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Altair 818 Hornet Beginner Drone with Camera | Live Video Drone for Kids & Adults, 15 Min Flight Time, Altitude Hold, Personal Hobby Starter RC Quadcopter for All Ages (Yellow 818 Hornet)

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  • 720p HD Camera for amazing aerial photos and videos
  • Easy to fly for all ages! Multiple Skill Settings Included
  • Flight Modes like Altitude Hole, One Button Takeoff and Landing, and Headless Mode
  • Smartphone Ready but Not Required!
  • Durably Built for Stable Flights!

Brand: Altair Aerial

Color: Yellow 818 Hornet

Video Capture Resolution: HD 720p

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Item Weight: 2.9 Ounces

Control Type: Remote Control

Media Type: SD

Maximum Range: 150 Meters

Wireless Communication Technology: Wi-Fi

Battery Cell Composition: Lithium Ion

Are Batteries Included: Yes

Video Output Resolution: 1280x720 pixels

Remote Control Included?: Yes

Package Dimensions: 14.8 x 14.2 x 5.4 inches

Item Weight: 2.9 ounces

Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No

Manufacturer: Altair INC

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Top Amazon Reviews

  • Great Training Drone
Let me just start by emphasizing that you're almost certainly not going to use this drone for professional work. But the FAA currently considers drones under 250g to be toys, and at 248g this one is correctly classified. If you're a hobbyist who likes to shoot photos/videos or training to become a commercial drone pilot, this is a rugged little drone that's a great choice. For me, after learning to fly with this, transitioning to a professional drone (which will cost you at least 10x as much as this one) was a breeze. The big pro for this drone is that it's simple and durable. I crashed it countless times while learning, and it keeps on flying. The controls were easy to master, and Altair Aerial's customer service was very helpful when I had a question. (The instruction manual was clearly translated into English by a non-native speaker.) The big con is that it's simple and lightweight. That means that every breeze, every convection current grabs it and tosses it around. This is great for making you a better pilot, but your only prayer of getting great imagery out of it would be on unnaturally calm days. That said, the fact that you can take pictures and videos with it means that emerging pros can get used to flying and shooting at the same time, and amateurs have the ability to get imagery at a very reasonable price. The secret with any drone purchase is to know what you plan to do with it, and to select the right drone for the job. I'm a photographer who bought this so I could learn to fly on something I didn't mind crashing. I'm very happy with this purchase. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020 by K.J.

  • Fun to fly, short range
Enjoyed this as my first drone and have been flying a few days a week for a couple weeks now. It's fun to fly. The first day I crashed a lot (hard a couple times) and got some scratches but nothing broken. Not sure a more expensive drone would take the crashes. It has 3 modes beginner, intermediate, and advanced; corresponding to slow, medium and fast. The first day I took it outside it was on beginner (slow) mode and couldn't fly against the wind. It crashed into a tree. No damage thankfully. Battery life is probably in the 10-15 minute range (it comes with two, giving you total 20-30 minutes flight time). My primary complaint is that it has a quite short range. 248g is under the FAA registration requirement limit so that is nice. However, it would be difficult to get it up into any airspace where aircraft would be operating anyway due to the short range. The advertised 60 meters for video and 150 meters for controller is be overstating it. I was getting range warning at probably half that that, and it doesn't have GPS return to home so if it gets out of range you might have to run fast or lose it. Also there is some video lag so flying by video is not practical. The Holy Stone HS120D GPS Drone is in the same price range but also has GPS return to home and some other nice features and good reviews. I may upgrade to that or one of the more expensive DJI drones with a better camera in the future. I would say the main advantage of this drone is durability during a crash. If you are ok with the short range and lack of GPS and advanced features, then the durability is great for a beginner. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020 by Eric B.

  • Altair 818 Hornet Beginner Drone with Camera
This drone was purchased for Xmas 2018 and I'd like to share a few experiences with it. This is my first Quad chopper and is excellent for beginners like myself. I decided the purchase of this one opposed to others because, it came with an extra battery, two motors and 4 extra prop blades. The batteries have approx. 15 min flight times per. After running into many walls in the house, the outside brick walls, patio furniture and having to hit the Emergency Stop ( E-stop) on numerous occasions the Quad has taken it all in with no damage. I engaged the E-stop on one occasion from approx. 30 ft high because the 15 mph winds were to much and took it away, (beginner mode) the Quad dropped/slammed into the road across the street. Only issue was the camera came easy slapped it back on and good to go. 2nd E-stop was from approx. 20 ft in the air, the quad got away and had to drop it in the neighbors yard twice, no damage. Here is one for you, after about 3 weeks one of the batteries went bad, I called Altair and spoke with Matt ( he actually speaks English ) who said that I could send the whole Quad back for a 100% refund. I was shocked and told him that I only wanted to replace the battery. He told me to go to their website explain what was wrong and put in my mailing address and he would ship out a new battery. This is a 5 STAR Quad for beginners or experts because it has three modes to choose from. This puppy is not only durable but is built with quality material that has been abused by me, not purposely. Only Cons, takes about an hour to charge batteries, not a bother for me as I ordered two more and have 4 on hand. Thumbs up AERIAL!!! GREAT PRODUCT!! ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019 by kmac

  • Excellent customer service
After using the drone several times, we had a small issue with one of the spinners. I contacted the company, and they immediately sent out a new part. Not only is the drone fun and fairly simple for my son, age 13, to use, but the customer service was the best I’ve seen in years. Really well done.
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2022 by SH

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It was an easy set-up but would not connect to GPS SATs tried open fields. Football stadium w/no trees… gave it 3 stars It case it was user error.
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2022 by Dwight

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