Estes Proto-X FPV Quadcopter

Estes Proto-X FPV Quadcopter

Estes Proto-X FPV Quadcopter

B&H # ESTE4716 MFR # ESTE4716
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Product Highlights

  • On-Board 720p Camera with Recording
  • Camera Features 120° FOV Lens
  • Transmitter with 4.5" FPV Screen
  • Beginner and Expert Flight Modes
  • Perform Flips in the Air
  • 650mAh Flight Battery Included
  • Includes Hood for FPV Screen
  • Seven LED Running Lights
  • 4.5" Diagonal Motor-to-Motor Size
  • 2GB microSD Card Included
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WARNING: Carefully read instructions to ensure proper configuration before use. Failure to use this product responsibly may result in loss, damage, or injury.

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Estes Proto-X overview

  • 1Description

Enjoy the immersive experience of first-person view flying, and record your adventures to share with friends with the Proto-X FPV Quadcopter from Estes. This 4.5" diagonal mini quadcopter is ready-to-fly - meaning no assembly is required - and includes an integrated flight camera with 720p, 30 fps recording capability. So you can fly with a copter's eye view, the transmitter (radio controller) features a 4.5" LCD screen and built-in video receiver. Video can be recorded either within the camera or remotely on the transmitter - in either instance, a microSD card is used. A single 2GB microSD card and USB card reader come in the box.

A computerized flight control system with multiple flight modes means the Proto-X is suitable for all skill levels. By default, full safties are enabled to help keep the quadcopter flying even if the pilot makes an overzealous move. For experienced multi-rotor fliers, Expert Mode can be enabled to unlock the Proto-X's full potential. In this mode, aerial acrobatics including flips become possible. The Proto-X is suitable for indoor use, and can be flown outside as long as wind is minimal.

Propelling the quadcopter is a 650mAh LiPo battery, which is included along with a USB charging cable. The transmitter powers from four standard AA batteries, available separately.

A 2.4 GHz, 6-channel transmitter (radio controller) comes included and no assembly is required. The only thing you will need for it is four AA batteries. The transmitter features a 4.5" LCD display showing a live feed from the flight camera. A nondetachable LCD hood is included for use outdoors in bright sunlight

Note: Be sure to follow the pre-flight setup instructions in the manual before your first flight
First-Person View Fun
The integrated 720p camera in the Proto-X plus a 4.5" full-color display on the transmitter (radio controller) combine to give you an immersive FPV (first-person view) flying experience. On top of that, you can record your aerial adventures to share with friends - for this purpose, a 2GB microSD card and USB card reader are included
On-Board or Transmitter Video Recording
You have two choices for recording video: placing a microSD card in the camera itself; or placing a microSD card in the transmitter. The advantage of using the transmitter is that you can start and stop recording as you like; the advantage of recording in-camera is higher quality (720p at 30 fps) and an image that is free from radio static. A single 2GB card is included in the box - however, with a second card you can record both in-camera and to transmitter at the same time
Intelligent Flight Control System
A 3-axis gyro plus three accelerometers provide the flight control system (the on-board computer) with essential data to help ensure a stable flying condition - even during the most daring aerial acrobatics
Expert Mode
In this mode, computerized intervention is minimized to give advanced pilots the greatest degree of flying freedom
Flip Mode
When in Expert Mode, you can use rapid stick movements to flip the Proto-X in any direction - left, right, front, back (refer to manual for details)

Note: The Proto-X will not flip if the battery is too low
Seven LED Running Lights
Seven on-board running lights add to the fun, and allow visual contact with the Proto-X to be maintained at night
650mAh 1S LiPo Battery Included
The included flight battery features USB charging, making it easy to find a power source from which to refuel. A USB power cord also comes in the box
Spare Rotors In the Box
A set of four spare rotor blades are included, as well as a special "U" wrench used to remove and install them
UPC: 047776047167
In the Box
Estes Proto-X FPV Quadcopter
  • 6-Channel, 2.4 GHz Transmitter with 4.5" Display
  • 650mAh 1S LiPo Flight Battery
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • Card Reader
  • USB Cable for Charging
  • Sun Shield for Transmitter Display
  • 4 x Spare Rotor Blades
  • Blade Removal Tool
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Estes Proto-X specs

