A couple of years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a cheap drone yet rich in features such as 3D flips, 720P video camera, altitude hold, headless mode and many more. However, with advanced technology, drones keep getting smaller yet more effective at the same time, as you will no doubt see in this KOOME mini drone review.
This is a very stylish drone. It is also very functional and packs many good features. If you are looking for an affordable drone that comes with many of the flight features that more advanced drones come with, this is it for you.
KOOME Mini Drone Features & Technical Details
What is inside the box?
When this drone is shipped to you, make sure it has a 2.4GHz controller, two 650mAh batteries, four propeller guards, four pieces of landing gear, ten screws, user manual, a screwdriver and a charging cable. Of course, the drone itself is also present.
Design, build and physical features
If it looks good and flies good, there is no reason why you should not have it. And KOOME mini drone has more than enough of both the looks and functionality.
First thing you should know, this drone is foldable. That means it is easy to pack and carry with you when you want to fly it outdoors. The rotor arms are foldable so that it’s size reduces to a smaller, more compact size.
This drone measures 15.4 by 7.9 by 10.2 inches. This is a bit too big, making the KOOME drone a sizeable one. With nice black matte color and an orange star on the back, this drone really looks very stylish. It weighs a 550g and therefore you would have to register it with the FAA, and to do that you must be at least 13 years old.
This drone comes with a 720P video camera. Surprisingly, it takes nice and clear videos, especially when the drone is not flying too fast. Since the drone does not have a slot for microSD card, the videos are stored in your smartphone (there is a holder for your smartphone on the controller). Also, from the smartphone, you are going to enjoy nice first person view. The FPV app is going to work on android or iOS devices. You will also enjoy taking nice photos and storing them in your smartphone.
Batteries and flight time
The KOOME mini drone comes with two, 3.7V 650mAh batteries, which is a good move. One battery can give you 14 minutes of flight time. Thus, two of them give you at least 25 minutes. That is better flying time as compared to many other drones in this price range. Since the batteries take only 80 minutes to charge, you can see that you will not have to wait too long to fly your drone.
With the controller, the flight range is 120 meters and for video transmission, the range is 100 meters, which are both pretty impressive.
To assist in the flight, this drone comes with many features. One of them is the one-key takeoff and landing. Although it has become quite the standard feature for many drones, it is still a nice feature to have. You punch the button and the drone initiates take-off or landing process.
Headless mode enables you to fly the drone regardless of the direction the nose faces. Drones can look alike all round, so for beginners, knowing where the nose is can be a bit confusing. With headless mode, you do not have to worry about that.
One feature that makes this mini drone good for beginners is the three speed setting. As a beginner, fly it on low speed and then build up as you get more skill.
For fun features, there are the LED lights, which you can switch off by the way, and they are good for flying at night. Then there are the 3D flips, which will make your friends go blue with envy.
Short Summary of Feedback From Existing Owners
This drone is good for a beginner. Short learning curve and it is also easy to put together when you buy it. It flies very well especially when there is no wind. Ed H.
I bought the KOOME mini drone for my son when he turned 15 and he has been having a blast with it. It can be hard to please a teenager, but this drone seemed to do it. Annie T.
I bought this drone because it was cheap. I did not know that it would be so nice, with responsive controls and 3D flips for fun. Kim L.
This was my first drone ever. However, I learned how to fly it in a short time. Now, I fly it in my backyard like a pro. George G.
I like this drone for many things. First, it is foldable, it has headless mode and it shoots nice videos in-flight. Tap H.
Two batteries, short charging time, long flight time per battery and so on, this is a good drone for anyone, with impressive features. Ken W.
The camera works. It is not awesome, but I have seen worse. The good thing about this drone is that it does everything the retailers say it can do. Kul B.
Pros of KOOME Mini Drone
- Best for beginners – has a short learning curve
- Easy to assemble
- Folds into a smaller more compact size
- Has many advanced flight features
- Sold with a 12-month warranty
- Has a camera – 720P HD
- Good flight time from two batteries
- Many fun features including 3D flips and LED lights
Cons of KOOME Mini Drone
- The photo and video quality is not very good
- To fold the drone, you will have to remove the prop guards
Who Should Buy The KOOME Mini Drone?
Anyone who is older than 13 years of age can own this drone. It is nice, a bit large, but it is sold at a good price. Loaded with a camera and other fun features, whether you are a beginner drone enthusiast or an advanced user, you will find that this drone is quite exciting to fly. The design of this drone is impressive. You can even fly it at night as the LED lights will guide you.
Conclusion and Recommendation
If you have bought yourself the KOOME mini drone or you are planning to buy one, you will get good value for the money. However, before you start assembling things, just read the user manual first. It should be enough to get you started. Another recommendation is to fly it in calm conditions, and during the day when there is good lighting.