Long Range FPV? NO PROBLEM! iFlight Chimera 7 HD Test & Review
This is a regular 5 inch quad from iflight, and this is their 7 inch long range chimera, 7 hd, and this will be the star of todays video Applause. So this drone is not new. It has been on the market for quite a while now uh, but i just started using it a couple of weeks ago and uh iflight was kind enough to send me one full review and if you know my channel, you know that ive been a big fan Of their pre built, quads, ive tested quite a few of them here on the channel. The nas ghoul 5 tennessee 5 invoke the protect 35, the protect 25, the chimera 4, the bumblebee all sorts of different quads have been here on the channel uh, but this one is by far the biggest i have uh tested from them. They also have a cine lifter, but i im not a huge fan of those as of right now, but the chimera 7 is something very, very different from the traditional 5 inch quad in my opinion, because it offers very different flight characteristics and of course it allows You to go very very far, something that i wouldnt wouldnt normally do with my regular quads now im able to do with this one so im very excited for todays video to share my impressions. Let you know what i think about the chimera 7, whether its a good purchase or not, and, of course, ill show you some sample footage with it.
So lets get on with it. So the first thing you will notice when you look at this frame, is how big it is. Uh, you saw in the intro how big this is uh, compared to a regular 5 inch and its very, very long, its quite the long frame, and also when you account those antennas on the back. The frame just becomes a lot a lot longer, but those antennas are arguably the most important thing in this drone simply because of how they are attached to it, and the fact that you can actually move them around a little bit just so you can have a Better penetration, and even when you put a big battery on top here, they will still stick out and not be blocked by the battery, meaning that, even when you turn with your back like so your batteries will not be hidden behind the battery. They will still stick out um over the battery, and that makes sure that you will still have a good signal, no matter what, if you still have direct visibility with the drone, something that you have to learn when it comes to long range. Flying is that you need to have a visual line of sight at all times with your drone. If you go behind a large forest, for example, or some rocks, you will lose your drone. You will lose your signal thats just how things go its uh its impossible to keep flying if you dont have direct visibility and you are like three four kilometers away: thats, just how things are, and there are some things you need to know.
If you plan to fly long range, how to position yourself how to position the quad, you need to see it at all times or at least know where its going. So you can have that line of sight. So you dont lose that signal. Something else on the back of the drone is, of course, the built in gps module, which makes sure that you can enable gps rescue at all times. You will need to wait until you connect to at least five satellites before you take off uh, but in my experience having at least 10 is crucial for that signal strength when you need the gps rescue 2 to kick in. This drone is also equipped with a crossfire nano rx, its not the diversity module its the standard, nano rx, which for some people could be less than ideal, but you can always switch that out if you want – and it comes with the dji air unit and not The vista, which is great because you have two antennas and not just one and youll – need that for that long range, uh penetration and signal strength. Other than that the camera is a cadex nebula, nano 2, i believe its not ideal. It only comes with high quality, enabled meaning that you wont have the chance to to set it to low latency mode and its in 16×9. You cannot fly with this in 4×3 uh, which is not ideal, but the quality is, i would say, good enough when you fly so its not really a deal breaker.
For me, there are two options for the motors on this drone and they are the 1800 kv or the 1300 kv motors. The 1800 kv are called the speed cruiser motors. They are perfect if you plan to fly a little bit faster and maybe also do some sorts of freestyle on the side every now and then, but i opted for the 1300 kv motors because i think for me what i plan to do with this squad personally Is slow cinematic risk free if i can say that flights where you are flying very gently very carefully, very peacefully and youre just enjoying the scenery? This is something that i wanted to do, and this is something that i just plan to use this drone for. I dont want to have the performance of a five inch quad on this, its just, not how i plan to use it. So i opted for the 1300 kv motors. They are a little bit uh better for the battery. Of course they they allow you to to fly a little bit longer and speaking about battery here is the one that i decided to buy. This is a 4 000 milliamp hour, uh lithium ion battery, which uh is also made by iflight uh. I bought that separately, as i was thinking about different options for batteries, but i decided to go for this one, its a little bit expensive, its its about 80 euros, if i remember correctly so its uh quite a lot.
