If you are looking for an amazing high-power and low-cost drone, then the Qcopter QC1 Quadcopter drone is your answer.
In this article, we are going to tell you everything you’ll ever want to know about this drone, starting with design, performance, flight time, all the way up to price and unique features.
Compared to other drones from the same mid-range class, such Blade QX RTF Quadcopter, the Walkera QR X350 Pro or to the Sky Viper, this UAV doesn’t shine in the area of aerial photography, but its $69.95 price tag makes this drone a great choice for beginners.
Qcopter QC1 Quadcopter Drone Main Features & Specs
In our Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone review, we are going to analyze this drone according to multiple criteria. As an overview, the QC1 quadcopter is a mid-range drone for beginners, and it has a good quality per price ratio.
|DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Drone Specs|
|$69.95||10-15min||Outdoors/Indoors||14MP 1080MP||1100 mAh||2 hours.||125 grams||32cm||800m|
Arguments – Pros & Cons
Arguments: Qcopter QC1 Quad Pros:
- Excellent price range;
- Impeccable maneuverability;
- RTH and headless modes available;
- Excellent battery life;
- Wind resistant;
- Sturdy airframe.
Qcopter QC1 Quad Cons:
- Manual is vague;
- Recording feature returns poor-quality results;
- Does not have a GPS-guided gimbal for the RTH function.
The Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone is equipped with four brushless motors. Like most drones from the mid-range class (i.e. Yuneec Q500+, Holy Stone Hs170, Akaso X5c) the QC1 quad includes the coreless technology, which prevents your engines from overheating after successive sessions, and also decreasing the chances of heat-related damage.
This mid-range drone is powered by a 3.7V 1100 mAh battery, which keeps the drone in the air for 10 to 15 minutes in the air on the average, provided that the camera isn’t switched on permanently.
Our recommendation is to buy an additional 3.7V battery for this drone to win an extra 15 minutes. Please note that the 1100 mAh accumulator is the most powerful battery for mid-range drones that can be found on the market.
The Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone is equipped with a 6-axis gyro which ensures stability even under adverse weather conditions.
The proficient gyro is also doubled by the headless mode feature, which is very useful for flying the drone at high altitudes, especially if you are a beginner.
This functions allows the user to operate the drone with ease, regardless of its orientation.
Another feature that complements the 6-gyro is the Return Home Mode (RTH) which allows the drone to return to its take-off position if it wanders too far from the user.
The Quadcopter QC1 has a visually pleasing design, with bright blue LEDs mounted on the front, complemented by a neon-green airframe. QC1’s designed isn’t exactly innovative, following in the footsteps of its spiritual mentor – DJI Phantom.
Although the quad’s airframe is made from plastic, it is surprisingly durable, being able to withstand mostly any type of mechanical shock.
The QC1 quad also has four slightly curved propeller blades made from the same material as the airframe. For extra protection, the blades are safeguarded by four white fan guards, which harmonizes the quad’s looks.
The QC1 quad can achieve a top speed of 20 meters per second under good weather conditions, and a maximum altitude of 4 to 5 meters.
Thanks to its 6-axis gyro, the drone can perform various types of aerial stunts such as evasions, slides, and barrel rolls, which makes it ideal for running obstacle courses.
As part of our Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone review, we have discovered that this drone has a unique feature: a wind speed compensations switch, which allows the user to control the drone under windy conditions better.
Aerial Photography Capabilities
The QC1 is equipped with a standard 2MP ventral camera, which is capable of snapping pictures at 1080p and to record at 720p.
All pictures or videos can easily be downloaded to your computer or mobile device using the USB dongle included in the pack.
As far as the manual is concerned, it offers little to no information about how to assemble or how to pilot the drone. There are some schematics which describes the RC’s functions, but not how to use them to their full potential.
A good workaround is to watch a YouTube presentation video in order to get the hang of how to pilot and assemble your drone.
Remote Control & Flight Testing
In this section of our Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone review, we are going to present the drone’s remote control, followed by our flight impressions.
Overall, we have to say that the Qcopter QC1 quad’s remote control is very basic, meaning that it is functional, easy to use, even by a beginner, and responsive. It has a black and white design, which is quite eye pleasing.
In terms of functionality and controls the drone’s RC is divided into three major parts:
- The upper part, which contains the following controls:
- A 2.4 GHz, 4-Channel wireless antenna;
- The headless mode/RTH button on the left side;
- The barrel roll button situated on the right.
