Sky Rider Eagle 3 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera

Here’s another review for something that would make a great Christmas present. For the budding aviator, we have the┬áSky Rider Pro Quadcopter Drone with a Wi-Fi camera.

photo credit: Sky Rider

We’ve had the chance to review several drones in the past, and this is another one. This drone I would recommend for those starting out in the world of drones due to its price. It has a lot of features that other drones have, which include:

  • 360 degrees flips and tricks
  • 6 axis gyroscope
  • Wi-Fi camera
  • Headless mode
  • Ability to stream live video to your smartphone or VR headset
  • LED navigation lights
  • A 2.4GHz remote control with a phone holder

The rechargeable lithium polymer battery takes about 120 minutes to charge, and it will give you less than 10 minutes of flight time. Six to eight minutes to be safe. The drone is very light weight, and not really reliable on a day with any breeze, but many drones are like that. The camera isn’t much to write home about- 480p, but again for the price, it is well worth it to play around with.

Along with the drone, you get:

  • Phone holder
  • USB cable
  • Four protection guards
  • Four replacement rotors
  • Screwdriver
  • Remote Control- 4 AA batteries not included

Marked down from $40, you can buy this on Walmart.com for $29.97.

A New Kind of Drone, Titan, Being Backed on IndieGogo

Normally when we review a product, we get a chance to get our hands on the product. We hope that we’ll be able to do a second review when this Kickstarter project comes out, but here is an overview of something we think is really neat! Introducing, Titan- an underwater drone that will produce quality video footage at a depth deeper than its rivals.

photo credit: Geneinno

With a 4K camera and 1080p filming capability, great underwater footage can be taken with the aid of a 160 degree wide angle lens. A couple of LED spotlights on the drone give you a combined 3,000 lumens. This is good, because the drone is able to go down to depths of 150 meters (490 feet). This is deeper than other drones out there go (50 to 100 meters).

There is, of course, a handy app to download, and it has all these features shown here:

photo credit: Geneinno

Here’s a video to show you exactly what this drone is all about:

The first drones are said to be deliverable this month for the early backers. The basic Titan kit is currently available for $1799 on Indiegogo. This is 30 percent of the mfrp, so it’s a great time to get one.

The basic kit includes:

  • the Titan
  • 50m Tether Cable
  • Remote Controller
  • Titan Hard-shell Case
  • Wireless Transmitter
  • 4 * Weight Module

We can’t wait for a chance to try this underwater drone out for ourselves. I think it would be a great Christmas gift for the Jacques Cousteau in your family.

Review of the Zoopa Phoenix HD Quadcopter/Drone Q900

Drones seem to be all the rage these days. They’re fun for adults and kids alike. The best drones have cameras, so you can get great views that you normally wouldn’t get if you’re standing on the ground. We get a chance to review such a drone today. This is the Q900 Phoenix HD drone by Zoopa.

Zoopa has different sizes and styles of drones out there- from the tiny little ones that fit in the palm of your hand, to bigger ones that have more bells and whistles. This one is the newest one that just came out in November, and if you want one with a great camera and long lasting battery, but aren’t ready for the professional drones, then this drone is one that we would recommend.

The camera on it has a 2 axis stabilization, and takes video and photos in 720p HD. This is a really good camera for a drone at this price point. The battery life is also decent for these drones at 18 minutes. It also has a decent distance of remote flying at 1,000 ft.

With the drone, you will get a remote control that has an led display. The display gives you all the details of flight speed, height, battery level of your drone, battery level of the controller and more! There’s also a slot in this remote control that will hold your phone so you can see what your drone is seeing as you fly.

The remote requires 4 1.5 AA batteries, which aren’t included, but things that ARE included are a charger, charging adapter, 8 propellers(so you have backup), a 4G SD card and a card reader. Make sure to read the included instructions- unless you are a know-it-all who doesn’t need instructions. Otherwise, it’s supposed to be ready to fly out of the box. You will need to get the FAA registration done if you want to avoid getting ticketed by the police, though.

One of the best features on this drone is the Return-to-home feature. Other drones might get lost if you lose sight of it, but with a simple push of a button, your drone will come right back to you. We think that’s pretty cool.

There’s advanced features of headless mode (learn about that here) and 3D rolling. You have to turn this feature on with the controller, as they don’t want you to mess up your camera if you don’t know what you are doing. This feature is a “do at your own risk” feature, and will not be covered under warranty.

At $179.99, we believe that this is a great model for the price point, and would be aimed at beginner fliers who aren’t ready to spend $500 to $1000 on professional style drones.

Thanks to Snakebyte for sending us this drone to review for free. As always, we aren’t sponsored by any company, but give our best unbiased and fair reviews.

The Drone Pilot’s Handbook Review

Drone Pilots HandbookIt’s not often that I get to do reviews of books on this blog, because it often takes me several nights to get through a book, and, like many, I don’t read much. The Drone Pilot’s Handbook by Adam Juniper is a fun read that is really for all ages, and it is about an interesting habit that a lot of people are getting into with drones.

Yes, the drones of quadcopters, hexacopters, and other models are starting to become very commonplace, and it is good to have a book about how to use them. Not only that, it shows some information about how drones actually work, but some methods about how to manipulate the controls.

It will also show the user how to create a better flying drone, and it is quite interesting. Another part of the book is devoted to missions that drones can handle, along with some photography. There is also a section on drone safety as well.

The best part about the book is the illustrations. They are very minimalist, and yet they really capture the fun that is droning, and now I wish I could afford at least several of them to try out.

The Drone Pilot’s Handbook will appear on Amazon on May 3, 2016, so you should check it out when it gets there, or get is somewhere else.