Upair One Drone Review - 2.7k/4k vs plus version
This drone has been released a while ago with the idea to compete with the DJI Phantom drones at an even lower price point.
Even in 2019 it still holds itself as a really capable drone for people who have a budget around $300.
I really like the fact that you don’t have to attach the phone and it comes with it’s own high resolution monitor. This makes it more ready to fly than most drones on the market now.
The gimbal, although just two axis stabilized does a good enough job to get some pretty watchable footage, but don’t expect to use it professionally.
I think the Upair One drone should be used by hobby enthusiasts and beginners mostly.
Usually, when it comes to more advanced camera drones, they come with a way to stabilize the drone on the spot. I’m talking about GPS or optical flow cameras.
Upair One: GPS
Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.
Take in account spare batteries!
Upair One: 18min +
Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.
Upair One: 800m and even more
Camera resolution isn’t everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.
Upair One: 2.7k or 4k
If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.
Upair One: 2 axis gimbal
The price differ a bit depending on what version you buy and what camera resolution you might want.
There is a newer version of the drone called Upair One Plus, but frankly I do prefer the older one better, I’ll tell you bellow why.
Overall, the drone is quite stable when it comes to GPS and the return to home precision is quite amazing.
It’s a really good thing for beginners that it has automatic return to home when low battery or if it loses the signal.
The 7 inch FPV monitor in the standard version is quite a blessing in my eyes.
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Upair One vs Upair One Plus
In this video, Quadcopter101 reviews the drone while also doing a range test and battery life test.
Upair has released a new version called Upair One Plus that also comes with either 2.7k and 4k cameras. I recommend you always get the 2.7k camera, because the resolution is quite enough.
The new model looks exactly the same as the old one, but it does come with a few particular changes.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the new model:
By the way, you’ll need a 5G wifi capable phone that can handle 802.11ac wifi. You can search on google if you don’t know.
The quality of the original Upair one seems better in my opinion, strangely enough.
However the fisheye effect is not very cinematic, in my opinion.
The Plus version that you can see bellow is more cinematic, but the gimbal seems more shaky for some reason.
The transmitter is quite high quality and it’s simple enough for anyone to use.
There’s a strong resemblance with the Phantom controllers and I would have preffered it to be smaller.
It comes with a big chargeable lipo battery in the back. One strange thing about this is that it doesn’t show when it’s turned on or off.
It comes with the following functions:
- RTH button (that doubles as a motor arm button)
- photo and video start and stop button
- Wheel to control the gimbal angle
- Flight modes
- Altitude Hold (no gps)
- GPS mode
- IOC (intelligent orientation control) which is basically headless mode
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If you're really tight on a budget and want a stable GPS drone with a gimbal for under $300 then the UpAir One might be a pretty good choice for you.
- precise 1m return home
- very stable flight
- high resolution 7 inch monitor (no need for phone)
- fail safe return to home (low battery or signal)
- 2 axis stabilized gimbal
- controller doesn't show when it's on or off
- waypoint flight is clumsy and useless