Downloading the free DroneView
camera control app is easy from the
Google Play Store or the App Store; if
you do this while you are connected
to Wi-Fi, it takes only a minute or two.
To connect the app to the camera,
first go to your device’s Settings
page and select the Wi-Fi submenu.
Look down until you see the
DroneView Wi-Fi network and select
it. Exit the settings page, and launch
the DroneView app. It will take a few
seconds to connect and then you
will see the screen showing what the camera is pointing at. There is a submenu column
on the right side of the screen, and you use it to make on-screen adjustments as well
as take photos or turn the video camera on and off. Also, if you do not have the memory
card in the camera slot, it will give you a warning. You need
the memory card in place to take photos and video. There
is also a File Gallery, where you can see all your digital
images and video files, sort them, delete them, or export
them to your mobile device.
;e Dromida XL’s transmitter
has a mobile phone-holding fixture
attached to the top of the case.
Above: ;is is the Settings page,
with the DroneView Wi-Fi network
selected. Right: ;is is the connected
view for the camera, and the submenu column is shown.
easier to control and hover the HoverShot even
at an extended distance. ;e quality of the video
and photos is very good, and the included micro
memory card makes downloading the files easy
with a micro SD card adapter (not included).
IN THE AIR
Whether it is set at High or Low rates, the
HoverShot is extremely stable and easy to
hover, even outside in slightly breezy conditions.
Flying indoors, it is rock solid, and I was quickly
flying over the heads of my fellow Air Age
Media/RotorDrone magazine editors, zipping
through the break room with ease. To get the
HoverShot airborne, press the Motor Start/
Stop button to activate the motors. Next, press
the Auto Takeo;/Land button and the drone
will lifto; to about a 3-foot altitude. If you don’t
move the throttle stick, the built-in Altitude Hold
function will try to maintain the same altitude.
You can also take o; using the throttle stick.
After the motors are running, advance the
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
throttle slowly until the HoverShot lifts o;; once
it is at the altitude you want, release the stick
and again the Altitude Hold will work to maintain
altitude. Pressing the Auto Takeo;/Land button
while airborne will cause the drone to descend
slowly, and once on the ground, the motors will
shut o;. Should you lose control and the drone
is about to crash, press the Motor Start/Stop
button to prevent damage to the propellers
Stability: As with all Dromida drones, the
HoverShot, even though it does not feature
GPS tracking, is very stable, and it does a great
job staying where you want it.
Aerobatics: ;e transmitter is equipped with
an Auto Flip function. To do this, climb to a safe
altitude (about 25 to 30 feet), and enter a stable
hover. Press the left (throttle) stick downward
until you hear a beep, then move the right stick
in the direction you want the drone to flip. Return
the stick to neutral and the drone will flip in
Overall, the new HoverShot FPV Camera Drone
is a winner in both stability and the quality of the
airborne photography it o;ers. I think anyone
wanting to get an easy-to-fly camera-equipped
quadcopter will love it.
;e Dromida HoverShot FPV camera drone is a
great little quadcopter to fly. It is stable enough
for less-experienced pilots to be successful
right away, and it has plenty of zip on tap for
experienced pilots to enjoy. Couple all this with
a street price of less than $100 and it becomes
a great value. Give it a try; I know you’ll be glad
you did. ;
THE NEW HOVERSHOT FPV CAMERA DRONE IS A
WINNER IN BOTH STABILITY AND THE QUALITY
OF THE AIRBORNE PHOTOGRAPHY.