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Check out some of these reviews, written by writer, real estate photographer, and drone photography extraordinaire, Matthew Weigelt. As a commercially certified Unmanned Aerial System pilot by the FAA, Matthew graciously “test-drove” some of our drones to put us to the test! Here’s what he had to say after a few weeks spent with all of our models:
The D6v and D7 Models
The D6v and D7 handle relatively well with their remote control and the app.
The drones are appropriate for outdoor flights instead of indoor flights. The recommendation is to fly no more than several feet above ground. Stick to a low-level flight. A soft wind or even a heavy breeze will take the quadcopter off course. In one flight above the recommended height, the wind took the D6v nearly a block away from me. Here’s another hint: If flying above the recommended height, have a ladder nearby. The drone will likely land on roofs or get caught in branch. I’ve climbed high in trees to retrieve drones.
The flight lights help to find the drone. It’s important to keep the drone—any drone—in line of sight, whether or not an app is providing real-time video.
The downloadable app allows the flyer to capture pictures and videos and see them quickly. There’s no long wait to see what the drone captured.
Lastly, the drones capture images and videos of average quality. The D7 has better quality images and video. Smartphones have spoiled us though.
The D4v Model may be the Fidget Spinner of the air with enough practice. The tiny quadcopter flies fast enough to do 360-degree flips mid-air. However, most attempts at flip tricks end up on the floor. The tricks are nearly impossible at first. It’s hard to simply keep it in the air for more than a few seconds. Practice will solve flight times and allow for more aerial acrobatics. The secret is sensitive thumbs.
The drone is also voice-activated—an impressive feature. Plug the headset that comes with the quadcopter into the remote control and tell it what to do. It does the obvious up, down, forward and backward, right and left. It will also dance as well as make large and small circles on command. The voice that repeats the operator’s spoken commands listen when it wants.
The six-axis gyro system is fragile. Its propellers are surrounded by plastic protection guards. The propellers break easily though. Good thing the drone comes with an extra pair.
Overall, the quadcopter is worth the practice.
Quadcopters are hard to control in the air, and D3v Model is no different. It’s a challenge to keep D3v in the air longer than the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Soon though, flights may stretch to over a minute. The key is grasping the sensitivity of the joysticks.
The drone is also voice-activated. Plug the headset that comes with the quadcopter into the remote control and give the D3v commands. The quadcopter often does what it’s told, but, with technology, you have to understand how it expects to be spoken to.
With the assured crashes, the D3v’s propellers may break easily. Fortunately, the propellers are surrounded by protective guards and the drone comes with an extra pair.
The D3v lights up white to show forward and red to remind which way is the rear. These lights are very helpful as the joystick directions change as the quadcopter twists and turns.
The D3v is a device that people will enjoy flying.