Uh, hey i’ve got a a uh. What i’m gon na call a starter drone for you today, uh the folks at potensic, sent me the d68 drone and it comes in this really nice case. So let me uh. Let me hold it up here and kind of open this guy up, so you guys can take a look. There is the drone in the case itself. I really applaud them for coming up with this uh this metal case. For this thing, it really comes in handy to keep a drone uh keep all your gear together. Right that’s always important, but what’s important here is the drone itself right, so uh so let’s take a look at it: real quick, it’s, a brushless motor drone and there it is right there, let’s, uh, let’s unfold. It it’s it’s, pretty good weight to it. I’M gon na say it’s roughly the size of uh of a mavic air, two or so that’s that’s kind of the size of it. Let’S get it unfolded. Uh you know feels i’m, just telling you the the quality of it feels good. You know that doesn’t mean anything to get it out and fly it, but uh i’m saying that it has good weight to it and it and it feels good so uh it does have a think they call it a single axis gimbal. Now this camera is rubber. Mounted uh, but it is not a gimbal in the traditional sense in that it’s not going to give you any pitch or roll or yaw stabilization.
So what’s going to happen is when you’re flying this drone as the drone pitches forward. The camera is going to look down as it pitches back the camera’s going to look up and it’s going to kind of be fpv style when it banks you’re, going to you’re going to see some tilt now, that’s. Okay, if you know that going in and you’re you’re, okay with that, the big thing that we hope to see on this drone is is decent, jello, free video. Now that brings us to uh the specifications. Uh video is 2k on this guy. So not super high resolution, but it is high res, so we’ll hope that that looks good. It will shoot 4k uh photographs, so that’s good we’ll take some pictures with it too, and we’ll see how it looks. Uh brushless motors, folding props, you know all important things. The battery just kind of slides right in here and i’m, going to have to look at it to tell you the milliamp hours 2600 milliamp hours. Hopefully the camera will focus on that uh, but uh and i don’t know if it’s a smart battery. But i do know we can. We should be able to press this button and and see uh the charge status. Well, maybe i don’t know i charge the there we go that gave us the charge status. I had to do a double press there, folks uh, but anyway, charge it up so it’s it for uh see if we can shut it off now anyway.
Maybe it’ll shut off, but it’s at uh it’s fully charged. So that way we can go out and give it a test. So a couple other things to show you here: it does have a downward facing optical flow sensor, tiny little pinhole camera there, and then right here is where you put your sd card in. They do ask you to use a class 10 sd card and uh microsd card. I should say, and it up to 64 gigabytes i’m telling you you’re going to be fine. With an 8 gigabyte or 16 gigabyte card, you can it’s going to hold all the video that you probably want to take so honestly, that’s about it. For the drone i mean, like i said it, it looks. It looks good. It feels good brushless motors folding, props, folding drone. You know it kind of checks, a lot of the boxes, so let’s take a look at what else comes with it. So let’s talk about the controller for a second. This has a pretty good rc. One of the things that i can show you right off, the bat is the antenna on this drone and this one here i don’t know if i can get that in close, you can see a wire going up into the antenna. So this is a real antenna. You need to have it up when you’re flying this one. I don’t see a wire in, so you could leave that one folded up and – and nobody would know any difference, but you know fold them both out.
The other thing that i want to point out about this rc is you see the usbc charge port right there? It does have an internal battery. Why is that important? What i found is with drones in this category when they have an internal battery and they have an actual functional, functional antenna. You get a better signal and more range and less latency in the video feed that comes back to you. I kind of like this rc now i’m, not going to kid you these gimbals, you know they do have a little bit of a toy grade feel to them, but but they feel okay, uh, but right scroll wheel on for moving the camera up and down. So you that’s important to be able to tilt that camera down and get the camera angle that you want uh. This button right here is gon na record. This button right here is gon na, take a picture and then turning the uh, the rc on and off right here and this button. Next to it, right here is the return to home button and i’m going to have to look at my notes here. To tell you what the other buttons without looking at it, so so uh this button right here is the gps switch next one over is the follow mode switch, so that puts it in gps follow mode, so it will follow the gps of your phone and the Rc to follow you around so it’s, not an optical, follow, but a gps follow, and then it has a circle mode right there so that’s to do that orbit around you, so i’m gon na have to look and see how that works.
