PART 2 – HEQ Swan Voyager is here! Review
Well this morning, Im going to take the swan Voyager out for a flight it used to be in beta testing now theyve updated the app. So the app is a bit better and some of the features on this here Swan have been updated. So this is the made in Flight were going to take it out right now, Im going to put the battery in so to put the battery in just pull off this hatch connect the battery here, youll hear everything start up and uh put your battery in this Is all magnetic so it fits over top nicely and it should go on nice and tight okay. So we have a remote here and its going to connect to this, and there is a screen record on here. Ive turned it on. Hopefully it works and all will be well. So the first thing I need to make sure is that I have at least nine satellites within seconds its already picked up six. So it says on my screen: its got nine satellites, its ready to take off Im just going to check the compass and everything else to make sure thats good. Here we go going up for the very first time. Ive got 18 satellites. You have to take it up quickly or else its going to turn off the motor so Ill go up. I do have the record on hold it there for a bit see if GPS is working. Gps seems to be fine, so well.
Take it up now and take it for up light Music going way up there. Okay. So if I look at my display, hopefully its recording the screen record Ill just hold it here, so you can see it. I can see myself going up and the thing I want to check on the most is the height height, says ‘, so were at 40 meters. I want to get it pretty high 45 meters. So let me look a way up its a way up. There, 45 meters so theres a button up here. I dont know if I can do both at same time Im going to press this while look it up there, we go airplane mode. There she go so it should be recording video at 4K going into the sun and Ill bring it around us again. Here we go its a beautiful morning for flying Im. Just keep it doing. Level turns here Ill, get it going straight, a bit Im gon na look down at that water. There we are look down going over the water there. We are and then look back up and lets turn it and bring it back to us. Now. The cool thing on here with the camera that I really do like is okay, so let me get out of the sun, because the sun ruins everything it does look pretty cool, though okay, so Im going to fly back towards us theres the parking lot Ill. Look down a little bit there.
We are Im going over the school, but watch this. I can look to the right back at the sun theres, my wing, it hasnt fallen off and uh theres. There should be another Wing over there there. It is. I see the tip all right and theres a little switch on here. If I push this, it will go bunk back to Center, so that I know where I am now. The Drone is away over there over the forest behind me, so Im just going to turn it this way, Im going to go into well Ill, go towards this way. The villagers, as I call them and well come back this way here we go so you can see Im away over in that field out there Im just gon na bring the camera down a bit there. We are so if I havent mentioned it already, you can record in 4k, 2K and 1080p for each of those settings. You will be able to increase the frames per second, so in 4k Ill show you here, I dont know. If it lets me, do it while its flying, no, it says during recording you cant, do it so its flying over us and Ill look up again there. It is right there, its very quiet. Most people would even notice its around. So it maintains speed. I can increase the speed or decrease the speed, its just a one, joystick uh, you know steering mechanism. So look at that a little bit to the right.
There we go, you dont have to use both joysticks. It just keeps on going in the direction. You point it: if I want to go down just like an airplane, I believe it. This would put the nose down that should reduce height. Let me just check here height the stain at 52, so all 47. There we go so I get down a little bit. This one over here on the left Im just turning here this one on the left should be my speed. So, Im going to look at the bottom check the speed it says: uh speed, wheres my meters per second meters per second Im at 14.7 Im going to crank it lets see what happens: 20. 24. 25. 26. shes going oh shes, coming down to the ground too. Here its coming out of some place: where is it there? It is okay, so you could crank up the speed. Apparently, whenever I take a swan out to a park or something you get a lot of Spectators, so theres some Spectators over there checking it out its a pretty cool little device, a lot of fun too, and of course, you can take photos so watch this Im. Going to the suns there so Im going to put the Sun to the back back of us, theres that water again Im going to turn off the record Im going to put it on Photo mode, all right its on camera, its switching and now I could shoot A pitcher there we go Im taking a series of photos.
