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EHang is a Chinese drone manufacturer. This company has recently been on the headlines for its luxurious and easy to fly EHang Ghost Drone drone. The EHang Ghost Drone gives you everything you want in a drone and it is touted as the easiest drone to fly due to the reliance on an easy to use Android or iOS application.
The Ghost Drone made its debut in the high end drone arena as an Indiegogo project. It was built with an aim to make drones easier to fly and to be more accessible without having to give up features found in the competition.
The drone was designed in such a way to make it sound more like a flying camera which requires little if any human control. When people at EHang began working on the Ghost Drone project, they realised that hobby and professional drones were pretty expensive, difficult to fly, and they crashed easily.
Their solution was to design a drone that will encompass most of the specs that are found in other drones in the market
- Dimensions: 480 x 480 x 100 mm (18.9 x 18.9 x 3.9 inches)
- Wingspan: 350 mm (13.8 inches)
- Weight: 1150 grams (2.5 pounds)
- Battery: 11V 5400mAh Li-Po 3S
- Flight Time: 25 minutes
- Charging Time: 60 minutes
- Camera: 12MP 4K camera
- Maximum Speed: 40 km/h (25 mph)
- Payload capacity: 1000 grams (2.2 pounds) (check the list of drones that can carry heavy weights)
- Maximum Flying Altitude: 1000 meters (3281 feet) – (check the list of drones that can fly very high)
- Operating Range: 1000 meters (3281 feet) – (check the list of drones that have very long range)
- Controller Frequency: 2.4GHz
- RTF model
- GPS Compatible
- Altitude Hold
- Position Hold
- Flight Planning
- Autonomous Flight
- Follow Me Capable
- Automatic Landing
- Return To Home
The box is nicely packed with all the components being tucked safely in their respective slots and the final assembly of this drone can be undertaken in no time. Here are the parts that you expect to find in the box:
- EHang Ghost airframe
- Battery Charger
- GoPro Camera Gimbal
- 8 3-blade props
- OS G-box Module
- 4 prop guards
- Instruction Manual
The Ghost Drone looks a lot like a DJI Phantom. However, it has one key difference—its motors face downward rather than upward. This feature is certainly eye-catching, but there doesn’t seem to be any sort of engineering advantage to this.
This drone has a wingspan of about 14.2 inches and carbon fiber has been utilized as both the body and the rotor material. The drone weighs around 2.5 pounds, which is heavy enough to require you to register with the FAA before flying. As far as color goes, the Ghost Drone is available in black, red and white.
It is important to note that this drone offers a very solid protection plan if you do crash: within the first year of ownership you get up to three free repairs.
Battery and Flight Time
The EHang Ghost Drone is equipped with a powerful 11V 5400mAh Li-Po 3S and has a flight time of about 25 minutes. This flight time is higher than the average flight of similar drones in the market. This flight time is applicable to the situations when the drone is not carrying any extra weight and with the addition of any extra weight it might be significantly reduced.
The battery is able to charge in about 60 minutes or less, which offers you the convenience of getting back to your flying experience. This allows you to spend most of your time flying the drone compared to other drones on the market that take a relatively longer time to charge their batteries. You should also note that the larger the battery, the heavier it is. This increases the overall weight of the drone and it has an impact on its ability to carry extra weight.
The Ghost Drone is also able to carry an extra weight of about 2.20 pounds. This means that this drone has a slightly above average capacity of similar drones in the market. This payload capacity implies that the drone can be equipped with an average GoPro camera.
The Ghost Drone features a spherical camera that will enable you to capture videos at 4K resolution. The camera shoots video with solid detail at a smooth 30 frames per second capture rate. However, it doesn’t support 24 frames per second capture rate.
You can also opt to shoot at up to 60 frames per second at 2.7K, or at up to 120 frames per second at 1080p if you like the look of high frame rate video. Photos are captured in JPG format only at 12MP resolution. This camera has a 93 degree wide-angle lens as well as an aperture of 2.8.
The EHang Ghost Drone also accommodates some amazing cameras, such as the EHang Sports camera as well as the GoPro Hero 3, GoPro Hero 3+, GoPro Hero 4. With the help of a compatible stabilization gimbal these compatible cameras can be attached to the drone’s main body pretty easily.
