DroningON – Drone News and Reviews https://www.droningon.co Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:34:58 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Cheerson CX-60 Fighting Drones Unboxing & Flight Test Review https://www.droningon.co/2017/04/14/cheerson-cx60-fighting-drones-unboxing-flight-test-review/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:38:13 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2577 No longer are we just using drones to capture photo and video, manufacturers are starting to get adventurous and the introduction of the brilliant Cheerson CX60 is just the start of a 2-player drone revolution. Drones are moving beyond basic flight, this new set from Cheerson lets two players battle it out in the skies … Continue reading Cheerson CX-60 Fighting Drones Unboxing & Flight Test Review

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No longer are we just using drones to capture photo and video, manufacturers are starting to get adventurous and the introduction of the brilliant Cheerson CX60 is just the start of a 2-player drone revolution.

Drones are moving beyond basic flight, this new set from Cheerson lets two players battle it out in the skies using infrared beams and a clever app which evolves as you play the game, unlocking new skills and tactics.

Cheerson CX60 Fighting Drones Review
Cheerson CX60 Fighting Drones Review

At only £60/$80 the set incorporates not one but two quadcopters, it also bundles all accessories needed including batteries, chargers, spare props and a downloadable app for either Android or iOS platforms.

Watch our video review…

Enjoy our full review and please be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our channel to for notification of our latest reviews!

The positives…

  • These two drones are well made by Cheerson and great quality, they’re also lightweight.
  • They fly really well and have lots of power, plus the three sensitivity settings are really useful to match your skill set.
  • For beginners they’re easy to learn and fly, and the altitude hold is a nice feature which will help too. There is barely any lag when controlling these drones from your phone and so even having no transmitter isn’t a negative.
  • For two quadcopters, batteries, charger, a good app and nice packaging, these are Cheap! Only £60 (around $80) which represents brilliant value for what is great fun.
  • They give approximately 5 minutes flight time which is good enough for 1-2 games although you will be craving more when the batteries run out.
  • Talking of batteries, the 30 minutes charging time isn’t bad at all and it gives you time to spend the coins that you’ve won on upgrading your drone powers via the app.
  • They are safe and even crashproof, the integral prop guards stop the props from hitting you and also protect your house. We crashed ours quite a few times and yet they incurred no damage at all, so they’re tough little quadcopters.
  • I didn’t cover this in the video but they even work nicely outside and the range was impressive too, but only fly them on a fairly calm day because otherwise its not possible to battle so easily.

The negatives…

  • There is no hover stabilisation mechanism such as GPS or optical flow camera and so these will drift even indoors and of course especially outdoors.
  • The set only include one battery per drone and spare batteries don’t appear to be available yet but the creative amongst you could easily adapt the battery slot to take a standard lithium polymer 2 cell battery.
  • Clearly there is no obstacle avoidance and so you may find yourself bumping into objects and people.
  • Finally there is no headless mode which would make controlling these much easier for beginners, but its all good practice.

Where/what to buy…

For more information or to buy the Cheerson CX60 Fighting Drone set, click the following link.

Cheerson CX-60 Fighting Drones

Cheerson CX60 Fighting Drones Review
Cheerson CX60 Fighting Drones Review

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Kudrone Crowdfunder Misleads Backers With More Fake Videos https://www.droningon.co/2017/04/14/kudrone-crowdfunder-misleads-backers-fake-videos/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:51:57 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2589 Kudrone has now exceeded $1.2m investment with over 9,700 customers via their crowdfund campaign and backers are being appeased with videos published to the Kudrone YouTube channel, but those videos may not be all that they appear to be. Despite Kudrone failing to provide a single true demonstration of their drone capabilities, backers are still flocking … Continue reading Kudrone Crowdfunder Misleads Backers With More Fake Videos

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Kudrone has now exceeded $1.2m investment with over 9,700 customers via their crowdfund campaign and backers are being appeased with videos published to the Kudrone YouTube channel, but those videos may not be all that they appear to be.

Despite Kudrone failing to provide a single true demonstration of their drone capabilities, backers are still flocking to invest in the campaign. At this time, Kudrone still have not provided true examples of in-flight footage from this micro-scale drone which we believe has a number of issues.

Over the past few months, Kudrone has provided a set of videos stating that they were captured via the Kudrone camera, but the claims would appear to be false when scrutinized closely.

Kudrone on IndieGoGo, the next Zano scam.
Kudrone on IndieGoGo, the next Zano scam.

