JJRC x11 Drone Review - a foldable GPS drone with 2k camera
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.
When it comes to price, it can vary a lot depending on what you’re choosing to be your main package.
You can choose between a few options that include a storage bag or not and also choose the number of batteries.
You can also order it from Amazon if you’re from the States and want it to come quicker.
When it comes to raw specs, the JJRC X11 is a champion, being really good in every department.
The real life numbers may be slightly lower, but not far from the truth.
For example, if you’re flying in a zone with high wifi interference you might get less distance and only fly for around 200-300m max.
Also, the battery life might be somewhere around 16 minutes if you’re flying at higher speed.
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A camera drone should always be stable, hopefully using GPS or some optical positioning system.
JJC x11: GPS +optical flow
Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.
Take in account spare batteries!
JJRC X11: 20 min
Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.
JJRC x11: 600m
Camera resolution isn’t everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.
JJRC X11: 2k camera
If I had to pinpoint the most important factor in a camera drone, it would be Image Stabilization. A 4k unstable camera has worse results than a gimbal stabilized 720p one.
JJRC x11: no stabilization
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.
I forgot to tell you, but this drone is very similar, if not almost exactly the same as the MJX Bugs 4w, that I reviewed recently and it also comes with the same transmitter.
The controller is quite a lot like the DJI Mavic one, including an LCD screen and good quality sticks.
This is a refreshing copycat idea, as it actually makes it much easier to have a small and portable transmitter instead of the bulky ones you usually see.
It comes with:
- a place for putting your phone
- return to home button
- motor unlock button
- buttons for changing speed modes
- scroll wheel for changing camera angle
This quadcopter comes with the usual flight modes you find on a GPS drone, Including:
- Follow me
- return to home
- return to home on loss of signal
- circle around
These aren’t all usable to create cinematic footage, but rather for their utility, something like the return to home function being the most useful of them all. While waypoints, in my opinion being probably the least.
The battery it comes with is quite special, compared to most other drones. It’s a lipo battery that charges in a hub that can charge 2 batteries at a time.
Therefore, I’d strongly recommend you to get a package with at least 2 batteries.
This hub can connect to up to 2 micro USB cables at the same time and charge from both, which is a very original aproach in my opinion.
There are also really well made charging indicators on the charger itself.
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Although it's not coming with a gimbal stabilized camera, this drone doesn't lack anything else for the price. It comes with a foldable design, all the usual GPS flight modes and even brushless motors.
- optical flow+ ultrasonic sensors
- adjustable camera angle
- 2k camera
- great mavic-like controller
- bright lights underneath for helping with landing
- brushless motors
- great charger for 2 batteries at a time
- flight modes
- no image stabilization