Review UDI U818A Quadcopter Drone with Camera

When it comes to flying drones and quadcopters, there are two schools of thought. One holds that you should let the computers do all the hard work. The other holds that the pilot should be firmly in control, keeping the vehicle under human control. The UDI U818A represents the second school: This bare-bones quadcopter relies on the skills of the person holding the remote. It offers a few frills, but keeps its controls simple and fun to fly. While it is far from perfect (and the video quality is less than impressive), this is a great pick for aspiring pilots who want to be in control of their flights.

Design
Minimal is the word that springs to mind for the design of the UDI U818A. There really isn’t a lot there. The frame (which also surrounds and protects the rotors) is made of light, thin plastic, with the electronics fitted in a small cavity underneath the center.

The small, 500mAh battery slides tightly into a holder on the bottom of this, to which the camera is also attached. The camera is small, a flat lozenge-shaped lump that connects to the body by power wires. The microUSB card that stores the video and still images fits into one side.

The rotors of the UDI U818A are similarly minimal, 5.25 inches in diameter and made of the same, light plastic. Most low-end quadcopters use friction to attach the rotors to the motor shaft, but this one uses a small screw to lock them in place. This makes them less likely to pop off, but also makes them harder to replace. A small screwdriver, for this purpose is included, along with a spare set of rotors.

A number of LED lights are placed around the frame of the quadcopter, including two white LED strips under the center, blue and red lights on the motors (indicating front and back,respectively) and a single white forward-facing LED.

The UDI U818A comes with a short printed manual, but the poor English translation makes this mostly useless, with descriptions like “four direction rolling mold on-off” for the stunt button and warnings such as “enough room is need for this motion, or danger may occur” about the stunt mode.

Controller
The boxy controller for the U818A is a little more opulently designed, sporting a large number of switches on its plastic exterior. On the shoulders are buttons for turning the LED lights on and off and for putting the quadcopter into stunt mode. On the front of the controller, there are a number of buttons surrounding the LCD display on the front.

These buttons take a photo, start and stop video, flip the quadcopter and change the flight mode. The LCD shows such data as battery level, signal strength and the amount of thrust currently being applied. The two control sticks are above this, offering the usual control layout: left for thrust and direction, right for forward/back and left/right.

The controller and quadcopter communicate over a 2.4-GHz radio signal. That is the same frequency band as Wi-Fi networks, but we had no issues with interference from Wi-Fi networks. I experienced good range, as far as 30 to 40 feet away. You cannot control this quadcopter from a cellphone or other Wi-Fi device; the controller is the only device that can do this.

Flying
The UDI U818A is a fun quadcopter to fly. It has the advantages of both smaller, lighter quadcopters (speed, quick maneuvering) and the advantages of larger quads: large, widely spaced rotors make it more stable in flight. Like its smaller siblings such as the Parrot Airborne or the Blade Nano RTF , this drone is buffeted by even very light winds, and if you bump into something, the flexible frame bends and hits the rotor blades, sending it spiraling out of control.

Two flight modes are available. Mode one limits the turning and climbing speed of the quadcopter for beginners. Mode two opens up the throttle, providing full access to the very fast turning and climbing speed that it offers. I would definitely recommend that you stick with Mode one until you get a feel for this zippy quadcopter, as it is easier to lose control in Mode two and send it out of control.

Product specifications:

  • The UDI U818A HD has the Headless/IOC function.
  • 6 AXIS GYRO – Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock!
  • 360° Eversion – One key 360°roll,continuous roll for perfect action and wonderful performance
  • HD Video Camera – U818A HD equipped with 2MP HD video camera
  • Upgraded Accessories – LiPO Battery and a upgraded 4GB Micro SD memory card.

What’s in the box?

  • The U818A quadcopter
  • 4 GHz controller
  • 2 LiPo batteries of capacity 350 mAh
  • USB charger for the battery
  • Micro SD card for recording the camera feed of capacity 4 GB.
  • 4 sets of spare propellers
  • Power bank
  • User manual

Pros:

  • This is an extremely stable and agile drone
  • The whole package comes with extra batteries and rotors
  • The rotor protectors prove to be useful for rough flights
    The headless mode seems to be aiding the users in flying the drone without worrying about its orientation
  • It is ideal for beginners who can practice flying drones and capture a few aerial photographs
  • It can be flown both indoors and outdoors

Cons:

  • The camera resolution isn’t the best
  • One could expect a better battery life from this product

Final Conclusion:

The U818A may have been around for some time but it still packs a good punch when it comes to value. It does not have the latest features in toy drones such as altitude hold and auto take-off/landing but I believe most people can live with its basic set of features, particularly those who prefer to have more manual control over their drones.

