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Your guide to buying a Quadcopter

by Nicole Blanckenberg

    Not only do smaller quadcopters make a great hobby for kids and adults alike, but the heavier camera carrying versions also allow for amazing aerial videoing and photographs. Blurring the line between toys and tools, quadcopters are growing in popularity, and as more and more brands and types hit the market, it is getting increasingly difficult to choose. Whether you are a beginner looking for a new hobby for the kids or a professional flyer looking for quality footage, there is a quadcopter out there for you. To help you choose just the right one for you, we have put together this quadcopter shopping guide.

Types of Quadcopters

Quadcopters vary in size and abilities, as well as how they arrive at your door, and deciding between them will be based on whether you need professional videos for specific needs, just want to fly for a little fun, are a total beginner, or would like to build one as a hobby. To help you choose, here are the different types of quadcopters for you to compare:

Simple Quadcopters: These are lightweight quadcopters that are the perfect starting point for beginners and a great first quadcopter for the kids. They are designed to simply fly around, like smaller RC planes but even easier to control, and are good entertainment for the whole family.

Carrying Quadcopters: A similar concept to larger drones, carrying quadcopters are larger, heavier, and offer a more advanced option. Designed to carry cameras such as GoPros or their own built-in camera units, they film or take stills during flights. These are great for the intermediate hobbyist or for capturing amazing aerial footage.

RTF (Ready to Fly) Quadcopters: These quadcopters are ideal for beginners or for someone who wants a model they can take out of the box and fly straight away without the hassle of having to put together the unit themselves.

Kit Model Quadcopters: Kit model quadcopters make it possible to build your own quadcopters, buying and choosing some of the components like transmitters separately. If you enjoy building models and are looking for a fun project, these quadcopters allow better quality models for much better prices and are a great way to engage kids in the fun of building and tinkering.

What people are saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

Build: Durable quadcopters that can survive mild crashers are reviewed well, especially by beginners. Finding a tough model with cheaper replacement parts will ensure many more hours flying with your new quadcopter.

Controls: Owners at all levels rate quadcopters with simple to use, intuitive controls much higher than ones without, as this makes their quadcopters easier to fly. Sensitive controls are also prefered by advanced pilots for more nuanced control of the quadcopters flight characteristics.

Battery: Battery life is a big concern for quadcopter owners as the better the battery life, the longer the flight and the more fun you’ll have on a single charge. Reviewing manufacturer specs to compare different battery lives will help ensure you get the best battery deal. It is also recommended that you buy additional batteries for your quadcopter to get more use out of it on each mission.

Features: The most reviewed features for quadcopters are LED lights and transmitters. Quadcopters that burn bright help owners keep track of their crafts even in low light conditions, and LEDs that flash to indicate a low battery are particularly favored. Quadcopters that don’t come with transmitters included are not reviewed well by beginners as this means additional costs for thier new hobby.

