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Quadcopters versus Commercial Drones

The use of a drone and a quadcopter is frequently used and even exchanged terms by most people who are either confuse or does not have the basic foundation of knowledge of what is a drone and a quadcopter. The truth about these terms is that both words are accurate especially in describing for an unmanned, recreational flying craft. However, its definitions are very different from each other. In order for you to get to know more about drones and quadcopters and at the same time avoid misusing the words interchangeably is to do your research for you to have an idea.

Commercial Drone UPSIt is important that you know the difference both the quadcopter and the commercial drones. This will help you to avoid any misunderstandings and even a shameful moment if ever you’ll be talking with someone whose knowledge and expertise is pure with drones and quadcopters. Another purpose is for you to enjoy the use of either of the equipment sufficiently.

What are its definitions?

Drone or commercial drones.

This is basically had a wide-range term to describe any of the unmanned drones which are also known as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In using a UAV, it is either in remote-control or those that are using computers to manage a drone. These types of drones can look like an aeroplane or a smaller helicopter, and it also has its own characteristics that set the drones apart which can fly for longer hours and are engine controlled.

A quadcopter.

If you have known other forms of a drone, for sure you have come across with the term “quadcopter.” This is typically controlled over by four parts of rotors. It is also called as the “quadrotor helicopter”, and it contains a propeller and a motor. This type of rotor is remotely controlled compared to others that are pre-programmed such as the use of onboard computers. Quadcopters, however, resembles mostly of helicopters, and its balance is based on the movement and not on the rotor tail that is being used.

When it comes to using of terms, it would be best to use a politically correct term that is according to how it is described rather than speaking about it that you have not understood and confused about the difference. Drones and quadcopters are divided into many forms that you’ll definitely need to learn more about their categories as well. Other types of UAV aside from the quadcopters are the tri copters, octocopters and hexacopters and drones can only be considered as one if there it has four rotors only.

What are its uses?

This is the right time that you can distinguish the difference between its usage. The drones and the quadcopters are of course not alike in a manner their categories and at the same time how they are used accordingly. Drones are usually used in a military and rescue units while commercial drones are used for things such as tracking of the number of livestock and also its progress as well. Another usage can be used for as aerial photography and or videography to get a better view as well.

Why Might Drones Be the Future of Transport?

Commercial drones

Aiming for a big change in the society is a good achievement to make life good, comfortable and convenient. Regardless of any change, whether it is involved with technology, or simply make a great impact on every person’s livelihood and lifestyle. Better means of living involves many things such as public and private transportation, railroad and highway widening, building and home construction. When it comes to public and or private transportation, people would appreciate more if the easier things are, the faster performance can be done all throughout the day.

A huge potential for drones has been furthered discussed. Recently, there is a look up as to what a drone can do to add a great change towards an individual’s daily living of activities? The difference between a commercialised drone and a private use of drone have the same purposes but if it is according to usage and availability are not the same. If drones are transportation, there is a possibility that it can be used for people’s consumption, either for public or private purposes.

Commercial dronesCommercial drones

This is generally the smaller version of a drone; it is GPS enable and an autopilot remote-control version type of aeroplane that can handle all variations of flight from the takeoff up to the landing portion. If you come to think of how this could be a great value towards making things happen easier, but the reality is that safety should always be the priority.

A thought of experiment?

Imagine what things would be like with drones being used as means of delivery services. Would it somehow affect the change or is it still the same? If given a chance by the government to bless such kind of offer, perhaps things on the railroad would be very different from anything else that can be like a cargo or anything that brings goods to different places is something that most people are looking forward. An example such as, a farmer’s crops being delivered to the suppliers, a search rescue team or perhaps some deliveries that you expect to come in your home after a few days of order. Would this be an advantage if seeing drones flying and doing only business?

With the world, today, it is rarely for someone to look up at the sky and see things flying to and fro. Practically, it would be a great chance to modify things, especially around the road. The advantage could lessen the traffic and usage of bigger trucks can be used in another means of perhaps emergency cases and such.

There are companies that are practising the use of drones for delivery purposes of their goods to their customers. They have found the benefits of making both sides more convenient and comfortable as well. In this method, perhaps drones can be used in the near future as means of livelihood expansion to those who can drive and are professionally licensed to carry out products and goods inside an unmanned drone by means of commercial transportation.