The photos are actually quite decent down here, Im going to bring the gimbal looking down and then Ill take another one and another one. So if you were flying over something searching for something you could do that take photos, Okay, Im going to switch back to video and videos back on bring the camera back up. So I dont fly into something range on. This is supposed to be eight kilometers. I dont know if everybody gets them, but they did give me extra antennas. These are the basic antennas I have on here. You can get some high efficiency antennas like for longer range that they did send me. I didnt put them on because Im not flying this long range, their patch antenna is more or less so. In other words, you point this directly at where your Swan is and it you can go super far, all right, theres, a car down there. So Im just going to go over it a little pickup truck down there go to the side of it and then Im going to bring it back so on here. You also have a return to home right here, so watch this Im going to bring it over us and Im going to see if it lands someplace nearby. So you bring it as close as you can to where you are, and this way I can look at it. Where is it so return to home Im going to hit it now, so if it stopped over there or over there or someplace else, it should as its coming down, it will find its position back to where it took off from so it will start gliding to The right or the left quite a distance until it gets back to where it took off from so you can watch it here coming down.
You can take control of it as it comes down just make sure theres nothing below it. Oh, I lost my cover. The battery cover would fly it off while thats gone thats good. Here, let me walk over to this see the battery cover good thing. I have another one at home, all right its going down so thats, pretty good. It took off this camera was here and it took off right behind it and it landed right there. So thats pretty awesome flight number one went perfect, so now were going to do. Flight number two Im gon na have Joe here. Take it for a flight and Im gon na chase it with a DJI fpv drone to get some footage here. We go video Yeah position and return to home thats right, so the only two youre going to use is changing the airplane mode and return to home Music. Okay, Im gon na follow you up. So you can start at any time: Music, Music, foreign, Music, foreign, Music, foreign, Music, Music, excellent, okay, Im coming straight down there. We go well done Joe Music, all right its day, two and Im back with the swan Voyager and Im going to show you a few things that I didnt show you in the first portion of this video first off, I did mention that you can get separate Antennas for this, the company heq sent me these antennas. Where do I have them down here? These are patch antennas, so they slip on as follows: just unscrew the antenna and then screw on the patches head, its pretty cold out here, so my fingers are freezing.
So when you put two of these patch antennas on patch antennas are designed to aim right at your device, in other words the swan Voyager, and it should capture the signal better than these long slender antennas. So you should get a bit more range as long as you have line of sight, you can point at it. Another item they sent me is these experimental wings. So if you go and look at the swan Voyager back there, its got curved Wings on it and it looks pretty cool with the curved wings. But they came out with these flat straight wings and Im not really sure why they are like beta like the test out and stuff. I havent really flown it with these, yet I might try it, but I dont know what the difference would be. Honestly. Another thing heq sent me to test out are the Sky Zone Cobra goggles, and what they are is just your normal set of fpv goggles. They run off an 18650 battery. One was included with mine, so I dont know if theyre all included theres a menu system in it. High resolution screen and you connect these with the included HDMI. They send you a nice HDMI to the controller down here. Oh, my hands are so cold to the controller, and then you can fly it wearing the goggles and its like fpv, so youll get a high res view, Ill show you what the image looks like quickly, all right.
So, on your controller right here on the top, you have your HDMI cable and it plugs in the top. Then you take the other end of the HDMI and it says right here, HDMI in on the bottom and you plug it in here. You power these on and you make sure you go in the menu system and you select HDMI in there we go. I got it to focus a little bit and theres the map. You can see Africa and and all the other continents that are showing on the screen down here so yeah you would fly fpv using these babies now. Another thing I noticed was yesterday when I was recording my screen recorder, crapped out it didnt work. So there is a screen recorder on here, its just an app and its right over here. You probably cant, see it but Im going to turn it on again. The reason it crapped out is because theres only so much memory in here and I didnt have an external micro SD, but Ive put one in so that if it fills up it, doesnt die on us. So Im just going to show you the interface really quick. Okay turn on screen recorder. Yes, so its recording now and Im going to go back over to our heq app over here right now. Hopefully this is working. I just want to show you if I go into fpv view Im going to tap down here and now I see the full image I can move the camera around, so I can look down at the ground.
