Promark GPS Shadow Drone Review

Promark GPS Shadow Drone
Promark GPS Shadow Drone

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.

The Good
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.

Promark GPS Shadow Drone Remote
Promark GPS Shadow Drone Controller with Launch/Land and Return Home buttons.

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).

The Ok
All videos and pictures are saved to your device – EVEN when a micro SD card is inserted. That means you must have enough memory and storage on your device for the function the work at all! Needless to say, I no longer use my phone and fly with my iPad connected.

Promark GPS Shadow Drone Box Cover
Promark GPS Shadow Drone Box Cover

You can change the distance and height parameters easily by switching out of beginning mode in the app. However, at certain ranges the remote loses connection and filming is disable.

The Promark smartphone app works most of the time but occasionally freezes or quits – this happens on both devices – and while it is a slight hassle/nuisance, it did not affect my ability to fly the drone.

You’ll need to purchase multiple batteries to have fun for more than 10 minutes at a time and that will set you back $43.95 a piece.

The Bad
Customer service from what I have read is nonexistent. This company had a Black Friday deal with Walmart so has likely seen a huge surge in customers and requests.

Bad remote batteries. The remote batteries cannot be replaced and if the battery does not hold a charge then the whole unit must be exchanged and we all know how much fun it is to stand in the Walmart customer service line.

Bonus
A Semi-decent VR headset is included with the Promark GPS Shadow drone purchase. You can even view the drone camera using the headset. Some may find this fun but it makes me nauseous.

Overview
At the $100 price point this drone is worth it. If I was forced to pay retail at $179, I may just save and look for a drone with a wider range, gimbal mount, better camera, and longer batter. But at $99, this drone will allow me to get some great inexpensive video shots. The Promark GPS Shadow drone is a solid performer and a good entry level drone.

Walmart Link: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Promark-P70-GPS-Drone/586858833

Promark Link: https://promarkdrones.com/gps-shadow-drone/

Review overview
Summary The Promark GPS Shadow drone is a solid performer and a good entry level drone. 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 and is actually quite durable, steady, and easy to fly.
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