Review: Protocol Dronium Two

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For Christmas, my wife surprised me with my first drone, the Protocol Dronium Two. The Dronium Two is a clone of the popular Syma X5C, but is a little more expensive.

What’s in the box

The Dronium Two is a mm toy grade drone that has an X frame. It has an all plastic body, in silver color with black propellers, and comes with an HD camera, 2gb memory card, a USB micro SD card reader, a 2.4 Ghz transmitter and one 500 mAh rechargeable 1S LiPo battery and USB charger.

The Dronium Two also comes with some spare parts, for when things break:

  • 4 extra propellers
  • 4 extra propeller guards
  • Extra pair of landing skits
  • A small Phillips screw driver

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Transmitter

The Dronium Two transmitter (Tx) requires 4 AA batteries, which do not come with in the package. Make sure.
you pick up a pack when you purchase. Installing the batteries requires the use of the small screwdriver. The nice part of the transmitter is that it is not a micro size. Even for persons with large hands (like me), the transmitter is comfortable to hold.

It is a mode 2 transmitter with an extra button on each top corners. The left button changes the copter from intermediate to expert mode and the right hand button, when no camera is attached, allows you to do 360 flips. The transmitter also has a switch, on the right side of the throttle, that allows you to snap a picture (push up) or start taking a video (push down). There are also trim buttons for the pitch, yaw and rate.

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Camera

The camera that comes with the Dronium Two is not of the greatest of quality. It touts that it is a 720 HD camera, but the picture quality does not resemble HD video at all. Although, for the price of this quadcopter, the quality is exactly what I would expect to receive.

The camera comes pre-installed with a 2GB micro SD card. The size is perfect for at least 3 of 4 flights with of video, so I don’t think a larger card is needed.

Because the camera is installed directly to the battery door, it has no stabilizing abilities. You will see all of the shakes of your flying the quadcopter. Still, this drone is not meant to be a professional quality video drone, it is meant for fun flying and the ability to capture your fun flights in video.

A word of warning about the video capture. Always ensure that you press the stop recording button, on the transmitter, before your battery dies or before you turn off the power switch. 8f you do not, you will lose your video and the file with show up as a 0kb file on the card.

Getting you ready to fly

The Protocol Dronium Two is a RTF model. The only thing you must do is throw some batteries in the transmitter and charge up the battery. The battery takes approximately 90 minutes to charge, but does come partially charged.

Flight

The Dronium Two is an excellent beginner quadcopter. It is not too small and provides an easy flying experience. The intermediate setting may become quickly too slow for you, but the expert mode will deliver nicely.

On the intermediate setting, the yaw rate is extremely slow. If you are going to fly in any wind at all, you will quickly find that the drone just does not respond agressively enough to fight the winds. I still highly recommend that a first time flyer start at this setting. It is the default setting when you first power on the quadcopter.

The expert setting is where this quadcopter really becomes fun to fly. The yaw gets considerably more responsive and the pitch gets a ton more agressive. The pitch is actually so agressive that the quadcopter will start to fly towards the ground.

Flying at night time is also fun. The Dronium Two comes with green LED lights on the front arms and red ones on the back arms. These also make orientation easier, day or night, as you can easily find the green lights and know where the front of the quad is.

Flips are also easy to perform. Simply press the right top button and pull the right stick up, down, left or right to perform a flip or a roll. Please note that that the flips are only possible when the camera is not attached.

The stock battery gives you approximately 5 minutes of flight time with the camera and all accessories and about 9 minutes with all accessories off the quad.

Last note about flying. Once you get proficient in flying, I found that the most fun you can have, with the Dronium Two, is when you strip everything off of it. When I say everything, I mean it. Take off the prop guards, the camera, the landing skits and even the little covers over the LEDs (don’t worry, you can still see them well). The loss in weight really makes this drone come alive and you can push it to its limits.

Final thoughts

As a beginner quadcopter, the Dronium Two is an excellent option. It can take a beating and will keep on going. I have crashed mine from over 100 feet up and it is fine. The camera is a novelty more than anything. I find that I enjoy this quad a lot more without the camera. I have also discovered that it is a clone of the ever popular Syma X5C but, instead of being black or white, it is silver. Spare parts for the X5C work on the Dronium Two. For example, I purchased a pack of 5 extra batteries, from Amazon, that were meant for the X5C and they worked great on the Dronium. Speaking of batteries, I definitely recommend a 5 pack. You can pick them up from Amazon or from Banggood.com. also, if you want to save a few dollars, instead of buying the Dronium Two, order the new Syma X5C-1 from banggood.com. Same drone for half the price.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop a line below, thanks for reading!

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