I can look up its pointy right now at the bright Sun thats in the sky, behind all the clouds, so its kind of messy, but I can turn it side to side see here, look over to that direction or look over the other direction. You might see the guys out flying over there, but the biggest thing I wanted to show you on here is the whole interface. So you see, we have the camera to record and you can take photos or video, and these are the settings. If you go to 2.7 K or 1080p, I believe you can change it to 60 FPS. Let me see yeah, you can so I see the 60 right there, 30 or 60., but in 4k you can only do 30.. There are no other camera settings, but I asked the company because I, when I was flying the other day I found it was too Overexposed. So they are going to add exposure, settings and all sorts of stuff for the video and the photo. And let me just show you if I go here to photo on my screen, hit the and then hit the settings you can see. These are the different resolutions for photos right there and over on the top right. You have your settings menu and thats, where you can set your altitude, how far away it is. You know where home point is all the other good things, the normal stuff, that you have Im scrolling through them here.
You also have your controller, this control room and mode, two, its got advanced settings. You can set up and then go back into General and you can see Im on the latest software as of today uh. If youre buying this, you might have a newer software, but my version is 1.0.2 right at the top. So let me see a few other things to tell you. I have to go on my phone because I sent the company an email yesterday and I asked them a few questions things I noticed in my first flight, so I asked them about all the settings for the cameras and they said yes theyre, going to add that As well as formatting function, uh for your micro SD card and also the ability to after you take a photo or some video to watch it back on your item right away right now, you cant do that. I have to take the card and then put it in a computer to go and check out my videos or photos. Also. I mentioned that theres a lot of vibration in the image on my unit. I have a beta unit, so Ive got vibration in it. I asked if the newer ones that people buy will not have that vibration. They say some theyre finding have vibrations others dont its because of the little vibration and dampening thats underneath and theyre working on that to fix it, so newer ones will have no Jello in the image, but the older ones like I have have the jello in the Image so theyre working on that – and I also mentioned that these buttons here for your photo and video they dont work with the new app.
You can press them all. You want nothing happens, you have to touch on screen and they said yes, theyll fix that in future iterations, but right now it doesnt work. So on my screen, Ive got the heq fly app right there that you use and theres another one over here. Ground Control theyve sent me information on how to get ground control to work and all that good stuff Ground Control from what I understand is supposed to be an app you use to set up your waypoints. I could be wrong, but I believe thats what it is. So you can set it up and say I want to fly. I dont know 10 miles out or something like that. You punch all your way points in and it goes and does its thing. Okay, my heads are freezing out here and the little swan back there. Ive got just a battery attached to do some of this testing, but its a dull morning Ill. Take it for one more flight. Here we go there, you go grab your goggles Joes, trying on the goggles youre youre on video, Joe, by the way Joes trying out the guy yeah slapping the hell out of the product here, so uh whats, the image like Joe its very nice, actually thats, good. Okay, so you could use some uh some some Focus here Ill, give you that so Joe should be seeing this image now yeah. So you got that cool right well, Im going to let you keep those on then and Ill.
Just go, fly this and see what happens while I watch yeah all right. You fly okay, so here we go were gon na take off, I put on my GoPro hat so Joes over here and Im going to turn around and face this way. So we could see our little guy so down and in to start this up and straight up here we go, there go the leaves There. She Goes going way up and turn it into airplane mode. Just look up and do a thin time there we go. Oh yeah, you can even see on the goggles. It shows you the shows your various pitch angles too. Oh cool see. I never look at that because Im always looking at the Flying left now, because the image is about a 45 degree angle, the lower right one cool and the top one is showing your X and your y axis all right Ill. Bring it back over us coming straight over and now that I have the camera Im going to look down a little bit there we go nice so there we can see us hi Mom, going over all the cars go over the morning water, beautiful yeah. I would say your image probably looks better than my image. Mine looks a little washed out. Yours looks better. It does look a little washed out a little whitish right now you might be able to fix that with white balance. I dont know, but it is washed out just like yours, but because youre on a face mask youre blocking a little more light, so its uh.
