iFlight Alpha C85HD // UpSide Down CineWhoop // Filming Drone
Of course this is hd, so we have the addix nebula pro camera right up here on the front and in the center stack we have the cadx vista, the l1 flight controller that’s. Underneath this print is the 6xd, which is a 20 amp esc. Flight controller comes with zing, 1303 5000 kv motors, and we have an iflight branded antenna out. The back of that cadx vista the space between the carbon fiber and the motor is 3d printed, not necessarily there for soft mounting. I think it’s just there to extend the carbon fiber up away from the frame, so the vista can be mounted underneath motor poster motor posts i’m. Getting a little over 85 millimeters coming in closer to 88 millimeters. The carbon fiber top plate looks to be two millimeters thick. It weighs a hundred four and a quarter grams. I flew it on this gnb 550 milliamp 4s battery, which kind of splits the difference on the recommended battery between a 450 and a 650, and that brings the weight up to 176 and a quarter grams. I also flew it with the insta360 go 2. This is the larger or most recent edition of the insta360 go. Of course, i have a mount for that which brings our weight to 111 grams. It comes with a micro, usb cable, as well as a usbc cable for your flight controller, as well as the caddix vista. You get two battery straps an extra set of props.
This foam can be placed around the outside to add some additional protection for flying, say inside m2, 12 millimeter, screws, m2, four millimeter screws and some six millimeter screws. You also get these two little washers, probably for use around your camera and these four plastic m2 nuts. As well as this battery mat, i’ve already got one on the quad get a catex manual. Of course, a fly safe and responsible card card for the user manual, and one that tells you the prop rotation and stickers i’m, going to show you the first flight, as well as two additional segments of flight and we’ve, already armed and taken off. This is the footage from my insta360 go 2 and it does a fairly nice job, i’ve actually um, those of you that follow along the channel. I was not pleased with how the institute insta 360 go 2 with stabilizing footage. Initially i went through a factory reset and the insta360 go sent me a file. It seems to be better. I still did a comparison kind of a side by side walking around with the original go and the insta360 go to, and i think the go 2 still has some work to be done, especially when it comes to the turns you’ll see every once in a while. It seems like the the camera has kind of has to catch up and so it’ll make a quick or abrupt move. So anytime, you see that that’s, the camera, not necessarily the quad uh in the second flight, it’ll, be a more aggressive flight and you know it’s one of those things where it’s not made for that or designed for that, but it’s.
One of those questions that can be answered with just trying it out and it fly more aggressively, can you use it for freestyle purposes and we’ll we’ll see a segment of that at the very least, and then the last flight will be? What does the camera image? Look like through the dji or the caddix nebula pro camera, and i think that’s pretty important to see you can stabilize footage while it might look nice. What you see in the goggles is what i’m going to show you in the last segment of flight footage. This is inverted, and the premise behind inverted is: it should be more stable, whether that is just a premise or a theory or where it bores out. In reality. You know i i i couldn’t say you know: i’ve been flying a long time. Almost five years now and when i fly these, i don’t necessarily feel they’re more stable than something that’s got the motors. What we oftentimes refer to as right side up. Some people are sold on that um and maybe there’s some sort of science behind that that says, it’s, obviously true, but as of yet i can’t tell a difference when i’m flying it for whatever that matters. It does mean that when you take off and when you land that you probably need to be more careful about how you take off and land, you know, can your props spin freely? Are you coming down on a flat surface? Of course, if you hit something and crash, you don’t have much of a choice, but you know the props are right down there, uh oftentimes on all in one boards a bit of a concern.
This is a 20 amp board, so you should have good esc overhead. So if you arm – and you can tell the props don’t spin freely – you shouldn’t burn an esc, it should be okay. I just wouldn’t suggest giving it a whole lot of throttle uh. If you are in one of those situations where your prop cannot spin freely. You know you hear that you know disarm quickly, figure out what’s, going on rear, so it’s, mainly purpose in the quad toolbox, is for flying like this slow cinematic, get your shot sort of flying, whether that’s a shot of your backyard or maybe, if you live somewhere Much more scenic, most of the places around my neck of the woods aren’t all that scenic. You know it’s kind of rural farm country and that can be scenic and in the right lighting in the right conditions in the right field, downtown there isn’t a whole lot to look at at least i wouldn’t go down there and fly much just because it’s, probably Going to draw a lot of attention and extra attention is certainly not something i want to go after, especially negative attention that’s the end of our flight, that flight came in at 3 minutes and 18 seconds. This is going to be our faster flight here, so you can tell the lighting’s a little bit different. Uh we’ve got the uh. This is what you see in the goggles and it’s hard to tell here, but there’s a little bit of movement in the camera and i’m, not sure if that’s the pid tune, or if that is the actual camera mounts possibly moving around.
