JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft Quadcopter

The JIN XING DA, JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft is a mini quadcopter with a built in mini camera. It comes out of the box ready to fly (RTF). And I do mean ready to fly. When I opened the one I purchased from micro center, the battery already had a charge. After putting four AA batteries in the controller, I had it synced up and flying in less than five minutes. My first flight was in beginner mode and I had no problem getting it up and flying it around. It was easy to fly and very stable. http://youtu.be/jZt8MhXh7Uk

JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft

Mini Camera Aerocraft

Flight time is approximately 5.5 minutes and it handles well in a light wind.The aircraft itself only weighs 52g and fits in the palm of your hand. The body has a nice red metal flake color with black trim and a little spoiler on the back. The rings at the bottom of the motor mounts look nice but offer no protection for the propellers. Each motor has a foam pad on the bottom for softer landings. On the right side is a convenient On/OFF switch and on the left side is the slot for the included 2 gigabyte micro SD card. The card is not necessary for flight but, it does need to be removed from its reader and inserted into the slot before pictures or video can be saved.

JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft (1)

ON/OFF Switch

The frame has eight LED lights and they can be remotely turned on or off with the controller. Two white and two blue are mounted on the motor arms for orientation. Two more lights are mounted in the fuselage as head lamps and look like beady red eyes. On the bottom of the body are two more LEDs. The blue light indicates that the micro sd card is in the card slot. The red light flashes when the card slot is empty and if it’s a steady red then the camera is active. Mounted in the nose is a 640 x 480 micro video camera that’s capable of taking pictures or video.

JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft

Bottom View

Internally the little quad has a precision 6-axis gyro stabilization system, which I found made for very stable flying, and a replaceable 3.7V 380mAh LiPoly battery. The battery is recharged with the included USB charger and battery recharge time is 1.2 hours
The included controller is a 2.4 GHZ full function radio transmitter that requires 4 AA batteries. Unfortunately, a small phillips head screw driver was not included for opening the battery access panel. The unit has a nice feel to it. It has eight buttons, but only five are functional. They control flight modes, flip, On/Off of LED lights, snap photo, and video camera ON/OFF. The three remaining buttons are not functional and are probably used when packaged with a different flyer.

JXD 392 Rc Controller

2.4 ghz controller

There are two joy sticks: one controls power and yaw and the other controls pitch and bank. In addition there are four multi-function trim switches. Blue LEDs at the top of the controller indicate whether or not it’s synced with the quad and a lighted LCD display shows rotor speed, trim settings, mode, and battery life remaining for the controller. The controller has multiple modes, one is a left hand throttle mode, 3 are selectable flight modes for speed and an auto flip function, the lowest setting is for beginners and is very stable and slow to move, this is an excellent way for the beginner to start.

JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft

For expert users, the highest setting is very responsive and fast to react  and one button activates a flip function for aerobatics. Unfortunately, there is no built in warning for low battery power and without warning the aerocraft will lose power and sink to the ground.

In the box you’ll also find four replacement propellers and a user manual written in English and Chinese. Unfortunately, the English portion of the manual was not written by a native speaker and the translation is so bad it’s almost unusable. I found that the manual diagrams were enough for me to find my way around the controller but the poor quality of the manual was definitely a disappointment. Overall this was an inexpressive, easy to fly, entry level quad copter.

In the box you’ll find:
The JXD 392 Mini Camera Aerocraft Quadcopter
2.4 GHZ full function controller that requires 4 AA batteries
3.7V 380mAh LiPoly battery
USB battery charger
2GB micro SD card and USB micro SD card reader
4 Spare propellers (taped to the bottom of the plastic insert in the box, I almost missed them)
User manual (so bad it’s almost unusable)

Xtreem Maxi Quad Starship, RC Quadcopter by Swann

Maxi Quad Starship Prop Guard Removed

Rotor Guard Removed

The Maxi Quad Starship by XTREEM is an easy to fly, RTF radio control (RC) quad copter. In the box you’ll find the quad rotor, 4 GHz wireless controller, four spare rotor blades, USB charging cable, operating instructions and the landing pad game. The game is a fluorescent green paper target to land the mini drone on and is of such little value it should in no way be a part of your decision to buy this drone or not.  Four AA batteries are required for the remote control and are not included. The controller has a range of 330 ft. and provides four axis control of the aircraft. It also has trim stabilization adjustments and a button for 360 stunt and tumble flying and a power on LED.

