Choosing a good and inexpensive beginners drone can be hard. With the new QR X350 quadcopter, Walkera has made it their mission to conquer that market!
It doesn´t matter if you have been flying for years or just beginning, the Walkera QR X350 is an excellent quadcopter to have. For $390 you will get GPS, action camera carrying capability, decent flight time and a DEVO7 transmitter!
Walkera QR X350
This drone is pretty small, measuring at 11.38″ x 11.38″ x 8.07″ (290 x 290 x 205 mm). Walkera also has a “Return to Home” feature.When using that the quadcopter uses the on-board GPS to automatically land itself. This feature is handy when you are just starting. You can also turn the controlling to manual mode which will allow you to have full control over the drone.
Walkera QR X350 also has an altitude sensor. That combined with GPS allows you to set the drone at a specific height and it will stay there until you decide to move it. This is extremely good while shooting videos or taking pictures.
As far as build quality goes, it is OK. The plastic feels rather cheaply made and it isn´t the strongest quadcopter, but for the price it is average.
Flying the quadcopter is as simple as flying a DJI Phantom. Before flying you need to do all the required calibrations. The DEVO7 transmitter is a little bit complicated so read the manual before flying!
For a better idea of flying, watch the video by tonytypes below:
Walkera claims around 25 minutes of flight time. This largely depends on the way you fly but you can expect around 15-22 minutes of flight time. Also it only takes an hour to charge the battery!
If you are planning to add a camera then it will lower the flight time quite a lot. Bare in mind that for that it is also recommended to use a gimbal, which would remove the vibration caused by motors. Maximum added payload is 7 ounces (198g).
If you are looking for a cheaper DJI Phantom alternative then this is the way to go. Yes the build quality is no where as good and the materials used are cheaper. For $200 cheaper, however, Walkera QR X350 is still definitely one of the best bang for buck quadcopters at it´s price range.