Greetings! Today we will review the debut quadcopter from the manufacturer ThiEYE – Dr.X. The quadric comes in a tight box, the lid fits snugly thanks to the built-in magnets.
Instructions in several languages, including clumsy :
- Control: via WiFi, via the ThiEYE Dr.X app on a smartphone
- Battery: 3.7V 650mAh LiPo
- Working time: 7-8 minutes
- Control radius: height – no more than 20m, distance – no more than 50m
- Quadric dimensions: diagonally – 15.5 cm, height – 2.7 cm.
- Features: camera with Sony sensor, 8mp photo shooting and FullHD 30fps video; FPV over WiFi in 720P;
- surface recognition system + barometer + 6-axis gyroscope for altitude hold;
- automatic landing when the battery is low.
- The weight of the quadric is 82 grams.
Performance comparison with Xiaomi MITU and DJI Ryze Tello
The body of the quadric is made of durable, almost rigid plastic. The build quality is good. The on/off button is on the bottom.
A microSD card for saving photos and videos is inserted into the slot located in the battery compartment. I liked the fact that the battery does not need to be connected with wires, as is usually the case in inexpensive quadrics, but simply stuck it in and flew. Moreover, you can not take it out for charging, you just need to connect the MicroUSB cable to the quadcopter.
General information and features
- The quadric is controlled via WiFi through the ThiEYE Dr.X application. The application is simple and clear.
- The main screen displays the drone’s battery percentage, free space on the quadric’s memory card, virtual joysticks, and other control buttons.
There are 2 flight modes: smooth and sharp (slow and fast). In the first mode, it is quite smooth and moderately slow (better suited for flying indoors), while in the second it is much more “daring” and fast (better suited for flying outdoors, with wind). It is worth noting that in any of the modes the quadric is sensitive and responsive, there are no delays in control, the quadric reacts instantly. The only thing that has a delay is the video transmission. And even despite the fact that the delay is small, it will not work comfortably to fly on the so-called FPV over WiFi. In addition, the camera cannot be turned off to save battery power and fly longer.
The quadric itself rises to a height of one and a half to two meters. In order for it to start and rise to a height, you must press the “TAKE OFF” button and slide. The same process is in order to land a quadric.
The quadcopter can be controlled both with the help of virtual buttons on the smartphone screen and with the help of a gyroscope. The second type of control works, but is not as convenient as the first. In addition, I did not understand how to adjust the height in this mode.
There is a possibility of auto-calibration, which takes about 2 seconds.
There is a function to instantly turn off the drone (at the same time, it does not lose connection with the phone and you can take off again at any time).
There are two modes that determine which side of the quadric will be front. The mode in which the front is the back side is mainly intended for selfies.
There is an option to configure the joystick depending on American or Japanese habits (I did not understand what the difference is).
The app also allows you to update the drone’s firmware.
A quadric can’t do flips and rolls. It has a 360° swivel feature.
When the battery is low, the quad will automatically land.
If the connection between the quadric and the smartphone is lost, it will hang in the current position in the air until the connection is restored. I tried to turn off WiFi on the phone so that the connection was cut off – the quadric really freezes in the current position. When WiFi was turned on, the connection was restored instantly.
The quad camera can shoot FullHD 30fps video and take photos in 3264×2448 resolution. Due to the lack of stabilization, the video quality leaves much to be desired.
Quadric control video + video from the quadric itself:
The quad comes with one 600mAh battery, which lasts for 7-8 minutes of flight. It takes an hour and a half to charge. When charging, the LEDs flash blue, when completed, they are lit steadily.
- good quality and presentable packaging (suitable as a gift)
- quality assembly;
- many useful features;
- good handling and height retention;
- thoughtful and optimized application;
- delay in video transmission over WiFi;
- useless video due to lack of stabilization;
- You can’t turn off the camera (so that the video isn’t streamed to your phone).