Many dream of flying. Quadcopters make the dream closer. Today we will tell about the universal option for adults and children with the best ratio “price – quality”. And let him be the first step in the world of radio-controlled models.
Quadcopter – the dream of every geek , large and small. Unfortunately, the dollar has caused many to postpone its purchase. However, there are excellent options, cheap and quality.
Of course, professional and commercial quadcopters today have become completely inaccessible to the average Russian consumer. There are only indoor, “handheld” models, which, at first glance, can be interesting only to children (but we’ll tell you more about this). And if you want something bigger?
Perhaps one of the most budget quadcopters today is JJRC X7 and its modifications. For those who do not want to read a lot of text, let us say now: it is from this model that one can begin his acquaintance with flights on four- and six-screw machines.
For the more patient: the main reason, of course, is the cost of this aircraft, which starts at $ 31 . This is not the only, but the most important reason for buying this particular device (for a quadrocopter with dimensions of 31 × 31 cm, this is the lowest price, it is not cheaper at all).
Another reason is the good scalability and modifiability of this device. Today there are several modifications of the quadrocopter: JJRC X7 – basic, without a camera; Syma X5C with a 2-megapixel camera in a streamlined design and Syma X5SW, similar to the previous one, but with the function of broadcast video from the camera.
Buying a version without a camera is a very nice option. The cost varies around $ 33 (also available here ), and if it’s still without a remote control, it’s $ 23 . The version with the camera is significantly more expensive – about $ 55 ( $ 51 for group purchases, it’s worth to ask about it here ). Well, the option with the direct transfer of video to a smartphone (broadcast video from the first person, FPV) ranges from 70 dollars . And yes, it is one of the cheapest quadcopters with a similar function.
First of all, you should pay attention to the first version, since it is possible to purchase and install another camera for it, since there are a lot of offers on the market that you can read about on thematic forums. No less interesting is the version with the broadcast: the video is transmitted via Wi-Fi to the smartphone, which can be fixed directly on the remote control. Although the version with the camera can come out cheaper than the version without the camera plus a separately purchased module. A kit with real-time video transmission for the basic version of X5 should not be considered at all.
In the management of the modification does not differ from each other. The first time to fly the device, especially to hang, is quite difficult. But the six-axis gyroscope will allow you to quickly learn all the intricacies. And there are a lot of them, because the quadcopter is an aircraft of an unstable pattern, and it is only thanks to the constant automatic adjustment of the flight that it is kept in the air.
In many ways, this will contribute to a convenient remote control. One joystick is responsible for controlling the gas (gas), the second for the direction. There is a separate key for flips (a beautiful 360-degree turn about the horizontal axis), a key for forced (faster) flight. Shooting a video and taking a photo is done with one key: pressing down starts recording, re-stopping, and pressing up takes a photo.
Unfortunately, the actual 2 megapixel cameras are noticeable only when taking pictures (the resolution of the pictures is 2,560 × 1,440). The video is shot at a resolution of 1,280 × 720 at 30 frames per second. Keys near the screen – another drawback. This is a fake. But the shortcomings, perhaps, end there.
Despite the fact that the quadcopter looks fragile, due to its small weight and simplicity it is very difficult to break. The plastic of the case is very soft and bends well. In general, Syma quadcopter plastic is considered the best in its price range. In addition, the company carefully distributes consumables and spare parts for its copters in almost all stores, both as a complete set and separately. You can buy anything from detachable legs and screw protection to the enclosures and boards . You can also purchase engines separately .which rarely, but still burn. All components are cheap and available (on Aliexpress, Bangood and other resources – choose only by price), and for repair will require a minimum of engineering skills. By the way, maintainability is another fad of JJRC products.
Immediately after the development of flights, you can do a modification of your favorite toys. For example, upgrade the camera (recommend unmanaged 808 NO.16 V3 ). You can install a real antenna in the console (in your own – a dummy), for example from a Wi-Fi router. This will give an almost double increase in altitude and range. Since the flight time is about seven minutes, it is worth buying an extra battery. Any Li-Polymer 3.7 V, similar in size to the original, is suitable.
So, JJRC X7 is one of the best entry-level quadrocopters for home and outdoor entertainment. And for big men, and for small ones. And for girls (now his wife drives around the apartment). Low cost, excellent handling, excellent maintainability and availability of any spare parts make the JJRC X7 a welcome gift (or purchase) for anyone who wants to get closer to the sky.
However, there are analogues. For a bit less money, you can find JJRC clones. The main problem of such copies is called poor handling and lower quality materials.
The main competitor of this copter is to call JJRC H8, which, strictly speaking, is a clone of Syma X5C. With a higher price, the H8 and its modifications are more stable in flight and freeze. Is it worth overpaying? Hardly.