Wingsland has created an interesting micro racer. They took a standard-looking little race quad and added a few interesting features. The new X1 micro racer features three intriguing options that set it apart from most micro racers. Those additions are optical flow, WiFi FPV and a modular design.
Optical Flow is a feature we haven’t seen on a drone billed as a racer. Optical flow adds a downward-facing camera that helps the drone maintain its position. Typically we see this feature on photography drones and most often optical flow is paired with altitude hold or GPS it help create a very stable drone. We will see how this helps a micro FPV racer.
WiFi FPV is nice because it doesn’t require a set of goggles to view the live video feed from the drone. There are, however, two big drawbacks that are typical of WiFi FPV. First, it generally creates lag. Lag makes navigating via FPV very difficult depending on how bad the lag is. The second issue is a limited range. With micros this is probably less of an issue than it would be with a full-size racer. You can fly micros indoors and if you are flying outdoors it is probably on a smaller course. The camera angle of the X1 is adjustable. An adjustable camera is almost a requirement for any drone including one billed as a racer.
Having a modular design is definitely a bonus. It allows the pilot to swap out parts easily, whether they are customizing their quad or making repairs. This is a nice addition to the Wingsland X1.
Weight: 70g battery included
Max Flight Time: Approx. 7 Mins
Max Ascent Speed: 1 m/s
Max Descent Speed: 0.6 m/s
Max Flight Range: 100m
Max Tilt Angle: 30°
Hover Accuracy: ± 0.5m (Optical Flow Sensor)
Battery: 600 mAh, 3.7V 1S
Camera: 640 x 368
Adjustable Angle Range: 0° ~ 30°
Should You Buy a Wingsland X1?
The Wingsland X1 is definitely an interesting take on micro FPV drones. Optical flow and a modular design set it apart from the crowd but we always prefer a 5.8GHz camera signal for FPV over WiFi. The big brushed motors look powerful but they still can’t compete with the brushless motors on micros like the EMAX Babyhawk. If you want something unique then the Wingsland X1 is worth your consideration. Just don’t expect the X1 to put you on the podium at a drone race, this is more of a learning drone than a competitive racer.
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