Dromida Vista UAV Review

Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner

Equipment Used:

Dromida Vista UAV RTF all stock

 

Included:

- Fully assembled quadcopter

- MR100 Transmitter

- 3.7V 850mAh LiPo Battery

- High-Output USB fast charger

- Extra blade set

Pros:

- Built tough, tough, TOUGH!!!!

- Great flight characteristics

- Handles wind with ease

- Bright LED lights

- Quick charging

- Good looking

- CHEAP!!!!!!!!

- Multiple flight modes

- Comfortable transmitter

- Easy to repair

Cons:

- Um, I want to complain about something, but nothing yet.

Intro:

By this time, you've seen the unboxings on youtube on this model...or for that matter, have looked at the web page or seen the Vista UAV in a store.  You've probably read or watched some reviews on the Vista.  As with the Ominus review, I like to toss my review in the ring, not to get more hits, shares, likes or anything like that, but so you, the reader, know that you are getting the "straight truth".  We will never, ever, say something is good if it's not.  That said, let's get to it.

 

If you read my Ominus review, you know that I loved it... a lot.  It was hard to say anything negative about it. I think I was even more positive than the other reviewers out there because some of the supposed issues, weren't really issues. The Vista UAV builds on the success of the Ominus and gets a great model and makes it greater.  The Vista UAV is only slightly larger than the Ominus.  It gets a little structural make-over and I think a little tweaking to the flight controller board and the props look larger.  It gets a higher capacity battery (AWESOME), and gets a slightly larger transmitter with a few more options (and is also compatible with the Tactic line of transmitters).

 

Before flying the Vista UAV, I was going to beat it up a little the way I did the Ominus.  Then I saw a few youtubers beat me too it and they put the Vista through some pretty harsh abuse.  Unsurprisingly, it held up as well as I expected.  Since I didn't have to beat my Vista up to break a part, I figured I'd dismantle it and reassemble it to get a feel for ease of repair.  To work on the Vista UAV, you have to remove part of the bottom shell, or all the pieces of the bottom if you're replacing the board.  There are only a few screws so this is an easy task.  The board itself is pretty cheap, which is awesome, in other quads on the market, when the board fries, you're usually faced with the decision of buying a whole new quad or just buying the board since they are usually close in price.  The Vista board runs less than 25 bucks.  The board has leads that go down each arm and plug into the each motor.  That makes switching out a fried motor a less than 10 minute process with no soldering.  The leads strip on the top also just plugs in, and costs less than a dollar if that ever goes kaput on you.  The point here is, the Vista UAV is really easy to work on, and even a total newb would have zero issues replacing parts.  I completely disassembled the Vista and put it back together in less than 20 minutes.

 

Flight:

Flying the Vista UAV is every bit as enjoyable as flying the Ominus, with a few added points.  Transmitter-wise, the new transmitter is larger and it does a better job at placing your fingers where they need to be for changing rates, flight modes and of course, flipping.  The mode is changed with a button, and the rates are changed by pressing the right stick in.  The change in mode and rate is indicated on the transmitter by changes in color and blinking of the right side LED on the transmitter.  For general purpose flying, I like the default mode on high rates.  That gives you the most stability, while letting you go full throttle and whip the quad across your yard, field or parking lot at a pretty hard angle.  The other modes are definitely more stable and remind me of the early home made quads... it's almost like flying a collective pitch helicopter, you are constantly correcting to keep it in place but the benefit to expert pilots is the near unlimited banking angles you can achieve.  As I said, the default mode on high rates works best for me outside and even in some pretty gusty conditions.  For inside, I leave it on the default mode and on low rates.  That gives you all the stability you need and lets you fly around some pretty tight spaces without over correcting and slamming into the wall or furniture.  If you do crash hard, at least you know this thing is pretty tough and worst case scenario it is easy to repair.

 

Flipping the Vista UAV is easy as pie and I feel like it pulls it off better than the Ominus.  It loses less altitude after a flip and it flips with more authority and consistency.  I found myself flipping lower and lower and even several flips indoors.  The flips are always fun and always provide some good entertainment to any pedestrians that might be watching you fly in your neighborhood.   Night time flying is also awesome with the super bright LED lights.  It is truly never too dark to fly the Vista UAV.  Flight times will depend on how aggressively you fly your quad... my style of outdoor flying has been getting me about 10 minutes or so.  You'll know your battery is getting close to croaking when the lights on the quad start blinking, so that certainly takes out the guess work.

 

Conclusion:

The Vista UAV is an awesome quad at a really awesome price point.  With Towerhobbies coupon codes, you can probably score this quad for a few bucks under retail (which at $79.99 is still cheap).  Although the price is low, you NEVER feel like you are flying a cheap or toy grade quad.  I don't know how they offer it this low.  They also must not make much on parts since I really don't know what you'd have to do to break this thing short of running over it with a car lol.  If you are in the market for a smallish/medium size quad, or a first quad, this is an awesome choice.  If you already have an Ominus, this is a great time to pass it on to a friend or newbie and keep yourself current by grabbing a Vista UAV.  If you're a pretty seasoned RC pilot, and aren't really into the "quad thing" but want at least ONE quad, this is the one you should own.

 

Keep up with us to make sure you get our latest reviews.  I will be updating this particular view as I plan on outfitting my Vista UAV with a micro FPV camera and a 1s150mah battery on top to power the camera. This SHOULD be great and get a much better flight time than Blade's Nano QX FPV.

 

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