In the latest videos published just this week, two scenes are provided but it is clear from both that the drone is not in flight during capture and instead the camera is being held.  The latest footage is titled as follows:

“Kudrone 2.7K @ 30fps Video Quality Test”

However, the footage is not 2.7k, analysis of the YouTube videos shows a lower resolution of 1080p. Backers that are not technically familiar with drones or video resolution may easily be misled into believing that the drone is in-flight during these smoothly shot videos.

The YouTube ‘Comments’ feature has been disabled for both videos, preventing viewers and backers from raising questions around the context of the footage.

DroningON became suspicious when a video released in mid-March was stated to have been captured via Kudrone and yet the video incorporate clear stereo audio, this would be impossible on a drone which does not incorporate a microphone.

We suspect that this footage was captured via the same mobile phone used to capture the more recent two videos.

Backers will also be disappointed to discover that the key headline feature for this drone, 4K video, is only available at an almost unusable 15 frames per second.

A video was released four weeks ago showing the Kudrone flying outdoors, the drone struggles to maintain altitude and flies very erratically, despite there appearing to be nil-wind.

After watching this video, it is beyond comprehension as to why any backer would still wish to fund this troubled project.

Comment below with your thoughts on the Kudrone campaign, especially if you have backed and funded this project.


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DJI Launch Phantom 4 Advanced, Lighter & Faster Than Original Phanton 4 https://www.droningon.co/2017/04/13/dji-launch-phantom-4-advanced-drone/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:33:19 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2561 The DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro have yet another drone-sibling, the slightly more affordable Phantom 4 Advanced. Still capable of capturing 4K video, the new Phantom 4 Advanced boasts an impressive specification and is to supplement the flagship Phantom 4 Pro. But at only $150 less than the P4 Pro and $150 more than … Continue reading DJI Launch Phantom 4 Advanced, Lighter & Faster Than Original Phanton 4

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The DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro have yet another drone-sibling, the slightly more affordable Phantom 4 Advanced.

Still capable of capturing 4K video, the new Phantom 4 Advanced boasts an impressive specification and is to supplement the flagship Phantom 4 Pro. But at only $150 less than the P4 Pro and $150 more than the original Phantom 4, this is still no entry-level drone.

Consumers will be excited to note that this model includes the prized mechanical camera shutter of the P4 Pro, providing higher quality photographic capabilities than the earlier P4 and P3 range.

“An uprated camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps. The FlightAutonomy system includes 5 vision sensors for 2-directions of obstacle sensing and forward-vision obstacle avoidance. The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloyconstruction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Advanced even lighter than the Phantom 4.”

The infrared side obstacle-avoidance sensors of the P4 Pro are not present on the P4 Advanced in order to allow for a reduction in the retail price below that of the P4 Pro.

The new DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is still equipped with 5 sensors for autonomous flight.
The new DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is still equipped with 5 sensors for autonomous flight.

The specification concerning onboard sensors is stated as follows via the DJI website:

“Equipped with the FlightAutonomy system made up of 5 vision sensors, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), ultrasonic rangefinders andredundant sensors, Phantom 4 Advanced is able to hover precisely in places without GPS and fly in complex environments. The dual forward visionsensors can see as far as 30m out in front, and enable auto brake, hover or detour in front of obstacles within 15-meter range.”

With dual-compass and dual-IMU, the Phantom 4 Advanced incorporates the safety elements of its bigger brother, giving peace of mind to pilots. Its flight time of 30 minutes gives the P4 Advanced one of the longest amongst prosumer drones currently available.

However, the base price of this premium model may put off some consumers, at $1,349 this is an expensive drone, only $150 below the the current price of the P4 Pro which has a better specification, $150 more than the current baseline P4.

As with the Phantom 4 Pro, two options are available when ordering, one with a standard controller where you must attached your own smart-phone or tablet, the other option includes an integrated 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen.

How does it compare with the ‘Phantom 4 Pro’

So in general, the two models are almost identical as stated above, but there are some changes.

  • Same battery life.
  • Same camera.
  • Same video encoding options.
  • No rear vision Obstacle Avoidance sensors
  • No side infrared Obstacle Avoidance sensors.
  • No 5.8Ghz band support.

How does it compare with the ‘Phantom 4’

The core differences between this new P4 Advanced model and the base P4 released in 2016 are as follows:

  • Lighter at 1368g (P4 Adv) vs 1380g (P4).
  • Flies longer, 30 minutes (P4 Adv) vs 28 minutes (P4).
  • Massively uprated camera with mechanical shutter.
  • Increased obstacle sensing range 98ft (P4 Adv) vs 49ft (P4).
  • Bigger battery, 5870mAh (P4 Adv) vs 5350 mAh (P4)
  • Increased angular speed tilt, 250° (P4 Adv) vs 200° (P4).

