While it might be tempting to want the XP2 Quadcopter by xProHeli to add to your other RC or other multirotor hobby collection, you should know upfront that this isn’t a toy. The folks at xProHeli make this quite clear.
The XP2 is a quadcopter that’s designed for people that want to bring their photography or film making hobby and/or business to the next level.
That said, it is the lightest, most powerful, and stable Quadcopter on the market for taking aerial shots and video. With the size and portability, you can get aerial shots from nearly anywhere, with the slightest of ease, once you’ve learned how to fly the unit.
When coupled with a high quality video camera (like the Go Pro Hero 3), it has exceptional clarity, can quickly snap shots, is stable and doesn’t disappoint.
What is the XP2 xProHeli Quadcopter?
The device is a RTF multirotor platform. What this means is that it is a “ready to fly” rotorcraft that in this case has four propellers. It is capable of lifting recording devices (up to 1 lb or 400 grams), cameras (the weight of 2 GoPro cameras).
Used with a camera, it allows you to take photos, capture video, or record in real time, from the best angles, top heights, and exceptional clarity with every shot.
Why the XP2 in comparison to other Quadcopters?
For starters, it is very lightweight, which means it can get higher up than other products. It is also capable of taking on terrain that other Quadcopters can’t.
You can reach higher altitudes faster, get better angles, crisper shots, and it is easier to use than other products on the market.
It is priced better than some of the other Quadcopters used for this purpose.
Why is it unique?
It was made by photographers, for photographers.
Unlike other “toy” Quadcopters, the XP2 is designed to be used for filming, taking pictures, capturing film for movies or other videos, and exquisite shots. There are many other products available if you are looking to use them for a hobby. The XP2 is best used for serious amateur and professional photograhers.
The XP2 is made with an aluminum frame vs. composites. Aluminum is stronger, lighter weight, can be bent, and “greener” (i.e. better for the environment).
The frame is easy to put together and has very few parts. The main body has a compartment that helps protect the electronics in the event of a crash.
Vibration is one of the biggest issues when trying to film using aerial photography. The XP2 has been designed to include rubber dampeners that help with this, as well as a bi-deck floating frame. Foam padding also helps in the two front landing arms.
With the GPS Module not only not only are there 3 programmed flight modes, but includes one of the newest and popular flight control boards on the market – the Naza-M from DJI Innovations.
If the GPS is good the unit can also be programmed to “return to home” for safe landing if it loses communication.
It’s Made in the USA!
How did the XP2 come to be?
Basically, the product came to be when a pro RC helicopter pilot was supposed to show up for a filming and never did. Frustrated by a lack of a quality solution, one of the co-founders, Hans Skjersaa, did his own research, and looked for the best ways to create high quality videos, at higher aerial distances. That’s how the XP2 was born.
What do users have to say?
Users claim they get exceptional clarity, and a product that delivers for every shot. They also claim for the price, it is the most professional and best option on the market today.
Customers claim it is an amazing product that they would recommend to other professionals in the industry. Many also state they are impressed with the range, height, and how great the angles and aerial shots turn out.
What else should you know about the XP2?
Before putting it to use, you should know that there is a learning curve involved with learning to fly it. If you have flown other copters you will have a step up on others that have not. However, the company is dedicated to helping you learn the ins and outs of the unit.
xProHeli offers free training, including videos and a forum where you can ask questions. With your purchase you will receive online support and guidance to help you learn how to use it when filming.
You should also know that it flies for 7-11 minutes at a time using a 30cell 4400mAh 11.1V battery (they include 4 batteries with the unit).
As far as weight, it can take on about 400 grams (about the weight of 2 Go Pro cameras). It is a device that will improve aerial shots and coverage, but takes some time to learn the ropes.
Because of the sharpness of the rotors and speed of the propellers, the XP2 should not be flown close to or directly above people or objects. The blades can be dangerous and can injure you or others around you.
What other equipment is needed to use it?
Included in the box are the XP2, spare props, batteries, remote control, battery charger, battery tester.
You will of course need a video camera (purchased separately). Popular lightweight HD cameras include the GoPro, Contour, or Sony Nex-5.
Is the XP2 easy to fly and what is the learning curve?
For the inexperienced RC user, no, initially they are not easy to fly, and will require practice before you put them in the air.
They are easier to learn than collective pitch helicopters, but they do require practice. With the “self leveling” mode, it is going to be much easier to control the device, and should help with the your learning curve as you get started.
There are a number training videos and the forum to get you started. XProHeli recommends learning to fly on a flight simulator like “Real Flight Basic” if you’ve never flown RC copters before.
In conclusion, we hope you can see the amazing potential that when used for the right application, the XP2 can have. Whether you’re a seasons RC Quadcopter user or just getting started, the XP2 is worth consideration, especially for the amateur and professional aerial photography applications.