The Qcopter QC1is a 40 cm x 40 cm high quality quadcopter from Qcopter. It has all you can expect from a quadcopter in this category, including 6 axis gyro stabilization, one-key return, flips on button press, prop guards and a HD camera. The flight time is exceptionally long, and up to 15 minutes, and the package includes two batteries for 30 minutes of flying. The Qcopter QC1 is available in black and green. The QC1 seems to be a rebrand of the JJRC H5P.
The control range of the QC1 is about 100 meters, and it will fly just as high too. As all quadcopters using the 2.4 Ghz spread spectrum technology, this will fall out of the sky if you run out of range, so be careful.
The QC1 is fast, so it may not be that suitable for beginners. Still with the 6 axis gyros it's a remarkably stable aircraft - it will stay planted in the air, there is no need to work the sticks.
The quadcopter comes with prop guards and landing skids out of the box, and screws hold it together, so it's fairly well protected in the event of a crash. The box also includes a pair of replacement props would any of them break.
Replacement parts are unfortunately a bit hard to come by for this drone, you have to email the seller for them - in this respect it's really far from well supported quadcopters like the Syma X5C. The JJRC H5P parts are probably compatible with this quadcopter, but were not tested.
Being a largish quadcopter, with a 125 gram weight it can lift smaller objects, for example keychain cameras. Lifting large payload like a GoPro is out of question though. Due to the low weight FAA registration is not required.
The quadrotor is suitable both for indoor and outdoor flying, however due to it's size it flies best outdoors. The quadcopter has three speed modes, which can be cycled using the left shoulder button of the transmitter.
The three modes make it suitable for beginner, intermediate and advance pilots, and help with indoor and outdoor flying too: the slowest mode is best for indoor flying while fastest mode is best for outdoors.
The QC1 tolerates small winds well, still for best results use it only on calm days.
The quadrotor supports one-key return, which means it will fly backwards compared to it's initial direction, without you having to turn it around - this is really handy when you lose the orientation and just want to get the quadcopter back. The QC1 supports headless mode too - in this mode the directional commands (the right stick) will be interpreted with respect to the original direction, not the quadcopter's actual direction.
Suggested age group for the QC1 is 14 years and up. As the quadrotor has small parts keep it out the reach of small children.
The mini-drone has strong LED lights, which make night flying fun, and orientation easier too.
The package includes a manual too, however you may need a magnifying glass for it, as it's printed in a very small font. Also included are a 2GB MicroSD card and an USB card reader for the video functionality and an extra battery for the quadcopter. To start flying all you need are 4xAA batteries for the transmitter. The backside of the plastic holding the quadcopter contains the prop guards.
The QC1's props are gear driven, still the quadrotor flies quietly, and will not disturb anyone. The motors are the brushed coreless type, which are used on quadcopters as they are both cheap and can spin up really fast.
The package size is about 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm, the package weight is about 0.7 kilograms.
The cameraof the QC1 is a 2 megapixel unit, it can both take photos (in 1280x720 pixel resolution) and record videos onto the MicroSD card. The camera's output can be grainy, for some customers getting a faster MicroSD card resolved this issue.
The camera is not an FPV one, so you will not see the live stream. On the upside this means that you do not need a smartphone for the video functionality.
The camera is controlled from the transmitter, which has buttons for taking photos, and starting/stopping recording: pushing the throttle trim button up to take a photo, or push the throttle trim button down to start/stop the video.
The camera is both removable and can be tilted, however it can require more force than you expect. If you are not sure it's better not to force it.
Audio is not recorded by the camera.
The video is recorded in simple .AVI format, any video player can play it. A MicroSD card and USB card reader is included in the package too, so it's one less thing to worry about.
The batteryof the Qcopter QC1 is a huge, 1100 mAh, single cell, 3.7 volt LiPo battery - no wonder it flies for so long, up to 15 minutes. Even better the package comes with two batteries, for 30 minutes of flying.
The charge time is between 90 and 120 minutes, the charger is USB based and is compatible with any USB socket, including the iPhone wall charger.
To charge the battery first remove it from the quadcopter - it sits right under the canopy, in the top-center of the quad. Next connect it to the charger, and finally the charger to an USB socket. The charger's LED will turn off once the battery is fully charged.
The drone has low voltage alarm, it's LEDs will start blinking as it's running out of power. Land as soon as you see this.
Replacement batteries are probably available from the seller directly, however google will find nothing. 1100mAh batteries for the JJRC quadcopters could be compatible, as the QC1 seems to be a rebrand - however this is not verified.
The transmitteris a full sized unit, so you will not have hand-size issues with this one. With it's blue sticks and buttons it looks like a JJRC transmitter. The quadcopter's every function is available on the transmitter, including starting and stopping the video recording, and taking photos.
The transmitter uses the 2.4 Ghz spread spectrum technology, which is interference free, so you will be able to fly with others together. Just make sure you bind the quadcopters one-by-one.
The quadcopter only binds to it's own transmitter, and for now it's not available without a transmitter. Replacement JJRC transmitters could work, however this was not tested.
The transmitter is mode 2, with the throttle on the left.
Headless mode can be activated by pressing the left shoulder button. Long pressing the same button will activate the one-key return function.
For flip mode press the right shoulder button, then use the right stick to set the flip directions.
The yaw trim button bellow the left stick switches between beginner mode (when pushed to the left) and expert mode (when pushed to the right)
If the mini-drone is drifting after a crash, the gyros may need a reset. To do this place the quadcopter on an even surface, and move both sticks to the bottom right.
The transmitter has a small LCD screen, which displays the transmitter's current status, for example the trim settings.
Pairing the quadcopter and the transmitter is easy: turn both of, set the throttle (left stick) to the minimum. Next turn on the quadcopter, then the transmitter, push the throttle up to the maximum then down to the minimum again.
The control range is up to 100 meters, and as the quadrotor will simply shut down once out of range it's a good idea to push the limits only above soft surfaces.
Overallthe Qcopter QC1 is a fast and fun quadcopter, the only minor issue is the low quality camera. While parts are a bit hard to come by the seller is very helpful would you need anything, and the 15 minute flight time makes this quadcopter unique in it's category.
Fun: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Value: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Looks: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If you liked the Qcopter QC1 you will surely love the Syma X5C too. The seller has a great instructional video too on their website.