In its price range, this is one of the best mid-size toy-class drones, with brushless motors, long distance flight range and a battery that lasts a long time, almost 30 minutes. With such features, you would expect the AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro to come at a high cost, but it does not.
This aircraft is very smooth even during takeoff. Even for beginners, it is not a problem trimming it because it responds so smoothly. Another thing that you will love about this quadcopter is the super bright LEDs. There is one at the bottom, two at the front and two at the back. They are so bright you can see them from afar even during the day. Needless to say, the night flights are incredible.
When ordering the CG036 Shadow Pro online, you get the option to buy it with one, two or three batteries, of course costing more money if you choose it with more batteries. However, the long flight time is very rewarding.
Keep reading this AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro review to see its main features and flight functions.
AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro Features & Technical Details
By many standards, this is a well built drone. Here are some of its outstanding features and technical details:
Design and Build Quality
First, it is big and so when flying it during the day; you can see it from a distance. The LEDs shine quite bright, making it visible from afar.
Secondly, it is foldable. Therefore, it is easy to pack, store and even carry. For a traveler, the foldability or lack of the same thereof can make or break the deal on a drone. When it is folded, it measures 6.1 by 3.5 by 3.0 inches. When you unfold it, it measures 10.2 by 9.3 by 3.0 inches.
The takeoff weight of this quadcopter is 400g give or take a little. Therefore, you will have to register it with the FAA if you are in North America. If you are in the UK, you must register it with the Civil Aviation Authority since they require every drone weighing more than 250g to be registered. If you are in Israel, you must register every drone weighing more than 250g with the ICAA and so on. Check with your country’s aviation authority.
The color is matte black, which makes it easy to handle. The material of the hull is ABS plastic, which is light in weight and strong enough to protect the delicate electronic parts in case there is a crash.
You will hear a strong buzzing sound when the drone is flying. This could be five or more times louder if it were not for the brushless motors. They also give a high performance and they require minimal maintenance.
You will get a high quality storage case with the quad. Everything fits perfectly, even if you order yours with two batteries. The bag also has a shoulder strap so traveling with the aircraft is fun and easy.
This is a real 4K resolution camera. The camera can pan across by 120° giving you a good field of view. It is also adjustable by 90° from the remote controller. You will be able to capture aerial photos and videos with high quality transmission. Combined with the precision hovering of the drone and the smooth flight, you can use this as your aerial camera for your family, travel or even amateur videos and photos.
Attach your smartphone to the remote controller and get a good FPV experience. The maximum range for real-time image transmission is 800 meters.
This camera drone is really good for family photos. It takes excellent selfies and videos.
Battery and Flight Time
This is one of the best things about this drone. It comes with the choice of one, two, or three 11.1V 2000mAh Lithium polymer batteries. One can give you a flight time of up to 28 minutes.
Since they are modular batteries, they charge out of the drone, they are safe to handle and they are smart batteries. This means that you can see the remaining voltage on the small screen on the remote controller.
It is important that you use the provided charging cable for the battery. When you buy a spare battery separately, it will come with its own charging cable, but we don’t know whether you get a cable for each battery if you order with 2 or 3 batteries.
It is easy to remove and insert the battery into the drone. It is also safe even when your children are handling the drone. If you will store the drone for some time, remove the battery.
Honestly, if this is not the sleekest remote controller that you have ever seen, then we don’t know what is! It is small and light in weight. At the same time, it has a rechargeable battery with a capacity of 450mAh. It is going to last several hours on one charge. This beats using AA or AAA batteries anytime!
This remote controller also has a small LCD screen that is going to bring you the important statistics of the drone. These include things such as battery voltage, drone height, distance and others. The transmitter also has keys for all the important functions that the quadcopter comes with.
The maximum remote control distance is 1500 meters, which is quite impressive.
The automatic flight functions make or break a quadcopter. The more it comes with the better! The AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro comes with many good functions as follows:
GPS Positioning System
You can connect the drone to more than 10 satellites! This means that you will always know where the quadcopter is all the time. It will also turn and come back home automatically if it loses signal or when the battery runs low. It connects to the GPS in your smartphone and so it is always aligned to your position.
Smart Follow Me
Get the quadcopter to follow you wherever you go, even when you get inside a vehicle or boat. It recognizes your face and locks onto you. If you move faster, it moves faster and vice versa.
Travelers love this mode. In orbit mode, the drone flies around the landmark of your choice taking photos and shooting videos from all angles.
Way Point Mode
Hand-in-hand with orbit mode, this is another way of flying this quadcopter in hands-free mode. Just access the map interface on the app and make dots along an exciting route. Connect the dots with a line and then let the quad fly to follow that route.
With a quadcopter that can fly for more than 1000 meters and out of your sight, you need headless mode. That way, when you engage headless mode, the quad aligns itself to the position of the pilot and faces the right direction.
This aircraft has the smoothest altitude hold. It hovers so steadily and takes awesome photos and videos. In addition, with altitude hold set, you can worry about the horizontal flight of the drone because it will hold its vertical height.
AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro Pros
- Comes with a 6-axis gyro for distortion-free photos and videos
- It has a long lasting battery – 26 to 28 minutes
- Comes with a high quality carry and storage bag
- Simple to use this quadcopter
- Long distance flight range and long FPV transmission range
- Great build quality
- Nice LEDs shine really bright
- Comes with brushless motors that give excellent performance all the time
AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro Cons
- It will be hard to trim in strong winds
- We don’t know whether it comes with a charging cable for each battery if you order the 3 battery option
Who Should Buy the AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro?
If you are a beginner and you would like to buy a drone that you will not upgrade anytime soon, get this one. It is one of the best in its price range, with a high quality camera and good flight performance. This quadcopter is also not boring at all for advanced users. It comes with excellent build quality, good flight time per battery and can really fly far, out of your sight if you like. This is a good quadcopter for everyone who values quality for money.
Conclusion and Recommendation
When you get the AOSENMA CG036 Shadow Pro drone, you should start by reading the user manual carefully. That way, you will know how to calibrate it. It comes ready to fly out of the box. It can do a maximum flight distance of 1.5km, but it is very important that you do not get it out of your sight as you learn how to fly it.
Also, do not fly it in the wind. All it takes is a gust to blow it away. Remember to find a wide open space away from animals, obstacles and people to fly it at maximum flight range.