Quadcopter Racing – The New Sport!

Drone RacingThere is a popular new “sport” that involves racing quadcopters against each other. This crazy new sport has taken off in the US. There are multiple elements to this racing with the drone itself, the pilot and all aspects from weather to co-pilots is taken into account.

There is also another drone racing type called first person view or FPV which has also taken off (mind the pun.) This is where the individual plays as in they are the quadcopter itself through the virtual headset. This looks completely awesome if you ask me. As you can see by the video below there are tons of drones all racing around a track that is pre-determined. Is it just a matter of time before this explodes into the size of car racing? Or will we be able to bet on which drone will win in a few years with these races being televised?! – Who knows.

Drones Being Used to Transport Drugs!

Over the last couple of months I’ve been reading into a lot of uses for drones and quadcopters. As previously mentioned on the blog there have been some very creative ways to transport high ticket item goods across small inner city locations. This is relatively safe and a good way of avoiding the fees and traffic too. The drone can also “accept payment” too which is a great way to avoid any stress of transportation. But as you can probably guess these advantages mixed with the advantage that no one really knows who is flying the drone, makes it very easy to transport high ticket illegal substances aka drugs.

In a recent article police in the UK found terrible uses for drones which are perverted and dangerous. Aside from this drones are often seen flying into and out of prisons to transport in drugs and other contribant substances. Obviously this is highly illegal activity but the use of this really shows how far the drone market could go. Transportation of high ticket items is a very real use.

A range of drones are available to buy without any registration or permit. Speeds range as high as 70mph and altitudes reach up to 10,000ft, making them a threat to aircraft flying in and out of airports.

David Dunn, a professor at Birmingham University who led research into unmanned aerial vehicles, told the Independent: “There needs to be regulation and there needs to be systematic attempts to educate the public.

“At the moment, you can by one of these things in a supermarket without any safeguards. We are lacking accountability or a deterrence.”

The Independent reported on the following:

An investigation by The Independent has found that the number of incidents reported to the police involving drones surged by 352 per cent in a single year as the public became increasingly aware – and suspicious – of the machines.

Reflecting the rapid uptake of the flying robotic devices, which can be fitted with cameras, reports to police surged from 94 in 2014 to 425 in 2015. The projected figure for 2016 is set to be even higher, with 272 reports recorded up until May this year.

The figures were obtained from Freedom of Information requests, with 21 of the UK’s 45 police forces responding.

The numbers also include reports of drones endangering commercial airliners of them causing fights between neighbours, and also of them being used by criminal gangs to transport drugs, often into prisons.

The majority of the reports, 257, were listed as a concern for public safety and under suspicious circumstances, but five cases involved acts of violence, 13 related to burglary, 14 to dangers posed to transport – largely related to air space – and seven made reference to drones in the vicinity of young children.

Old School Drones vs the Future

Everything in 2016 is getting quicker. This has been the case for the last decade, but as well as speed we have a new “other” tech boom. This is the individual transportation boom. Does everyone remember these annoying things?

Hoverboards

Luckily nowadays you see less and less of these as they generally were the stupidest “transportation” product I’ve seen in the last decade. But they did outline the way that consumer products are heading. Which is less of the “price first” aspect and more of the if we want it, we will get it.

Old School DronesIf you remember how drones looked about 10 years ago, you will know they were these huge government only vehicles. You also remember the Segway? Does that remind you of a bigger version of our hoverboard about? I think so.

So moving forward in the tech world you are going to see a lot of the large scale technology coming into the hands of the end user or consumer. This is a good and a bad thing. It’s great because as consumers we get to utilise the new technology of our time in a semi-affordable way. But its bad as we seriously have no need for it! Think back to the hoverboard, what was the need? Exactly.

The Drone Revolution

The economist recently posted an article called “welcome to the drone age” Which pretty much sums up how the world will look if drones do take off as much as I think they will. There are positives and negatives, the negatives obviously revolve around the consumers that purchase these products have no need for them. The positives are there are generally seriously good impact for a number of businesses including import/export and distribution businesses.

You can see from the video below there are a number of extrodinary ways that drones can be used. I personally believe we are just at the tip of this. Drones will evolve into something that you see everyday, that at first look cool but after a while is just something you get used too. Very similar to how the car started or the plane.