Review Holy Stone HS190 Foldable Drone Portable Pocket Quadcopter

Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allow you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height.
This mini quadcopter can be folded into the controller, which is small and easy to carry.
Drone automatically hovers at a set altitude after take-off and before landing making it easy to control and maneuver, especially for beginners who are not yet skilled.
Enable any level of players to fly the drone easily. And protective frame can make your drone more durable.
When starting the function of one key returning without other operations, the drone will automatically come back to you.
Holy Stone HS190 Mini RC Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis gyro Nano Quadcopter with Altitude Hold, 3D Flips and Headless Mode for Beginners.
4 speed modes from low to high suitable for both beginner and expert.
Integrated with a USB power charger port on the drone so that you can charge the battery without taking it out.
Equipped with LED navigation lights and remote regulate indicator light for night flight.
It’s becoming more and more common and almost standard now that the higher end drones have the ability to be controlled from a smartphone or tablet. This is achieved by either a cellular, WiFi or bluetooth connection. At this stage it my not be ideal for all users because you may not have a smartphone with a strong enough antenna to keep a stable connection with the quadcopter. If you do some research and read reviews you should be able to easily find out whether your drone can work well with a smartphone when in flight, and your one in particular.
If you’re just getting into flying drones then expect at some point you will have an accident and something will get broken. Don’t fret it, if you have chosen one which has many parts available then you can often get it fixed pretty easily and cheaply. Though you should also anticipate that eventually you have an engine or rotor issue which needs replacement. This happens to the best aircraft in the business so it’s perfectly logical that it can happen to yours too. If you choose one of the most popular models you will have no problems finding the parts that you need to get yourself in flight again.
Exclusive styling design to attract you,in the night sky you can also find the drone,let you experience the infinite pleasure.

Product specifications:

  • Binding:Toy
  • Brand:Holy Stone
  • Color:Black
  • Feature:Altitude Hold Function: Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allows you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height.
  • Feature:Foldable and Easy to Carry: This mini quadcopter can be folded into the controller, which is small and easy to carry.
  • Feature:One Key Take off / Landing: Drone automatically hovers at a set altitude after take-off and before landing making it easy to control and maneuver, especially for beginners who are not yet skilled.
  • Feature:Headless Mode and One Key Return: Enable players in any level to fly and operate the drone easily; One Key Return: press this button in Headless Mode, the drone will automatically come back to you.
  • Feature:High Speed Rotation: New and interesting function. The drone can do 360° circle fly at a high speed, which will offer you a special and exciting feeling.
  • Label:Holy Stone
  • Manufacturer:Holy Stone
  • ManufacturerMinimumAge:168
  • ProductGroup:Toy
  • ProductTypeName:TOYS_AND_GAMES
  • Publisher:Holy Stone
  • Size:small
  • Studio:Holy Stone
  • Title:Holy Stone HS190 Foldable Mini RC Drone for kids Quadcopte with Altitude Hold 3D Flips and Headless Mode Easy Fly for Beginners
  • Quadcopter Weight: 24.9g (FAA Registration NOT Required)
  • Drone Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.2 Inches(With Propeller Guards)
  • Charging time: about 40 mins
  • Playing time: 5-7 mins
  • Transmitter Operation Range: about 30-50 meters

What’s in the box?

  • 1* HS190 Quadcopter
  • 1* 2.4GHz Controller
  • 4* Spare Propellers
  • 4* Propellers Guards
  • 1* Propellers Crowbar
  • 1* USB Charger
  • 1* Screwdriver
  • 1* User Manual

Pros:

  • Headless Mode and One Key Return: Enable players of any level to fly and operate the drone easily; One Key Return: press this button in Headless Mode, the drone will automatically come back to you.
  • High Speed Rotation: New and interesting function. The drone can do 360° circle and fly at high speeds, offering you a special and exciting feeling.
  • Foldable and Easy to Carry: This mini quadcopter can be folded into the controller, which is small and easy to carry.
  • Comes with 4 spare propellers.
  • Because of its weight, you can use it without a permit.
  • The design is sturdy, and this will keep it functioning even after a few crashes.

Cons:

  • Poor battery life
  • Low-quality camera
  • The camera is angled slightly downward so high altitude shots and ridge lines are tough to capture
  • Short transmitter range.

Final Conclusion:
Overall, it is one of the most visually appealing entry-level mini quads that you can find. Aside from its aesthetics, the drone packs a punch in terms of its built-in features.

