The 180 QX HD Quadcopter with EFC-721 720p HD Flight Camera from Blade is a ready-to-fly quad-rotor RC helicopter. "Ready-to-fly" means a pre-bound transmitter (radio controller) is included, and that you only need to attach a few parts, charge the battery, and follow the standard pre-flight configuration steps before you'll be up and running. New for this version, the 180 QX HD features the EFC-721, a detachable camera that captures 720p video and 1.3MP still photos from the air, recording them to microSD memory cards up to 32GB in capacity. The quadcopter powers from a 500 mAh LiPo flight battery that is included, along with a charger, and is estimated to fly for 5 to 10 minutes per battery.
The 180 QX HD incorporates SAFE, an assisted flying technology that uses sensor data to help you avoid accidentally executing maneuvers that might send the aircraft into an unstable flying condition. In addition, three flight modes are available allowing you to select the level of maneuverability appropriate to your flying experience, from beginner up to free-form flyer performing acrobatic tricks.
As with any RC aircraft, proper calibration setup and pre-flight protocols must be followed to ensure correct operation of the assisted flying system.
- Stability Low Angle Mode: The easiest to pilot, in this mode bank angle is restricted to a minimum
- Stability High Angle Mode: Allows the pilot to achieve the aircraft's maximum bank angle
- Agility Mode: An expert mode that gives the pilot the greatest maneuverability. It negates the benefits of the highly automated stability modes, relying instead on the ASX3 3-axis stability system. Although some stabilization assistance is still present, the margin for error is much therefore this mode should only be used by experienced pilots