Useful tips for shoppers

    • If you are a beginner, choosing a less expensive model to learn with will save you a lot of heartache. There is a learning curve with mastering the flying control of a quadcopter, and crashing a carrying quadcopter with your camera attached will be more expensive to replace.
    • When deciding on range distance of your new quadcopter, consider your intended use. If you will be using your quadcopter for aerial footage, a quadcopter that will only work within 30 meters of their remote may not be sufficient for you. For a hobbiest, however, or kids using it around the house, that would be more than enough flying range.
    • The same consideration could be said about the battery life of your quadcopter. If you are filming larger areas or if you will be buying the quadcopter to start off your child’s flying hobby, you will need a battery that is longer lasting. The battery life of a quadcopter will range anywhere from 6 – 12 minutes and choosing one that will suit you perfectly depends on your needs.
    • Battery charging time will vary, and on average will take two hours to recharge between flights. Therefore, having replacement batteries is essential. Check if the brand you are considering offers replacement batteries, compare prices among brands, and also make sure they are available and easy to buy.
    • Another important thing to think about when choosing is the replacement cost of parts, and if spare parts are indeed available for your prospective quadcopter. Inexpensive and available replacements will mean a longer life for your quadcopter instead of you having to throw it out if something breaks.
    • FPV (first-person view) quadcopters are any quadcopter that is flown via a video feed coming from the device itself. LOS (line-of-sight) quadcopter refers to the more traditional way of piloting where you guide by watching the craft from where you stand.
    • Your RTF quadcopter should include at least batteries and a transmitter and be ready fly as soon as you have taken out of the box. This is a craft for a beginner or someone who doesn’t want the hassle of putting it together themselves. An ARTF (almost ready to fly) quadcopter will refer to a kit that has all the required parts but where some assembly is required. They are great for hobbyist who want to know how their quadcopter works, and may or may not include transmitters.
    • Quadcopters have four mounted motors, and most models will have two that rotate clockwise and two that rotate counter-clockwise to make flights more stable. For the more experienced flyers, there are some that only turn one way or another, and combination quadcopters that are capable of either turning clockwise, counterclockwise, or both directions at the same time, which means more advanced flying options.
    • Some quadcopter models have built-in LED lights. These are great for spotting your craft in low-light conditions or at night. Some will even flash automatically when battery levels get low to alert you that it’s time to come in for a landing before power is gone!

 REVIEWS:

HUBSAN

There are many different versions of the Hubsan X4 quad and they all have good quadcopter reviews. The best one for a beginner quadcopter enthusiast though is the original Hubsan X4 H107. This one is 100% ready to fly and includes a 2.4GHz radio and a rechargeable 3.7 V 240 mAh battery. Considering it comes with everything needed to fly out of the box, the only thing you need to do before you get flying is charge your battery. The battery takes about 30 minutes to charge and allows you to get almost 10 minutes of flying time. Due to the lightweight airframe, ultimate stability, and small size of 60 mmx60 mm, you will get longer flight time which equates to more practice time! This is the best drone for flying indoors or outdoors but just be sure it’s not windy while flying outside.

PROTO X

Great for enthusiasts just starting out, the Estes 4606 Proto X Nano has a plastic body and should only be flown indoors. This was actually my first quadcopter I bought after reading it’s quadcopter reviews and I’m thankful it didn’t break every time I flew it into a wall. For the rare occasion when I broke a blade, there were conveniently 4 spare rotor blades included with the quad. There are even LED indicators on both the front and back which help you stay oriented during flight. Unless you’re holding your quadcopter in your hand, it’s very difficult to determine the front and back so the lights are a lifesaver  especially in dim light. Included with the Estes 4606 is a 4-channel 2.4 GHz radio and a 100mAh 3.7 V LiPo battery making this a complete RTF quadcopter right out of the box.

Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0

There are many cool perks of this quad that makes it the best quadcopter if you’re kind of in between skill levels. First off, it has an incredibly robust structure which is built to withstand crashes and absorb impacts. The body is crafted out of foam which isolates the expensive parts to keep them safe and absorb vibrations creating a smoother flight. Also included with the Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0 is an inside hull which further protect your quad from damage. Even if you’re not fully advanced to an intermediate level yet, you can still move up to the Parrot and use the hull until you’ve reached perfection.

 

Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0

 

The most advanced feature incorporated into the Parrot is the ability to control your drone via iPhone, iPad or any Android device. From your device, you can view life steaming video from your Parrot and fly via FPV. You can also record and share photos and videos directly from the FreeFlight 2.0 app. This may seem like a huge jump from a basic toy quad but as long as you start out with the hall and work your way up to fpv flying, the Parrot should last you many years of flying.

