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Dromida Kodo UAV Quadcopter RTF with Camera
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 113 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video4.3   average
Charging4.2   above average
Flying4.0   average
Price4.0   average
Battery3.9   above average
Size3.9   average
Crash3.8   above average
Quality3.8   below average
Camera3.5   below average
Control3.4   below average
Guard3.2   below average
Propeller3.1   average
Blade2.8   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"It is true that the flight time is around five minutes, I would recommend a second battery, and it does not fly well in the wind, however at its size (smaller than my hand) and its price these are acceptable limitations for the fun the quadcopter has provided."
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"The fact that after I used this product one once and during that time the battery exploded, is just annoying."
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"He tried to power up the battery several times, but was unable to get it to work."
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"The battery life is not great."
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"It has a small 3.7V 390mAh battery that's good for about 10 minutes of flight time and charges in about 45-60 minutes."
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"We followed the directions, recharged the battery according the the instructions, and keep it in great condition to ensure that none of the props were bent or broken."
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"To their credit, the distributor replaced the battery charger without any hassle."
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"(And I know about connecting the battery on a level surface)So if you're an experienced flyer I recommend this product, but if you're getting it as a novice I wouldn't waste the money."
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"Lastly, the props and other parts are available online and would recommend buying some extra batteries if you like the product (bought three batteries on Amazon for $13 free shipping)."
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Blade

Blade:
"And if you don't ease into it, your going to go through the blades fast, or worse."
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"It also comes with a set of four extra copter blades and blade guards, so when I find out what the limits are, I will have that second set of blades to cover my mistake."
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"The quadricopter blades move fast enough that they can do some damage."
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"Placing the blade guards on the Quad before flying it is as time-consuming and frustrating a chore as anything I've ever faced when assembling a toy."
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"Fortunately, there was one more spare prop blade (for the side that I damaged), and I replaced it which fixed the problem."
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"Though I got the hang of it pretty quickly, this was not before flipping the thing and having it fall behind my tv, taking some damage to the rotor blades and snapping one off."
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"The blades break easily and it's tough to learn how to fly."
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"It is dang near impossible to install the guards without doing damage to the very blades they are built to protect, in fact.3."
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"I didn't think I did any damage to the blades, but upon repeated tries I could not get one of the motors off of the ground at full power."
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"Here is some great advise, put the blade guards on!"
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"One of the blades broke (luckily it comes with two extra white and two extra black blades), so I put the blade guards on and they work great, have crashed many times and no blade breaks!"
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Camera

Camera:
"I have had one glitch with the camera so I thought I might point it out."
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"The camera still function is not all that great, but it actually shoots rather good video surprising for such an inexpensive toy."
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"The camera pictures are not that great and I really don't use the camera."
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"What I don't love, the camera isn't great, and would consider the photos useless."
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"The camera is good in daylight but doesn't do well in low light conditions as expected."
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"Certainly it is nowhere as good as a camera or higher end quad but it is definitely watchable on the computer."
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"If you want a camera platform that's slow and stable with good range this isn't it."
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"The camera is a fun novelty."
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"Without the camera I would still love this quad, with the camera makes it that much more fun."
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Charging

Charging:
"Other annoying things are that the copter plugs into the charger using an electronic part called wafer connector."
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"Without waiting for a full charge the gyroscope does not work as great and it had a hard time keeping level."
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"It has a nice USB charger which makes charging pretty much anywhere simple and easy."
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"To their credit, the distributor replaced the battery charger without any hassle."
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"I've got one that I carry around to charge up my iPhone on the go, and it works perfectly to charge up my copter battery."
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"That way, if I lose the charger it would be easy to replace."
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Control

