The UDI U818A Gyro Quadcopter with Camera is the big brother to UDI’s Micro-UFO. This quadcopter comes with and onboard camera and is controlled via UDI’s excellent 2.4 Ghz transmitter.
Featuring a similar 4-ring design to the AR Parrot, UDI has included what they call a “six axis gyro system.” This system consists of 3gyros and 3 accelerometers, which work together to stabilize the quadcopter during flight and also add agility.
UDI has also added an onboard camera, which is an excellent upgrade.
Simply put, this is a really fun quadcopter to fly for not a lot of money. For less than a hundred bucks you get a quadcopter with a camera and a separate controller that does some pretty cool in-flight tricks. Like the Parrot, you can do barrel rolls, but because you’ve got a controller and not just an app, you gain a level of manual control akin to other quadcopters like the DJI Phantom series.
Overall, while you’re missing many positives offered in other quadcopters, like GPS or the ability to mount a GoPro, you still get all the essentials. Because of its low sticker price we could easily see this as a starter drone for young adults, or even a small fleet used for PR events.
The 4-ring design ingeniously protects the rotors, and while this doesn’t make it crash proof it certainly does help eliminate damage to the most vital parts. Unlike other quadcopters that use the design, the rings are not so delicate and give the drone an overall firm feeling.
We found that overall the U818A quadcopter was well built and able to hold up well to the usual landing, take off and flying conditions. The 4-ring design does take some getting used to, especially in windy conditions, more so than other designs that seem to utilize a lower center of gravity to better deal with wind and turbulence.