The Eachine E58 is the new WiFi quadcopter that we will be testing in this review today. We have a foldable drone that takes the design and shape of the Dji Mavic 2 Pro with a wide-angle 720p HD WIFi camera. In addition, it is possible to natively record 720p videos on a microSD card integrated into the drone. The Eachine E58 can be considered a compact version of the popular VISUO XS809HW, another drone with a wide-angle camera that can film in 720p. The device has Headless or “Headless” mode as well as “Return home” and “Automatic altitude hold” functions. But above all, the best news is that this drone is offered under the $ 100 mark, making it an affordable device for beginners. Want to know more? Follow the guide !

Design of the Machine E58

The Eachine E58 copies the design of the Mavic Pro and is also somewhat reminiscent of the design of the Syma X5SW . Featuring a sleek black coating with gold bands around its foldable arms. Once the arms and propellers are unfolded, the drone is ready to take off.

The camera is located on the front of the drone. This can be moved up or down. Unfortunately, the drone does not come with protection for the camera. Bright LED lights are located on the front and back of the device to make it easy to locate the drone day or night.

Unlike some drones, the Eachine E58 is easy to use. The power button is located on the top of the drone. In addition, the battery is located underneath and is easily replaced.

Finally, the Eachine E58 is very durable and rugged enough to withstand drops and accidents. Best of all, it is very light and can be easily carried in a protective case.

Drone behavior

First of all, every E58 comes with additional modules that can be upgraded to improve performance and provide additional protections. In the packaging you will find propeller guards which are very useful to protect the aircraft from possible damage to this part. Although propeller guards are important for novice pilots and can save you the day many times, it’s rare to see foldable drones equipped with them. Even though they will have a slight impact on the drone’s mobility, you should use them for the first few flying sessions. Once you have become more seasoned, you can take them off.

The Achine E58 is a ready-to-fly drone, which means you can use it right away when you take it out of the box. The controls are simple and easy. It responds very well to pilot demands and performs 3D flips in four different directions with precision.

Camera quality

This quadcopter is equipped with an adjustable 2MP 720p HD camera. Thanks to its 2MP lens, it can deliver good quality pictures and videos. Most drones in this range usually have devices that are only 1MP or 0.3MP and therefore do not offer good photo / video quality. Therefore, this model is a good choice if you are looking for a drone to start with with an HD camera worthy of the name.

In addition, the Achine E58 has a memory card for storing videos and images. I find it very useful and it’s a nice plus because the videos you store on the memory card will not be affected by the transmission delay to the smartphone. This allows you to switch to FPV mode and share lag-free videos with your friends and family. My recommendation is to use at least a memory card that is 4GB or 8GB.

Machine E58 Battery

This drone offers a flight time of 6 to 7 minutes. Obviously it’s less than high-end foldable drones like the Parrot Anafi. The Achine E58 uses a 3.7V 500mAh Lithium Polymer modular battery. This is the same battery that the Holy Stone HS160 Shadow uses. It takes 60 minutes to recharge the additional battery. I recommend having batteries  spare if you plan to use the drone intensively, for a whole day in the park.

You can opt for this spare battery kit . Thus, you can theoretically benefit from up to 30 minutes of flight time.

Machine E58 remote control

If you’ve ever seen the DJI Mavic Pro’s remote, you’ll quickly notice its similarity to that of the E58. They have the same compact design but slightly different style. The remote comes with a built-in phone holder to accommodate your smartphone while using FPV mode and taking photos. All controls and buttons are clearly defined with inscriptions on them. In addition, the remote control is powered by three AA batteries. These are not provided.

Clone / white label

The Hyperstech brand also resells this drone under the name ”  DroneX Pro “. Apart from a higher price, this drone does almost nothing more. We therefore advise you to opt for the E58 unless you have a good reason to choose the DroneX Pro.

Why is the E58 one of the best drones for beginners?

This drone has some interesting features and functions that make it easier to handle, especially for a beginner.

  • Small size since it is a foldable drone
  • Two control modes; via the remote control or with the smartphone app
  • Very stable altitude hold feature
  • Headless or headless mode which greatly facilitates the use of the drone
  • Several speed levels possible
  • A dedicated button for takeoff and landing that makes life easier, casually.
  • An HD camera with an adjustable angle
  • Real-time wifi transmission (FPV)
  • Motors are easily replaceable
  • Spare parts are available on aAmazon
  • The cool design

Technical specifications of the Achine E58

Here are the technical specifications of Eachine E58:

  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Channels: 4
  • Gyroscope: 6 axes
  • Motor: 0720 Coreless Motor
  • Battery: 3.7V 500mAh Lipo (included)
  • Controller battery: 3 x 1.5 AA battery (NOT included)
  • Recharging time: 60-70 mn
  • Flight time: 6-7 minutes
  • Remote control range: 80-100 m
  • Video transmission range: + -30 m
  • Black color
  • Camera: 2MP 720P wide angle
  • Dimensions not with unfolded arms: 27 × 19.5 × 5cm
  • Dimensions with folded arms: 12.5 × 7.5 × 5cm
  • Weight: 96g (with battery) and 77.5g (without battery)
  • Box dimension: 17.5 × 16 × 7 cm
  • Box weight: 360g

Machine E58 Manual

Eachine’s English manual can be downloaded from this  link

What’s in the box of the Eachine E58

The drone box contains the following items:

  • The drone
  • A 500mAh LiPo battery
  • The remote control (without 3xAAA batteries)
  • USB / micro-USB cable
  • Two replacement propellers (1 CW, 1 CCW)
  • Four propeller guards
  • A screw
  • The manual

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Stable and robust drone
  • Well-tuned gear modes
  • Good 720p HD camera with good rendering
  • Positioning LED
  • Quiet
  • Good range in flight

Cons

  • Capture video only from a smartphone
  • Only two spare propellers
  • Support for the smartphone in the radio control which blocks the side buttons of the smartphone
  • Proprietary battery
  • Available in one color

Conclusion

For an entry-level drone, the Achine E58 has one of the best 720p WiFI cameras with a generous angle, good color rendering and good light sensitivity for an entry-level drone. The E58 offers good flight behavior. No real disadvantage is noted except perhaps the non possibility of adjusting the orientation of the lens with an angle more suited to forward movements. I’m assuming 6-12 months from now we’ll have a 30fps 720p (maybe 1080p) WIFi camera module on subsequent generations. The E58 can be recommended as a first WiFi drone for a beginner looking for a device with a good camera without breaking the bank.