With a wide variety of cheap drone options – it can be hard to decipher which are quality and which a waste of time and money. I purchased the Promark GPS Shadow drone at Walmart on Black Friday for $99. Ever the skeptic my initial rating of the Promark drone was only 2 out of 5 stars. Upon further flight and video testing this product seems worth the $99 sale price and is actually quite durable, steady, and easy to fly. It has a similar frame to DJI Phantom 3 drone.
All of the drones and lithium ion battery packs shipped by Promark seem to be quality. The remotes can be a problem and the first unit I purchased had to be exchanged because the controller would not hold a charge.
This drone handles itself well in a moderate wind. Take off and landing is completed simply by bringing the drone close to the ground and hitting the land/take off button. On one occasion I thought I might loose the drone, it was a windy day, and no matter what direction I moved the joystick the drone seemed to move farther away, luckily I was able to hit the return home button and the drone immediately began flying towards the spot it was launched from.
While I’ve bounced the drone off the ground a few times when flying and landing, I have yet to crash it. The drone is shipped with replacement legs for the base and propeller guards (which many people do not use). Controlling the drone is easy and intuitive – even for beginners.
Removing the camera and attaching a GoPro is a breeze. A universal mount that fits several entry level drones can be purchased on Amazon. I recommend upgrading the stoppers to lessen the tendency for “jello” or violent shaking of the camera during flight. The standard camera shipped is not of bad quality and pictures and video during bright daylight is watchable. You are even able to articulate the camera to film multiple angles during each flight. For example, you could start the shot looking straight down before raising the camera up to view the horizon.
Flight time is about 10-12 minutes on a full charge. Battery and remote are charged via a mini USB cord. The app worked and I was able to connect and fly the drone with both an iPad and iPhone. I was also able to fly the drone without using the app (when GoPro is attached).