Typically, you fly over the center and you would punch that button. The drone would start twirling around and then with the stick, you’d back it off to get that orbit around. You, don’t quote me on that. Yet we’ll find that out when we get out in the field with it uh and then this last button here is the hi lo switch uh and that’s just a two speed to move it in high range and low range. So and in fact, i believe this one has three speeds: a low, medium and high we’re gon na look at that when we get out into the field too uh, but this uh. But this remote is encouraging and it looks like it’s a good uh, solid piece. Now what else do we get so then? I don’t want to forget uh. This is the mobile device holder and it snaps right into the back of the controller here and uh. That is, will put your mobile device then up above the controller. So the only other things that come with the drone, the accessories uh it gives you just two spare props one clockwise one counterclockwise uh, hopefully that’ll be enough. Hopefully, you don’t break a prop and need any more than that, and then it does give you a little small allen, wrench for uh, removing the props and installing them, and then it also comes with, as most drones do uh with a usb a to usbc charge.
Cable, so other than that, i want to show you this case, because uh this thing is uh. This is a work of art. I i so appreciate it. You know. Often these bargain drones come with a really nice case, and i don’t know why some of the more expensive drones can’t do that as well, but they don’t, but this, like, i said i think, it’s essential for keeping all of your gear together. So, lastly, i want to touch on a couple of things with documentation. They give you a really good easy to read manual it’s in big print, very plain spoken, so easy to read. That’S important so also in the kit is this little strip of paper. That gives you all the calibration instructions and that’s important, and i appreciate that in this one little instruction here tells you how to turn on the drone. Tells you how to calibrate the drone and get ready for flight also, they include this with the remote so uh. It is basically tells you what everything is, so you can overlay that over the top of the remote and it’ll tell you what each of the controls are: that’s awful handy on a beginner drone like this okay, so i should also add you you can’t miss it On the side of the box, here they put a qr code for the potensic gps, app and that’s the app that you’ll need to control the drone. Oh, i should also mention that this drone does not come with a charger, so what i would recommend that you do is if you’ve got like a charge block that you use for your iphone or mobile device.
You can use that to charge the battery on the drone and for the rc now i’m, going to tell you that the battery on the drone it’s going to take it a while to charge. So if you want to fly this drone tomorrow, make sure you get it charging today and it can take up to six, maybe even eight hours to charge that battery in there. So you have to plan ahead to do that. Uh. The other thing that i’m going to tell you is with any uh lithium battery: do not leave it charged unattended, make sure you’re around and in the house when you’re charging it hey all right. So this is the potensic d68. I think there’s only one thing left to do. We need to get this guy out in the field and let’s get this bird in the air. Hey okay, we’re out in the field, and i have the potencic d68 uh we’re, going to see if we can get take this guy up for a little flight, we’re, just gon na fly it out around a little bit uh see if we can try out the Follow me feature and try out the uh the the circle feature on it, while we’re at it so yeah without further ado. Let me get this thing fired up, there’s, a very specific order that you need to do this in. So i brought the little strip of paper to make sure i get it right.
So what they want you to do is turn on the transmitter. First then, the drone, but they want the drone sitting flat, so we’re going to set it on the concrete here in front of me, okay, i’m, going to step aside, so you can see the drone there, but what it very specifically asks that you fire up turn On the transmitter first and then power on the drone, so the transmitter that’s just this slider right here, we’re going to slide that over and now i’m going to power on the drone. Now it’s telling me to pull the left stick down and that will put it into compass calibration mode. Then we’re going to turn the drone clockwise here until we hear a beep and then we’re going to stand it up on end turn it clockwise again until we hear another beep and there there’s the second beep. We should have the compass calibrated now and now. I believe we have to do the gyro calibration and yeah, so that’s we’re, going to pull the right stick down and to the right and led lights will change from flashing to solid, showing that it’s complete yeah there we got a beep, so we know that that’s, Complete so now, i’m going to fire up the app and, interestingly enough it’s, showing me that i don’t have a lot of bat. I believe that i don’t have a lot of battery here, but we’ll see i thought i had it completely charged, but in any case let’s go in and let’s turn on the app now and what i’m quite sure we’re going to have to do.
