Presentation of the drone
The Snaptain SP7100 drone is the most high-end model of the brand with a 4K camera capable of filming and photographing with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. It is a rather massive drone that measures about 35 cm on each side and weighs 505 grams. It has the ability to fold its wings and arms to be transported more easily.
It has a consistent autonomy of 26 minutes and a range of 800 meters maximum. The SP7100 is equipped with several positioning systems including a GPS to be stable in the air and know its own position in space.
It is supplied with its remote control, a carrying bag, 4 spare propellers, chargers (remote control and drone) and a small screw kit. The serial number (SN) is not glued on the drone, you should not forget to ask for it.
● Camera: 4K UHD stored on SD card
● Video resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels @ 15 Fps
● Angle: 0-90° adjustable
● Transmission distance: 800 meters
● 5.8 GHz video transmission
● Battery: smart 11.4V 3100mAh
● Size open: 345 x 377 x 64 mm
● Size folded: 177 x 99 x 64 mm
● Control distance: 800 meters
● FPV range: 500 meters
● Weight: 505 grams
● Charging time: 4-5 minutes
● Battery life: 26 minutes
Camera of the SP7100
■ For its price, more than 300 $, we expect to have a good quality of video. The Snaptain SP7100 has a camera capable of filming in 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) but only with 15 frames per second, which is very average for a smooth video.
■ In addition, the camera is not stabilized which leads to a “Jello” effect (video distortion) with vibrations. Even if the video resolution is higher than some cheap drones, the images will not be pleasant to watch.
■ On the photo side, it’s much better necessarily, the drone makes beautiful shots. You can in flight, adjust the angle of the camera from 0 to 90 ° to capture images.
■ To save the videos & photos, you will need an SD card to put inside the drone, otherwise you can also record directly on your smartphone, but this will be in Full HD (1920 x 1080P).
REMOTE CONTROL and range
■ The drone’s remote control is well made with a matte plastic. Everything is well packaged in the packaging. It’s a fairly compact controller with two joysticks for piloting, folding brackets on the bottom for a good hold and a phone holder on top of the remote.
■ The connection between the smartphone and the drone is via WiFi, then thanks to the Snaptain app, you can have live video feedback from the camera.
■ Regarding the few buttons on the remote control, we find the main ones like automatic takeoff/landing, return home, speed modes, take a photo/video or adjust the orientation of the camera.
■ The piloting distance is 800 meters in theory, but the video return (FPV) will work properly only on 500 meters. Beyond this distance you can control the drone, but without seeing anything, so count 500 meters maximum.
Autonomy & Speed
The autonomy is very good since thanks to its 3600 mAh LiPo battery, the Snaptain SP7100 has a flight time of 26 minutes. This is as good as the Parrot Anafi drone.
Unfortunately once again a flaw, the battery is excessively long to recharge. It will take between 4 and 5 hours to recharge it, which is absurd.
The Snaptain brand has not communicated on the speed of the drone, but in testing we were able to go to about 30 km/h. We can choose via the radio control between 2 speed modes, one faster than the other necessarily.
The Snaptain SP7100 drone offers features that we have listed below:
CAUTION: READ ON
As you may know, before you can take off with the drone, you need to perform a calibration: This allows the gyroscope to reset itself so that the drone can be as stable as possible.
We have encountered big problems with the SP7100 drone with uncontrollable circular movements despite having calibrated it correctly. This can be dangerous and after some research, many users have had the same problem. We do not recommend you to buy this drone.
Flight by Trajectory
Waypoint” mode allows you to program a flight route by placing points in the Snaptain Epic application. Thanks to its integrated GPS, the SP7100 drone will move along the predefined trajectory.
A fun feature that allows you to take selfies by holding the remote control and making gestures to the drone. For example, make the “V” gesture with your fingers to take a picture.
Return to home
The precise GPS + Glonass position can automatically calculate an optimal route according to the environment and bypass obstacles on the way. Indeed it is precise, the drone returns to its starting point perfectly.
Point of Interest
The Point of Interest or orbit feature allows you to circle around a chosen object to capture video. You choose a point on the map through the application, then the drone will turn around it in a regular way while filming this point. Very useful feature to make nice drone shots.
The Follow-me mode is ideal to follow the wearer of the smartphone. In GPS mode, the drone automatically follows the target marked on the application of your cell phone.
OUR OPINION :
As said before, we can’t advise you to buy this drone because of recurrent problems on the stabilization in the air, which can be dangerous. Moreover, despite a good resolution of the camera, it is not stabilized, the videos are not great and the battery is much too long to be recharged.