Drone piloting is a combination of pleasure and skill, a lesson very well understood by the GPtoys f2c quadcopter. It may look a bit like a cheap DJI Phantom 3 rip-off, but this quadcopter has more than it meets the eye. As a preliminary observation, we have to admit that we were a bit skeptical when we’ve read the label on the box which said “HD-ready.” The drone had indeed photo/video capabilities, thanks to the 2.0 MP, 720p, affixed on its ventral part.
Unfortunately, with no FPV nor smartphone support, you will not be able to figure out just how good or bad your pics or clips are until you’ve downloaded them on your computer or tablet using the included microUSB cable. However, it does have an integrated 4GB memory card, which is more than enough to store your favorite moments spent outdoors.
GPTOYS F2C Remote Control Quadcopter Drone Main Features & Specs
The GPtoys f2x Aviax Remote Control Quadcopter Drone Helicopter with Transmitter & Gyro System & HD camera & LED lights & 4G SD Card & SD card reader (yes, that’s the drone’s full name) is powered by four brushed motors which support the coreless technology.
This added feature reduces the chances of your engines becoming overheated during multiple sessions and also protects them from any heat-related damage. As an extra feature, the manufacturer added four fan guards, in order to protect the propeller blades from mechanical damage.
|GPTOYS F2C Remote Control Quadcopter Drone Specs|
|$51.07||12min||Outdoors||HD Camera||4 AA batteries||100 min||1.7 pounds||28 inches||100 m|
The GPtoys f2x from Aviax is powered by a 3.7 V 650 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, which can keep it up and running for 8 and 10 minutes, depending on how much you choose to keep your camera turned on.
Now, in terms of photo/video capabilities, the quadcopter is capable of capturing crystal-clear pictures at 1080p and is able to record in 720p at around 30 frames per second. The images require little post-processing after being downloaded from the included memory stick.
As far as stabilization is concerned, the drone is outfitted with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system, and a headless mode. For those who are fans of night piloting, the quadcopter comes outfitted with four bright LEDs, which will help you keep track of your drone.
Argumets: Pros and Cons
- Easy to fly;
- Responsive controls;
- HD-ready camera;
- Enhanced stability;
- Decent battery life;
- LED lights included for night flights.
- Limited transmission range;
- Can’t attach a smartphone to the remote;
- No FPV support;
GPtoys F2C Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
So, after making you fall asleep a couple of times with our interminable list of technical specifications, we have arrived at our product testing section. As always, we will first give you a quick rundown of the drone’s remote control, and then tell you how did the drone perform in our makeshift course.
We have to admit that quadcopter’s RC looks pretty neat considering the fact that the GPtoys f2c costs under $100. Its design kind of reminded us of the movie Transformers. Now as for the remote itself, it contains three major parts.
The upper part of the remote control contains the 2.4 GHz transmission antenna in the middle, the 3D flip button on the left side and the 20%, 40%, 60%, and also the 100% key on the right side. Moreover, the upper part of the RC also contains a cool-looking blue LED power indicator.
Moving on with our RC description, the middle part of the remote control contains two stick-like controllers coated with a special anti-slipping material. Right next to each controller you will find four left-turn/right-turn trimming buttons, and the power switch right in the middle.
Using spread spectrum technology for further remote distance the best anti-interference ability.
In the bottom part, you have the cruise control and the headless mode buttons on the left side, and the light control and video/photo mode buttons on the right side. The central part of the bottom section is occupied by an LCD, which is capable of displaying useful in-flight information such as a battery, signal strength, stick modes, channels, light control, speed, left-turn/right-turn trimming and photo/video shoot.
Flying the Drone
Taking into account the fact that the GPtoys f2c is a little too big to fly indoors, we took it outside for a little spin. The day was bright and clear and the wind speed did not exceed 8-9 miles per hour.
After mounting the battery on the drone and switching it on, the quadcopter came to life, emitting a low-intensity bumblebee-like noise. We expected the drone to be noisier, considering its sizes, but it was surprisingly silent.
So, after lightly hitting the left rudder, the GPtoys f2c took off with little deviation from its trajectory. The first thing we’ve noticed is just how stable this drone can be. In fact, we did not do anything in order to correct its path.
However, after taking it for its first spin, we’ve noticed something we did not like that much: its transmission range. With other drones we’ve tested we could have sent them to 400 meters without a problem, but not with this drone.
Upon running the math, we’ve figured out that after you exceed 100 meters, the RC starts to lose signal pretty fast. On more than one occasion we’ve actually managed to lose control of the drone for this reason, and naturally, the UAV came crashing into the nearest obstacle.
Still, thanks to its sturdy airframe, the drone did not suffer any irreparable damage. As for the actual flying, the GPtoys f2c is very responsive to controls, and it handles marvelously around obstacles. We even manage to fly it a couple of times under a truck and a swing.
All in all, we have to confess that the GPtoys f2c is a great quadcopter, being easy to fly and to assemble.
What’s in the box?
Below you will see everything you will find in the delivery box, accessories included:
- GPToys F2x quadcopter drone,
- detachable HD camera,
- 4 GHz, 4-channel remote control,
- USB card,
- Spare parts included in the package.
To conclude, it is obvious that the manufacturer focused more on making a drone that’s easy to fly, rather than a complex one, with lots of bells and whistles.
It’s no Bebop Parrot, nor a Walkera QR X350 Pro, but the GPtoys f2c manages to rise above expectations. Still, we did not like the fact that the drone’s flight is limited in terms of transmission range. Furthermore, the manufacturer could have included some sort of early-warning system, to notify users that their drone is about to exit the transmission area and the drone is in immediate danger of crashing into the ground.
Overall, this was a fun experience, and the drone passed all of our tests with flying colors. As a small tip, to get the most out of your drone piloting experience, you should buy an extra 3.7V battery which you should keep charged all the times.
GPTOYS F2C Aviax Quadcopter Drone Remote Control is equipped with 2.4 Ghz radio control & 6 axis gyro for precise hovering in the sky.