Review AKASO A200 Foldable RC Helicopter Drone with Camera

To use actual-time transmission for stay video, pair the cellular phone app to the drone and sign up for APP first, then sign up for the Far away Controller. Finally, change to “Far away Control mode” on app.The quadcopter is not water-resistant, please don’t use it on rainy days.To steer clear of losing or harmful the craft, please don’t use it in powerful winds.You can connect your phone to the drone to experience first person views during flight. The phone APP is also VR compatible, just turn on “3D” mode and place your phone in a VR headset (VR Headset not included).

You are able to sign up for your cell phone to the drone to experience first explicit individual perspectives right through flight. The cell phone APP can also be VR suitable, merely turn on “three-D” mode and position your cell phone in a VR headset (VR Headset no longer incorporated).

In APP Control, draw a struggle path to your show and the drone will fly in response to the study settings. App Control may additionally carry out 6 directions: Take off/Landing, Left Facet/Correct Facet/In advance/Once more Up.

FPV APP QUADCOPTER: You can control the drone by Remote Control or phone. See real-time first-person video by pairing the mobile app to the drone through WiFi. Compatible with iOS or Android.

FOLDABLE QUADCOPTER DESIGN: Using foldable aerofoil technology to protect the arms;the AKASO A200 is easy to take with you anywhere.

2MP HD FPV CAMERA: Equipped with 720P HD camera to record high quality video or take clear images. Capture your friends and family from aerial view shots and see the world from a new angle.

ONE KEY RETURN: This drone built-in positioning system, the drone can auto locate the place take off just press the one key return button,the drone will fly back to where started to take off.

FLIP & ROLLS: A200 foldable drone controller comes with the latest technology of 6-Axis Gyro flying control system offer strong stability. When it’s stable, you can get it doing more tricks: up/downward, left/rightward, 360 degree rotate, etc.

4. 5. Finally, switch to “remote control mode” on app. The phone app is also vr compatible, just turn on “3D” mode and place your phone in a VR headset VR Headset not included. 6. The quadcopter is not waterproof, please do not use it on rainy days. Compatible with iOS or Android. Foldable design: using foldable aerofoil technology, the AKASO A200 is easy to take with you anywhere.

2mp hd fpv camera: record high quality video or take clear images. Track-controlled mode: draw the flight track as you wish on the smart phone. It has 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control. Features: 1. App control can also carry out 6 commands: Take off/Landing, Left Side/Right Side/Forward/Back Up.

Press the button and flick the control stick to watch the copter do incredible aerials. The g-sensor mode enables the small quadcopter to automatically follow the way you move your smartphone. To avoid losing or damaging the craft, please don’t use it in strong winds. 7. App & remote control: in app control, draw a fight route on your screen and the drone will fly according to the track settings.

Product specifications:

  • Type: Helicopter
  • Features: Remote Control,Shatter Resistant Aerial
  • Photography: No
  • ControllerMode: MODE2
  • Remote Distance: 50-80m
  • Action Time: About 7 mins
  • Warning: Please refer to the description for details
  • Plugs Type: USB Plug
  • State of Assembly: Ready-to-Go
  • Dimensions: 39*39*7.5cm
  • Age Range:> 14 years old
  • Motor: Brush Motor
  • Material: Plastic
  • Power Source: Electric
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Charging Time: 90mins
  • Controller Battery: 3*AAA(Not included)
  • Charging Voltage: 3.7V 500mAh
  • Barcode: No
  • Model Number: A200
  • Control Channels: 4 Channels
  • Foldable arm, small size, easy to carry.
  • 3D flips.
  • Built-in barometer with altitude hold function provides stable flight.
  • It has 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to Keep an eye on.
  • Track-controlled mode: draw the flight track as you wish on the smart phone.
  • The G-sensor mode enables the small quadcopter to automatically follow the way you move your smartphone.
  • Will also be easily controlled by one key to take-off or landing.

What’s in the box?

  • The Akaso A200 Quadcopter with Camera
  • The 2.4G Remote Controller
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Micro SD Card
  • TF card reader
  • The battery
  • Instructions Manual

Pros:

  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Can perform stunts
  • Sleek design
  • Good for beginners
  • Easy to set up

Cons:

  • Poor battery life
  • Low-quality camera
  • Cheap plastic materials
  • Can get tangled in trees

Final Conclusion:

In order to conclude our Akaso A200 review, we have to make some final observations. First of all, we have to say that this drone works best for beginners or for individuals who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a drone, but can be frustrating for users with experience. Overall, the drone flies well but has some issues with branches. Also, another aspect that we didn’t like is the battery life. According to the Akaso drone instructions manual, the user can increase the drone’s flight time by buying a better battery. However in order to do that the user has to remove the battery cover, take out the battery and to place it in a charger.

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