I did double check the camera to make sure that it was firmly seated inside that tpu uh. I also made sure i went to iflight’s website they post all their pid tunes to their quads. They have a repository or a dump where they put the cli, and i we made sure that i had mine set up as though it was set up for, as for the factory on the pid tune and the filter setting. And then this is just kind of testing out. What can it do in a more aggressive sort of flight style if you’re looking for acceleration and performance? How does it handle that, of course, it’s not designed for this, but again you know just giving it a little bit of effort a little bit of time, that’s, a question that i can answer. If i just go out and try it not that i’m telling you you should look to fly this quad this way, because it flies heavy um when you’re trying to fly it. This way you have to be really kind of a spot on on your throttle, or things will get away from you pretty quickly. But this is gives you a sample of what you see in the goggles in a more aggressive sort of flight and you’ll, see, especially when i hit the higher throttle that the vibrations in the camera become a little bit more prominent. Most people don’t care for that. But again, if your primary purpose is a package that’s this size that flies with this sort of battery somewhere in the 450 milliamp 4s to a 650 milliamp 4s and you get around three minutes.
Maybe four minutes of flight on those batteries depending upon all your environmental factors uh. This can be a package that might work for you. It does have that mount right up front. They tout this as flying for three to four minutes on a 450 milliamp with the naked gopro. You know, of course, the insta 360 go. 2 is quite a bit heavier than an original go but i’m, not sure it’s um as heavy as a naked gopro, especially depending upon which version that you go for. They seem to all wait a little bit different, but you know this. This is one of those things where some people just aren’t looking for this sort of quad. They want more acrobatic, more aerobatic sort of freestyling sort of quads or racing quads, but this is a quad that fits in the niche of having a tool in your toolbox. Whether you’re a professional, maybe you’re a videographer or something maybe it’s, something you want to look at this last fight that we’re going to look at is going to be the slower flight through the fpv, goggles and right here. My camera did this and i did what happened there. I kind of hear myself saying what was that i have no idea. It only did it the one time. I flew this thing, probably three to four times over the course or not three to four times total. Three to four times a day over the course of about a week to 10 days.
Many of those days i was just looking to see if i could find a calmer day, no wind and having prop protection, doesn’t oftentimes cooperate. It’S got the straight edges on the prop protection, so when wind does blow it does have an impact on your flight path and the quad’s flight abilities. So i would take it out a number of times looking for those different days, different sorts of wins, seeing what it could take being what you know worked out best for the footage of the insta3602. I also flew it without the insta360 go to in order to see if the vibration was possibly caused. The vibration in the camera i mean uh was caused by my camera mount or how i’d mounted it it didn’t have any impact. I see to my eye. I see the same sort of image movement with or without my go to camera and the mount that holds that, so it seems to be just something that is there so it’s something you definitely need to be aware of. This does come in an analog version or you can just buy the frame if this is something that you want to do, i do think that the prop protection will be somewhat durable and we’ll. Take a closer look down at the desk. It is fairly flexible oftentimes. What we find in prop protection, if it’s super rigid and it doesn’t, give much then it’s going to break on an impact versus giving a little bit and springing back to its shape.
We haven’t seen a lot of that recently, but there was a time when we had quads that just had prop protection, not like oops, not circular, not going all the way around the props that were super rigid and on first impact or on impact. They would snap and crack and break we’ve gotten away from that for the most part, with a different blend of plastics. That seems to be a whole lot more durable, it’s, a fairly good look. You know we saw the slow cruisy flight from the insta. 360 go 2. We saw the faster flight through the native camera, the caddix nebula pro and here we’re, looking at another segment, it’s, essentially the same flight that i showed you with the go 2 camera. I just this is the image that you see in the goggles and you can see some of the image stability just isn’t quite there, so i mentioned it when we’re looking at that flight footage that you know this here, let me hold it. This wasting seat a little bit better. This gives a little bit and it springs back into shape, so the hoop itself is probably going to be pretty durable and, of course, it’s attached all together throughout the frame, and so that shouldn’t be much of a concern. Of course, on a high impact, say if you’re going down a building dive and you get out of control and you smack into the cement this whoop and it’s staying intact is probably the least of your concerns.
Being you have, you know, 150 or 200 worth of nebula pro and vista at today’s current pricing. I saw a pricing for the this setup with the vista and the camera alone was 199 on one particular shop. It may have been on more than one, but it seems like the prices in it in this hobby are certainly uh going up up up up up uh. These screws that go through this tpu print are all the way through it’s, not as though you have to do anything special. They go right through to the motor. I did also check these to make sure they were nice and snug, not overly tight, not overly loose again. I checked my camera make sure it was tight on both sides as well as tightening the nuts across the bottom, which you know are a little cumbersome to get to you kind of have to throw a needle nose down through there and then get your driver up Here turn them and make them make sure they were taut. I didn’t want after i’d flown it a few times i thought. Well, maybe this is a bit loose and i thought this camera mount was a little bit loose but – and i i can’t necessarily blame it on the camera mount maybe it’s just how the quad flies with the pid tune that it comes on. Speaking of pidtune, if you have an iflight product, it does seem as though they are carrying, as i said, that repository it’s.