We will provide a full write-up for this new model in the near future, for the time being be sure to take a closer look at the new Phantom 4 Advanced via the DJI website.

What we do know is that the DJI Event on the 23rd April will definitely not be for the P4 Advanced.


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DJI Event On April 23rd, Spark, Phantom 5 or FPV Goggles? https://www.droningon.co/2017/04/11/dji-announcement-april-23rd-dji-spark/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:57:52 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2542 Just announced by ‘The Digital Circuit‘, invitations are being distributed via email for a Las Vegas based DJI launch event, but there are a number of products which could be the focus of this launch, featuring the slogon “Create your legacy”. Many will be very envious of TDC, their article published on the 8th April includes … Continue reading DJI Event On April 23rd, Spark, Phantom 5 or FPV Goggles?

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Just announced by ‘The Digital Circuit‘, invitations are being distributed via email for a Las Vegas based DJI launch event, but there are a number of products which could be the focus of this launch, featuring the slogon “Create your legacy”.

A screenshot of the DJI event invitation email received by The Digital Circuit.
A screenshot of the DJI event invitation email received by The Digital Circuit.

Many will be very envious of TDC, their article published on the 8th April includes a screenshot of their email invitation to the exclusive event, to which it is likely that YouTubers ‘Casey Neistat‘ and ‘iJustine‘ will also be invited.

“An email landed in our inbox yesterday that – to put it mildly – has piqued our curiousity. It was from DJI. And it was an invitation.” Scott Simmie, TDC

Rumours have been flying for the past month with speculation on which product DJI may be bringing to market, but we expect that the announcement will focus on one or two of the following (in order of likelihood):

  • DJI Spark / DJI Mavic Mini
  • DJI FPV Goggles
  • DJI Phantom 5
  • DJI Phantom 4 Advanced (already launched)

It is likely that the DJI Spark will be the core focus of the event, leaked videos, tear-down and even onboard footage have appeared of this new ‘mini’ drone which is speculated to compete with ZeroTech Dobby and Vantage Robotics ‘Snap’.

DJI Spark drone leaked via YouTube video
DJI Spark drone leaked via YouTube video

Kerry Garrison of the Multicopter Warehouse, a DJI dealer, has commented in a Mavic Facebook group to state that the announcement event will not relate to any of the above mentioned speculated products, time will tell as to whether his statement holds ground.

All will be revealed very soon, be sure to comment below with your thoughts on which product you wish to see.

CREDIT: Thanks to Scott Simmie of TheDigitalCircuit for use of the featured image.

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Leaked ‘DJI Spark’ Video Demonstration & Teardown On YouTube https://www.droningon.co/2017/04/06/leaked-dji-spark-video-demonstration-appears-youtube/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:54:42 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2523 A video has just appeared on YouTube demonstrating what would appear to be the new DJI Spark drone, illuminated feet and an impressive micro-gimbal which will have Vantage Robotics trembling. The video, uploaded to the YouTube channel ‘Sami Luo‘, gives no commentary or accompanying information but it does demonstrate the startup of the DJI Spark, … Continue reading Leaked ‘DJI Spark’ Video Demonstration & Teardown On YouTube

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A video has just appeared on YouTube demonstrating what would appear to be the new DJI Spark drone, illuminated feet and an impressive micro-gimbal which will have Vantage Robotics trembling.

The video, uploaded to the YouTube channel ‘Sami Luo‘, gives no commentary or accompanying information but it does demonstrate the startup of the DJI Spark, as well as an impressive first look at the micro-gimbal attached to it.

An additional video appeared shortly after, showing a component tear-down of the new DJI Spark drone.

We contacted the channel owner, according to him the DJI Spark will including the following specification:

  • The gimbal is 2 axis.
  • Support 4K video shooting.
  • Features front obstacle avoidance.
  • Weighs 190g without battery.
  • Gimbal constructed from plastic material and has 6 dampers.

Be sure to review our full DJI Spark analysis article here which includes a full specification list.

Comment below with your thoughts on this leak and be sure to follow www.dji-spark.com for the latest information.


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Interview With DAK Group For Lily Robotics Unsecured Creditors Committee https://www.droningon.co/2017/04/06/interview-lily-robotics-liquidation-investment-bankers-dak-group/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:55:08 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2502 Lily Robotics were forced into liquidation after funds ran dry during their attempt to deliver on their pre-order drone project. Months later and with refunds still pending, DroningON have just interviewed investment bankers ‘DAK Group‘, responsible for recovery of funds on behalf of unsecured creditors including pre-order customers. Many thousands of customers had hope that … Continue reading Interview With DAK Group For Lily Robotics Unsecured Creditors Committee

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Lily Robotics were forced into liquidation after funds ran dry during their attempt to deliver on their pre-order drone project. Months later and with refunds still pending, DroningON have just interviewed investment bankers ‘DAK Group‘, responsible for recovery of funds on behalf of unsecured creditors including pre-order customers.

