Looking for a cheap way to get your GoPro in the air?
The $150 Force1 F100 GoPro RC Quadcopter Drone is an introductory drone for pilots who already own a GoPro.
It’s essentially a low-cost toy drone, but it has a mount for a GoPro.
The drone does require some level of setup. Since the drone can interchange with your own camera, the drone has modular landing gear, which you’ll have to install if you opt to include a GoPro.
Of course, as with all things, you get what you pay for. The mount is not a 3-axis gimbal, so the video is not going to have that silky, smooth look that drones these days commonly produce. (Think all the way back to the days of the Phantom 1.) The drone itself is significantly less stable than more expensive camera drones.
As for the quality of the video itself — that depends on what type of GoPro you have.
The most frustrating thing about this drone was pairing the drone with the controller, which takes some effort. Many toy drones just have an on-off switch. This drone has a semi-complicated process of pressing a few different buttons. Mess up the order, and you’ll have to start all over again. And if you can’t remember the order, hopefully you’ve got your instruction manual with you.
If your only ask is to have a cheap way to get your GoPro up in the air and you don’t mind unstable video, this is the perfect drone for you. At $150 (GoPro not included), the Force1 F100 GoPro RC Quadcopter Drone does the job at an incredibly low cost.
That being said, if you don’t have a GoPro already, but are looking for low-cost camera drone, there are other alternatives out there. I personally love the $129 UDI Blue Jay which comes with a camera and a smartphone app that allows you to see what the drone sees in real time — with minimal setup or connecting to the controller required.
But for $150, this Force1 F100 drone could be an extremely low-cost alternative for pilots who don’t want to drop more than $1,000 on a GoPro Karma drone.