If the sun was out Id, say youd be benefited more by the goggles yeah yeah youre. Exactly right, you get more contrast, then yeah holy crap look at all the buses yeah really now I cant see on the screen. Unless you see a Joe, I dont see anything that shows my connection. Um lets see at the top fixed me in the position mode device unlocked between the satellites voltage its about 480 meters away and now were going with the trees back there Im going to try to fly Behind These trees here going this way, the images is very Clear, no breakup, no just solid image, yeah Im, not even aiming at normally these antennas. I would aim them at the uh the item Im flying but Im not really but uh yeah. So its good though oh I see it far away over there, its just a dot in the sky, all right, 180 meters away, yeah, Im gon na bring it back to us nice slow turns now I can go faster. So let me try this so right now. I tried this yesterday. It gives two speeds air speed and ground speed. I guess one is okay: Im gon na crank, Im gon na crank the left joystick forward, see what happens. Looks like Im diving, a bit no Im going faster, too yeah yeah your up. Ground speeds up to 27.8 yeah, so were cruising now super fast, its funny. Your air speed is off by about four kilometers from your ground speed.
The pitot tube reading is is. I could do that yet yeah, okay and also for height Im, going to try to bring it down Im, going to nose it down and see what happens. Yeah were coming closer were coming closer to us, its going to go right over us Im going to keep it nosy today. Oh it stopped it wont. Let me nose it anymore, so its called empty feature, yeah youre at about 34 meters, and it wont let you go any lower, no, its its trying to its dipping yeah and then it goes back up yeah its a safety feature. So here we go so Im. Trying to nose it as Im turning to it wont stall, so thats a good thing all right, so its over there Im going to put it into a return to home. Right now comes down theyre spinning around orientation, its funny to hear speed well its negative, which is actually true, yeah, almost zero. Well, it seems pretty accurate for returning home because theres two trees that were nearby when I took off and its missing them totally and coming down right where it took off from and I lost the cover on the back again. I did thats a second thats. The second battery cover you need stronger magnets. I have some, oh, my God, how many of these have. I got to go through a lot. Yeah thats it. If theres one thing you could fix, heq fix those covers on the back because they just fly right off.
So theres a cover someplace in this world, two of them well, these batteries are so large and this wire goes up in here, so it just fits over top, but I think this frame on this new model or whatever the frame is maybe a little skinnier or Something not impossible or the batteries are bigger, Im, not sure all right, so thats. Another thing you need to know. I have lost two of these covers that go on the back. They fit over the battery and everything else, but uh they just fly off. I think the magnets are not strong enough or the cover is its too tight or theres, not enough room for the cover to fit on anyways thats, two of them gone. I would suggest anybody who buys this when you put your cover over the top. Maybe add some velcro velcro Ray to the battery, so it cant come off. I should have did that as well, all right, so thats pretty much all I could show you on the swan Voyager its a pretty cool product, its very reliable. I have no problems or no worries flying this. It flies very well. The GPS in it works really good. Theyve, updated the GPS, so its not like those previous models where it would flutter around and not be very accurate, theres, a very modern GPS unit in it. So thats, why its so perfect and comes right back to where you took off its very good for that fly is great, no issues there very reassuring in Flight.
I have no concerns with it. The only thing, as I mentioned in this video or showed you they have to work on the vibration dampening in the camera right here. You can see theres some, but they have to add a bit more. So you get rid of the jello theyre going to add the settings for the camera in future iterations and theyre going to fix a pile of other stuff, and I hope they fix the cover here, put stronger magnets or a different cover, or something because thats, two Ive lost anyways with all that said. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, please give it a thumbs up. Links to the swan Voyager are below go check it out. If you, you have questions on this product, just post them below Ill, get back to you, Ive flown all these swans. That heq makes so Im very knowledgeable about them and I can tell you everything about them and with all that said, I say thanks for watching this video and I will catch you in a future video with many more product reviews.