With the current obsession for smaller and smaller drones, at the end of 2017, some foldable and cheap models have started to appear, mostly copying the idea behind drones like the Dobby, JJRC H47 and JXD Tracker being two of the most talked about.
This is going to be both an individual review and comparison between the two, so it’s easier for you to pick between them.
JJRC H47 Elfie Plus
JXD 523 Tracker
JJRC H47 Elfie+ Review
This tiny drone is a newer model of the older yet very popular h37 Elfie model.
It comes with an improved camera, and different aesthetics.
How much is the camera better compared to the JJRC H37?
The new JJRC H47 has an HD 720p camera that is a considerable improvement from the previous model.
It also can be manually adjusted beforehand so you can get the angle that you want easier.
Of course, the camera isn’t stabilized, but nobody was expecting at a price point of $50 or so.
What other special feature does the Elfie PLUS have?
I’m not going to get into other details like battery life and range, because I’m going to compare these next with the Tracker drone.
But I must say I like how the battery is built, which allows for easier taking off and insterting than standard ones.
It also features some badass lights, especially useful for when it’s darker outside and you want to see the drone, or just fly it like it is, not like a camera quadcopter.Just for fun.
The JJRC H47 transmitter
This is a nice addition to the package, as I find myself most of the time using the transmitter to pilot it instead of the app itself.
I usually connect the drone to the transmitter and the to the app, so I can also have a live view when I’m flying.
Although, I must say that it’s distracting sometimes to have both hands occupied.
The controller is using gravity sensors for moving the drone forward, backward, left or right and it’s very easy to use.
The joystick on top handles throttle and yawing(rotation) while the trigger in front changes between the 3 flight modes available. So it changes from beginner mode, that only uses 30% of its power, to sport, that uses 100%.
JXD 523 Tracker review
This quadcopter I found to be very stable when flying, even more so than the JJRC, even though both should have altitude hold sensors.
It’s basically the same size as the drones mentioned before, and it could pretty much be mistaken as a smartphone.
This means you can put this in your pocket, next to your phone and whenever the need arises, take it out and fly it with the app through wifi.
How does the JXD tracker fly?
First of all, it can be flown only by using the app on the phone and either stick controlls on the screen or through the gravity sensors of your phone.
This means the drone will track the movements you do with your smartphone, therefore the name “Tracker”.
In terms of stability, I can’t emphasize enough how stable it is thanks to that altitude holdbarometer.
It’s very easy to fly and doesn’t constantly adjust its position.
Does it have other special features?
It’s very similar in this regard to the other drones and doesn’t really have many gimmicks to it.
But I enjoy the fact that there’s also an easily accessible button to turn on and off.
The battery this time is a standard lipo one, that’s pretty universal, which can be good if you have spare ones, or bad because it’s harder to connect to the drone.
JJRC H47 vs JXD 523 - Which is better for you
Before starting, let me put an emphasis on an important difference.
The price for the JJRC drone is twice as much.
At this price range, 20 dollars is going to make a big difference usually.
However, the JXD 523 still holds a strong position.
As you can see bellow there’s no comparison in camera quality, as one is 720p HD and the other 480p.
However, I must admit that in almost any other way, the JXD is the same drone.
I personally like the additional JJRC controller because it’s a lot of fun to use, but I’m also very happy about the improved stability of the JXD drone.
So, as a conclusion, if you’re going to buy one of these drones to capture images and video, go for the JJRC.
If you’re only planning to try out your first drone and want just to have some fun flying, both are great options. However keep in mind that the JXD 523 is half the price.