Control:
"It's not sophisticated enough for real use and too hard to control to be a toy."
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"Pretty hard to control and if you try to use it in a area with vegetation you can easily lose it, permanently."
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"is not easy to control, is very difficult"
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"If the quad trimmed better, had better stick control and held it's altitude with less problems I would have given it easily a 3 if not 4 star rating."
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"Annoying things: The remote control has a screw to take the battery cover on and off to replace batteries."
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"The remote control takes some time to figure out, and wasn't enjoyable for me."
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"Pretty hard to control and if you try to use it in a area with vegetation you can easily lose it, permanently."
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"The ability to control the pic video function from the transmitter is a terrific function not found on most small quadcopters...."
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"I also have the Ominus which is a little easier to control in my opinion but both are worth ever penny spent."
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"Extra PropellersProp GuardsBasic Instruction manual (complete instructions on web site)USB MicroUSB Card ReaderLithium Polymer Battery for the Quad CopterUSB Charging Plug for LiPo battery (Does not include a wall charger)Features:You have a 2.4ghz remote controller which will allow full control of the aircraft in any direction and is good for both indoor and outdoor (in low wind) flight."
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"Please be aware that you will spend some time acclimating yourself to the controls, which will take constant monitoring and a light touch."
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Crash

Crash:
"So far nothing has broken and I have crashed it a few times."
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"I would not recommend giving this to a child, and be careful of your eyes because if it crashed into your face that could be bad."
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")Then I flew it around for another five minutes and encountered another problem after a minor crash."
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"I started playing with it in the house (not a good idea), and crashed it into the wall."
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"I've had some pretty good crashes and I haven't broken any props, prop guards, or had any of the motors quit working."
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"It's amazing how much punishment it can take being crashed."
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"Over all, it has served my purpose well as a trainer and crash drone."
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"3) Seem to be fairly well made and does withstand crashes reasonably well."
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"Holds up very well, I have crash into the road, hit power lines, and ceiling."
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Flying

Flying:
"I was a little nervous with some of the negative reviews and the trouble we have had in the past with other flying toys."
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"It is true that the flight time is around five minutes, I would recommend a second battery, and it does not fly well in the wind, however at its size (smaller than my hand) and its price these are acceptable limitations for the fun the quadcopter has provided."
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"First, it's really not as easy to fly as it would appear."
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"My first attempts to fly to Kodo sent it pulling drastically to one side or another because I held it crookedly when I inserted the battery and it would try to return to that off kiltered orientation."
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"I had no experience flying anything and it was very hard to learn but I have figured it out and now I think it is quite fun."
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"Its impossible to not crash this thing, sometimes it just takes off in one direction and no matter how hard in the opposite direction you try to fly the thing it just keeps going the wrong way."
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"I've flown mine at least 50 times and haven't broken anything."
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"Regardless, it is very easy to fly indoors."
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"There is a learning curve, but it does fly well, and takes surprisingly good pics."
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"I have flown other toy helicopters with much less ease."
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"It's a steep learning curve for a novice, but I'm getting pretty comfortable with it after about 5 hours of flying, which is a lot of flight time given that it flies only about 5 minutes on a charge."
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Guard

Guard:
"I broke a rotor (with the guards installed and I could only install them upside down to keep them from hitting the blades) in 10 min or less, it takes forever to charge."
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"Within five minutes two props were broken and this is with the prop guards on."
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"Placing the blade guards on the Quad before flying it is as time-consuming and frustrating a chore as anything I've ever faced when assembling a toy."
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"My biggest complaint is that the copter does not come with the rotor guards installed."
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"My next attempt will be without the prop guards (thinking maybe it's the added weight), but I fear I'm going to lose the rotors again if it crashes - and they only provide you with one full set of replacement props."
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"To be fair, I added the included prop guards as soon as I opened the box (because I know I'm a terrible pilot).My quad didn't come with any instructions, so I went to the company's website, which is surprisingly excellent."
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"I've had some pretty good crashes and I haven't broken any props, prop guards, or had any of the motors quit working."
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"Stock up on spare propellors and guards ... they are easy to replace, but you will need to replace them at some point."
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"The guards are easy enough to remove install."
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"The guards seem only to be able to stop the propellers from contacting anything in the most gentle of bumps."
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"I would recommend installing the included rotor guards, the rotors on this one do break more easily than the Proto X Nano I also have."
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Practice

Practice:
"It does take some practice, however, and does not perform well on windy days."
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"It took another five minutes of inspections and practice before I realized that there was a TINY bit of damage to the end of one of the props."
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"This drone is fun too, but I wanted to practice indoor and it is not very practical with this drone."
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"A few flights of practice in a field an you should be good to go."
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"It's a very stable flight, and with a bit of practice you can really get some good control over this copter."
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"As it stands, though, I thought the blade speed control was too all or nothing, and difficult (but not impossible, with practice) to control easily."
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"Takes a bit of getting used to to control it easily, but practice helps."
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Price