It’S, the potensic gps app and i think i’m going to have to go in and go into my settings and connect it to bluetooth. So let’s see if we see potensic anything so we see the udi rc, gps, so i’m quite sure that’s it so i’m. Going to click on that and it did and that’s something that i see was not. I didn’t see that anywhere in the manual, so let’s go back into the app that’s something that’s important, otherwise you’re not going to get the feed to your app, and i didn’t see that in the instruction manual anywhere instructions on how to do that – and it is Indeed, giving us the go fly, let me start a screen recording here, so we do have that we have go fly on the app and it is showing at the top. You would need to select d68 and we see that at the top of the app there. So we’re going to click, go fly and yeah i’m going to allow it allow, while using app and that’s important and look at this, we have we’ve got gps or excuse me fpv. We in other words. By that i mean we can see what the drone sees and look at that it’s taking commands. This camera looks really good, while it’s standing still so uh. It looks like we can do a take off on the app here. So let’s try that i’m going to click, take off right now and i’m going to get out of the way here.
So you guys can see it, and we do this slider right here and look at that boy i’m telling you impressive. It moved around a little bit uh and as i predicted, because there’s no gimbal on this drone we’re seeing some movement in the picture, but the camera looks good now, it’s moving around it’s, almost touching the ground. Now, let me tell you: i’ve, got a little wind here today and that’s going to affect that in the drone it’s going to make it less stable. It affects the barometer that’s in the drone, so ooh yeah, okay, i’m, not gon na bring it any closer than that, but uh. I want to bring the drone in so that you can get a look at it. Okay, so what we’re gon na do right now is we’re going to start recording, and let me see if i can do that on the controller and it did and it’s showing me on the app that it’s controlling you see that red camera blinking there on the Right hand, side and this camera is looking pretty darn good, not too bad we’ve got 13 satellites we’ve got again. It says 88 battery, so we better quit messing around here. We may not get everything done that we want to do here today, so uh let’s do what i always do, and let’s uh let’s bring the gimbal down just a little and we’re gon na do a droney and what you’re gon na see is it’s gon na Tilt back in fact, i’m gon na drop that gimbal way down, because when this drone, when it tilts back we’re, going to be looking down so reverse and up now and as you can see there well let’s pick that camera back up.
But but when i reverse, it you’ll see that it’ll look like the drone is looking down because indeed or looking up, i should have said uh, but the drone it’s it’s handling really good. I’M. I’M i’m happy with uh the way it performs here uh. So one of the first things you can do and, like i said i like we were talking about and by the way we are looking into the sun here so that’s, not the best uh look with the camera uh, but let’s try return to home that’s. One of the first things you should do, particularly with a drone like this. You want to make sure it knows where home is so we’re going to hit the home button in the bottom left of the app and it’s going to go to its return to home height, and it should come back to us here and it is it’s raising Up and it’s giving us a bummer of a beep uh but uh that beep lets. You know that it’s returning to home and it’s home and let’s see if it comes down now, it’s turning it’s, reorienting itself that’s, a good sign and yeah now it’s coming down. Let’S i’m going to drop the gimbal down here, so you can see and it’s going to land almost where it took off from so let’s pick that gimbal back up yeah. So what it does, is it doesn’t it it? It just goes so far and then you have to tell it to land.
