A bit belated from the original ship date, the Vernon Kerswell's IndieGoGo superstar success the MicroDrone 3.0 is finally shipping. We have unboxed and reviewed it, and find that its mostly doing exactly what we hoped it would do (with some notable exceptions) And that it probably is a fairly successful deliverable in terms of what we have come to expect from crowd-funded multirotor. Click through for the gory details and unbox video.
Walkera is back with a sexy little new speedster, with a claimed top speed of 120kmph. (about 80mph) The new 320 size racer is build around a cool new trick, articulated motors, which rotate forward as you give the quad more stick, the result is that the quad body stay level and aerodynamic instead of leaning 45 deg like they normally do. this trick reduce drag and make for faster acceleration. Click through for a closer look at the new quad, and thoughts about what works and what don't.
Yuneec sure are supplying lots of good entertainment lately. we have all been waiting for their $800 RTF mini-Q quad... it was to be announced with the 1080p camera they were already shipping on the Q500. And at the same time original Yuneec Q500 customers are impatiently waiting for the 4K camera to be released.. Yuneec keep pushing it back.
Now it looks like the explanation is a bit more complicated than just delays in production.. and more like Yuneec have re-designated the current production of 4K cameras to fill a contract with HorizonHobby for their new Yuneec made Chroma quad, available with 1080 or 4K cameras. and even with the long awaited Yuneec GoPro gimbal.
While Yuneec is working hard to establish themselves as a big brand (WHICH they really are) they clearly like the big checks / orders when dealing with big-box retailers like HorizonHobby, and rumors suggest a maybe Target and a couple others might be coming online as Yuneec outlets later this year.
I would say the big spending on NAB probably have helped solidify their big-leaque image, and Im glad its working, because the Yuneec IS a good product. but Im also sure that a lot of original Q500 launch customers, probably right now are feeling left high and dry. I really like the products and the staff. one way or another, the new Yuneec products is a great entry into multi rotors, lets hope Yuneec have plans to keep their direct customers as happy as HorizonHobby's customers.
The q500 4K was finally re-announced today at $1299 exactly what the original q500 cost a few months back and the same price as the 4K chroma.
NOTE at the 2015 NAB show. 3DR released their new SOLO quad rendering the iris+ a think of history. I had already finished the unbox. and here it is with couple added comments on account of the SOLO.
American company 3D Robotics have been making a number of APM based quads for a while, and the IRIS+ is (was) the latest of them.
There is a lot of interesting aspects about the IRIS+ its inexpensive for a RTF quad with optional video capabilities, but its also a bit like most "american made" things competing with a more polished high end chinese product. the IRIS+ look rougher in terms of the fit & finish, but that should not affect its flying. Click through to read the full story.
Just as you thought you knew all the Walkera copters.. boom they are at it again and this time they are aiming higher with a pro-sumer video copter. serious horse-power and a integrated camera system. Click through for pictures, sample video and Bo's opinions.
Last year Yuneec Eletric Aviation teased us with a sweet little video quad and a pro-level 900 size video platform. Ive been blogging about multirotors for the last year or so, and have already learned that about 80% of the teased copters turn out to be nothing more than.. well hot rumors.
So. what about the new Yuneec q500? its very real, and its flies great, Click through for the skinny on the new Yuneec copter when Bo review the Q500.
OH WOW. Just got a AMAZING prototype QUAD from Walkera, the new SCOUT X4, We have unpacked the test quad, taked it appart, flown it, and frankly, its the BEST flying Walkera QUAD EVER. Holy Stuff. Matt can't stop talking about how nice it flies. click through for the details and unbox & preview video.