Lily Camera - the waterproof autonomous drone
Lily Camera – the waterproof autonomous drone

Many thousands of customers had hope that Lily Robotics would eventually deliver a drone which represented the device showcased in the faked promotional video, but the doors were closed after funding was exhausted, despite an additional $15m in private investment.

To assist customers with an understanding of next steps, we interviewed Sheon Karol, Managing Director of DAK Group, involved in the activities to liquidate and manage the Lily Robotics assets. The DAK Group was selected as the investment bank and financial advisor to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of San Francisco-based drone startup company Lily Robotics.

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Sheon Karol, Managing Director, DAX Group
Sheon Karol, Managing Director, DAK Group

ASH: Firstly Sheon, thanks for your time with this interview, had you heard of DroningON before?

SHEON: “I had not heard of DroningON before The DAK Group was selected by the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee for Lily Robotics. However, I follow the drone press more closely now and your publication has become a part of my reading list!

ASH: Great to hear, could you tell us a little about precisely what DAK Group does?

SHEON: The DAK Group is a boutique group of investment bankers serving the middle market, privately held businesses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business sale, financial restructuring, bankruptcy, capital advisory, valuations and fairness opinions. Since 1984, DAK has executed hundreds of transactions across a wide range of industries.

ASH: Do you personally own any drones?

SHEON: I do not but I would love to do so!

ASH: Is this DAK Group’s first ‘drone-related’ M&A (Mergers and acquisitions) activity?

SHEON: No, it is not. We have represented several consumer electronics companies in the past. Most recently we represented a company in the action camera/drone accessory space.

ASH: In terms of Lily Robotics, what is the core focus of your involvement at this time?

SHEON: Our core focus is to maximize proceeds from a sale of Lily’s assets. We are working with the Company and its advisors and counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee, providing investment banking and financial advisory services. The Unsecured Creditors Committee is made up of three creditors selected by the U.S. Trustee.

Recently we advised the Unsecured Creditors Committee in a different Chapter 11 bankruptcy in which the company had filed bankruptcy without a single bidder for its business despite having run two pre-bankruptcy sales processes. By conducting a robust Chapter 11 sales process, a $15 million winning bid was received at the auction to purchase the company as a going concern. We cannot know in advance how the market will value Lily’s intellectual property but we plan to do what we can to get as much as possible for these assets.

Legal action commences against Lily following a faked promotional video and violation of Mail Order regulation.
Legal action commences against Lily following a faked promotional video and violation of Mail Order regulation.

ASH: Do you have any specific timelines for the action to sell Lily’s assets and IP (intellectual property)?

SHEON: The anticipated timeline is for bids on the intellectual property to be submitted by June 1; the auction is scheduled for June 7; and the sale hearing for the Court to approve the sale is currently scheduled for June 13. These dates are subject to change.

ASH: Many customers are still awaiting their refund, what is the reality in terms of all customers eventually being reimbursed.

SHEON: The Company can only reimburse customers as permitted by the United States Bankruptcy Code. To the extent any factual or legal disputes arise as to what is permitted, the Bankruptcy Court will decide those issues if they are not resolved consensually.

ASH: Considering manufacturing, marketing and mounting running costs, how many creditors stand in between customers and their refund?

SHEON: In Court filings the Company listed pre-bankruptcy secured debt of $3,777,777 and general unsecured debt of $12,500,000. In the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, the Company of course will both incur additional costs and receive payments (to the extent assets are sold).

Lily Drone Waterproof
Perhaps the number one selling feature of Lily is its capability to survive in water!

ASH: There are rumors of the Lily IP and company being bought but would this allow the project to continue or would it simply be a means to acquire patents and technology for other ventures?

SHEON: The Company is not being marketed as an ongoing concern. The Intellectual Property of the Company is being marketed and will be auctioned. The Company had an interesting concept – it would be wonderful if a buyer would take over the Intellectual Property, complete the product and bring it to market.

ASH: Lily communicated to pre-order customers that the hardware was being manufactured, showing photos of numerous units assembled and ready to ship, can you provide a view on how much assembled hardware you have seen at the Lily HQ?

