I should say it’s, contixo c, o n t i x o i’ve, never heard of this brand, but they’re a pretty prominent amazon seller of mostly gps drones. That appears from what i’ve seen. So this is just going to be the table review overview portion. I’Ll. Do a separate video with the with the actual flight review, which most of you guys want to see. So if you uh are not if you’re just looking for the fight review, then just wait for that video um! I just like to divide the video. I said i want to divide the video up, because the gps drone reviews can get very very long whenever it’s, just everything in one video, which i typically do, but it can really drag on 30 40 minutes. So this way you can choose which video you need to watch to see what you are looking for about the drone, so let’s go ahead and dig in and see what comes inside of this contixo. This is the f30 i don’t think i mentioned yet. The model number of this guy, as you can see here on the tag i’ll turn it around here. It is hopefully that focus is in that’s the f30, so let’s go ahead and get it out of here. What one of the reasons i wanted to do, an actual unboxing that per se is so neatly packaged now, that’s, not as uncommon for the stuff from amazon compared to what you may get from china directly like from banggood.
But this one’s exceptionally well packaged and just really tidy – and i just want you to see this because this this gives you an idea of care or concern uh for the product. It just gives a higher quality presentation, and i personally am a big fan of that. So your drone – this is your i’ll, get it all out here in a second, but this is obviously the drone. This is your charging cradle for the two batteries that comes with this one. Your controller back here is your construction manual, extra props and a charging cable for uh the batteries it plugs into the cradle. I should say so: we’ll dig in here and see uh what’s. All you know ever everything looks like here in just a moment now on the amazon listing you may notice. If you look at it, if you go down the video description, i’ll include a purchase link to this. It looks slightly different on the amazon website compared to the drone that i received could be that mine’s just a slightly older model. They just have the. I noticed they have these little spinner, like attachments on the uh, on the top of the, where the props attach and on mine. It just uses these two screws. It appears they have some sort of quick release, uh version now it looks almost like the screw. You’D see on the back of a computer case, i believe that’s attaching to the drone.
Now i don’t think it’s a big deal. Otherwise the drone looks identical as far as i can tell so that’s one difference. They also they’re giving away micro sd cards with a lot of their drones and they advertise a 32 gig uh it’s a contixo branded car. That looks like a sand disk, but i don’t think that’s an actual relabeled one, but it could be um and they’re they’re, including that with this drone and this one i don’t see just doing a sneak peek in here that this has an sd card with the One i got, but it doesn’t matter. If you order from amazon, you will get the sd card version now, because this does have an sd card slot here on the side and that’s really important, because you’re not going to have all the drop frames that you might get if you’re just recording over a Wi fi feed, in fact, if you fly far enough away and it just records, wi fi you’re going to have dropped frames or just frozen video now the advertiser this actually does shoot. 4K video, um, oftentimes you’ll, see 4k listed on these drones and they’re. Just talking about the photos, this is claiming 4k, video, i’m sure it’s going to be either 25 or 30 frames per second there’s, no way it’s going to do 60., but still we’ll see how it how it looks when we do get to that flight review. Now this is just a single axis camera that i’m pretty sure yeah.
It feels like that’s motorized, i think i’m, not sure. Actually, i don’t hear anything. We’Ll have to look at the controller, like i hope this isn’t one where you have to set the angle before you take off. If it’s, it means usually you’ll hear a little servo gear in there, as you turn that i’m, not hearing that so let’s take a closer look at that when we get looking at the controller. This looks like an led here, and this is an optical flow camera to help you maintain a good lock. If you don’t have a gps lock, it helps to hold position so that’s. What that is, the battery goes, i think, on top, so let’s go ahead and let’s open up, get the drone folded out because obviously it’s foldable and it is brushless it’s. Just i need to get something to see. If i can pull this off here, it’s – probably not the best way to do this, pulling on that it’s almost like a trash bag type material. Now we can fold these arms out and actually get a closer look. I didn’t want to do this ahead of time, because i want you guys to see how nicely packaged this drone is holding all the props in place, so nothing gets possibly damaged in transit, so there it is all folded out. Now probably the biggest selling point of this drone is its weight. They advertise this to sub 250 grams, as you know, there’s a lot of restrictions on drones, especially in countries like canada.
I think maybe the uk places where, if you’re under 250 grams it’s not too hard to fly, if you’re over 250, it can be a real pain in the butt. This drone, they say, weighs 249 grams, and that is obviously with the battery here and already in place. So let’s just get my scale and see here. If we can confirm that it actually is indeed under 250 grams. The only possible weight difference we could have here is putting that sd cards into a drone, but that’s going to be well under a gram, a quarter of a gram or something that should not make a difference. Let’S go ahead and fire up scale and set it down here and see what we get. We get 246 let’s fold in the arms just to make sure that we’re not goofing up the weight with them out. So i did this while i go and i got 247. let’s see what we get now 246., so that was all after a weight uh there. So they said 249. it’s possible. My little amazon basic scale is a little bit off, but it’s under 250 and that’s really important, so that’s good. If you’re in the united states. That means you don’t have to put your faa number on the drone. If this is your only drone that you don’t even need to go to the faa website as of right now and get that number, which is five dollars, i still believe you probably have to take that new test.
