Even adults need a good toy drone sometimes, both in terms of price, performance and looks. The RCtown R10 drone is such a toy. It is sold at a very affordable price and has some incredibly nice features to boot. Therefore, if you are a beginner drone enthusiast and you would like to cut your teeth on something that doesn’t dent the wallet, try this one.
Because it is made for beginners, this drone has many automated functions, which we will look at in detail later on. It has a nice sleek look. It also comes with nice LED lights for low light flights.
RCtown R10 Features & Technical Details
The physical features are everything in a drone. These include things such as size, design, weight and so on.
Design and build quality
This is a well-built toy drone. First, it is foldable. It is not too big even when it is unfolded since it only measures 11 by 8 by 3 inches. When it is folded down to a smaller and more compact size, it measures just about half that. You can carry it in your jacket pocket without feeling the strain. It weighs 154g so you will not need to register it with the FAA if you are in the US.
The build quality of the drone is quite good. It feels sturdy in your hand, thanks to the strong ABS plastic that has been used for the exterior casing. If the drone falls, it will not burst open and spill its innards. However, do take good care of it all the same so that it can last a long time.
This is a camera drone. Unlike the Jettime JT63 drone that we reviewed earlier that lacks a camera, with this RCtown drone, you can record you aerial moments. You get a 720HD camera for videos and photographs. As long as you capture your videos when there is no wind and in good lighting, the footage will be of admirable quality.
You can also have a nice FPV experience with the drone over 5GHz WiFi frequency. The real-time video transmission is very stable too. Connect your smartphone to the drone and see what it can see. The footage will be stored on your smartphone or you can buy an SD card as the drone has a slot for one. You also have to download the drone’s app.
Battery and flight time
You will get a 3.7V 1800mAh Lithium-polymer battery with this drone. This is going to give you a flight time of 20 minutes, which is indeed commendable for one battery. The charging time, as is usual with high capacity batteries is a bit long at 2.5 hours. You can always buy one or two extra batteries for more flight time.
This is a modular battery, so it is safe to handle. It is also easy to insert and remove from the drone. You should charge it using the provided USB charger only, which again is very safe.
This is a well-built remote controller that uses 4 AA batteries. These are not provided, so you will have to get them separately. The remote controller connects to the drone on the 2.4GHz frequency, which is very stable and is hardly disrupted by buildings and other obstacles. It has a smartphone holder so you can fly the drone using the app and receive real-time video transmission.
The joysticks are responsive without being too sensitive. At the same time, every button on the remote controller is laid out clearly and it responds very well. A high quality transmitter makes drone flying fun.
Flight features and functions
For such a small drone, the makers have incorporated many automated functions. This makes learning to fly on this drone ever so easy.
Here are some of the best of them:
Follow Me Mode
Engage the Follow Me Mode and have the drone come after you whether you increase or slow your speed. This mode is very handy for capturing your moments on a bike, or when you are taking a road trip.
With this feature, you just need to fly the drone horizontally as the air holds it at the height that you have set for the altitude. This is a beginner feature included to ensure you do not fumble when keeping the drone in the air.
One key take off and landing
Another very useful beginner feature to enable you fly this drone easily. Just punch the key and the drone takes off, to a certain height and it hovers there awaiting the next command. You can also punch this key when the drone is in flight and it will turn back and return home.
Open the app and draw a flight path that you would like the drone to follow. When you launch the drone, it is going to fly along the route that you drew on the app.
With headless mode engaged, there is no need to worry about where the drone faces when you cannot see it. It will automatically realign itself to the position of the person holding the remote controller.
Short Summary of Feedback from Existing Owners
I say this drone is worth every penny that you pay for it. The price is so affordable, yet the drone is packed full of helpful flight functions. Ivar S.
I enjoy using trajectory flight to fly my drones. In fact, I have made it a point to only buy drones that have this mode. This one responds very well. Erik B.
For a 720P camera, I think the footage is quite good. I can take good videos without distortion and with details captured vividly. Grace W.
This drone is just the right size and weight for me because I love them light for traveling. It packs nicely in my backpack too. Tron G.
I had some trouble calibrating the drone but after I got the gist of it, I can fly it like a real pro now. It responds well and the flight time is good. Ashur H.
RCtown R10 Pros
- The flight time is good at 20 minutes on a full charge
- 720HD camera captures decent footage
- The drone has a slot for SD card to store your videos
- Many functions for flying the drone hands-off
- Good FPV and drone operating distance of 100 meters
- Folds nicely, without having to unscrew the blades
RCtown R10 Cons
- Charging time is a bit too long. Buy a second battery
- Can be a little hard for a beginner to calibrate the drone correctly the first time
Who Should Buy the RCtown R10 Drone
While many advanced users will regard this drone as only befitting beginners, anyone can use it and have fun. In fact, it is a bit challenging to fly right for the first time since it does not come with a tutorial. Its features are a bit too advanced for smaller kids though, so make sure they only fly it under your supervision. If this is your first drone ever, take time to learn how it flies. It will not disappoint you.
Conclusion and Recommendation
You have seen the features and functions that the RCtown R10 foldable drone comes with. Once you get it, you need to do a few important things. One, you should download the app for the drone if you want to fly it with your smartphone and have a nice first person view. You can also buy a second battery to prolong your flight time. Thirdly, choose an open space on a calm day to fly it outdoors. Read the user manual carefully to know how to fly this drone.