um im not going to cover any of the specs if you guys are interested in specs ill put some of them up on here, click on the link to the product page. If you want more details on all the little specs im going to talk more about like what this is like to fly and who this is going to be good for and who is this not really going to be good for and all the little quirks that I found about this particular model while ive been flying around for the last few weeks and i think those are going to be more interesting than the reading off the specs. So three inch props here, um 2004 motors uh running this on 4s and you can see im running two batteries here. Ill talk about the battery setup here in detail shortly running the vista system. Here its digital dji. I believe its only dji, i might be mistaken on that check the product link. I dont think theres an analog version of this, but obviously this is the um ghost drone or the 360 drone. I guess theyre not exactly sure what they call it. These days um the x9360 and i think, theres another one that i reviewed from rob fpv are based on 5 inch propellers much larger footprint than this. This is about a similar footprint to like a squirt or some other 3 inch cinema thats out there. But, of course this is for 360 video and weve got the insta 360 1r camera in here 360 camera with a 360 mod no battery.

It is running off of a bc and ill show you here that in a second got ta talk about that as well. You see lens on top and, of course lens on the bottom and of course this makes um flying this uh without damaging the lenses on the bottom, landing, of course, somewhat challenging. I tip i just put towels down on the ground and grassy areas, and that seems to be okay and lens is okay. Now they do provide these little lens guards uh. These are a newbie drone product that come on. They basically stick it on to them to the main lens, with some like a sticky adhesive, and they give you like four of those uh its very difficult to get that on. I actually ruined one when trying to put it on so um, be very careful when you attempt to put the sticky adhesive on the lens guard and put that on the 360 mod, its very challenging to get it correct, but thats on there to make. This make sure it doesnt fall off in flight, because the tpu mounting here doesnt really hold that lens guard in place. It just holds the camera in place, so the camera is powered off of a bec that converts the power uh yeah its almost its, like almost impossible, to see here its buried in the back its right there. You can barely see that little plug right there. So there is a plug that is going into that bec board um, which is actually the bc boards actually on the main pc boards on the side here so theres a plug over here right there that jsd plug right there.

That goes into another jc plug thats. On another board that goes into the usb c port of the 1r camera and that powers the camera, while youre on flight and my model, when i got it first, i was flying around and it turned on. You know, obviously powered on and the camera was recording. I took off when i landed, the camera had no power, and that happened a few times and i was like – and i got no video recording. Of course, i was like kind of getting kind of frustrated and it turns out that this little plug this right here, which you can barely see, was a little bit like just a tiny bit crooked and not all the way plugged in and im pretty sure that Was vibrating out while i was in flight and causing the power to be lost, so i plugged it in all the way make sure it was nice and secure and nice and straight um. And then, after that, i had no problems with the power to the camera. That seemed to work, but if you have similar issues, may want to double check that connector. There make sure that that is not being pulled on in any way those those that connect. There goes these wires here, and it goes to the side over here and its here into this bc board that converts the battery power into 5 volts for the 1r camera. So something to be aware of – and you can see here that basically the camera is a permanent install – you have this tpu part here all these screws to hold the camera in the bottom, and that is likewise the same on the top, and so i have to Remove all these screws to pull the tpu part off put the camera in you have to put the basically you take this whole tv part off.

You have to put the camera in an angle so that you can get that little board there with with the usb c plug plugged in and then its a very tight fit. You have to basically get the camera and settled in and then put the tpu port back on to um, secure the camera in place and so its a bit fiddly a bit tricky to get all that in there um yeah, but its basically like a permanent install In my opinion, its like you can, you know, obviously the camera, if you want to later, but im going to leave it in here as for as long as im going to have this model because im not i dont, use this camera for any other 360 purposes, Because i have the uh uh insta360 one x2 camera now, so i actually wasnt even using this, so im just going to be using this on this drone exclusively, which is fine thats in here like this. Now, if you need access to the micro sd card which is again permanently installed, basically in this setup, they do offer you this usb port right here that you can plug plug into and so basically plug that in plug into your computer. You have to power the camera on. It goes through all those little beeps and whatever device detection and then ill show up as a usb port or a usb device. And then the uh micro sd card will show up as a drive letter on your computer.

Assuming that all your usb drivers are working properly uh one of my computers, i had a usb driver problem and it wasnt showing up until i fixed it and then once i fixed it, then the card showed up on that one. So be aware that that is um. This is how youre going to access that micro, sd card ill have to dig the camera out of here. They offer you this little port right there, so you can get access to the data and pull it off. That way. You can just leave the camera in here now. Uh. Getting the batteries in here is tricky, so these are 520 milliamp hour 4s gmb batteries. Now they rate well. They recommend, i think, 660 and 850 4s gmb batteries which are similar dimension to these um because they have they have to fit this tpu part here that holds the battery in place. So uh, you know, youre gon na need a battery as a similar dimension. To these the 660 or the 850 – and this 520 is similar its just that its not as long so it doesnt stick out as much, but the dimensions are similar between the 520, the 660 and the 850. Of course, the bigger the battery the more flight time youre going to get but be very careful how you plug in your and charge your batteries, because if, for example, you have one battery thats full and one battery thats depleted because its using this parallel battery setup.

