As drones/quadcopters industry matures, the cost of production and the size of components keeps reducing just like any other consumer electronics based industry. Cheerson’s CX-10 series is a solid example to this statement as the company has managed to produce drones and quadcopters that are smaller than the size of a matchbox and still packed with all the standard features you would expect of a standard quadcopter or drone.
But if you’re looking around to buy a CX-10 you might have noticed that there are multiple versions of it making it extremely hard to choose the right one for you. Here, we’ll discuss the various versions of the Cheerson CX-10 quadcopter that have gone on sale through the years.
The original CX-10 is where it all started. This tiny little quadcopter measuring just 40*40*22 mm became an instant hit among hobbyists and beginners alike. It comes with a 2.4 GHz controller in the box that has a control range of 20m.
All one has to do to get the quad started is release it in the and its 6 axis gyro would sense that and drive the tiny props. The 100mAh battery on it gives you a short flight time of 4 minutes and you can charge it back up in 30 minutes. The CX-10 carries a price tag of just around $10 but you might want to go through the rest of models in this list before making your choice.
The Cheerson CX-10A is pretty much the same as the original CX-10 but comes with headless mode which is a very essential feature that the CX-10 missed out. The dimensions, battery capacity and battery life, 4 channel mode, 2.4 GHz transmitter all remain the same. The 6 axis gyroscope senses the orientation of the nano quadcopter and lets you perform tricks like 3D flips.
Still, the CX-10C is impressive on its own to carry the weight of an onboard 0.3MP HD camera in an extremely compact body measuring just about 62x62x20 mm. The nano drone has three speed modes to suit your skills. The 2.4GHz controller has a dedicated switch to choose between camera or video mode and you can store the content on a microSD card of up to 32GB.
The 120mAh battery is rated to deliver flight time between 2 to 4 minutes depending on the camera turned on or off and can be charged back up in 25 minutes. The CX-10C can cost you around $20 shipped from online re-sellers.
The CX-10W is another world’s smallest title holder from the company in the FPV drone category. At first sight, the CX-10W looks exactly like the CX-10C as the dimensions of the nano drone remain the same.
Apart from being controlled from the regular gamepad like controller, the CX-10W can also be controlled by any Android or iOS device with in a range of 15 meters. The CX-10W creates a WiFi hotspot of its own to which you’ll have to connect your smartphone, the HD FPV from the drone’s 0.3MP camera will also be streamed on to the same device.
The Cheerson CX-10W-TX isn’t any different from the CX-10W on the nano drone part. But the difference lies in the controller. As the term TX (TX for ‘transmitter’) in its name suggests, this nano drone comes with an upgraded and sleek looking transmitter.
This transmitter allows you to carry around your CX-10W in your pocket without having to worry about broken props. What’s more, the transmitter even comes with a mount on it for a smartphone for the FPV feed. However, the pricing takes a toll as this version carries a price tag of around $40.
Back to non-FPV quadcopters again and the CX-10D holds the title for the world’s smallest in the altitude hold category. With a colorful chassis the same size as that of the original CX-10, Cheerson have managed to embed a barometer sensor into the nano quadcopter.
This essentially makes the CX-10D an ideal choice for beginners who are having a hard time mastering both altitude and direction controls at the same time. In addition to altitude hold mode, the CX-10D also has one key take-off and land functionality.
The CX-10D isn’t hard on the pocket either and can be bought for under $20 shipped. Take a look at our unboxing of the CX-10D below.
7. Cheerson CX-10DS
The CX-10DS is the WiFi variant of the CX-10D and lets you control it with any Android or iOS smartphone. The control range of the nano quadcopter is about 30 meters.
It delivers a flight time of 6 minutes from its 150mah battery which can be charged back up in 30 minutes. This miniature altitude hold enabled quadcopter, just like the original 10D has features like one touch take-off and land, one touch flip or roll and even performs 3D flips.
Pricing isn’t much different from the CX-10D and Cheerson hardly made any of these, so you can’t really get hold of one now.
What would happen if you pile up all the features from the nano drones and quadcopters we have mentioned in this list so far and put it all into a singe nano drone? The folks at Cheerson had a mutual thought earlier this year and came up with the CX-10WD which the company claims it to be the world’s smallest drone with altitude hold mode and camera.
Apart from altitude hold mode, the drone features headless mode and streams WiFi FPV from its 0.3 MP HD camera to any connected Android or iOS smartphone which can also double as a controller. WD-TX variant on the other hand comes with its own Transmitter similar to the CX-10W-TX and features a mount to hold your smartphone and the drone as well.
We recently reviewed the CX-10WD, so check that out if you’re interested in getting one for yourself. The nano drone is currently available for about $40 for the RTF version with the transmitter included. You could alternatively go for the BNF version and save $4 if you don’t want the transmitter.