The official ! What drone/quad would you buy for300 to $500?(2015) updated 11/01/2017
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IF YOUR LOOKING FOR THE TIPS ON THE XK380 ITS AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE 23 CALLED "LIVING AND FLYING THE XK380 FOR A WEEK " THE TIPS ARE UPDATED OVER TIME SO PLEASE COME BACK TO SEE MORE ! ALSO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF EXCELLENT VIDEOS SHOWING YOU HOW TO FIX YOUR XK380 ON THE SAME PAGE AT THE BOTTOM.[/COLOR]
PLEASE NOTE: THE OLD POLL IS PAGE 1 AND PAGE 2 ONLY !18th of oct 2015
THIS IS FROM THE OLD POLL I know that all quads will need parts from time to time, but No one wants a money pit on there hands !! I have been running a poll over the net by asking around on youtube, r.c. groups, clubs, sellers, buyers, and on the www. to see what quad they would recommend to buy for this price. With this info I also did a lot of home work into the quads myself and came up with a lot of answers with out buying the quad and paying out big money to find the answers. I have saved myself and others out there thousands of ££££/$$$ in buying the wrong quad ! Some will want to listen to what I have to say, and some will just do what they want to do. Its up to you, I am only trying to help us all in buying a quad that will be a good flying quad out of the box with out the so called fly-a-ways and the mad high MAINTENANCE !
We all love doing time in the work shop, but lets face it, a quad is for flying and there is no good buying a quad that will end up on the ground more then in the air! PLEASE NOTE :This part was from the old thread !
WHAT'S NEW ON THIS THREAD ! MENU BELOW IS A THREAD MAP OF ALL UPDATES.
WE UPDATE THIS THREAD WITH VIDEO'S AND INFO WEEKY PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE UPDATES.
NEWS UPDATE: 15/10/2015 NEW POLL ON THIS THREAD AND ON THE WORLD WIDE NET ON WHAT QUADCOPTER WOULD YOU BUY FOR $300 TO $500 ON PAGE 1 AND 2.
NEWS UPDATE: 19/05/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE 1
NEWS UPDATE: 23/05/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE 1
NEWS UPDATE: 31/05/2016 TWO VIDEO'S OF TEST FLIGHT AND SET UP OF THE HUBSAN H501s GPS QUADCOPTER AND THE FLYPRO XEAGLE QUAD CONTROLLED BY A WATCH !! ON PAGE 21
NEWS UPDATE: 03/06/2016 TWO NEW VIDEO'S OF TEST FLIGHT OF THE XK X 251 BRUSHLESS ACROBATIC QUAD COPTER ON PAGE 23.
NEWS UPDATE: 07/06/2016 I GET MY NEW XK 380 FROM GEARBEST AFTER THE FIRST ORDER GO'S MISSING ! SEE PAGE 23 FOR MORE !
NEWS UPDATE:08/06/2016 MORE PHOTO'S OF THE XK380 IN A FIRST TEST FLIGHT ON PAGE 23 !
AND WWW.GEARBEST.COM IS THE BEST AS ANOTHER XK380 QUADCOPTER COMES IN THE POST TODAY AFTHER I GOT MY XK380 YESTERDAY SO NOW I HAVE TWO XK380's !! THANK YOU GEARBEST.COM
NEWS UPDATE: 18/06/2016 LIVING WITH THE XK 380 AND FLYING IT FOR A FULL WEEK ON HOLIDAYS AND MY FINDING'S, COMING VERY SOON. SOME INFO YOU WILL HAVE SEEN, BUT ITS THE INFO THAT I HAVE FIRST HAND THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW !!
