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In this section we're going to go over what the JJRC X12/Eachine Ex4 has in terms of specs and features and what you should look for in 2021.
The drone comes with GPS+GlONASS( Russian satellite system) which makes it as stable as any DJI quadcopter.
It can hover pretty precise without any toilet bowl effect and returns to home within a distance of maximum 2m from the point it left from.
I have also made another article with drones that can return to home with GPS .
Yes, the X12 Aurora does come back by itself if it loses signal, to the point where you launched it from.
Besides the return to home button, there's also this safety mechanism that lets you sleep better at night.
Yes, the JJRC Aurora and Cfly Faith, both return to home if the battery gets to a certain level.
It's usually 15 to 25% that drones tend to prompt to return to home by themselves.
The maximum height the drone reaches is 500m, but there's a setting that initially only lets you fly for 120m.
What's the maximum height you can fly in the USA?
You should limit yourself to 120m, as that's the max you are allowed to fly in the United States legally. But if you want to check out more info, read my USA drone laws article.
Yes, the X12 does come with optical flow stabilization that's done by a camera underneath.
What's that, you ask?
It's basically a camera that shoots stills of the ground to help the drone find a pattern and remain steady in the same position.
It works at heights no bigger than 10m, but if you have GPS, it's just a bonus anyway.
However, it also comes with 2 ultrasonic sensors.
These help it calculate the exact altitude by bouncing the sonar to the ground and back to the drone. It also uses a barometer in combination.
In this section we're taking a look at the competition and whether there's something better out there that's more worth your money.
In this section we're taking a look at the camera, how the photos look, what my experience with it is and why you should care.
The camera is the main focus of this drone, and that's the 3 axis image stabilization it comes with.
Is it perfect?
Definitely not, but I could definitely say it's really rare to find one at this price that comes with proper 3 axis stabilization and all these features included.
The gimbal works by having 3 motors working simultaneously to help keep the camera facing the same direction (a bit like a chicken head).
Image stabilization is in my opinion the most important factor in a camera drone.
The 1080p camera is definitely under what you can see on the likes of DJI Spark (that one comes with an actual 4k sensor).
Since we're almost expecting a DJI Mavic 3 to be launched soon, we're already stepping in 6k camera territory, so 1080p will be a thing of the past.
But it's more than usable, and one of the main reasons why you can actually take great, almost professional-looking footage with it is the fact that it doesn't come with the fisheye effect that most drones tend to come with.
The colors can be adjusted in post-processing, but the FPS is smooth enough, doesn't have any bugs from what I've seen and most people don't seem to complain.
Here's a video review and footage to help you get a better view on the matter.
The ISO can manually go up to 3200 or you can let it set on auto.
You can fully control every standard camera setting like shutter speed, EV, and more.
There's also white balance and color to play with.
Does it come with D-Log? (flat color profile)
There's an F-Log mode to record in if you want a flatter image that you can play around with more in post-production.
Photo taken by Quadcopter 101
I really wish they would have invested maybe $50 more in the quality of the camera itself and it could have actually been a proper DJI Spark competitor or even on par with the new DJI Mini 2
Unfortunately, right now I don't know of any way to upgrade the camera and still maintain the gimbal.
It's also too light to mount an action camera on it, although it does come with really powerful brushless motors.
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.
In this section we're taking a look at what accessories you can find online for the JJRC X12 Aurora and which are the best.
The Aurora is a really tiny drone while folded down.
It's 17.2 X 9 X5.5 cm which makes it the smallest drone in this price segment with these flight capabilities, and especially a 3 axis gimbal.
This means it might just fin in a bigger pocket.
The look is obviously inspired by the DJI Mavic Air, and the option to pick from 2 colors is nice to have.
I personally prefer the black version.
The build quality is really good and it's impressive how smooth and well designed the plastic it's made of is.
One really nice feat is that it comes with an included carrying bag.
In this section we're taking a closer look at the transmitter itself and the Mobile app and especially what flight modes this drone comes with.
In this section we're drawing the conclusions and reaching out to tutorials on how to fly it, where to buy it (cheapest or fastest) and much more.
I suggest you read till the end.
How to turn the GPS on or off?
You can turn the GPS onor off by the press of the “m” button ont he transmitter.
How to change the camera angle?
You do that by the conveniently placed scroll wheel on the top left side.
Who should buy it (is it Because it's a recent drone, there aren't that many places you can get it from.
However, I found the drone to be the cheapest on geekbuying, this might change, but bellow are the daily updated best price offers I could find. the price)?
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This is the JJRC X12 Aurora drone review, also known as the Eachine EX4.