Eachine H8C Review

The Eachine H8C is a good-looking mini-quadcopter with a built-in camera,with 6 axis stabilization, headless mode and one-key return support,complete with landing skids and prop guards.

The H8C will do flips on button-press, and the camera’s functions are available on the transmitter, which is rare in this category.

The H8C’s range is around 100 meters which is big for the size of the quadcopter. The quad does not have a height limit, so it will fly just as high too. Very bright LED lights help with the orientation.

With the geared drive and the 6 axis stabilization system the H8C is agentle, stable quadcopter, suitable for beginners.

The H8C comes with 2 replacement propellers, and a wide variety of parts areavailable, includingprops,battery + charger,prop guards,motors and gear shaft.which make it one of the best supported mini quadrotors on the market.

The H8C is very light, weighing only 41 grams. This, together with the  not-so-strong geared setup means that it will not be able to lift anything substantial. On the upside, such light quadcopters do not need to be registered.

The H8C supports both indoor and outdoor flying, and will take mild gusts easily. Stronger winds will blow it away.

The H8C uses the 2.4 Ghz radio technology, so it will simply shut down if it flies out of range. However the 100 meter range is more than enough, as you would lose sight of it before it goes out of range anyway.

Headless mode and one-key return is supported. In headless mode the H8C will interpret the transmitter’s left-right-forwards-backwards signals with respect to it’s takeoff direction, not it’s actual direction – which comes handy if you lost the orientation.

The suggested age is 12 years and up.

The H8C’s size is 18 cm x 18 cm, the package size is 25 cm x 18 cm x 5.5 cm,package weight is 360 grams.

The package include the everything necessary for flying, except for the 4xAAbatteries for the transmitter, and the SD Card for the camera.

The H8C has three speed modes, which can be toggled using the left shoulder button of the transmitter. The three modes make it suitable for beginner,intermediate and advanced pilots.

The H8C uses 6mm x 15mm coreless motors which drive the propellers through a reduction gear. The H8C is a bit noisier than the average quadcopter due to the gears, however a bit of lube can work wonders.

The battery of the H8C

is a single cell, 3.7 volt, 250mAhLiPo battery. The H8C can fly 4 to 6 minutes after a 45 minute charging period.

The H8C has low voltage cutoff, and it’s bright LEDs will start flashing before the battery runs out. Land as soon as possible when you see this.

The battery is fixed inside the quadcopter, and charging is done through the USB charger which connects to the quad. Any kind of USB socket is good for charging, including the iPhone wall adapter.

To charge the battery just connect the quadcopter to the charger, and the charger to a USB port.

The battery is easily reachable, as it sits right bellow the top of the canopy. The battery is fixed in place using a double sided tape, and connects to the PCB using a JST connector. This also means that other JST based chargers work with the H8C too.

The H8C’s transmitter

is large and game-controller like,and fits the hands nicely. The sticks are about 10 centimeters apart, so it does not feel cramped.

The quadcopter’s every function is available on the transmitter, including taking photos, and starting/stopping the video recording.

The transmitter uses the 2.4 Ghz technology, which is interference free.This means that you will be able to fly with others together.
The H8C and the transmitter bind automatically, all you have to do is turn both of them on.

While the H8C can’t bind to every 2.4 Ghz transmitter, it is compatible with the Bayang quadcopters’ transmitters, and the Walkera Devo transmitters too, using the deviationtx firmware.

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

The range is 100 meters, which is exceptionally large for a mini quad.

The camera in the H8C

is fixed in place, and is a bit bellow the expectations for such a quadcopter.

The camera’s resolution is 2 megapixels, it records videos and photos onto the MicroSD card which has to be plugged into the quadcopter, so it’s not an FPV solution where you can view the live feed. The MicroSD card and the reader is not included in the package, however MicroSD cards with a reader are really cheap nowadays.

The camera is angled downwards, so you have to fly high to take reasonable photos or videos.

The H8C will detect the inserted MicroSD card, and it’s green LED will turn solid. Without the MicroSD card a green and red led will flash.To take a photo, press shortly on the top of the left plus-shaped button.The H8C will acknowledge the command by shortly flashing it’s red LED.
To start or stop the video, press the same button for 3 seconds. The red LED will keep flashing while the camera is recording.

Always stop recording before powering off the H8C, or the video files could get corrupted.
The videos are saved in AVI format, and are viewable with pretty much any player. To view the videos and the photos remove the MicroSD card from the quadcopter, and connect the card to your computer using a card reader.

Overall

the Eachine H8C is a great quad, particularly suitable for beginner pilots. With the bright LED lights night flying is great too.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★☆
Looks:★★★★★

Resources:

If you liked the H8C, you will like the Holy Stone F180C and the bit bigger Syma X5C too.
RCGroups has a longer and a shorter thread on the H8C.

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