Yuneec Q500

5Yuneec Q500 Typhone WoW
ByMark R. Tindol “DMPDDIVER”on March 5, 2015
​I have been wanting a quad copter for quite awhile for fun and shooting video of some of my travels. I know there is allot of controversy about these devices now and wanted something well designed and easy to fly.When I came across the Yuneec Q500 I researched it for weeks and found only great reviews. The only thing negative I saw was it was a little slow in speed and that was fine with me as I was not going to race it around.
When I first received it I found it packaged properly and all items in the box as promised.
The only issue I had was once I had it all charged up I noticed the quad was showing me some status lights that were not in the instruction manual.
I called Yuneec at their California location and was surprised to actually talk to someone. This person was very helpful and I give their customer service 5 stars.
He explained to me that Yuneec had upgraded their firmware and this new indication was not yet included in the current manual but was completely normal and in his words…go have fun let it fly, you covered under warranty and if anything happens we will fix or replace it.
Well withnew found confidence I went outside and flew it for the first time and was completely taken over by how easy it was .It never missed a beat and when it told me the battery was getting low I flipped a switch and it landed almost exactly were it took off.
I am very impressed about this device and look forward to many happy flights.
This company I bought it from was well informed and answered all my questions promptly and I recommend them because of their excellent customer service.
If your looking for an easy to use yet well designed and built Quad copter I highly recommend the Yuneec Q500.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4Hi Andrew I would be happy to give you a review on my Yuneec Q500 …
Bydan pon March 17, 2015
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HiAndrewI would be happy to give you a review on myYuneecQ500 Typhoon. Everything came in the box to get theQ500 up and running without a glitch.I have made about 20 flights so far and am very impressed with the ease of flying the Q500. As long as the unit is in GPS lock the machine flys level and can take even more wind than what Yuneec recommends.

I have also flown a few times with the GPS disabled. I am not an experienced pilot and can tell you that outdoors with any wind at all you had better be on your toe’s. I managed to keep the bird in the air and land safely, but It was not comfortable to fly. I’m sure with more experience it will become easier to fly when GPS is disabled, but for now I will be giving myself allot of room.

With that being said, I have to say that I have had one crash so far. The reason for the crash my be somewhat my fault. I was flying near my home which happens to be in a canyon with many 200 foot fir trees. I had just finished a flight and decided to fly home low and film the road to my house. I was about 4 feet off the ground flying in angle mode when the controller vibrated and the lost GPS led’s lite up on the Q500. I was hovering at the time and when it lost the GPS signal the bird started acting erratic and the sticks did not respond. There fore I managed to fly into a tree and break two props. My concern is that just before the incident I had 12 satellites for the Q500, 5 satellites on the controller and the SAT READY indicator was on. With that being said, the Yuneec manual states and showS that you must have a 100 degree clear path to the sky. I most definitely did not have that. So be wear when flying in wooded areas, if you loose the GPS lock things happen very fast. The only other issue I have been having is with the Purple LED. In pilot mode with GPS lock the LED should glow continuously. My LED tends to blink randomly. The blinking does not match any of the warnings on the LED chart. So I am going to check with Yuneec to see what the problem might be.

As for the camera on the Q500 I can say that it is what I expected. I am a professional still photographer and have done little to no video work. So far the video’s that I have been taking are not to bad, The gimbal mount on the camera is incredible. Even with some very violent moves the camera images stays solid. The still photo’s are what I would expect for the price. I have not had time to print any images, but at a 100% crop the images are still OK. In bright light the video and stills are a bit over saturated, but again they are except-table for snap shots or home video. When you are used to spending 6 to 10 K on a camera without a lens, I find it incredible that Yuneec has managed to make a camera/video platform that fly’s for 1300.00 dollars.