The stabilization gimbal of this drone does a solid job stabilizing the camera and it is able to support 2 axes of rotation. This means that the steadiness and focus of the camera will be maintained in case the drone rotates during the times it pitches or rolls.
The Ghost Drone is flown using something you probably already have in your pocket… your iOS or Android device so you don’t need to carry a big, bulky radio control. You are first required to download the App onto your tablet or Smartphone so as to be able to use this drone.
The minimum operating system compatibility is either iOS 7.0 or the Android 3.0. The Apps make it ridiculously simple to fly the drone. The App will let you know when the batteries are low, and using Auto Mode, for example, you just have to tap your finger on a map to make the drone fly there.
Also, if batteries get down past a certain point, the Drone will return and land automatically before conking out. You don’t have to learn how to perform Hovering, Take off and Landing because these functions are already pre-programmed into the drone.
Through the GHOST drone application drone, camera and micro controls are also available. The drone controls allow you to adjust the orientation and the height of the drone. Swipe the horizontal bar right or left to swivel your camera and the vertical bar up or down to control the altitude. There are even more controls for your camera. A horizontal bar allows you to tilt the camera right or left and a vertical bar allows you to tilt it up or down.
The operating range for the Ghost Drone is for up to 1000 meters, which is 900 more than the average 100 meters for similar drones in the market.
The Auto Return and Auto Follow modes aren’t new to drones. However, the Ghost Drone performs these functions a lot better than comparable drones, and requires less programming to do so. In Auto-Follow mode, the drone will tag along with you wherever you go and capture every moment of your adventure. Also, the Auto Return feature will ensure that your drone lands safely right where it took off when you’re ready to call it a day.
The Ghost Drone is capable of flying up to only 1000 meters above sea level. This distance is dependent on the operating range of a particular type of EHang Ghost Drone. The maximum speed of the drone is 25 mph. This means that this drone is slower compared to other similar drones in the market.
Remember that this is the horizontal top speed, and you’ll also need to account for the wind strength and the direction in which the drone is flying to at a given time. It is important to note that this drone can fly in ambient temperatures ranging from -15°C to 70°C. This range is really valuable in case you want to use the drone in extremes conditions.
EHang Ghost Drone Unique Features
The manufacturer of this drone has added some cool features that set this drone apart from other models in the drone market.
Uses a tablet or Smartphone application for control
Flying the Ghost Drone has been made easy because you only need an iOS or Android application to control the drone. You control the orientation as well as height of the drone by simply sliding the bars on the compatible device that you are using.
This application will also allow you to set waypoints. The Follow-Me feature and the Auto-Return Home function have been added to it. These are pretty convenient features for a newbie or in situations when the battery is about to die.
The GoPro camera can also be controlled using the application. The application gives you the opportunity to incorporate some gesture controls and allows you to switch between the downward facing camera and the front one. This will help you to avoid collisions.
Virtual Reality Goggles
Virtual reality goggles are intuitive and easy to use technology and the Ghost Drone is among the few drones that offer this technology to their users. You can experience a bird’s eye view of the landscape that is below the drone with the help of goggles. It is important to note that you’ll need to make sure the goggles are charged before. And you won’t be able to see the video feed from the camera if you opt not to wear them.
The camera’s unique head tracking feature is what adds zest to this technology. This feature allows you to control the orientation of the camera just by moving your head either up or down while wearing the VR headsets.
The Ghost Drone has zero latency during transmission of the video feed and this feature gives it an edge over other drones. The manufacturer claims that data is transmitted at a rate of 5.8 GHz for up to 3000 feet away. This will allow you to fly the drone with desired precision through tight and constricted spaces.
If you don’t want to wear VR goggles, you can find the basic model which is cheaper.
The Ghost Drone is waterproof and resistant to unfavorable weather conditions, for example windy weather.
The Ghost Drone is a great beginner drone and it can also be used as a professional drone in shooting high quality and crisp images or videos. Its intuitive control system will help you get it in the air in a matter of minutes so you need no prior skills or experience or training. However, this drone is a relatively expensive compared to other drones in the market that have almost similar features.
Since this is an older drone, we would recommend to check out newer models that are much more powerful, both in terms of flight performance and camera capabilities.
Some of the drones you should look into: