TEST: Eachine 58, 720P Wide angle WIFi toyquadcopter

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INTRODUCTION

The Eachine E58 is new WiFi quadcopter of the month. Here, we have a foldable machine cloning the DJI mavic shape with a builtin 720p 2.4G WIFi camera with wide angle. More, it’s also possible to record natively 720p files into a microSD card slot. The Eachine E58 can be seen as a shrinked version of the popular VISUO XS809HW, another 720p wide angle machine. Classic headless and one key return are here as well as a baramoter for altitude hold. Let’s check this WiFi toyquadcopter.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x Cheerson CX-10C
+ 1 x 500mAh 1S proprietary LiPo
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 3xAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x USB to microUSB cable
+ 2 x Spare props (1 CW, 1 CCW)
+ 4 x Prop guards
+ 1 x Screwdriver
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

In practice, only two complete props can be found as spare.

OVERVIEW

Folded, the machine is compact and super easy to transport. Prop also can be folded.

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-FRONT VIEW

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Two two front white front lights are strong, a good point to keep your orientation for LOS flights.

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-SIDE VIEW

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The front motors are installed 2cm higher versus the rear ones.

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-REAR VIEW
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Red light in rear position

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The 2.4G linear antenna associated with the WiFI module

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-UPPER VIEW

A unique button can be found. Short press on it to turn on/off the E58.

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-BOTTOM VIEW

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Like the Visuo model, the microSD slot is hidden below. A class 10 is recommanded

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When turned on first, the blue light stays solid. Unfortunatly, the associated radio transmitter buttons doesn’t work…. You will need to use the Appz to trigger recording. When recording, the blue light will flash fast. When stopped, it will flash slowly.

-WEIGHT

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Motors and props

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Even props are foldable

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Prop guard must be clipsed individually, no screws required

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LiPo

A 500mah 1S LiPo model with proprieatary casing.

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You will need the USB cable to recharge the LiPo via a PC port or a powerbank.

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Camera module

Good news a 120 degrees Lens is installed but as you can notice, even in upper position, the camera still targets the ground with a nominal angle of -15 degrees.

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In maximum position, you can point directly vertically.

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A raw sample video. Results are relatively jellofree.

According the media info, the frame rate is none-constant… win a minimum of 5fps and a max of 20fps.

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Disassembling

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A PANchip 159 2-in-1 MCU-RF chip is here. It’s not a super news for a future radio protocol attempt because SPI data can’t be intercept directly.

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Transmitter

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There are also two buttons for an auto-take off/auto landing. When auto-take off, the machine clips around 1.5m high. During the auto-landing procedure, you can still control the pitch & roll of the machine.

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3x AA batteries are required to feed the transmitter. Ni-Mh batteries are working.

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A maximum of 5.5″ smartphone can be installed. A drawback, latteral buttons can be blocked when installed on the phone holder.

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UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND DEMO FLIGHT

The machine flies well and smooth and the three speed modes are very well tuned for both indoors and outdoors applications. The machine can handle pretty well a small wind. I am positively surprize by the quality of the 720p recordings for a such cheap toyquadcopter. Results are now similar to those hubsan H502E ones. Of course I would prefer a perfect 30fps for smoother shootings… probably it will comes in the next generation of machine with a more powerfull VCU chip but Eachine E58’s results start really to be interesting and not bad for a first flying video machine.

I deeply regret the non possibility to trigger camera recording directly from the radio. It means you will need at least a smartphone to shoot videos. What a pity also than the camera lens orientation can’t be at least install perfectly horizontally. A easy mod can probably fix the problem by enlarging the camera bay. The control range is good (> 40m) but first WiFi breakups will appear from 20-25m. It will also depends a lot of your smartphone WiFi device. The flying duration is pretty good, a good 6min while recording. The Eachine E58 is also sold with a 1, 2 or 3 LiPo bundle.

CONCLUSIONS

Probably one of the best 720p WiFI camera available in the WiFi toyquadcopter area with a nice wide Field of View, good color rendition and good light sensitivity. The machine E58 flies also pretty well well tuned. No real drawbacks can be noticed except maybe the non-possibility to tune the lens orientation with a positive angle more adapted with formward mouvements. I guess within the next 6-12 months, we will have full 30fps 720p (maybe 1080p) builtin WIFi camera module. The E58 can be recommanded as first WiFi toyquadcopter for basic 720p recording while checking the captured scence in real-time thanks to the 720p WIFi feedback.

PROS

+ Stable machine
+ Well tune speed modes
+ Good 720p camera with precise color
+ Strong white front light
+ Silent
+ Good flight duration (~6min)

CONS

– Can’t ajust lens orientation perfectly horizontally
– Camera triggering only available from the Appz
– Only 2 spare props
– Phone holder blocking latteral smarphone buttons
– Proprietary battery
– YaP (Yet another Protocol)

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 46USD at https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E58-WIFI-FPV-With-2MP-Wide-Angle-Camera-High-Hold-Mode-Foldable-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1212232.html

30 Comments

  • eccco says:

    Hi,
    do you know if it’s possible to put the remote in mode 1 ?

