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General Chat Thread, Best Quadcopter? in General; Thinking ahead to mrwITch's birthday, he has been mentioning quadcopters a lot lately. He is currently doing a course via ...
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    Best Quadcopter?

    Thinking ahead to mrwITch's birthday, he has been mentioning quadcopters a lot lately. He is currently doing a course via TUM (Munich Uni) entitled Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots (!) and it is based on the quadcopter
    I would like to buy him a "starter" quadcopter - if such a thing exists.

    He already has several helicopters sat on a shelf so I don't want to spend too much initially in case it ends up in the same place!
    All advice gratefully received

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    DJI Phantom + GoPro HERO3+ BLACK Edition?

    Might be too expensive though.
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    Buy him a Hubsan X4 H107C HD, This is a fantastic little Quadcopter great for beginners, its got a 2.MP camera for shooting video, fantastic fun to fly indoors and outside. It sells for under 50 you will find a review here The Best Quadcopter Reviews I have one of these models and I can't fault it.

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    THe Hubsan looks great but I am unable to find an X4107C HD - Amazon have one but without the HD - is that the same? Do I want right or left hand throttle?


    @Arthur - yes, that is a bit more than I was prepared to spend!
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    Hi Witch
    Click Here you will wait a few weeks for delivery but well worth it.(The video on the standard version is not that good). Buy Mode 2 Left hand Throttle
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    Why left hand throttle? Whats the difference and does that depend if you are right or left handed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
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    THe Hubsan looks great but I am unable to find an X4107C HD - Amazon have one but without the HD - is that the same? Do I want right or left hand throttle?
    That's got a live transmitter with LCD to view it on. You want : This one @ a much more reasonable 39. Mode 2 is left hand throttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechSupp View Post
    Why left hand throttle? Whats the difference and does that depend if you are right or left handed?
    It won't make much difference learning to fly, unless you have flown RC before. Mode 2 (left handed) is pretty standard though, so if you pick up any other kit or someone offers you a go of theirs, it is likely to be mode 2. If you fly for real, you might find that having pitch and roll on the same stick is somewhat familiar.

    [ETA - seeing Mr Witch has helicopters on the shelf, he almost certainly has some flying experience and wants mode 2].
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    Thanks, not done any flying before and just wondered what the difference was.

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    *cough If flying experience is watching your helicopter plummet to the ground, then yes....
    He always struggled to fly them and in fact got more involved with making modifications to the motor and rotors than actually flying them!

    So - one of the recommended ones is a mini - are they all minis? - and the other is a bit pricey - looking at amazon they have these:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...0X4%20H107C%20

    Which one do I get and what is the difference between the first and third one other than whatever "Version 3" means
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    *cough If flying experience is watching your helicopter plummet to the ground, then yes....
    He always struggled to fly them and in fact got more involved with making modifications to the motor and rotors than actually flying them!
    Ha! Learning to fly Helicopters is extremely difficult. They are ... unforgiving.

    He should have no problems with the Husban, they are stable, docile and fairly robust (massively so compared to almost any helicopter). You might want to buy a few spare sets of blades and a spare battery or two.

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    I'm sure @JAB1a will be along shortly, but buy the bits for him to build one himself? Far more rewarding. But, the Husbans are great fun though.

    Pete

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    Either buy the X4 H107C HD or the H107L(if you don't want a Camera) both are great Quadcopters. Now if it's learning to Fly so he can move to a bigger model then the Walkera Ladybird V2 is the perfect Quadcopter. I fly Mode 2 thats what I'm used to, I tried Mode 1 recently and couldn't get the hang of it!

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    Just had to drop in on this thread.

    Me and my techy have recently developed an interest for the Quadcopters. My Techy started with the Hubsan H107L, I was so impressed with it I ordered the non HD H107C version, which is good for a bit of fun but only has a 0.3 megapix camera. My techy then decided to buy the H107D to get FPV which is quite fun although again it only has the 0.3 megapix camera.

    My caretaker has now also got the H107L and plans to jump straight to the DJI Phantom 2 Vision next which looks awesome but pricey! I have to admit I'm also tempted with the phantom next once I've saved the pennies.

    I Can't fault the Hubsan quads at all, great fun and easy to fly and they take quite a beating (fallen onto concrete and through trees etc and still going), word of advice is if you go for just the H107L buy the protection ring for the blades - you'll need it! the others all come with one.

    We have also bought 5x 500mah batteries each and a 5 way charge lead to give us longer flying time as the battery that comes with it takes about 40 mins to charge for a 10 minute flight time! - Not bad but it goes flat just as you get into it!

    Happy flying

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    I've published this Flying Tips Sheet any if anyone has anything else they think needs to be added please forward your suggestions.
    IT_Man_Dan is spot on with his suggestions and I will add the 5way charge lead to my tips

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