Actually, i think a google drive repository of all the different pid tunes. So if you have this or some other iflight product and you’ve updated betaflight, and it didn’t work out to where you could retune it jump over to iflight’s website and then go to their support section and look for their their pid tunes that they have stored away. I’M not sure how far back that goes, but that’s uh the first place. I would go something they did pretty interesting. You see here. We’Ve got this little flap in the print that hides the usb port, and this also gives us a little bit of extension to where it’s off the ground see how it wouldn’t actually come down and land on the props or the screws or the hoops it would. Land on this square here in the middle that is uh covering our flight controller and it is soft and the only concern i have is. If you came down, you know real hard say an unintended, a landing or a crash that if you had a rock or some surface that was uneven and you happen to hit right here. The usb port is right below that. This is real firm to get this up. You can either take something and get it kind of in between there, but i have a little bit of a fingernail, so i can get my fingernail down in there that’s how you access the usb port speaking of usb ports, the usbc port.
I did find that i needed to take this motor off and be able to get my cable in there in order to be able to activate the vista which is required and then, of course, after it activates it. Oftentimes wants to update there. Hasn’T been an update in a while from dji or cadx on the vistas, so i think it’s well one zero, six or one six zero, something like that same version, i’ve been running for it seems like a year or so. I do appreciate that they have a battery mat up here. That is rubberized and it does have a texture. They give you two of them. I can’t see needing two of them, but it’s there just in case uh. Maybe this one gets uh gummed up with debris and you can’t get it clean, so you just peel it off and put another one on i’ll. Look at that carbon fiber! If you want to look at the weave as far as the stiffness it’s going to be a little bit hard to tell, because the loops are all kind of interconnected, if i can somehow figure out a way, i’ll just put my fingers on the tops of the Motors here it seems fairly stiff, but again it’s all hard to say, because it’s all interconnected on multiple levels. You know you have a secured layer here, as well as a secured layer at the carbon fiber level. If you’re flying a 650 battery, they tend to fit a little bit better.
As far as the size of this battery strap with this 550, you do have enough that you can get some of the velcro attached, but it gets pretty short. I think it was somewhere in this nature. I’Ll just put the battery in there, so you can see it so there you go. I got the battery in there and i’ve got a little bit of the velcro. I didn’t have any problems with this. I just noticed that the 650, even though it’s a larger battery, because it’s uh flat and it’s longer that that one the battery strap seems to be a little bit better off with that as far as getting more velcro stuck together. And, of course, i have my lead up here with the longer batteries, i tend to put my lead between the two battery lead wires and then twist it to make sure it stays in there that way, the balance lead doesn’t get down into the props or anything. I tend to do one of those either secure it with the strap or i secure the balance port of the balance lead of the battery by twisting this poking that connector through here and then when i plug in it, it keeps things pretty secure. I was flying it with the dji radio, which is oftentimes what i use when i have these caddixvista based systems, i’ll use the dji radio, the old one, the old black one, and, of course you need the dji goggles.
I have the version. One version two is apparently out: i’ve talked about this before i haven’t had a lot of experience with the version 2 and talking to people, but from talking to others and what the general sentiment online is. They oftentimes work but there’s some percentage of the time. The v2 dji goggles will give people fits to where maybe they have to activate them, with the dji, fpv quad or other smaller issues. I haven’t experienced any of those issues, of course, because i have the v1 goggles and i didn’t buy the v1 goggles right when they came out. I bought them after they had matured a bit and there was an update or two out, but as far as the c85 hd, you know, like i said early on in the video it’s, a quad that you might need in your quad toolbox for doing a particular Job it’s not going to do a lot of jobs very well. It does one job that it’s designed for and that is slow cruising flight using some sort of hd camera. You could record straight from your fpv camera. You get an awful nice image through that in better lighting conditions than what i’ve had in my flights with it. We’Ve had so much stinking rain, but uh that’s. What you know in a small package like this, of course, if you have the space or the area, that you want to look at something bigger, they’re going to carry a bigger battery, they can fly even longer.
Then you know there might be other iflight products or other products in general. You want to look at this. One is 85 millimeters, uh dimensions or 88 millimeters, according to my calipers last point to talk about is the price of course, and i see the price for the hd version hold on to your hats comes in at 309.99, the analog version which, depending upon which receiver You tend to pick when you purchase that one 169.99 i’ll put the iflight shop, links to the two quads, the dji version, or the hd version, as well as the analog version down in the video description, as well as any other shop that might be carrying this Right now, pricing on most of the stuff that we are using in this hobby that make up the quads and these flying machines they’re going up, unfortunately, everything’s going up and it’s, not it’s, not specific to iflight or any company it’s. Just all the components are becoming more expensive. Unfortunately, dealing with everything we’ve dealt with over the last year plus now we’ve got prices increasing and are our getaway our fun hobby.