Yes without a doubt. It really is under the expense of putting a good 450 heli in the air and i think the secondhand price is going to be decent in case i get tired of. No remorse on the cost per smile to me.
Insufficient range on wifi? I have yet to have the Wifi cut out on me, so it looks a lot better than promoted so far.
Is the camera slow? Occasionally yes. Frequently it’s quick and smooth and sometimes it stutters. Not suitable for FPV, add your camera system for that. Nevertheless the video stream is enjoyable and that is exactly what this bird is focused on
Better to fly without camera but looking at it? Sure I don’t know if it is me and my own heli flying habits, but I’m primarily watching the AR Drone itself, looking at the screen only once I remember it has video on it
Better with a 2.4GHz system? Could well be good to have the option to fly with a 2.4 transmitter. Still seems weird controlling by tilting the iPad.
Decent in blowing wind? Better than I expected at first. It’s a bit rough but generally seems to hold up well overall
Better at hanging than moving around? Better at hovering where there’s a clear ground texture. See those advertising videos with a extremely paterned flooring? I believe that is to get the most effective holding result with the down facing camera. It is not as good on lawn, drifting within about a foot approximately. Frontward flight is apparently real simple, far better at both than I was expecting.
Fragile? Well yes and no. It’s going to break if you fly in to a wall. It is not that tough but it’s more robust feeling than I feared it could be. I believe it’s going to hold up much better than your typical RTF smaller heli. Let’s see the way it stands up.
Jeremy Wetson really likes Remote control flying as a hobby, because of that the AR Drone is like a dream coming true! If you are intrigued you can also check out this AR Drone video review here and see it in action!