SHEON: We don’t have a view on these issues. DAK has been selected to represent the unsecured creditors, not the Company.

ASH: It is unlikely that customers would wish to spend additional funds, but is there an opportunity for curious customers to buy one of the assembled units, if available?

SHEON: At this point we are not aware of an opportunity to buy an assembled unit. However, we hope that a buyer of the Company’s intellectual property will bring the Company’s vision to fruition.

ASH: Where can customers follow your progress and news updates?

SHEON: The best sources of news are the Bankruptcy Court filings (which are publicly available) and publicly published news stories. Of course customers can always check if DroningON is continuing its coverage!

ASH: Finally, what is your advice to customers when considering future investment in campaigns such as Lily?

SHEON: Caveat emptor! Let the buyer beware!

ASH: Many thanks for your time for this interview.

SHEON: Thank you for the opportunity to share with your readers the status of our activities and the prospects for use of the Lily technology.


Please be sure to comment below with your thoughts, also to share this article to related Lily groups.

In summary June 13th is a key date for Lily customers, we will publish the latest information that we receive, as we receive it. You can read more about DAK Group here. You can also follow the PrimeClerk website page for Lily updates concerning the bankruptcy proceedings.


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DJI Spark/Mavic Mini Will Be Latest Portable Selfie Drone https://www.droningon.co/2017/03/29/dji-spark-mavic-mini-portable-drone/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:46:07 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2465 [UPDATED 11/04/17] Earlier this month, DJI filed a trademark application for the name ‘DJI Spark’, we may now know why with DJI about to launch their smallest drone yet, named the ‘Spark’ or the ‘Mavic Mini’. What is the DJI Spark/Mavic Mini… At a size of around 14cm x 17cm, the compact DJI Spark/Mavic Mini could be … Continue reading DJI Spark/Mavic Mini Will Be Latest Portable Selfie Drone

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[UPDATED 11/04/17Earlier this month, DJI filed a trademark application for the name ‘DJI Spark’, we may now know why with DJI about to launch their smallest drone yet, named the ‘Spark’ or the ‘Mavic Mini’.

What is the DJI Spark/Mavic Mini…

At a size of around 14cm x 17cm, the compact DJI Spark/Mavic Mini could be the first entry in to the ultra-portable ‘selfie’ market for the leading drone manufacturer, DJI.

A new YouTube video has recently leaked showing the first fully functional view of the new DJI Spark, it is unknown who owns the channel or how they were able to obtain the drone.

The concept for this drone is not yet know but we speculate that it will be a competitor with drones such as the Wingsland S6 and ZeroTech Dobby.

The DJI Mavic Pro was the first step towards a truly portable drone capable of capturing high resolution video and photos, the DJI Spark would appear to take that portability one step further, although the lack of folding arms is an interesting design decision which may give some clues as to the intended purpose.

DJI Spark/Mavic Mini specifications…

Photos leaked via SB-DJI.com (which has unfortunately since the leak has disappeared offline) show a small fixed arm drone with what would appear to be the following features:

  • Underside charging contacts for docking bay or charging station.
  • 2-axis gimbal camera.
  • Weighs 190g without battery.
  • Illuminated motor undersides.
  • Dual underside ultra-sonic sensors.
  • Optical flow camera.
  • Quick release folding props.
  • 17cm (L) x 14cm (W) (approximated).
  • Underside removable battery.
  • Charged via USB.
  • 2.4ghz (control) and 5.8ghz (video).
  • Brushless motors.
  • Available in black or white.
  • Front-facing obstacle avoidance sensors.

The decision to fit ultrasonic sensors and downward optical flow camera suggests that this is not a ‘racing drone’, but the fixed arms and rugged look of the Spark might suggest otherwise.

In addition, the camera attached to the 2-axis (unfortunately not 3-axis) gimbal appears to possibly have an additional sensor which has caused the camera lens to be offset to the side.

Above the camera there is a transparent but darkened panel which is speculated to incorporate obstacle avoidance sensors for forward-flight.

The specification label states that the model name is ‘Spark’ and that the model code/number is ‘MM1A’ which could stand for ‘Mavic Mini’.

DJI Spark/Mavic Mini pricing…

With Dobby, Wingsland S6, Yuneec Breeze 4K and other small-scale portable drones priced at around $300-$400, this new product has to be marketed at a similar level in order for it to compete effectively.

Consumers are likely to be willing to pay more for a DJI branded product than other lesser known brands, but perhaps only up to a limit of $500.

With one more new entrant to the portable drone market, delayed pre-order projects such as Snap (Vantage Robotics) must increase pace and bring their product to market as soon as possible.

