EDIT 06/28/16: The new review is related the V2 with a firefly 6S camera. There is already a new V3 with another camera directly connected with the gimbal as showed in ths video. It’s real pity, they change on the fly the design… Probably they need to change the camera provider. I don’t have any informations about this new 4K camera. But sure, you can’t remove it to use it standalone (like with the Firefly 6S) and no Gyro stabilization too. I don’t have any information which version Banggood have. I guess the V3 will replace the V2 little by little. I don’t think it’s bad or good think to have the V3 versus the V2
Few months ago after the first UP air “Chase” edition (check review http://www.drone-maniac.com/test-upair-chase/), the original compagny have been bought by Gten (G10). The original “Chase” was potentially an interesting model but some problem in term of stabilities, with the camera recording triggering and the FPV part were the limiting points of the Chase. Gten delivers here with the UPair “One” UPair “One”, clearly a “Chase” bugfree edition. Since, most of elements are shared, I will mainly focused on the differences & novelties.
+ 1 x UPair one (with a 3S 5400mAh LiPo with proprietary connector)
+ 1 x Transmitter (using a 3S 2100mAh LiPo with JST connector)
+ 1 x Main LiPo charger
+ 1 x Emax B3 charger
+ 1 x 2-axis gimbal
+ 1 x 4K camera (Firefly 6S)
+ 1 x Screwdriver
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English/Chinese)
Absoluptly no visual change from an external point of view versus the “Chase” edition
With the battery inserted indicating the remaining level of charge
The battery bay with the main Gimbal connector and VTX connector
Both are JST-SH 1mm connector: one 8P (gimbal) and one 3P (VTX)
The same metallic casing housing the 5.8G VTX is one unique botton to cycle between the 8 Vfreq (Band A)
The 2.4G antenna is still installed front left. No change for this antenna
For the front left leg, the external compass is still here but no more jailed into the metallic structure
It’s a better design decreasing the magnetic potentiel interferences associated with the original metallic casing
Still the same 9450 props selftighting
Exactly the same 2206 motors
Exactly the same LiPo, a 3S 5400mAh LiPo with proprietary connector.
To control the battery charge, just briefly press on it to see how many green LEDs are there (Up to 5 leds for 100% of charge). To power the machine, you still need to 1) press briefly on the button then immediatly after 2) repress and hold the button during more than 2s.
I noticed a small difference in the behaviour for the charging: When the battery level is above 12.3V, the charging don’t start. The LiPo need to be more depleted to be charged. I suspect the LiPo F/W have been upgraded to offer an auto-storage mode.
The 4K version is nothing else than a Firefly 6S coming with Firwmare 2.5. By default, TVout must be set to PAL to enjoy all informations of the OSD (if set to NTSC, some informations at bottom part can dissipear). Default settings are 1080p@60fps, WDR off, Gyro off, Low bit rate. Timestamp off, large angle
As you will be able to see in my first flight with the default settings, my 4K came out of focus. I had to disassembled it to refocusing everything correctly. This video helped me
I flashed later the last 2.6 F/W (check last flight video)
2 axis Gimbal
Good news;, now a large central access have been designed and a central 8p gimbal port is here. From left to right, the first pin is +12V, the third is the Vout (for the VTX) and the last is the GND.
[COLOR=”RED”]BE AWARE, BEFORE TO PLUG THE FIRST TIME YOUR GIMBAL, CHECK THAT NO CONTACTS BETWEEN EACH OF THE 4 LEGS OF THE COIL. ADD EVENTUALLY SOME LIQUID ELECTRICAL TAPE TO SECURE EVERYTHING[/COLOR]
EDIT 06/28/16 It have been confirmed that beneath the upper plastic casing, there is a microUSB port for the Gimbal … It’s amazing, this port is hidden. To access to it, you will need to saw all the border and pry on it….
Below the metallic casing, still the same VTX
but now with the JST-SH 3p connector and a uFL/IPX connector to attach the 5.8G antenna. Two good points to install easily another antenna and/or to swap to another VTX.
Bad news, I measured the Output powered via my ImmersionRC module and I observed around 50mW ….
