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AR Drone Users Common Questions. Worth The Cash?

Oct 20, 2010
Yes certainly. It is under the cost of putting a reasonable 450 heli in the air and i think the secondhand value will probably be fine in case i get bored. No remorse on the cost per smile in my opinion.

Inadequate range on wireless? I have yet to have the Wifi cut out on me, so it appears a lot better than promoted so far.

Is the camera slow? Sometimes yes. Frequently it's quick and sleek and occasionally it stutters. Not adequate for FPV, add your cam system for that. Nevertheless the video stream is enjoyable and that's precisely what this bird is about

Better to fly without camera but looking at it? Indeed I am not sure if it is me and my own heli flying habits, but I'm primarily watching the AR Drone itself, looking at the display only if I remember it has video on it

Better with a 2.4GHz system? Can be great to offer the choice to fly with a 2.4 transmitter. Still can feel weird controlling by tilting the iPad.

Decent in wind flow? Better than I expected at first. It is a bit uneven but usually hold up well overall

Better at hanging than moving around? Better at hovering where we have a clear floor texture. See those promotional videos with a extremely paterned floor? I think that is to get the best holding result on the down facing camera. It's not as good on grass, moving within around a foot or so. Forwards flight is apparently real effortless, much better at both than I was expecting.

Vulnerable? Well yes and no. It's going to break if you fly in to a wall. It just isn't that tough but it is more robust feeling as compared to I feared it may be. I think it's going to hold up a lot better than your typical RTF smaller heli. Let's wait and watch how it holds up.
About the Author
Jeremy Wetson greatly likes Radio controlled flying as a hobby, because of that the AR Drone is like a dream coming true! If you are curious you can also check out this AR Drone video review here and see it in motion!
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