First Person View Drones | FPV Quadcopters for Beginners
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A First Person View (FPV) Beginner Flyer’s Story.
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I’ve been flying RC Quadcopters for about a year now, Walkera QR Ladybird V2s, Hubsan X4s, the amazing Eachine 108C, the Syma X5C, Nano Drones the Cheerson CX-10, WLtoys V646, Eachine H7, the JJRC F182 and F180 and the Flying 3D X6 Quadcopter. I been so lucky to have had the opportunity to fly all these models. I’m not the greatest flyer but I had some fantastic flying fun with all these models. I’ve just started my first build, the Super-X but I have not done hardly any FPV flying although I’ve owned the Walkera Ladybird V2 FPV Quadcopter for many months. Today (13-11-2014) I was so pleased to receive a WLtoys V666 FPV courtesy of Banggood for review purposes. The timing could not have been better as I was at a Drone talk the other day and the speaker was describing FPV as ‘Flying like Bird’. I had already received this week a High Definition Mobius type Drone camera (see below) for the WLtoys V636 Skylark Quadcopter that will give me an extra Aerial Photography option with the V666 so I’m ready and rearing to go.
Add a High Definition Camera to your V666 FPV and you have a really nice kit. Fly FPV or use your V666 for Aerial Photography Videos and Photographs
Available as an option for the V666 is a high quality HD camera that films 1080p HD video at 30 FPS or 720p HD video at 60 FPS. The camera attaches to the same Anti-Vibration Mount that comes with the V666 FPV and provides clear 1080p video. Simple to set up and record video or still images from your V666 transmitter a must for anyone wishing to learn Aerial Photography. There has been talk of WLtoys releasing a version of the V262 Quadcopter with this camera as a V656 model, The WLtoys V262 is soon to be upgraded to the V393 with Brushless Motors, I would like to see a different lightweight canopy for this model as I’m sure reducing the weight would make it a really fast Drone flyer.
16-11-2014: Update I got a bit sidetracked today flying the V666 with the Camera. My videos aren’t that great at the moment but when I get used to flying this sized model I’m sure I can capture some decent footage from the V666. It is great fun to fly and very easy to control and once you are up in the air remarkably stable. I do like being able to decide when to shoot a photograph or record video from the transmitter. If you are looking to move up from Micro sized Quadcopters experience First Person View flying and take Aerial Photographs then invest in the HD camera add on you will not regret it. It took me with the help of some tweezers about three minutes to remove the FPV camera and replace it with the HD version, very user friendly. When the camera is plugged into the board it automatically recognizes this and the camera is set to take video without the need for image/video rotation. I may be stating the obvious but after flying a lot of Micro and Nano Drone models recently you can really see the V666 in the air and this makes the flying experience far more comfortable, no worries about losing sight of it.
I must say when I received this model I wasn’t sure of what to make of it but after only a few days I’m loving it. From Like the little QR Ladybird V2 it’s great fun to work on, spare parts and add ons are readily available and both models are fantastic fun to fly, I feel very fortunate so thanks again to Jacky and Sandy from Banggood for providing me with this review copy, they are extremely nice people to deal with. 🙂
This Drone along with the QR Ladybird will teach me FPV flying and with the V666 I can now up my game as regard to Aerial Photography. I love my Micro Quadcopters the Eachine H108C with the 2MP camera is my favorite to date but this is a brand new flying experience for me and something I’m 100% sure to relish.
PLEASE NOTE THIS CAMERA WILL FIT THE WLTOYS V636 ‘SKYLARK’ RC QUADCOPTER
This comparison review of the two models is just my First Person View Story. Big or small I’m sure I have in these RC Quadcopters two of the best learning tools you could wish for.
The Walkera QR Ladybird V2 FPV is one of the smallest FPV RC Quadcopters you can buy at 8.5cm x 8.5cm however WLtoys V666 FPV Quadcopter is massive in comparison approximately 52cm X 52cm. Design wise they are very similar it’s the canopy that makes them look different, Add a canopy to the QR Ladybird and you can see the similarities. The added weight of the canopy and FPV module may be to much for the Ladybird to lift and it may unduly strain the motors. I will give it a test over the next few days. Although the V666 is big I felt confident testing it indoors.