  • Phil says:

    Can we add a Orange Runcam FPV HD 1080P Wide Angle Mini Sport Actioncamera for 250mm Frame Quadcopter to obtain a better image?
    Weight a possible issue?
    Strap under the body?
    Thanks

    • SeByDocKy says:

      The runcam HD 2 is about 45g so no probably to be attached to a 250mm machine. It’s better to attach on top with a nominal angle for fast forward mouvements

  • Eddie says:

    Hi , great in depth review!
    Shame about the record button and camera facing too much down.
    One question , can you bind it with the one hand remote from eachine e56? I would like to try a different experience and portability.

  • Eldon Tiu says:

    Hi. Great detailed review! I have some questions regarding the camera and the video you posted. First, is there a way to know if the E58 comes with a 720p or with a 0.3mp just by looking at it? Did you use a micro SD card to record the video you posted or did it came from your smartphone? If it’s from your smartphone, how did you transfer it to a computer to look at the media info?

    You see, I bought one with a supposedly 720p camera. I tested the camera using the JY UFO and an iPhone 5. I transferred the video to my pc via email but it compresses the video. So I transferred it via card reader plugged into the iPhone 5 charging port so I think there’s no compression anymore. However, according to the media information in VLC player, the resolution is only 640×480 unlike you media info which is 1280 x 720. Any idea?

    • SeByDocKy says:

      There are two versions… one with 0.3mpx (VGA), another with 2mpx (720p). Yes I inserted a microSD card to capture 720p inboard videos and I also recording the smartphone FPV feedback with a screensaver. I don’t know why you can’t replay your recorded files on the microSD card with your PC ? Do you have all codecs correctly installed ? (mega codec pack is a good one)

      • Eldon Tiu says:

        Hi. I didn’t try putting a microSD on the drone. Instead, I just press the video button on the app and the record video was stored in my iPhone’s memory.

        I tried to email the video as attachment but when I played it on my PC, it says 480×360 because iPhone compressed the video. So I tried something like this -> http://media.gadgetsin.com/2014/12/iflashdrive_ii_memory_card_reader_for_iphone_and_ipad_1.jpg and copy/paste the video to an SD card but when I played it on my PC it shows 640×480 instead of 1280×720 like yours does.

        The photos I took have no problem because the resolution is spot on at 1280×720.

        I will try using a microSD card on the drone and see if I will get the desired resolution.

        Thank you very much.

  • Terry Martin says:

    are there spare parts available, motors gear sets etc. and if there are where can you order from? Thx Terry

  • PHil.B+ says:

    Hi
    My E58 worked fine 2 times with the WIFI connexion on my Iphone (JY UFO app). I have video recorded on the phone.
    But, on the third time i use it, wifi not working anymore. Can’t find wifi signal on my iphone. All the wire-connexions seems OK when opening the drone.
    Any idea how to fix it ?
    Thanks for help

    (help message left to EACHINE support, and video send to them, They propose $5 refund…) šŸ™

    • SeByDocKy says:

      If you already try to scan the E58 with another phones/tablet/computer without success and if you are sure that no wires has been disoldered, I guess the module died šŸ™ … Can you still see some red LED activity ?

  • Deepak says:

    I try UFO app and also insert 2gb memory card also wifi is connected bt still no vdo feedback on my phon plz tell me what’s wrong

    • SeByDocKy says:

      strange …. Try maybe to turn off 3G/4G data connexion …. to be sure that the WiFi link is the only one

      • NuBFly0 says:

        Thanks for this!
        I just spent hours trying to troubleshoot and google why video wasn’t working for me. Then I came across this post. I have a Google Pixel (version 1). Video did not work for me until I turned off Mobile Data!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you connect to the wifi first? 1) Turn on drone 2) Open your wifi settings on your phone and look for a SSID (FPV72), connect to it 3) Launch the UFO app and click the Play button.

  • Pierre Audette says:

    I’m looking to see what the 2MP still pictures look like from this camera. Any samples anywhere?

  • Hach Nguyen says:

    I try to record video but nothing happen. Do I have to download wifi app on my phone to operate the camera?
    Thanks

  • Dot says:

    Witch one is the maximum speed

  • Phil says:

    Hi.
    I inserted an SD card into the skit and now I can’t take it out.
    Any suggestion?
    Thank you.

  • John Bonaventurs says:

    What am I doing wrong I wanted to flip my Eachine 58 and it dropped out of the sky I was very high lucky nothing broke except the battery popped out,so what’s the story with that button.

  • Randy Hicks says:

    In an effort do condense all my toy drone controllers I tried to bind with a jumper T12. Love this drone and my jd20 that have identical controllers. So far can only bind with Hubsan X4. Any ideas?

    • SeByDocKy says:

      I am not sure the Eachine58’s protocol has been already hacked…. šŸ™ neither for DeviationTX or OpenTX … šŸ™

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