This quadcopter is pretty easy to fly. The batteries last a little less then 15 minutes which is pretty good. The batteries take around 2-3 hours to charge, one thing to keep in mind is that the charger is only able to charge one battery at a time. The video feed from this quadcopter is fairly stable since it uses 5G. The nice part about this camera is that it has a servo motor which allows the camera to pan up and down during flight. The camera also has an onboard micro SD card slot for recording photos and videos. The image quality has nice coloring and has a high enough resolution to see area around it. Overall a fun quadcopter.
So I've been flying a well-reviewed non-GPS quadcopter with 720p camera and it was a great learning experience for getting some accurate control over the craft. Sadly, last week a motor stopped and I'm not really prepared to fool around to figure out whether the motor is dead or a problem with the ESC electronic speed controller. Besides I've been hankering to step up to a more advanced machine. Enter the Potensic D58 (after a LOT of research and price/feature comparisons). It arrived today and I've had 1.5 batteries worth of flying time and I love it!
Obviously, this is very much a first-impressions review, and I'll hopefully write an update after I've explored all of the features, but I'll share what I've learned this evening. Btw there's a light gusty breeze at ground level (WeatherBug says average 6mph) and I had to take a break as some light drizzly rain passed through. After pairing with the controller and phone, I manually took off and it instantly found a rock-steady hover at about 1.5m. I had it on low speed and it struggled a bit in the wind as I took it higher, but I always had control. The return-to-home feature worked repeatedly like a charm; landing within a meter of the center of my landing pad each time. Turns and changes of direction feel a bit abrupt compared to my cheaper, smaller drone, but maybe I just need to develop a lighter touch. I cranked up to high speed and took it up to 50 meters and saw a world I've never seen before; it was awesome (I can't even imagine what the supposed vertical range of 250m looks like). That brings me to the camera, what a mind-blowing difference 1080p and 120° FOV makes. Even in the gusty wind, the video was pretty steady; most of the jerkiness came from my flying skills! I'm in love with the 90° gimbal tilt - looking straight down really changes your perspective. I had one moment when the drone started circling in wobbly circles (a phenomenon that I believe has the picturesque name "toilet-bowling!) but the return-to-home function brought it down safely, though maybe I should have tried more to regain control manually. Oh, the RTH function has a nifty feature: before the drone lands, it hovers at about 1.5 meters for several seconds. I assume this is to allow you to take manual control if it's decided to land somewhere dumb or dangerous. The only other feature I briefly explored was the follow-me function. The drone did a good job of following me, even though I was weaving around, but it didn't always keep me in the video frame, though I'm sure it would have if I hadn't been so elusive.
All in all a very satisfying first outing with my new toy!
First, let’s get the obvious thing out of the way. Potensic D58 is a $199 drone. You cannot compare it to DJI drones that cost between $600 and $1,600. It won’t fly as well, have the same stability, construction, and robustness, or come with a camera that produces fine resolution images or video. Now that you set your expectations accordingly, let’s actually look at what this drone does well.
In my opinion, this drone is an excellent choice for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money learning how to fly a drone. For $199 you get a pretty close experience of what it’s like to fly a more high-end drone like a DJI Mavic Pro. The controls and UI are very similar, the drone is easy to setup and everything connects to each other surprising quickly and with very little fuss. So sure, it doesn’t have the motor strength to fly in stronger winds and the camera and stabilization is not the best, but that’s not the point. Instead of risking a $1,000 drone to teach yourself or your kid how to fly, you now have a pretty good starter drone that can be operated straight out of the case in just a few minutes.
Some other specifics worth mentioning. The battery life is about what you’d expect at this price point. You’ll get about 15 minutes at most on a single battery, less if the motors are working harder in stronger wind. My unit came with 2 batteries. The camera is not stabilized using a 3-axis stabilization gimbal found in more expensive DJI products. Instead it’s suspended in a flexible plastic housing that will not always result in smooth video. Again, I think if you’re considering something at this price point photo and video quality are not likely to be high on the priority list. Lastly, the drone is small - it looks like 3/5 scale model of DJI Phantom and packs very easily into provided case which itself is very compact. It’s light and easy to carry around.
I own two higher end DJI drones and the Potensic D58 will be the drone that my daughter will be using to learn how to fly. I feel comfortable that this drone will help her learn the basics of flying without the risk of damaging a far more expensive unit. Keep your expectations reasonable and Potensic may serve you very well.
Bought this as my very first drone. This little drone is perfect! Image quality especially outdoors is amazing. Fun to fly around the house, out the front door, over the house, then back in the back door. First, the build in-flight modes, work. Auto take-off, auto land, tricks, etc. work extremely well. It takes off and hovers in place and is so stable it gives you the ability to get a feel for the drone. really amazing out of the box. Overall, a super drone that acts like a professional drone, not a toy. Buy it !!!
