WLtoys Q696 E makes WiFi FPV easy
Today I’m having a look at the brand new WLtoys Q696 E which features altitude hold, 720p WiFi FPV camera with gimbal, flip mode, headless mode, auto land/takeoff, and up to 13 minutes of flight time.
This quadcopter comes in 3 other versions including the WLtoys Q696 with no camera, WLtoys Q696 D with 1080p camera, or the WLtoys Q696 A with 1080p FPV camera (note all of these quadcopters include gimbals).
The design of the quadcopter is very large at 50 x 50 x 15.5 cm and it weights in at 455g which is over the FAA limit if you live in the United States so you’d need a license. It comes only in white and features the classic X style frame which is the most common style out there.
Looking at the camera and gimbal they’ve combined it into one unit making it very easy to use and reduces weight. The whole camera setup clips onto the bottom of the quadcopter and in addition to featuring 2 axis of stabilization it also features rubber dampeners to reduce vibrations in the video.
Video is transmitter over WiFi to a phone app which means there will be some latency to the video which isn’t a super big deal when you have something with altitude hold. Luckily they’ve also decided to make it so that video is recorded to a microSD card, this means that you’ll have high quality video even if your signal quality becomes poor.
The transmitter for the WLtoys Q696 E is quite a nice one featuring long control sticks for precise movement, easy to use button layout, and a large LCD display with useful information. It has all your standard buttons and the one to really pay attention to is the gimbal controls, this allows you to move your camera in the air and point it at whatever you want to look at.
The LCD can display telemetry data like flight speed, altitude, flight time, battery life, and speed mode making it extremely useful when compared to other LCDs on other transmitters.
For the most part the WLtoys Q696 E is looking to be a pretty solid quadcopter with good value. Normally I would be cautious of recommending WiFi FPV but since they’ve included altitude hold AND it records to a microSD instead of your phone I don’t think it’s too bad. Overall a great looking quadcopter with long flight times and I encourage you to check it out below.
$104.75 on GearBest