Assembling the drone only involves fitting the 4 propellers and extending the propeller arms and landing gear, and of course charging the battery. It is pretty simple once you figure out that the propellers are colour coded with 2 fastening on clockwise and the other two anti-clockwise. The confusing bit is that you receive 2 spare propellers with the initial order – 3 of each of the 2 types. This also adds to another small annoyance – the lack of any detailed instructions, even on the website.
It’s useful that the charger allows you to charge the drone battery as well as the controller simultaneously, and charge time was about 1 hour. You do, however, also need to ensure that your GoPro camera is charged as well.
The drone will only fly with the camera attached (because of the way in which the drone distributes weight), so no shortcuts on buying the drone only! Fitting the camera into the stabilising gimble on the front of the drone takes a bit of firm pushing and you need to remove the cover for the HDMI and USB ports completely as these plug into connectors fitted into the gimble – they allow you to control the camera from the controller.
A further trial and error lesson was to ensure that the camera was securely installed and connected before connecting the drone to the controller as you may end up with no picture from the drone as I did on the first flight. The controller is easy to setup and only requires a Wi-Fi connection to download updates for the firmware to the drone, controller and camera – once again, you should ensure these updates are all downloaded and installed prior to your first flight! There is a simple flight simulator built into the controller to allow you to “practice” flying. It’s well worth taking the few minutes to try it out as it gives you a sense of the controls as well as the challenge of remembering the orientation of the drone.
I have never flown another drone, so I cannot offer any comparison with other drones. My assessment below should, therefore, be understood in this context: