Blade 350 QX3 Review
The BLADE 350 QX3 (RTF) basically has everything you could ask for when it comes to a reliable quadcopter. It’s great for beginners, performs well, and has a really impressive battery life. This time, I decided to take this mid-sized quadcopter out for a fly and covered all the basics in my Blade 350 QX3 review below.
What’s In The Box?
What you get here is the quadcopter itself, a manual, the transmitter, the battery and a charger.
Although it isn’t included, you’re able to attach a GoPro camera with ease. I think this is great if you’re not actually buying a drone for taking pictures or video but still want a good quality quadcopter.
Before taking the 350 QX3 out, I took the time to read the manual online. There’s quite a bit to read but you will only benefit from it later on. I choose to look at the manual prior to receiving my drone to be prepared, and save time.
The full manual can be found here if you’re as eager as I am… http://www.bladehelis.com/ProdInfo/Files/BLH8100-Manual-EN.pdf
- Safe circle barrier
- Mast mounted GPS antenna
- Camera Mount
- Sensor-assisted flight envelope technology
- 15 minute flight time
- Smart Mode
- Aerial photography mode
- Agility Mode
- Stability Mode
- Camera Not included
- No propeller guard
The quadcopter is fitted with a mast–mounted GPS antenna that enhances tracking of the drone. The drone uses Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope technology to determine how it takes off and lands without necessarily requiring your participation.
There is Smart Mode that is reserved for novice pilots and is such a great feature if you’ve never flown a quadcopter before in your life. Believe me, it’s that easy to at least learn the basics in Smart Mode.
When the drone is in this mode, it will fly in the direction of the control stick regardless of whether the nose is facing west or east. Besides that, the Smart Mode initiates a safe circle barrier to push the drone away from the pilot.
Another feature is the Aerial Photography mode (AP mode). This is meant for professional pilots and it’s ideal for taking spectacular HD videos and pictures, giving you more control of your drone. In this mode the safe circle barrier doesn’t function, meaning you can film close-ups of yourself. Moreover, the drone moves according to the signals it gets from the transmitter control sticks, but if you want the drone to stay in a fixed position, simply let go of the sticks and it will hover there. This was great for when I wanted to focus on my filming, but also handy if you ever lose control of the drone.
Both the Agility & Stability modes are designed to give you complete full control of your drone and are purely for the more experienced flyers who wish to perform tricks and push this quadcopter to the limits.
The drone has four propellers where two of them are red for easy spotting and determining the front. The drone is fitted with unique landing legs which are sturdy and are designed to keep your fitted camera safe as makes contact with the ground.
I mentioned this at the beginning, but I was really happy with the flying time. With a fully charged battery, you can have your quadcopter up in the air for 15 minutes. Compared to other models in the same price range, this is actually really impressive, especially for its weight too.
To begin, I gently push the left control stick away from you and the quadcopter will take off. If I release the pressure from the sticks, it will then hover in that spot, and this is because it reads the GPS signals. One of the first things I notice once it was in the air is how quiet it actually is. It’s not dead silent, but there is a faint humming sound. This doesn’t really matter and won’t affect any recordings as your camera won’t pick up the audio anyways, just the video.
The higher I took the drone and let it hover, I noticed it swaying a little on my video playback. I was out in an open field and there was a little wind. Not enough to pose a danger to the quadcopter, but being a lightweight quad, the wind can sway it a little as it’s fixed.
Landing couldn’t be easier, especially since you really don’t have to do anything yourself. By switching to Return Home, the drone is able to make a steady and precise landing on the ground where it took off from and then switches itself off. I was really happy with how it handled in the air.
You can opt for the Blade 200 QX BNF or Blade 350 QX2. These alternatives are actually cheaper than the Blade 350 QX3, however, the transmitter is sold separately on both models.
Blade 350 QX2 drone is the second best deal in this ranking. This Quadcopter has 5.8GHz Wi-Fi network that pairs with the synced devices on the ground. The drone can fly for ten minutes thanks to its rechargeable battery that keeps 3,000 mAh. The drone has two recharging options that include DC and AC power. You can, therefore, recharge the battery even if you’re miles away from electricity.
The drone is flown using a DX4 transmitter. When the flight is not going as planned, you will be the first to know because it has a visual error detection. The downside is that the 350 QX2 lacks a carrier case and propeller guard.
The Blade 200 QX BNF is at the bottom of this ranking. The aircraft’s four propellers are driven by high-performance brushless motors. Unfortunately, again, the transmitter is not included in the package and so you have to budget for it. The good thing about this drone is that you can fly it during the day and at night. This is due to the fact that it comes with LED lights, which a lot of other drones lack.
The drone doesn’t have a camera or a Gimbal, and will have to be purchased separately. The aircraft flies for seven minutes in a single flight. The quadcopter has three flight modes. The easy mode is recommended for beginners because the drone can level itself if you find yourself in trouble. The chosen mode is indicated by a green light. The other modes are indicated by red and blue lights respectively. If you see the lights blinking repeatedly, you should land the drone immediately because it’s running out of power.
The technology behind this model is amazing! Anyone can fly the Blade 350 QX3 using Smart Mode; it completely simplifies flying. The Aerial Photography Mode, Agility Mode and Stability Mode will keep seasoned pilots occupied, so there is no excuse for not exploring the airspace with this amazing aircraft. The drone is fitted with a box that can hold a standard size GoPro camera to enable you to take stunning HD pictures and videos. Tracking the drone is not a problem because it has a mast mounted GPS antenna, meaning you are now less likely to lose your drone over vast distances.
This video below lets you have a look at the awesome features, and as you can see, you don’t need to be an experienced pilot to be able to fly the QX3…
Full credit goes to Blade Helis.
Where To Buy:
Below are the links for the 350 QX3 with some additional accessories you might be interested in.
Popular Questions and Answers:
Q: Can I fly this with a smartphone?
A: Absolutely not. There’s actually an app you can use with your smart device to control the camera only, not the drone itself.
Q: Can I fit a GoPro Hero 4?
A: Yes, the GoPro Hero 4 will fit in the camera mount attached.
Q: What’s the top speed of this model
A: I’d say anywhere between 40 – 50mph in Agility Mode, however, slower in Safe Mode.
Q: Is the Blade 350 QX3 waterproof?
A: No, it isn’t. I would avoid flying this out on a rainy day as you could risk damaging the unit permanently.
In fact, the drone uses the GPS system to find its way back to the starting point, which would be very appealing to beginner flyers.
The drone avoids hovering over your head by initiating a safe circular barrier. If you want to take pictures and videos, the drone has an inbuilt camera box that is below the main body, giving you the option to attach a camera or not. The drone can capture quality videos and photos when it’s switched to Aerial Photography Mode.
Besides that, the aircraft uses Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope technology to limit how far it can go. A single flight lasts for 15 minutes, but you can fly the drone as many times as you wish as long as you keep on recharging the battery or bring an extra charged battery, sold separately from Amazon.
Once again, I found flying this quadcopter a pleasure, and all the features were pretty straight forward and easy to use. If you ever get stuck, the Return Home switch is right on the top of the transmitter, think of it as a safety net. Once you get the hang of it and become more familiar with the controls, expect to have loads of fun, no matter which version you decide on.
So, that’s it. Thanks for taking the time to read my Blade 350 QX3 review. If there are any questions or comments you’d like to leave, or simply want to discuss the QX3, please do so below or check out the Q&As. And please remember to bookmark and share so you don’t miss out on anything! Follow us on Twitter here!