Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter
- Features: built-in digital camera lets user shoot and record aerial videos with transmitter activated on and off control, rtf version also takes still
- Includes: rtf 1sq quadcopter with 2.4ghz Radio, LiPo battery, USB charger, four extra blades, screwdriver, four aa batteries, instructions, 2 GB Memor
- Requires: device such as a personal computer with a USB port to power charger
- FEATURES: Built-in digital camera lets user shoot and record aerial videos with transmitter activated On and Off control
- INCLUDES: RTF 1SQ Quadcopter with 2.4GHz Radio, LiPo Battery, USB Charger, Instructions, 2 GB Memory Card and USB micro SD card reader
- REQUIRES: Device such as a personal computer with a USB port to power charger
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|Item Dimensions||9 x 10.25 x 4.5 in||3 x 13 x 13 in||—||8.66 x 8.66 x 2.75 in||3.54 x 12.2 x 12.2 in||12.2 x 12.2 x 3.3 in|
|Item Weight||1.81 lbs||4.7 ounces||—||3 lbs||4.94 ounces||4.9 ounces|
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This is the electric powered, 2.4ghz Radio controlled, ready to fly 1sq v-cam quadcopter from Heli-Max. For beginning helicopter flyers.
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This is the Electric Powered, 2.4GHz Radio Controlled, Ready to Fly 1SQ V-Cam Quadcopter from Heli-Max. For Beginning Helicopter Flyers. Additional Technical Info Will Be Added When It Becomes Available.
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The box comes complete with everything you need. The controller comes with four AA batteries. The drone comes pre-assembled and includes the needed tiny battery and a 2 GB memory card for the camera. There's also a battery charger that plugs into a USB outlet. The memory card ejects from the drone and plugs into an included USB adapter. Thoughtfully Heli-Max included four spare props and a tiny screw driver.
The controller is good quality for the price. The controls are fairly smooth and easy to finesse in flight. The joysticks were quick to learn and adjacent to each are trim toggles which make fine adjustments when the joystick is centered to adjust for any drift. On the back where each index finger rests are buttons to snap photos or start the video camera. There's a YouTube video from Heli-Max describing how to change the the controller between two modes - the kinder gentler learning mode and a more aggressive mode. I'm still in the training mode setting the response to a very smooth 35%.
The quadcopter itself is pretty well constructed as well. I've crashed it more times that I can count ... including once 25 feet up in a tree in the backyard and into the concrete and haven't managed to break it yet. The camera is very tiny and has an adjustable lens which I have angled down slightly. I've posted some sample captures in this review separately. It's a 1 MB camera that weighs less than half an ounce ... what to you want? A neat novelty but not something you're going to use for professional use. The plastic cover pops off easy enough. The four propellers are pretty rugged but a tip I read and have followed is that if you're crashing zero the throttle out quickly.
The white and black propellers and the white (front) and red (rear) LEDs on each motor pod make orienting the quad easier. It's a challenge to spin, fly in all four directions and manage up and down all at the same time. A wee bit of breeze like I have today makes it even more the challenge.
I managed to lose one propeller in my tree crash. The spare propellers are clockwise and counter-clockwise so make sure you replace any lost props with the right twist prop.
I'm running the USB charger in a "high current" USB port used for charging an iPad vs. a lower power one like might be used for a cell phone. The battery charges up in about 45-60 minutes and I've been getting 4-6 minutes worth of flight time flying very aggressive.
I've had this thing up about 40-50 feet up in the air and it felt like it could have continued to climb if I hadn't lowered the power. I haven't let it get too far away yet but it's been a bunch of fun learning to hover, rotate, and climb and lower the drone.
Complete and ready to fly
Rugged and handles crashes
Easy to use
Video and still camera included
Spare propellers included (get more spares)
Short battery life (get spares)
Not the highest quality camera
The appeal of quadrocopters is that they are inherently more stable and easier to fly than helicopters. A new pilot can pick one up and learn a ton without fear that you're going to end up in a tree or slicing someone's finger off (like with the bigger helis). The extra appeal of this model is that they integrated a little camera into the nose, so that you can take video and/or pictures while in flight. Very cool, and yes, it works.
PROS: Easy to fly, durable, charges quickly (though I'd recommend picking up extra battery packs), plenty of replacement parts. Looks cool. Takes photos and videos, with sound! Can do flips in any direction at the flick of a button. Tons of value for the money. This thing can fly inside and outside, even with some wind. You can get it up 60+ feet in the air in a hurry, just make sure you have no trees around! Makes for some very cool videos.
CONS: the microSD card and card reader that come with it are bargain-basement quality. I was getting corrupted files until I swapped the card for a new brand-name card and reader, and all my problems disappeared. Flight time can be short, especially if you are taking lots of videos (which also draws power from the battery). Generally, 5-10 minutes is what you'll get, so pick up extra battery packs- they're dirt cheap. Telling the front of the copter apart from the rear is tough while in the air, though the paint job and blade colors help a bit. Telling if you're filming or not is impossible while it's up high- you have to hope you pressed the right button, since the LED is impossible to see in daytime flight.
Overall, this is a ton of fun, and perfect for new/intermediate flyers. Highly recommended!
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