Welcome to our Walkera QR X350 Pro review, here we are 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. 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. 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.
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
|25 min||Outdoors||iLook Camera||11.1v 5200 mAh LiPo||6 hours||3 pounds||9.1 x 8.1 x 9.1 in||2 km|
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.
Apart from the aerial stabilization gimbal, the drone also has additional sensors that can stabilize the camera’s image during flight. 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.
Arguments: Pros and Cons
- Hard to master;
- The 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.
Walkera QR X350 Pro Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
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 things we liked most 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 one can figure out on the spot which function is turned on and which is turned off.
The remote control has three major parts. There’s the upper part of the remote, which contains the 2.4 GHz antenna. Its position can be adjusted if it feels uncomfortable. Moreover, this should be done if planning to bind a smartphone to the RC.
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, there are 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 have an anti-slipping material coat on. Also, another thing that we’ve appreciated is the company’s attention to details. By looking closely next to each rudder there is a marked scale that helps with figuring 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 can be used 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.
Moreover, the screen can also double as a camera screen if you don’t have a smartphone or FPV glasses. But, to get the most out of your Walkera QR X350 Pro, we recommend getting a pair of FPV glasses. Also, the RC is compatible only with the Fatshark goggle glasses, which means that you can’t attach Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
Flying the Drone
Even before flying the drone, we have to admit that we had very high expectations, but luckily, the drone did not disappoint. Due to its dimensions, 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 9 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 an 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. With its seamless flight and high-quality image transmission due to the GPS-guided gimbals.
What’s in the box?
The box comes with the drone, and also some additional accessories:
- The Walkera QR X350PRO drone,
- iLooK camera,
- Devo 7 Controller / Transmitter,
- 2x Propeller Blade Sets,
- The 11.1v 5200mAh LiPo battery,
- Battery charger,
- 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. Moreover, the Walker QR X350 Pro is ideal for aerial photography enthusiasts or those who want to test a high-quality product. Have you tried the Walker QR X350 Pro? Did you like it as much as we did?