Best Aerial Photography Quadcopter Drone | X380C Quadcopter Review
29-06-2015: Video shot with stock camera. This was the very first time Jackson had flown the X380-C RC Quadcopter
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28-06-2015: After testing the X380-C for 6 days we challenge anyone to show us a better Aerial Photography Quadcopter for the money. It is simple to set up, it functions exactly how it should and it is an absolute dream to fly. If the XK Range of Quadcopters are all as good as this model the we are in for a real treat. For a little over $500 you get superb functionality, precise position hold, unbelievable stability, fail safe systems that let you fly with complete confidence it is the Best Aerial Photography Quadcopter available in the $500 price bracket. If you are looking to advance from Low Priced Toy/Hobby Grade models to something you can use on a more professional level then this is for you. We have so far tested using the stock camera the SJ4000 and the results are excellent. Next we will attach the GoPro Hero 3 and truly believe we can capture footage that will equal if not better anything from a Phantom. It’s a bold claim but we think its doable and welcome the challenge. One thing we are sure of, if you buy this model you will 100% enjoy it! Click on the image below you will see the X380_C is a high flyer,
22-6-2015: Cloud Nine, a dream come true. I’ve thought about flying a Real’ Quality Aerial Photography Quadcopter for a long time and my first flight of the XK Detect X380C was a dream come true. The Camera, Gimbal and Flight characteristics exceeded all my expectations it was an absolute joy. Will post some images up tomorrow weather permitting . It came with Gimbal and Camera attached well balanced propellers, charged up the big 5400 mAh battery, compass calibration and I was up in the air. Super smooth video capture. CLICK THIS LINK I had visions 0f a complicated Camera and Gimbal set up not so it was all done and ready to fly. The Camera is a version of the SJ4000 I’m sure and I’m not even going to bother to attach the GoPro 3 until I’ve fully tested the stock camera as I’m 100% sure it will deliver outstanding footage.
Packed full of great features the XK Detect X380-C Quadcopter looks the perfect entry point for those wishing to enjoy hHgh Quality Aerial Photography and Videography. The Drone Flyers Team were so impressed with the features and options this Low Priced Aerial Photography Quadcopter offers as it looks the perfect platform for all Quadcopter and Drone Flyers to move up from flying toy/hobby grade Quadcopters to one that offers a more professional experience that we went out an ordered the X380C as soon as it became available. The Drone Flyers Team think the XK Detect RC Quadcopter C version looks tasty bit of kit and we are desperate to get our hands on one. What is automatically attractive about this Camera Drone is that it comes with a decent Gimbal and High Definition Camera a must for those who are passionate about capturing great aerial imagery. We will be receiving our XK Detect 380C Quadcopter around the 21-6-2015 and we will be carrying out the most extensive Quadcopter Review we have ever undertaken. We have never been so excited over a Quadcopter release and we will pull out all the stops to show the true potential of this Quadcopter Camera Drone. This will be our adventure into the world of quality aerial photography and videography and the Drone Flyers team welcome you to join us. We hope that this X380C from XK RC Quadcopter range will offer the first real low priced alternative to the Phantom DJI Quadcopter range that have dominated the market space for the last few years. We think the X380C will and will do our utmost to prove it.
XK are set to become a leading player and over the new few months are releasing a number of innovative models including the impressive Air Dancer X350 Stunt Quadcopter and the Low Priced Alien X250 Quadcopter. Many of their RC models due are compatible with the Futuba S-FHSS protocol and they have Bind and Fly range of RC Helicopters designed to be used with Futaba S-FHSS Transmitters. They are serious about this business and we are sure the X380C will reflect this.
The XK Detect X380C RC Quadcopter with HD Camera and Gimbal has just gone on sale at Banggood CLICK THIS LINK for just over $500
We have looked at a few alternatives, the Wingsland Scarlet Minivet RC Quadcopter was the main contender but what we liked about the XK Detect X380-C was the fact that you can use a variety of cameras, the versatility of the platform. We will test with the stock HD Camera, a GoPro, the excellent value Xiaomi Yi Action Camera , and the Blackview Hero 2 Action Camera. The B version of the XK Detect 380 has a simple mount for Mobius action camera and if it is possible we will obtain one and mount it on this Model so we can test and review the Mobius Range of Action Cameras on this X380C RC Quadcopter. We will publish video, aerial photography images from different Action Cameras and and videos the XK Detect in flight.
Update 15-6-2015 : The X380 manual we received today indicates that the XK Detect X380C Quadcopter is only compatible with the GoPro 3 and the high definition XK Camera. When we receive the X380C we will be better placed to see if modifications can be done to add a variety of action cameras. We are fortunate to have a GoPro 3 so we will use this and the XK Camera to conduct our first video tests.
