@RockGrumbler I saw that @kubiak was using it with their Pixel 2 XL. (I have the non-XL version) So it should be okay, as Pixel phones always have as modern an Android OS as you can get. Another review on Amazon said they needed to put their phone into airplane mode first in order for it to work.
Never used a drone before, and figured $18, what the heck… Except that I bought two, so $36… Oops!
I figure that will give me a chance to destroy one in the process of getting the hang of flying it, and then will have another one at the ready with plenty of spare batteries.
I got one of these last time they were listed. It was a chance to see if I’d like a more expensive drone. Turns out, it works really well! It took me a few tries to get it it work with the app (I use a Pixel 2XL), but it worked great after that. The app controls work surprisingly well and I’m happy with the quality of the video and pics. I’d say this is definitely worth the price.
Yep, for $20 without an extra battery last time, it was a super deal for a FPV drone, for $18 with an extra battery is a super duper deal.
It’s a pretty stable drone for its size and cost. It’s quite easy to fly, but has an altitude ceiling that’s quite low. Also its picture quality is really pretty bad. Just don’t expect too much from it and you’ll be pleased.
I don’t know if “low” is only fifteen or twenty feet, or if “low” is barely above face level.
I just bought two, and while I only got them to be fun toys, I keep having to climb up a fifteen foot ladder to look around.
Stuff like: Is the chimney cap still in place? Are the roof shingles messed up? Are the gutters clogged? Where did the Frisbee land? How much damage did that woodpecker do the the side of the house right under the roof? etc.
So the hope is that maybe I can use this instead at least some of the time.
@Narwalt It’s higher than 15ft. It barely clears the roof of my 1 story house. So I’d estimate maybe 30ft or so?
It tries to do a good job of keeping stable in a breeze, but it can’t do a very good job and bobbles around quite a bit. So trying to use it to look under your eaves would probably be risking a collision.
@Narwalt- The post i made was for bbf!! I meant- fly high enough to look see if ‘Fat Ass Santa’ is stuck on his way down, the Flitt shit not even entering the chimney at all & while you’re checking the gutters, your shingles, etc!! Narwait, i meant to say this to bbf. My Bad!!
I purchased this last Meh and hung onto it for a Christmas present. Indoors it’s quite stable, but I don’t think there’s a way (or can’t figure out) how to turn it. It’s a pain since the camera only faces one way.
Just got it yesterday, and have been playing around with it.
It’s fun, but pretty much useless for its advertised purpose, unless you plan to go back in time with the photos and post them on 2005 era Myspace.
It’s pretty much 2005ish camera phone quality. Maybe '08 if I’m being generous.
I put a microSD card in it, and the quality of the pictures stored there wasn’t any better.
Still, as a fun FPV drone toy for under $20, I definitely feel it was worth the purchase.
The two flying modes, camera towards and camera away, change the controls based on the perspective of either you looking at it head on, or as if you’re in the cockpit. However, it doesn’t appear to reverse the turning directions, so those are always from the perspective of staring at it face on in either configuration. I prefer to fly it based on an in cockpit perspective, so the opposite turning controls are still taking some getting used to.
The “flash” on it is significantly dimmer than my keylight, so the only uses it seems to have are to better differentiate which end is the front and serve as a picture taking indicator.
On my android 7.0 phone, I had to disable cellular data in order for it to work.
Makes sense, I guess, as the drone’s wifi signal doesn’t connect to the internet, so the phone would insead ignore it and try to send data through the cellular network, unless that’s specifically disallowed.
The range is pretty short, and I feel like I have to be pretty close to it. The controls generally work at a longer range than the video feed does.
The camera on it doesn’t compensate for PWM LED lights, so for some of my lower quality LED lights I’d see black bands across the screen when under their illumination.
I guess my floors might be too shiny for the downward facing positioning camera, because it doesn’t stay very steady indoors for me, but it did pretty darn good outside in a light to moderate breeze. Even a decent short gust didn’t move it very much.
It did become unresponsive outside once and shoot past my front lawn and fifty feet down the road where it waited hovering until I caught up, though, which is a little worrying. And that was when the battery was full and it was only eight feet away.
I’d say that the max height is about 15 feet at most. I feel like it got a little less than two of me above my head.
The battery gauge seems to not be the most accurate. It seems like it goes to red when there’s still 50% flight time left, and starts blinking at 25%.
What seems to be the best “oh shit” indicator, to get it somewhere safe to land, is when the green lights on the unit itself start blinking.
Sometimes it also vibrates the phone and gives a spoken warning through the app, but not reliably so.