In conclusion I am very happy with the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon. I purchased it to get some experience flying and doing photography to see if I was willing to take the step and buy a larger drone that can handle a DSLR. But from what I have seen so far perhaps If Yuneec comes up with a little better camera maybe I won’t need to spend the big bucks.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5I enjoyed the Phantom but the it was’t stable and most …
ByKevin McRaeon March 11, 2015
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Shortly after buying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision I discovered the Q500 Typhoon. I enjoyed the Phantom but the it was’t stable and most of the video wasn’t that good. Return it and bought the Q500 and couldn’t be happier. The gimbal on this drone is fantastic and provides great stability for videos. The camera on the other hand can produce overly warm photos/videos and I feel like the camera on the Phantom was slightly better at producing the right colors. This drone does have some cool features over the Phantom such as Follow Me and built in FPV screen on the controller, no external video device needed. As an added bonus I received the SteadyGrip handheld controller for free which was great.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5Great Great product! Easy to fly! Great company!
ByKyleon March 5, 2015
I wanted a Drone that I would be able to upgrade in the future with a 4k camera. and easy to fly with a screen to view what I was filming. And handle well in the wind. I Found it! On top of that yuneec is a great company! Crashed it and broke a camera wire wrote them and they responded quickly and called me and gave me great advice and didn’t rush me off the phone. And Instead of having me purchase a new camera for 500$ it was a 5$ fix I paid shipping. Great product! Great company. Also read done peoples reviews stating they sent their copter in for repairs but couldn’t get answers on returns. I spoke with yuneec and if you’re a news watcher you May have heard about a dock Strike with the teamsshot in California were they are located? Well the ship that all their parts were on was sitting out their. They give nothing less then stellar support and try and help you trouble shoot when and were ever possible. Try getting live person with other company’s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5Best quad for its price
ByAmazon Customeron April 5, 2015
My first exposure to a quality quad was to aDJI Phantom. My friend had bought his used and had a problem with one of the motors. It was either the motor or the ESC, and I helped him go online and find a video that explained how to fix it. Since there was no way to tell which it was, he started with the ESC. I don’t have a conclusion to the story, but I did notice that he had a hard time finding help, but eventually did. I was impressed with the Phantom and came close to getting one. I discussed this with my son, who happens to work in a hobby store (I can’t mention the name, but it rhymes withrobby gown). He told me about the Typhoon, so I started doing my own research, since I had never heard of it. What really sold me on it was that it had its ownbuilt inFPV withreal time down linking of telemetry. I would have bought myQ500 from Amazon if I couldn’t have gotten an employee discount through my son, since the retail price of theQ500 is the same everywhere, including direct from the factory. So, when he brought it to me we had to try it out as soon as we could. The first thing I will tell anyone who buys one is READ THE MANUAL FIRST. The package comes with an 8GB micro SD card that you can use for capturing video or still shots. The owner’s manual and a lot of other stuff is on that card, rather than on a CD, so copy everything from the card to your computer and then format the card for the full 8GB in flight. When you put the card in the camera, BE CAREFUL. First, make sure you are putting it in the correct slot. The slot for the card is the same size as the ventilation slots. But the slot for the card is clearly labeled. Next, make sure you are inserting the card correctly. I thought I was, but I was wrong, and the card got jammed between the card holder and the camera frame. We had to partially disassemble the camera to retrieve it. And that was trick in itself. Eventually I got it out and got the camera reassembled. With the card correctly in the slot we took the quad out to a field and did the compass calibration that was described on one of the sheets that came with the quad. Only later did we learn that this was unnecessary. We then launched it off a piece of cardboard, since it was a grassy field. We had it in the air for about 3 minutes, with the video running at 50PFS the whole time. When a gust of wind came and blew the cardboard we figured we had better get it down while we could. It landed with no effort at all. The quad does not come with any video editing software, so I used Microsoft’s Movie Maker to edit it. I couldn’t figure out why it was running so slow until I realized the file size was over 670MB. But, the video that I shot was impressive. The image was steady as a rock. The next day we flew it again. This time I just took some stills from a much higher altitude than the first day. They too were impressive, although the color saturation was a bit high. That is easily corrected with any photo editor, but I use Microsoft’s Photo Editor. The stills were about 2.4MB each, plus a small file that is created with each one. I have never figured out what those are, as some regular cameras create them as well. I just transfer the .JPG files to the computer and then delete all the files from within theDCIM folder on the SD card. I already have a 32 GB card on order through Amazon so I don’t have to be so concerned with the space on the card.As for flying, there are three modes. The first one is SMART mode. With this, the quad moves in whatever direction you move the stick on the right. Just be sure to be facing the quad. Stick left, quad left. Stick right, quad right. Stick toward you, quad toward you. Stick away from you, quad away from you. Moving the left stick left or right controls the yaw of the quad, which will aim the camera in any direction. The yaw does not affect how the right stick works. Once you get used to this mode it’s great for taking photos and videos. But if you are used to flying planes or other quads it will seem awkward at first. The left stick also controls ascent or descent RATE. That is an important and impressive feature, and unlike any other flying device I have ever encountered. Unlike other quads, it does not directly control the thrust. Instead, if left centered, the quad will simply hold its altitude. Push it away from you and it goes UP. The more you push it up the faster it goes. Pull it toward you and it descends. The rate of each is controlled by the turtle/rabbit lever on the right side of theST10 ground unit (you can hardly call it a transmitter, since it is so much more than that). The rate is also limited by the software, although I imagine if you gave it full down you could cause it damage when it hits the ground. The second mode is called the ANGLE mode, and this is how most quads fly. The left and right stick movement becomes relative to the quad and not to the pilot, so yaw becomes a factor. The third mode is the HOME mode. In this mode you don’t use the sticks at all. You just let the quad do it’s thing, and it will fly level and its current altitude, or 30 feet, whichever is greater, until it is over its point of takeoff, then it descends at a safe rate until it lands. All of this depends on its connection to the GPS system. If it loses the GPS signal then it reverts to the ANGLE mode. So be aware.The included camera is the CGO2, three axis gimbal stabilized 12 or 16 megapixel camera that takes stills or HD video. It is the same camera that is used on some other quads and is a remarkable piece of work. There is no microphone included, unlike a GoPro camera that can be mounted on some other quads. So you won’t get the obnoxious buzz of the props along with your video. It also does not have as strong a fish eye effect as the GoPro camera. The camera status is reported on the ground based station, so you can tell when you are recording, and you can see what the camera sees at all times. You have to turn off the video recording in order to take a still. When you take a still there is a slight shutter sound on the ground based unit, so you know you got a shot.

