IdeaFly Apollo: analogue - Blade 350 QX and DJI Phantom 1

Quadcopter IdeaFly Apollo from the Chinese company Idea-Fly can be considered an analogue of the Blade 350 QX and DJI Phantom 1. It costs about the same, but what about its capabilities and characteristics? Let's take a look!

IdeaFly Apollo
IdeaFly Apollo


Idea-Fly Apollo comes with 'Ready-to Fly'. This means that by giving 5-6 hundred dollars you get a fully operational quadrocopter, which you do not need to collect and that you do not need anything else to run. If you want to receive video from the camera in real time, then see that the bundled Wi-Fi transmitter and receiver (Wireless Video Transmitter / Receiver).


As you probably already guessed, Apollo is equipped with a GPS module that is capable of working with 6 satellites. This means that, in order to improve the safety of the quadrocopter, it is equipped with a home return and autopilot function, and in order to improve stability there is a special flight mode when the copter moves more smoothly in the air, allowing better images and more stable video output.

The motors of the Apollo are brushless, equipped with electronic speed controllers to improve the flight characteristics. The propellers are made of carbon fiber, which makes them light and strong at the same time. It is also possible to install protective covers, although in open spaces they are useless and only increase the weight of the copter, reducing the time of its flight.

As for the battery, it has a capacity of 2200mAh. Its volume is enough for 10-15 minutes of flight, depending on the congestion of the quadrocopter. The battery is charged for one hour.


The control panel operates at the usual 2.4Ghz frequency, the video is transmitted at a frequency of 5.8Ghz.


Like the Blade 350 QX, the Idea-Fly Apollo is equipped with a 2-axle cardan suspension, which is officially compatible with GoPro cameras, but in fact with its multiple Chinese clones and analogs.

A significant disadvantage of the quadrocopter can be called a short range of control - only 300 meters in open spaces.



Dimensions: 280 x 310 mm

Diagonal size: 350 mm

Operates at a temperature of -10 ° C ~ 50 ° C

Power Consumption: 3.12W

Maximum weight at which to take off: <1200 grams

Flight accuracy (GPS mode): Vertical: 0.8 m; Horizontal: 2.5 m

Maximum angular yaw rate: 300 ° / sec

Maximum angle of inclination: 45 °

Maximum take-off / landing speed: 4 m / s

Maximum flight speed: 5 m / s

Flight time: 10-15 minutes

The charger and battery

AC Input Voltage: 100-240V

Charging current: 1A / 2A

Current consumption for compensation: 200mA

Power consumption: 20W

Battery type: lithium polymer

Capacity: 2200mAh

Remote control

Operating frequency: 2.4GHz ISM

Control Channels: 6

Radius: 300 yd range

Receiver sensitivity (1% PER):> -93dBm

Power consumption: <20dBm

Operating voltage: 80 mA @ 6V

Batteries AA: 8 pieces



IdeaFly Apollo is a worthy analogue of the American Blade 350 QX and Chinese DJI Phantom 1. True, it is more expensive than the first, but it has a longer range of controlled flight, yielding at the same time to the first Phantom (the one has a flight range of 1 km). But he can lift a little more weight than Phantom 1.


If to generalize, then Apollo is something worse, but something better than analogues at the same price. It can not be said that he is better on his head, but he is definitely not worse. Should I take the Idea-Fly Apollo? Yes, if you need a quadrocopter with a camera on the radio, capable of shooting a good video from the air.