This measure can explain the relatively poor FPV range bounded around 150-200m. Luckely, some third party VTX can be installed easily IMHO. For example the Skyzone 40CH: http://www.banggood.com/Skyzone-Upgrade-TS5823S-40CH-5_8G-200MW-AV-Transmitter-Module-RP-SMA-Female-p-1017491.html
FPV screen & Radio combo
The same 7″ FPV monitor without any sunshade or buttons to tune settings or power the system. The monitor is powered by the USB plug.
In shadow zone, the FPV screen is visible. Good news, no more OSD flickerings … 🙂 but with strong daylights, it’s almost impossible to see… to sunshade or brightness settings are here
Still the same 4×6+2=26 screws to remove to start to open it (check video below). You need to disconnect the compass and the 2.4G antenna too.
the 2.4G receiver is now taped on the left side and no more on top of the former board
They changed also receiver module, no more visible “radiolink” inscription with this new version.
WIth this version, the microUSB is more hidden
Be aware if you want to plug a microUSB to USB female, pay attention to the cap nearby. They can be damaged during the microUSB attachement.
No change for this part…. a nice radio with two left shoulders button to trigger photo & video recording, a right POT button to play with the pitch orientation of the camera, a left 2-way switch to engage the RTH and a 3-way switch for the flight modes: Altitulde hold, GPS hold and headless
First demo with the default settings of the machine. Videos are ultra stable, almost 0 vibrations whatever the commands. Results are much better versus the Cheerson CX-22 and the Minivet for example. As you can see, the 4K cam was out of focus (solved later). In another hand, the altitulde hold stabilization is not amazing with drifts and sensitivive to Wind. A trick to improve stability consist to perform a 720degrees CW tour just after hovering. In any case, a compassMot calibration can probably help but requires the USB mod.
A second video with more Advanced camera settings (WDR on, Gyro on, High bit rate)…. Results are good… As epected, unfortunatlly the FPV range show first statics after 30-40m. Don’t expect a solid link beyond 200m. After the USB mod, probably the VTX mod is a must to do with this machine.
Some last videos with beautiful areas.. FPV range still ok with 150m.
A lot of improvements have been done with the “one”… Now connectors are everywehere, so gimbal can attached/detached easily. No more OSD flickerings and autostart/stop video recordings too…. Finally where have here with the 4K bundle one of the best gimbal stabilization very comparable with some Phantom work but here for only 350 USD !!!. No firework yet… You have to know that this machine can present some instabilities in Altitulde hold out of the box especially in windy conditions and the FPV range is limited due to a relatively weak 5.8G VTX…. So if you are ready to do USB mod, to swap the VTX for a more powerful, the UP air one can be a good choice. You can even enjoy the Mission planner associated with the APM board.The other competitor is the probably the Wingsland Minivet. This Minivet is a more stable machine but the work of the 3-axis gimbal is less efficient IMHO (even with last F/W).
+ Nice job of the gimbal
+ GPS shielding via EMI tape
+ Connectors everywhere (receiver, 5.8G VTX and gimbal)
+ Fixed autostart/stop video recording
+ Fixed OSD flickerings
+ Nice 4K videos
+ No more metallic casing for the casing
+ Autostorage feature added to the battery
+ Share most of parts with the “Chase” edition
+ Cheaper than the “Chase”, one of the most competitve AP (~~ around 350USD for the 4K)
– Still 8bits APM FC based (MCU overloaded ?)
– Lack of stability in Altitulde hold especially in windy conditions (need compass & compassMot calibrations)
– Poor FPV range (<200m due to a ~50mW vTX, 8CH only, band A)
– FPV screen with no settings, no sunshade, poor brightness & visitility and still with “blue screen” when the FPV signal is lost (UPair logo appearing)
– Still no USB connexion for the APM board
– No possibility to perform compass calibration with a sticks command
– No more transportation bag
Default Mission Planner settings (to import from the the full list parameters panel)
This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 297/352USD with coupon “bgupair” at http://www.banggood.com/UPair-UP-Air-FPV-With-12_0MP-1080P-SONY-HD-Camera-2-Axis-Gimbal-RC-Quadcopter-p-995265.html
UP air “One” USB plug mod
Advanced analysis and Mission planner connexion