Mini quadcopters with camera – top 5.
A small quadcopter with a camera is the best choice for those who want to get acquainted with the world of drones, but are not ready to shell out a lot of money for it..
Such models have a number of advantages over their big brothers, namely:
due to their low weight, they are difficult to break; you don’t need a lot of space for flights, enough room; low cost – from 40 to 70 USD; you can take with you on vacation or a trip;
If your mini-copter has a camera, you have the opportunity to take videos and photos during the flight. True, their resolution, as a rule, is not very high, in the range of 0.3-0.5 megapixels. We specifically included only RTF versions of drones in the review..
One of the most popular mini quadcopters with a camera measuring 62 x 62 mm, weighing about 15 grams. The 150 mAh battery provides approximately 4 minutes of flight time. The peculiarity of this quadcopter is control from the phone through the wi-fi point that the drone itself distributes. To do this, you need to download the application to your mobile phone, find a network, connect to it and go – you can fly. Charges from any USB source in about 30 minutes.
It is better to fly away from Wi-Fi radiation sources. freezing of the picture and temporary loss of control are possible. The picture from the camera is displayed on the phone directly during the flight. Cheerson CX-10W will cost you 1900 rubles .
Hubsan X4 H107C.
A small quadcopter from the well-known manufacturer Hubsan. Copters of this company are distinguished by good build quality and high body strength. Another feature of this model is a rather high flight speed – about 30 km / h and a high flight range – up to 100 meters. The flight time on a 380mAh battery is about 7 minutes. The manufacturers have equipped it with two flight modes “normal” and “expert”. In the “normal” mode, the flight occurs with the stabilization system turned on, which does not allow setting large tilt angles.
The flight is calmer and more stable. Expert mode provides maximum maneuverability and ability to make flips. Naturally, it is more difficult to control the copter in this mode. The dimensions of the quadcopter are 68 by 68 millimeters. Equipped with a 2 megapixel mini quadcopter with a resolution of 1280×720, a frame rate of 30 fps. The video is recorded on a microSD / SDHC memory card. The cost of the drone is 2 thousand rubles.
Hubsan X4 Camera Plus H107C.
An improved version of the Hubsan X4 H107C, which will cost twice as much. Let’s take a look at what Hubsan has to offer for the money. The changes affected the design, it became more stylish and technological, and thoughtful. The battery capacity has been increased to 520mAh. Added 2 buttons to the remote control – photo and video. The control algorithm has been changed – the copter has become more stable, a barometric sensor with an altitude hold function has appeared.
The aircraft is equipped with a 2 megapixel wide-angle camera capable of capturing 1600 × 1200 photos and 720p HD video. Like its predecessor, there is no FPV function. The minimum price for 3 thousand rubles .
Hubsan X4 H107D FPV.
Another small quadcopter with a camera from the company from Hubsan, this time with the function of broadcasting video to the FPV controller. For this, an LCD monitor is provided on the remote control. Video is recorded directly to the remote control, into which a memory card is inserted, which means that all interference during the flight will also be visible on the video. Another drawback is the video resolution – 720×240. To comfortably watch the footage you need to convert to a standard resolution of 720×480, which is not very convenient. In general, as far as video is concerned, this is not the element of this copter. Otherwise, it is the good old Hubsan, with two flight modes “normal” and “expert” and excellent handling.
The battery capacity is 380 mAh, the flight duration is about 8 minutes. The radius of the equipment and video is 100 meters. This model will cost 6 thousand rubles. .
Another mini quadcopter with a camera from Syma. It is slightly larger than the others in the review – 15.2 by 15.2 cm. The drone is able to make flips for this there is a special button on the remote control. The flight time is 6-8 minutes, the maximum range is about 50 meters. Equipped with a 2 megapixel camera capable of taking photos and videos in 720p resolution. Video is written to a microSD card.
The aircraft is equipped with an all-round propeller guard, which avoids damage to the propellers in the event of a collision with an obstacle. This device is perfect for beginners. You can buy it for 1700 rubles .
If you are thinking about buying a small drone with a camera, take a look at the mini quad segment. There are options for every taste and budget. In addition, the flight characteristics of many models are at a very decent level. As for the video, it is of average quality for all the reviewed models. This option can be seen rather as a nice bonus. More serious models are needed for good video shooting. Agree, it’s hard to demand good video quality from a $ 50 device.