    Flight Control System
    Sensors 3-axis gyor
    3 x accelerometers
    FPV Camera
    Resolution 1280 x 720 (720p)
    Frame Rate 30 fps
    Lens FOV: 120°
    Recording Media MicroSD card
    Flight Battery
    Type 650mAh 1S LiPo battery (1 x included)
    Charging Method USB
    Frequency 2.4 GHz
    Number of Channels 6
    Control Modes Default: Mode 2
    Supported: Mode 1
    FPV Display Size: 4.5"
    Power Requirements 4 x AA batteries (available separately)
    Replacement Parts ESTE4556: Body Set
    ESTE4557: Rotor Blade Set (4-pack)
    ESTE4558: Motor Holder Set (4-pack)
    ESTE4559: Rubber Landing Gear (4-pack)
    ESTE4560: Screw Set (4-pack)
    ESTE4561: Main PCB
    ESTE4562: FPV Camera
    ESTE4563: 5.8G Antenna
    ESTE4564: Motor Set (4)
    ESTE4565: USB Charging Cord
    ESTE4566: LiPo 1S 3.7V 650mAh Flight Battery
    ESTE4567: Rotor Blade Wrench
    Dimensions Diagonal Distance Between Motors: 4.5" / 115 mm
    Blade Length: 2.2" / 55 mm
    Weight Proto-X: 2 oz / 58 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.2 x 7.9 x 4.2"

