Tuesday, May 10, 2016

JJ R/C H30c Review

JJ R/C H30c quadcopter review, courtesy of
The JJ R/C H30c is an affordable mini quadcopter that features an onboard 2MP camera. The H30c – together with the H20 hexacopter – represents the new design mantra of JJ R/C; this time they’ve created a design of their own instead of cloning or rebranding an existing design. Although the H30c looks like a mini version of the Lily quadcopter with the cute eye-marks on the front, the similarities end there. The review model is the red version.
Inside the H30c package you will find:
  • The H30c quadcopter, fully assembled with blades and blade protectors preinstalled
  • The Transmitter
  • A USB charger suitable for charging the quadcopter battery. The charger can be plugged on any USB port, data-enabled or not (i.e computer USB port, dedicated USB charger, etc)
  • A set of four replacement blades, two clockwise (CW, marked ‘A’) and two counter-clockwise (CCW, marked ‘B’)
  • An 150mAh 3.7V LiPo battery inside the quadcopter
  • An operation manual
No MicroSD card is provided – you have to provide your own – which is somehow expected on a low-cost package like this. The H30c canopy is made from plastic but the whole construction is durable and can take a lot of beating, something that will happen with beginner pilots. It is quite small with the shell being a little bit bigger than a 2 Euro coin, an amazing feat considering that inside this shell there is room to fit a battery, a logic board, a microSD card slot and a camera together with the camera circuitry. The whole quadcopter weights 22g with the battery, so it is pretty light. The motors have a diameter of 5mm and length of 15mm, a common size used on mini quads. The blade protectors are part of the H30c canopy, therefor they are not removable. The whole construction is durable but in case of accidents, spare parts are available.
The H30c comes with a toy-grade transmitter, much bigger than the one supplied with other mini quads. The transmitter operates on two AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable) and the sticks are nicely made. Besides the two sticks – which also can be pressed – there are the (usual) trim switches and two buttons on the top side. The left top button switches the flight mode (beginner, intermediate, expert) with the yaw/pitch/roll adjusting accordingly; long pressing the left switch turns on or off the video recording function (this is also indicated by a flashing green/red LED on the rear of the quadcopter). By pressing once the right top switch the flip function is activated and the user can select the direction of the flip with the right stick; long pressing the right top switch takes a picture. Finally, pressing the left stick activates the one-key-return function and the right stick when pressed enables/disables the headless mode. You can also calibrate the gyroscopes by holding both sticks to the bottom left. Holding both sticks to the bottom right, readjusts the headless mode without having to reboot the quadcopter.
Overall, the JJ R/C H30c is a nice addition to the non-stop creation of mini quadcopters: it is quite fast, nice looking and with a decent camera built-in. The tiny size does not make it suitable for flying outdoors, since it is pretty easy to get confused regarding its orientation and is extremely sensitive to even small wind gusts. It is suited for indoors flying and as a trainer for beginner pilots. It is extremely stable – besides the small size – and with good hovering capabilities that will make beginner pilots more comfortable.
Below you will find a detailed video review of the JJ R/C H30c including a test flight with onboard footage.
JJ R/C H30c quadcopter review, courtesy of
I would like to thank for sending the quadcopter for review.

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