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Dromida HoverShot Ready to Fly (RTF), First Person View (FPV), Radio Controlled Drone with Camera (Quadcopter, WiFi Camera, Radio, Batteries and Charger)
- Altitude Hold makes learning to fly easy, and maintains the drone’s position so you can focus on getting the sharpest videos and photos possible.
- Equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi First Person View camera to shoot video and photos in real time via the DroneView app (smartphone or other mobile device required, not included).
- Takeoffs and landings are as easy as pushing a button.
- Micro 120 mm size makes the HoverShot perfect for flying indoors, or outdoors in calm conditions.
- Comes completely assembled and ready for immediate flying fun.
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With its sleek styling and high-intensity LED lights, the HoverShot looks cool from any angle.
Small in size, big on features!
Not only is the HoverShot the best choice for learning to fly a drone, it's also ideal for taking 720p videos and 1 MP still photos that you'll be proud of. That's because the Altitude Hold feature keeps the HoverShot at the height you select, by just letting go of the stick. The transmitter is high-quality, with a universal holder for your mobile phone.
Multiple flight modes let you fly at your particular comfort level, and buttons take the guesswork out of takeoffs and landings, starting and stopping the motor, and performing Auto-Flip maneuvers. You'll enjoy 7-10 minutes of smooth, stable flight, both indoors and out, and the HoverShot's rugged molded plastic airframe stands up to crashes. The canopy comes finished, with futuristic styling; LED lights help with orientation and tracking. Included with the preassembled drone is a 2G memory card, four extra blades and a screwdriver.
- Digital camera that shoots 720p FPV video and 1 MP still photos in JPG format
- Altitude Hold
- Auto takeoff/landing buttons
- Motor start/stop button
- Auto Flip button for pro-style flips whenever you want
- Rugged, crash-resistant molded plastic airframe
- High-intensity LEDs that aid in orientation and tracking
- Factory-installed motors, ESCs and onboard electronics
- 3-axis gyro and 3 accelerometers for smooth, stable flight in all conditions
- Power-on fail-safe: motors won't start unless the radio is turned on
- 3.7V 650mAh LiPo battery flies up to 7-10 minutes on a full charge
- Charger plugs into any USB port for fast, full charges
- Assembled Hovershot Drone
- AAA Batteries (4)
- 2GB Micro Memory card
- 1S 3.7V 650mAh LiPo Battery with USB Charger
- Extra Blades (4)
- Diagonal Measurement: 120 millimeters (4.72 inches)
- Flying Weight: 72 grams (2.5 ounces or .016 pounds)
Requires: Device for Android or Apple and DroneView app (download free from Google Play Store or App Store)
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Note: You may fly this model aircraft without registering with the Federal Aviation Administration. Registration is required only when piloting recreational, unmanned aircraft weighing above 0.55 pounds.
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Here is what I do and don't like.
*Does NOT require FAA registration
* Very smooth flyer - I was impressed by how much quieter and smoother the engines and rotors are, compared to a lot of my other quads.
* Altitude-hold makes it very easy to learn to fly. There is one button to start the motors and another button to take off. Altitude-hold qorks pretty well and if you get into trouble, you can just release the sticks (the throttle auto-centers) and let the quadcopter hover until you can regain your orientation and resume flight. In beginner's mode, the quadcopter is very, very docile. The downside of that is that if you are heading toward an obstacle, you may crash unless you turn the quad with enough time to respond because responsiveness is sluggish. At higher rates, it is much more responsive, though, but you'll never have the "insane yaw" that you get with non-altitude-hold quads (yaw meaning it will spin in a tight circle and insane yaw is when it turns in place in a tight circle very, very quickly). Altitude-hold, in general, does mean a certain amount of sluggishness in responsiveness.
* All the buttons on the controller are clearly labeled! The only things not labeled are the trim buttons and the control sticks. I love the fact that the other buttons are labeled and it comes with a "quick start" sheet for those who are impatient and just want to try the quad out.
