UDI U818A HD+ Drone with Camera and Headless Mode | 2.4Ghz RC Camera Drone Quadcopter | Quadruples Your Flying Time with EXTRA BATTERY + POWER BANK
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- HEADLESS MODE: The headless mode eliminates the distinguish of drones direction, the direction will be the same as your transmitter, great for beginners
- HD CAMERA: Take high-res pictures & video during flight! Includes 2MP camera with upgraded 4GB Micro SD
- 6 AXIS GYRO STABILITY: Provides stability, strong wind resistance & easy maneuverability for stunts
- 360º FLIPS & TRICKS: Impress your friends and family with awesome 3D tricks with the push of a button
- DOUBLE YOUR FLIGHT TIME: Includes 2 LiPo batteries to extend the fun! FAA Registration NOT Required
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UDI 818A HD+ Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera and Headless Mode
The easy to maneuver, UDI 818A HD+ Drone is ready to fly straight out of the box! It's lightweight, 5 oz frame excludes it from FAA registration requirements.
- Powerful Motors - Strong powerful motors enable the helicopter to fly much longer and more efficiently
- Durable Frame - Performance-enhancing highly elastic plastic protective frame that protects the propellers in flight and acts as an anti-collision safety mechanism
- Controller - 4 Channel, 2.4GHz transmitter has LCD screen and displays full flight status. 2 Joysticks move the copter in any direction.
- LED running lights and remote control signal light
- Controls for trim, flight mode, power. In-flight trim controls for pitch, roll and yaw.
- 2 long-life batteries can be swapped or charged in-place with included USB Power Bank and USB charger. Charging Time: 90-120 mins; Flight Duration: 7-9 mins.
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Upgraded 720P HD Camera
- Forward-Facing Stationary HD Camera - takes HD video and HD photos with great color and white balance.
- Movie resolution has been upgraded to 1280 × 720 at 30 frames per second.
- Removable 4GB Micro SD card stores enough for several flights.
- Data port and USB Data Cable – upload your new AVI and JPEG files to Facebook, Email, Photoshop easily.
Headless Mode - Fly the Drone Without the Worry of Orientation
Headless Mode eliminates need to adjust aircraft position before flight & improves learning curve.
When you choose a headless mode, regardless the direction the front of the drone is facing when you push the throttle to the right, your drone will go right, when you push the throttle to the left, your drone will go left.
If you are looking for a worry free, easy to operate, and simple to control drone, the UDI 818 HD+ with Headless Mode is the way to go.
Perfect for Beginner to Intermediate flyers looking to have some fun, and if you are planning to be a drone master you can always turn the headless mode off for more precise flying.
360° Flips, 6 Axis Gyro & Low Battery Warning
Perform extreme stunts, flips, and tricks with simple joystick combos including Up/Down, Left/Right, Forward/Backward, 360° flips, and 360° rolls.
The 6 Axis Gyro provides stability, wind resistance, and easy maneuverability.
Low Battery Alarm - When the quadcopter battery is low, the transmitter will make an audible sound warning you of the low battery.
When you hear the warning you will need to bring the quadcopter back ASAP for charging!
Top Customer Reviews
The yaw on low is very slow and on high is still not as fast as like, but for taking video this is a good thing. A faster yaw would make the video hard to watch, the slower yaws help keep it steady and watchable.
This quad is super stable and take really great video for a toy quad. It is easy to fly and would make an excellent quad to learn to fly on and take awesome videos. It has 2 speed rates and in low it is perfect for beginners, while in high gives it enough power to maneuver through some wind. The protective ring will make it get pushed around in the wind, but it can push through it in high. I find that moving it upwind and letting it drift downwind makes for some really steady shots.
It has an awesome function where the transmitter will start beeping when the quad has low battery. This is great because if you're really high in the air you won't be able to see the warning lights on the quad. With this feature you will be able to safely get it back to you in plenty of time before the battery runs out.
It has headless mode and RTH and they both work fairly well for a toy quad. Without GPS they are not always reliable, but they do work pretty good.
