Not many drones manage to be fit both for beginners and more advanced pilots. Even so, the Cheerwing CW4 Quadcopter does an excellent job and is able to be a great teacher while also being fun to play with. Whichever your case is, we think that this review will help you make a general idea about whether this model is right for you or not. In all honesty though, we can not see a way in which this drone would not find a place in your life.
|Size||36 x 35 x 10 cm|
|Camera||2 MP, 720p, HD|
|Battery||3.7V, 500mAh, Li-Po|
|Charging time||60 minutes|
|Flight time||6 to 8 minutes|
The CW4 model has a 2 MP, 720p camera that performs quite well with taking photos and videos. Once they are recorded, they are stored on a micro SD card, in order to make it easier for you to view them later. This is also quite necessary, since there is no way to watch any footage while the quadcopter is up and flying. Consequently, this means that the CW4 is also not capable of supporting the FPV experience.
CW4: Remote control
The remote control of the CW4 has a neat design that does not let the device slide from your hand, and multiple, easy to reach buttons. In addition, the throttle stick is also highly flexible and never fails to return to its initial position as soon as tension is released. A nice technological touch to this remote control is telemetry, which makes the remote beep when the UAV gets out of range. This comes even more in handy when you consider the fact that the CW4 is very sensitive to the remote control. Whenever the remote happens to run out of battery, it will warn you through a beeping sound. In order to avoid any accidents, you should land the drone as soon as this happens, so you will not lose control.
On the remote you will also find the buttons that are each responsible for a different flight mode. Therefore, the flight modes included are: auto take-off and landing and altitude hold. Auto take-off and landing mean that by just pressing a button, the CW4 will land and lift up in the air by itself. This is helpful for beginners especially, as this model is known to be quite agile and fly out of range easily. If this ever happens, the landing button comes to the rescue. Altitude hold is very useful for taking photos and videos of different places and angles that are uniquely placed and harder to reach.
Setting up for the flight
If you are a beginner, you should take special interest in these steps. The very first thing you should know is that it would be advisable to start with some basic movements only. Fly as close to the ground as possible while you figure out the controls on the remote and how sensitive they actually are. While you are at it, this is a great opportunity to position the camera and figure out what angle is the best. You should know that it is quite tilted to begin with, so most of the view will be ground focused. Once you get used to the controls, you can start to be more and more adventurous with your CW4, and even do some amazing aerobatics.
Something we would strongly advise is that you should avoid flying this drone in windy conditions. This is mostly due to its lightweight. If the wind happens to take your drone away, not even the automatic landing can help you.
I would like to know…
Does it have the Return to Home function?
Sadly, the CW4 does not have the Return to Home function, only automatic landing.
Would this be a model fit for an 11 year-old?
Yes, this kind of drone is perfect for beginners.
Would it be able to hold a GoPro?
Because of its lightweight, it probably could not. Most GoPros are a similar weight to the drone.
Is this a foldable drone?
Does it support WiFi?
What do I do if I can not view the recorded videos?
You could try downloading VLC Media Player. It seems like Windows Media Player does not fit well with the files.
Can the flight time be improved?
It could be, with a bigger battery. The only issue is if you could manage to fit it in the compartment.
The packaging of the Cheerwing CW4 quadcopter includes:
- The drone itself
- 2.4 GHz remote controller
- 4 GB micro SD card
- 2 x 500mAh Li-Po Batteries
- 4 spare propellers
- SD card reader
- User manual
In conclusion, the CW4 is a great choice, especially if you are a beginner. Also, considering how high its functionality is, the price it has is also more than reasonable. It is true that the biggest issue is the absence of FPV, but other than this, it does its job extremely well. If you want to try it out for yourself, you can find it on Amazon for a great deal.