Phantom 4 Pro Review – Professional quality aerial imaging and flight capabilities

Phantom 4 Pro

What do you need for incredible aerial imaging?

A brilliant camera, an aircraft you can trust, and the intelligence to make every shot cinematic. The new Phantom 4 Pro has all this, and much more, the Phantom 4 pro camera has an F2.8 aperture, mechanical shutter, and large one-inch sensor, coming together to make brighter more detailed imagery. Record cinematic 4K video at higher bitrates with more advanced compression and a wider dynamic range. 4K 60 frames per second recording gives you stunning detail, slow motion aerial video.

Phantom 4 Pro review

The Phantom 4 pro is as adept at stills as it is with video capturing, every detail at 20 megapixels, it’s mechanical shutter eliminates rolling shutter bending. Grab the perfect moment using burst mode. All of this makes the Phantom 4 pro the most advanced aerial camera ever found in the phantom series. The Phantom 4 Pro is now a huge step forward.

“I’m taking photos of the lava when it’s darker out and the glow of the lava is coming off, the image sensor that’s in this camera now is 1 inch sensor, twenty megapixels, that extra dynamic range allows me to really get everything into one shot, and in the landscape that’s of extreme importance”

Phantom 4 Pro ultra bright monitior

Ultra bright 5.5-inch monitor

See your shot clearly even in direct sunlight with the new ultra bright 5.5-inch monitor that’s more than twice as bright as most tablets. Inside is DJI light-bridge technology, it automatically detects interference and switches from 2.4 to 5.8 Gigahertz transmission at take off, cutting through the noise for more reliability.

“The built-in monitor on the Phantom 4 Pro is so bright, I’m actually able to see in direct sunlight and that’s really allowing me to compose my shot and get what I really want to capture.”


Active track has now been expanded with three new intelligent flight modes,

  1. Profile tracks your subject horizontally from any side.
  2. Spotlight locks the camera on a subject while you flying in almost any direction.
  3. Circle swings 360 degrees around the subject.

Tap fly has also been improved adding reverse Tap fly making it perfect for aerial selfies.


Phantom 4 Pro worry free flight

Worry Free Flight

Flying the Phantom 4 pro is even more worry free, a set of rear visual sensors has been added to existing forward and downward sensors, combined with new infrared obstacle sensors on its sides, the Phantom for pro has five directions of sensing, if image signal is lost it returns home while dynamically avoiding obstacles, and even flies back along its original flight path until signal is regained, every minute in the air counts.

The new high capacity battery flight time has been increased to 30 minutes, when it comes to speed the phantom 4 pro is ten miles per hour faster, with full support of its obstacle sensing systems, with its stunning camera, one inch sensor, ultra bright monitor, obstacle sensing and intelligence, the Phantom 4 Pro brings professional quality aerial imaging and flight capabilities to more pilots around the world.

The Dance of The Red Tape – How to Make Money from Your Drone.

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Did it start as a hobby?

Perhaps your parents bought a cheap and cheerful helicopter that you flew around in circles and crashed into the dog?. Now, however, you have a high-end drone which cost far more than you’d care to admit. You own all the must-have gadgets including a state-of-the-art ground station setup, a gyroscopic camera with 360° functionality and perhaps you’re thinking of including some sort of thermal imaging?

As an up-and-coming UAV pilot, you probably want to monetize your drone and equipment investment, which is a great idea. What do you need to know in order to successfully navigate the business space as a commercial UAV operator?


First things first.

Insurance
Murphy’s law says that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. And while we don’t want to be harbingers of doom, there are some risks that you shouldn’t take – especially with a drone which costs more than your car. So, a good insurance policy that covers your drone, your ground station equipment and your payload is definitely the place to start. You can’t operate a drone business without a drone.

Liability Insurance
Any professional organization which hires the services of a drone operator will ask for proof of liability insurance. This insurance can cover a whole host of potential accidents such as loss of UAV, third party legal liability, fire legal liability, personal injury, damage to premises, contractual liability and more. It’s a good idea to chat to your insurance broker to define exactly what they cover, and how much cover is included. A rogue drone or a simple miscalculation can cost you dearly and could possibly sink your business before you even get off the ground – so to speak. Many insurance companies will only insure commercial drone operators who satisfy certain criteria. Visit the SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) website for more information on the requirements for commercial drone operation in South Africa.