Price:
"Cheap junk."
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" For the price, I say it's OK. Main complaint I have is flight time."
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"Pic video quality not great, but for the price expected."
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"Perhaps, but maybe not at this price...)I was pleased at the 2 GB mini-card that came with the copter, but I found the videos and photos to be much lower resolution than advertised, and more of a gimmick since I couldn't see what the copter was seeing -in real time- like the more expensive versions which link through your phone."
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"Otherwise, I think for the price you pay is a decent toy."
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"Fly's well, video is good for the price."
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"The seller is great and the product is good, for the price."
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"Highly recommend the kodo to anyone and can't beat the price."
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"This literally is about the easiest RC aircraft you can fly and is a steal for the price."
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Propeller

Propeller:
"I have had it for about 5 minutes and was practicing inside; I hit a cabinet and a propeller already broke."
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"I already broke a propeller on a stool post."
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"Within five minutes two props were broken and this is with the prop guards on."
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"Fortunately, there was one more spare prop blade (for the side that I damaged), and I replaced it which fixed the problem."
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"My next attempt will be without the prop guards (thinking maybe it's the added weight), but I fear I'm going to lose the rotors again if it crashes - and they only provide you with one full set of replacement props."
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"I broke a propeller the first time I used it."
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"I had one of the prop guards bend enough to where it wouldn't allow the prop to spin, but I just bent it out of the way and it was good as new."
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"I've had some pretty good crashes and I haven't broken any props, prop guards, or had any of the motors quit working."
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"Stock up on spare propellors and guards ... they are easy to replace, but you will need to replace them at some point."
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"The guards seem only to be able to stop the propellers from contacting anything in the most gentle of bumps."
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"The prop gaurds are nice."
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Quality

Quality:
"Pic video quality not great, but for the price expected."
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"Image quality is OK, but not good."
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"I thought I might fly this over the Halloween parade at school and take some pictures for the yearbook with it but the quality of the pictures isn't good enough for that."
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"The quality of the video is about as good as you would expect from such a device I suppose."
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"2) camera and video quality are pretty poor."
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"The aerial videos and photos are decent quality and with a little practice,flying it is relatively easy."
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"I didn't lower my rating, though, because the good qualities are still there."
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"Photo and video is easy to take and quality is fine, though video does help drain the battery."
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Size

Size:
"It is true that the flight time is around five minutes, I would recommend a second battery, and it does not fly well in the wind, however at its size (smaller than my hand) and its price these are acceptable limitations for the fun the quadcopter has provided."
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"It's very small (palm sized), and it's camera is fairly hidden."
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"The challenge is that the small size for this helicopter means it is so buffeted by winds that you can't really get enough stable flight time to really capture what you want on the camera."
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"Not recommended for small kids, though."
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"The controller is also very small; 2x 4 so if you have larger hands or fingers it may be a challenge to comfortably hold and use the controls between the joysticks."
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"It has a small 3.7V 390mAh battery that's good for about 10 minutes of flight time and charges in about 45-60 minutes."
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"Pretty good for as small as it is."
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"It is too small to be able to fight a breeze."
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"The ability to control the pic video function from the transmitter is a terrific function not found on most small quadcopters...."
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"The controller is too small to hold comfortably."
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Video

Video:
"Downloading the videos and pictures is a hassle."
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"The camera still function is not all that great, but it actually shoots rather good video surprising for such an inexpensive toy."
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"Pic video quality not great, but for the price expected."
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"Video resolution is not very impressive, but isn't bad for a tiny cam."
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"I was going to fly at night to record but I thought it wouldn't be able to see good but surprisingly the video came out nicely."
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"Perhaps, but maybe not at this price...)I was pleased at the 2 GB mini-card that came with the copter, but I found the videos and photos to be much lower resolution than advertised, and more of a gimmick since I couldn't see what the copter was seeing -in real time- like the more expensive versions which link through your phone."
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"I wouldn't call the photos or video crystal clear by any means, but they're decent."
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"Fly's well, video is good for the price."
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"Lot of fun takes great video"
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"The video and stills are pretty low res but surprisingly good for a $55 setup."
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"The ability to control the pic video function from the transmitter is a terrific function not found on most small quadcopters...."
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