An Introduction to Quadcopter Drones

As you can probably guess a Quadcopter is a type of drone with 4 rotating blades. Quadcopters aren’t anything that new from a technology point of view, they were used by both military and corporate clients in early 2000s, but over the last 3 years they have exploded onto the scene and now can be purchased for as low as $100! There are a number of models and price points but generally if you are willing to spend around £300 you can get an extremely high end drone for your money.

Advantages

Quadcopters have a few key advantages over the competition. The most obvious one is the stability of the drone itself, leading to a better quality video or image. The 4 rotating blades instead of the old-school 3 or 2 blades helps keep the copter steady and hence reduces blur in the images or videos.

Another advantage is the price. Most drones come in around $500-$1,500 but if you want to just train with a lower-end drone before laying 4 figures on a professional model, then you can pick one up for as little as $200. (Just have a look at our homepage for the cheapest options.)

High end drones are something from the future. Techcrunch recently did an article on the Vortex 250, which they referred to as the Lamborghini or drones, which isn’t a bad comparison. This drone is created directly for racing, and hence everything is built for speed. The style of the drone doesn’t really show much, and if you saw it up-close you wouldn’t be that impressed, but the key is how quick it can motor. Coming in at around $499, this is perfect for someone who prefers speed over stability or image quality.

Disadvantages

Some quadcopters now require the user to have a license, this is generally for drones which are over a certain size. You can find out more about this here. Generally there aren’t many disadvantages to the drones we have featured anywhere on our site, but if you decide to use a drone supplier from somewhere else, always look into the reviews for the product before purchasing, and also check if the model is exactly what you want. There is nothing worse than a low quality copter coming to your house and then breaking within a month of use!

Welcome to Chose a Quad Copter

At choseaquadcopter.com we strive to provide in-depth, unbiased reviews of drones and quadcopters. Drones are an increasingly popular gadget, with 2016 being set to see skies filled with these flying gadgets. Where most people struggle, is they simply don’t know which drone they should be selecting. You can find all of our in-depth drone reviews at: http://www.choseaquadcopter.com/category/drone-reviews/ – These go in-depth into why a copter is good or bad, as well as the features and benefits to each one. If you are looking for something lower in price, or at a higher quality you can also search by price through our reviews.

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SYMA X5C

Syma X5C is an advanced version of Syma X5 quadcopter, with couple of improvements that were not present in the previous version. I have to say that I have had the previous model and they didn’t lie when they said they improved this model regarding the previous one.

syma remote control quadcopter

The first thing that we see is a remote controller as pictured left, that is, in my opinion, a little bit more comfortable than the previous model had. As you can see there are still 2 primary movement pads but nothing special, but that says a lot about the designer’s care for the product. The remote controller is very light, 2.4GHz and it is nicely designed so all the controls are placed that you can reach them easily. It has a nice LED light at the center, which indicates your controls. The control sticks are moving softly so you will have no problems controlling the quadcopter at all. At the top of the controller, we have a small plastic antenna and a handle for carrying, which comes in handy when you need to carry it somewhere.

The Syma X5C quadcopter comes with the substantial prop guards, which will protect propellers from damaging in case you hit the ground or a corner of building. The prop guards just screw into the frame and they are sturdy, preventing the possible damage. Another thing regarding the protection - the camera is protected by a tall landing gear which makes it perfect for the beginners and those who are not really familiar with the quadcopter flying.

Syma X5C comes with a cool HD camera that is at the bottom and can be detached if you want any time. Of course, with the camera comes a micro USB card reader for SD cards so you can watch your videos or pictures and with the 2GB of SD card. The quality of the video is not the superb one, like some other quadcopters have, but considering the price of this quadcopter, it is a decent HD camera that will capture all the interesting moments and landscapes in just one button-slide.

The structure of Syma X5C is very lightweight, but sturdy enough to be wind-resistant. It also can perform flips, by pressing the 360 degree eversion button on the remote controller. This is recommended only when you remove the blade guards and the camera – since they are an additional weight for this lightweight quadcopter. Note that I have tried the flips with the additional equipment, though I would not recommend so. This also depends on the battery level and the distance. Charging time is around 100 minutes, which is enough for a 7 minute flight time, while the range of control is up to 300 meters at most. Syma X5C could have competed in the category of the best drone for GoPro if the flying time had been a little bit longer.