The ST10 is the designation for the ground based unit, and it truly a remarkable piece of equipment. It has a built in receiver that receives the video from the quad’s camera, whether or not you are recording anything, along with telemetry which tells you important information about the quad, including its GPS position, altitude, battery condition, and other status. Rather than go into all the detail about it, read the manual, which is available online at the Yuneec website.

Sounds great, doesn’t it. But there are some downsides. My first complaint is that the ST10 makes a rather loud noise when it’s one. It sounds like there is something rubbing on the cooling fan (yes, it has a fan because it is a small but powerful computer that needs to be cooled). The screen is pretty difficult to see in bright daylight. Yuneec is aware of this and provides a stick on sunshade to help with that. I haven’t tried it yet. The quad itself has several lights. The one in the center is the status light. There are so many different codes that it comes with a large card that explains what each one means. Unfortunately, the card has not kept up with the software, and the Q500 gives codes that are not explained on the card. The box includes some things that are not explained. One of them remained a mystery for a while. It turned out to be a spare clip to keep the battery compartment door closed. I can only guess this is because it must be a very fragile thing, but I haven’t had a problem with it yet. Finally, the Yuneek website has downloads for updating the firmware, but I have not been able to figure out how to do it. The instructions for it are not real clear. However, from what I have heard about their customer support, I am sure a call to them would help. I am reluctant to call because I figure if they start getting too many calls their customer support might start to suffer. I don’t want that.

