The WLToys Q393 Is World’s First Toy Drone with Telemetry
It’s good to see trickle down technology made available in toy drones from time to time. WLToys’ latest Q393 is one such toy drone to feature technology that was once only available in more advanced drones — telemetry.
Although very basic, the telemetry feature on the Q393 is probably the first we’ve seen in a toy drone. It displays flight speed, altitude and battery level on a basic 4-channel transmitter that also comes with a supplied 4.3 inch 5.8G FPV monitor and receiver that can be mounted on the transmitter.
- 5.8G FPV camera (5MP stills / HD 720P videos)
- 2.4GHz transmitter with telemetry (flight speed, altitude, battery level)
- Altitude hold
- Included 5.8G FPV monitor (4.3 inches) and receiver
- Approximately 13 minutes flight time
- Automatic take-off and landing
- Headless mode and 3D flips
- 7.4V 2600mAh 20C Li Po battery
- 100m control and FPV range
The Q393 comes with its own 5.8G FPV camera mounted on a fixed gimbal. It is capable of taking 5MP stills and HD 720P videos. It also comes in a cheaper version that sports a WiFi FPV camera with 2MP resolution. There are also the usual features normally found on drones of this price range and size. This includes headless mode, altitude hold and automatic take-offs and landings. The 2600mAh 2S battery appears to have a proprietary casing design and provides an estimated flight time of 13 minutes.
With that said, the only key feature that sets the Q393 apart from its rivals such as the X8HG is telemetry which can prove very useful if you’re flying the drone some distance away (80 – 100m). At such distances, it can be a bit difficult to visually estimate the height and flight speed of the drone. Telemetry can give you a good idea what the drone is doing and whether it is flying too fast or too slow.
The WLToys Q393 is currently available for pre-order at GearBest. Three versions are available — without camera, with 5.8G FPV camera and WiFi FPV 2MP camera. The 5.8G FPV version is expected to sell for about $150 shipped.