|Overall rating 4.1 / 5|
The Snaptain model costs only € 100 and is therefore one of the entry-level models available.
Snaptain advertises the SP 650 as a low-cost entry-level drone that, despite its low price, has a good camera and many features.
To see how well it works in practice and whether this drone is worth considering, you can also check our YouTube channel droneprozone.com:
SP 650 drone scope
The drone package includes:
- Quadcopter SP 650
- eight rotor blades (four spare)
- Impact protection and two feet
- two lithium-ion batteries with USB connection, flight time every 12 minutes (1000 mAh)
- 1080 / 25p camera, 120 ° FOV wide-angle lens
- Application (iOS 7.0+ or Android 4.4 and above)
- Screwdriver and screws
- multilingual guide
Unfortunately, the SD card is not included in the package.
At 125 grams, the drone is really light. The dimensions of this model (with rotor blades and protective device, WxHxD): 26.92 cm x 11.17 cm x 26.92 cm.Due to the small take-off weight of less than 250 g, the drone does not need a brand badge and belongs to the C1 category.
The drone sets up very quickly. You simply install the rotor blades as well as the guard and landing slide. Tighten only the rotor blades securely, just insert the rest.
There is an opening compartment on the back of the quadcopter. The battery must be placed in it and connected to the drone.
The SP 650 is ready for use.
Range and battery
The batteries are fully charged at first. This means that I connect it to my computer via USB. Of course, any other USB charger will work as well. However, nothing is included in the package. Only rechargeable Li-ion batteries with USB connection are included.
However, any USB type A port can be used for charging. Note that many common USB connections to PCs and laptops only supply 500mAh (USB2.0) or 1000mAh (USB3.0).
Therefore, we recommend a USB power supply, as the charging time from a 500 mAh charger is much longer. Charge time 120 minutes based on charging current from a USB or USB 3.0 power supply (1-1.5 amps).
In practical tests, I was able to achieve flight times of 9 to 10 minutes. Depending on the wind and weather. However, this model is designed exclusively for good weather and calm weather, so the flight time in optimal weather conditions will be closer to 11 minutes.
Under no circumstances should this model be flown in the rain as this will quickly lead to water damage. The drone is not IPX certified and therefore not waterproof.
The drone also does not handle wind well and complicates battery life. Since the drone is very light, it is quickly blown away.
Therefore, wind speeds of 10 m / h and higher should be avoided. This is especially important for beginners to know.
The range of the drone is about 100 meters from the transmitter (with a good view, no interference). In the presence of obstacles or interference, the range approaches 80 meters. The video transmission range for the application is about 20 meters below the range of the transmitter.
Flight behavior and control
When it comes to flight behavior, you should always remember that this drone does not have GPS and therefore cannot be stable in the air thanks to the presence of a GPS signal.
This model uses green and red LED lights to communicate status and error codes. I have compiled a table with the most important codes:
|No connection||Slow flicker||Slow flicker|
|connection||Constant glow||Constant glow|
|A photo||Constant glow||Flashes once in the photo|
|video||Constant glow||Slow flickering while recording|
|Headless Mode||Constant glow||Fast blinking|
|calibration||Fast blinking||Fast blinking|
|Low battery||Fast blinking||Fast blinking|
|Back to starting point||Alternating flickering during flight||Upon arrival: both LEDs are permanently on|
This is why you should pay attention to the direction the wind is blowing from, especially during takeoff if you are not flying in optimal conditions.
After takeoff, the drone must first be balanced so that the aircraft stays level and calm in the air and drifts little or no.
The drone is very loud due to the lack of brush motors. But that shouldn’t worry those who buy a drone under 100 euros. The vast majority of models under 100 euros do not have brushed motors for quiet flight.
The flight behavior is very direct and the drone is stable in the air if you balance it with the trim buttons.
The drone also offers a variety of drone control options. Either remote control, touch control app, gesture control, or voice control.