Your Market
As drones become ever smarter and more useful, so do the industries which make use of them. The obvious and well-known markets such as advertising, film and entertainment, and real estate are already making good use of drones. Beautiful aerial photography, incredibly clever and watchable adverts, and impossible stunts are all readily available, thanks to the humble UAV. These markets are a good place to start if you are punting for business, as they already have a need for your services.
Security companies are starting to enjoy the speed and versatility of UAVs, so it may be beneficial to put together a targeted pitch for this industry. Consider what equipment you may have that would be beneficial to them, such as thermal imaging.Commercial farmers find that the security offered by responsive drones, as well as their ability to cover large tracts of land while logging key information on water, livestock, and crops is invaluable. Perhaps they don’t want to invest in a UAV with all the add-ons themselves, so your periodic services would be welcome.
If you want to go big, and perhaps travel a little, then chat to petrochemical or gas companies who have started using low-flying drones to monitor lengths of pipeline in inhospitable places. Engineers and architects are finding it a simple task to monitor a development by using drones to log its process. Additional software that can track the daily progress of a dam, a building, or even a mine will make you even more employable.


Could you offer pilot training to customers who may want their own fleet down the line?

What next?
Once you have your equipment, your insurance, and a few key customers in your target market, then you are well on your way to a successful UAV business. Positioning yourself in a burgeoning industry by offering great rates, excellent service and of course, exceptional piloting skills, places you in a strong position. Yes, there is some hoop jumping to get registered and to get all your paperwork in order, but with that comes the peace of mind that you are legal and you have all your bases covered. Harnessing your hobby is a great career choice, if correctly managed. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

This article should not be considered legal or financial advice and is for information purposes only. You should consult with a professional financial adviser to determine what may be best for your individual needs.

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The 5 Most Significant Drone Developments Of 2016

THE 5 MOST SIGNIFICANT DRONE DEVELOPMENTS OF 2016
By Cor Asada

THE 5 MOST SIGNIFICANT DRONE DEVELOPMENTS OF 2016

The drone industry is undoubtedly one of today’s most actively growing markets – to the extent where it’s virtually becoming impossible to keep track of! From pizza delivery via drone, to revolutionizing the way we conserve our wildlife and agriculture. As drone enthusiasts everywhere continue to progress in discovering new ways to create a positive impact within their community, the innovators behind these intelligent UAV’s are progressing even faster.

Let’s take a quick look back to the December of 2012 which marks the first release of the Phantom drone. After receiving such a positive response from the public, manufacturers have responded to the calling by producing more RTF and consumer-friendly drones, whilst the DIY drones started hit a decline. 4 years on and the market has undeniably shifted at an impressive rate. With pre-equipped pristine HD cameras, motorized gimbals, and many other highly intelligent features becoming the norm in today’s consumer drones, let’s have a look at a few significant drone developments that we’ve seen make their mark in 2016.


1. Modern drones are not only lighter but also noticeably faster than previous models; a positive addition in which videographers are pleased with. In just one year, consumer drones became more than 20% faster, exceeding once unrealistic expectations. These improvements now allowing pilots to more expertly capture athletes in motion, animals in the flesh and other swiftly moving objects. In 2015 this wouldn’t have been physically possible using Yuneec’s Typhoon 4K due to a limited max speed of only 28 km/h. Whereas the Phantom 4 has been recorded to reach up to an impressive 72km/h.

2. Everything in 4k is becoming a more recognized product in the drone industry as it has adapted accordingly in addition to receiving a positive response from the growing market. The 3DR solo has been equipped with a GoPro Hero 4. Whereas products such as Yuneec Typhoon 4K, Typhoon H, DJI’s Inspire 1 and DJI’s Phantom 3 and 4 series all capture in 4k, the equivalent to over 8 mega pixels. In addition, a greater breakthrough for the aerial camera commenced when DJI brought the Micro4/3 sensor to the sky. The new Zenmuse X5 gimbal-camera fastly became a five-star choice for drone enthusiasts. Also compatible with the Inspire 1, the X5 has allowed users to capture high-quality footage without the hassle of transportation, heavy lifting and complex preparation for hexacopters.

3. VR Goggles and 360 Video FPV goggles have been around for a few years now, however, haven’t been so common considering the price tag that came with it. With VR goggles, all you need to fly FPV is your phone and software like Litchi, making the setup much cheaper. Using your mobile device’s gyroscope, you can even control gimbal pitch by simply bowing and raising your head.

