In the last couple of years, drones have become very popular. It is partly thanks to the competition amongst the brands and manufacturers. In an attempt to attract customers, brands are on the run to come up with affordable drones packed with tons of features. The Contixo F20 is one of those drones.
In this review of the Contixo F20, you will learn why it is considered as one of the most advanced camera drones, and what makes it very versatile.
It’s super rare to find an affordable drone equipped with many advanced features such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and a high-quality camera. And speaking of versatility, this quadcopter has the features which will meet the requirements of both beginners and intermediate or advanced drone pilots. You’ll love the features of this drone as much as we do.
Contixo F20 Review
Let’s start the review with its looks and design.
The F20 Design
This quadcopter has a sleek and stylish design. It comes pre-assembled. As soon as it comes out of the box, you’ll surely love the way it looks. It has a metal frame with jet black coating and a bright green line at its frontal hull. Even the propellers are painted black and green; two black propellers, and two green. This makes it looks as cool as an alien spaceship from the movies.
The Contixo F20 is mostly made up of tough anti-corrosion metal, and ABS plastic. These super-strong materials provide a solid and tough structure that keeps the tiny parts of the drone intact and in position. The drone also reflects that it is solidly engineered. There are no faulty parts that provide room for any extra noises or violent vibration that may compromise the performance.
What we loved the most about this drone is that it comes with many high-quality accessories, including four extra propellers, smartphone holder, transmitter, screwdriver toolset, USB cable, and balance charger. It also comes with a lightweight travel case.
And the best part is that the travel case is designed to hold the assembled drone in place. This means you won’t ever have to take the trouble assembling or disassembling the drone when travelling.
The type of camera that is built into this quadcopter is something which you will only find in some of the best camera drones that are expensive. Let us be reminded that this is a camera drone. It means you’ll have a crystal clear First Person’s View or FPV with its 1080p High Definition Wi-Fi camera.
Being loaded with a high-resolution camera is not enough. You need to be able to adjust the camera to have a view from a different angle. With this drone, you can do that. This drone has a 90° vertical camera which can be moved up and down according to your preference.
Flight modes and features
There is nothing more exciting and fun to fly a drone that can perform a lot of things on its own. The F20 camera drone is never a disappointment when it comes to flight features. Below are some of them.
Draw a flight path
Yes, you saw it right. Simply draw a path on the screen of your smartphone, and the drone will autonomously fly to its destination and provide you with an incredible view. This cool feature is particularly great for the beginners. Just be careful when using this feature. Look out for obstacles and the safety of other people around you, especially children.
Altitude hold or automatic hovering – Isn’t it cool to keep the drone holding its position in the air? This feature allows you to do that. By selecting this mode, the drone will keep still without requiring a command or input from its operator. This feature can be used to record a still video or a stunning picture. With the altitude hold mode, you can keep your drone in the air as long as you want. Or as long as the battery does not run low.
Orbit mode or point of interest
You can make use of this feature to let the drone circle above you. In a factory setting mode, the F20 will circle in a 30 feet radius. But if you want to let it make a bigger or a smaller circle, you can customize the setting from the menu.
One key take-off and landing and headless mode
Getting started with this quadcopter is very simple. All you need to do is press the take-off button, and the drone will be hovering in the air. In the same manner, hitting the landing button will land the drone safely.
The inclusion of the headless mode makes the F20 even friendlier for the starters. What it means is that you don’t necessarily have to know the position or the orientation of the drone. Activating this feature allows it to travel any direction according to the command it receives regardless of the direction it is pointed. In simple terms, the headless mode eliminates the need to know which part of the drone is front or back.
More flight features with the GPS. After enabling the GPS, you can have access to these cool features of the F20.
You can use this feature to make the F20 your personal cameraman. This drone can hover or follow the GPS enabled device. You can activate it and capture awesome video of your adventures such as off-roading, cycling, climbing and so on.
Auto return home
This can be termed as a safety feature. When this feature is enabled, the F20 will automatically return to you when it detects that the battery is running low.
Controller and Apps
There is no doubt that the F20 is packed with lots of features. You may be wondering that the controller is full of buttons and switches that make it very complicated. Well, there is a good reason why the manufacturers of this drone proudly claim that it is designed for both starters as well as seasoned drone fliers.
When you have this controller in your hands, you might get a little bit intimidated. But as you learn how to use the basic features such as the headless mode, and auto hovering, flying the F20 becomes extremely easy. Even if you’re a beginner, and you don’t have an expert to assist you, the manual instruction booklet should help you get started fast and easily.
In just a minute or two, you could be flying the F20 like an experienced drone pilot. It’s that simple.
To monitor the flight and get access to some of the coolest features of this quadcopter, you need to configure your smartphone with the controller. You can do so by installing the drone’s app. Contixo app allows you to make use of various functions and features such as; follow me, and custom flight path. And the good news is that the app is free to download.
Additional features and info
If all those features mentioned above do not impress you, the battery that powers the F20 will surely make you fall in love. This futuristic-looking high-performance camera drone is powered by a 7.4 volt 1800 mAh lithium polymer battery that is capable of providing the drone with 15 to 20 minutes of flight time.
Another cool thing about the battery of the F20 is that it can be charged fully in just 3 hours which is amazing.
Range/Remote control distance
Everything about this drone is really impressive. You definitely will be surprised that you get a drone with an amazing range like this one for only a few hundred dollars. The F20 has a maximum range of 2000 feet which is equivalent to 600 meters.
Many camera drones nowadays are using this type of motors because of the benefits it provides. Unlike the traditional motors which use the carbon brushes or steel brushes and commutator, brushless motors do not use any of these. This is why they make less noise and produce more power since they can be operated by using Direct Current (DC).
Also, brushless motors are more reliable and durable since they don’t require maintenance, and they don’t heat up fast.
- Solidly built, and extremely durable
- A powerful battery that offers a longer flight time
- It has long-range
- Comes with multiple flight features
- The F20 can fly at a speed of 60 km/ph
- High-quality camera
- Inclusion of a modular battery
- It is budget-friendly
- The app is free, and it works great.
- It does not perform very well in gusty winds
When it comes to specs and features, the F20 is absolutely a champion. Although you may not get very advanced features like 4k camera or object sensors, you can be sure that you’re making a solid investment. The drone, as well as the controller, is responsive, and it is easy to control. It is packed with lots of power and range. It is also affordable, which makes it an absolute winner in our books.