This little quadcopter is RTF (ready to fly) right out of the box and takes very little time to master. But, during outdoor flight it does have a tendency to be blown by a slight wind. Xtreem’s easy-fly Maxi Quad Starship ControllerGyro technology aids stabilization of the aircraft in level flight and allows for easy control. The Built-in 350mAH Li-poly battery is charged with the USB cable and takes approximately 50 minutes to charge. The cable has an LED indicating light that illuminates when charging and extinguishes when charging is complete. The charging lead on the aircraft does have to be plugged into its port on the fuselage in order for the craft to be powered by the battery.

Maxi Quad Starship BottomThere is a convenient power on/off switch on the bottom of the frame body. With a full charge you can get 7-8 minutes of flight time. This little quadrotor is a delight to fly and only weighs 2.4 oz. It has a durable set of rotor protectors to protect the spinning rotors from impact damage and has a pair of White led head lights that help in position orientation and night flying.

During test flights the rotor protector popped loose easily during crashes and should be checked after an impact if controllability Maxi Quad Starship Rotor and Motorsuddenly becomes an issue. It easily pops back into place.  The starship looks exactly like the Syma X3 with the same controller, I suspect it’s the same ship, the only difference being the packaging and the colors used in the molding of the plastic parts.


Syma S107 RC Mini Helicopter Unboxing and First Flights

Syma !07G Blue

The Syma S107G Metal Series RC Mini Helicopter in the video was a Christmas present that we had a great time with.  It’s a sleek good looking mini UAV that’s well built, being constructed mostly of metal, with plastic rotors. Even with it’s metal frame it only weighs 34g. This counter rotating (coaxial) two rotor helicopter was easy to fly right out of the box. Or should I say as soon as the rechargeable 180mAh Li-poly battery was fully charged by using the included USB charging cable that plugs into the controller or usb port.

Syma !07G BlueIn flight it is extremely stabile due to the fact that it’s stabilized with a built in gyroscope. The gyroscopic stabilization system consist of two counter weights mounted on arms above the coaxial rotors which turn in opposite directions. The system made hovering very simple to the point that you simply move the throttle up and down to vary the power and this provides lift or settling of this mini copter. The controller is an easy to use,  six AA battery powered, 3 channel infrared 3 way controller with trim. Since the controller transmits it’s signal via infra red it won’t interfere with your other RC models.

Syma 107G Gear Box

Syma 107G Gear Box

To fly all you have to do is add power to raise the aircraft off the ground then you use the other joystick to move left, right, forward, or back. Then you’re on your way with no real training time. On the nose is an LED light that continuously flashes when the craft is powered. During our time flying the Syma 107 indoors it had lots of impacts with the walls and ceiling but it never broke. I attribute this to the light weight metal frame that Syma used for the construction of the fuselage and tail boom. The S107 is owner repairable and inexpensive crash packs that contain an assortment of spare parts and rotors are available.

The frame does leave the gear box open for viewing but, the exposure of the gears and circuit board leaves some concern about hair or other debris possibly fowling the gears. Fortunately, we never had a problem with that. Charging time was 30 to 35 minutes and flight time averaged 8 minutes. I would definitely suggest this inexpensive model for both beginners and experienced pilots and at an average cost of $20 it’s cheap fun.

Syma S107G

Syma S107G

Syma S107G side

Syma S107G side

Syma S107G Motor

Syma S107G Motor