Flips and Rolls
640 x 480 Camera
5 Min Flight Time
Fun to Fly
UDI 818A Quadcopter
- Easy to fly and very agile
- Robust to crashes and impacts
- Great choice for new quadcopter fliers
- Very stable flight
- The yaw rate is sluggish
- The 2 GB memory card is of low quality
- Low resolution camera
- Not stable in windy conditions
This article presents the UDI 818A review which highlights the key features of this quadcopter. This drone is perfect for beginners, and those looking to practice their flying skills before moving onto more expensive aircraft. This drone features a protective pop guard ring that prevents the props from getting damaged.
The bare-bones flight computer on this drone demands more from the pilot. Thus it is expected that you will crash the drone a few times at the start, you should avoid flying over concrete or asphalt, and stay above grassy areas. This will avoid any possible damage to the drone. It flies fair in light wind but it is a very light machine and a gust of wind will pick it up and carry it away fairly quickly.
The drone has very cool looking LED lights at the center of the props instead of at the core which makes for a flashy and interesting look. There is a headlight that is useful for night flying, but can be left turned off during the day. The rest of the UDI 818A review provides more technical details.
What Is In The Box
- 1 x UDI 818A quadcopter
- 1 x remote control
- 4 x spare props
- 1 x 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery
- 1 x screwdriver
- 1 x camera to computer USB connector
- 1 x manual
- 1 x 2GB microSD memory card
- 1 x battery charger
Battery and Flight Time
The battery takes about an hour to charge. Time of use is ten plus minutes depending if you leave the five led lights on. The undercarriage blue lights in the front and red lights in the back are always on. However, this is with the camera off. If you have the camera on, you will only get 5 minutes of flight time. A second, or even third battery is a must if you plan on flying this drone for a longer period of time.
The camera on this drone is nothing to get excited about. It is only a 640 x 480 pixel camera, so you will not get anything of high quality to share with your Facebook friends. There is no stabilization technology, images and video do look a bit jittery. Also, the camera only records video, and not audio. You can take pictures by pressing the appropriate button on the controller. The video will not look impressive on a big screen, but it is still fun to record and watch.
The controller takes 4AA batteries that are not included. Use a Phillip’s head screwdriver to remove the battery panel. The remote feels comfortable and has digital trim settings and a digital readout showing the throttle setting. It also has the 360 inversion button you can tap to make the quad do flips. Be sure to have some altitude before doing this and be ready to hit the throttle again to keep the quad from hitting the ground.
The button controls are for taking a photo, staring or stopping the video, flip the drone, and change the flight mode. The digital display also outputs the battery level and the amount of thrust.
This drone has speed and quick maneuvering advantages of a small quadcopter, but has better stability due to the larger widely spaced rotors. There are two flight modes available. The low mode scales back the performance, so is best for beginners. The high mode opens up the performance and provides for very fast turning, and climbing.
This is a very light quadcopter, so you do not want to fly this outside when there is a lot of wind. It does feature good pitch performance and banks nicely. The 360 eversion mode is fun to play with. At a push of a button, the drone will do acrobatic flips and rolls. Be sure to have decent altitude before doing these tricks.
This drone is equipped with a many innovative features such as anti-interference, long distance control, and optimized power consumption. Also, there is a 6 axis gyro stabilization unit built into the body of the drone, which provides for stable flight. This drone does have a headless mode, which makes for easier flying. The heading of the drone is measure relative to the controller, as opposed to the drone direction of flight.
UDI 818A Review Summary
This is a great training quadcopter that will get you used to learning the basics of flying. This drone is very robust, and will survive multiple crashes and impacts due to its rigid design and durable qualities. This drone is very nimble, and handles better than most drones at this price point.
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