But you only need one of those, because it allows you to fly up to 20 25 minutes depending on how you fly, of course, but its its a lot of power in this thing and its quite uh quite heavy as well. But luckily iflight has figured out a way to to attach the battery. You can put it on top if you wish, or you can put it on the bottom, theyre all good options. You can use any of those too and if you prefer, you can make your own battery or two batteries and mix them into one and just attach one on top one on the bottom. If you want – or you can just attach two on the on the top or two on the bottom, its up to you – there are a lot of different ways to to fly with this drone and uh. Since you have that much space on it, you will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to picking the right position for your battery. Personally, i just put it on top uh, like, like so yeah like so and im, just trying to put it in the middle, where the center of that weight will be will be the best and, of course, i put my gopro hero 10 black on the front. You have that tpu here on the front which is ready for an action camera. You can use any camera. You want. This mount is personally one of my favorite favorite ones, for attaching a gopro or any other action camera its just very, very easy to attach anything.
You want now in terms of how this drone flies uh, my first ever flight with it was on a very very windy day. If you have been following my past couple of videos, you might have seen this drone on some b roll shots already and you might be familiar with the location where i flew. My first ever flight was on very less than ideal conditions, but this drone performed very well and part of the reason. Why is because its heavy and the heavier the drone is uh, the smoother it flies, and it has a lot of power like we mentioned already. So its really not a huge problem for this drone to fly even in stronger winds, which is great because otherwise it would have been impossible to fly on that location. It was that windy, so this drone actually saved me. If i didnt have it, i it wouldnt have been possible for me to record anything over there. So, even when you have some vibrations in your um fpv camera from from the fpv camera in your goggles, its still very, very much flyable its okay and depending on what type of stabilization you use on your action camera, you will still end up with some good. Looking shots, real steady can fix pretty much any shakiness or vibration uh from the wind. So im pretty happy with that. So i can say that i plan to use this mostly where there will be a lot of wind, because when you go up the mountain um you you know that there will be some wind over there and its just how things go and youll have to deal With that so yeah this can definitely deal with it.
So the frame is pretty rigid. I would say it has six millimeter arms which make it very very durable, in my opinion, and on the bottom as pretty much any other iflight drone. You have this iflight illuminated logo, which turns on as soon as you connect your battery and it lights up in different colors, depending on the battery level. It can be red, green or yellow, depending on the voltage of your battery, so its its an easy way to quickly see the the rough voltage of your battery. If you have many of the of those – and you want to know if you have used that battery already or not, you can simply check the logo and you will know but other than that ill now. Leave you with some sample footage from the chimera 7. In the mountains, i managed to get up to about three kilometers of distance, and this is where i got a little bit scared that i might lose the drone, because, even though the signal was rock solid and i was at 50 megabits per second in my goggles, I got an error on my radio saying, telemetry lost, which is one of the scariest things that you might hear, because the crossfire might just cut off and you will lose all connectivity with your drone if things go really bad. So i was not sure if the drone will be able to regain the telemetry back. It regained it straight away, but i was just not sure about it and i didnt want to risk it to go further.
So three kilometers roughly was where i decided to uh to turn and start going back and all in all, i think my first ever real long range flight was a big success. My adrenaline was just very, very high, even though nothing scary was going on. I was just excited about the fact that im going that far ive never been that far with my drone before, and i was very very impressed by the signal – strength, the general performance of the drone – and i still had quite a lot of battery left when i Landed, which was about 10 minutes after i took off, i still had a lot of battery left, but it was great to experience that for the very first time and i think it will be a great way to diversify my footage and the way i record videos Here on this channel with this drone, i will be able to go further record more and experience more, so its a win win and the the only thing i would say i dont like about this drone – is the price, because its about 650 dollars in its current Configuration with the nano rx, receiver and thats without the battery, which is about, like i said, 80 euros, ill, try to find it how much it is in dollars and it gets expensive. But i think for what youre getting if you really want to have a long range quad. This is definitely a great option, because it has a very nice build quality.
I would say: iflight has never. Let me down in terms of um of quality and performance. Ive heard some things from other people who are not 100 happy with iflight, but personally ive never had issues, and i know their customer support is great if you had a problem with any of those parts uh but thats. The only thing i dont really like, maybe the the how much space it takes uh outside of my backpack but uh its really small thing compared to what you youre getting and what you can do with this drone so yeah, i think um. Definitely the camera. Seven is a great option when it comes to a long range quad and if you plan to build one yourself, i think it might be a little bit cheaper depending on what components you you choose, but it wont be that much cheaper. So is it really worth it to buy this or build your own? Its really up to you. I cant really tell you, as i dont know, your exact needs, but for me i think, thats, something that i uh will enjoy for a very long time from now on and ill be using it for creating some more epic videos on this channel. So with that being said, i will leave you with a little bit more footage from the chimera7. I hope you enjoyed todays video. If you did, you know what to do drop a like subscribe help me achieve those 100k before the end of the year.
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