The size of Syma X5C is perfect for amateur flying – 16.5x12.2x3.8 inches, while it weighs around 1.4 pounds. 1 Lithium-ion battery (capacity of 500mAh, 3.7volts) runs the quadcopter and I must say that the battery replacement is designed in the very convenient way – it’s places under the camera and you need to lift the lid up along with the camera, place the battery and put the lid down. Just below the camera, you have a small switch button so you can turn on or off the battery, which is in my opinion very important safe measure.

In the end, I have to say that this quadcopter is not the best beginner’s quadcopter, but it is a great choice for aerial photography practice before you decide to move to a bigger and more powerful quadcopter. It is very easy to operate and thus it’s primarily aimed at the beginners. Don’t expect some high-quality videos and images but you can expect cool adventures with this budget quadcopter drone.

Most Recent Reviewer: I purchase this quadcopter in mid February [2017], it arrived promptly and I got started straight away as I was pretty darn excited! Anyway it takes a while to get used to. I purchased this model as I didn't want to purchase a $2000+ drone first up, but also didn't fancy getting the highly "beginner friendly models" that simply look like glorified children's toys. Once I got the hang of the controller and the sensitivity of the controls themselves I found it very easy to fly and in fact do some tricks along the way too! Great model and a great quadcopter for anyone looking to get started in the drone flying hobby!​

PROS

  • Smooth control
  • Perfect size
  • Handles crashes well
  • The ability to turn on camera remotely
  • Convenient battery replacement

CONS

  • Flight time
  • Blades shut off if the battery level is low

    UDI U818A

    Best Quadcopter with a gopro

    Buying a small drone may be an attractive idea, but once you see the price tag on some of the models – you will probably quickly turn your attention to some other gift for your friend or family member. However, not all quadcopters are expensive, and some of them can even be found for surprisingly low prices. If you are in search for a quadcopter drone that is affordable and cheap, but at the same time offers a good flying experience – UDI A818A is the best option for you. This model is often referred to as the best beginner quadcopter, which means that aspiring fliers and inexperienced people can use this product to get acquainted with the buzzing world of drones and flying units.

    Everyone who has ever tried flying a quadcopter knows that this task is not as easy as it may seem and that the process of flying requires full attention and concentration, in addition to some practice and experience. That is the reason why people often decide to buy a cheap quadcopter drone since this would allow them to be carefree with the device and worry less if it is damaged, or if its falls into a river, gets trapped in a tree, or simply flies into a house and gets smashed. UDI U818A is, therefore, the best beginner quadcopter, because with the low price – this model can be your first stop on the road to flying bigger and larger drones. The price is certainly one of the main assets of UDI U818A, but there are some other benefits that come from using this model as your personal quadcopter drone.

    First of all, this small machine is designed in a sleek and minimalist way, which means that there are “no extra parts” and the device looks attractive and exciting. It has 4 rotors, which have a diameter of 5.25”, and they are held in place by small screws. 500 mAh battery is able to power the machine for about 7-9 minutes of flying, but it can be recharged in one or two hours. Also, the device comes equipped with a microUSB card, which has a capacity of 2 GB. Several LED lights are positioned across the body of this quadcopter drone, and they further improve its points for style and appearance.

    udi drone quadcopter review

    When you buy this quadcopter, you will also receive a controller, which needs two AA batteries in order to send/receive signal to and from the drone. The communication between the controller and the drone is performed via 2.4 GHz radio signal, and the reach of the signal is around 30m. Also, the controller has several interesting features, such as the 360 button, which, when pressed, causes the device to perform a flip in the air. Naturally, there are endless possibilities when it comes to stunts and acrobatics, but the person who controls the machine needs to be skillful and capable of handling this zippy and fast machine. Since there is no auto landing option, nor hovering feature – this device can be tricky to land and “calm down”, but with a little bit of practice – you can quickly become the master of quadcopter drones.

