Da Ming DM107S (In-Depth Review)
The Da Ming DM107S is a foldable selfie toy drone that costs about $50 shipped at GeekBuying. It features a 2MP HD 720P camera with a wide angle lens — something that is still uncommon in the sub-$100 toy drone segment.
Those who are familiar with drones will realize by now that the DM107S draws plenty of inspiration from the highly popular DJI Spark. It is about the same size as the Spark and has a fuselage shape that is very similar though not identical.
It also comes shipped in an all-black cardboard box that’s very similar to the kind of packaging you’d get with DJI products. The box and its foam insert is so good that it makes a great storage case for the DM107S.
- Dimensions: 280 x 250 x 60mm / 170 x 140 x 60mm (folded)
- Platform: Quadcopter
- Diagonal motor distance: 225mm
- Flight features:
- Altitude hold
- Headless mode
- G sensor
- Auto takeoff / landing
- 2 flight speeds (Low and High)
- 3D flips
- Propulsion: brushed motors / 145mm 2-blade propellers
- Weight: 148g (with battery)
- Camera resolution: 2MP stills (1280 x 720) and HD 720P video
- File format: JPEG/MP4
- Battery: 3.7V 900mAh Li Po
- Charging time: 80 minutes
- Flight time: about 10 minutes
- Control distance: about 80 to 100 meters
If you don’t intend to use its box when transporting it, the DM107S can be easily stored in a backpack or any bag thanks to its foldable design. Although its propellers do not actually fold into the fuselage itself as on the DJI Spark, the DM107S is still pretty compact once folded.
Another plus point on the DM107S is its highly integrated design — there are no fragile or flimsy parts sticking out (if you choose not to install the supplied prop guards) and even the battery has a proprietary slot-in casing. This design makes storing it in a bag with other stuff easier. Even the supplied transmitter is also quite compact and a bit smaller than what you’d normally get with other toy drones in the same price segment.
Overall build quality of the DM107S isn’t exactly impressive and the drone along with its transmitter (remote controller) does feel a bit cheap and plasticky but then this is a $50 toy drone. I guess this is probably due to its matte black finishing. The fuselage does come with some funky color splash graphics which gives it a bit of character and flair.
One thing I like about the DM107S is the lack of landing legs at the bottom of the fuselage. Instead of placing the legs underneath the fuselage, they are integrated into the bottom of the motors which provides for a wider and more stable stance and lighter overall weight. This gives the drone more stability during hard landings, preventing it from toppling over.
At the bottom of each motor are orientation and status lights — blue lights for the front and red for the rear. When taking a photo, the lights will blink once and when taking videos they will blink continuously at a slow rate.
The DM107S feels pretty stable and responsive in the air for a toy drone with brushed motors. It features 2 speed modes — low and high. It also features 3D flips, auto take-off and landing, headless mode and altitude hold.
The DM107S can also be flown using the WiFi UFO app which is available for both Android and iOS. Simply install the app on your smartphone, turn on the drone, connect to its WiFi hotspot and power up the app. The app also allows you to view the drone’s WiFi FPV feed. Although the idea seems neat, piloting a drone using an app is a lot harder compared to using conventional transmitters due to the lack of tactile feel in the virtual control sticks.
With a full charge, the DM107S is capable of flying for about 8 to 10 minutes which is pretty standard for a toy drone of this size.
As mentioned earlier, the DM107S features a WiFi FPV camera with a resolution of 2MP and a wide angle lens. The wide angle field of view (FOV) is a plus point here because most toy drones in this price range still feature narrow FOVs which makes them hard to fly entirely on FPV (especially if you’re flying through tight spaces). A wide FOV allows you to capture and see more in videos and photos besides making flying a lot easier in FPV. One obvious disadvantage of such a wide FOV is the fish eye lens effect which is pretty obvious on the DM107S.
Being a $50 toy drone, the optics and image quality on the DM107S isn’t exactly impressive and is very typical for an entry-level toy drone. Above is a gallery of sample images taken with this camera. The DM107S can also take HD 720P videos but they are shaky at best and the camera’s slow frame rate of 20fps only makes things worse.
Like many other toy drones in this price range, the DM107S is better at taking still photos compared to videos. It is, after all, not a DJI Spark with a 2-axis camera gimbal system.
The DM107S is a pretty decent foldable toy drone for $50. If you’re looking for something that pays homage to the DJI Spark, this could be it. It may feel a little bit cheap and plasticky but its good flight performance, wide angle lens and expensive-looking box that can also double as storage more than makes up for its flaws.
The Da Ming DM107S is currently available at GeekBuying for just $50 shipped. Click here for more details.