I had to say that I've been looking for a drone for a while and may that I looked at just didn't have the flight time or features that I was looking for. After searching for some time I figured I would give it a shot. The price point was right and I wanted to get into something that I could use for some photography and videography. After receiving the Drone it took me about 20 minutes to set it up put the blades on and get it ready to fly. After going to the instructions it was very easy to set up and get it flying. I can honestly say I am overly impressed at the Quality how easy it is to fly in the image quality. I will be taking this thing Everywhere I Go super excited to show everyone this came with everything you could possibly need including the memory card, just super impressed!
I’ve never flown a drone, let alone owned a drone before and I’ve been asking myself WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO OWN ONE?!?!?! Hahahhaha I can’t get enough fly time with this Potensic D58 Drone. The range this thing has is insane! Now, maybe, I’m old (36 years old) but to be fair I haven’t controlled an RC anything since the Fast Traxx RC Car back in 92. Hahaha The only thing I “overlooked” was replacement parts. I didn’t damage anything...... yet. Yet the concern still lingered on, “what if I do damage this Drone or a friend does and I run out of spare props?” This thing will be a $250 paperweight. So I asked the seller and they confidentiality told me “spare parts will be available.” So thank goodness for that!! I’ve taken some pictures of the Long Island Sound, a picture of the sunrise and Downtown Stamford, CT. Do yourself a favor and buy this Drone, it’s soo much fun! The age limit, THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT! My dad is 72 and he loves flying this Drone. My dad and I have only flown this drone a handful of times and I’ve already got the flow of it as well as good old dad! Now, the wind can be a little pushy but with the GPS she stabilizes extremely well. So no “GOING..GOING....GONE!” Scenario. The only thing I’d watch out for is loosing connection. Make sure you’re GPS Signal is strong as well as battery or the drone will automatically take over and fly upwards to calibrate and then come down on its own for a smooth landing. Just make sure you get the drone in a vertically open area ASAP! There was a very old (BIG) Pine Tree just a bit too close for my comfort when this happened to me and it did in fact scare me stupid! Other than that it’s an ULTIMATE BLAST!!!!! Plus if you’re a parent who has trouble getting your kid outside, look no further, The Potensic D58 is a possible answer!
For the price, it's hard to beat this drone. I've factored price into my rating for this product. This entry-level drone has many of the features of drones that are two or three times the price. The pros: a decent camera that can tilt from horizontal to straight down, internal compass and GPS, easy to control with minimal drift in GPS mode (my 7-year-old had no trouble with it), reliable return-to-home functionality, a reasonable set of features in the app including the ability to program way points, and a respectable battery life (I've found 14-17 minutes of continuous flight time in light wind hovering at 10-15 meters - but the return-home is activated at about 10 minutes). The cons: the compass has to be calibrated every time the power is cycled. The compass calibration in particular takes a little practice. I found I had to turn in around many times a bit faster than I would've expected. However, once I got the hang of it, I can calibrate it reliably in under 30 seconds. The instruction manual is clearly written by someone who is not a native English speaker and is a bit ambiguous in places. It'd be nice to have a few more app features (like better way point programming, the ability to program pictures locations and compass headings, etc.) I'd greatly appreciate having a programming interface (some drones allow you to program them in Scratch or similar). Overall, though, when you remind yourself that you're getting all of this in a package that's well under $200, it's hard to complain. As far as durability goes, this review is after only four ten-fifteen minute flights. I'll try to update when I have more experience with it.
My son loves this drone! He learned to control a drone in the summer camp and wanted to have a real one since then. I bought this one as his 10th birthday gift, and he was soooo excited! From other reviews the picture quality looks better than other brands, and it has two batteries, so I chose this one. It didn’t let us down! The control is pretty easy, and picture quality is great. My son always ride a bike with my husband, and the follow me function just made it so much fun and cool! The two batteries last for a decent amount of time.
First, I love the package it is protected very well!This is my first drone,I were worried don't know how to control it before buying.After carefully reading the instructions twicie, I started downloading the app.It felt so wonderful when I made first flew！ I posted my first drone shot,couldn’t believe the quality is that good! So enjoyed this! friendly reminder : by the FAA laws don’t fly in the night and don’t forget to registered on FAA website.
Before you buy a major league drone, get one of these to learn to fly. Easy to setup and 15 minutes of flight on a battery. This drone flies great and holds position in light wind. I wouldn't recommend it for a young child but I think 12 and up is probably OK. I have a Holy Stone and Mavic Pro and this one holds its own. The first one I purchased wouldn't connect to my phone so I returned it and this one works perfectly. Solid drone, not a toy.