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UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter 818A with Camera White with 2 Batteries & Parts Set
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- 2.4 Ghz 4 Channel 6 Axis quadcopter with built in camera HD Version
- Comes with 2 sets of batteries and extra propellers
- Flight time of 6-8 minutes per battery, charge time: 60-120 minutes
- Range: within 30 meters
- 6 Axis flight control
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Soar through the Sky with the newest and coolest version of the UDI 818A Helicopter (White). Record and take shots of your favorite scenery with the built in camera. Fun, practical and functional, the 818A will bring loads of entertainment as well as serve a practical use. Perfect for beginners and for those that are beginning to explore aerial photography and wish to practice on a much more pocket friendly platform.
Product Size: 13X13.5X2.15 inches
Controlling Distance: Up to 30 meters
Battery For Controller: 4 x AA batteries(not included)
2.4G Transmitter 4 Channel Quadcopter (Mode 2)
Transmitter with LCD display
6 Axis flight capability – Fly UP/Down, Forward/Backward, Yaw Left/Right
1 x U818A RC Quadcopter with Camera
1 x Transmitter
2 x Battery (bonus battery)
1 X Extra Propeller Set
1 X USB Cable
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Cons: Short run time (6-9 minutes depending on how hard you run it), unsuitable for outside flight with the plastic "shell" guard on (see below), low quality camera, slow battery charge time, lacks the power to fly outside with anything more than a light breeze.
After much research and hand wringing, I settled on this quadcopter because, for the price, it was an unbeatable deal with the camera, uSD card, two batteries and spare parts kit included. Now that I've had some good flight time and know even more about quads, I'd have to say that I feel that the UDI 818a is an ideal choice for entry quad pilots out there.
One of it's biggest advantages is it's size, having tried to break myself in on a micro quad half the size of the 818a, I can safely say that the smaller units are far less stable in anything but completely ideal environments.
Durability: A SOLID 5 stars
First off, as a complete beginner, I crashed this quad, A LOT. Walls, floors, ceiling fixtures, driveways, trees, windows, sidewalks, even my face and it's shrugged every single one off with only some scuffing on the plastics. While it's "best" to pull the throttle to zero just before a crash occurs, beginners might not do that and despite suffering several full throttle collisions, it's none the worse for wear and the carbon fiber booms on the motors certainly help make it very sturdy. This is ONE TOUGH TOY. I have absolutely ZERO complaints about the durability of this quadcopter. None.
Ease of use: 4 Stars
While the 818a itself is exceedingly easy to use, just slide in the battery, insert the uSD card and plug it in, the remote warrants at least one star being stripped off. The remote is... not great, my hands aren't small, but this thing is HUGE. It feels hollow and cheap. Probably the single largest complaint about the remote is that is does not remember the trim settings between power cycles. Turn it off and all your tweaking is gone. Add in the annoying buzzer and screwed down battery door and I just found myself rolling my eyes over the controller. Not to say it does not work, it does, it's just more annoying that it should be.
On a side note, for the charger, the instruction claim that the light on the brick will turn green when charging, but instead it turns OFF. When charging is finished, you will presented with a red light.
Last in the usability category is that the manual is hilariously bad "engrish". I mean REALLY bad. It's mostly readable, but I found myself laughing at it several times while reading.
Quality: 5 stars (quadcopter) - 3.5 stars (remote) - 2 stars (camera)
Got a mixed bag here.
The build quality of the 818a itself is, in a word, excellent. Surprising even. The plastic core frame is well made and quite ridged, the carbon fiber prop booms and propeller shafts are exceedingly strong, the gears and motors have performed flawlessly and the electronics have operated without even the smallest hiccup.
The remote isn't as good as the quad itself sadly. It's very light and very hollow feeling. I doubt it could take much of a drop without breaking, so hang on tight.
The camera is probably the coolest feature of this toy and I enjoy using it immensely, yet, it is not without a fair share of shortcomings. It's video resolution is quite low at 640x480 and the stills are the same, yet pixel doubled up to 1280x960 making them very grainy and fuzzy. The files it records are very large and will fill up the low quality 2gb sd card included rather easily and it's low light performance is also lacking. Finally, if you remove power before stopping the recording process, you'll end up with a "broken" movie file. It will still play in a program like VLC, however you cannot skip to different points or use other advanced playback features..
If you wish to see actual flight video in two types of light, I have a few of the video on youtube at dusk or low light (http://youtu.be/trhiaBRrduM) and full daylight (http://youtu.be/qF0wdAjsius)
Performance: 3 stars with the plastics - 4 without.
Out of the box the 818a has... acceptable power and maneuverability, with a fairly short run time of about 6-9 minutes.
One thing I noticed off the bat was if you perform abrupt maneuvers, it tends to start "wobbling" which often leads to a crash. Basically, at first, using the 818a indoors with the plastic "shell" and the integrated guards is obviously the best idea. HOWEVER, once you get the hang of flying a quadcopter and can do so with few crashes and/or want to use this quad outside, take the time to cut off the blade guard loops. Seriously.
I did this to try and fix the wobbly "hysteria" that this quad suffers from while performing more aggressive maneuvering and in erratic breeze, since I suspected the guards were causing a vibration interference and causing the gyro system to "panic"
Once freed from that extra weight and wiggly plastic, it immediately turns into a whole different beast. It's much faster, much more maneuverable, flies a bit longer and doesn't "freak out" if a cross breeze or updraft hits it while outside.
You CAN take all of the plastic shell off, but I recommend just cutting the extra off and leaving the "cap" on to protect the delicate electronics inside.
There MAY be a better starter quad out there, but I've flown several more and IMHO, the 818a, with the "mode 2" for more spirited flying, endless durability, camera, extra battery and spare parts while being had at a really, REALLY good price makes it the clear winner.
I hope this was helpful!
So far, no difference between this one and the black one except that this one comes with an extra battery which I THOUGHT would be a great idea.
Only reason I removed one star, is because one of the batteries is defective. It doesn't let the quadcopter fly very high because I guess it doesn't have enough power?
It flies for a good 2 minutes really low and won't go much higher than a couple of feet.
I tried charging it with the plug-in charger and it would give me the red light that means it's done but when I try it with my quadcopter it just won't work as well.
I'm sure your quadcopter won't probably come with this problem, I have ordered 5 spare batteries which should solve the problem.
Reason I know it successfully works and it an absolutely amazing quadcopter is because the other battery works!
REALLY fun quadcopter, fast shipping(With prime ;) great packaging, overall such a good product!
I will make a video and upload it here of what comes into the box and such to be more helpful with my review.
Shipping was pretty quick, like less than 5 days. Also one more thing, the instruction did say charge until the light turns green but in reality the light is off when you first start charging and then it turns "red" when charging is complete. Don't ask me why but this is as non-intuitive as it gets.
I'm not sure how high this will go because my yard is full of mature trees, but I made a couple of videos over the roof of our house almost level with the trees very easily. We'll take it to the neighbourhood park and play more after I get more comfortable flying it.
Overall it's very fun, comes completely assembled with nearly everything you need: quadcopter, remote, batteries for the copter, 2GB micro SD card, USB cable, bag of spare parts, screw driver and a wall charger.
You will have to supply some patience, 4 "AA" batteries and a bit of room to learn to fly. Anyone with decent hand eye coordination can fly this after about 5 to 15 minutes of playing and adjusting.