Newcomer Tovsto Has Promising Range of Consumer Drones
Shenzhen-based Tovsto may be a new brand in consumer drones having been in the market for only a year but that hasn’t stopped it from fielding an impressive lineup of drones ranging from small FPV racers to industrial drones. Since January 2016, the company has been marketing its products in Australia and North America and is currently looking to expand beyond these two markets.
With its distinct yellow and gray branding, Tovsto has been gracing drone and toy trade exhibitions with its products which include the Falcon series of FPV racers — the Falcon 110, 130, 150, 210 and 250 as well as the Uluru and Aegean aerial photography drones. Topping off the list is Tovsto’s sole industrial drone — the Mythos which can be adapted to various industrial use which include agricultural applications, aerial surveillance and wire stringing.
The most extensive lineup in Tovsto’s product range is obviously the Falcon FPV racers which cover a wide range of sizes from 110mm to 250mm. To complement its FPV racers, the company also has its own entry-level Vivid FPV headset which boasts HD 1080P resolution and HDMI input. Of its five FPV racers, Tovsto is banking on the Falcon 250 and 210 to gain a foothold in the racing fraternity.
Both models look very promising with the CC3D-powered flagship 250 having a unique yellow and gray frame design with front-facing LED lights for low-light flying and a HD 1080P 5.8G FPV camera with a Sony lens and Panasonic CMOS sensor. Pilots can stream 5.8G live video feed to their FPV monitors and simultaneously record their flights with the on-board memory card. The 250 has a claimed top speed of 72kmh and a control range of 600 to 1000 meters making it one of the most spirited contenders against Walkera’s latest Runner 250 so far. If placed side by side with the Runner 250, the Falcon 250 and its striking colors and lines will steal the limelight for sure.
For those who want a slightly scaled down racing experience there is the smaller Falcon 210 which features the F3 flight controller and a carbon fiber frame. The 210 also features a built-in OSD module, 120 degree wide angle FPV camera which can be tilted and a 6-channel transmitter with a control range of 600m. No doubt, the Falcon 210 RTF package looks impressive although there is no mention in product pages if it can accept external radio receivers so pilots can fly with their preferred systems.
No article about Tovsto will be complete without mentioning the Uluru — the company’s flagship aerial photography drone which is aimed at competing against DJI’s Phantom 4. Although the Uluru is in no way as sophisticated as the latest Phantom 4 Pro (lacking features such as obstacle avoidance and object tracking), it sure is a fresh alternative to the iconic Phantom and more affordable. The Uluru features GPS/GLONASS navigation, a 3-axis camera gimbal system (with a 4K / 12MP camera) and 5.8G FPV live video feed. Tovsto has also developed an app for the Uluru which allows pilots to view OSD data on a tablet or smartphone.
Costing slightly below $650, the Uluru isn’t much cheaper compared to its rivals such as the DJI Phantom 4 and Yuneec Q500 4k but its ability to take S.Bus, PWM and PPM receivers may earn it a following among pilots who prefer to use their own radio systems.
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