This is part two of this $120 micro indoor FPV drone project, check the first part here. I have links there to the E010c and the FPV goggles if you want to play along.
Today I got the E010C in the mail. No sign of the goggles so I won't be able to do a full review of the entire FPV setup but I got a chance to open up and test fly the E010C. It came in a regular E010 box and I actually thought this was a replacement for the one my dog chomped last week. There were two extra bags that had the micro (nano?) video transmitter and camera. This vtx (video transmitter) thing is tiny, about the size of my thumbnail and it feels sturdy. The antenna is soldered on so you will not be able to swap it easily. Besides that, it came with the usual extra props and a charger. Nothing fancy or too nice but it was less than $40.
There are no directions for attaching the camera to the E010 drone but it is very straight forward. You just plug the wire into the camera and onto the board. There is a guide on the side of the male part of the wire so you don't plug it in backwards. Find the guide and do not force it, bending a pin can be really frustrating.
Peel a double sided piece of tape and put it on the bottom of the camera and then find a good spot and stick it on. I have not flown mine FPV yet so I can't recommend a good spot other than just what looks right. I did want to be able to wrap the included rubber band on it to secure it in place and also help with adjusting it. The camera wants to tilt slightly to the side because of one of the chips on the board. I might make a tiny riser if I can't get it level with the rubber band.
I just flew with the storage charge to see how it flies the first time. It struggles a bit and you really notice when you are trying to go fast. It will tend to lose altitude during aggressive flying probably because it does not have enough power for the added weight. I am already wondering if the electronics on this could handle a 2s battery. For cruising around the house at a moderate pace this machine delivers. It is by no means a race quad and it is pretty obvious I will need to modify this thing if I want to haul ass. Just to sum it up, it flies great for basic flying. If you want to fly like a bat out of hell, you might need to get out your nerd hat. I really like having a reason to get out my nerd hat.
As far as the FPV test, you will have to wait until the goggles get in. I should be able to get DVR footage to share and you should be able to get a good idea of how it flies. I will be flying it slowly and fast to see how it does. I also have some higher discharge 1S batteries on the way so those might be able to help with the bogging. I am already thinking about trying those coreless motors too. Stay tuned..
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