Hobbico is one of the largest producers of remote controlled machinery and gadgets in US. They have been constructing various kinds of miniature vehicle for over 10 years. One of its most recent creations is the Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter. This is the first of its kind with built in camera and self-stabilizing features.
- Features: built-in digital camera lets user shoot and record aerial videos with transmitter activated on and off control, rtf version also takes still
- Includes: rtf 1sq quadcopter with 2.4ghz Radio, LiPo battery, USB charger, four extra blades, screwdriver, four aa batteries, instructions, 2 GB Memor
- Requires: device such as a personal computer with a USB port to power charger
- FEATURES: Built-in digital camera lets user shoot and record aerial videos with transmitter activated On and Off control
The ready to use model of the Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter costs $129.99 USD. All the other equipment needed for it to fly is packed along with it. It also contains a transmitter which is already linked and programmed with the machine. One can also buy the quadropter only with only $99.99 USD and use their own transmitters.
The box contents are:
- 1 Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter with the camera.
- 1 radio transmitter: 2.4 GHz 6-channel SLT
- 4 AA batteries
- 1 LiPo battery: 25.mAH
- 1 USB charger for the battery
- 1 2GB mSD card
- 1 SD card Reader
- 4 rotor blades (extra)
- 1 screwdriver
- Instruction manual
The Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter measures 5.70in x 5.62in and fits nicely in the hand. The blade and body of the quadcopter are made of lightweight plastic and has an overall weight of 32.9 g (without battery). Though it is lightweight, the body is sturdy enough to protect the wiring and circuits inside. Moreover, the body neatly houses the camera, which is easily discernible and is located at the front.
How to Start off?
The screwdriver included may give the impression of a complex build up procedure but that is not the case. One just needs to install the LiPo battery in the compartment under the V-Cam and the AA batteries inside the transmitter. On switching them on, a red light appears on the quadcopter which indicates that it is ready for flight.
The Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter is mainly meant for novice fliers and is perfect for them. It is advisable to first fly it indoors and then go out.
One of its innovative features is its TAGS-FX Sensor Fusion stabilization system. When the quadcopter is on the ground, this system calibrates itself.
During flight, the system can keep centered and leveled using its 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyro. This system works quite well and prevents the machine from pitching and rotating while flying, but there is still a minor side drift. Though the manual instructs otherwise, the trim needs to be corrected to make the quadcopter hover in place.
After practicing a bit and mastering the basic procedures of keeping the drone hovered in place, moving forward to maneuvering it is quite easy. After a few hours of practice, it is quite easy to handle the quadcopter. The transmitter also comes in two modes, a smooth control mode and an aggressive control mode. The aggressive mode is much more responsive and needs lighter touches.
Though the body is made of lightweight plastic material, its durability is quite impressive. The Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter can take quite a hit when it comes down to it. This is one of the main reasons that it is so perfect for beginners. Accidents like hitting walls or poles, or crash landing is quite common for anyone who is learning to fly.
Sometimes it can happen that after a relatively powerful hit, the rotors can come off. There is nothing to be alarmed as they can be set back easily. Still, it is not advisory to handle it roughly but an accident or two won’t be too harmful and may not damage the quadcopter too badly.
Photos and Videos
The Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter has a good enough mini camera fitted in the front of the quadcopter. The camera doesn’t offer high resolution pictures (1280×720) but it still gives a clear non-hazy picture, which is stored in JPEG format.
It also has the capability of recording monophonic sounds, but usually it only can pick up the sound of the rotors or the wind. The transmitter has separate buttons to trigger off photography or videography. All the recordings, pictures and video are stored in the SD card.
In spite of all this, clicking picture or recording a video is quite hard. There is a red LED on just one side of the quadcopter that indicates that the video recording is on or a picture is being taken. The problem is that, as it is on just one side, it cannot be seen when the opposite side is facing the flier. Moreover, in broad daylight the light is quite invisible, so again, it is hard to spot.
This could lead to situations where the user thinks he has turned on the camera but later sees the SD card to be empty. But even this can be solved by using a different transmitter. While clicking just pictures, it is not quite easy to keep the quadcopter steady and press the trigger button at the same time. So, the best approach is to click a number of shots and later choose the best from them. Having said this, it is still a good enough drone and one can actually master it if they keep practicing.
All in all, the Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter is quite an impressive quadcopter. Although it has a few quirks here and there, still it is quite a nice toy and definitely perfect for anyone who does not have any experience in flying quadcopters.
One of its best features that make it such a lovely machine for beginners is the TAGS-FX Sensor Fusion stabilization system. It makes it astonishingly easy to learn and fly. Another noticeable feature is its durability teamed up with its light weight. It is a known fact that beginners are accident-prone, but with this machine, the risk is quite less.
Though clicking pictures and videos are a bit tricky, still the camera is of good quality and turns out pretty nice pictures when one gets a hang of it. Moreover, taking into consideration the price and all the features that are being offered, the Heli-Max 1SQ V-CAM RTF Quadcopter is one of the best deals available in the group of small quadcopters.