4. Safety Features Obstacle Avoidance has recently become the backbone of autonomous control for today’s drones, as such systems allow a drone to reach to a destination or return home without collisions. 5. Vision Positioning System Vision positioning systems and sonar altitude holding systems have become popular. Visual position systems give drones the ability to hover precisely, even without GPS signal. Before such systems, flying indoors was extremely difficult, even for experienced pilots. Vision positioning systems allow virtually anyone to fly inside.

5. Vision Positioning System Vision positioning systems and sonar altitude holding systems have become popular. Visual position systems give drones the ability to hover precisely, even without GPS signal. Before such systems, flying indoors was extremely difficult, even for experienced pilots. Vision positioning systems allow virtually anyone to fly inside.

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New Mavic Pro the Personal Flying Drone from DJI

Mavic pro drone

The Slick Mavic Pro Fly Smarter For Longer

The Mavic Pro is a small fold away drone perfect for our busy lifestyle on the go. This powerful yet easy to fly drone has DJI’s latest technology in a sleek, creative package. The Mavic Pro folds away to the size of a water bottle which is perfect for a backpack.

This drone is built for performance and is equipped with a stabilized 4K camera with navigation, a flying range of 7 kilometers with a fantastic 27 minute flying time. Mavic Pro can be operated by the long range transmitter or even with your Smartphone although the range is less.

Mavic pro latest drone from DJI

Mavic Pro Flying Experience

Mavic Pro has the new FlightAutonomy system which is a complex mix of 5 cameras, navigation, GPS, ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and all managed by 24 computing core. This makes for an unparalleled stable, maneuverable and safe flying experience.

This drones can position, plan routes and navigate with obstacle avoidance even at speeds of 36 kilometers per hour. This smooth flyer has sports mode with speeds of up to 40 kph and will automatically return to home if you fly out of range or the battery is low, if you let go of the control the drone will hover in that location.

Mavic pro drone

Advance Camera

DJI Mavic Pro camera has auto-focus technology with a shake free 3 axis gimbal that will record 4k video at 30 fps with full HD video at 96fps, with a 12-megapixel picture.

Easy to fly even for beginners.

  • Gesture mode centers you in in frame so you can take perfect pictures or share your video live to Facebook, Periscope or YouTube.
  • DJI ActiveTrack let your drone follow objects such as people, cars, animals from behind, in front or circle.
  • Tripod mode lets you fly indoors safely as the Mavic Pro slows using finer tuned positioning and precision framing.

The price of the Mavic Pro is $999 with the transmitter, $749 on its own with no transmitter. An extra battery is $89. Also available is the complete package for $1,299 which includes the drone, two batteries, extra propellers, charging hub and adapter, car charger plus a drone bag.

Also extra is a 12 month DJI Care Refresh for $99 which covers damage to the aircraft, camera or gimbal in selected countries.

Ehang GhostDrone 2.0 VR Has Landed

GhostDrone 2.0 drone

GhostDrone 2.0 – Consumer Drone

Ehang has made it easier for the masses to take to the skies with the introduction of the new GhostDrone 2.0, this easy to fly drone is available from Ehangs website and some of the Larger stores such as Best Buy in the USA.

The GhostDrone 2.0 is an innovative drone with excellent engineering and design which makes for a fun and user-friendly flight. Ehang is one of the top drone companies that are manufactured in China but they also have an office in the USA, Silicon Valley which means a better customer service experience. Ehang hit the news last year when they released the first drone that can carry a human the Ehang 184 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Ehang brings similar innovation with the new GhostDrone 2.0 drone.

Ehang drone car

Ehang 184 – Drone Car

Drones are now mainstream, not only for the drone enthusiast and Ehang is an example of the future of consumer drones. Been backed by the recognizable retail chain Best Buy is definitely a step forward for their new drone.

GlobalWebIndex has released a study showing that 32 percent of Internet users aged 16 – 64 have an interest in buying consumer-friendly drones such as the GhostDrone 2.0. Users are already enjoying flying this drone and sharing their video capture with this drone online, from sporting events to marriages. GhostDrone 2.0 has the best technology available with intuitive controls that an inexperienced pilot can fly straight out of the box.

Ehang drone

GhostDrone 2.0 features and interests for experienced and beginner pilots:

  • GhostDrone 2.0 is controlled by the Ehang Play App on your smartphone, which lets you fly in three easy to use modes, Avatar, Waypoints, and Companion. Capture video with a tap of the volume button.
  • Virtual Reality platform lets you fly FPV “First Person View” through the standard Ehang VR Goggles.
  • This drone comes with a 1-year warranty for up to 3 accidents.
  • Great price at $899 which includes the Gimbal, 4K Spherical Camera, plus the FPV Goggles.