NEWS UPDATE: 19/06/2016 NEW 2016 DJI PHANTOM 2 FULL REVIEW AND DJI P3 FULL REVIEW ON PAGE 23
**********NEWS UPDATE: 20/06/2016 LIVING AND FLYING THE XK 380 FOR A FULL WEEK WHEN ON HOILDAYS AND MY FINDING'S AND WHAT TO WATCH OUT WHEN FLYING THE XK 380 QUAD ON PAGE 23*****************
NEWS UPDATE: 21/06/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE ONE OF THIS THREAD OF MY XK 380 IN GPS FLIGHT MODE ! AND A NEW VIDEO OF THE UPAIR ONE FPV WITH GIMBAL AND CAMERA REVIEW FOR 2016
NEWS UPDATE: 26/06/2016 TWO NEW VIDEO'S FOR JUNE 2016 OF THE HUBSAN H501s QUADCOPTER AND THE NEW REVIEW ON THE GPS HUBSAN H502s ALL ON PAGE 24 OF THIS THREAD !
NEWS UPDATE: 27/06/2016 HOW TO PUT 100W LED LIGHTS ON YOUR DRONE ON PAGE 24
NEWS UPDATE: 28/06/2016 NEW TEST FLIGHT WITH THE RACING EACHINE BLADE 185 USING TPA ON PAGE 25
NEWS UPDATE: 29/06/2016 DRONE GIRL IRELAND GETS A NEW TYPHOON H ON PAGE 25 AND SHOWS US HOW IT DONE !
NEWS UPDATE:30/06/2016 HOW TO DO LONG RANGE MODS STEP BY STEP ON YOUR HUBSAN H501s GPS QUAD, ALSO QUADCOPTER DRONE FLYING LESSONS AND TIPS ALL ON PAGE 25
NEWS UPDATE : 01/07/2016 THE FAB LOOKING CX20 QUAD COPTER FLYING IN SCOTLAND! MUST WATCH VIDEO ON PAGE 26 !
NEWS UPDATE: 02/07/2016 MORE PHOTO'S OF THE FAB LOOKING CX20 ADDED AND THE CX20 UNBOXING VIDEO ALSO ON PAGE 26 !
NEWS UPDATE: 03/07/2016 MORE FAB VIDEO'S FROM THE CX20 QUAD COPTER IN SCOTLAND ON PAGE 26
NEWS UPDATE: 04/07/2016 TWO TOP REVIEW VIDEO'S ON THE PARROT BEBOP 2 FPV DRONE ON PAGE 26
NEWS UPDATE: 04/07/2016 CHEERSON CX20 LONG RANGE FLIGHT TEST WITH CAMERA ALSO ON PAGE 26.
NEWS UPDATE: 04/07/2016 VIDEO ON TIPS FOR OWNING A CHEERSON CX20 QUAD COPTER ON PAGE 27.
NEWS UPDATE: 05/07/2016 HOW TO FLY THE CX20 OUT OF THE BOX VIDEO + GETTING THE CX20 READY FOR FLIGHT VIDEO ALL ON PAGE 27
NEWS UPDATE: 06/07/2016 MORE INFO ( NUMBER 12 ) WARNING ABOUT LOSING PART OF THE SKID OR LANDING GEAR ON THE XK380 AND TRYING TO FLY IT AGAIN WITH OUT FIXING IT ! ADDED ON "LIVING AND FLYING THE XK380 FOR A WEEK ON PAGE 23.
NEWS UPDATE: 06/07/2016 GET YOUR CALIBRATE DANCE RIGHT BEFORE EVERY FLIGHT ON THE XK 380 AND XK 500 QUAD COPTER ON PAGE 27
NEWS UPDATE: 06/07/2016 VIDEO SHOWING HOW TO ADD A G-2D GIMBAL TO YOUR XK380 ON PAGE 27.
NEWS UPDATE 17/07/2016 NEW VIDEO FOR 2016 SHOWING LONG RANGE MOD TESTS ON THE HUBSAN 501s QUAD COPTER.
NEWS UPDATE 07/08/2016 NEW INFO ADDED TO PAGE 23 ON THE XK 380.
NEWS UPDATE 07/08/2016 I AM BACK BECAUSE SO MANY ASK ME TO STAY ON BECAUSE OF TIPS I PUT UP ON PAGE 23 OF THE XK 380.
NEWS UPDATE : 07/08/2016 NEW VIDEO WITH TIPS FULL FLIGHT AND RTH FLIGHT ON MY XK380 ON PAGE 27.
