RC Sport Flyer

RC Sport Flyer
BY Max Keppler
f you’ve been wanting to do a
little drone flying to capture video
around the house, the new HeliMax® 1SQ V•CAM multi-rotor
quadcopter may just be your perfect
pick. This little quad comes ready to
fly, including a built-in digital camera
that shoots jpeg images at 96 dots
per inch, and that captures video that
is 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per
What makes this quadcopter so
much fun is that it is small! It weighs
just over an ounce and has four
snappy little coreless brushed motors
that let it zip around the room. It
also employees Heli-Max’s TAGS-FX
Sensor Fusion stabilization system
that makes the quad easy to fly and
helps you get good-quality, in-air
video when you are doing aroundthe-house surveillance.
It is small but provides BIG fun in terms of flying,
taking photos and shooting video.
• 1SQ V•CAM with micro digital
• 6-channel 2.4-GHz SLT 640 Tx w/
“AA” batteries
• 1S 250-mAh LiPo battery
• USB LiPo battery charger
• Extra set of (4) rotor blades
• 2 Gig Micro SD Card
• Card reader
• Screwdriver
• On-board, micro, snap-shot, digital
picture camera
• Tx-R SLT auto-define
• LED lights (white and red) on
each of the motor pods
Getting the 1SQ V•CAM
quadcopter ready to fly is
unbelievably easy. You’ll start by
plugging the battery into its USB
charger. Then you’ll plug the charger
into a USB port on your computer,
cell phone charger or even a
cigarette lighter USB charge port.
You’ll know the battery is charging
when the red charge light comes on.
The charge will be complete when
the red light starts to flash slowly.
It is easy. However, know that a
charge may take as much as an hour
to complete, although we never had
to wait that long for a charge to
If you plan to take video on the
maiden flight, you’ll need to install
the SD card into the camera module.
That too is easy to do; just push the
SD card into the slot until it clicks
into place.
Once you have the SD card
in place, you’ll push the battery
into its holder. Then you’ll install
the four “AA” batteries in the
TX460 transmitter. Note that the
transmitter comes set in mode two
control. The manual explains how to
change the control mode if needed.
One mode makes the 1SQ easier to
Shown above is everything that comes in the RTF package for the quad. You even get an extra
set of blades and a USB interface for the SD card.
• TAGS-FX Sensor Fusion
stabilization system
• On-board, micro, digital video
• 3D aerobatic Auto-FLIP feature
Everything you will need to fly the Heli-Max 1SQ V•CAM
is included in the RTF package. You only need to charge
the battery and it is ready to fly.
This photo gives you a good look at what the guts of the Heli-Max
1SQ V•CAM look like. There is lots and lots of “brain power” packed
into the microprocessor on this quad.
Here you can see where the SD card plugs into the bottom of the quad,
as well as the camera. The battery holder sits just above the camera
mount and the battery slides in from the back.
Charging the 1S 250-mAh LiPo battery is as
easy as plugging the charger into a computer,
cell phone, or other USB port. The charger
charges at the rate of one C.
fly, with the other making it agile and
aggressive. To change between modes
you simply press down on the right
control stick quickly. The transmitter
displays its low-rate control when the
LCD screen displays a half ellipse and
the Tx emits a single, low-pitch beep.
When the Tx is operating in high-rate
mode a complete ellipse is displayed
and the Tx will emit a single, highpitched beep.
The Heli-Max 1SQ V•CAM has a
gyro with adjustable sensitivity too.
To change its sensitivity you must
press and hold the right control stick
down until the transmitter emits a
slow beeping sound. You then adjust
the gyro’s sensitivity with the left
control stick by moving it up or
down to set the percentage, which
will be shown on the LCD screen. A
higher value makes the 1SQ V•CAM
fly more aggressively, a lower value
less so. We have ours set at 40
The Heli-Max 1SQ V•CAM has a
flip mode built into the transmitter’s
programming. It is pretty cool. You
simply press and hold the flip button
and then quickly move the right
stick in the direction you want the
quad to flip. The quad needs upward
momentum to maintain its position
during the flip, so have it climbing
when you hit the flip button.
The video mode is what I like! It
is easy to use too. All you do is press
the video button once, and then again
to start taking video. The LED on the
side of the V•CAM will flash when the
quad is capturing video. To turn off
the video you simply press the button
again, then the LED will glow steady.
The 1SQ takes still pictures too.
To take pictures press the picture
button on the back of the transmitter
one time to initiate that mode.
Press the picture button again to
take a picture. The LED will flash
momentarily when a picture is taken.
When the flashing stops the camera
is ready to take another picture.
Note that you can switch between
video and picture at any time but you
must press the appropriate button to
enter the respective mode.
For me this is where the fun
really began. Once I had my Heli-Max
1SQ V•CAM in level flight I started
capturing video with it. I flew it
around the family room, down the
stairs, into the TV room and then
around my office. I did not try any
flips in the house because I did not
feel like there was enough room. So
after a few minutes of flying in the
house I recharged the battery pack
again and took it outside.
Even in the light breeze of about
five miles per hour I was amazed
by how well the 1SQ V•CAM flew
outdoors. It responded to the
turbulence but I was able to hover it
pretty well.
Then it was time to try the flip
function. To do so, I added a bit of
power so that the quad was climbing
and then hit the flip button while
adding some right stick. WOW! This
little quad will roll over like a dog
wanting a bone. I must say you need
to be on top of the controls because
it took me a couple of tries before I
could return it to level flight without
landing it in the grass after the flip.
While I was flying it outside I
snapped a few still photos too. It is
pretty fun to know you can shoot
video and take photos with this little
quad. I don’t know if the starlings
much like it buzzing their home
I measured the hover time with
125-mm (diagonal—motor
center to motor center)
20 x7 coreless brushed (4)
Empty weight
32.9 g (1.16 oz)
Weight RTF
40.6 g (1.43 oz)
Blade length
56 mm (2.20 in.)
143 mm (5.62 in.)
41 mm (1.61 in.)
145 mm (5.70 in.)
Camera Specs
the LiPo battery charged to its
maximum. The quad delivers fiveminute-and-20-second flights pretty
consistently. If you are flying it
aggressively the flight time drops to
about four minutes and change. My
advice to you is to buy a couple of
extra battery packs. In so doing, you
can have one on charge while you are
powering your quad with the others.
I’ll end by saying that the Heli-
Your Heli-Max 1SQ V•CAM comes with
four LED lights, one on each leg. There
are two white up front and two red on the
back, so you can fly it in the dark.
Max 1SQ V•CAM is priced at just
$129.99, which is a buy considering
the technology packed into this little
machine. An extra battery is only
$5.49. So if you spend $150 you can
fly this quad for hours on end—loads
of fun!
Accepts up to 32 Gig Micro
SD card
40 X 20 X 8 mm (L, W, H)
Codec video
Motion jpg, 1280 x 720, 30
fps, file extension .avi
Codec audio
PCM S16 LE, mono
Still image
1280 x 720, 96 dpi jpg
Great Planes
P.O. Box 9021
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 800-637-7660
As you can see, the video camera is
mounted just under the PCB board of
the quad where it can capture video
unobstructed. It is adjustble too.
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