So oh no it’s it’s coming down now it just wanted to take a look at its uh landing zone so yeah, so it did land uh it kind of paused there for a second. So i wondered what that was. Okay, let me get it back in position. We’Ll take off again so far so good! This is a great flying little drone, so let’s go ahead and uh what i’m going to do i’m going to see. If i can manually arm the motors both sticks down and in and it did and then i’m just going to push up on this left, stick and there’s a take off uh, so uh, so let’s go ahead and let’s just fly it around a little bit. Let’S. Just see how this guy flies and we’re still recording by the way i just looked in the make sure the camera was still recording and it is so we’re picking up a little uh altitude here and it’s uh it’s. Looking good let’s uh yawn around here and uh, i always uh people give me a hard time about this cell phone tower here, but let’s go up and let’s see if we can kind of do a a manual uh orbit around that so i’m going to see. If, with the sticks, i can just do a little bit of an orbit and that’s what you’re doing is you’re you’re yawing and your pit or excuse me, banking, the drone at the same time and yeah i over yawed there a little bit.
So when you have this kind of a drone yeah and it went into it for some reason, it put it in to return to home there, and i think i don’t know if we lost, we might have lost connection or something there. But for some reason it went into return to home let’s see if we can uh let’s see. If we can cancel that okay, we did, we cancelled it and let’s uh let’s bring it down here: we’re down to 68 battery Music Applause, Music and, like i said, we have a little bit of wind but i’m, telling you i i’m not seeing a lot of Jello on this at all so it’s, looking good uh i’m gon na walk out in the field here and let’s see if we can get it to do in orbit how you doing doing good doing good. Thank you. Recording a video i’m right in the middle of a youtube video right now, but yeah flying a drone. Thank you. Uh idaho, quadcopter check it out. Quadcopter yeah yeah i’d be glad to talk about it when i’m done getting this video done, uh so yeah uh nice guy there looked like he was the one of the janitors at the school. Okay let’s bring this guy down a little bit lower the gimbal. There i’m standing right there, so let’s let’s hit the circle mode here and yeah, so it just as i well let’s see it’s moving out.
It turned around and it’s moving out and it’ll turn around and face us again and it’ll start. It should well it’s raising in altitude. Maybe it’s ask maybe well it’s still moving yeah. I don’t know i don’t know what it’s doing here guys if it’s asking for me to give it a direction: Music, yeah, i’m gon na, take it out of that. Okay, there. It stopped so and i’ve got control back uh. That was interesting, so so let’s try that one more time here and see if we can get that to work right. So it’s going to turn around it’s going to fly away from me and then it should turn around and come back and it should start in orbit. Yeah it’s, not Music, guys. I i that’s a little bit of a mystery it’s just flying forward. Let me see if it starts in orbit, eventually here i’m a little nervous, because i don’t have control yeah we’re gon na stop that so i took it out of that mode. Uh. I don’t know what went wrong there: uh, usually when it does that it’ll start in orbit, but this thing went in forward flight and the instructions said that you could control it with the sticks and i’m telling you. I had no control with the sticks. So, okay, i’m, a little nervous now but we’re going to try the gps follow me. We got 48 battery i’m going to hit that button and let’s see what it does and see.
If it’ll follow me – and it is the the issue with gps – follow me and what you can see here – sometimes it’s hard to keep in frame, i was kind of trying to move it myself to see if i could get in frame, but no that didn’t work Yeah that took it out of follow me so we’re in follow me again and let’s walk around i’m gon na see. If i can push the drone backwards and it is it’s moving backwards. Uh i’m, looking up at the sun, so it’s hard to see so that works uh here’s. What i’m going to tell you about these modes is when you’re in those modes, so i just took it out, and the drone turned around when you’re in those kind of modes understand that this drone does not have any kind of uh it. Doesn’T have any kind of obstacle avoidance, so let’s go up in the air here. Let’S pick that gimbal up and let’s see. If we can take a couple pictures pick the gimbal up spin it around i’m gon na walk i’m walking back towards the camera, yeah we’re. Getting low on batteries, so i better get that done. Yeah it’s wanting to come back. It got down to the 40 percent and it put it into into return to home Music. Okay let’s see if we can cancel that and we were able to do that. Let’S. Take some pictures here, while we can so i’m gon na uh, pick up the gimbal just a little let’s move it out some Music and we’ll get the we’ll, get the cell phone tower kind of in the frame here and see the mountains off in the distance.