Hopefully before the X380C Quadcopter arrives we can get a PDF copy of the user manual so we can study it in depth. As soon as the XK Detect 380C Quadcopter arrives we will carry out an unboxing review, charge the Quadcopter battery, get everything set up and ensure the propellers are well balanced. This XK 380c RC Quadcopter Review will be ongoing as much of our time this summer will be devoted to testing the XK 380C RC Quadcopter it is something we are all really looking forward to.
The Advanced Features of the XK Detect 380C Quadcopter are numerous and include the following functionality
One key take off and landing. No risk of tipping on taking off and landing protecting the propellers blades from any damage. Press to take off, press to bring down effortlessly
Tight GPS positioning within a half a meter accuracy so you can fly the XK Detect X380C Quadcopter to exactly where you want it to be and capture perfect aerial images and video.
Accurate height position again within a half a meter, The vertical accuracy is enabled by air pressure settings another plus for the XK X380C Detect Quadcopter.
Circular Photography and video capture. With this functionality you can set a radius distance The XK 380C Quadcopter will fly around a certain fixed point in a circular motion and capture a 360 degree panoramic video or photographs of a landmark, building or landscape. This makes the X380C perfect for Real Estate Imagery, Tourism Photography and video and much much more.
Great fail-safe feature that returns the XK Detect 380-C to its take off point should it stray out of range.
Low voltage protection to ensure a safe landing for the 380-C if your Lithium Quadcopter is near running out of charge. These fail-safe features ensure you can concentrate on aerial photography and video capture without the worry of losing or crashing your X380C Camera Drone.
1000 meter Remote Control distance
The XK Detect Quadcopter has a Super Headless Mode an Intelligent Orientation Control that can be set so no matter which way the Quadcopter is pointing toward forward is always forward and backward always backwards.
Powerful brushless motors and an impressive 11.1V 5400mAh 20C Lithium battery ensure the X380C Camera Drone version with the camera mounted has a long twenty two minute flight time.
The signal from the Remote Control Transmitter is 2,8Ghz anti-interference, Safer flying with the X380C Aerial Photography Quadcopter
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XK 380C RC Quadcopter Design and Build
The style of the XK 380 models mimics that of the WLtoys V303 Quadcopter and it is made in a High Quality Plastic composite with a faux carbon fiber finish. The 380 size makes it suitable to be transported in a back pack.
XK Detect Box Contents
In your box you will receive the following items
1 x X380C Detect Quadcopter
1 x Flight Controller (Remote Control Quadcopter Transmitter)
1 x XK Detect X380-C Manual
1 x HD Camera
1 x Drone Camera Gimbal
1 x Lithium Quadcopter Battery Charger
4 x Spare Propeller Blades
1 x Lithium Quadcopter Battery
1 x Card Reader
1 x Data line
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XK Detect X380C Quadcopter Review
Coming Soon full in-depth Quadcopter Review of the XK Detect X380C including video footage, photography and flight characteristics
XK Detect X380-C Manual Rewrite
15-6-2015 PLEASE NOTE THIS IS TO BE UPDATED AND ONLY WHEN WE RECEIVE THE X380-C CAN WE ACCURATELY VERIFY THE TEXT BELOW. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED THE X380-C AND HAVE ANY DIFFICULTIES WHATSOEVER WITH INTERPRETING THE USER MANUAL THEN PLEASE MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org AND WE WILL CONTACT THE SUPPLIERS FOR VERIFICATION. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO PUBLISH THE MOST CONCISE QUADCOPTER REVIEW OF THIS XK DETECT X380C RC QUADCOPTER
I will be completely rewriting the X380 Quick Start Guide with detailed pictures and videos. Many of the instructions in the PDF document I received on the 15-6-2015 are unclear or are badly translated. Paul for the Drone Flyers Team
Mode 2 X380 RC Quadcopter Transmitter Set Up
Quick Start Guide to assembling the X380C Quadcopter Including Propeller Balancing, Installing the Propellers. Setting the X380 up, Calibration and Pre-Flight Testing, Attaching the Gimbal, Installing the GoPro Hero 3 and the XK HD Camera
Choosing the Flying Mode
The XK Detect sent to you from the factory is configured to fly in Mode 2 with left hand throttle and yaw and right hand forward, backwards and pitch control. If your preference is to fly in Mode 1 then there is a button on the transmitter to switch to Mode 1 Please note Mode 3 and Mode 4 are obsolete for the XK Detect X380 RC Quadcopter
Attaching the Quadcopter Propellers
As most of the owners of the X380C will be using it for aerial photography we strongly suggest you balance the propellers. Much of the Jello effect can be removed from aerial videos by balancing the propellers. If you are serious about aerial photography then a propeller balancing tool is an absolute must. This is the one we will be using Quadcopter Propeller Balancer
This seems like common sense but please ensure you select the correct propellers to match the motor direction otherwise your X380C will not take off and at worse could tip over and damage the propellers. Remove the propeller locking nuts and with the help of a 2.5 mm rod fasten the nut tightly by rotating it in the opposite direction to the motor. You must tighten the clockwise propellers in an anti-clockwise direction and vice versa. I will illustrate this as soon as the XK X380-C arrives.