Now the name of its flip of my mind that all drone pilots need to pass but i’m, not certain on that. I already did that, but i don’t know if that applies to sub 250 i’m, pretty sure it does, but it might not all right so that’s. The features there, the sd card – you got your led, you got your optical flow and your 4k camera on the front. There’S gon na be there’s a light here. I know and of course the led here on the bottom so hope to see how this guy does when he gets out there and we fly let’s make sure i’m holding it within the camera view there and what kind of flight time and you know how stable Is it all that stuff is what’s most important because with the non gimbal state you know stabilized gimbal camera you can’t expect the video is going to be too stable and that’s unfortunate. Usually, the video will wobble around where, at that point, these drones become better for photos uh, because the photo at least is not gon na be moving around on you, so lots of times i’ll try to remember to take a photo of this. I use it to take a photo let’s see if we fire it up. I know it. Let me be quiet for one that’s, the esc, music. There is that blinking light, and i don’t see anything here on the bottom at the moment, but you do have the front flashing light let’s go ahead and turn it back off by holding in the power.
It goes green for a moment and then it goes out when it’s done let’s go ahead and look at the controller, then we’ll look at the battery and the charger and instruction manual last. They do include these little foam insert things over the knobs which i like to help protect the gimbal sticks. You got your on and off here. This is probably to unlock and lock the props on the back. You have these little handles that swivel out you make it a nice comfortable hole. The controller feels decent. This is not my first time seeing this controller. This is pretty common. I don’t know if this is an mgx mjx drone, it sort of looks like it and the controller kind of reminds me of some of theirs. The antennas one of these are is real and it’s this one right here. Hopefully, if i get this to focus in, it should be pretty close to focus, but you might be able to see that there’s a wire in here. So this the antenna needs to be up this one you don’t actually have to put up, because it’s it’s just for looks it’s fake. So of course you got altitude hold, as with the case with all these gps drones again, i think this is your motor unlock. This should be your photo video button, probably going to be a quick press for photo long press for video start and stop. This looks like your return to home, so you press that you want to see.
It could be a long press, but it may be let’s find just a quick press come back and it should land very, very close, hopefully to where it took off from in case you lose signal or the low battery alert. These drones of the batteries get low on gps. Drone it’ll come back and land, so it doesn’t end up falling sky on you far away from where you took off, or if you just want to call it home, then you obviously press the button on the side. You have a gps on and off switch this little toggle, so by default it’s on. If you turn it off, you’ll go into an altitude hold only mode. I believe, though, it may then at that point use optical flow. Some of them do and then sometimes it gives you additional features in the app you can test like a active or dynamic tracking. I don’t know if this drone has that, but some of them do and they only work in optical flow mode, so that’s. Why that switch may be there up on top you’ve got? This looks like your auto takeoff and landing, so you probably have to unlock the prop and then press this to take off press it also again to land the drone again. This is just going by my experience: i’ve not looked closely at the manual, so it’s possible. Something i’m telling you here could be a little off. This is this one.
Here is going to be your rates and it’s going to be two or three. It says: high low, so i’m thinking it’s, just two rates, a beep and a double beep, and probably a long press would turn the leds off that’s a little light says i don’t know why you want to do that: you’re not going to really save any battery Power this looks like a spot for knobs and they’re, not there, and that would be to you know. Typically, you’d have one knob at least to tilt that that camera. So i am thinking this. Unfortunately, this camera appears to not be motorized, so it take off. You’Re gon na have to preset it, and at that case i would just leave it straight out as far as it can go. In fact, if it would go up any upwards at all which it does just barely that’ll help as you’re flying and higher rates forward to hold the horizon a little better, but unfortunately with it being a fixed camera in terms of fixed after you take off you’re. Going to be filming down at the ground more the faster you go or the more forward pitch you give the drone. So do keep that in mind, but hopefully it takes. You know a good uh photo in the video we’re, just hoping just at least doesn’t have a lot of you know: wobble jello wobble or something in it, which it being brushless it’s less likely to compared to the brushed motors.
