Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam
No, this is not an airplane. And though I have little interest in RC helicopters, this tiny rotorcraft with its built-in still and video camera piqued my interest. It's truly RTF - everything you need to fly is in the box: 2.4 GHz 6-channel transmitter and batteries, 250 mAh LiPo battery, charger, 2GB Micro SD card, card reader, Phillips screwdriver and the quadcopter itself, plus a spare set of rotor blades. After flying it a few times I realized I wanted more time up, so I bought three spare batteries and one spare charger.
It's a very stable little machine, gyroscopically balanced so that it wants to hover when the controls are neutral... though even the slightest breath of wind will make itself evident. So far most of my flying has been nose-out, but I'm starting to experiment with different orientations. To someone who's more used to airplanes it's a whole new world.
The camera... well, it's there; I suppose it's as good as one could expect for its size and weight. I find it takes the best pictures when held as close to motionless as possible. Video is adequate though the only sounds you hear are the motors and the rotors. And I've found the video a little buggy - I've lost some clips that consistently freeze at the same point during playback. Pictures are video are taken from two separate buttons on the transmitter.
The bottom line is that it's a lot of fun to fly; the more I do, the more I like it. And for less than $150 at my Local Hobby Store, it's paid for itself in entertainment value.
|Width:||145 mm (5.70")|
|Length:||143 mm (5.62")|
|Weight:||40.6 g (1.43 oz)|
|Powerplant:||20 x 7 Coreless Brushed x 4|
|Blade length:||56 mm (2.20")|
|Receiver:||2.4GHz DSM2 receiver/ESC|
|Battery:||1S 3.7V 250 mAh LiPo|