cozmicray, you were the first to go off topic
i was talking about gt5888 and fpv, not AR drone.
btw, i am currently using 5.8ghz at 200 mw to transmit video.
Let me correct/clarify my cost estimate for a quad.
4 motors = $40
4 escs = $48
frame = $50
battery = $20
props = $10
camera = $30
Video Rx/Tx = $37
control board and sensors with external gps module, can be found for $100, rest is in the software and programming.
closer to $350 with shipping,
but $200 will get you a bare-bones quadcopter that outperforms the AR drone in speed, finesse, payload capacity, etc...
either way we should be comparing this to your drone at new cost which = $299, since the chances of me finding it for $200 are low.
Since the AR drone also requires an Ipad, iPod, or iPhone (which i do not have), maybe we should include these costs as well??? lol... then maybe i will include my 70 dollar Turnigy 9x Rx/Tx setup... hmm, $70 vs. $200 to $800.
In every regard the DIY quadcopter route for FPV is more appealing to me than an AR drone. Others may disagree... let them... i say, to each their own