Because its basically combining two batteries in a parallel setup so that you have instead of a 520 milliamp hours, you can have 1040 milliamp hours combined for the two batteries in terms of energy available uh to fly it. And if you make the mistake of not having the same battery charge on both batteries, what happens is the because of the imbalance when you, when you plug this in, in terms of parallel setup, the theres going to be huge current of energy basic electrons flowing from The higher voltage battery to the lower voltage battery and depending upon that voltage difference, you could possibly start a fire so before you plug in one of these, make sure that theyre both of the same voltage or approximately very close to the same voltage. Otherwise, youre going to have a serious problem on your hands so and they do have a bunch of stickers and stuff on on the drone before you. You know we take it out of the box before you put everything together. They do warn you about that. But again, yeah make sure that the batteries are of the same voltage, um. Otherwise, youre gon na have a big problem. Now getting the batteries in and out of here is very fiddly. You can do it. I decided just to leave my batteries in here and um. Just connect up like an extension cable, i built one of these little extension cables for the balance lead, and then i have another one for the xd30 so that i can just plug up one of these batteries into a charger im just gon na leave in here.

You know obviously thats going to limit you to like one flight at a time um, because the getting the batteries in and out here is very fiddly uh. I think this is one of the gripes i have about this design is that the battery is not easy to put in and take out of. Maybe they can fix that in a future revision. I dont know um, but yeah thats. The the biggest gripe i have with this model is the basically swapping out the batteries is not easy on this one. Now, in terms of the way, the rest of the drone looks, you know, looks like a typical. You know three inch type of cinema up here with 2004 motors um. This is you know because its like a ghost drone, its not really meant for acro, because you can pretty much point the camera wherever you want when youre doing your post processing. So you know im ill ill show you some example like flights. Ive actually done a lot of example, advice before on the previous videos on these 360 drones, so theres not a whole lot more. I can show you uh. Basically, you can as youre flying along. You can in post in post production, you can point the camera up down behind any direction. You want this 360 camera, so you can make the flight look. However, you want itll look cooler if youre flying like with objects to the right and left and above and below that, usually will give you a cooler, looking 360 video as youre flying around so hopefully im showing you some good examples of that here, but um yeah.

You know this is a drone for people that want to get that sort of ghost drone footage. 360 drone footage, but with a smaller footprint than what has been previously available in the x night 360 or the other options that are out there, that have it can hold a 360 camera. Um im sure that theres a lot of other other ones out there. That im, not aware of you, know, im sure plenty of people in the comments will educate me on my ignorance but yeah. This basically is another alternative to those other ones out there with a fairly small footprint and one that you dont have to build. So i think several other ones out there you do have to build them. I think actually, most of the options available out there are build options versus very few. Are binding. Flaps like this one in the x836 here, as far as i know, are the only binding fly options available in this category. So you can either go for the bigger one, with the five inch props and new prop guards bigger footprint, or you got the smaller three inch. Cinnamon type form form factor here in this one here or you have to build it yourself. So if youre in the camp, where you dont want to build or dont feel like building, then basically you have this three inch option and the x 9 360 5 inch option and thats pretty much it. But you know in terms of how much it weighs its pretty similar to a lot of the three inch synonyms out there with the gopro.

You know carrying a gopro around um. Yes, this parallel battery setup, which is kind of unusual. You know youre not gon na see that in any other three inch cinewolves out there, but in terms of flight characteristics in terms of um performance. You know i dont. This is for like cinema flying not for acro and doing that kind of stuff. With a 360 drone is, in my opinion, kind of pointless um because its not really what this is designed for. So, if thats, what you want and id recommend just getting something something else, thats more designed for freestyle versus something like this. I think its going to be for a specific purpose, like you know, certain environments, that you want to get really interesting footage where youre like basically going through a lot of gaps in different environments. And you want to capture that 360 footage. And then this is kind of what youre looking for so its a very specific use case, in my opinion, so not really for everybody. Now, one more thing that i do have to mention regarding the footage and these little lens guards that are on the top and the bottom, which i believe you really should. I think you should use otherwise youre going to risk damaging the lenses. I think that doing the calibration of the stitching is going to be kind of tricky. I had to. I used a custom calibration, a custom setting because the pre built ones didnt really give some good results, and then you get some like lens flaring and some minor chromatic aberrations that dont really gets dont really get filtered out in certain situations.

So you can kind of tell that and when youre flying through certain areas where the suns hitting at the right angle, because it is a basically the lights being refracted through the lens guard and off of the surface of the lens, then you get some sort of Optical, you know aberrations that are difficult to uh, basically get out of there and post processing. So something to be aware of. If you are preferring the best um, basically the best video footage over protection, then you dont want to be using these lens guards. In my opinion, you know then youre going to get the best optical performance out of the lenses, of course, at the risk of damaging the lenses, especially the one on the bottom, and basically you cant land anywhere, except for a specified landing spot. That is basically soft and not going to damage that lens on the bottom thats, the one thats going to that wants thats the one thats at the most risk. And, of course, if you crash, both lenses are recipes. You could land upside down and depending on where you land, so those are the downsides of these 360 drones and im sure a lot of you guys that are into 360 drones already know about this. But if you arent, these are things that you need to be aware of. Okay, i think thats going to do it for this video.