All will be revealed soon, be sure to SHARE this article as we will update it as more information becomes available.

Be sure to keep an eye on www.dji.com and to follow www.dji-spark.com

More photos follow below, courtesy of SB-DJI.com

  

The DJI Spark, or perhaps the 'Mavic Mini'
The DJI Spark, or perhaps the ‘Mavic Mini’

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Eachine Aurora 100 Brushless Mini Quad Unboxing & Review https://www.droningon.co/2017/03/27/eachine-aurora-100-brushless-mini-quad-unboxing-setup-review/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:38:39 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2454 Brushless quadcopters are becoming more affordable and the Aurora 100 from Eachine is the latest in micro-class racing drones. As an own brand product of BangGood, the Eachine Aurora 100 is the latest in a line of new brushless micro quadcopters. However, unlike earlier models the Aurora 100 is fully kitted with inbuilt receiver, 4-in-1 … Continue reading Eachine Aurora 100 Brushless Mini Quad Unboxing & Review

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Brushless quadcopters are becoming more affordable and the Aurora 100 from Eachine is the latest in micro-class racing drones.

As an own brand product of BangGood, the Eachine Aurora 100 is the latest in a line of new brushless micro quadcopters.

However, unlike earlier models the Aurora 100 is fully kitted with inbuilt receiver, 4-in-1 flight controller and D-Shot speed controllers, it even includes a lost model alarm, and all within a compact and fairly light-weight form-factor.

Watch our video review…

Due to our desire to provide comprehensive video reviews but without extending them beyond 20 minutes, we have split this review video into two parts. Please be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our channel to for notification of our latest reviews!

Part 1 – Unboxing, RX Install, TX Binding and Flight Controller Configuration (BetaFlight)

Part 2 – Flight Setup & Flight Test (LOS and FPV)

The positives…

❍ Coming soon (after the flight test)…

The negatives…

❍ Coming soon (after the flight test)…

Where/what to buy…

Here’s our recommendation on the products and accompanying accessories that you’ll need to fly the Eachine Aurora 100.

Eachine Aurora 100 Brushless
► Eachine Aurora 90 Brushless (smaller version)

Recommended spares:
Spare Aurora 100 Frame
Spare Aurora 100 Props (buy many of these!!
Spare Aurora 100 Battery

Recommended accessories:
FrSky Taranis Q7 Transmitter
FrSky Taranis X9D Transmitter
SkyRC Q200 Charger


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Kudrone Crowd-Funder Is Using False Advertising On IndieGoGo https://www.droningon.co/2017/03/26/kudrone-crowd-funder-using-false-advertising-indiegogo/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:24:28 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2435 Another IndieGoGo storm has erupted over the $109 ‘Kudrone’, a nano-drone said to incorporate GPS, 4K camera, ‘Follow Me’ and more. But following the release of footage stated to be a ‘sample’, we have even more doubts around the sincerity of this project. Kudrone is using false advertising… After watching the above promotional video. memories … Continue reading Kudrone Crowd-Funder Is Using False Advertising On IndieGoGo

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Another IndieGoGo storm has erupted over the $109 ‘Kudrone’, a nano-drone said to incorporate GPS, 4K camera, ‘Follow Me’ and more. But following the release of footage stated to be a ‘sample’, we have even more doubts around the sincerity of this project.

Kudrone is using false advertising…

After watching the above promotional video. memories of Pocket Drone, Zano, OnagoFly and Lily should come flooding back into the minds of IndieGoGo and Kickstarter backers, but backers of drone projects seem to refuse to accept that these two platforms generally breed failure.

The first technical concern relates to flight time, the campaign page boasts 8 minutes  which in our experience is virtually impossible with a mere 1s 650mAh battery which is also having to power a dual GPS (as the campaign page claims both GPS and GLONASS are equipped), 4K camera, WiFi access point, IO for SD card storage, compass, gyro, accelerometer and a number of associated CPUs for processing.

Kudrone released a hover demo on the 28th March showing the drone hovering for approximately 8 minutes but this hovering was performed indoor (no GPS utilisation), without capturing video (no writing to SD card) and consequently the drone was not shown to be under load.

The listing on IndieGoGo also shows three references from satisfied customers, yet there is not at this time a finished product and so such references can only be fictional.

Kudrone, using fake references on their IndieGoGo campaign page.
Kudrone, using fake references on their IndieGoGo campaign page.

“…backers of drone projects seem to refuse to accept that these two platforms generally breed failure.”, DroningON

It will come as no surprise to those familiar with OnagoFly to hear that marketing company ‘RainFactory‘ are working with Kudrone on their marketing and PR efforts.

