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Dromida Ominus UAV Quadcopter Review

9 Total Score
One of the best Sub $100 Drones

This is by far one of the more durable and almost unbreakable quadcopters available. Dromida has taken away the beginner’s fear of crashing and burning their investment. It’s a great price tag for its wide range of flight capabilities.

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PROS:
  • Fits all experience levels
  • Extremely durable frame
  • Affordable replacement parts
  • Comes with or without camera (separate model)

CONS:
  • Transmitter cannot be upgraded to the Ominus FPV
  • No blade guards
  • Noisy motors
  • Does not fly well in wind

 

Dromida Ominus : Full Review

 

Dromida just got into the drone market after a successful ride with their remote control cars.

Now they released the Ominus quadcopter. It’s a mid-sized tough quad that can take a beating and meshes all experience levels into one.

The Dromida Ominus quadcopter has a sleek design that makes it unique and eye-catching.

It comes complete with a fully assembled ready-to-fly (RTF) aircraft, remote control transmitter, rechargeable battery, USB charger, a set of extra propeller blades, plus four AAA batteries for the transmitter. The package also doubles as a convenient carrying case.

The Quad

Open the package, and you’re ready to go. Other than charging the batteries, there’s nothing required to get your quad in the air.It weighs slightly over three ounces and is nine inches in length.

The Dromida Ominus is available in four distinct colors: red, blue, yellow, and green. The extra propeller blades are color coordinated to match the quad.

Dromida in black

Dromida Ominus : Durability

The three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometers keeps the Ominus stable as it flies. The manufacturer claims that the design is so strong that it is almost impossible to break.

So crash it, hit, bang it, and chances are that it will survive.

The four rubber feet under each of the motor mounts help to absorb some of the impact from hard landings thus adding to its indestructability. The battery compartment is well protected underneath the body. There are no blade guards to protect the propellers from bending or breaking, but they seem tough enough to withstand a beginner.

Because the quad has a gear-driven motor, the noise is slightly louder than a direct-drive system. This type of motor means there are more parts to break especially if the blades hit something during flight. It stresses the motor, and you may find yourself needing to replace the gears.

Light It Up

The aircraft was designed with five LED lights that improve visibility in less-than-perfect conditions or for night flights. Since there is no global positioning system (GPS) on board, the LED lights are a definite must to keep a visual on your aircraft. For the beginner, the bright red LED in the rear helps with flight orientation so you know where you’re flying.

Strong Battery and Long Flight Time

 

Ominus has a great flight time

The quad takes one single cell LiPo 3.7V 700mAh battery which is included. This battery is one of the largest capacity batteries available for drones. If the battery is completely dead, it takes about 50 minutes to get a full charge.

With a full battery, the average flight time is between 12 to 15 minutes. The four AAA batteries for the transmitter are ready to go, but you will need a small Phillips-head screwdriver to open the door on the bottom of it to insert the batteries. The screwdriver is not included.The battery comes with a USB adapter. Now you can charge up the quadcopter from any compatible device that has a USB plug, such as your laptop or a wall charger.

How to Control the Quad

 

Dromida Transmitter

Before flying, turn on the quad and the transmitter, wait a few seconds for the gyroscope to initialize, then you’re good to go. The gyro and accelometer are what stabilize the quadcopter during flight. Similar to a video game control, there are two joysticks in the remote control transmitter. The left stick moves the drone forward and backwards while the right stick turns it to the left and right. You can even fly this quadcopter upside down.

It uses a 2.4 GHz 4-channel frequency which has an anti-interference capability to block out “noise” from other devices in the immediate area. It allows the pilot to control the drone up to approximately 90 to 100 feet away.In addition to the two joysticks, there are two switches nearby. One is for performing flips, and the other is the F-mode switch (flight mode) described in more detail below.

Four Fantastic Flight Modes

There are four basic flight modes for the Ominuseasy, normal, advanced, and expert. These can be activated using the F-mode switch. Push the switch, and hold down the right stick to choose the desired mode.The easy mode is for the absolute beginner where the drone practically flies itself with minimal input from the pilot.

Normal mode is a step above easy mode that lets the quad go a little faster and maneuver a little tighter. The advanced mode is for intermediate pilots who have a grasp on how to fly, but still need some assistance periodically and benefit from the flight assistance feature.

The expert mode gives the pilot a hundred percent control by deactivating the flight assistance feature completely. The Ominus can also do flips with one easy flick of a switch on the transmitter.

Press the button, and push the right joystick in whatever direction you want it to go, and that’s the direction in which it will flip. Doing a flip in the wind may not be advisable because it seems to have difficulty stabilizing afterward. But a flip is a flip, and flips are awesome even without any wind.

Dromida Ominus: Camera Options

There is no camera for the Ominus, but a new model was released that does have a camera. So if you like the Ominus flight capabilities, you can now fly and record live footage and take photos with that model.

Dromida Ominus: In Summary

This is by far one of the more durable and almost unbreakable quadcopters available. Dromida has taken away the beginner’s fear of crashing and burning their investment.

It’s a great price tag for its wide range of flight capabilities.The fact that it can accommodate all experience levels makes it an attractive buy. Replacement parts are affordable and easy to find. The sleek design, durability, long flight time, and easy-to-use controls make this drone highly competitive and definitely worth a try.

 

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    Lindsay M. Glover August 29, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Its a amazing starter drone, its takes pretty good pictures and videos for what it is. The drone is also very durable. I would say with this drone you get the bang for your buck.

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