6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera
6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera
Spare Front Propellers
Spare Rear Propellers
0.3 Megapixel Camera
4 Channels with 6-Axis
Withstand 5-6 degree wind in outdoor
Sideward flight 360° eversion
Over 6 minutes flying time
Control Distance: about 20~100 meters
Quadcopter Dimensions: 130 x 130 x 35 mm
Quadcopter Weight: 30g
Remote Control Dimensions: 185 x 50 x 135 mm (approx)
Remote Control Weight: 160g
Whether we like it or not, remote controlled drones are here to stay. Whether it’s a drone used by a government for surveillance / destruction or whether is’a drone used by the average hobbyist photographer to get the perfect shot of a large group, it’s safe to say that these flying technological wonders are in hot demand.
I have, for a long time, wanted to own a drone. I’m not a photographer and I don’t work for any government department however I love gadgets and for most gadget obsessives these things are the ultimate grown up toy (yes, I called it a toy). The problem for most folk though, including myself, is the cost of these things. Admittedly you can pick up a mini-drone for under £20 in most places however if you’re gonna buy one that you don’t want other people to class as a toy then you start to look towards the affordable ones with a camera, just like this one.
The 6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera from MobileFun is manufactured by Chinese company Hua Xiang Toys however you will struggle to find that information out without doing a deep internet search on some of the part numbers included in the kit. This is likely due to the fact that these can be bought in mass quantities and personalised.
If you are paying £39.99 for a product then you expect that it’s robust and solid enough to take the bumps and bashes that comes with being a beginner drone pilot. Whilst the main body of the unit is made of mid-grade plastics, the bumper that protects the drone (and can be removed) is made of a very weak plastic. Within the first few flights I had already damaged the bumpers and had to remove them.
This wouldn’t be an issue however if you were an experienced pilot as the bumpers add weight to the drone and strangely make it more difficult to fly overall.
Overall I would describe the build quality as fragile. Despite it being more robust that it looks and feels, I couldn’t help feel that I was going to damage it every time I lifted it.
The on-board camera for this drone is just 0.3 Megapixels and is capable only of recording (no still images are possible) with the use of a Micro-SD card which slots into an area above the battery.
The quality of the recordings are decent enough if not a little jumpy and glitchy at times. The good news is that with a 8GB card on board you can capture loads of footage (where the battery allows).
The camera is not set to auto-record or record at all times, it is activated via a button on the remote control and can be switched off at any time in our out of flight.
One of the hardest things on any non GPS assisted drone, despite how easy people make it look, is flight control. Whilst it’s very easy to take off and land (if even with a bump) the actual flying of the drone is a very tricky thing to master.
The hand held controller for this specific drone is far better than those supplied by similar drones such as the Hubsan 4 and allows for better management of the drone whilst in air.
This genuinely has to be my biggest gripe with the drone, you shouldn’t expect any more than around 10 minutes flight time on a fully charged battery and should buy spares to carry with you if you intend to be out and about.
Buying spares is another issue, make sure you get the right ones otherwise they wont fit inside the battery compartment and will stick out badly affecting the balance of the drone (that will struggle to be offset with controls).
The 6-Axis Mini Quadcopter Drone with Camera is one of the most fun gadgets I have used in a long time. Admittedly it is cheap however for £39.99 you really are getting what you paid for. The alternative option is to go out and buy a Hubsan 4X (which is almost identical to this) however though the pricing is the same, the remote control unit on this one is far better and has more options for control.
I would fully recommend this device to anyone starting out and whilst £39.99 may still seem like a lot of money for some people, don’t be tempted to by one of the mini drones over this one.