Drones seem to be everywhere and at varying prices. But in the rush to get these out of the door, too many of them are being made so small as to be difficult to see, much less control in the air. That’s where Swann’s Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone has a definite advantage. That’s because this $299 retail drone is too large to ignore. As in having dimensions of 19.5 x 19.5 x 7.5-inches.
The Xtreem follows some basic conventions all drones have. There’s a rechargeable battery for keeping it aloft for up to 12 minutes at a time. The drone gets its power from the charging pack, while batteries power the remote controller (4 “AA” batteries). About that controller: there’s a series of buttons and joystick controls for maneuvering the Xtreem inside or out (100 feet distance indoors/330 feet outdoors). Also on the controller is an LCD panel that displays such needed information as trim movement and battery strength. It also shows signal strength and the reason for this is due to how the controller sends its commands to the drone. Not through line-of-sight infrared, but using a 2.4 GHz wireless technology that obviates having to point at the drone.
Next up is what the drone can do when it’s up and about — it can take video and save it automatically to a built-in micro-SD card (4GB included as is a card reader). Besides saving on power (no need to transmit video back to the controller), the camera is free of any glitches or constraints brought on by it having to be wireless. This also means that the Full HD 1080p video will be much clearer and with better colors since it is all self-contained in the drone. Afterwards it’s an easy matter to remove the SD card and copy it over to your computer or laptop or for playing on a big screen high-resolution TV.
The Xtreem includes a a landing stand for ensuring a share return to Terra Firma and for those needing a bit more flight training, there’s rotor guides to remove when feeling more comfortable. Obviously the drone’s housing can take some abuse, but the idea is to fly it competently and with the enjoyment of knowing that there will bear many more flights ahead. The dual coloring of the rotors (white in front, red in back) also aids in its orientation to the eye as well as the visibility factor when it’s off the ground. Swann includes spare parts “just in case” but taking a careful and patient approach towards flying will obviate their need.
The Xtreem is built to fly in any direction (that wireless signal being most effective her) and can be used to preform stunts and tumbles and other more advanced flight moves (once you acquire “captain” status over time through many successful flights). Plan on reviewing the instructions so that you understand and know just what the choices are you can make on the controller — muscle memory and all being pretty important when a drone’s up in the air.
Flying a quadcopter like the Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone can be a bit challenging at first, but part of the fun comes from learning how to fly a drone, not have it flown for you. Also the sheer size of the Xtreem makes for visible understanding of the results of what commands you issue. This, combined with the wireless control and taking the video/photo capabilities into account, it’s plain that the experience of flight will become something to discover, learn and take pride in — as it heads off into the wild blue yonder.