NEWS UPDATE: 07/08/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE 1 OF MY XK 380.
NEWS UPDATE : 08/08/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE KAIDENG K80 FPV DROME ON PAGE 27. WHAT DO YOU THINK ?
NEWS UPDATE : 09/08/2016 NEW UPDATED ON PAGE 23 FOR THE XK380.
NEWS UPDATE : 11/08/2016***** FIVE OUTSTANDING NEW VIDEO'S ON PAGE 23 ON HOW TO FIX THE XK380 ADDED TO THE " LIVING AND FLYING THE XK380 FOR A WEEK !
NEWS UPDATE : 14/08/2016 NEW VIDEO ABOUT THE XK X500 QUAD COPTER ON PAGE 29.
NEWS UPDATE : 15/08/2016 4 X VIDEO'S ALL ON PAGE 29.
1. FULL VIDEO WITH*******IMPORTANT INFO ****** FOR THE SMALL HUBSAN H502E WHICH IS THE FIRST TOY GPS QUAD COPTER IN THE WORLD FOR 2016..........
2.THE FULL VIDEO OF THE RTF FPV FOXTECH LIGHTNING 210 RACING DROME !
3. CHEERSON CX91 RACING DROME TEST VIDEO PART 1.
4. CHEERSON CX91 RACING DROME PART 2. ALL ON PAGE 29.
NEWS UPDATE : 16/08/2016 TIPS FOR THE XK 380 " LIVING AND FLYING THE XK380 FOR A WEEK " WAS UPDATED TODAY ON PAGE 23.
NEWS UPDATE : 17/08/2016 NEW NAME FOR THE THREAD ON PAGE 1 STARTS TODAY 17/08/2016 QUAD TALK.
NEWS UPDATE: 17/08/2016 FULL TEST FLIGHT OF THE KAI DENG K80 PANTONMA AVIODANCE DRONE ON PAGE 30
NEWS UDATE: 17/08/2016 FULL TEST VIDEO OF THE XK 252 SHUTTLE FPV BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRONE PART 1 IS ON PAGE 30 AND PART 2 IS ON PAGE 31
NEWS UPDATE:29/08/2016 MY XK380 FLY'S INTO A 80 FT TREE ON LANDING ON PAGE 32.
NEWS UPDATE: 29/08/2016 R.I.P. XK380 MY XK380 HITS A TREE 80 FT UP ON LANDING. SEE THE FULL STORY ON "LIVING AND FLYING THE XK380 FOR A WEEK " NUMBER 21 ON PAGE 23.
NEWS UPDATE: 05/09/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE WL TOYS Q333 DJI LOOK-A-LIKE DRONE VIDEO ON PAGE 33.
NEWS UPDATE : 05/09/2016 NEW VIDEO FROM QUAD COPTER 101 ON THE Q333 DJI LOOK-A-LIKE DRONE ON PAGE 33.
NEWS UPDATE: 05/09/2016 NEW VIDEO FROM D.J. SOUL FORCE ON THE TOY Q333 DJI LOOK-A-LIKE DRONE ON PAGE 33.
NEWS UPDATE: 05/09/2016 NEW VIDEO BY ALISHANMAO ON THE DJI TOY INSPIRE Q333 LOOK-A-LIKE DRONE ON PAGE 33.
NEWS UPDATE: 07/09/2016 NEW MINI GPS FPV ZEROTECH DOBBY DRONE FULL REVIEW ON PAGE 33.
NEWS UPDATE: 10/09/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE ATOMIC AVIATION MERCURY RACING DRONE ON PAGE 34. ENJOY !
NEWS UPDATE: THREAD GETS NEW NAME ADDED TO IT ! ( QUAD REVIEW ) ON 11/09/2016
NEWS UPDATE: 11/09/2016 PAGE 1 GET'S 4 NEW PHOTO'S OF THE GPS, FPV, F.M. ZEROTECH DOBBY POCKET DRONE.
