The Potensic D58 camera drone is a marvelous piece of engineering. The body is made with strong plastic that will stay intact even in the event of a collision with a tree, a wall or an object. There is little surprise there since Potensic is know for its high quality drones. Besides, they have a drone for everyone at different sizes, features and budgets.
This is an affordable drone, so if you are looking for a drone that has many features and costs less than $200, you can order this one with confidence. However, before you do that, I am sure you want to know what features it comes with, so that you can know whether it really is worth the money, and it is!
Potensic D58 features & technical details
Design and durability
You will love the looks of this drone. The most notable feature is the high landing gear. Now, the gear has been designed in that manner because of a reason – the camera. As you will realize, most drone in this price range come with cameras on or slightly beneath the nose, but not this one. The Potensic D58 has its camera fixed right under, and this has its benefits.
One of the benefits is that you are able to capture photos and videos with a lot of background. Besides, the optimized positioning of the camera ensures that you capture better footage than you would with a camera on the nose. The high landing gear ensures the camera does not touch the ground when the drone lands.
This is a lightweight drone. Although it is not made in a foldable design, it is still light enough for traveling with.
Made with a 1080P camera, you can capture beautiful aerial footage of video and photos. You will get the best panoramic view from the camera as it has a wide angle of view of 120 degrees. Besides, you can also adjust the camera vertically by 90 degrees.
The camera also gives you incredible FPV experience, of course, this happens through the 5GHz Wi-Fi transmission. While this transmission can face interference from other signals, in the Potensic D58, that problem has been well taken care of. There are two antennas attached beside the camera. These ensure there is minimal signal interference meaning that you can get real-time video transmission over a long distance. The FPV is quite good and you will get an excellent aerial view of what the drone can see.
For FPV, you will have to use your smartphone because the D58’s remote controller does not have a screen on which you can watch your real-time videos. The FPV range is 500 meters when there are no obstacles.
Battery and flight time
The D58 comes with a removable modular battery, with 1120mAh capacity. You can get up to 18 minutes of flight time from this battery. It is easy to plug the battery in, just as it is to pull it out. Thus, you can buy a couple of spare batteries and use one while the other is charging. That way, you can double or even triple your fight time. When you download the app and fly your drone through your smartphone, you will find that it tells you exactly how much charge you have left in the battery.
Like most other drones in this price range, you get the option to fly it with your smartphone or with the remote controller. The remote controller uses the 2.4GHz signal, which is quite strong and has minimal latency. At the same time, the maximum control distance is usually 300 to 500 meters.
The design of the remote controller is such that it looks quite good, and feels totally ergonomic in your hands. You can use it for the entire 18 minutes of the battery flight time without feeling tired or cramped in the wrists.
Unlike many controllers that come with numerous knobs and buttons, this one has a simplistic design. The buttons are easy to reach and very responsive too. You should have fun using this remote controller.
The controller also has a retractable smartphone holder that you can push back in when you are not using it. It can fit all types and sizes of smartphones because it is adjustable.
The Potensic D58 drone has many impressive features. Most of them are standard features that you should find in any other drone. It also has a few fun features that should give you quite a thrill.
Here is a sneak peek at the features:
Three speed mode
Without doubt, this feature makes this drone good for beginners as well as advanced users. It has low, moderate and high speed modes.
As a beginner, always start with the low speed mode and gain some skill. When you become more proficient, you can try the high speed mode and see how it flies.
With GPS assist, you can look forward to using features such as Follow Me Mode and Orbit Mode. Both of these modes allow you to fly the drone hands-free, and it captures photos and videos from a redefined height. Follow Me Mode is pretty straightforward, the drone will follow you or any other object that you designate. Orbit Mode will have the drone circling a certain subject or object at a given height taking videos and photographs.
SAF- Safe Assured Flight
With this feature, you can be sure that your drone will return when the battery runs low or when it loses signal either with your phone or with the remote controller. You may also make a trajectory flight by drawing a route on the app. The drone will follow that route.
One key return feature
This is one of the most important safety features in any drone. When the drone loses signal with the controller or with the smartphone (Wi-Fi), you just need to punch this button and the drone will turn back. Many times, some people have reported that their drones (not the Potensic D58) failed to respond to the one key return and they flew away with the wind, for good. It is always best to keep your drone in sight.
Short Summary of Feedback from Existing Owners
I bought my Potensic D58 partly because of the brand name and for the low price. I did subject it to some abuse at first as I learned how to fly it. It came out without a scratch. Ken H.
This is a good drone for beginners. It comes with simple to use features. However, it is not boring for advanced users. Cyril B.
The battery and flight time for this drone is very impressive. It can last an astounding 18 minutes, although I tested it when there was no wind. Jackie W.
I must confess that I was tempted to buy a cheaper drone but then I decided there was not much difference as they were both under $200. I opted for the D58 and I have never regretted my decision. Andy L.
Nice drone, wish it was foldable, but this is what it is. Reb G.
The camera quality is quite good, the flight is awesome, especially the battery time. Chris H.
Pros of Potensic D58
- Long flight time from the battery
- Advanced flight features
- Easy to fly
- High quality build, sturdy casing
- Camera captures high quality video footage
- Dual antennas for strengthening the signal
- GPS-assist flight
Cons of Potensic D58
- Too light in weight, it can be carried away by the wind
- Not much information about warranty
Who Should Buy the Potensic D58
If you are looking for a good gift for a teen, this drone is perfect for that. If you would like to learn how to fly drones on a cheap but good quality drone that you will not need to upgrade soon after that, get the Potensic D58. You will love its features and the flight experience. This is not particularly a beginner drone. Anyone can buy it and have incredible fun with it. It also shoots decent videos, so if you are looking for something that can capture those wonderful family moments, get the D58.
Conclusion and Recommendation
As usual, for you to get the best out of your D58, we like to make a few recommendations. One of them is that you should learn to fly it on the low speed mode, and then try the high speed mode once you have some experience. It is always better to start flying your Potensic D58 in open spaces where there is minimal to zero signal interference. Once you get the drone, start by learning how to fly it. That way, it will serve you for a long time.