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Amazon kits out a secret drone zone

Amazon drone

Multi-million-euro drone-delivery tests are been carried out by Amazon behind a wall of hay bales. A blue control with aerial has been spotted in a field five miles east of the internets giant’s research centre in Cambridge, U.K.  Engineers have been seen putting out landing mats for drone landing trials.

A hiker in the area said; ” I was told by security guards to move away. They have obviously gone to great lengths to hide the testing site from public view.”

Amazon wants to use drones to deliver packages to homes, claiming they are greener and safer than vans. The Civil Aviation Authority lifted drone flying restrictions in July to allow Amazon to test its devices, which can fly for 10 miles at 400ft and carry packages weight up to 5lb.

 

Eachine Falcon 250

Eachine Falcon 250 complete package

The newly designed and upgraded FPV racer from Eachine the Falcon 250  looks great in black. The size of the motors are 2204 and with speed of 2300KV and these motors look much better than the Eachine racer 250. The electronics speed controller of the Falcon 250 are 20 Amps and they can officially support up to 4S Lipo Batteries but I would not be surprised if they could support more juice than that, these are smart electronic controllers meaning that they have anti motor shaft locking protection system can cut the power of the motors in case the blades hit an obstruction as this can happen if you crash the Eachine Falcon 250 and the Blades are still spinning.

 

Eachine Falcon 250

 

As part of the Eachine Falcon 250 kit you will get two sets of 5 Inch Bullnose Propellers and they are rock solid to me and can take crashes very well, one set is black and the other props set are red. All four motors are well protected by plastic motor covers but sometimes dirt can collect between the motors and the cover protector so you will need to keep these clean. The motor protector are held into place with six screws below the motors and are easy to remove in case you need to remove them.

The LED lights are located under each arm and seem to be very vulnerable but they can survive some crashes and are easy to replace in case you need to. Each arm of the Eachine Falcon 250 are held in place with four nuts and bolts. The landing gear is make of Carbon Fiber which is one of the areas that get more stress during crashes and may come lose or ever fall off completely.

 

Motor Protection

Eachine Falcon 250 motors

 

On the side of the Eachine Falcon 250 we have the Iconic E and F letters and below it is the On and Off switch for the LED lights, the switch is slightly lose for my liking but that is not a big deal. The upper plate of the Eachine Flacon is secured by Eight blots and then again it can be easily removed, just remember to bring the correct tool with you.

There is also a carbon fiber plate on the top that hold the action camera and FPV Camera and can take some of the vibration out of the video stream, Of course also you can also adjust the angle of the action camera too. The FPV Camera on the Eachine Falcon 250 has a resolution of 700 TVL and is equipped with CMOS sensor and has a field of view of 127 degrees vertically and 110 degrees horizontally, and this little camera only weights 12 grams. The Eachine Falcon 250 comes with a 200 mW 5.8Ghz video transmitter.

 

Eachine Falcon 250 FPV Camera

 

Flight Test

I would recommend using a 4S battery to get the full potential of the Eachine Falcon 250, this quad is speedier and more powerful than the Eachine Racer 250 and also has better trust. The stability of this Quad is nice but you have to consider due to the tilt of the motors, this FPV racer is defiantly eager to move forward and does not like to stay in the same place for too long. The Eachine Falcon 250 is really nice to fly and has so much power right out of the box, just plug and play, it can’t get any easier, how can you not love this FPV racer?, It’s a real beast to fly! I haven’t flown a faster quadcopter out of the box, maybe you have? Let me know.

Conclusion

The price of the Eachine Falcon 250 is a really good price, just over $200 and out of the box and is ready to fly, this Quadcopter is very strong and can take crashes well and not complain much about it, it is also a very aggressive flyer even in mode 1. What I didn’t like about this FPV racer are some of the components are hard to get to such as the USB connection for connecting to your computer, also its only comes with a 3S battery, I think it should come with an 4S battery. But I think the Eachine Falcon 250 will suit people that have little or a lot FPV Racing experience as you get really good power out of the box and an experienced flyer can tweak this Quad by connecting it to your computer and input your own settings and see what works best.

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Flying drones in the USA – is it lawful?

Drones have many names – quadcopters, UAs (Unmanned Aircraft), UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), RPVs (Remotely Piloted Vehicles) and so on. However, for the sake of uniformity, in this article I’ll use the word drone.

And, nowadays, drones are ubiquitous and available for easy purchase, both off and online. But can anyone just buy one and fly it where and when he wants?

