The Force1 U49C Red Heron is an excellent drone for a beginner. It has an impressive 15 minute flight time and boasts a 720p HD camera. The Red Heron also has nice features like altitude hold, one key take-off and landing and headless mode. The Red Heron was built for Force1 by the reputable RC company UDI. Both U49 models are upgraded and updated versions of the popular UDI U818A. Force1 also offers the upgraded FPV Blue Heron.
The 15 minute flight time really is impressive. Most drones this size and in this price range can’t make it 10 minutes. On top of that Force1 includes a second battery, so you get a solid half hour of flying. They also included an SD card and some extra motors as well.
The 720p HD camera on the Red Heron is better than most drones in this price range. No, it won’t compete with the DJI Phantom, but it does take nice pictures and videos. You’ll have to keep the drone stable and fly slowly to get the best videos.
The Red Heron was designed with the beginner pilot in mind. The fixed propeller guards are large and do a decent job of protecting the spinning blades from trees, walls, fingers, etc. They act as a large bumper. The disadvantage is they also catch the wind. The Red Heron isn’t well suited for windy days as the propeller guards seem to turn the drone into a kite.
The Red Heron was designed to be an entry level aerial photography drone. It isn’t a fast flyer and it doesn’t have FPV. There isn’t a dedicated flip button like there is on a lot of similar drones.
- 720P HD CAMERA DRONE: 120° wide-angle HD drone camera captures high-quality photos and video
- FLY EASY: 1-Key Lift/Land, Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Low-Battery Alarm and more make this a great kids drone or drone for adults
- SUPER-LONG FLIGHT: This drone with camera is ready to fly up to 15 minutes
- PERFECT DRONE GIFT: One of our most versatile drones for beginners with camera; everyone can fly it at the holiday party
- BONUS BATTERY + MOTORS: Fly this video drone farther for longer with an extra battery and spare motors
Swoop through the skies with the powerful new U49C Red Heron HD drone for beginners and pros! This drone with camera has keen vision and flight-stabilizing technology that offers unparalleled image-capture capability:
GET AMAZING HD IMAGERY W/ RUBBER-DAMPING CAMERA TECH: The Red Heron HD video drone features a unique 120° wide-angle HD 720p rubber-damping drone camera to ensure beautiful image capture. Rubber damping helps reduce vibration, and this drone with Altitude Hold allows you to hover easily for the perfect shot.
Fly Easy With 1-Key Lift/Land, Altitude Hold & Headless Mode: Your new drone is ready to fly (RTF) right out of the box, and with these enhanced features you’ll be a pro in no time. Launch and land with one button, use Altitude Hold to hover trouble-free and engage Headless Mode for easy orientation – features that make this one of our best drones for kids.
3 Speed Modes & 1-Key Control Makes Flying Easy: Low-, medium- and high-speed settings plus 1-Key Lift/Land makes this one of the best drones for beginners with camera capability.
Enjoy Up To 15 Minutes Of Continuous Flight: While lesser drones for kids and pros struggle to carry their cameras, the Red Heron drone is designed with powerful motors to stay agile with its payload – a remarkable 120° wide-angle 720p HD camera.
Be Ready W/ A Bonus Battery & Extra Motors: Double your flight time with an extra battery, and fly hard knowing you have spare clockwise and counterclockwise drone quadcopter motors ready to go.
What’s in the box?
The package of the drone contains:
- U49C Red Heron Drone
- 120° Wide-Angle 720p HD Camera
- 4Ghz Remote Controller
- 4V 1000mAh LI-PO Battery (2)
- Extra Clockwise (CW) Motor
- Extra Counterclockwise (CCW) Motor
- USB Charger Cable
- Micro USB Cable
- SD Card
- USB SD Card Reader
- User Manual
- Extra Propellers (4)
- Drone Tools
If you are looking for a durable and stable drone then we would recommend the Force1 Red Heron. It is a well-built quadcopter and is an excellent choice for a beginner.
Nothing too big, but I wish it would have a clearer camera. I would rather attach my GoPro, but that’s not an option
Honestly, for the price, you are not going to find something better. To me, that’s less than I spend on a week of dinners, so I knew this was going to give me enough enjoyment to justify the price. If faced with the decision again, I would buy this once more.