|Overall rating 3.8 / 5|
Futuristic, cool and easy to fly – that’s how the Amewi 25163 RC drone is advertised, which looks really pretty interesting.
This is an airplane with 4 propellers, that is, a quadcopter. It combines the latest technology with exceptional design and offers a very special FPV experience on a relatively small budget.
In this report, you will find out what a small copter is capable of and if it is really worth the money.
The model weighs 315 g, it is quite powerful and therefore not recommended for children under 14 years old.
In general, the transmission power of the radio remote control is about 100 meters. It’s intuitive and makes a pretty good impression. Dimensions are 515 mm x 524 mm with a height of about 86 mm. A fairly large quadcopter that is still easy to fly.
In terms of design, it reminds you of something futuristic that we’ve never seen before in the drone market in terms of size and shape.
The small quadcopter has a built-in FPV camera, with which you can take beautiful pictures in nature. The picture is very balanced and has a modern feel. You can follow the live image on the small FPV screen.
With a resolution of 1280 x 720, the FPV camera captures up to 30 images per second, which is an outstanding performance at this price point.
A LiPo battery is installed with a charging capacity of 1000 mAh and a voltage of 7.4 V. Unfortunately, with such a weight, this is only enough for a maximum flight time of about 6 minutes, then you need to fully charge the flight battery, which takes about 90 minutes.
On the other hand, the remote is equipped with a 450mAh 3.7V lithium polymer battery that lasts significantly longer and does not need to be charged as often.
Appropriate charging cables and adapters are included for charging.
Overall, the flight seems quite cumbersome compared to other quadcopter models that are much more maneuverable. This is mainly due to the size of the drone. This fact is a clear advantage for beginners, because control commands are not executed as abruptly and forcefully as is usually the case.
The built-in 6-axis gyroscope ensures a very stable flight position. The slightest misalignment of the flight path is immediately corrected. As a result, the Amewi 25163 lies very well in the air and is especially easy to operate as it is kept in the air. Beginners can learn to fly a quadcopter pretty quickly.
There is also the ability to perform a variety of 3D tricks at the touch of a button while the drone flips or rolls and then fully stabilizes using a gyroscopic system.
Remote control and FPV
The control panel of the Amewi 25163 drone also has a rather interesting and cool design. A bit like a Gameboy from an old childhood.
As mentioned earlier, it has a stable 2.4GHz transmission frequency with a maximum range of 100 meters.
The remote has a built-in 4.5-inch display, so it has a diagonal of 11.43 cm. This screen size is very good for making FPV flying more realistic. The crisp live image is displayed in real time, and you can control the drone in first person without looking at it.
However, observe the laws in force in the USA. In fact, you can only fly here on drones. You should get there easily with a maximum range of 100 meters.
When flying in FPV mode, a second person must always be present. You should also try to get a drone license plate because it is legally required in the USA with a takeoff weight of over 250g, and this drone unfortunately weighs a little more. You just need to put your name and address on the license plate.
Are there models of comparable quality for this price?
The Amewi 25163 drone on Amazon costs just 99.99 (as of September 2018). There are equally expensive models from Parrot like Parrot Mambo or Airbone Night. DJI has also launched a drone that only costs around € 100, namely the Ryze Tech Tello. In our opinion, you will get a significantly better and better camera here.
These are mini drones, however, so they cannot be compared to the Amewi 2516.
Pros and cons
If you look at the technical details, the size of this drone and its price, you get the impression that this is a helicopter that is absolutely inexpensive. But is the price / quality ratio really that good? Indeed, in addition to positive reviews, there are also negative customer reviews.
Once again, we have clearly presented the most important advantages and disadvantages to you.
- HD Camera FPV Live
- Very suitable for beginners, easy to fly thanks to 6-axis gyroscope
- The remote has a 4.5-inch display for FPV live image transmission
- Futuristic, unusual, yet cool design
- Exciting 3D stunts at the touch of a button (rolls, flips and more)
- Maximum range up to 100 meters
- A bit cumbersome due to size and weight
- Operating instructions incomplete
- The battery drains quickly and only lasts 6 minutes (but that’s ok for this price)
Overall, this drone is quite affordable, but not an absolute hit on the price / performance ratio because there are many disadvantages to a remote controlled aircraft.
The aircraft must be calibrated before the first launch, for this, after turning on the remote control, the right stick must be moved to the right and held until the aircraft LEDs light up. This calibration is absolutely essential for the drone to know what an airplane is. Only then will he be able to keep the drone in the air.
This can be a problem for beginners who have no idea about such a calibration because it is not in the instruction manual.
This also explains some of the negative reviews. But if you know that, the Amewi 25163 flies very stable and is a lot of fun!
You can buy this drone here on Amazon! *