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Posted by 1nspectorGadget | Jun 29, 2017 @ 09:23 AM | 3,789 Views
Contixo F6 Altitude Hold WiFi FPV Unboxing Review Flight Test - Rotate Camera from the Controller (26 min 55 sec)

First of all, this thing is fast...who doesn't like fast quadcopters? Yep, it is obviously a clone of the WLToys Q323. Most of the quadcopters I have flown that have altitude hold are limited in how much speed they can pick up, but as you'll see in the video this one really cooks. The main unique feature is the ability to pitch the camera from the controller. It works ok, but that's not why I really like this one. I haven't been getting the advertised 18-minutes flight time, but 10-12 minutes on average gives me a good flying fix.

PROS:
-It is fast but stable enough to slow down and capture video
-Prominent LEDs visible from various angles
-Decent flight time despite not getting the advertised 18-minutes (I have averaged between 10-12 minutes). Turn off the LEDs for longer flights.
-Controller functions are labeled
-Very acrobatic with flips and rolls able to be done in quick succession
-Use those Syma X8 batteries in this one

CONS:
-Phone mount does not accommodate larger smartphones
-Lipo battery only comes with a balance charge plug, so it cannot be charged with a balance charger
-Controller takes 6 AA batteries
-Modular camera fits loosely so comes loose during flight. This disrupts the WiFi feed causing it to disconnect. The video is still captured on the app (if you stop the video before shutting down) but it cannot be downloaded to your phone due to the disconnect. Normally it will download.
-Video and photo quality is meh.
Posted by 1nspectorGadget | Jun 26, 2017 @ 08:17 PM | 4,244 Views
TECHBOY TB802 One Key Motion Control Drone Review and Flight Test - Control it with one hand! (16 min 4 sec)

This is definitely a unique quadcopter with one key motion control instead of a traditional remote controller. You control it by gesturing with one hand and using the one button on the mouse looking controller. It has altitude hold and flies exclusively in headless mode which makes learning to fly this unique drone a bit easier. There is definitely a learning curve with the various button inputs, but I had fun flying it and enjoy a challenge. I got used to which direction does what after a few flights. It was pretty windy the day of the review, so it seems to handle wind fairly well. This is an inexpensive quadcopter with a neat feature that isn't too gimmicky because it actually works.

PROS:
-7 and half minutes of flight time
-Altitude hold works well and helps using gestures much easier
-The quadcopter is responsive to hand movements with the controller
-Built-in prop guards allows for safe indoor flying
-Tight flips

CONS:
-Takes some getting used to the controls
-Sometimes you might push the auto-land button while attempting one of the other button directions
-Short operating range
Posted by 1nspectorGadget | Jun 11, 2017 @ 09:31 AM | 3,849 Views
CSJ-X3 Photon Phantom Review - Best Beginner Indoor Quadcopter (16 min 57 sec)

A little quadcopter in a cage is actually a brilliant idea for new quadcopter pilots just beginning. I consider this to be the best indoor quadcopter for beginners. No need to worry about damaging props or the quad itself in a crash. Worry free fun while learning to fly. The Turnigy Nano-tech 260mah batteries are bit hard to find right now, but a search on eBay may yield results.