Drone laws USA

 

Let’s consider the USA, for example. What is the legal position of a drone owner in this country?

In the USA, the flying of drones is controlled by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and, to a lesser degree, the various state authorities. The FAA classifies drones in three main categories,

Drones for public use, Drones for commercial use and Drones for recreational use.

 

Public use
This means the use of drones by government organizations for such tasks as firefighting, border control, police operations, rescue, etc. Drones must have a COA (Certificate of Authorisation) from the FAA before they can be flown and this certificate will restrict the flying of the drone to a defined area and include various stipulations regarding safety. These COAs can usually be obtained from the FAA within 60 days, are valid for up to two years and are issued through the COA Online system.

 

Commercial use (civil/non-government use)
Drones that do not fall into the above public or recreational classifications become commercial-use drones and must obtain authority to fly according to the purpose for which they will be used. For use in environments considered to be low-risk, a Section 333 Exemption and a COA (Certificate of Authority) must be obtained.

Alternatively, a SAC (Special Airworthiness Certificate) must be applied for, with the applicant specifying the drone’s design, construction, and software and providing details of flight management and how and when the flights will be made. At the same time, SACs may also be issued for experimental drones or for drones used for research, but such certificates do not allow the use of drones for hire.

 

Recreational use (model/hobby aircraft)
The operation of drones or model aircraft for recreation and hobby use comes under the FAA Modernisation and Reform Act of 2012. Providing that the limitations in this Act are followed, any person may fly his drone for non-commercial use. The FAA has issued guidelines through various model aircraft groups that owners of hobby drones should follow. Some of these guidelines are given below:

 

  1. The drone should be flown at an altitude of not more than 400 feet.
  2. It must be kept in sight of the operator.
  3. It must be flown at least 5 miles away from any airport.
  4. It must not be flown near crowded areas, stadiums, etc.
  5. It must weigh less than 55 lbs.
  6. It must be flown without endangering people, property or aircraft.

 

Drone Laws

 

FAA regulation of December 2015
In December 2015, the FAA announced that all drones with a weight in excess of 250 grams and flown for any purpose must be registered with the FAA. This regulation included recreational drones weighing between 250 grams and 55 lbs.

Among the many new conditions set out in this ruling were:

1. Registered owners must be at least 13 years of age.
2. Upon receipt of a registration certificate and number, this number must be marked on the drone.
3. The registration fee is $5.
4. Registration is valid for 3 years and can be renewed for a further 3 years.
5. One registration certificate can cover more than one drone.

 

Federal versus State regulations
Although the government, through the FAA, controls all US airspace, citizens still have the right to use it. Authority to control traffic, flights and safety resides with the FAA notwithstanding the fact that many states have introduced their own regulations governing the flying of drones.

Although the FAA considers that its regulations preempt those of the states, there have often been conflicts between the two parties, many of which have been settled or are being settled by the courts. However, state regulations that the FAA would likely find acceptable include the use of drones for police surveillance, the prohibition of the use of drones for voyeurism, hunting and fishing, and the carrying of explosives and weapons.

Usually, under state law, a warrant must be obtained before a drone can be employed in law enforcement. States that have introduced laws to control drones include California, Virginia, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. At the same time, several towns have passed laws restricting or banning the flying of drones in the areas under their jurisdiction.

The above are only general outlines of the regulations governing the use of drones and would-be drone-owners should obtain detailed information from the FAA and the relevant state authorities. Happy and useful flying!

AirDog – For the Action Man, Or Woman.

Airdog Drone

Whether you enjoy running, skateboarding, hiking, biking, motor cross, climbing, skiing, surfing, or any other outdoor activity, you may have wished you had a faithful old friend with you that would follow to heel without question. Well, that loyal companion is now available. Released on open sale towards the end of 2015 is Airdog, a faithful, unquestioning companion that will follow you on command regardless of terrain / danger.

 


First Impressions

Meeting your Airdog for the first time you will notice how colorful your new companion is. Sporting a yellow body and purple legs your Airdog is certainly a unique looker. You will also see that Airdog is a compact little creature with its legs and propellers folded away ready to be tucked away into a small backpack, and at 1.85 Kilos, with its battery and a GpPro camera, your new pet is no effort to carry around to the venue of your chosen activity. Your Airdog has a rugged plastic form and simplistic design which enables it to shrug off rough handling, bumps, and scrapes without flinching, or a visit to the vet! Nothing about Airdog’s appearance gives you any inkling of fragility. Airdog has a single forward facing camera which will lock onto your wrist mounted leash and will not let go until ordered to do so by you. Your leash is light, compact, uncluttered and easy to operate with simple one-touch commands which Airdog obeys immediately.

