Eachine E10C Review

The Eachine E10C is a nano-sized drone complete with a good quality 2 megapixel camera, weighing only 15 grams. Being a nano sized drone it does not have a wide range of features – it’s just not possible to squeeze so many things into such a small package. Still it supports flips on button press, flight is very stable, and is fairly fast too.

The E10C supports both indoor and outdoor flying, and has bright LEDs too(blue in the front, red in the black) which help with the orientation and act as low voltage warning too.

The mini-drone is well built, and can take crashes like a champ, so it’s definitely a high-quality product. It does not come with a prop guard, however it’s available as an add-on.

Even though the E10C is well built accidents will happen, fortunately the quadrotor is well-supported, with a crash set, body shell and spare charger all available.

The control range of the quadcopter is 20 to 30 meters, and it will fly just as high too. Once it goes out of range it will simply drop out of the sky, so take care.

While the flight is very stable it may need small adjustments.

As the E10C is very small (6cm X 6cm, 15 grams) it can’t lift any additional weight. On the upside it also means it is very quiet, and does not need FAA registration.

The quadrotor supports both indoor and outdoor flying, and will tolerate small gusts, larger winds will carry it away. The drone has three modes fo rbeginner, intermediate and advanced pilots, which help with the indoor-outdoor switching too. In advanced mode the quadcopter is extremely agile – if you have doubts start in beginner mode.

To cycle the modes just depress the left stick. One beep signals beginner mode, two beeps intermediate mode, and three beeps advanced mode.

Suggested age for the quadcopter is 14 years and up. The quadrotor contains small parts, so keep it out of the reach of little children.

Headless mode and GPS are not supported by this model. Motors are the coreless brushed type, the propellers are simply pushed onto the motors shafts.

The box size is about 12.5 cm X 7.5 cm X 8.5 cm – fairly small given that it contains both the transmitter and the quadcopter.

The package contains everything you need for flying, except for the 2xAAbatteries for the transmitter. For the video functionality you will need a MicroSD card and a card reader as these are not included.

The camera

of the E10C is an advanced unit, it can take photos in 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (2 megapixels) and record videos in 1280 x 720pixels (0.9 megapixels), at 30 frames per seconds.

The quality is fairly good, the camera records the photos and the videos onto the MicroSD card inserted into the quadcopter. Taking photos and recording videos are controlled from the transmitter, which is fairly clever for such a small aircraft.

The quadcopter has a LED for camera status. It’s important to stop the recording before turning off the quadrotor, as the video files could get damaged.

The E10C does not have live video output, so a smartphone is not needed for the video functionality. If you are looking for a nano sized quadcopter with FPV support, check out the Eachine E10W.

To view the photos or the videos, first turn off the recording, next turn of the quadcopter and remove the MicroSD card. Finally use a card reader with your computer to view the contents of the card.

Being a tiny quad there is no place for a microphone in it, so audio is not recorded.

The video format is plain .AVI, and is playable by any player.

The camera is fixed in place, it’s neither movable nor removable. The MicroSD card and the card reader are not included in the package.

The battery

of the E10C is a single-cell, 3.7 volt LiPo battery with 150mAh capacity. This gives the mini-drone a 5 to 6 minute flight time after a 30 to 40 minute charge time.

The charger is USB based. To charge the battery, first connect the quadcopter to the charger, next the charger to a USB socket. Charging is finished when the LED on the charger turns off.

While the charger is compatible with any USB socket, including the iPhone charger,or USB power banks for in-the-field charging, for best results use your computer’s USB socket. This way you will not charge the battery too fast.

The battery was not designed to be removed, still it’s a possibility if you need to replace it.

Replacement chargers and batteries are available, battery upgrades are not possible however, as larger batteries would not fit the battery cage.

The quadcopter has low voltage alarm, it’s LEDs will start flashing as the battery starts to run low – make sure you land ASAP.

The transmitter

of the E10C is a toy-like transmitter,which best fits small and normal sized hands, even though it’s larger than what you get with other nano quads. It uses the 2.4 Ghz spread-spectrum technology, which makes it immune to interference. This means you can fly together with your friends, all you have to do is bind the quadcopters to their transmitters one-by-one.

The transmitter is fixed in mode 2, with throttle on the left stick.

The camera functionality is on the shoulder buttons of the transmitter, the sticks can be pressed as if they were buttons. Depressing the left stick will cycle through beginner, intermediate and advanced modes. Depressing the right stick will activate flip mode – move the right stick afterwards to start a flip in the given direction.

The control range is 20 to 30 meters, and the E10C will simply shut down if you fly out of range.

To bind the quadrotor and the transmitter first power both off and set the left (throttle) stick to the minimum. Next power on the quad, then the transmitter, and push the throttle up to the maximum, then down to the minimum again.

After crashes the quadcopter can start to drift. To fix this issue reset the gyros: place the quad on an even surface, bind it to the transmitter, and move both sticks to the bottom left position to start the recalibration.

Overall

the Eachine E10C is a very nice quadcopter, it’s only drawback is that it can lose lot of height when flipping. Besides this minor issue it is very agile, the camera is good quality, and it’s LEDs make it great for night flying. Support is great too.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★

Resources:

RCGroups has a short but informative thread on the Eachine E10C, it’s possible one of the best reviews of the quadcopter. Youtube has great videos on it too,for example this one. If you like nano quadcopters, you will surely love the Cheerson CX10and the Syma X12 Nano too. For a bit larger quadcopter with a camera you may want to check out the Holy Stone F180C.

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