Back in October of 2014, I was given the opportunity to review a quadcopter from an up and coming company named Dromida. The new quad, called Ominus, was labeled as nearly indestructible, and it was just that! The semi-flexible frame allowed it to take more bumps, hard landings, and crashes than any other quad I'd ever seen! I had personally put the Ominus through rigorous testing and it survived every situation I threw at it. How could the Ominus get any better?
Dromida has now doubled its line of Ominus quads. They have re-vamped the original, installing upgraded propellers, and added a digital camera - but not just ANY camera, this one has FPV capabilities! When modelers used to think about FPV, they thought of bulky screens or goggles strapped to their head and lots of electronic equipment. Not so anymore! The new Ominus uses a camera with built in WiFi, that transmits a signal to a smart phone. While long-range FPV still requires some hardware, indoor/short-range FPV via WiFi is the hot new trend!
Since I had reviewed the original Ominus (which is still available), I jumped at the opportunity to review its new sibling! Let's get the box open and see what's inside!
Weight: 4.2 oz (120 g) Length:9.4" (238 mm) Radio Used: Dromida Q200 FHSS (Included) Battery Used: Dromida 700mAh 1S LiPo (Included) Channels Used: 5 total - Elevator, Aileron, Throttle, Rudder, Digital video/Still Photo Actuation, and Digital Video Stop
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Power Source for LiPo Chrager
FREE FPV App from Apple APP Store or Google Play to a Smart
The Ominus FPV arrived in a full-color box that doubles as a carrying case. I really like it when companies do this - it's a great way to keep all the parts in one place, and makes it easy to transport! A plastic tray inside the box keeps everything in its place, and Dromida figured out how to pack a lot into a small, convenient to carry container. Speaking of everything, Dromida has included everything (except a smart phone) needed to get the Ominus FPV flying - even the four AA batteries for the transmitter and a spare set of props are included!
The Ominus FPV comes out of the box ready to fly - no assembly is required! Even the WiFi digital camera is pre-installed! The Q200 transmitter has a good feel to it, and fits comfortably in-hand. While the original Ominus came with a transmitter reminiscent of a video game controller, the Q200 is a mid-sized transmitter that is more recognizable as an actual transmitter. The short, antenna also doubles as the mount for the phone holder when flying FPV. Two buttons on the rear of the case are responsible for starting video recording, taking digital still pictures, and stopping video recording.
Though the airframe and propellers are very durable, Dromida has included a spare set of props - just in case one or more get broken. Yes, they're durable, but nothing is indestructible! I like the USB Charger. It is a very cost-effective way to include a charger! Dromida claims 10-12 minute flight times are possible with the included 1S 700 mAh LiPo battery, and they've also included a 2GB micro SD card, USB adapter, and a spare block of camera mounting foam.
At the center of the new Ominus FPV is the WiFi camera and transmitter-mounted smart phone holder with sun shade. The sun shade is a nice bonus! I really liked that the holder was large enough to accept my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is larger than the average smart phone!
I really like the manual - it has great illustrations and the written instructions are easy to follow. Dromida managed to pack all the needed information into just a few pages! From flight prep and setting up the FPV to first flights - it's all in the manual!
What's Left To Do?
Since the Ominus FPV arrived ready to fly, there's not much flight prep. I charged the flight battery, installed the transmitter batteries, and installed the micro SD card in the camera.
All that remained was to download and set up the FPV app on my smart phone. The app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, so iPhone and Android-based phones are equally supported! Set up was easy following the instruction manual, and I had it working in just a few minutes.
That's it! The Ominus FPV was ready to fly!
Because of the Ominus' size, I was able to fly the maiden flight in my living room - I received the quad on a Friday evening, and had it flying that very same night. My living room is not large, but it was plenty of room to test out the quad and try out the FPV setup. Everything worked as advertised! Even in lower light situations, the camera worked pretty well, but with my club having an indoor flying day the next Saturday morning, I recharged the flight battery and went to bed.
At the gym, I readied the Ominus and mounted my phone in the holder. Again, I liked that the holder is large enough to accept my oversized smart phone! With the WiFi camera streaming video to my phone, I set the Ominus FPV on the gym floor, pressed the video start button, and pushed the left stick forward. Four motors whirred to life and the quad was off the ground. About half throttle was all that was required to take off, and climb. I backed the throttle off to about one-third, and the Ominus FPV settled into a nice hover. The on-board three-axis gyro and three accelerometers did a great job of keeping the Ominus FPV steady - a feat that just a few years ago would have been impossible on such a small aircraft!
I put the quad through a series of flight tests, both using visual contact with the Ominus FPV and via the on-board camera - either way was easy to fly, and the WiFi connection remained solid no matter which way the quad was facing.
I was really getting into flying the Ominus FPV, and having a blast. The different modes allow anyone to pilot the quad, from beginners right up to experts. And the flip button simply adds to the fun - by pressing the flip button and moving the right stick in any direction, the Ominus FPV will flip over on itself and then settle into a nice hover again. Once the basic flip is mastered, it can be added to moving flight, and it looks really cool!
The new propeller design seemed more than capable of lifting the extra weight of the camera as well. I noticed no drop in flight performance until the battery was nearly drained - at that point, I found that any maneuver resulted in a loss of altitude, but that's normal in ANY quad. As the battery power dropped, so did the Ominus - well, dropped might be a slight exaggeration - the quad settled slowly to the floor and set down without incident. My only disappointment was that I only had the one battery, and it now needed to be recharged.
Check out the video to see the Dromida Ominus FPV in action! The second video is Hobbico's promotional video.
While the new Ominus FPV retails for just under $200.00, which is more than twice the price of the original Ominus, I think it's a pretty fair price. The inclusion of an all-in-one FPV unit with a 720HD digital video camera adds to an already proven quad. I really liked the original Ominus, but I love the new Ominus FPV! Way to go, Dromida - you've done it again!
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