But you know we’ll see what what it looks like let’s go ahead and open up this actually let’s, just pull all the battery off the drone that’ll be easier than taking that out of the bag. Now the package they’re both going to be the same. These are let’s make sure we get this focused in here. This is a 7.6 volt 1500 milliamp hour battery 7.6 volt is 0.2 volts above the standard 7.4 that they usually say. That means it’s. The lithium uh polymer high voltage it’s a high voltage lipo. So a little bit more power that’s good. So i like to see that if they use that on these drones, you don’t see that as much on the borderline toy grade. This is, i would put this as borderline toy grade hobby grade in my person. Personally, really, for me, hobby grade needs to have some sort of stabilization. In my opinion, used to be you just need to brush those motors, that’s become so common now that it’s not that big of a deal, and then you got your cradle here, which i’ll go ahead and open this up. This is going to be where you put the batteries in so let’s grab that battery out of the drone. Again, if i can do that with one hand – and this is going to go down in here – looks like like this snap in the cable which i’ll show you in a minute is a usbc that’s nice, and that will power up this charging cradle.
We’Ll have to see once we get going where the lights are. It looks like there might be some lights right here, something’s going to indicate when the battery’s done and obviously i’ve not had a chance to dig through the instruction manual exactly on that, but that’s nice. That means we can take both batteries charge both of them up at the same time, and you can have two batteries ready to go to go fly this drone and double your flight time. I always recommend giving the drone a short break in between fro flights just to let the motors and cool down a little bit and let’s go ahead and look in the back of the case. This is a pretty nice case. It doesn’t have the foam cheap foam inserts like some of them. It actually has the molded insert. This. Is your usb cable and a phillips screwdriver to remove the props, because this one obviously has the different style than the one in the amazon listing, and this is uh the bag, with your full set of extra props and then inside of here you’ve got your instruction Manual which i’ve taken a peek at this, this is one of the best instruction manuals i’ve ever seen in terms of just its full color. It looks to be well written just really nice, not as unexpected again for an amazon product, but they still can be a bit hit or miss. This is light years better than here’s some inserts here they say, they’ll give you.
If you share your experience, they can give you extra props a 32 gig card that’s, the one they’re, including now. So if you buy this now, you may have a different insert or an extra battery which an extra battery is very uh. Nice that’s pricey for a lipo battery here’s the instruction manual. Just you guys can see here i mean look how well uh written that appears to be how the it’s, nice and it’s in color. This is what you want: it’s going to really help it’s going to really really help you to know how to fly. This drone looking to see i’m, pretty sure yeah, this one just takes double, probably double a batteries. It doesn’t tell you. I was looking to control instructions. I don’t think it has a chart it’s not rechargeable. Obviously the drone batteries are now here is the app. This is the mrc pro app i’ve never heard of this app it’s, probably a reskinned version of another app. But here is your app store for ios and your android google play qr code to scan to grab that app i’ll, try to grab that and get a screenshot of what the app actually looks like here and put that overlaid on the video but yeah there’s. A lot to dig through a lot more than i’m going to be able to do here during this review. You can see they break down all of the the buttons. This is your compass calibration.
They tell you how to do that, which is you always going to be a a horizontal, a vertical spinning and a controller will be lots of times. The app will also confirm that with you, if you’re connected to the app as well um, i don’t know if it tells you how to do a a level. You know this gyroscopic calibration is both sticks down into the left that’s to set the drone to level and it’s talking about here, the compass calibration i’m thinking that that one may just be sort of automatic when you power it up i’d have to read through this, But it’s, not it doesn’t. I don’t see a diagram for a stick combination to start that lots of times they do have a stick combinations or a button on the controller other times. It’Ll just go straight into compass, calibration mode or it may pop up on the app and tell you to press a button to start there’s a lot of different ways that they do that so yeah. This looks like everything we got it weighed and all the stuff. You want to make sure we cover, in this unboxing overview of this little drone, again, it’s, really nice, that this is under 250 grams, especially for many of the foreign people. Obviously amazon, i don’t know if this is sold at all the the forum spot. So when i mention this is more important, of course, this may only be sold in the us and that’s the case.
The 250 gram limit isn’t such a big deal, it’s, basically just saving you five bucks and having to put your number on there. You have to abide by all the same rules so it’s, not really. If you’re gon na, if you’re worried about the five bucks, you probably shouldn’t, be buying a drone that’s. What i’m saying so the sub 250 is not really relevant too much in the us, but it is in other countries, and this could be available uh in the uk or australia or places where they have amazon source. I just don’t know i was just sent to it from the u.s warehouse and that’s what i’ll be linking to down in the product description. So if you want to take a chance on this drone right now, there will be a purchase link in the video description to this. At very least, you can check it out to see what i was talking about the different, the very slight cosmetic difference between this one and that one, but otherwise, i would say, hold off. It would be probably irresponsible to buy this drone now without seeing the flight review to actually see. If i think this drone is worth it, if it flies really well and it’s stable and it does a good return to homes, then i probably would say: it’ll probably be okay, because i don’t usually expect a whole lot from the camera on these drones. All right guys that wraps up the unboxing overview of the contixo, i hope i’m pronouncing that right: f30 foldable, brushless, gps drone.
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