I going to use the Ladybird FPV for mostly indoor flying so in can get a grasp of First Person View flying and venture outdoors with both models when weather permits. I’ve lots of spare parts for the Ladybird V2, I can take it apart, change the frame and motors. No soldering all plug and play flight control board and if need be I can move the FPV module over to one of my spare Ladybirds. I’ve also plenty of batteries that will fit the QR Ladybird so I should get plenty of air time with this Micro FPV Drone. I will need to spend some time on the V666 learning how it all goes together and how it flies.
The WL Toys V666 RC Transmitter and the Devo F4 for the QR Ladybird FPV
16-11-2014: V666 Been flying outdoors today making the most of the weather. Used stock battery plus two Turnigy 1000mAh’s .
Banggood are now selling an upgraded battery 7.4V 2800mAh 40C Lithium Battery For V262 V333 V323 and V666 Wltoys model, they say 15 minutes flying with this battery fitted,well worth investing it. Consider your motors and don’t push it give it 10 minutes max and your motors will last longer as will your battery investment.
For the QR Ladybird V2 FPV I prefer the 5 x Upgraded 25C 3.7V 380MAH Battery for theHubsan X4 H107 or QR X4 Ladybird. I find the bigger 500 mAh batteries a bit heavy for the FPV version.
If I’m looking to do acrobatics I would take out the Great Eachine H108C and multiple flip it. I’ve done a few Ladybird frames and canopies trying to flip the bird it I can be done with practice but I’m not risking an FPV Quadcopter to see it turn over. No doubt the V666 can perform 360 degree stunts but I’m really not that interested. The Eachine gives me more than plenty in the acrobatic department enough said. I will use the WLtoys V666 for FPV flying and Aerial Photography and the QR Ladybird for FPV flying only.
13-11-2014: V666, indoors it was amazingly stable at 5 foot, outdoors there was as strong wind, I got it up but then thought better of it! Connecting the FPV Module/Camera seems pretty straightforward with standard connections. First impressions is that it will be user friendly to work on and the canopy offer excellent protection to the flexible propellers and motor housings. Looks like a great beginner FPV Quadcopter to me and I’m going to enjoy it for sure.
15-11-2014: Thought I would take off the V666 canopy this moring. It was a simple enough job, two tiny screws on each arm and some plastic clips to remove. Intial thoughts were that WLtoys should produce an extra canopy so user could fly in a sport mode. What I do like about this FPV Quadcopter is that it is easy to take apart, perfect for a beginner like myself.
16-11-2014: More images of both Quadcopter to follow
Alternative FPV Quadcopters for Beginners
The Hubsan X4 H107D is the Top Selling Quality Micro FPV Quadcopter, this model like any of the Hubsan X4’s are great little flyers and it come with an excellent screen on the transmitter. Big sales on Banggood and one to consider.
The Hubsan X4 H107D FPV QUADCOPTER
Coming Soon Low Priced FPV Quadcopters
Cheerson CX-30S Low Priced FPV Quadcopter
Item name: Cheerson CX-30S Quadcopter
Gyro: 6 axis
Camera Pixel: 30W
Flight time: about 5-6 minutes
Charging time: 90 minutes
Control distance: about 30M
Transmission distance: About 20M
Transmitter Battery: 4 x AA (not included)
Monitor Battery: 3 x AAA(not included)
Quadcopter Battery: 3.7V 700mah
Certificate: CE , ROHS , EN71 , EN62115 , R&TTE , ASTM , HR4040
With monitor provides real time transimission function
Display independant power supply,can look back your video and image
With high/medium/low speed
4 channel quadcopter with 6 axis gyro
Up/down/left/right/side flight/hover/flip / hand launch
Low voltage alarm
With LED light for night flight
1 x CheersonCX-30S RC Quadcopter
1 x Transmitter(with monitor)
1 x Spare part blade set
1 x USB charging cable
1 x Screwdriver
SKY Hawkeye HM1315 5.8G FPV RC Quadcopter With Real-time Transmission
Item name: SKY Hawkeye HM1315 5.8G 4CH RC Quadcopter
Charging tiem: 60 minutes
Flight time: 5 minutes
Remote control distance: 50m
Camera: 300,000 pixels
Lipo battery: 3.7V/700mAh (included)
Battery for transmitter : 4*1.5V AA battery (not included)
Color: green and white
5.8GHz transmission systems
Real time video transmission
Fly up/down, turn left/right, forward/backward.
360 degree flip flight
Stable flying, easy to control.
Indoor and outdoor flying
1 x SKY Hawkeye quadcopter
4 x propeller
2 x USB cable,
1 x transmitter
1 x 1GB SD card
1 x 3.7V 700mAh battery