Visuo XS816 Quadcopter Review
The drone industry became so competitive that every manufacturer tries to provide the best possible for the less they can. Therefore you can buy a quadcopter under 100$ like the Visuo xs816 Quadcopter from this review with a lot of extras that you can’t even imagine. For example, with the Visuo XS816 drone, you will get an optical flow sensor located on the bottom of the drone. This will make the drone so much smoother and more enjoyable for you. Besides this it has a 4K cable camera, so you will get the full package for just 100$.
This is the perfect drone for those who want to upgrade their toy grade drone or those who wish to begin their drone piloting life. Whichever category you might be in, you won’t be disappointed.
- Model: XS816 RC Folding Quadcopter
- Functions: 3D Flips,Camera,Forward/backward,FPV,G-sensor Mode,,Aerial PhotographyGesture Mode,One Key Automatic Return,Optical Flow Positioning,Slow down,Speed up,Turn left/right,Up/down,Headless Mode,Waypoints,WiFi Connection
- Remote Control: 2.4GHz Wireless Remote Control
- Built-in gyro: 6 Axis Gyro
- Channel: 4-Channels
- Detailed Control Distance: About 50m
- Wifi control distance: About 25m
- Motor: Coreless
- Video resolution: 2048×1080
- Photo resolution: 4096×3072
What’s in the box?
- Visuo xs816 Drone
- Remote Controller
- Spare Propeller x4
- Propeller Guard x4
- USB Charger
- Users Manual
Design and build
Just like most of the drones, this is a folding quadcopter which is a great advantage for the drone. By folding it the drone will have a compact size which will make it easier to travel with. When you fold it, it measures 7.3 x 5.3 x 2.5 inches, so you can just put in your backpack or drone case if you have one and you’re good to go. In its unfolded state, it measures 11.8 x 11.0 x 2.4 inches with a weight of 160g (including battery). This means that you don’t have to make an FAA registration for it if you stay in the US or Canada, but to be sure check the legal statements in your country or ask a friend who already has a drone.
The drone has a black color with some minor with details, and the exterior is made from ABS plastic. This material not only protects the interior parts but at the same time, it will protect the drone from falling apart in the case of a minor crash. However, don’t test the drones crashing limits.
What is really interesting about this drone is the fact that this drone has a coreless motor. Coreless motors are slightly different from regular brushed or brushless motors. The motor is placed on an iron core, which means it has a lightweight, and this way it can achieve faster acceleration and also helps improve the flight time.
The remote controller for the xs816 is small, ergonomic, and effective. The controller looks pretty much like a remote controller from a console, so video game players will find it really familiar. But even a first-time drone pilot will find it easy to use because every button is marked with a small icon to make it easier for you to learn the purpose of each drone.
On the controller, there are two joy-sticks, an emergency stop button, and other buttons for the other flight options. The controller also has a foldable phone holder, which is In order to power up the remote controller you’ll need 4x 1.5V AAA cell batteries, but have to buy them separately. However, there is a disappointing thing in the controller, it’s range. Because it has only a 50-meter distance range.
This drone comes with a 3.7V 1800mAh battery which can provide him 20 minutes of flight time. Drones in this price category usually have no more than 15 minutes of flight time. However, if you wish you can always buy another battery, which means that you can double the flight time and you can capture everything that is needed in those 40 minutes. The battery has its own charging cable, and we advise to use only that one for charging the battery. The battery is safe to handle, and it’s easy to remove or to insert, there is no intersection with exposed wires or stuff because it’s a modular battery.
The VISUO XS816 has a camera that is capable of capturing in 4K but only for photos. For videos, you can get a maximum of 1080p images. Which should be good enough to post nice videos and images on your social media accounts, and to show the world the beautiful places you’ve been to.
Taking photos and videos with this thing is very easy because it has an inbuilt 6 Axis gyro, which keeps the drone itself and the camera too in a stable position. Not to talk about the first person view with this drone which is also a great experience. For that, you have to download the manufacturer’s app on your smartphone. And because the drone works with a 5GHz frequency you will require a 5G capable mobile phone to connect on the camera. This may sound bad to others, but if your phone is capable you can enjoy a much better live feed. The range for the FPV transmission is 25 meters, half of the full control distance.
The real value of a quadcopter isn’t about its design or the hardware, but the flight features it is capable of how precisely can deliver them. And I tell you to know, you will be amazed how much this quad is able to do.
This is a great function, with this you can make the drone hover in the air, without having your hand on the controller and the joysticks. You just set the drone to the perfect position and you can start making photos.
This is a very common feature, but it requires some time to use it properly. With this, you can fly the drone in a headless mode which means that you don’t have to worry about where the drone faces when it is out of your sight. It will align its orientation to the direction where the controller stands so you can bring it home easily.
With this function, you can draw a flight path on the app and the drone will follow that exact same route. This works best for landscapes.
Another feature of why this drone is a perfect choice for beginners. On this quad, there is a low, medium and high-speed mode. If you’re a beginner you can start at a low speed, and as you feel more and more comfortable with the drone you can switch to higher speeds.
Follow Me Mode
Activate the follow me mode and the drone will follow you so you can make videos about yourself walking without holding the controller in your hand. Or if you wish you can use it just as well for different moving objects, just make sure that the object won’t go faster than your drone, and it stays within the max control range.
In my opinion, this is one of the coolest features in the drone. In this mode, the drone will make different actions by reading your hand gestures. It has only two, to capture photo and video footage. But it’s still fun. If you show a victory sign it will take a photo of you in a few seconds, and if you show your palm, it will start making a video. Just make sure that you’re in the right distance towards the camera.
The Visuo XS816 from our review is a great quadcopter, which has a great price to value ratio. If you’re looking for a cheap drone with some good features you’ll barely find anything better than this. First of all, it has a great camera which can make photos in 4K and videos in 1080p. Secondly, it has an amazing flight time of 20 minutes. The only disappointing thing about this drone is the low range. But at least the manufacturers placed a lot of flight features inside the drone, so those 20 minutes will be as fun as possible.
If you wish to purchase the xs816 you can do it on Amazon.