Welcome to our Walkera QR X350 Pro review – that special place where we all going to show you what it feels like to become a pro drone pilot. Lately, we have tested out only small quadcopters, with limited flying capabilities and no camera or FPV functions.
However, our perspective of what a real drone should look like has been completely altered when we first laid our eyes on the Walkera QR X350 Pro, a real-life mammoth in comparison with the other drones we flew.
Furthermore, the Walker QR X350 Pro is ideal for aerial photography enthusiasts or those who want to test a high-quality product. Stick with us, because we are about to reveal what this monster of a drone is capable of doing.
Walkera QR X350 PRO Drone Main Features & Specs
When we first opened Walkera’s box, design-wise speaking, we felt like we were holding a DJI Phantom 3. Indeed, Walkera’s airframe seems to be very similar to the iconic drone, right up to the paint job. The only thing that differentiates the Walkera QR X350 Pro from the DJI class drone is the hub-like attachment at the top of the drone.
So, in terms of specs, the Walkera QR X350 Pro takes off using four GPS-guided coreless motors, which can achieve a top speed of 8 miles per hour. Its engines are tucked away safely behind a web-like protective guard, made out of good-quality plastic.
|Walkera QR X350 PRO Drone Specs|
|$579||25min||Outdoors||iLook Camera||5200 mAh||6hrs||2 pounds||11 inches||2km|
The drone is powered by a 5200 mAh Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery which can keep the whole thing in the air for more than 25 minutes, depending on how much you keep the camera on.
In terms of aerial stabilization, the Walkera QR X350 has been retrofitted with the revolutionary DEVO-M flight controller, which increases the drone’s overall stability. Furthermore, the DEVO-M gimbal is also GPS-assisted, which means that no matter the wind speed, the drone will always point in the right direction.
Thanks to the high-definition RC, you can control the drone from a distance of 2 kilometers. Now, in terms of aerial imagery capabilities, the drone comes outfitted with an iLook camera. However, you can always attach a Go Pro Hero 3 or even a Sony HDR-AS30V camera.
Apart from the aerial stabilization gimbal, the drone also has additional sensors that can stabilize your camera’s image during flight.
Other Specs and Features:
- Return Home function available;
- FPV support available;
- Compatible with Android and iOS devices;
- Low-battery warning system;
- Altitude sensors;
- Can perform aerial stunts;
- Wi-Fi ready;
Walkera QR X350 Pro Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
As always, our product testing section will be divided into two major subsections: one in which we will describe the remote control, followed closely by the second subsection, where we’ll talk about Walkera’s flying capabilities.
After unboxing the whole thing, we found this great big thing that looked like a gaming keyboard rather than a remote control. In fact, the drone’s remote control has so many buttons and switches that it gives the impression that you’re actually flying an airplane rather than a drone.
Although the RC seemed a little bulky, it fitted nicely in our hands, and we did not have any issues reaching the farthest controls. Design-wise speaking, one of the best thing we’ve liked about the RC is that the manufacturers decided to swap the old silicone-covered buttons with metal switches.
They are far more easy to use than regular buttons, and you can figure out on the spot which function is turned on and which is turned off.
The remote control is divided into three major parts. There’s the upper part of the remote, which contains the 2.4 GHz antenna. You can adjust its position if you think it’s uncomfortable. Moreover, you will need to perform this operation if you plan on binding a smartphone to the RC.
Unfortunately, the smartphone attachment is too small to hold a tablet, but you can buy a microUSB cord, attach the tablet and hold it on a table or something. Moving on with the RC description, in the same upper part, you will find two switches and two adjustable knobs. The switches trigger the FMOD/IOC (Intelligent Flight Mode), while the two knobs can fine-tune the control gimble and adjust the drone’s tilt and roll.
Right beneath the FMOD and the fine-tune knobs, you will find four additional switches. They trigger the manual mode, the GPS altitude hold mode, and the One Key Go Home mode, and can further tune the rotors.
Camera iLooK and Gimbal G-2D Included; 5200mAh LiPo battery and changer included
The middle part of the remote control contains two stick-like controls that are coated with a special anti-slipping material. Also, another thing that we’ve appreciated is the company’s attention to details. If you look closely, next to each rudder, you will find a marked scale. This will help you figure out how much to adjust the rudders in order to stabilize the drone during flight.
Located closely to the twin rudders are four additional switches which you can use for trimming. Of course, the middle part of the remote contains a big power switch and a bright LED power indicator.
The bottom part of the remote is occupied by a good-quality LCD, which displays real-time telemetry, like elevation, airspeed, throttle, rudder, inclination, and more. The screen can also double as a camera screen if you don’t have a smartphone or FPV glasses.
However, to get the most out of your Walkera QR X350 Pro, you should grab a pair of FPV glasses. The RC is compatible only with the Fatshark goggle glasses, which means that you can’t attach Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
Flying the Walkera QR X350 Pro
Even before flying the drone, we have to admit that we had very high expectations, which were more than probably fueled by the fact that we spent $450 in order to get our hands on the Walkera QR X350 Pro quadcopter. Luckily, the drone did not disappoint us, and we want to share our flight experience with you.
Due to its dimensions (289mm x 289 mm x 200mm) it was clear that we could not fly it indoors. So, we took our friend outside for a spin.
It was a bright day, and the wind speed did not exceed nine mph – perfect conditions for testing the drone. After hitting a few buttons, the drone came to life, emitting a low-intensity buzzing sound.
In just a few seconds, our Walkera was up in the air and was starting to gain quite altitude. Luckily, we spent the extra buck in order to secure the FPV glasses, so, it wasn’t much of a problem if the drone flew too far from its initial location.
By the way, with the FPV glasses attached, you can see what happens over a range of 2 kilometers. As for transmission quality, the gap between us and the drone did not affect the overall quality. For the purpose of our test, we attached a Go Pro Hero 3 camera to the gimbal.
What we’ve appreciated the most is that no matter the wind speed, the Devo stabilization system will keep the camera as steady as a rock. Furthermore, apart from wind compensation, the camera gimbal will even keep the device fixed, no matter how fast you change course.
Overall, the drone performed flawlessly. Its seamless flight and high-quality image transmission are due to its GPS-guided gimbals.
Walkera QR X350 Pro Arguments: Pros and Cons
- RTH functions;
- GPS-guided in-flight stabilization;
- High-quality image transmission;
- Excellent battery life;
- Multiple fly modes;
- Good price;
- Great for aerial photography;
- Sturdy airframe.
- Hard to Master;
- Manual is a bit sketchy when it comes to the drone’s functions;
- Price can go even higher if you want a GoPro camera and the FPV glasses.
What’s in the box?
The box comes with the drone, and also some additional accessories:
- Walkera QR X350PRO drone,
- iLooK camera,
- G-2D Gimbal,
- one 5200mAh LiPo battery,
- remote control,
- user manual.
The Walker QR X350 Pro spells out excellence in all areas. Frankly speaking, we haven’t been able to get this much out of a drone ever since we’ve tested the Bebop Parrot. Its impeccable maneuvering is only eclipsed by its imaging capabilities and its excellent flight time.