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  1. web-syma-x8g

    The silver coloured Syma X8HG is a large (50cm x 50cm) quadcopter with a 6-axis gyro which keeps it very stable during flight, and its size gives it good wind resistance.    It features its own Syma 8MP camera modelled on the GoPro, however unlike the GoPro, this camera cannot be used on its own as it takes its battery power from the Syma X8HG itself so it will only work with this drone.  Unfortunately the quick release camera mount does not fit other cameras like the GoPro or the SJ400, but other compatible mounts can be purchased relatively cheaply.

    The Syma camera itself is excellent quality, it shoots in either 1080p at 30 frames per second, or 720p at 60 frames per second, plus it takes 8MP still photos. The images are sharp, with adequate contrast and colour saturation.  You control the camera via the drone's controller and you can start or stop recording, and take stills during flight, which you are unable to do with a GoPro. As it only has a fixed mount rather than a gimbal, the still images are better quality than the video footage.  It records to a micro SD card which is included with the drone. 

    The flight time of the Syma X8HG 's battery is around 6-10 minutes minutes, depending on weather conditions and flying style, and the charge time is approx. 120 minutes.  The control distance range is quoted as 70 metres, but it will fly further than this, up to around 200 metres.   The controller is designed to take 6 x AA batteries (not included) but it will function with 4.  When controlling the Syma X8HG , if you press the top left button quickly you can switch between Beginner and Advanced mode.  If you press it for a little longer you activate the Headless flight mode.  The build quality of this drone is excellent and it flies very well, it will also perform an impressive 360 degree eversion stunt at the press of a button.

    The Syma X8HG is shipped almost Ready To Fly, you just need to install the landing skids, the camera, the rotors (follow the instructions as the A and B Rotors are different) and install batteries in the drone and the controller.  Syma X8G Spare Batteries and spare parts are readily available including replacement motors which plug in without needing to be soldered. 

    Our Verdict

    All in all the Syma X8HG is a really great drone, with excellent build quality and a fantastic camera.  It fun and easy to fly with some cool features like the Headless Mode, and its stability in the air means it takes smooth video footage.  Spare batteries and parts are also readily available.  It is a shame the camera cannot be used on its own, but that is a minor niggle really.

    4.5-stars

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  2. udi u842

    The UDI U842 Falcon is a large (48cm x 48cm) quadcopter which is tough and robust, and ready to fly pretty much straight out of the box.  It is suitable for both beginners and more experienced flyers, and it is fitted with a HD 1280x720 camera which takes great quality video footage recorded to a Micro SD card which is included.  The drone itself flies well, and the 6 axis gyro keeps it stable in the air so it is easy to fly and takes pretty smooth video.

    There are two flight modes, Beginner and Intermediate.  Beginner mode is perfect for getting used to the controls and learning how to fly the quadcopter, as it will maintain its stability in the air and it wont react to drastically to any over zealous use of the controls.  However it can be a little slow and you may have difficulty flying the drone if it is slightly windy.  In the Intermediate mode, the UDI U842 Falcon is much faster and more manoeuverable and the controls are more sensitive.  You can also perform flips and rolls at the touch of a button.

    Flight time is around 7-9 minutes depending on how you fly, and charge time is up to 120mins.  The drone comes with a set of spare rotor blades and optional rotor guards.  The battery has a proprietory connector so you need customised batteries but Udi U842 Faldon Spare Batteries are readily available along with spare rotor blades.  The range of the UDI U842 Falcon is quoted as 30m but in reality it will fly further than this, possibly up to 100m.

    The camera on the UDI U842 Falcon takes good quality footage, the pictures are sharp and the light balance is good, but colours may look a little washed out.  All in all this is a great sized quality quadcopter for the price and we certainly think it is worth a try.

    Our Verdict

    A really great drone for the price, the UDI U842 Falcon is a pretty decent size, and easy to fly with an intermediate mode to keep you challenged once you have mastered the controls.  It has an excellent quality camera and readily available spares.

    4.5-stars

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