Are you looking for a camera drone that can take high-resolution videos, is foldable and has a long flight time without denting your wallet? The 4DRC M1 drone is the answer to your dreams. If you are a professional photographer, you can buy this drone as your backup camera. It would be perfect for weddings and other occasions.
However, apart from the camera and flight time, many more things make a great drone. These include automatic flight functions. We shall look at many of these in the upcoming section. You will see just how well this drone has been put together. It gives you an exemplary flight experience.
4DRC M1 Features & Technical Details
In this section we are going to look at the design and build quality, the battery, camera, remote controller and the flight features and functions. Keep reading:
Design and build quality
From the first glance, this drone looks well-built and the design is also not too bad. It looks like something that you would find in a Sci-Fi movie. It also looks nice with its high landing gear. For style and design, this drone wins. The grayish cover is made of strong ABS plastic. Even if it collides with something on its flight path, it will not rip open. Maybe it will break a blade or two that come into contact with the object it crashes with, but it will largely remain intact.
This is a foldable drone. It measures 7 by 4 by 3.2 inches when folded, a manageable size for traveling. When it is unfolded, it measures 17.5 by 15.7 by 4.7 inches. You can see it is not a small drone. The weight of the drone is 520g. You will need to register it with the FAA before you can fly it in the US. Registration is a simple process because you do it online and it does not cost much money.
This drone uses four brushless motors for its powerful operation. Brushless motors have distinct benefits over their brushed counterparts. One of them is that such motors consume less battery power, thereby enabling the battery to last much longer. They are also quieter and they require minimal maintenance.
Above all else, the 4DRC M1 is primarily a camera drone. It has a 4K full HD camera that captures stunning video and photo footage. However, that is not all there is to it because the camera also has an image stabilizer feature. Therefore all the photo and video footage that you capture when the drone is in motion will be distortion-free, clear and will capture details vividly.
The camera also rotates on a 90-degree angle mainly maintaining a horizontal angle by default. This means that even when the drone slants, the photos and videos will always maintain the horizontal orientation.
You will get an excellent first person view with this drone. It transmits live video over 5GHz WiFi frequency over an impressive flight distance.
Battery and flight time
This is another chief consideration when you are buying a drone. The 4DRC M1 comes with a high quality and high capacity battery that can give you a flight time of 25 to 30 minutes. This is an 11.1V 4000mAh battery. This is a modular battery so it is quite safe to handle. Charging takes 3.5 hours so you might need to buy a second battery for extra flight time.
The remote control is quite solid, and has been made with the same plastic material that is used to make the drone. The thickness is not too big, so it will not cramp your hands even if you use it for a long time. In addition, it has a phone holder so that you can enjoy your FPV experience when flying the drone.
Flight features and functions
This is a GPS drone. Therefore, it has many automated features, which make it a delight for beginners as well as advanced users. It is advisable that you supervise your children as they fly it.
This drone will not get lost. If there is signal loss or the battery runs low, the drone turns and heads back home. If you press the return to home key, the drone will turn back immediately and go back to the place from where it was launched.
GPS assist also helps with other flight functions. For example, when you want the drone to follow you, just engage the Follow Me Mode and the drone follows you while maintaining a respectable distance. You can also have the drone fly around a certain point in circles as you concentrate on capturing videos and photos.
You can use gestures to have the drone take your photographs. When you engage gesture mode, the drone will stop at a respectable distance of 5 meters. From there, it will capture nice videos and images. It turns into a beautiful selfie drone.
Altitude hold, hovering and optical flow positioning
Altitude hold ensures that the drone holds and sustains a certain height as you concentrate on flying it horizontally and on taking beautiful videos and photos. Optical flow positioning also ensures that the drone maintains its hover steadily without distorting the videos that you shoot in hover mode. Optical flow positioning also makes the drone easy to fly even for beginners.
One Key Start and emergency stop
With the one key take off and landing, you do not have to waste time figuring how to get the drone to launch and fly. Just punch the one key take off and landing and the drone takes off and hovers at a certain height waiting for the next move.
The drone also has an emergency stop button. When you press this key, the drone stops immediately and starts safe landing procedure. While you have auto return home, this drone lacks obstacle sensors. Therefore the only thing that you can do to save the drone in case there is an obstacle in its path is to stop it immediately. You can only do that with the emergency stop key.
Download the drone’s app and then use it to fly the drone, or to draw custom flight paths. You can share your videos and photos on social media at the click of a button. We have not been able to establish whether the app control distance is the same as the remote control one.
The remote control distance is 1600 meters. You could be tempted to fly the drone out of sight, but that may not even be legal. Therefore, use the Geofence feature to create boundaries for the drone to contain it to a certain area.
Short Summary of Feedback From Existing Owners
I bought this drone because of the camera. I wanted an aerial camera for my photography work. I am happy that the image and video quality is so pleasing. Magnus D.
30 minutes of flight time from one battery is incredible. I don’t even think I will look for another battery. This is enough for me. Harrison N.
We use this drone on our farm to survey different parts of our farm. My husband loves it. Marjorie A.
I try to get away every weekend and drive to an open piece of land where I can fly this drone to my satisfaction. It is incredible. Den H.
A gust of wind almost had my knees turn into jelly. Luckily, I remembered the emergency stop button and that is what saved my drone. Jayson M.
This is my first ever drone. I have been taking it slow as I learn a few tips and tricks of flying it. From the look of things, the M1 and I will have a long-lasting relationship. Pierre H.
4DRC M1 Pros
- High quality battery that gives up to 30 minutes of flight time
- Excellent camera quality
- The drone is easy to fly with the detailed user manual
- High quality build and great design
- Automatic return to home function when signal is lost
- Respectable gesture control distance
- Folds into a small size
- Brushless motors for a longer and quieter flight
4DRC M1 Cons
- Long charging time for the battery
Who Should Buy The 4DRC M1 Drone?
With its high quality build, easy-to-use features and many flight functions, anyone can use this drone. Therefore, whether you are a beginner drone enthusiast or you have been around drones for some time, the M1 will meet your needs. It flies very well and it has many safety features including an emergency stop button. Thanks to the GPS-assisted flight, this drone is very stable when hovering. This enables you to take good quality video and photo footage.
Conclusion and Recommendation
If you are looking for a high quality drone that can give you value for money, get the 4DRC M1 by DRONEEYE. However, be careful so that you do not lose or wreck it. First, check the user manual keenly so that you know how to fly it. Secondly, fly it in open spaces outdoors where there are no obstacles. You may also test some of its features by flying it indoors before you take it out. If you like, you can order a second battery so that you have a longer flight time.