Protocol - VideoDrone AP Drone with Remote Controller - Black/Gold

Capture footage anywhere with this Protocol video drone. Its integrated camera produces 480p resolution for high-quality pictures and video, and its six-axis auto stabilizers keep it steady to minimize blur for clearer images. This Protocol video drone comes with 4GB of RAM built in and a remote for long-range control.

Fly Responsibly:
As of December 21, 2015, the FAA requires unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff (including everything on board or attached), and operated outdoors, be registered at www.faa.gov/uas.
Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about how regulations impact you: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

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Overview

Notices


What's Included


  • 2 x drone batteries
  • 4GB memory card
  • Instruction manual
  • Protocol VideoDrone AP Drone with Remote Controller
  • Spare parts: replacement blades, blade guards, screwdriver
  • USB cable charger
  • USB transfer cord

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (389 out of 435)

Features


Multidirectional controls

Offer easy maneuverability and flexible navigation.

Auto-perform stunts

Banked turns and four-way 360° flips and other preset maneuvers.

Easy to fly

Thanks to six-axis motion-sensitive auto stabilizers and three selectable speeds.

Shoot 480p video and photo

For visually stunning footage.

Control the drone from up to 100' away

The built-in lithium-polymer battery provides up to 7 minutes of flight time per charge.

2.4GHz remote controller

Powered with four AA batteries (not included).

Crash-resistant materials

Durable materials protect your drone against damage.

Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.

The use of drones (also known as small unmanned aerial systems) may be regulated. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about how regulations impact you: www.faa.gov/uas, www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.


Overall customer rating

4.2
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little drone

    Posted
    Steve513
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For what it is and what it will cost you I honestly don't think this drone can be beat. I will go over some pros and cons for potential buyers to review. Pros: -Great flight stability. Remember, this is not a GPS drone and while it will maintain a relatively stable altitude, it will drift. Also don't be surprised when it drifts in the wind even a slight breeze, this is normal. -Drone has three different speed settings. This is particularly good for beginners in that you are able to slow down the control response while you learn. I was very impressed with the speed and maneuverability in high speed mode. The only downside to beginner mode is that the drone was unable to make headway in a breeze in excess of 8-10mph. -The LED lights are just really cool and make it a blast to play with at night. -Comes with two batteries. -The controller is very impressive and is something you would typically see with a more expensive drone. -The protocol website has just about every replacement part available, and batteries are only $10. -Has land/takeoff button Cons: -Battery life, currently I am only getting 6-8 min of solid flight. Wish it was longer. -Camera, while its hard to complain here knowing the price point, the camera is just awful. I didn't buy it for filming so I'm not going to take away from this drone's rating because the camera is bad. -Range, this drone is programmed that when it goes out of range it will begin to slowly land. My typical range has been between 100-120 ft before that happens. I consider the range okay at best. So overall I am impressed, for the money I would certainly recommend this drone. However, if you are buying this to film your vacation or take family photos I can assure you that it is not a good economical replacement to drones made by DJI, Parrot, Autel, ETC...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    FLY AWAY!!! NON EXISTENT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!

    Posted
    Craioveanu
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Fun to play when is working. and if doesn't FLY AWAY!!! My son got this on Christmas and we play with it just one time. Was fun and he loved it. Battery gives you 7-8 minutes to play but is hard to close in. Is a decent drone for entry level (kids).....but be aware!!! Second time I used it, the drone was 15 - 20 ft. from me and decided to FLY AWAY!!! I try to bring it back, I tried landing button... nothing work and the drone just disappeared. very high and very far from us. I contacted Protocol ( request # 30665 !!! ....why so many!!!!) but no one answer to my claim online or via 1-800--261-1193 number (left few messages without any success. On Protocol web site they stated that: Fly-aways are not covered by warranty as they are overwhelmingly caused by pilot error. My question is what's happening with these "few" cases when the pilot is not at fault?! .... looks like is still his fault because he decided to buy Protocol drones. This is just my experience with a brand new Protocol drone, fully charged with new battery in the controller. Bye the way, there is no way to make a review on protocol web site.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    bad experience

    Posted
    rahulawale
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this drone in a door buster. I got the last piece and the box looked like it was open but they assured me it wasn't. When I took it home, I found the drone was already damaged and the remote control had starches on them. I wouldn't have known if I didn't check some internet videos. The only reason I am giving it two stars was because of the price that I paid. Also the drone was making noise when I took it off the box. when I removed the battery to plug it in, I found a piece of plastic inside the drone. Not happy with the experience at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rocky but love it

    Posted
    Naniel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I currently own a Maverick Pro but bought this drone for my nephew. At first I had a hard time getting to drone to simply hover, it would take off quickly in any random direction but after a few tweaks from the remote I was able to get it flying within 20 minutes. I’m spoiled with my Maverick being able to hover at an extra location and maybe expected more out of this one. Tho I only paid $40 for this drone and $1,200 for my maverick. I think it’s the perfect starter drone for my nephew. I wish I could find more batteries as they last less then 10 minutes and take close to an hour to recharge. I would love to know where I could get more batteries

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    You can’t beat the price !

    Posted
    LadyGreens143
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am no drone expert but I have shopped for them and found most of them to be ridiculously expensive. This one is actually priced reasonably and serves it’s purpose. It’s not a fancy drone ! I feel it’s a great starter ! It’s the only one I’ve seen that can be used for fun &/or as a starter to see if this should be a hobby to invest on Before you drop major bucks! For me personally, it’s scary to operate- due to lack of experience with it. My husband enjoys it & is not scared Bc he’s gotten used to operating a drone. It’s a great starter or for some who just wants to play around with a cool toy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good beginner drone.

    Posted
    Viniesplace2
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    For the price, I think it's a good drone for beginners. With the auto take off and landing, it makes for easy control. And it has a camera for stills and video. The only down side is the short flight time, 7 mins. Comes with an extra battery and propellers and guards . I plan on going bigger after much practice with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great starter

    Posted
    NOTthegamerdad
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This was a great starter drone for my son. It was inexpensive and sufficiently durable for a child to make mistakes on. Easy to operate and stable for in home use my son loved flying this around in the house and taking pictures of family and pets. I do not recommend for flight during a windy day and the drone does not have direct link capabilities to smart phones witch would have been nice. Still the price is unbeatable and now we know for shure that my son likes to fly drones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    BigWeakSauce

    Had this about a year now, great drone overall. It's very easy to fly indoors and extremely responsive which makes flying through hallways and stuff pretty easy. Outdoors however its VERY light weight and gets blown away by the wind so make sure its calm outside and you're away from obstacles. About a year in and it seems like the motors are going bad but they're cheap to replace.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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