    Estes Proto-X reviews

    Proto-X FPV Quadcopter is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this..... This little quad is an absolute blast. The battery provides decent fly time and the picture quality really isn't bad at all. The only issue I have is that you can't take still pics, only video. But not a big deal as this thing is a blast to have fun with. As for B&H, they are very pleasant to deal with. I will definitely deal with them again and recommend them as well.
    Date published: 2015-03-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from you have to try it to believe it It is fun to fly this quadcopter.The radio has a large screen with a good resolution .It is hard to control the copter without looking at it .I recommend it to anybody who like to practice before spending too much money on an expensive one .
    Date published: 2015-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proto-X FPV Quadcopter small package, big fun I did a bit of research on the mini drones. I found a video that compared the Hubsan 107d FPV to the Estes Proto-X FPV. While both seemed to be almost equal, the deciding factor was the viewing angle of the camera on-board and the video resolution. The Estes beat the Hubsan in this area. The only thing I wish it came with would be prop protectors. The other down side is the sun screen for the display on the transmitter. It does on fold like the Hubsan one but it snaps-on. This little guy is tough. It took a thrity foot drop to the roof of my house, tumbled down and hit the grass. No damage at all and was flying again as soon as I placed it back on it's feet. If you are new to flying helicopters (regular and quad) it is easy to use. It is also stable enough for a beginner but allow for ample room and keep it low until you get use to it. All in all, a great little quadcopter. Just wish it was on display at the store ;-)
    Date published: 2015-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Unit I'm a newbie to flying quadcopters and so I thought I might pick one up and learn to fly one before I spend a lot of money on a good one. Also thought I would try to check my eaves troughs using it. This one was recommended to me by someone who had done more research when I was standing in B&H. The unit comes with an extra set of props (you're going to need more!), and most things you're going to need, but you will need second micro SD card for the helicopter itself, and a few other extras (see below). There are two modes, expert mode and learning mode. I seem to crash it more often than I would like, so I've yet to brave the expert mode. At this point, I've had maybe 5 or 6 hours of flying on it. I'd say I can tell I'm getting better at controlling it, but I still crash it. The Pros: * The unit is small and lightweight, but it travels fast! It can travel across my small yard faster than I wish. *You can hit elevations that put it out of my abilty to fly it by eye. Things you should know: This unit has a stabilizer, so it actively tries to say level, but it doesn't have a GPS. If you release the controls it will drift. If there is no wind, you can trim the drift out on the control, but if there's wind, you'll need to actively control it to maintain at a location. Speaking of wind, it can fly in what I would guess is about 5 miles/hr, but beyond that, it's pretty hard for me to not put it into the bushes. That's where putting it in expert mode might help, since that mode allows more exagerated control. As a newbie I've crashed it numerous times. The key to getting better is practice, but the battery only lasts 10 minutes. You can buy spare batteries. I'd highly recommend you get 3 spares, which will give you say 40 minutes of flying before needing a recharge. That seems to be good for my brain. * You can ONLY charge batteries using the supplied cable when they are plugged into the helicopter. An external battery charger might be handy if you want to charge 3 or 4 batteries. * If you crash the unit into things you're going to bend or mangle the props. You can bend them back a bit with your fingers, but if you look at youtube you'll see that there are people demonstrating replacing the motors. That's because a worn prop does not lift as well as one in good condition. The stabilization system will over speed the motors to hold the unit level, and guess what, you'll burn your motors out. I just did that this evening. So, buy lots of props, and maybe get a motor kit. I've gone through 3 prop sets already and I probably should have gone through 5 sets to save the motor I'm not going to have to change now. * Early on, I flew it too high and over my house, it ended up ON the street (lost video contact since the video range is a lot less when you have a house in the way). I have no idea how hard it crashed, but it must have been 30 ft in the air. It's taken a licking and it's still ticking. I sure whish there was a camera protetive filter for it though. For a long time, I left the plastic factory sticker on it, just because I knew it needed some protection (yes, I'm that guy that leaves stickers on, but in this case it makes sense!). * There are quite a few LED's (blue and red) to indicate the front and back. These are bright and great, but for some reason (probably my crashes), several of them have stopped working. No fault of the quadcopter, but they do seem to be more delicate than the rest of the unit. Useablity * The LCD screen on the control unit is good. I can see most everything I need to. I'm still trying to get the hang of flying it from the LCD screen (FPV), but it's going to take me a lot longer. Probably flying it forward constantly and rotating is going to be easier to learn, but this is tricky because rotating invariably means I'm adjusting the throttle so it ends up going up and down at the same time. Newbie problems no doubt. Wish I'd seen a youtube tutorial video on this. Camera * The camera quality is good. I've heard reviewers say it's the best of any of the micro quads. I'd say it's about as good as a cheap webcam, nowhere near as good as my iphone, and marginally worse than my gopro 3. it has automatic exposure and white balance control. This seems to make wild and dramatic adjustments depending on what it's seeing. That's fine, for some applications I suppose. Yes, I can pull stills off the video using VLC, and I can see what I was looking for (leaves in my eaves), but I don't think I'd be using this to make any cool tracking shot videos. The ability to record both on the quadcopter in high quality and what you're seeing on the controller LCD (low resolution and a weird file format that VLC doesn't like) is a good feature. if you loose the quad while flying it, the recording on your controller might help you find it. I've heard youtubers say that when you are recording on the copter itself, there is more lag on the controller video screen. I haven't noticed this, but I'm not a good FPV flyer yet. The range is not very good, thank heavens. If it had longer range I would have lost it. One thing I don't think I realized is that the lack of a GPS means this is more like a racing drone. Racing drones don't have gps position stabilization, they're light and fast with a camera that faces forward (and up) for maximum speed. This unit has a camera that faces staight ahead and is not adjustable, but it sure is fast. In summary: * it's a great little unit * get some spare parts! Batteries, props, even some motors maybe. * add a protective filter to the camera.
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD TO LEARN ON I wanted to get familiar with the use of a quadcopter being that this is getting to be an important type of photography and video. Needs practice.
    Date published: 2016-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mini Quadcopter This Quadcopter is one of the best out there. I got a second one at B&H at their two day Christmas sale for a steal. This is a very stable and reliable little drone!!!
    Date published: 2017-01-09
    Date published: 2017-03-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from its okay i guess poor video. so small that if you fly too high you cannot see it. controls too sensitive but its my first one so maybe thats how they all work.
    Date published: 2017-12-05
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