow 1920x 960 size, h.264

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XK A600 DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver

XK A600 with 6G is a 6-axis gyro DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver single-engine, high-wing, propeller-driven airplane. Notably the DHC-2 was designed as a short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft, widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft.  XK brings the model A-600 to life with this fun RC electric model of the DHC-2, with 10 minutes of flight time, on an attractive orange and white paint scheme.  ■ dronemission.com

Market Segment
Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Collectors, Budget $78 (source: GearBest Oct 2016)

What To Expect If This Your First Flight

You can easily spend 15 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 8-10 minutes. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

Power on your radio transmitter first, make sure your throttle stick is at the lowest point.  Check to make sure all your switches are up (position 0). Connect your battery to your plane, lay the plane flat on a hard surface immediately. This will allow the plane to self-level the gyroscope.

Once you have successfully bind with the radio, the sticks come to live.

Practice taking off and landing on a runway using a flight simulator, this will help you tremendously with your final approach.  Use rudder to keep the plane in a straight line and use throttle to control your rate of descent.  Keep in mind the throttle is mixed with the elevator.  More throttle will ascend this plane.  I take-off with 6G but usually find it easier to land in 3d mode on the final approach, because of the mixed-in elevator and throttle

Flight Characteristics

There are two flight modes, Stabilize (6G) and Aerobatics (3D).  You change the modes by pressing down on the aileron right stick.  Since it uses the Futaba® Radio Control Systems, you can easily use a compatible radio transmitter as a substitute.  No mixing is needed, as they are programmed into the flight controller.

You can loop, fly inverted and roll with ease in 3D mode but yet the gyro will keep it locked on course and compensate for any wind.

In 6G mode, the A-600 has it aileron and rudder pre-mixed to provide a smooth and gentle coordinated turn.   Adding more rudder will give you a very sharp turn. When you throttle up, the elevator pitches up gently to ascend, therefore you may find yourself needing to pitch down just a little during landing, as you will need some speed to prevent it from stalling while landing.  Your challenge is to keep the speed as constant as possible and descending as slow as possible without stalling.

In 6G it will not let you exceed 45 degrees angle to perform any aerobatics.

The A-600 handles 10 mph winds well, which allows you to hover in the air for an extended period of time or even fly backwards.

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Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: XK A1200, E-Flite Ultra Micro Carbon Cub

Factory Specifications
Model: A600
Material: EPS
Motor: High performance 1404 brushless motor
Flying Time: Approx 10min
Battery: 7.4V 300mAh 25C Li-Po
Charging Time: 30-60min
Control Distance: 80 – 100 meters
Rotor Diamater: 25cm
Length: 23.3cm
Height: 7.7cm
Flying Weight: 90g
Futaba® Radio Control Systems

1: Aileron
2: Elevator
3: Throttle
4: Rudder
5: Gear
6: Flap
7: Aux 1

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Xk A600 categorized as a entry level RC Plane, durable, and aerobatic.  In terms of ranking, we would say it is in the top 3 budget favorites in this category as recorded Oct 2016.  A positive recommendation for dealers.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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Mobius Mini Camera

Mobius Mini at 27 grams is a major achievement, filming at 1080p 60fps with an amazingly low latency for FPV.  You can almost add this mobiusmini camera to any 150 size quadcopter or 800mm airplane.  We took it for a test flight, compare it with the FireflyQ6, unbox it and review the design.

Wow…  MobiusMini has a very low latency! had a good flight with the mini and have included the latency test results. Says a fraction of a thousandth of a second, subject to your own interpretation. See for yourself and pause your screen to subtract. A snapshot is a frame in time, regardless of what you are viewing with.

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Mobius Mini weighing 27 grams

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Notes: because the power and record buttons are on opposite sides, I am finding myself accidentally setting it to recovery mode, which then makes the camera not turn on, until you reset it with a pin or paperclip.

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Lower-weighted to the ground for FPV

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

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HAWK-EYE Firefly 7S with 2-inch LCD

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology is known for it’s ultra vivid cameras with GYRO image stabilization. The Firefly 7S 4K FPV action sports camera camcorder is the latest entry into the market with a 2 inch LCD screen. This comes as a nice surprise, following suit the recent Mobius-looking Q6 camera that is taking the market by storm this month. With the LCD screen, it allows you to see what you are filming; at times you only get one chance on a shot, and not seeing what you are filming, can be a  disappointment if you missed that only shot.

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology series of cameras took the challenge to GoPro with a third of the price, putting GoPro in a tough spot. This round, a new challenger to it’s rival, Git2.  ■ by dronemission.com

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What caught our attention

  • With a bigger 2 inches LCD screen with real-time playback preview Camera
  • Remote Start and Stop recording using receiver (option)
  • HDMI Output
  • High video resolution 2160p@24fps
  • GYRO image stabilization
  • Auto power on and gracefully turns off after your aircraft battery is powered off !
  • Compatible with GoPro gimbals, battery and waterproof case

 

User Segment
Camera Enthusiast, FPV Ready, Budget (Aug 2016 source: GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video cameras are designed for First Person View (FPV). The 7S 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.

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.

Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Git2

Factory Specifications

  • Brand Name: Hawekye
  • Model: Firefly 7S
  • Image Sensor: SONY 12 Mega pixels COMS Sensor
  • Photo Resolution: 12M
  • Video Resolution: 2160p@24fps(Quicktime player required),2.5K @30fps,1080P @60fps,1080P@30fps and 720p@120fps,720p@60fps
  • ISO adjustment: AUTO/100/200/400/800/1600
  • AV Output Format : PAL/ NTSC
  • Supports HDMI output
  • Supports max 32G TF card, Class 10
  • Supports WiFi
  • Video/photo format: MP4/JPG
  • Supports HDMI/ AV Output
  • Accessories: Compatible with Gopro gimbals, battery and waterproof case
  • Supports Wifi Share
  • Supports WIFI Real-time Playback Preview
  • Gyro Image Stabilization
  • View Angle Adjustable
  • Support Inverted Image Rotate 180 Degrees
  • Camera Size: 59(L) *21(W) *41(H) mm
  • LCD Size: 640(L)* 480(W)mm
  • OLED Size: 64*48mm
  • Lens: 7mm FOV 120°
  • Weight: 70g
  • Battery Capacity: 1000mA
  • Battery Life: One hour
  • Charge Port: 5V 1A
  • Color: Black, Siliver and Gold

 Optical Parameter

  • Diaphragm: F/2.8, 6 glasses
  • Angle: Horizontal 120 degree ; Diagonal 170 degree

 Mode:

  • Video; Photo; Time-lapse video; Time-lapse photo; 11 Burst Photo; Effect shooting; Night Mode photos

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In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 4 favorites during this release recorded Aug2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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