Out to Play With Airdog

At the site of your chosen activity, you simply unfold your Airdog and it’s ready to go. Airdog will follow you at a range of up to 250 meters, which is above average, and at a maximum speed of 42MPH, depending on wind conditions, and is happy to operate in temperatures ranging from -10 to + 40 degrees C. Fitted with a Go Pro camera Airdog is unrelenting in its pursuit of you. Regardless of twists, turns, ups and the downs your activity may require of you, Airdog keeps you centrally framed and focused for perfect imaging. Your faithful companion will be able to follow you for around 18 minutes, which is above average for devices of a similar price. At the touch of a button on the leash, your faithful friend will return to its starting point, landing to within .25 of a meter. In flight you will need to be aware of the route you are following as Airdog only has a single forward facing camera facility, meaning it is not fully aware of its peripheral surroundings. You Airdog may be just a tree branch away from a nasty stumble.

Airdog Drone for action sports

Is There a Downside to Airdog?

Airdog is not about to win any beauty contest. It’s yellow and purple appearance may not be everyone’s first choice of livery, and as yet there are no plans to offer any alternative choice. Of course, this doesn’t affect performance, and at least your new pup will stand out in a crowd. After initially choosing Airdog as your new companion, you will need to bear in mind the cost of a camera as Airdog doesn’t come equipped with one. Its camera mounting will take the excellent GoPro camera which gives excellent imagery. Airdog’s camera gimbal is restricted to an up and down movement. With no side to side option, this can be limiting. Airdog has no collision avoidance system, this can be a worry. Airdog follows you from above by locking onto the signal emitted from the leash on your wrist. If you are using Airdog for outdoor, sporting activities, for which it was primarily designed, you will have little or no time to be looking out anything that could present a potential hazard to your new friend.

Giving orders to Airdog from the leash on your wrist is simple, but there’s no facility to take a still shot from the camera. Although designed primarily for the active outdoors, some owners may want to use Airdog for more simple aerial photography, in which case the camera restrictions will be an issue. At 1599 Dollars, plus the cost of a camera, some may think that the price is excessive for a cycloptic canine flyer. With more complete drone packages available on the market, for just a little more money, potentially new, loving homes for Airdog may be hard to find.

JJRC X1 – Warning, Not a Toy Really!

The JJRC X1 is one of the first toy grade drones priced around $120 to use the more efficient and powerful brushless motors, this drone is very fast and agile which makes it more suitable for experienced drone pilots or as a second or third drone. This drone has three different modes, with the first speed for beginners, the second speed works well in windy conditions and the third and top speed for advanced drone pilots as the JJRC X1 can reach speeds of up to about 40 kilometres per hour. I find this drone to be a stable enough flyer but does not handle windy condition too good.


JJRC X1

 

The JJRC X1 has an excellent flying time of about 15 minute and a control distance of 300 – 400 meter but I wouldbe hesitant to fly this drone further than the eye can see, as visibility of this drone is limited with its black frame and LED lights that you can only really see when are flying this drone straight up above you, there is a mod instructions for the LED light’s on Youtube to lower them so they are visible from all angles.


Brush-less motors

The JJRC X1 doesn’t come with a Camera but is compatible with the SYMA X5C-1 FPV System for flying First Person View for racing this drone, also this drone is powerful so you could attach a sport camera or a RunCam but you will need to figure out the best way to attached this camera, again Youtube has lots of instructions you could research.

This drone is suitable for drone pilots that are interested in trying FPV racing before they splash out on an Eachine Racer 250 etc, also, this drone is very durable as I have crashed it and it seems to bounce and roll on impact with no visible damage but make sure you have the propeller guards attached.


JJRC x1 transmitter

 

 

The transmitter is the usually toy grade quality with extra features like Headless mode and Return home buttons, but no flip / roll feature which would enhance the flying experience. The D1806-2280KV brushless motors do have a protection feature which shuts off the motors when the propellers touch anything, plus there is a spare set of propellers with the JJRC X1 just in case.


What you get with the JJRC X1 Quadcopter

 

 

The battery is a 7.4V 1300mah which is the same as the battery of the Tarantula X6 quadcopter which was handy as I have an extra 2 batteries which gave me a total flying time of about 45 minutes in the park which I enjoyed!

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