NEWS UPDATE : 11/09/2016 NEW VIDEO TOVSTO AEGEAN V2 GPS DRONE BY QUADCOPTER 101 ON PAGE 34.
NEWS UPDATE: 18/09/2016 NEW REVIEW ON THE VIFLY R220 FPV RACING DRONE FOR 2016 ON PAGE 34.
NEWS UPDATE: 26/09/2016 NEW REVIEW ON THE ZEROTECH DOBBY POCKET DRONE ON PAGE 34.
NEWS UPDATE: 27/09/2016 NEW REVIEW IN THE RAIN OF THE WL TOYS Q303 ON PAGE 34.
NEWS UPDATE: 28/09/2016 NEW REVIEW ON THE TOVSTO AEGEAN GPS QUADCOPTER ON PAGE 34.
BELOW 3 NEW VIDEO'S REVIEW'S OF THE DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE NEW FOR 2016
NEWS UPDATE: 29/09/2016 NEW REVIEW NUMBER 1 FOR 2016 DJI MAVIC GPS DRONE VIDEO ON PAGE 34.
NEWS UPDATE: 29/09/2016 NEW REVIEW NUMBER 2 FOR 2016 DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE 2rd VIDEO ALL ON PAGE 34. ENJOY !
NEWS UPDATE:29/09/2016 NEW REVIEW NUMBER 3 FOR 2016 DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE ALL ON PAGE PAGE 34.
NEWS UPDATE: 29/09/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE NUMBER 1 OF THE NEW DJI MAVIC PRO.
NEWS UPDATE: 29/09/2016 DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE EVENT NEW VIDEO OUT TODAY ON PAGE 35.
NEWS UPDATE : 01/10/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE EACHINE PIONEER 350 GPS DRONE ON PAGE 35.
NEWS UPDATE: 14/10/2016 NEW PARROT DISCO DRONE FULL REVIEW ON PAGE 35.
NEWS UPDATE: 14/10/2016 TWO NEW VIDEO'S OF THE DJI PHANTOM 4 FULL REVIEW ALL ON PAGE 35.
NEWS UPDATE: 16/10/2016 PART 2 OF THE VIDEO FROM PAGE 35 OF THE PARROT DISCO DRONE IS ON PAGE 36.
NEWS UPDATE : 16/10/2016 FOR FANS OF THE DJI PHANTOM 4 PART 4 ON PAGE 36 A VIDEO OF THE P4 SKY CLOUD SURFING !
NEWS UPDATE : 16/10/2016 NEW VIDEO FOR 2016 JJRC H26WH LARGE FPV BLACK DRONE REVIEW ON PAGE 36.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/10/2016 NEW VIDEO FOR THE JJRC H32GH FPV MINI DRONE ON PAGE 36
NEWS UPDATE: 22/10/2016 NEW VIDEO OF THE GTENG T905C NINJA DRONE ON PAGE 36.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/10/2016 NEW VIDEO OF THE GPS MARS 350 DRONE ON PAGE 36.
NEWS UPDATE: 23/10/2016 TWO NEW VIDEO'S OF THE MARS GPS 350 SIZE DRONE ON PAGE 37.
NEWS UPDATE: 23/10/2016 NAME OF THIS THREAD UPDATED !
NEWS UPDATE: 23/10/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE ONE OF THE MARS GPS 350 DRONE.
NEWS UPDATE: 24/10/2016 NEW REVIEW ON THE NEW WALKERA AIBAO FPV DRONE ON PAGE 37.
NEWS UPDATE: 02/11/2016 MUST SEE VIDEO !
TOP 100 FAIL DRONE'S FOR 2016 ON PAGE 38
NEWS UPDATE: 03/11/2016 ANOTHER LOOK AT THE FREE X GPS DRONE VIDEO FROM MAY OF THIS YEAR 2016 ON PAGE 38.
NEWS UPDATE: 04/11/2016 SEEKER V2 450 DRONE FULL REVIEW ON PAGE 38.
NEWS UPDATE: 09/11/2016 NEW FULL REVIEW VIDEO ON THE UPAIR ONE FPV/GPS DRONE ON PAGE 39.
