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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.
Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) uses multi-axis sensors and software to keep aircraft bank and pitch within a safe region
Three Flight Modes
Allowing you to choose the most appropriate balance of assisted flying and maneuverability for your skill level:
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
EFC-721 Flight Camera
Weighing 0.5 ounces, the EFC-721 Gives you the ability to capture 720p HD video and 1.3MP still photos in flight, recording both to a MicroSD card up to 32GB in capacity. The camera can either be operated directly using buttons or wirelessly via an open channel on either the featured RTF transmitter or a compatible DSMX 5+ channel BNF transmitter
Receiver with Spektrum ASX3 Stability System
An advanced assisted flying technology that is designed to give experienced pilots maximum maneuverability without completely sacrificing the benefits of 3-axis stabilization. Because greater understanding of flight control systems is required to operate safely than when using the stability modes, modes that rely on ASX3 are not recommended for the beginner
Bind-N-Fly (BNF) Compatibility
In addition to the featured RTF transmitter, the 180 QX will also support many BNF-compatible transmitters. The BNF standard means a single controller can be used for many aircraft in your collection. A DSM2 or DSMX transmitter with at least 4 channels is required for aircraft operation and a DSMX transmitter with at least 5 channels, such as the Spektrum DX5E, if you also want to operate the flight camera remotely
Low Voltage Cutoff (LVC)
The aircraft automatically reduces power when the voltage approaches a minimum safety threshold to protect the battery from excessive discharge. Solid blue and red LEDs on the 5-in1 Unit indicate LVC has started and that you need to land immediately
In the Box
BLADE 180 QX HD Quadcopter with EFC-721 720p HD Flight Camera (Ready-to-Fly)