WLtoys Q696 A with crisp video
Today lets have a look at the brand new WLtoys Q696 A which features altitude hold, 1080p FPV camera with gimbal, headless mode, one key return, and up to 13 minutes of flight time.
This quadcopter also comes in other versions like the WLtoys Q696 with no camera, WLtoys Q696 E with WiFi FPV camera, or the WLtoys Q696 D with standalone 1080p camera (note all of these quadcopters include gimbals).
Design wise this quadcopter uses the traditional X style frame at around 19 x 19 inches, weighs in at 455g, comes in white, and uses brushed motors. Camera is mounted to the bottom of the quadcopter and the battery is in a proprietary plastic casing so that you can easily snap it in and out, flight time is around 13 minutes.
The camera and gimbal on the WLtoys Q696 A are one piece with and mount to the bottom of the quadcopter. It provides 2 axis stabilization and video recorded at 1080p directly to a microSD card. This setup in addition to having 2 axis stabilization uses rubber dampeners to reduce vibrations.
Video is streamed over 5.8GHz radio to an FPV received mounted on the transmitter with a shield to block light from the screen. This provides you an excellent way to see in real time what you are recording and helps with navigating around immensely.
The transmitter that it comes with the WLtoys Q696 A actually looks pretty fantastic to me coming with an easy to use button layout, long control sticks with grips, and a nice LCD in the center. Buttons include a high/low speed switch, flip button, landing/takeoff, headless, camera functions, and finally gimbal controls so you can adjust it remotely.
Still on the subject of the transmitter it seems that they’ve actually decided to display useful information on the LCD showing you flight speed, flight time, and altitude. I’m surprised you don’t really see this information commonly included especially altitude because it isn’t really that hard to calculate it using some math.
The WLtoys Q696 – A so far is looking like a nice quadcopter with great features. The 5MP camera (with gimbal), altitude hold, long flight times, and informational transmitter give this thing tons of value which I think completely justifies the price. Click the button below to check it out for yourself.
$144.18 on GearBest