NEWS UPDATE : 09/11/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ON PAGE ONE OF THE UPAIR ONE FPV/GPS DRONE.
NEWS UPDATE: 09/11/2016 TOTAL NEW VIDEO OF THE GoPro KARMA FOR 2016 ON PAGE 39.
NEWS UPDATE : 10/11/2016 ADVANCED HUBSAN H501s NEW FULL REVIEW FOR NOV.2016 ALL ON PAGE 39.
NEWS UPDATE: 11/11/2016 NEW VIDEO " FOR BEGINNERS " FOR 2016 ON THE AOSENMA CG035 GPS DRONE ON PAGE 39.
NEWS UPDATE : 14/11/2016 NEW FUN VIDEO OF THE DJI PHANTOM 4 AND A PARACHUTE CARGO DROP ON PAGE 40.
NEWS UPDATE: 14/11/2016 ME AND MY XK380 BACK IN JUNE VIDEO ON PAGE 1.
NEWS UPDATE: 15/11/2016 NEW FULL REVIEW VIDEO FOR NOV.2016 OF THE XK252 SHUTTLE FPV DRONE ON PAGE 40.
NEWS UPDATE: 16/16/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE PARROT DISCO FLYING OVER 20 MILES ! ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/11/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE JJRC $40 HAND DRONE ! ALL ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/11/2016 NEW VIDEO ON THE NEW YUNEEC BREEZE 4K DRONE FOR UNDER $500 ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/11/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE 1 OF THE NEW YUNEEC BREEZE 4K DRONE FOR NOV 2016.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/11/2016 NEW VIDEO WITH INFO ON HOW TO USE THE NEW YUNEEC BREEZE 4K DRONE ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE: 22/11/2016 NEW VIDEO OF THE JJRC H37 $40 DRONE BY QUADCOPTER 101 ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE: 23/11/2016 TOP VIDEO ON THE DJI PHANTOM 3 STANDARD FOR UNDER $500
NEWS UPDATE: 23/11/2016 TOP REVIEW VIDEO ON PAGE 41 ON THE DJI 3 AND THE BLADE CHROMA FOR UNDER $500 WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BUY ??????
NEWS UPDATE: 25/11/2016 NEW VIDEO REVIEW ON DOING MODS TO THE XK 500 AIRCAM, WITH FPV AND LONGER FLIGHT TIME, ALL ON PAGE 41
NEWS UPDATE: 29/11/2016 WOW ! THE ALL NEW AUTEL X STAR DRONE FOR NOV 2016 REVIEW ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE: 29/11/2016 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED OF THE NEW X STAR ON PAGE 1 AND VIDEO ON PAGE 41.
NEWS UPDATE:29/11/2016 NEW VIDEO ON "THE DRONE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR !! " REVIEW FOR NOV 2016 ON PAGE 42.
NEWS UPDATE: 30/11/2016 ANOTHER LOOK AT THE 3DR SOLO DRONE SELLING NOW FOR $399.00 See page 42
NEWS UPDATE : 11/12/2016 HUBSAN X4 H501 WITH MODS FOR DEC 2016 ON PAGE 42.
NEWS UPDATE : 11/12/2016 WL TOYS Q323 - C TOY DRONE OR IS IT MORE THAT A TOY ????? ALL ON PAGE 42.
NEWS UPDATE : 15/12/2016 SEWLLPro SPLASH DRONE FULL REVIEW PART 1 ON PAGE 42.
NEWS UPDATE : 18/12/2016 NEW FULL VIDEO REVIEW OF THE DJI MAVIC PRO ON PAGE 43. THIS DRONE IS OVER $500 BUT WILL SOON COME DOWN IN PRICE IN 2017.
NEWS UPDATE : 28/12/2016 SYMA X8 HG DJI SIZE DRONE WITH CAMERA FOR ONLY $120 OR LESS FULL REVIEW ON PAGE 43.
NEWS UPDATE : 28/12/2016 TEN NEW MAD DRONES FOR 2017 REVIEW ON PAGE 43.
