WALKERA QR Y100

FOREWORD BY PRESENT-DAY ME: WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IS WHAT I THOUGHT OF THIS HEX AT THE TIME. AFTER MORE EXPERIENCE WITH IT, I WOULDN'T REALLY RECOMMEND IT. YES, IT IS STABLE AND FLIES DECENTLY, BUT THE HASSLE IT TOOK TO GET ADEQUATE CONTROL OF THIS HEX MAKES ME FEEL YOU COULD GET IN THE AIR FOR CHEAPER AND HAVE A BETTER OVERALL EXPERIENCE.

 

Hello, and welcome to the first hexacopter review posted onto Drones and Whatnot.

 

First of all, the good points about this drone. This drone is a reasonable price for what it is ( which is a lot),  it comes with a free Android/ios app and has a six axis gyroscope. This hexacopter has a few of the specs that you would see on a DJI Phantom. This drone, which is reasonably cheap at only around £90 (at the time of writing), has features such as auto take of and auto landing, which is very useful for those people that like to take off on a surface where unasisted takeoff is hazardous (such as indoors). Auto landing also means that if your drone flies away from you and you cut the power, the motors won't just stop, they will cycle down to give your hex a gentle landing. As well as this, the FPV quality is very good, even though the drone hasn't got a gimbal, and there is practically no lag. Next, this drone is equpped with a 'follow me' function (only usable with the app) that will, once connected to the phone/ tablet, allow the drone to follow you. This is useful if you want to film yourself doing a sport like skateboarding or cycling. In addition, this drone has a 'return to home function,' which allows you to command your drone to return to you if it flies away. As well as these features, this drone has a high quality fpv function (only usable when controlling the drone from the app) that is superimposed onto the in-app controlls. leading on from this, the in-app controlls can either be used with the displayed joy-sticks, or, amazingly, you can use your device's in-built gyroscope to control the direction of the drone (although not the throttle). In addition, the fact that this is a hexacopter means that not only is it far more stable in flight and filming, but if one of the props flies off in flight, you will still be able to make a soft landing. Penultimately, the battery pack in this drone is fenominal, giving you over 15 minutes of flight time. Not only this, but the included charger is a multicharger, meaning that you can also charge Hubsan, Syma, and any other batteries for small drones that have the right connector. Finally, unlike the Syma, this drone has the perfect weight, remaining stable yet agile.

 

Now, the negative points, of which there are also many. Firstly, the auto landing, which can sometimes be useful, means that if you are about to collide with a wall, you can't just shut off the motors. Also, the landing gear on this drone (which does not fly very well in the wind) are clip on, meaning that they will fall out of their socket with the slightest knock, and the plastic on the feet is so weak that, after a few knocks at a medium speed, the plastic on the holding prongs will break and get lodged in the socket, though it is possible to remove the broken plastic from the socket and glue it back onto the feet. Next, there are no prop guards included in the box, so this is probably not a drone for beginners that want to take it safe. In addition, since this drone comes with an app, lots of them come BNF, though if you do get a remote, this hex is only compatible with the Devo series. Penultimately, this drone does not come with a gimbal for its camera. Finally, the controls are very hard to get used to, being very un-sensitive but yet very easy to overcorrect if a mistake is made.

 

Note: this drone should not be flown indoors and, unrelated, pirouette speed isslower in the  mid- range.

 

Flyability: very stable, 9/10

Controlability: difficult controls yet good when you are used to them, 8/10

Stability: 6 axis gyroscope, 9/10

Filming: no gimbal, 6/10

FPV quality: responsive, almost no lag, good resolution, 9/10

Altitude: range of 100m, 7/10

Durability: feels solid, 8/10

Overall: 8/10

 

 

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