In this article, you'll get to see more than a simple review of the JJRC X11.
It's going to be compared with some of the best alternatives in this price range(of under $200), I'm going to go over many of the frequently asked questions.
And even show you detailed ways in how to make this a beter drone, with accessories and upgrades.
The JJRC H11 is a drone with a ton of features for the price it comes at.
Even the camera specs are more than what we’ve been used to.
However, it still won’t make it into my professional camera drones department, but rather as a really capable GPS drone to use for exploration and shooting fun videos.
It comes with powerful brushless motors, sensors, flight modes and a really good flight stability.
The JJRC X11 does return at the starting point by itself after it disconnects from the transmitter.
Not only that, you can also call it back by the press of a button (RTH).
It does automatically come back to the starting point after it reaches about 15 percent battery or so.
You can cancel this process, but it will limit you by geofencing to go further than 20m (sometimes it doesn't work).
The maximum height allowed to fly in the USA is 400feet which is just over 120m.
The Bugs 5w can go over 100m but no more than 150m, so you're right in that range.
Also check my flight laws map for every country.
The camera can be rotated 90 degrees from the transmitter and actually records in 2k 20fps.
The drone image quality isn’t the best, considering it brags about having a 2k camera.
It’s slightly blurry on the edges and the dynamic range isn’t to great. I like the contrast though.
There is some fisheye effect, but at least it comes with a wide angle and you can capture more lanscape this way.
The main feature you’ll probably enjoy is the fact that you can change the camera angle mid flight, which is something not many drones can do in this price range.
Short answer: any phone that supports 5g 802.11 ac wifi.
All the iphones have this frequency and usually newer android phones, but there are meny exceptions.
If you want to check your phone compatibility, go on GSM arena, search for your brand and then look in the specs if it has 802.11 ac wifi (the AC part is important).
And no, it's not Air Conditioner.
You need at least one of these, as you might find yourself not having enough time in the air.
This is a great way to carry this quad around, with a few spare batteries also.
If you don't want to wait up to 2 hours at a time for one battery to charge, why not do a few more in paralel.
Being the exact same trasnmitter as the MJX Bugs 4w, it looks a lot like the Mavic series from DJI.
And this is a good thing.
It's quite compact and easy to carry around and even comes with an LVC screen that shows:
The drone comes with more flight modes than the really popular Bugs 2 for example, with the addition of follow me and circle around an object.
I almost never use this function, but the Bugs 5w has it, and it basically flies from waypoint to waypoint on the map as you set them from the app.
Point of interest
You can set things like the speed the drone circles around, the direction and range.
It's not as precise as the DJI circle around, but definitely usable for a nice effect in your videos.
Return to home
Since this drone comes with GPS it also has an included RTH function, which is obviously one of the most useful feats in the package.
In my experience the precision is between 1 and 2 meters, which is more than enough, since you’re going to take the controls from a certain point anyway.
The Follow me mode is great for playing around and impressing your friends, as it actually even rotates to catch your position in the shot even as you move around it.
The connection to the app should be simple.
The app for this drone is called JJRC X app and you can download it from both playstore and itunes.
The MJX Bugs 4w app also works (called mjx bugs GO).
You must make sure your phone can connect to the wifi of the drone. The smartphone needs to support 802.11ac wifi. Check this online by searching “your phone brand 802.11ac” and you'll find out.
Then search for the wifi and enter the app and you should see the image.
It's important to know that before every flight you need to do the “GPS calibration dance“.
After you bind the transmitter to the quadcopter you need to do the following:
How do you unlock the motors?
By pressing the red button and keeping it pressed for a second
How to bind the drone to the transmitter?
If the drone hasn't been bound yet you can do this by pressing the red button and holding it.
Then press the on button at the same time.
How to change the camera angle?
You do that by the conveniently placed scroll wheel on the top right side.
How to turn the GPS on or off?
There's a button on the right side. The drone will fly faster in non GPS mode.
I don't really think you can get better for under $150.
All the specs, the flight stability, modular camera that even comes with the ability to stabilize video (to some extent) make it a great choice.
Having GPS for return to home and flight stability is also a great feature for beginners to have.