NEWS UPDATE: 29/12/2016 PART 2 OF THE FULL REVIEW OF THE SWELLPRO SPLASH DRONE ON PAGE 43. PART 1 IS ON PAGE 42.
NEWS UPDATE: 01/01/2017 NEW REVIEW FOR THE BUG 3 DRONE AND GOPRO FOR 2017 ON PAGE 43.
NEWS UPDATE: 01/01/2017 IS THE DJI P3 THE BEST DRONE FOR LESS THEN $500 ????? SEE PAGE 43.
NEWS UPDATE: 01/01/2017 DJI PHANTOM 3 PRO, 4K ON PAGE 44. Price is over $500 !!
NEWS UPDATE: 01/01/2017 NEW PHOTO'S ON PAGE 1 SHOW THE DJI PHANTOM 3 STANDARD CONFIGURATION WHICH NOW SELL FOR LESS THEN $500 ALL IN ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE: 04/01/2017 NEW FULL REVIEW ON THE XIAOMI MI DRONE FOR 2017 ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE: 04/01/2017 FULL REVIEW ON THE EACHINE MC01 MINI CAM FOR FPV ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE: 06/01/2017 FULL NEW REVIEW ON THE EACHINE PIONEER DRONE FOR 2017 ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE: 06/01/2017 NEW FULL REVIEW ON THE MJX BUG 3 DRONE THAT CAN TAKE A GOPRO ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE: 08/01/2017 ANOTHER LOOK AT THE NEW SWELLPRO DRONE ( price is over $1000 ) FLYING BY THE SEA ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE: 08/01/2017 NEW PHOTO'S ADDED TO PAGE ONE OF THE SWELLPRO DRONE..
NEWS UPDATE: 08/01/2017 NEW REVIEW FOR 2017 ON THE AUTEL X-STAR DRONE ON PAGE 44
NEWS UPDATE : 10/01/2017 WHY THE DJI MAVIC PRO IS A TOTAL LET DOWN. SEE VIDEO ON PAGE 44.
NEWS UPDATE:11/01/2017 NEW FULL REVIEW FOR 2017 ON THE MINI EACHINE WIZARD X220 RACING DRONE ON PAGE 44.
*********25 OF OCT 2015 - THE OVER ALL WINNER VOTED BY YOURSELVES FOR THE BEST QUAD COPTER FROM $300 TO $500 IS THE GPS XK380 DETECT AND YOU CAN SEE WHY IN THIS NEW VIDEO BELOW.**********
And here i am in June of this year flying my XK380.
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Last edited by rolex0071; Jan 11, 2017 at 01:06 PM.
I was asking the same question, and I still don't have a good answer. My limited research shows the XK Detect X380 and the WLtoys V303 to look like clones, and the Cheerson CX-20 and the Quanum Nova look like clones also. What I don't know is how similar are the guts, or is just the plastic body identical? I really don't know.
There was a comment on one of the forums that the XK Detect trumps the CX-20.
I am looking to find a quad with a GPS in it. One other that I found was the Flying 3D X8. The big plus (maybe) on that one, is it feeds lots of nice telemetry back to the controller and it is displayed on the LCD screen. Seems to be the only one of the lot that does that.
All of these quads have tales where they have gone wonky and crashed, yet others claim they fly great. So which one predicts your future flying experience?
Hopefully some more experienced folks can chime in and point us in a good direction.
I was in the same boat as you guys about a month ago, was leaning very close towards the cx-20 and x380, mainly because everything is about ready to go when you get it. ---I took pretty much a completely different route, and went 250 fpv racer lol. i think i would have went with the xk detect had i not gone with the 250. carbon fiber body and the range was a big appeal
If you're looking for having fun flying and not taking video/photography, I'd go with a smaller quad (250-280mm) and learn to fly in rate mode. Then you can get into fpv, acro, and proximity flying.
I started with AP, but honestly, once I got 30 or so flights with my phantom 3 under my belt, it became pretty boring to fly. Plus, I didn't want to risk a $1500 quad doing things it wasn't designed to do. Now I'm in the middle of building a zmr250 to learn how to fly in rate mode. From what I've read, learning to fly in rate is the first step to learning racing, proximity and acro flying.