So, my advice to anyone considering buying one, check out the competition first. Look at the DJI Phantom and the Blade Q350. Compare features to the Yuneec Q500. I would bet you will make the same decision I did. Be aware that this quad is primarily designed to be an aerial platform for video and still photography. It is not at all agile, so if that’s what you are looking for, you will be disappointed. Personally, I would not want to risk a 1,300 dollar investment on something I was going to race around. But if you are looking for a stable platform with superb imaging, I doubt you can beat it.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5Best Purchase ever!
ByRick Riveraon March 19, 2015
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OMG! I just got this today and was flying in about 90 minutes after battery charging. I bought a couple of wl toys quads a while back and and trained on those first, they were just the cheap ones about $80.00. I really should have just bought one of these, Its amazing flys perfect and always in control, remote is the same easy to use and simple design yet powerful and filled with all the flight information right in front of your eyes, if you need to look at screen while in flight just let go of sticks and it stops and hovers immediately. I took a video of my first flight it was crystal clear with no vibration whats so ever it was like I was watching a HD national geographic show. Let me say I’m not rich so this was major purchase for me but its my birthday next week and I justified it that way. I was considering DJ phantom but after speaking to owners and reading reviews I was not going to take a 5 out of 10 shot that it would just fly away. And the service from DJ is the worst I’ve ever read about can you imagine spending $1500 on a quad and you cant get a person on the phone there. This is the best quad on the market for the features it has no doubt, and you get an extra battery and gimbal holder for taking videos by hand. An example of how easy it is to fly I let my girlfriend take control of it in the angle mode and I had it set up so the sticks were in line with direction she flew it perfect back and for and made some turns and she has never flown anything. I have to congratulate the designers at Yuneec for this copter they really nailed it right the first time, I can only imagine their larger models they must fly like the space shuttle. If I was DJ I’d really be worried once these get out there more the market will be Yuneecs.

 

 

Blade 350 QX BNF Quadcopter Compatible with GoPro

Quadcopters are becoming more and more popular for all ages.  With all of the different models available, one can find the perfect quadcopter to meet their expectations.  The Blade 350 QX is one model in particular that is sure to meet all of your expectations with all of the features it has to offer.

blade-350-qx-quadcopter-reviewThe Blade 350 QX is available in two models including the Ready-To-Fly Version (BLH7800) and the Bind-N-Fly Version (BLH7880).  The BLH7800 version is ready to fly, while the other version needs an A 5+ channel DSM2 and a power supply.  Both models come engineered with Safe Technology, which is one of the Blade’s best features.  Safe technology consists of a revolutionary electronic flight envelope protection system.  This enables smoother flight capability that fights against windy conditions.  Multiple modes are a part of the security with Safe Technology.  The Smart Mode prevents the 350 QX from flying too close to its pilot.  It also allows the quadcopter to consistently be in a stable position with the altimeter sensors.  The Stability Mode also allows for a stable flight with the self-leveling characteristics.

An additional mode that provides a robust flight experience, with AS3X flight characteristics, is the Agility Mode.  This mode is what enables the aerobatic maneuvers to be possible with extreme stability.   Along with those, the GPS and Altimeter are part of Safe Technology.  This allows the Blade 350 QX to remain in a specific position for stable aerial footage.  The Stick Relativity is an additional feature of Safe Technology that enables you to move the cyclic stick on the transmitter right or left, while the 350 QX will move right or left relative to the pilot despite which way it’s pointing.  The Blade’s flight time ranges from 10-15 minutes.

People all over are enjoying the Blade 350 QX Quadcopter.  One customer review in particular explains how easy it is to fly by only having to set up the radio and you’re ready to go.  They went on to describe how the auto landing feature is really great.  Also, the reviewer was impressed with the smart mode.  She goes on to say that if you have never flown anything before that this quad would be perfect.

The Blade 350 QX Quadcopter has all of the spectacular features that one could ask for.  With it being easy to fly, it is accessible to all.  The Blade 350 QX Quadcopter is revolutionizing the flying experience.

Hi our Readers and a Warm Welcome To Blade 350 QX Review. Blade 350 QX Quadcopter is an intermediate level drone. It is pretty much similar when comparing blade 350 qx vs phantom because it is made especially for aerial photography. But can it beat the Dji Phantom is a concern. It is a great solid quadcopter for anyone looking to launch into aerial videography. Though it does not have the same punch as the DJI Phantom Series, but yet offer a decent value for your investment. Usually Blade 350 QX Price is about $470 (Ready-To-Fly Version) on Amazon. However, prices may change time to time without notification. Continue reading our in-depth Blade 350 QX Review.