    PROS

    • Equipped with a lot of useful features
    • Low price
    • Allows easy flying
    • Respond rapidly to all commands

    CONS

    • A very short battery life
    • Low-quality camera
    • Device is not as sturdy and durable as some other models are
    • The lack of auto landing and hovering features

    DJI PHANTOM 3 & 4

    DJ Phantom 3 Professional has a standard quadcopter’s design like the majority of the quadcopters you have encountered before, so you could say that it looks like an average drone. Still, it is far away from the average drone. Now, the first thing I have noticed about this quadcopter is its movement – the movement is very precise, and I haven’t noticed anything like buggy behavior or erratic movement. The DJ Phantom 4 has also recently been released. You can check that out here. In my opinion the DJP3 is still a better overall quadcopter for the price, this is why we have updated this post (18th February 2017)

    As you may know, most drones are using satellites to find and hold their place; however, the designers of DJI implemented GLONASS as the main tool for positioning – Glonass is a Russian counterpart to GPS – which is seen in better overall movement and performance. Finding a satellite signal can be harder when you are flying indoors, depending on the surface you are flying above. If you are flying over a surface with a good contrast (like checkerboard floor), the flying will be easy and good. However, if you are flying over the surface with a texture and uniform colour, you could face some problems regarding the drone’s flying. Check best prices as of 2017 on the right.

    This quadcopter drone has very powerful motors that take this drone into the air – this results in safer and more stable flight patterns, which can help you to create cinematic-like video or photo material. There are a couple of sensors, like optical flow sensor that stabilizes the drone’s X-Y position, and there are ultrasonic sensors that are responsible for measuring the distance from the ground, using sound waves. As we said, the GPS works like a charm – finding GPS satellites is really quick, but another thing that the designers implemented is Glonass – a Russian version of GPS, which works excellent in the combination of standard GPS.

    The battery is another great feature of this drone. Every second in the air is important and with DJI Phantom you will have a decent flying time. The battery is 4480 mAh, with the voltage of 15.2 volts. This renders twenty-two, to twenty-four minutes of flying time, although the flying time depends on how you fly the drone, weather conditions and a whole bunch of external factors. A charger that is 100 watts can fully charge the drone in around 35 minutes. Sometimes we have found this drone can actually fly for times nearer 1 hour.

    remote control quadcopter

    Radio controller is made of polycarbonate plastics but the grips, and bottom as well are made of rubber, which gives you better and more comfortable grip. In other words, the controller is designed in a very ergonomics way. The controlling is very smooth, which results in even and precise drone dynamics. The buttons on the controller are placed nicely, so you have pretty-much everything you need within the reach of hand – a button for taking photos, a button for changing exposure on the fly, a button for controlling pitch movements, etc.

    One of the best features of this model is the Lightbridge technology – a hardwired technology from the controller to your device. This enables you 720P regarding video quality, with around 30 FPS. The feature can be used up to 2kms of distance which is cool for video shooting. In the terms of resolution, you have four settings – 1280x720, 1920x1080, 3840x2160 and 4096x2160, where you can set a frame rate for an each one. The dynamic range of the camera is very good – I have not experienced any problems regarding the quality of the image and the details whatsoever. Some people asked me whether I had some aerial helicopter since the details and quality of the video were great – so you could say that you have a professional drone, in case someone asks you and you want to fool him. 

    I could also say that stills capability are more than decent since you are looking at the 12 megapixels stills that could be shoot during video shooting. Image profile settings gives you the option to choose between standard, soft, custom or landscape profile picture, which is a great choice for aerial photography. The video feed works amazingly – I have had no problems with the video feed while I was operating the drone at the 1500 meters away from me. The video feed is a rock solid, especially if you have a line of sight.

    GOOD FOR

    • Amateur and casual aerial photography

    NOT GOOD FOR

    • Professional aerial photography
    • Flying around the Capitol Hill
    quadcopter with camera

    Maybe the biggest con of this drone, besides the capability of unfolding landing legs, is that you cannot rotate the camera around the X axis – so you can only record in the front of the camera. This is mainly because you have “the landing legs” which prevent the camera from rotating. Other than that, the drone is very recommendable –although not best beginner’s quadcopter since it is more for a professional and experienced use.In my opinion, DJI Phantom 3 can easily challenge the title for best drone for GoPro due to its firm structure, stable and precise movement.

    PROS

    • The Lightbridge technology
    • Long-distance control
    • Long battery life
    • Precise controls
    • Great video/photo quality

    CONS

    • No rotating the camera around X axis
    • Unfoldable landing legs