Batteries for the Quadcopter Transmitter
You will need 6 AA sized batteries to power the transmitter. The indicator light on the remote control transmitter will flash and the LCD display will show if your batteries have a low voltage. If the voltage is low you must change the transmitter batteries immediately.
Charge your Quadcopter battery using the supplied Quadcopter battery charger
This section is unclear but it seems to indicate the charger will flash red when charging and then stay static red when charging is complete. (TBI) The x380 manual says you should connect the standard adapter to the charger and connect the plug into a normal socket. When the battery is connected the red indicator light will flash and the battery is charging. When the red indicator stops flashing your Quadcopter battery will be fully charged.
Binding the X380-C Quadcopter to the transmitter
Please make sure the CF (headless mode) and Return to Home switches are set in the zero position (TBI)
You will get your X380C already coded to receive the signal from the transmitter. Switch on your transmitter, connect your Quadcopter battery. When the red indicator light stops flashing you will be able to test if your propeller blades are correctly installed by gently lifting your Quadcopter off the ground and bringing it down again.
The Quadcopter motors are engaged by moving the left stick to bottom left and right stick to bottom right (TBI). When you have landed your X380C repeat this action with the sticks to switch off and disengage the motors. You can then attempt the one key take-off and landing process Press and hold in the one key landing button for 2 seconds the motors will engage and your X380-C Quadcopter will lift to approximately one meter off the ground. If you press the button again for 2 seconds whilst flying the red indicator will flash and the Quadcopter will land and disengage the motors. Please note this is not a return to home function it is to bring your X380-C Quadcopter to land.
Check for GPS connection
Make sure you are away from any tall rise buildings this testing should be carried out in a large open space. Make sure you have at least 6 GPS satellites connected; this will be indicated by a slow flashing green light. (TBI)
Calibrating the Magnetic Sensor
It is advised that when you fly your Quadcopter in different locations you always re-trim the magnetic sensor, This is best illustrated by video and detailed images (TBI). Your X380 RC Quadcopter will need to be rotated both Horizontally and Vertically.
Bind the RC Quadcopter and Transmitter, the Led indicator will flash from red to green. Ensure your throttle lever is in its lowest position and push the head lock switch up and down at least three times. Your led light should turn and remain green. The Horizontal Trim should be effected first, making sure the Quadcopter is always in a Horizontal position the rotate it in a circular motion three times.As you are doing this ensure the green indicator light remains static. Place the X380 on a level surface with your transmitter throttle stick at its lowest position and repeat the head lock switch motion again three times up and down and the indicator light should go off. You can then perform the vertical magnetic calibration. This will be indicated by a red light and the X380C Quadcopter will need to be rotated in three circular motions to effect vertical calibration. When this is accomplished place the Quadcopter on a flat surface and pull the head lock lever backwards and forwards three times the green indicator will show your magnetic settings have been saved. The indicator light will then flash red and green showing your magnetic calibration was successful and your X380 RC Quadcopter is now ready to fly.
Please Note that if you see a yellow and red like flashing then your calibration has been unsuccessful and you will need to repeat the above processes to ensure safe flying
Using the Return to Home (RTH)
You can test the return to home function when the X380C Quadcopter is at least 20 meters away from your take off point. Engage the Return To Home with the switch (the red indicator light will stay solid) and the X380C will hover for a few seconds then it will rise in the air to approximately 20 meters and begin to return to the take-off point. Once it reaches its destination it will hover above the take off point for 20 seconds then descend, land and disengage the motors. The return to home will only work if there is a good GPS signal and at least 6 satellites are engaged.
The below diagram shows the Led light sequences. This has been copied from the manual and does not need re-writing I followed this and everything work perfectly. I love the big rear light is is easy to see in the sky .
I’m sure the camera that come with it is a SJ4000 so here is the Camera Manual Download Page CLICK THIS LINK
TO BE CONTINUED
This Video shows the real potential of the X380-C