Blade 350 QX Review – Important Specification Details

Blade 350 QX Review – Blade 350 QX comes in two different versions of the quadcopters: Bind-N-Fly (FLH7880) and Ready-To-Fly (BLH7800). RTF version comes with Spektrum DX5e transmitter. The BNF version is $50 cheaper than the RTF model since it does not have a transmitter. Both versions consist of GoPro camera mount, Li-Po battery and charger. There is Blade 350 QX Problems in both version, so take a closer look at the key specs of these below for easy decision-making.

Ready-To-Fly Version (BLH7800A) Specifications

  • Brand: Blade
  • Model: Blade 350 QX RTF
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Camera Included? Camera sold separately (GoPro camera)
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Flight Duration: 10-15 Minutes
  • Completion Level: Ready-To-Fly
  • Assembly Required?: No
  • Accessories Included: charger and Lithium polymer(Li-Po) flight battery

Bind-N-Fly (FLH7880) Key Specifications

  • Brand: Blade
  • Model: Blade 350 QX BNF
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Camera Included? Camera not included, but sold separately (GoPro camera)
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Flight Duration: N/A
  • Completion Level: Bind-N-Fly
  • Assembly Required?: Yes
  • Accessories Included: DC charger, 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery and blade 350 qx manual

Blade 350 QX Review – Explanation of Different Modes

Blade 350 QX Series of Quad-copter’s Comes In Four Different Flight Modes Which Are Explained Below In Detail.

  • Stability Mode – The LED Light status is blue during the Stability Mode. We recommend beginners to use this mode instead of the Smart mode. The Stick Relativity might make things harder like flying a more serious drone. It is ideal to get used to flying the quadcopter properly. This mode key features include self leveling and place holding.
  • Smart Mode – This is one of the best mode in Blade 350 QX Quadcopter for beginners. The LED Light Status is green while in the smart mode. You can move the drone to whichever direction you move the stick and uses self leveling. It hold its place with the GPS technology.
  • Agility Mode – While in Agility Mode, the LED lights status is red. This mode is recommended for intermediate pilots. It allow users to flip the quadcopter over and do quick aerobatics man-oeuvres.
  • Return to Home Mode – During this mode, the LED Light Status is fast flashing red. once you activate this mode the drone flies back to it’s take-off position automatically using GPS Navigation, But comes with Blade 350 QX Problems in terms of GPS Coverage. Keep reading this Blade 350 QX Review.

 

Blade 350QX BNF Review (350QX BNF Firmware 2.0 with SAFE)

350 QX BNF Firmware  with SAFE

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This is the BNF Version of Blade 350 QX Quadcopter. It is manufactured by Blade equipped with SAFE Technology. It offers up to 4 different flight modes that are explained above. You can do various aerial stunts and flips with a press of button. You can install a special GoPro Mount that cut all types of vibration coming from the motors.

However, camera is not included and sold separately. You get three LiPo battery and DC charger with this Blade 350 QX Quadcopter. It offer stable performance, balanced control, sensitivity control and best flight performance as per as your expectation. However, it does not come with a transmitter unlike RTF model that comes with one. This is one of the ideal Blade 350 QX Review.

 


 

350QX RTF with SAFE

350 QX RTF with SAFE

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This is the popular Blade 350 QX RTF Quadcopter out there in the market. It has similar features, technologies and advantages as BNF model reviewed above. This quadcopter is designed to dominate the aerial video market by bringing the best out of the Blade engineers knowledge. It features various dynamic flight modes that can be adjusted according to your level of ability. You can capture Aerial Videos with a GoPro Camera (Camera Sold Separately).

This entire unit measures by 21.8 x 13.2 x 6.5 inches and lightweight compared with its previous models. It has good feedback’s and customer reviews on Amazon. This is one of the best Blade 350 QX Review you can read in this site.

 


Conclusion

Blade 350 QX Review – This drone is recommended for any RC Beginner or Expert who want to get into aerial photography. It is more expensive than Parrot AR.Drone, but capable of capturing or recording high quality videos. This isn’t really a competitor for Dji Phantom Series, but quite worth the money as long as you fly it safely and carefully. Anyways, thanks for checking-out this Blade 350

 

 

 

 

 

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