Overall I really like this quad a lot. I would highly recommend it to beginners and intermediates who want to learn how to fly and film before they get a high dollar camera quad. It is a very nice to fly and would be very easy to learn with.
The video I posted is some footage from the quad when I took it to the beach. The video might not look as good on Amazon as it does on my computer due to the restrictions Amazon has on file size.
For my full detailed review and unedited flight footage please follow the link below. If you want much more information and more videos on this quad check out my YouTube channel. Thanks!
Full review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clSLNXY9VmM
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxjpQbygOUFpRRkLpjRxTWg
Overall, great value and good fun for a beginner!
Camera: The UDI has a much much better camera, especially in low light situations. The Syma's camera is useless if you're not in broad daylight or a well lit building. The UDI has a huge flaw though, if the drone loses signal with the receiver it will stop recording until it regains signal. This makes it almost useless. When trying to get a panorama shot of my neighborhood the video was split into five different recordings. Another time I was flying after work and there was some strong winds about 30 feet up that blew the drone to the other side of the strip mall building. I assumed I'd be able to watch the path it took after it went past the buildings but it got basically nothing interesting. I'm taking off a star just for this function. Even though the camera on the Syma is inferior in every other way, a camera that records is better than one that doesn't so I'd recommend the Syma.
Maneuverability: The UDI's the controller pretty solid, unfortunately the drone itself just isn't nearly as maneuverable as the Syma. When going for speed the Syma can easily hit twice the speed as the UDI. The UDI has the power it needs to perform but the flight programming isn't that good. At full power and full tilt with the Syma it drops altitude as it gains speed, the UDI just starts climbing once it starts getting any speed at all. I even took the huge faring off the UDI which helped tremendously but still wasn't as good as the Syma with all its gear still on. Beyond speed they both have very similar feel and are very responsive.
Controller: Both controllers are really good quality but the UDI as a few features that really shine. Literally. The UDI controller has a backlight you can see at night. UDI also feeds you information, like a beep when the drones battery is getting low or an icon letting you know the camera is recording.
Features: This UDI advertises some features that the Syma X5C-1 doesn't. First up is automatic return home button. This feature is garbage, doesn't work at all. First it has to be in headless mode, which works well for about 12 seconds before it loses calibration. I've tested it several times and usually what happens is the drone will start flying in a random direction and I have to guide it myself lest it crashes into something or fly's off into the wild blue yonder. I thought it would be a nice feature to have incase I get into trouble but if I ever did need to use it pressing 'return to home' would just make the situation worse. Useless.
Ruggedness: Both the Syma and UDI are tied on this one. Both have taken a beating and kept going. I accedently pressed the flip button on the UDI the first time I flew it (it's the opposite button on the Syma remote) and I crashed it right into a ditch full of water. Dried it off and still works perfectly. Crashed them both plenty of times and so far all the spare blades remain unused.
Battery: We are looking at very similar flight times for these two products. The nice thing about the UDI is it comes with TWO batteries instead of the Syma's one as well as a rechargeable portable power pack. At first I couldn't get my power pack to charge properly and I thought it was defective. Right before I was about to return it I tried using a different charging cable and that solved the problem. Not really a big deal since I had several extra lying around the house.
Price: Syma X5C-1 $50 vs UDI 818A HD+ $100. With all the extra features the UDI touts I figured it would be worth paying double. It certainly was NOT. With the extra $50 you'd have buying the Syma you can by several extra batteries as well as a portable battery charger that's 5 times bigger than the one that comes with this bundle. Headless mode is worthless, automatic return to home even more so, camera is better but shuts on and off.
Other thoughts: The UDI is much harder to fly at night, when flying at certain angles you cannot see the orientation lights at all and the drone seems to vanish. The Syma has an on/off switch which is really nice compared to the UDI which you have to unplug the battery, a bigger pain in the but than it might seem. The UDI has a slightly better controller but at the end of the day the difference is negligible. I won't say that I got ripped off, it's still a fun drone to fly, but if you're like me and you work hard for your money then I'd say go with the Syma. I regret not spending the same $100 on the X8C.