* Advanced rates are responsive so it is fairly maneuverable. But it is not an aggressive flyer even at advanced rates.
* It comes with an SD card for recording video, so you have pretty much everything you need right out of the box. I love the fact that you insert the SD card right into the quad and are not limited to recording videos from the application on your cell phone (that process generally means really poor resolution). It is much easier and you can forgo the entire FPV/cell phone app thing which extends the flight time.
*Flight time is pretty good. I get about 8 minutes flying and 6 or 7 minutes if I record video while flying. If I'm not doing a lot of turns, funnels, or figure-8's, I can even get 9 or 10 minutes on a freshly charged battery.
* The FPV/cell phone app is okay--it works--but it is a little awkward and difficult to use. Do NOT use it if you are new to flying quadcopiters--even advanced pilots find that flying using FPV is a challenge and it probably isn't a great way to try to learn how to fly to begin with. I found myself ignoring the FPV view in favor of keeping an eye on the quadcopter as I was flying to make sure I avoided obstacles like small branches that often appeared "too late" in the FPV view for me to avoid them effectively, particularly when flying Beginner's rate.
* The prop guards will catch on small twigs, so you may be better off flying without the prop guards if you have a lot of obstacles like trees and bushes.
*While the transmitter does have a place for your cell phone, and it works, it does add weight and feels awkward or over-balanced/top-heavy. That may just be because my cell phone is large, but I found it very awkward.
*Beginner's rate is sluggish so you'll need to be aware of that when avoiding obstacles. You'll need to turn the craft early--perhaps earlier than you may think.
I have a few other altitude-hold quadcopters and this one is now my favorite. If someone were to ask about quads for beginners, I would not hesitate to recommend this one. The altitude-hold really makes it easier to learn to fly as you do not have to worry so much about the throttle. But oddly enough, I find that it does make it harder to land (I don't really like pressing a button to land the craft). At the higher rates, it is fairly zippy and responsive, and the video is a fun feature and easy to use. Just remember to end the video before you shut off the quadcopter in order to save it.
A couple of notes: I read some other reviews and found that many of the issues were due to people immediately trying to fly using FPV and/or not having flown quadcopters before and not knowing how to establish the connection between the transmitter and the quadcopter. I've flown about ten different quadcopters at this point. They each have their pros and cons. I found this one to be a pleasure to fly with generally more pros than cons. I urge beginners NOT to jump into FPV first thing--and if they do--please be aware that the challenges of that type of flying should not necessarily be considered the fault of the quadcopter. It is a difficult mode and frankly, I don't think it is all that useful except as a novelty due to range limitations and difficulty of controlling the craft's orientation and obstacle avoidance. You can't really see all the way around the quad with the camera so if you start to fly backwards or sideways, you are highly likely to run into things before you become aware of it and correct it. Just a note and opinion, for what that is worth.
The drone has a button you can push on the remote that immediately will land the drone wherever it is at the moment. It also has a return to home function if needed. The battery life on it sucks though, with only about 7 minutes max from a charge. You'll have to learn pretty fast or plan to stretch out the learning times over a few days. And every time you crash hard you'll have to recalibrate the drone and probably have to disconnect the battery and reconnect it.
As I said, for a beginner drone, it's a good choice so you can see if you really need to spend a lot of money on an expensive model or if you'll just be using it for a few quick pictures here and there.
The image quality is surprisingly good, but the app that you need to use could be better. You can only manipulate the videos (export them, delete them) through the app, with the drone connected and turned on and with the battery more or less full. The app doesn't work when the battery is about to die (so this can mean needing to charge the drone for the sake of downloading the videos you've just made). That said, he's taken some cool videos of our apartment.
Even with the caveats, this is my husband's favorite drone from his collection and the one he uses the most. Full disclosure, he hasn't taken it outside yet (we live near an airport and have to travel some distance to be where drones are permitted), so it might be different in the wind/elements.