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Compact drone alternative to DJI Mavic Pro (Xmas 2016)

If you are a shopaholic, drone addict, don’t own yet a compact drone, you are tempted to get one, you are looking for special deals, or waiting for Christmas: have a look at this interesting idea for a present or just for fun.

Buy a small quadcopter before buying a bigger, more expensive drone. If you don’t know this website yet, give it a try: it’s where I purchased all my mini drones, drone accessories and spare parts.

I recently ordered a few mini drones with camera, to connect to the smartphone/tablet. I will review them soon, asap I receive them. For now I wanna share the most unique one (which I’ve just found a few days ago):

Eachine E50 WIFI FPV

Eachine E50 WIFI FPV With Foldable Arm Altitude Hold RC Quadcopter RTF – only 42 USD !!!
(price checked and last updated on 2016-12-20)

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  • Weight: 73g
  • Control distance: about 40m
  • Control: via WIFI UFO app
  • Flying time: 8 – 15min
  • Battery: if you own other Eachine mini drones you may re-use the ones you already have


It’s a mini quadcopter with camera (advertized for selfies) and foldable arms.I believe that this could be an awesome choice for a beginner: it has a built-in barometer to hold the altitude, a feature that I don’t easily find in other mini drones for this price, thus a big plus. I really like it because it reminds me the DJI Mavic Pro compact drone! Of course you can’t even compare this with the Mavic, but still, it looks fun and costs just a fraction. Looking forward to receive it!

See also my comparison between 2 mini drones for beginners.

Mini drones comparison: Cheerson CX-10 vs Eachine H8 Mini

If you want to buy a mini drone to get the feeling on how it is to fly one of these “creatures”, you are in the right place. I started my drone pilot “career” exactly like that, with a mini quadcopter.

The models I like the most are Cheerson CX-10 and Eachine H8 Mini.

Comparison between Cheerson CX-10 vs Eachine H8 Mini

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Cheerson CX-10 Eachine H8 Mini
Ease of use Easy Medium (it’s very fast, can be unpredictable)
Protection Cover available separately: you can fly the drone till it touches the ceiling Integrated protection (but not as good as the CX-10 one)
Speed Has several modes to modify the responsiveness (angle when steering) but the speed is basically average (good for beginners) Very responsive, it’s like made for racing
Control distance Around 10m Around 30m!
Transmitter Small
Needs: 2 AAA batteries
Small/medium
Needs: 3 AAA batteries
Turning it on/off On/Off switch Plug/unplug battery cable
Battery Integrated (can be replaced if broken)
Flying time: 5 min
Charging time: 30 min
Charging mode: USB (cable included)
Separate (you can buy more spare ones!)
Flying time: 5 min
Charging time: 40 min
Charging mode: USB (cable included)
Battery low voltage The drone begins to blink, you see the power going down slowly and you have about 20 seconds to land it safely. The drone begins to blink and after 5 seconds it dies. This is really bad as it’s impossible to make it land properly, especially from a higher altitude.
Size 40 x 40 x 22 mm (without cover) 135 x 135 x 28 mm
Available colors Orange
Green
Blue
Pink
Black (CX-10A)
White (CX-10A)
Gold (CX-10A)
Silver (CX-10A)
Black
White
Pros Stable (good indoors)
Low voltage: enough time to land
Racing feeling (good outdoors)
Extra batteries
Cons Short control distance
No extra batteries
A bit unpredictable
Low voltage: almost no time to land
Price and links to buy Drone: 12.99 USD
Cover: 0.79 USD
Propellers: 1.55 USD
Battery: –
Total: 15.33 USD
Drone: 12.29 USD
Cover: integrated
Propellers: 1.89 USD
Battery (upgraded 260 mAh): 3.87 USD
5-pack batteries + charger 15.50 USD
Total: 18.05 USD

Prices last checked and updated on 2016-11-25.

Final thoughts

Cheerson CX-10

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I own several Cheerson CX-10 models (I convinced all my colleagues in the office to buy one) and I think they are stable and reliable to fly indoors in a little room. Outdoors, since the flying distance is not big, it’s not exciting.

Eachine H8 Mini

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I bought also an Echine H8 Mini and tried it in my living room. A first impression I think it’s a bit unpredictable and thus dangerous. I think that this is best used outdoors, in fact the drone is very fast and because of its “random” nature during the flips and simply drops when the battery is low, you can feel safer when flying it over some grass.

Eachine H8S 3D mini inverted

Compatible with the same batteries of the H8 mini, this drone is even more fun as you press a button and it will flip and stay upside down and fly inverted. Really fun.

Eachine H8S 3D Mini Inverted Flight 2.4G 4CH 6Axis One Key Return RC Quadcopter RTF
16 USD (green), 18 USD (blue)

Advantage of owning both models:

  • they support the same batteries
  • if you wanna fly with a friend, the same models interfere with each other, but if you have an H8S it won’t interfere with the H8 mini

Conclusion

If I were you, and I assume you like to fly drones or at least I think you wanna have some beginner fun, I would buy both of them (in fact I owe both of them). The links I posted point to bangood, which is an awesome website and the delivery is free of charge (unless you are impatient and wanna pay for expedited shipping for faster delivery). Make sure to buy 1 propellers set for both (props for Cheerson CX-10 / props for Eachine H8 Mini. Note: the packages already contain a set of spare props, and if you buy the protecting cover you won’t break many props, thus 1 set is enough I believe, up to you). Buy the protecting cover for the CX-10. Buy one (or two) more batteries for the Eachine H8 Mini.

Check my article Cheerson CX-10 vs Skeye nano drone to read more about the Cheerson CX-10, CX-10A and CX-10C models.

If you feel like buying something bigger, check these quadcopters. Have fun! 🙂

Note: I’m filming these 2 drones to compare their behaviour. I will update this blog post as soon as I have some good footage. Stay tuned.