In a hands-on test, I tried all the control options and I must say that the remote is by far the best control for this drone.
The touch controls were very inaccurate, and the gesture controls were only usable for photos and videos. On the other hand, the remote control is great and you can control the drone very well with it.
If you want to control this model using voice control, you must speak crystal clear English for the drone to understand the commands. This feature is difficult to use for those with poor English skills.
On the other hand, the drone also does not know many commands. There are only voice commands: forward, backward, left, right, takeoff, landing, stop.
If you want to launch the drone, you either need to press the start button on the remote or press the left and right sticks down and then left up to launch the drone up after all the rotor blades have started to rotate.
Once in the air, the drone drifts very quickly due to the lack of sensors and very low weight. There are three different speed profiles. The SP 650 drone always starts from the lowest level. The speed can be increased and decreased on the remote control.
The drone gains a stable flight position when you balance it using the trim buttons. This all works very well, and with a little practice, contrary to the manufacturer’s claims, it is possible to fly the drone in light to moderate winds, not just calm.
Additional features can also be configured or activated in the app. Once the application has been installed and launched, you must first select the correct model.
You can choose between three different Snaptain drones.
After successfully pairing the drone and the app, the video transmission to the mobile phone starts. The drone is now fully operational.
This model can of course also be operated without an app, the remote control also offers the ability to take photos and videos. Of course, you have to do without live camera feed to your smartphone.
The app also includes gesture control and voice control. Not much in terms of gesture control. Gesture control is only suitable for photos and videos.
This works if you show the drone a peace sign in the camera. However, you should not be more than 3 meters from the drone.
You can also use gesture controls to launch videos. It works the same way as photography, only the gesture is different here, namely an outstretched hand.
So the gesture control works. However, only in good light, with a very short range.
Gesture controls can also be used to activate various flight modes such as:
- Headless Mode
- Rotation mode (around its own axis)
- 3D art mode (flips in any direction)
- Hover mode (stand in the air)
- VR mode, VR glasses not inclu
All flight modes can also be activated using the remote control without an app.
To better understand my description of the app, I took a screenshot of the app from my mobile here.
Camera photo and video quality
The camera looks neither good nor particularly bad. The camera is suitable for this price point. The recording has two disadvantages:
Recordings are blurry due to lack of image stabilization. There is also no electronic image stabilization, so recordings are always blurry, especially in windy conditions.
The small CMOS sensor lets little light through, so the camera should only be used in good lighting conditions.
In very poor lighting conditions (for example, very cloudy, at dusk) the sensor struggles to produce a decent image.
This is easily seen in the Youtube video from droneprozone.com:
Otherwise, the drone does not need to hide from the camera. The recordings are quite useful in good and optimal conditions and look good despite the low frame rate (25) at which the videos are recorded.
Files are saved on an SD card, the SD card slot is on the camera. Sorry, no SD card is included. The camera supports SD cards up to 64 gigabytes in size.
Conclusion on the Snaptain 650 drone
The SP 650 is the ideal entry-level model. The drone brings a lot of fun to the flight and also takes very beautiful pictures from which you can’t expect much.
This drone is a treasure for every beginner because it is very easy to fly and does not have too many features, so the user does not feel overwhelmed by the many customization options and functions.
We would like to have a drone that is so lightweight that this model has a foldable design and therefore belongs to mini drones. For easy transport without relatively large packaging for a small, lightweight drone.
The image quality is good, only the pleasure of the flight is very high for 100 euros. Because the package includes two batteries. If that’s not enough, you can even buy additional batteries from the manufacturer.
There are also spare parts from the manufacturer: propellers, protective grilles, chassis, USB charging cables.
If you made a mistake as a beginner and damaged your drone, fixing the damage with the manufacturer’s spare parts kit is not a problem.
The Snaptain 650 is a simple entry-level model with inexpensive parts and good flight performance.
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