Update 2/21/2014 - You can now pre order these from http://getfpv.com
I cant wait. These look so awesome and they will have 1.3ghz support - excellent if Immersion plans on making a badass video TX in that range. It looks like the eye cups are still going to fall off and you will have to tape the battery in using electrical tape. The integrated DVR will be nice to have as a backup in case you get lost or lose signal and want to retrieve your drone. I will be buying these the first day they become available.
Presenting DominatorHD and DominatorV2. Available April 2014.
- integrated DVR
- HDMI in
- large FOV 45/35 (HD/V2)
- support 3D (HD version only)
- 43 channel support over 6 bands (1.3, 2.4, 5.8 Ghz)
This thing looks like an amazing competitor to the DJI Phantom and has a few features that really stand out. First of all, it comes with its own detachable GoPro like camera. If they pull this off and create an awesome FPV camera and HD onboard recording, this will quickly replace the GoPro as the go to camera for RC and drone applications. It has a good square form factor as well that makes it simple to mount on flying stuff. There is more information about the included C-Go 1 Camera below. I have bolded and italicized the things that really stand out as important or cool. I will keep this page updated as we get closer to May. A complete and ready to go package for $999 sounds awesome - and you get to use the awesome Spektrum radios that so many people already have.
Following our passion for innovating convenient ways to fly, we have taken the Blade 350 QX to the next level. Introducing the 350 QX AP Combo RTF, a fully integrated aerial photography solution. We’ve listened to the customer and built that feedback into the next generation of the 350 QX.
This model includes a plethora of new features including:
• 2-axis brushless gimbal with optional pitch control
• 1080/30 camera with 720/30 video downlink to mobile devices
• 3S 3000 mAh flight battery for extended shoots
• New DX4 Transmitter
The 350 QX AP Combo also takes on a host of upgrades to the existing system including:
• New RF chipset with external antenna
• Improved GPS performance and accuracy
• Visual compass error detection to alert the user for calibration
• Simplified radio solution for ease of use
• Included AC/DC charging solution
• White battery hatch for improved orientation
The 350 QX AP Combo captures incredible aerial footage without any of the hassle of buying several components and is backed by the best support in the industry should you ever need it. Feel free to stop looking, you’ve found the perfect AP solution for your fleet!
Smart Mode: GPS/Altitude Hold, SAFE™ Circle feature and Stick Relativity
AP Mode: Limited flight envelope, self-leveling and GPS/Altitude Hold. Damped, self-leveling for improved video quality.
Stability Mode: Limited flight envelope, self-leveling and GPS hold.
Return Home and Land: Returns the 350 QX to the home position and lands at the pilots command.
Features• Included 2-Axis Brushless Gimbal
• Included C-Go 1 Camera 1080P/30
• 5.8Ghz Wi-Fi Video Downlink to Supported Devices
• Large 3S 3000mAh Flight Battery
• Improved Receiver with External Antenna
• Improved GPS
• Visual Compass Error Detection
• Compatible with All Spektrum Radios
Kit / ARF / RTF: RTF
Gross Weight: 35.5 oz. (1006 g)
Type: Brushless mutli-rotor aircraft
Rotor Diameter: 22.8 in (580mm)
Rotor Blade Length: 8.27 in (210mm)
C-Go 1 Action Camera
Introducing the perfect Action camera for your RC needs! Whether you are looking for a lightweight FPV camera with streaming capabilities that won't interfere with your 2.4 radio or just looking for a high quality action camera, the E-Flite C-GO1 is destined to be the # 1 choice of modelers everywhere.
Not to mention, it's the camera included with the Blade 350 QX AP Combo!
Features• 5.8Ghz downlink to support mobile devices with included antenna
• 1080P/30 recording or 720P/30 when streaming
• Lightweight and small form factor
• Low latency and long range Wi-Fi
SpecificationsLength: 2.52 in (64.10mm)
Width: 1.76 in (44.60mm)
Weight: 2.65 oz (75 g)
Height: 1.72 in (43.80mm)
I have always wanted a dirt bike if I had a place to safely ride it, and I finally acquired one here in Maui. It is way more bike than I actually need and it is a somewhat scary learning curve, but I think I can grow into this bike. It is much different from the Honda CT70 you might have seen around the blog that I had in Austin before I moved to Maui. This is a 2005 Honda CFR250R - the R is for "Race" and it is not ideal, but it sure is fun to ride around! I call it the Drone Transporter. I haven't ridden the dirt road to Jaws yet, but I did take it out to Opana Point to fly yesterday and you can see the unedited (except for the cheesy YouTube music I stuck on there) video below. It was a really fun flight and having awesome Maui Scenery to fly around makes it that much more fun. The justification for this one is "I need something to get to Jaws with" because you always have to justify the purchase of things you actually do not need..!
I parked the CFR on a fence post near the public access to the cliff and started walking. This cliff side was amazing and hard to capture with just an iphone camera - hopefully the camera on the drone will show the incredible beauty of this place much better! Maui has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth and I can't wait to keep exploring it from the air.
Today I decided to see how the video would turn out even though I didn't have a gimbal. Here you can see my QAV400 at the takeoff spot I had picked out. This is a great FPV quadcopter because it can easily support a standalone FPV camera in addition to the GoPro. I like this setup for shooting stills on a timer and the smaller cameras usually do a little better in certain types of light so you can still tell what is going on. I would not recommend the QAV400 unless you like to tinker and build or specifically need the ability to fly FPV while using a different camera. This would be a good rig to put a Canon camera with the CHDK hacked firmware if you wanted to avoid the fisheye effect from the GoPro.
The only editing I did on the video below was to take away the sound of the motors and cover it up with some cheesy youtube music. I think I had a tip over when I was messing around with the Openpilot revolution and two of the motor shafts seem to be a bit bent and cause a small amount of vibration. Good thing the QAV400 has excellent vibration damping! Time to order some replacement motors or shafts.. As usual, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment below or contact me.