WL Toys have a history of producing solid RC helicopters, cars and quadcopters. The V959 released in 2013 is one of those solid quadcopters. It’s a durable, ready-to-fly beginner quadcopter with an on-board camera. The camera can capture both images and video. Only a very few quadcopters at this price range come equipped with a camera. Considering the price of v959 quadcopter, this model is certainly a good option for all those looking for an inexpensive quadcopter with photography and video features.
- Weight: 2.6 lbs
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 6in x 6in x 4in
- Flight Speed: —
- Flight Time: 10 minutes
- Experience Level: Beginner
- Flight Controller: Transmitter
This mini quadcopter weighs only 97 grams. It comes with a stock 500 mah battery and a more powerful 600 mah power source. It’s similar in size to other quadcopters in this class of toy quads like the Syma X1 and the Hubsan X4, which is approximately 9×9 inches. The model also includes 2G micro SD card, USB reader, AC charger, spare propellers and a 2.4Ghz transmitter that requires 6 AA batteries.
The camera is a tiny pin-hole that takes 640×480 photos and at 60fps for the video. Considering the size of the quadcopter and the price, this is certainly the most appealing feature that the V959 has. With the 2G microSD, the camera can record and shoot for up to 18 minutes in total, which is great for such a tiny quadcopter. To install and remove the camera, all you have to do is slide it in and out of place. The camera is hinged on one-axis so that it can be angled at 0 degrees (straight on) or at a 45 degree angle. This gives you more flexibility to play around with different camera angles to get the right shot. With the USB stick, users can easily transfer images and video files to their PC. Here’s a video from the camera:
Add On Parts
The really fun thing about this quadcopter is that you can switch the camera out for other add-ons. Depending on what you’re in you, you can switch the camera for the bubble blower if you’re entertaining the kids or pets, the “rescue hook”, if you’re up for a dexterity challenge, the water gun if your plants need some watering, or the gattling gun when your co-workers get out of line. I wish the other quadcopters came with this ability as I keep going back to this quad when i’m bored at home.
The control of this quadcopter was what you would expect from a WL Toys RC, it’s well-built and stable. Flying it was pretty similar to most of the other toy quads i’ve tested before. One word of caution for beginners, the camera looks to be pretty fragile, I would recommend keeping the camera off while learning how to fly a quadcopter for the first time. Start your lessons in a wide area and hopefully with a soft landing area util you get the feel of how to fly one. Once you are used to flying a qudacopter, you can install the camera to move on to the next stage. Another tip is to keep the control percentage of the transmitter around 60% – 80% especially if you’re trying to use the camera to record video. With the control at over 80%, the image will be very jittery because of the increased control you have. It’ll also make your viewers sea-sick :(.
Battery & Flight Time
Like most of the other toy quadcopters in this category, there’s limited flight time. In total, you will get about 7 to 10 minutes of when the battery is full. Recharging the batteries take about an hour, so if possible, buy an extra battery (which is about $6 on Amazon) so you can get some extra flight and camera time in. It’s also great that the camera usage doesn’t affect the battery life.
This is a great quadcopter for beginners. It offers customization for the transmitter control percentage ( 40-60-80-100% ) and is pretty crash resistant (as I crashed it several times to see if things would break off). I found it to be as resilient as the Hubsan X4. I was little worried at first, but it turned out pretty good. In terms of costs it comes in at a good price point (under $100) and gives beginners a good way to play around with aerial photography as well as learn the skills it takes to fly a quadcopter.