Let’s talk about the controller. Fitted with two black joysticks and a handful of tiny green buttons, I had no choice but to bust out the user manual to dissect this one. The manual details everything users need to know and left few questions unanswered. The controller’s left joystick allows flyers to control the throttle and rotation, while the left controls direction and tilt. It will definitely take kids some time to feel fully comfortable operating these toggles in unison because it requires some multitasking and a good amount of focus. A little determination and patience will have kids cruising through the air with confidence in no time.
And since you’re obviously dying to know, my absolute favorite feature on the controller is the sensitivity switch, which allows flyers to adjust the drone’s responsiveness to three different levels. This switch is wonderful. Users can adjust it pre-flight and even mid-flight, giving kids the opportunity to up the sensitivity on the fly (pun 100 percent intended). The three sensitivity levels are no joke, as they are all considerably different. Other buttons on the controller allow for one-touch stunts, trim adjustment, and even photo and video capture. They can’t put “HD Video Drone” in the product name if it doesn’t shoot video, right?
Yes, the Sky Viper V950 captures images and video, and yes, it’s pretty gosh darn cool. With a tiny detachable camera mechanism on the front end of the drone, the Sky Viper is capable of recording pictures and videos in full 720p high definition. A simple click of a button will allow flyers to snap a photo or start a recording, so it’s super easy to take advantage of this feature during flight. The camera can even be angled in different positions, which allows kids the opportunity to get creative with their shooting angles. Using the included 4GB micro SD card, they can capture moments from a bird’s eye view and upload them to their computer to share on social media. The quality is clear, and the results will leave any Sky Viper owner to be the envy of their friends and peers.
Overall, Skyrocket’s Sky Viper HD Video Drone V950 gave me my first real taste of the drone world. And let me just say it tasted really good and yes I want more. Simple flying controls and fun features make this the perfect drone for both beginner pilots and long-time experts. Just know that if you decide to buy one for your kids, you’re going to have to learn to wait your turn.