JJRC x9 Heron Drone Review

JJRC x9 Heron dron review

Battery Life

12 min

Range

300m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

The JJRC X9 Heron is a another DJI Spark clone that’s much cheaper than the original, yet it still holds the 2 axis gimbal stabilization, brushless motors and GPS positioning.

This is actually almost the same as the C-Fly Dream drone that I have reviewed a while back.

It has almost the same specs and look, but at a cheaper price. Don’t expect the same quality out of it though.

In this article I’ll help you decide what to buy and what the advantages and disadvantages of this drone are.

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What to look for in A camera drone

Drone stability

Usually, when it comes to more advanced camera drones, they come with a way to stabilize the drone on the spot. I’m talking about GPS or optical flow cameras.

JJRC x9 Heron: GPS (no GLONASS though)

Battery life

Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.

Take in account spare batteries!

JJRC x9 Heron: 12min 

Range

Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.

JJRC x9 Heron:300m 

 

Camera

Camera resolution isn’t everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.

JJRC x9 Heron: 1080p, video sample bellow

Image Stabilization

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 x9 Heron: 2 axis gimbal

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JJRC x9 Heron Price and specs

If price wouldn’t be an issue, you should definitely buy a more expensive drone like the XIaomi Fimi A3 that I love or even a Dji spark.

However, considering you can find it at about $200, for certain budgets it can be a good choice. Especially since it has a decent battery life and the gimbal stabilization is quite good, something I don’t think any other drone under $200 has.

It also comes with an optical flow camera underneath to keep it flying more steady.

However, having a cheaper GPS module means it doesn’t benefit from the russian satelite system called GLONASS so it has less satelites to use.

I consider this to be its main drawback compared to other more expensive GPS drones. So expect less accuracy overall from flying this thing. But we should be at least happy that it has a return to home system.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 12
Flight Range: 300
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

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JJRC X9 Video Review

In this video, Quadcopter101 reviews the drone while also doing a range test and battery life test.

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Camera quality

The camera quality is not so bad, but there are certain areas of the screen that are blurry as you can see on the right side. That’s something that didn’t show up in the footage of the C-fly Dream drone.

The drone does have a very stable footage overall and I think that’s quite unique for this price range. If you’re interested in smooth video, this is something you might need to take into account.

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Transmitter

JJRC x9 Heron

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The transmitter is made from plastic and is average in quality, but does the job intended. 

It comes with a return to home button and a way to manually change between standard altitude hold and GPS mode.

There’s also a button to take photo and video from and a scroll wheel for changing the camera angle.

 

 

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JJRC X9 Heron vs C-Fly Dream- Which is better?

The question of which one is better is easy to answer, the C-fly Dream is considerably more expensive, so obviously better.

But how much better?

  • comes with both GPS and GLONASS ( compared to only GPS on the JJRC X9 Heron)
  • slightly better range 500m vs 300m
  • better quality transmitter

 

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7.5 Total Score
JJRC x9 Heron - a cheap gimbal stabilized drone

Although a clear copy of the DJI spark, and downraded version of the C-fly dream, it's still a very viable option for people on a low budget who are looking for smooth video and having fun with flying around.

Flight stability
7
Camera quality
8
Camera stability
8.5
Features
8
PROS
  • 2 axis stabilized video
  • 1080p camera
  • small frame
  • optical flow camera
CONS
  • GPS is not very stable (doesn't come with GLONASS)
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