Who are Kudrone?

Kudrone, managed by a Chinese (Fuzhou) based company named Ruiven, have promised to bring to market a full and feature packed mini drone with a delivery date aligned with SelFly, July 2017.

Their initial funding target was a minuscule $50,000 which has already been smashed at over 1600%, currently standing at $798,000 US dollars.

The Kudrone comparison matrix, featured on the Kudrone IndieGoGo Funding page.
The Kudrone comparison matrix, featured on the Kudrone IndieGoGo Funding page.

Kudrone are not shy either in comparing their first ever product to the market leader, the DJI Mavic Pro, via a matrix on the crowd-funding page, within which they attempt to suggest that Kudrone is capable of everything that the Mavic Pro is, but more.

Kudrone can only capture 4K @ 15fps…

Scan the specifications of Kudrone and nowhere is it stated that 4K video is only capable at 15 fps (frames per second). Fortunately a backer posed this question to Kudrone and confirmation was given.

Kudrone state discreetly via IndieGoGo comments that their new drone is only capable of 4K @ 15fps
Kudrone state discreetly via IndieGoGo comments that their new drone is only capable of 4K @ 15fps

4K video captured at such a low frame-rate is painful to watch, juddery and virtually unusable. Take a look at this sample video for a demonstration – this footage was captured using a GoPro set to 4K @ 15 fps.

Kudrone released an unlisted YouTube video last week named ‘Kudrone Video FPV’, backers were led to believe that this video was sample footage straight from the Kudrone but this video confirms our doubts around the sincerity of the project team responsible for this crowd-funder.

There are a number of points for concern in relation to this video:

  1. There are no motors audible in this video, therefore this is not footage from a Kudrone whilst in flight.
  2. The gentle movements from side-to-side are not those of a drone in flight but more likely to be hand-held movements.
  3. You can clearly hear the audio of someone talking and yet Kudrone does not incorporate a microphone.
  4. Kudrone is 4K capable and yet this footage is in 1080p @ 60fps.
  5. EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) has been applied to the video but it is not clear whether this has been applied in realtime or in post-processing (e.g. via Adobe Premiere).

It is therefore highly unlikely that this footage is from the end-product and instead is more likely to be mobile phone footage.

At this time, only one video has been released which shows Kudrone flying via app control, but nothing more.

With not a single full demonstration of Kudrone available to backers or prospective customers, it is a worrying sign that the campaign is listed as a ‘Prototype’, which according to IndieGoGo means the following:

“This campaign has a working version of their physical product that successfully performs core functions. This information is included in the campaign’s story.”, IndieGoGo Terms & Conditions

Kudrone will not ship without certification…

The IndieGoGo listing states that Kudrone has already received CE, FCC and RoHS certification, despite there being no finished product.

It is indeed possible to achieve certification with technical components alone, but Kudrone have not fully demonstrated any working components or product at this time.

We searched the Federal Communications Commission website and could not find a listing for Kudrone, suggesting therefore that their claim to have already achieved FCC certification is a fabrication.

Without FCC or CE certification, Kudrone may struggle to be shipped to countries where customs will reject products without suitable accreditation.

Kudrone is already being sold elsewhere…

Crowd-funding platforms are for products which need a development boost, for innovative and creative minds where financial backing is not present.

Kudrone however would appear to already be selling their product on a wholesale distribution website, suggesting that the product already exists although still no demo is available.

Kudrone, listed on the Global Sources website - http://www.globalsources.com/gsol/I/Photography-drone/p/sm/1147494036.html#1147494036
Kudrone, listed on the Global Sources wholesale supplier website.

With a brand name of ‘Kudolo’, this drone is being marketed with samples available at $249, the lead-time stated is 45-60 days.

Kudrone will deliver, but it won’t work…

Just a few weeks ago, SelFly smashed its funding target despite a specification which they will struggle to deliver, especially in their committed 3 month time-frame (to deliver in June/July). And even if it does ship, it is unlikely to perform as promised.

Kudrone is no different although it is more likely to ship due to the cheaper Chinese manufacturing/production market, but equally more likely to disappoint. Once again, IndieGoGo and Kickstarter are failing to be accountable for the campaigns that they promote by ignoring clear signs of false advertising.

The campaign page quotes the following from the Kudrone project team, the intention we suspect is to reassure potential backers:

“Kudrone is the product of an almost decade-old team with a background in bringing intelligent hardware and mobile-compatible products to the masses at an affordable price. We felt that it was time someone connected the bridge between affordable drones and high-quality tech. We proudly present Kudrone.” Kudrone via IndieGoGo

After reviewing the content of this article, we hope that some doubt is cast over the sincerity of this statement from the Kudrone team. Zano (Torquing Robotics), LVL 1 (CyPhy Inc) and OnagoFly all proved that experience is not enough when attempting to bring a drone to market.

