Unboxing The Hitec Q-Cop 450 Drone
The Q-Cop 450 comes in a large briefcase style box that allows for not only safe transportation of your new quadcopter but also acts as a convenient way to carry your Q-Cop 450 to and from the field all while protecting it and all of your accessories too!
After opening the lid of the box, the first thing that I saw were the four propeller protectors which are used for when you want to fly indoors. These four protectors protect both the propellers and also other objects that your quadcopter may come in contact with while flying indoors.
After lifting off the prop protectors and foam insert, I found the Q-Cop 450 along with all of the accessories all packed very well and neatly in the foam insert within the box. On the left side is the remote controller, at the top is the WiFi repeater, tools, and charger, on the right side are the props and extra props and then finally at the bottom is the battery and battery charger.
Below is a picture of everything unpackaged out of the box, basically everything that you will receive with your Hitec Q-Cop 450 quadcopter.
The front of the Q-Cop 450 shows off the Hitec logo and you’ll also find the HD video action camera. The Q-Cop 450 action camera is capable of capturing HD video in 1080p at 30 fps and at 720p at 60 fps. It features a nice 120° wide angle view and is also capable of capturing 16 megapixel photos. The camera also has vertical 90° control which means from your wireless remote you can get the best possible shot. Unfortunately, there is no horizontal control. There is a bit of anti-vibration and isolation of jolts since the camera housing is capable of moving freely. How much this isolation of the camera from the body of the quadcopter will help while in flight, is yet to be seen.
On the back of the Q-Cop 450 you’ll find the on and off toggle switch and directly below that, the battery bay where you the battery easily slides in and out of place.
Underneath the battery bay, you’ll find a lock switch that will secure the battery in place. You must ensure this is in the locked position before taking flight!
The landing gears are very well constructed and seem rugged enough to withstand some “hard landings”. The feet on the landing gears has a rubber foot to help cushion the impact from landings.
Now we get to the radio controller or remote controller for the Q-Cop 450. Upon unpacking the controller from the box, you’ll see an instruction guide attached to the controller to help you get familiar with the controls along with some tips of how to take off and land. For inexperienced pilots, it may not be a bad idea to leave this in place for several flights until you are more comfortable with the controls as nothing underneath is exactly needed for flight operations of the drone.
Removing the instructional guide reveals the entire controls of the remote. Starting at the top with S1 which I’m told by Hitec is for future use and should always be placed in the OK position. S2 is utilized for wireless syncing and calibrating the sticks on the remote but this one should also be placed in to the OK position whenever in flight. S3 adjusts the angle of the camera onboard the quadcopter, up makes the camera move up and down makes it move downward. S4 is your flight controls, GPS mode and NRM. We’ll talk more in depth about the controls during our flight testing.
Obviously, you have your stick controls for throttle, pitch, and yaw. In the center you’ll find some LED indicators, a place to hook your neck strap, and buttons to control the camera and video system.
On the top of the remote, you’ll find the adjustable antenna (which does not extend) and a place for your WiFi Repeater to be mounted to. The buttons on the top do nothing.
Here’s what the controller looks like with the WiFi repeater installed on it. To secure the WiFi repeater in place, there’s a bolt included that screws through the mounting bracket.
There is a warning sticker on the WiFi repeater that warns you should fully charge the device before first use. The first charge will take a couple of hours but should give you enough juice for many flights, without having to recharge it again.
On the side of the WiFi repeater you’ll find the on and off switch, wireless connection button and charging port which is just a USB port.
That’s pretty much it! Obviously, you receive a charger for the main battery, a few tools like a wrench to tighten the blades with and of course the prop guards for indoor flying. Read on to the next page and we’ll take the Q-Cop 450 apart to have a look inside!