7 May 2018
An incredible drone - especially at this price. I don't think there's a better all-in one solution out there for even close to this cost. A wide range of control difficulties, a good durability and outstanding (though not magical - stay realistic) flight times.
There's a wide range of 'Flight modes' Available. Manual, Altitude hold mode and GPS mode. They're all effectively what they say on the tin. Manual gives you all the control (though some tinkering may be needed if you're looking for total DIY freestyle quad type flying - if that meant nothing to you then please ignore!) and is the hardest of the modes to fly, as all of the adjustments (think counteracting wind, etc) have to be done by yourself. Unless you're very experienced or are feeling very risky and looking to progress to faster freestyle or racing drones, this mode is probably not for you. Manual mode does offer the fastest and most agile flying, but, again, it's difficult to get started with and difficult to master. Manual mode if you did want to try it, is the only way to fly your quad if you cannot get GPS signal, and must be enabled via the settings available via the controller - you won't accidentally activate it.
Altitude hold mode is the second easiest flight mode (not including the 'follow me' feature). Saying that, it's massively easier to control when compared to manual mode. Altitude hold mode does just that - holds altitude. In wind, the quad may move vertically up/downwards the slightest amount, but it's nothing you can't correct easily. The biggest issue you'll have in this mode if you're a beginner is fighting wind horizontally at low altitudes, which, until you're more experienced, is where I personally recommend you keep your quad to avoid getting carried away and loosing your investment. It's not particularly hard in most low-mild winds, and will give you a flight time of (in my experience) approximately 23 minutes, which if you don't know, is very impressive for any quad. If you get into long distance flying - and please make sure you're aware of Civil Aviation Authority requirements if you do - you'll get the best distance on a single charge from altitude mode due to the GPS not holding you back, although it is inherently riskier and requires competence and some level of experience to control. I, personally, have been able to achieve up to 4x the advertised 300m range on a single battery (ensuring I had spotters along the way, and in accordance to the drone code). This is stellar for the price, truly remarkable battery life and range. Tl;Dr - Altitude mode does what it says on the tin, allows you to fly fast and semi safely, gives fantastic battery life and range, but caution is needed.
GPS Mode. First off, this is an very nice feature to be included at this price. Secondly, it works very well. In GPS mode, the quad locks itself in a 3d space. It automatically counteracts mild and even stongish winds, although I wouldn't recommend flying if you don't feel comfortable with the weather conditions at a particular time. GPS mode requires waiting for 6 satellites to pair with the quad before it'll allow you to arm the quad and fly - but the on screen display will tell you if you can't figure out why it won't arm. You're given a constant live feed of telemetry from the quad in all modes, including the exact GPS co-ordinates of yourself and the quad, and the number of satellites you're connected to, so you'll know when there's enough. If you're just starting to get into long range flying, or just want an easy, fun, reliable flight close to yourself ir far away, GPS mode is the place to go. This quad shines in GPS mode. Anyone and everyone, including my 64 year old dad with 0 experience, can pick up GPS mode flying in no time.
Return to home:
What if you get lost? There's a GPS return to home feature which will first fly the quad back to your location horizontally, maintaining it's altitude (unless it's under 10m, in which case it will first ascend to over 10m), and will then land itself nearby, always, in my experience, within 2-3 metres of your location. Note that on older firmwares the quad returns to the location it was originally armed and calibrated, however the newest firmware, which mine shipped with, returns to the transmitter (controller) location as long as it is available. If the quad looses signal of the controller, it will automatically return to the last known location and land, which is a nice, potentially wallet saving touch. Battery life here is about 20 minutes, still very impressive.
The quad uses a 5.8ghz video transmitter and reciever to provide a live video feed. When flying long range, this video feed will drop out long before the telemetry and controls do - however I typically found myself returning home due to battery life before the video lost signal. The image quality is surprisingly good, and the signal strength is impressive. Depending on where you fly, you may want to adjust the frequency by a few MHz to avoid interference from (for example) local fast wifi. This can be done via the settings on the on screen display in 5MHz increments. Overlayed on the videi is, as previously mentioned, telemetry information about both the quad and the transmitter. Battery remaining (both for the quad and tx), altitude, distance, heading, mode selected, satellite connections are all neatly arranged around the edges of the screen. Typically I fly my quad down to 6.8-6.9 volts. Additionally to the live video, the quad records to an SD card (you'll need to get one separately or re purpose one from an old phone perhaps? ensure it's high speed e.g class 10) kept onboard the drone meaning that a high def video can be recorded. The video is great for hobbyists, it's good enough that objects are clear and sharp, but it's not commercial grade - you'll need to shell out hundreds more for that. That said, it's nothing to scoff at - it's HD and very much watchable, great for showing your family and friends, or just fr keeping yourself as a record. Still images are effectively the same, way better than you'd expect for the price, HD, clear, but not commercially viable in most situations. You'll be plenty happy, my words here probably don't do it justice.
You get spare props in the box, a full set, 2 clockwise and 2 counter clockwise. As long as you're sensible, you'll rarely need to replace these. However, if you do crash a lot, spares for this quad are readily available all over the internet. Not just spares, but additions. Note that these additional parts may (assume will) void any warranty you have entirely - but there are landing gear, prop guard, battery enhancement additions and mods available with a quick search - even a long range antenna mod with about 5 minutes work. NOTE - I cannot recommend this unless you understand you WILL void any warranty you have and you're liable for any damage you cause. I personally have performed range, battery, landing gear and prop guard mods, but none of these are required to have a great time with this quad, and my review is of the quad before I started to tinker with it. However, if you're an obsessive tinkerer like me, this quad is fantastic to start on.
To summarise, you'll have a fantastic time with this quad, way more fun than you're paying for, the learning curve is tiny and the quality of everything is fantastic for what you pay. A brilliant gateway into quadcopters/multicopters in general that you'll always be able to have a fantastic time with even if you don't become obsessed and experienced with the brilliant, welcoming and friendly culture around them.
Too Long, Didn't Read:
If you're getting a quad, and this is your price range, get this one.