If you are a Kudrone backer or you were considering an investment, please comment below with your thoughts and be sure to SHARE this article.


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How To Solve Transmitter & BetaFlight Endpoint Mismatches (RXRange) https://www.droningon.co/2017/03/23/transmitter-betaflight-cleanflight-endpoint-midpoint-mismatch-rxrange/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:32:28 +0000 http://www.droningon.co/?p=2406 When setting up a new quadcopter/drone, it is important to match your transmitter endpoints with the flight controller endpoints but this can be a frustrating process. Fortunately there is a largely undocumented feature which might help. Endpoints and Midpoints are important for ensuring that you get the most out of your quadcopter/drone, to verify these … Continue reading How To Solve Transmitter & BetaFlight Endpoint Mismatches (RXRange)

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When setting up a new quadcopter/drone, it is important to match your transmitter endpoints with the flight controller endpoints but this can be a frustrating process. Fortunately there is a largely undocumented feature which might help.

When making any configuration changes to your quadcopter, it is recommended that you remove the props to avoid potential injury.

Endpoints and Midpoints are important for ensuring that you get the most out of your quadcopter/drone, to verify these settings you need to connect to the flight controller via USB and open up either CleanFlight or BetaFlight. Also ensure that you have a battery connected to the quadcopter and your transmitter turned on.

Once connected, take a look at the ‘Receiver’ tab and it is likely that you will discover that your channels are not mapped correctly to the outputs of your transmitter.

When moving your transmitter gimbals (sticks) around whilst watching the figures shown live, the numerical value when the gimbals are at their lowest levels should read 1000, the highest should read 2000. For sprung gimbals such as roll, pitch and yaw, the midpoint values when you release the gimbal should be 1500.

It is not important to set these values for switch inputs such as AUX1 – AUX4 as these are not generally proportional controls/inputs.

If your figures do not match the above recommended figures then you will need to make some adjustments as follows.

Adjusting transmitter sub-trims…

If only minor adjustment is required (e.g. for values 1020-1997) then you can make the necessary changes by editing the model tab ‘OUTPUTS/SERVOS’ and adjusting the values shown to change the minimum, maximum and sub-trim value.

Changes to these values should be made whilst watching the live value reflected on the flight controller via CleanFlight/BetaFlight.

You may find that your transmitter does not allow you to exceed a certain value when adjusting sub-trims, the FrSky Taranis X9D has an inbuilt limiter which can be set per model. To alter this, edit the model settings and enable the ‘Extended Limits’ and ‘Extended Trims’ setting, then reattempt the sub-trim adjustment.

Setting ‘rxrange’ in CleanFlight/BetaFlight…

If the values shown in CleanFlight or BetaFlight are dramatically different to the recommended values of 1000-2000 (e.g. 1078-1926) then you can use a command via the flight controller CLI (Command Line Interface) to align the values with the output from the transmitter.

This feature is documented in the BetaFlight FAQs but there are very few practical examples of how to utilise this useful command.

Here are the steps to use the ‘rxrange’ command.

1. For each of the primary 1-4 channels shown in CleanFlight or BetaFlight, note the lowest and highest figures – for my setup, the lowest was 1087, the highest was 1926.

Lowest values…

Highest values…

2. Click on the ‘CLI’ tab and type in ‘rxrange’, then press ‘Return’ – this will show you the current values configured.

3. Type in ‘rxrange 0 #### ####’, replacing the set of hash symbols with your lowest and highest number, then press ‘Return’. For example using the figures in our example, we would enter:

rxrange 0 1087 1926

 4. Repeat step 3 for each of the three remaining channels, pressing ‘Return’ after entering each line.

rxrange 1 1087 1926
rxrange 2 1087 1926
rxrange 3 1087 1926

5. Finally, type in ‘Save’ and press ‘Return’, this will submit the configuration and then reboot the flight controller.

6. Once rebooted, click on the ‘Receiver’ tab and use the gimbals once again to show the lowest and highest numerical values. They should now read 1000 and 2000 respectively.

7. It might be necessary now to use the transmitter sub-trim features (as described in the first section of this article) to fine-tune the top and bottom values, as well as to correct the Mid-Point value which must be set to 1500.

We hope that this guide is useful, please feel free to comment below with any corrections or omissions. Special thanks to Austin McClure to giving us the pointer to this useful command.


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