Those of you familiar with quadcopters have likely heard of, or at least have seen the CX-10 models.The original held the title for world’s smallest quadcopter back in 2014 and they set the stage for many other nano quadcopters to follow.
Since then, the original Cheerson CX-10 mini has evolved greatly over time, with many variations to take its place.
We’re going to take a look at each and every one of these CX-10’s in the order they were released. Let’s get to it
Ahh, the original CX-10. This is where it all began.
Holding the title for “world’s smallest quadcopter” shortly in 2014, this nano-sized drone shook up the competition.
For it’s time, it was rather revolutionary. I was surprised how so much technology could be packed into such a tiny little quadcopter. I was even more shocked to find out how well it flies.
To this day, the CX-10 still flies amazingly for it’s size. It’s just as stable and maneuverable as some more expensive quadcopters.
Although the most basic option of all the CX-10s, it’s also the cheapest. For the price, it’s still an amazing introductory drone and will forever hold a special place in my quadcopter collection for being so ahead-of-it’s-time.
The Cheerson CX-10A is Cheerson’s second attempt at a nano quadcopter.
The 10A features exactly the same characteristics as the original, except for one.
It replaces the expert flight rate with “headless mode”. This upset some pilots who prefer faster flying over the option for headless mode, and the price has decreased as a result of this dissatisfaction.
Not a bad choice for beginners and those who prefer headless mode, but experienced pilots will likely want to pass on this one due to the missing expert flight mode.
When the Cheerson CX-10C was released, I was shocked. How they are able to fit a camera, flight board, 4 motors and a 120mAh all in this tiny nano quadcopter is beyond me.
This little drone carries the weight of the onboard 0.3mp HD with ease, without flight characteristics suffering much. The camera quality certainly isn’t the best, but it’s still a fun novelty. The content can be stored on a microSD card, up to 32GB (not included).
The 10C features 3 flight modes. Slower flight modes for stable camera shots and faster flight modes for sportier flights.
Expect shorter flight times with this model, between 2-4 minutes depending on how much the camera is being used.
It’s a bit more pricier than the previous two models and you can pick it up around $20 from most online retailers.
Upon first glance, the Cheerson CX-10W looks just like previously mentioned CX-10C.
Although it comes in different colors, the dimensions and design are exactly the same. It also comes with an onboard 0.3mp camera.
The main difference with the CX-10W comes with it’s ability to use your smartphone to control it. Simply connect your iPhone or Android device to the CX-10W’s wi-fi hotspot, and you’ll be able to fly in HD FPV with the footage being streamed straight to your smartphone.
You’ll still be able to fly with the traditional transmitter if you choose to do so. Some retailers providing the standard controller at an extra cost, but for those of you smartphone enthusiasts, the option is there.
This is where it starts to get interesting. The CX-10W-TX drone isn’t any different from the 10C or 10W in design.
It still features a 0.3MP camera and also has smartphone connectivity.
The main difference lies in the included transmitter. This stealthy transmitter design allows you to place the CX-10W right inside! This compact package can easily be thrown in a bag without having to worry about broken props or other damaged parts. Perfect for traveling.
Furthermore, it comes with a smartphone holster on top. This allows you to fly this FPV nano drone with the feel of a traditional transmitter and uses your phone as the monitor.
There’s a slight delay in the FPV feed, so it’s not perfect, but still an interesting product nonetheless.
Back to the basics as the CX-10D no longer has a built-in camera. Instead, it’s main features are altitude hold and one key take-off and landings.
Cheerson somehow managed to include a barometer sensor into this nano quadcopter which helps maintain it’s height when letting go of the sticks. Great for beginners overwhelmed with mastering multiple aspects of flight.
The 10D also comes in a couple unique-looking color schemes that we haven’t seen before. A paint splatter and leopard print type give these affordable nano drones a look that we haven’t seen on a CX-10 before.
The 10DS takes the CX-10D altitude hold quadcopter and simply adds smartphone compatibility.
Like the CX-10W, the 10DS allows you to control this quadcopter using your phone as the transmitter. The 10DS doesn’t have a camera, however.
This quadcopter has a slightly larger battery, 150 mAh and can provide up to 6 minutes of flight.
Cheerson CX-10WD & Cheerson CX-10WD-TX
The CX-10WD & CX-10WD-TX combine all of the features from the previous CX-10 versions.
0.3mp HD camera, wi-fi connectivity to your Android or iPhone device, altitude hold and one-key landing and take-offs. What a mouthful!
The 10WD-TX variant also comes with the transmitter capable of storing the drone inside, and a phone mount as well.
This one gets costly, but you really get what you pay for.