A lot has been said about the Snaptain SP600 drone. Well, this drone is worth all the buzz and positive reviews it has been garnering among drone enthusiasts at every level – from the beginners to the advanced users. Actually, the drone was designed with beginners in mind. It’s a sleek and simple design, and multi-control options you don’t need complex tutorials before getting down to the business of taking those exciting photos and breathtaking videos with your new drone. Let’s get around to reviewing the reasons why you should get the Snaptian SP600 when shopping for your very first drone.
Build Design And Quality – This drone comes with very solid build quality. Made of the ABS material, it has a strong impact resistance, strong heat resistance and shock absorbance. This rugged look and design mean your drone will last well longer than you think. Its aesthetic design is also a plus for the makers of this drone — a good attraction for kids who form the bulk of its targeted consumers. There is a high landing gear which is very handy in cases of emergency. This drone can survive minor crashes. The anti-collision barriers set up in all its four corners have made sure of that. For a drone coming this cheap (Less than $100), that makers have really placed a high premium on delivering a solidly built product.
Battery Time – It comes with two 3.7V 1600mAH batteries. Each battery gives fifteen (15) minutes of flight time. That’s a good 30 minutes of flight for a drone of this price. It takes a maximum of three hours to charge its batteries. That’s a drawback on its positive reviews, but yet, that’s okay for a drone of this price specification as we have seen drones way longer period of charging – some as much as five hours.
Ease Of Operation – Want to know why beginners are in love with this product? This is due to its user-friendly makeup with the simple user interface that comes with it. It takes you less than 20 minutes to set up. Take off, and landing can be done with the press of one button. This drone can be operated from a controller and from the Snaptain app, available to Android and iOS users. No complex controls. Within minutes you can be enjoying your new drone.
Camera – A 720p video camera drone. Its high-quality camera gives you a totally different and exciting way of taking photos and videos. A wide-angle view of 120° means you can capture an excellent view of objects aerially. It is also a first-person view enabled drone giving you real-time transmission through WI-FI (transmission range of 50 meters). Other amazing features include its smart voice control (giving you options for basic voice commands), 3D flips (a steady and quick flip is as, adding more excitement to the whole experience among your friends), Gravity (its built-in gravity sensor means every movement of your drone can be controlled by movements of your smartphone. Move your phone to the left, and your drone does just that. Move it to the right, and your drone responds accurately. Headless mode for beginners in which controlling remains the same no matter what direction the drone is facing. Less worry for you when your drone gets out of sight. Multiple speed mode (highest speed is 3.5m/s). Remember though, with more speed comes less battery life.
The Captain SP600 doesn’t come without its own cons
- The controlling distance of just 50 meters is not very good.
- The video camera quality is not topnotch as it can only deliver good photo and video footage during the day.
- Absence of GPS for more stability in windy situations.
- No, follow mode (for locking in on objects and have it follow them).
Overall, for the asking price, this is one of the best drones around for beginners. It would be worth the investment.
Off the pace of the Snaptain SP600 drone, comes its successor, the Snaptain SP650. And like you guessed, it comes with topnotch features and impressive designs. To get this, you would have to cough out some few extra bucks.
Features And Details
Build Design and Quality – This drone also comes with the high-end ABS material plastic casing. A feature of this material is its high tensile strength, scratch resistance, shock absorbance and strong impact resistance. This gives a solid protective cover to the delicate internal parts of the Captain SP650 drones. With a lightweight of just 125g, you can carry your drone anywhere with hassles. It measures 10.6 by 10.6 by 4.4 inches.
Battery Time – With a capacity of 1000mAH, it is a step-down from its predecessor. But just like the SP600 series, it comes with two batteries. From each battery expect 12 minutes of flight time. There is also an encouraging battery charging time of two hours maximum — a step-up from its predecessor.
Ease Of Operation – Very easy to operate, especially for beginners. Its responsive controls and controllers are ergonomically designed to lessen cramps. The connective range is up to 80 meters. Multi-control options such as gesture control, voice control and headless mode are already a thing with the SP600, but the additional feature of ‘follow me’ had got drone enthusiasts rating it high, as nothing can be more exciting for a drone with a high-quality camera alongside the ‘follow me’ feature.
Camera – The 1080p HD camera is one outstanding feature that has given the Snaptain SP650 all the buzz it’s been getting. Why bother with buying that drone when the picture quality is nothing to write home about. We buy drones today to capture memorable events with friends and family. And if a drone won’t be giving us this, then it’s a no-no.
Other amazing features include the altitude hold (No more worries for vertical flight), multiple speed modes – high, medium and low speeds. Trajectory flight on this series makes it worth the hype. A trajectory flight mode means every flight can be programmed by way of connecting dots on the map of our smartphone. Do this, and the drone will be locked to this route. You can now fly hands-free.
The Cons Of The Snaptain SP650
- It lacks the optical flow positioning sensor.
- We had expected a fold-able drone with successive Snaptain drones. The SP650 dashed our expectations in this aspect.
- No SD card in the new box contents.
- It drains the battery faster.
- Low battery capacity when compared to Snaptain SP600.
Overall, this is a step up from the Snaptain SP600, and I highly recommend this product for every beginner and even the advanced drone users who want to go for a drone with a pocket-friendly budget.
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