- The middle part of the RC with the following functions:
- Two joystick type controllers used to control the drone’s pitch, speed, direction, and inclination (*);
- A high-speed and low-speed toggle switch;
- A photo/video button;
- Two flight trimming keys;
- Power switch;
- LED power indicator;
- The bottom part of the Qcopter QC1’s RC is exclusively occupied by a rudimentary display, which can show you the following in-flight information:
- Battery strength;
(*) Note that you may have to perform a manual gyro reset before your first flight. This is not a mandatory step, but it is highly recommended since the drone can lose calibration during transport. Moreover, if the drone is not properly calibrated, you may observe a slight drifting, especially during takeoff.
To perform this operation, switch on your drone and once it is in the air, push both joysticks to lower left quadrant in order to reset the gyros.
Bottom line: QC1’s remote control is very easy to use, light, responsive to commands, and comfortable.
Flying the Drone
In this section of our Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone review, we are going to show you how the drone performed throughout our flight tests.
As always, this section will be further divided into two subsections. More specifically, one dedicated to indoor flying and the other to outdoor flying.
Being a mid-range drone, the Qcopter QC1 drone can be flown both indoors and outdoors. As far as the indoor part is concerned, we have to admit the QC1 is one of the most impressive drone’s we’ve flown so far.
Upon powering it up, the drone came to life without any issues, and its first takeoff was very smooth. The drone is surprisingly silent and very maneuverable.
As part of our indoor tests, we’ve tried to put the drone to the usual stress tests like flying around tight corners or around a small room with obstacles.
Overall, running around the house with this drone was a very entertaining experience, and the QC1 performed above and beyond the call of duty.
Thanks to its low-speed/high-speed toggle switch; we’ve managed to pilot the drone through our obstacle course, without crashing it even once.
Bottom line: the QC1 is very responsive to commands, and it can be flown indoors without any issues.
For the purpose of testing the unique low-speed/high-speed function against the wind, we’ve naturally chosen a windy day.
Like in the case of the indoor tests, the drone took off without any issues and immediately began to gain altitude.
After a few minutes of flying, we encountered some pretty heavy winds which made the drone tilt a little. Luckily, after hitting the low-speed/high-speed switch, the drone managed to compensate for this tilt and managed to fly further.
Qcopter QC1 Quad Drone
Qcopter QC1 quad’s remote control is very basic, meaning that it is functional, easy to use, even by a beginner, and responsive.
RTH Functions Setup
Now, before we tell you about the drone’s camera, we need to seize this opportunity to talk about the Return Home (RTH) function.
Although this is a hardly a unique feature, most of the drones which have it (see our DJI Phantom review) also feature a GPS-assisted guiding system.
The Qcopter QC1 quadcopter drone does not have a GPS-assisted gyro and relies on the RC’s signal in order to detect the home position.
So, if you want to use this function, we recommend that you fly the drone over opened spaces, and not in your backyard, or places with high obstacles such as tree branches or electrical power cables.
If the RTH function is used in the latter condition, the drone will have a tough time dodging obstacles in search for your position, and may crash.
Aerial Photography Capabilities
As far as the drone’s photo/video capabilities are concerned, we found the results to be satisfactory. All the pictures taken with the drone’s 2MP camera look clean, nice, and there was little need for post-processing.
On the other hand, the recordings were a little hazy and laggy, needing some additional tweaking.
Another aspect which you should take into consideration when flying the drone outside is the fan guards. Be careful to secure all the screws before taking the drone for a spin as the rotor’s vibrations plus the occasional winds might determine the fan guard to jump out of its socket.
Bottom line: the drone performed marvelously during our outdoor testing, being lightning fast, and very resistant to heavy winds.
What’s in the Box?
The Qcopter QC1 drone comes equipped with a 2MP ventral camera that is perfect for beginners who are starting to get the hang of drone photography. This is what you will find in the box:
- Qcopter QC1 drone
- 2MP ventral camera
- remote control
- USB dongle
- one 1100 MAh battery
To conclude our Qcopter QC1 Quadcopter drone review, we have to say that this quad is very impressive. With its $70 price tag, this drone is a very good choice especially for those on a tight budget, or for those who want to try out a drone.
Among other features that recommend this quadcopter is its sturdy airframe, high cruise speed, user-friendly remote control and not to mention its high-speed/low-speed switch, an innovative piece of technology, that not only makes flying fun but safe as well.