I agree with the above. I started with a Blade 350QX2, got a gimbal and Go Pro knock-off, etc. Flying AP gets BORING... Processing GB's of video footage of the same field also gets a bit lame too.. - neat at first, but the thrill wanes. It also requires really big money to get good results. Decent Go Pro for 400 bucks, and on and on.. (Really, if AP is your thing, get a Yuneed..) I basically decided that good AP is just too expensive, and that what I really want is to fly for fun, but with a Mobius strapped on to take videos, since gimbals are complicated and expensive..
(The Blade is great for fun flying though..)
So now I'm getting into 250's. It's a bit chaotic to figure out which components to get, and how it all goes together, but there seems to be some evolution towards more user-friendly offerings going on, so it's not totoal DIY. The huge disadvantage of a carbon frame smaller quad is that it's more robust if you crash. If you crash most of those on your list, you'd either have an enormous, possibly expensive, and tedious repair job on your hands. Or you'd just have to start over. The smaller carbon quads are good at surviving crashes. You just need lots of (cheap) props..
I ended up ordering a Spedix 250 hex with a quad frame, so I can switch if a motor or ESC goes out on the hex. I also ordered the Quanum V2 goggles and a basic FPV set-up. All for about 450 bucks..(including batteries etc.. But not including radio..)
I'm still waiting for all my stuff to arrive though, so I can't really comment yet about how complex it all really is. The Spedix (google buddys RC. Amain also has BNF versions on sale.., and Hobbyking just started carrying them..) is cool though because it doesn't require soldering, or, with the KK2, hooking up to a computer.
It really depends what you want - RTF for floating around taking video, or more fun fast flying(which you can also film with btw..), FPV, etc.. SO many options.. (too many..) One alternative might be to fly something cheap first, then research more what you want to go with.. The Dromida Ominus is a good, cheap, basic, and robust quad to learn to fly on....
Last edited by rolex0071; Oct 20, 2015 at 12:56 PM.
Agree totally with above posts about big GPS quads getting boring. There are very different types of flying to get into. While it is tempting to get a GPS, expensive multirotor, they really are for aerial imaging - be it for photography or FPV inspection, etc. Otherwise, they are a different type of flying. It can be slow or totally autonomous. That's a lot of money to spend just to experiment with generally slow, stable flyers. If that's want you want to do, then go for it.
You can have a hell of a lot of fun with cheap small flyers. They are lively, quick and cheap to repair or replace. I have a Bayang X9 and an H8 and they are a blast. I finally ordered a Nihui U807 too. I also have MJX X600 which is more powerful and stable, and can fly a Mobius for some really nice basic aerial video and pictures - and it's cheap to maintain.
I haven't tried the racing FPV classes yet, but there's a totally different area as well. Challenging flying and FPV would be fun to try.
To answer your question, I would decide how badly you really want to do aerial imaging/FPV since this is what these slower, expensive multirotors really offer. There are much less expensive alternatives for really fun flying.
My 2 cents....
For fun do not buy GPS Quads, you would have more fun with a Syma X5C and save hundreds. But of the choices you showed in the pictures I would say the fun factor goes way up with the Vengeance racing quad, that would be my choice. Or even better an ImmersionRC Vortex Race Quad 5.8 GHz 350mW - IRLVXAT5G8350 $449.00 You will need to factor in the cost of some FPV goggles at some point.
Here is a video of the Blade Chroma Drone on the 02/10/2015 but its over $500 The price is $1,100
Last edited by rolex0071; Oct 19, 2015 at 04:18 PM.
So far out of all the copters the CX20 is still in the running for a copter for me. Has any one out there got a CX20 with out Mods done to it that is still flying without any problems after a few years ?
Here is a very good video showing everything you get out of the box and the flight of the CX20 ! Take a look at the flight and see what you think !!!
Last edited by rolex0071; Oct 20, 2015 at 12:47 PM.
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