There i’m going to stop recording them and do it on the app and that worked and then i’m going to try and take a picture with the button on the controller yeah. So that took a picture and let’s bring it back down to us and take a picture, take a kind of a more of a close up picture. Of course, that’s not fair, because it’s looking into the sun i’m going to turn it around here, drop that camera down pick the camera back up again: let’s bring it in a little closer and let’s. Take another picture here: let’s go down, let’s come down just a little bit and uh. Take a picture. Yeah we’ll see how that looks: uh okay, uh 32 battery. We still got some batteries so i’m, going to start recording again and i’m going to do that on the controller, and it did not start there. It goes now it’s recording, again and we’re flying forward and it’s. This is a pretty quick. Little drown i’m telling you i’m uh, four meters per second there about and let’s see we didn’t try, speed mode and i’m looking on here to see where it tells what speed it’s in so that i believe, i think we got three buttons there or three beeps There, oh that’s, definitely faster let’s turn it around and bring it back to us, yeah it’s, going to want to go into return to home yeah that’s coming home.
Well, we didn’t get to check all three of the speed modes it’s down to 28 battery let’s. Not push it let’s, let this guy uh come in and land. Let me drop the gimbal down here and uh. I apologize for that beeping and that i like the way the drone, reorients itself and you’ll be able to watch. It come down Music, and here it comes, it is uh. It is that camera level right about now so i’m gon na pick up the gimbal on the drone and let’s uh let’s, see if it lands it pop just what it did before. Is it paused for a second? Then it came down yeah just like now, yeah perfect yeah, that was a that was a great little flight and uh. We are uh. We are at 28 battery. Now we probably could have pushed that a little bit more and by the way i’m going to shut off recording while i’m thinking about it. What happens on these drones? If you don’t remember to shut off recording and you turn off the drone you’ll end up with a corrupted video file, in other words, a video file that hasn’t been closed out so it’s important. To remember. To do that so yeah we got to try this thing out a little bit. You know what, as far as i’m concerned, it worked as advertised. We had a little bit of an issue with the orbit mode. I don’t know what was going on there.
The drone kept pushing forward if you read the instructions you’re supposed to be able to control the radius and the speed of it uh in direction with the sticks. Wasn’T able to do that, so i it could have been operator error. I might have been doing something wrong, but uh. I don’t think so uh that that, because the drone kept inching forward – and i that’s so that was concerning so i took it out anytime – you see a drone that’s, not doing something that you think it should you’re better off, just just ending it and taking it Out of there, return to home function worked great. The gps follow me worked great. We we did get a short look at the speed modes and from what i could see on the fpv feed here on the on the app the the pictures. Look pretty darn good again they’re not going to be stabilized like on a drone with a three axis gimbal on it, but what i didn’t see and it’s important. I didn’t see any jello in the picture and that’s important. That means that they’ve got a good quality, isolated camera on there. So we’ll know when we look at the sd card later on, but uh yeah. Let me let me get everything shut down and uh and we’ll take one more quick. Look at the drone: hey: okay, uh, the potensic uh d68. Now i haven’t looked at the video off the sd card, but but you guys will have by now what i saw on fpv looked really good, so i’m.
Pleased with that. You know what this appears to be a quality product. Like i said everything seemed to work. Okay, the only disappointment i had was in that circle mode and you know i’m, not sure if that’s that big a deal to you or not, it is quite frankly uh to me and – and there is it could be that i wasn’t doing it right. Although i don’t think so, i think i think i had it right there, but uh in any case, uh yeah i this is uh. If you’re looking for a beginner gps camera drone uh, this might not be a bad option for you again. The the video is going to be moving back and forth because it does not have a stabilized camera on it, but the footage looked pretty good and i think the pictures are going to look pretty good. At least they did on my fpv screen so yeah. I guess that’s about it. Uh. I will put a an amazon link in the description below. If, if you want to buy this guy uh it’s uh, you know appears to be a solid little product and i really like the case and everything that they give you with it. They give you the full kit, you know you can buy this thing and you can be up in the air. The only thing you would probably have to buy is a is an sd card uh and by the way i put a just a an eight gigabyte card in here and it’s plenty big enough, so uh anyway now that’s about it.
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