DJI Robomaster S1 Review – Should you buy this FPV robot?

DJI Robomaster S1 - The FPV robot you deserve

Battery Life

35 min

Range

100m (wifi range)

Camera

1080p FPV

Motors

4 brushless motors

The Robomaster S1 is so much more than a toy, but even if it were, I would still buy it.

It's hard to not become a DJI fanboy these days, as everything they release is super high quality and fun to use.

This FPV robot is no exception.

I didn't have high expectations for it, thinking it was simply a toy, but the potential behind it.

And shooting Gel Beads at you childhood toys is something you can't miss trying.

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How is this robot built?

First of all, this is a DIY robot package and it seems DJI won't sell it already built because it defeats the main purpose: learning how to build a robot and program it.

The materials used for it are just as we've been used from this company high quality and with no visible compromises.

Thanks to its modular build and the fact that you'll learn how to assemble it yourself, it has big potential for future upgrades and additional parts added.

Intelligent controller

This module has a powerful CPU that functions as the brains of the robot and also works as a low latency image transmission with the required antennas at top.

What is the maximum transmission distance?

Expect a range of about 100m with the standard wifi transmission from your phone.

However, you can link one or more robots to your wifi router and get even more range, or play with some wifi range extenders to double or triple the range.

Blaster

The S1 Blaster can launch gel beads and infrared beams while making vivid sound effects.

Are the gel beads safe to fire?

The Gel beads are not powerful enough to hurt human or animal skin, but it is recommended to have protective glasses on (they come in the package).

Will the Gel Beads dissolve after some time?

Being over 90% water, they will indeed dissolve after some time, but you might want to clean the mess before hand, or the floor might get sticky.

Camera

It does come with a low latency FPV camera so you'll feel like the kid in Home alone while driving this RC car/robot around.

Can the Robomaster S1 Record photos and videos?

The Robomaster S1 can record in 1080p resolution if you insert a micro SD card and in 720p directly on the phone. And yes, it can also take photos.

2 Axis mechanical gimbal

The gimbal has 2 axis for pan and tilt and it's very responsive to movement and quite precise, especially if you add the joystick.

The control pad is an optional accessory that makes it much easier to control the entire robot.

Omnidirectional Mecanum Wheels

The S1 comes with 4 mecanum wheels which allow for movement in any direction, each coming with 12 rollers.

It also comes with a front axel suspension too.

4 Independent brushless motors

It comes with customized m3508l motors that features integrated ESC.

Brushless motors are more expensive than brushed ones, but they also come with increased durability and power.

Six intelligent armor panels

There are hit detectors all around the small drone(yes, I called it a drone) that will change colors when they are hit and contribute to modify the robot health bar when in a versus game.

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App and programming

The app and ability to program it even directly from your phone to do a plethora of movements is the main focus for DJI trying to get nowadays kids more into technology.

Besides scrolling on facebook, building your own robot and programming it is a WAY better past time activity for developing a healthy relationship with technology for you child.

What can you program?

First of all, you don't have to already be a programmer to do any of this.

The dji app has step by step tutorials and visual cues to teach you beginner programming.

It comes with 46 programmable components, so it's not just the gimbal and the wheels that's a variable.

It can recognise up to 44 vision markers (some of which are included in the box).

You can make it follow lines on the ground.

Can it follow you?

Yes, the camera can track subjects and recognises humans and other robots (talk about Terminator).

Not only that, it follows you by doing sideways movements too so the video is actually pretty smooth.

Can it recognise gestures?

Yes, it can recognise gestures and you can use it to program almost anything with that in mind.

It can also do something by recognising when you clap.

Robomaster S1

9.5 Total Score
Robomaster S1 - The ultimate DIY robot experience in a box

If robotics are too complicated for you to try out of the blue and think having an FPV ground robot that can record video and drive sideways is a cool idea, you better check this out! Just make sure you have $500 to spare, which is not that much considering all the parts that have been used on this beauty.

Durability
9
Build Quality
9.5
Camera quality
8.5
Driving experience
9.5
PROS
  • can drive sideways
  • can record in 1080p
  • Tracking options
  • Programming (both beginner and advanced)
  • long battery life
  • Battle mode is super fun
  • Great to get children excited about Robots and programming
  • modular parts (ca be later upgraded)
CONS
  • you can't get it already assembled

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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