Despite all their limitations, I like the Cheerson minidrones. They are inexpensive, rugged and fit into any jacket's pocket. So they're ideal to take with you on a walk and are great to teach the kids a thing or two about flying. Being a licensed pilot myself (well - for paragliding, that is ), I simply enjoy the occasional flight.
I have both the
- CX-10 which used to be the world's smallest drone for some time
- CX-10A which is a headless version of the above. The headless mode (tap the left stick 2x) takes a lot processing power off the pilot's brain and makes flying easier for the kids.
We had a little fun with those two in the office and of course one of the first questions was:
"It doesn't have a camera, does it?"
"Naah, no way. That thing can never possibly carry a camera"
Little did I know that only a few months later, the world's smallest camera drone hit the market.
Once the price was down below the magic (German customs regulation) 22€ mark, I ordered one straight from the PRofC. It also has a CE mark on the box, which means it won't get stuck in customs for safety / EMI reasons.
UnboxingLast week I was delighted to find that CX-10C drone in my mail.
|Contents of the package|
SetupIt is a little higher that the CX-10 / CX-10A and significantly heavier. I inserted a FAT32 formatted 2GByte micro SD card. - The card's contacts have to face UP when inserting.
|PowerBanks are very handy to charge the CX-10C|
I charged the battery from my XIAOMI power bank which has the added benefit that it turns off once the charging current drops below (TODO: measure current) mA. T
To my amazemt, the charge current drops to zero then the LED goes out. So the battery doesn not overcharge.
In all other blogs, the battery capacity is quoted as 120 mAh. On my box it clearly says: 80 mAh
|Looks like it only has a 80mAh lipo cell|
FlyingI took it to a nearby park for a first test. The first thing I noticed was the sluggish climb rate. The CX-10/A responds far more aggressively to the throttle. Pitch and roll are very low in the default ("junior") mode. That is great to get stable video recordings, but the copter will be blown away even in light winds.
During flips, the drone loses about 1 to 1,5 meters of height. In the older, lighter models this was very well compensated. It is still amazing that it still works, given the increased mass of the thing.
Still picturesThe stills are obviously not great.
|Unprocessed still. - Original size|
Video recordingsSee my youtube video for some of my recordings.
Videos appear over-sharpened to me, which makes the 640x480 resolution appear better than it actually is. If the sun is low on the horizon, colours are a bit washed out.
It is amazingly good in low / artificial light.
- low cost (below 22€ on ebay)
- CE mark
- light weight / portable
- safe - won't hurt too much if you accidentially hit someone
- ok video quality for the money
- No camera gimbal, so any front/back/side movement will make the viewer seasick.
- No headless mode. That would make it easier to concentrate on shooting video footage.
- Poor flight-time vs charge-time ratio
No proper charging circuit
- handles a bit sluggish / poor weight vs power ratio
Yes, you want that. It's fun and it's cheap.