@the_inevitable It is. After my last cheapo drone flew away never to be seen again, I picked this up last month. It flies much better than I expected and is loads of fun. And if I crash it into a tree, no big loss.
@goffstock@PhysAssist@the_inevitable “Headless” is a way of making the controls and directions stick to what they were at take-off. You don’t necessarily have to see which direction the drone is facing/heading, since it’s relative to you.
The link above has a deeper explanation that goes into more detail about this, as well as the various terms for this mode as DJI or Yuneec rename them.
@PhysAssist@username It means the drone will fly in the direction you push the control stick, regardless of which direction the front of the drone is facing. (Without Headless Mode engaged, if the drone were facing you, control inputs would be reversed, for example.)
@rjquillin You mean the app that you can download for free? I mean…would be weird to put that on a USB drive for you to get it since it’s on the app store. Not included in this case is just referring to the “smart device” mentioned. It’s just a bring your own phone type of deal.
@RedOx I already have one of these from meh and I use it for exactly what your describing (plus chasing my son and friends through the local park–he loves it). Battery has a micro-usb charge port on it.
@goffstock@Stumpy91 Not terrible. Image quality is decent. Frame rate is … choppy, like 5-10 fps indoors right next to the drone.
There’s something odd going on with the aspect ratio/zoom/fisheye or something, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
I’ve bought so many of these cheap DJI Mavic knock-offs, that I can tell the crappy apps apart from the screenshots. Spoiler - the software is trash, and most likely doesn’t work. Also the drone will probably be unstable, and will fall down if a cat farts in its general direction. Hard pass!
If you want a cheap starter toy drone, go for a $100 DJI Tello instead.
Was actually going to try this one out!! Can’t believe it sold out so fast!!
They’re starting to model the cheap ones after the Mavic series, lol. I have a few DJI Mavics, but was going to buy this one as a gift (or maybe resell) to a family member who has expressed interest. Can’t believe it sold so fast.
BE REALLY CAREFUL WITH THESE DRONES.
My Mavic Pro even has a hard time with wind sometimes, and this drone is much, much lower in quality. (remember. No GPS, none of the advanced safety features. Only a few minimal ones)
Don’t fly too far with it, keep it within eye site! YOU WILL CRASH THIS 100%, EVERYONE DOES. I’ve crashed every drone I’ve ever owned. Thankfully they’ve been pretty controlled, haha.
If you are interested DJI (Sadly the ONLY company out there right now that has quality drones) has a few products out there that are (somewhat) affordable and I’m kinda’ annoyed, because some of the features mimic my $700+ drones!
If anyone is interested in more info let me know, I’ve been flying since 2014
Seriously surprised at the price on this one, even the Amazon at $75 or so after tax wasn’t a bad deal for beginners.
JUST REMEMBER THEY HAVE NO GPS.
( It’s easy for everyone to fly the drone: On altitude hold mode, you can accurately lock the height and location, stable hover and capture video or photos from any angle shooting, making the experience very easy and convenient, even a novice, can play this drone easily. The drone automatically takes off and lands with one click, which is very handy. There is an emergency landing feature to prevent collision with other things.
3D flip & one key return & Headless mode & Trimming: The E58 Drone includes the new 3D rolling special effects and can be quite the surprise! One-key return function allows the drone to return automatically without losing the drone. The Headless mode option can make the drone’s front side the same as the remote control, making it easier to fly to your destination. With the Trimming function,you can adjust according to the tilt direction thus, making the drone stabilize during flight. )
You’re really wanna’ only keep this drone at 30-60ft (if that) and walk along with it as you go, don’t trust the return to home feature but it’s neat it has it, and the safety features built in are good enough for a beginner.
I’d say 100000% buy this from Meh, but it sold out, I say 30% buy it on Amazon, and lastly if you’re actually interested saved up and get a DJI Mini, or Mini 2.
@Sgt_Bilbo I struggled getting it working too. Got the wifi connected but no video until I turned wifi off, turned on drone, and then turned wifi back on. And I started getting video streamed to my phone (Android). I still have mobile data active.
@username I ran into the same problem; then, started trying combinations against the directions in the manual. I’m able to have both talk to the drone by connecting the controller first; then, connect the wifi and open the app. Edit: it takes around 15 seconds for the app to pickup the video feed after hitting play.
@thompp Response I received is they made a mistake and there is only one battery. They said they have refunded me a part of the amount. Hmmm. So far haven’t had any luck getting the battery cover off of the remote to see if it even works, and app isn’t working either even though I can connect to wifi on drone. So far this is less than meh.
I also only received one battery. As far as the drone, it flies great, very snappy and responsive so far (in the house at least). Tuned it a bunch but can’t get it to hover in place very well. I imagine it’d be even harder to do so outdoors in the wind.
Make sure you hit the “calibration” button (top right button on the controller) before you take off for the first time or you’ll surely crash it immediately. And be aware, on minor crashes the drone legs seem to pop out of place because they are designed to fold up. If it starts flying crooked that’s why.
Overall good deal for the price, hopefully meh will come through with extra batteries?
@betaRepeating@Stumpy91 I have not yet received the credit but they have credited me before so I have no reason to believe I will NOT receive this one. Although, purchasing additional batteries was more expensive than anticipated. it may take them a few days to respond. Everything is damn COVID now. Excuse for everything.
@tedesj I’m not sure. I messaged customer service yesterday and never heard back. Customer service hasn’t posted on this thread either. Maybe they’re trying to figure out what to do since it appears these were drop-shipped from somewhere given that they shipped FedEx. I guess give them some time to respond but it seems a few people have already got a partial refund.
I was able to control the drone with the app. I didn’t even turn on the controller. Just connected wifi from phone to drone, opened the app, pressed Play and waited for the video to show up. The last time I had to turn off my mobile data but that isn’t always the case. There are a lot of cool features with the app to explore before destroying or losing the drone.
I contacted meh about the batteries and they took care of it.
Drone flies well! Granted, I’ve only done inside flights. Hope to get it outside once the wind dies down.
I was able to get the iOS app connected and video working. Turn on the remote, turn on the drone; connect the remote to the drone (push the stick up, the down, listen for beep). Connect the app to the drone’s wifi and you should be all set.
I managed to get a great video of me backing the drone right into some decorative stick thing my wife has in the living room.
My first drone and I crashed it a few times in the house and now I can’t get it to take off. The front just raises up a few inches. All rotors are spinning. I’ve done the calibration with no luck. Battery is recharged. Anybody have any ideas?
Well, it lasted almost 4 flights. No crashes or anything. But now it won’t turn on anymore. If I hold the button down it will blink the light, but the minute I let go it turns back off. Tried ordering a new battery, that didn’t fix it. So I guess it’s trash now. Really disappointed.