DFD F183 review

DFD F183 quadcopter

After I switched ON the DFD F183,  my first impression was that it has enough power and it’s noisy as HELL!

But lets start with the beginning. My first quadcopter was a Syma X5C that I still own and waits for a motor replacement…

Based on my flight experiences with the existing quadcopter, I wanted something more powerful, with better wind resistance and with longer flight range. In the same time not too expensive, because I’m still a beginner flyer and probably I will have some crash lands. Let see if the DFD F183 quad will satisfy all my requirements.

What’s important when you look for a new toy graded quadcopter:

  • price;
  • your flight skills;
  • physical size of the quad;
  • flight range and flight time;
  • spare parts availabilities, that is very important if you are a novice flyer;
  • other features like: headless mode, RTH, onboard camera, FPV…


DFD F183 review with pros and cons

I read about several new quadcopters and I came across over the DFD F183 (aka JJRC H8C). Just looking on the aircraft’s specs probably it will be a Syma X5C killer.

By the way, any real differences between the DFD F183 and JJRC H8C?

4 Days after I placed my order I got my DFD F183. The quadcopter was well packaged to avoid any damages trough the delivery process from China to Europe.DFD-F183 quadcopter first look

The F183 is an RTF (ready to fly) quadcopter, the box contains everything you need to fly it. From the battery, remote controller, prop guards to four extra propellers.

Installation of the landing skids, prop guards, Li-Po battery on the quad and four AA batteries on the remote controller toked only 10 minutes. Now I was ready to make my first fly with my DFD F183.

The design of this quad is beautiful, especially when it’s tuned ON and the LED lights illuminates. The DFD F183 has white LED lights on the front, red on the back and blue on both sides.

Compared to its predecessors, H5C and X5C, the DFD F183 uses a two cell 7.4V 500mAh Li-Po battery. Unfortunately, the battery has only a two wires connector and can not be used together with balanced battery chargers. That will probably decrease the battery lifespan. I recommend to order together with your quad, one or more extra batteries, if you don’t want to rest almost two hours between two flights.

Through the remote controller you can set the flight speed between four values: 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%. For indoor fly I recommend to use only 25%.

Next week I will upload some videos with the quad. I’m planning to test the quality of the DFD F183’s camera and how it flys outside.

DFD F183 pros

  • Cool design with stylish LED lights for night flight;
  • The LED light can be turned ON/OFF from the RC;
  • Very stable through the 6 axis gyro;
  • 7.4v instead of 3.7v battery, for more power;
  • Acceptable flight range;
  • Onboard HD camera with adjustable lens angle;
  • Suitable for beginner flyers.

DFD F183 Cons

  • no headless mode;
  • very noisy;
  • no ball-bearings;
  • uncommon battery connector.

Final words

As I am a beginner flyer, I missed on this quad that it doesn’t use different colors for front and back propellers. Excepting the generated noise on full throttle, everything else was OK for me.

Unfortunately, because it is a new quadcopter on the market, spare parts for DFD F183 are not available yet. I think that it would fit also the spare parts from the H8C.

Definitely, this DFD F183 will be a good successor for my Syma quad and I can just recommend this quadcopter for beginner flyers with limited budget.

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