Have you hard about the Micro Drone 3.0? Well here’s our review.
The Micro Drone 3.0 is the highest crowd-funded drone campaign ever, raising over $3million on Indiegogo last year. The small but agile drone can fly up to 45MPH, and can perform stunts in three different speeds. Simple to manoeuvre, the compact drone offers the features of its much bigger competitors – passengers can fly First Person View (FPV), with the dedicated free app on iOS and Android, its snap on HD Wi-Fi camera and accompanying VR headset, to experience the illusion of being in the pilot’s seat!
- Dimensions: Height 50mm, Diameter 145mm, Rotor Diameter 55mm
- Weight: 56g (71g with Camera)
- Battery: 550mAh Lithium Cell
- Magnets: Neodymium Nickel Coated 1.8kg Magnetic Pull
- Flight Time: Up to 8 minutes
- Range: 150ft (smartphone) 500ft (2.4Ghz radio)
- Speed: 45mph
- 6 Axis MEMS Gyroscope (using absolute angle measurement)
- Contra-rotational Motors – Fly Micro Drone 3.0 Upside Down
- App: iOS and Android
- Dual Control: Smartphone WiFi Tether and RF
- IEEE 802.11 WiFi Protocol
- CPU: ARM Cortex Processor
- Development Platform: Eclipse IDE
What’s in the box?
The box contains the drone, a manual, battery and charger with cable, spare blades and bumpers.
A Closer Look at the Micro Drone 3.0
WiFi Camera Module
There is also a WiFi Camera Module that you can use to both fly the Micro Drone 3.0 with your smartphone but also to capture HD images and video.
Using the Micro Drone 3.0
Once you have charged and fitted the battery its time to try some flying.
You can use the remote control or the smartphone app, once you have the WiFi camera module attached.
The app also has a number of instructional videos as part of it.
The Micro Drone 3.0 is exactly that – micro! It’s very small and compact and very light weight.
There is a manual that comes with the Micro Drone but you will really need to check out the videos that are on the app. The manual assumes you are pretty much an expert already, and if you are then it’s useful information – if you are not, check out the videos. The videos are very useful and take you through everything you need.
Charging the battery is done via a proprietary charger than connects via USB to your computer. The battery and charger are very small so you have to be careful when slotting them together that you don’t damage it. Charging is fairly quick, although you only get a few minutes of actual flying time out of a single charge.
When it was finally time to fly I followed the steps on the video and I obviously moved the throttle a little too much because the Micro Drone shot up into the air and hit the ceiling before coming crashing back down to earth. My second attempt was a little better though.
The WiFi Camera module is really useful and you can either use a MicroSD card to record your footage or you can use your smartphone – personally I found it much easier to use the app to do that. The picture quality is very good and I was happy with the results, although for the most part it was video of me crashing the drone, so I’m not going to post it!
You can fly the drone with either the remote control or the app – I personally found it a lot easier to use the remote control, but then I am not a seasoned drone flyer, so it’s worth checking out both and seeing which works better for you.
There is a VR headset you can use as well, which is fun, although I found it harder to fly the drone with it, but that could just have been me!
I eventually did get the drone to fly, and I was happy with the results, however for me it was a very steep learning curve and the slightest gust of wind managed to throw the drone off course. Flying inside was a lot easier once I got the hang of it too!
The drone is made of plastic and so after a few crashes into things it started to mark a little, so do be careful.
If you want an inexpensive route into owning and flying your own small, or rather micro drone and you want some very good images and video then you should definitely check out the Micro Drone 3.0, just keep in mind that if you want to use it outside make sure it’s not too windy.
The Micro Drone 3.0 is currently available to pre-order from www.microdrone.co.uk for under £150.