Jxd 528 – cheapest GPS drone

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JXD 528 cheapest GPS drone

Battery Life

8min

Range

150m

Camera

720p

Motors

Brushed

JXD 528 is basically a JJRC H55 Tracker without the transmiter. What does that mean? 

That you’re getting a drone with great GPS, a 720p camera that’s controlled from you phone, not impressive at first glance, but when all this comes for like $60, you should definitely give it a try.

Not only that, but the 528 has amazing functions like follow me and waypoints. That’s quite impressive, if you ask me.

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What to look for in a camera drone

Image stability

A very important feat when choosing a camera drone, however always take note that you can stabilize the footage in post processing too, in programs like adobe premiere or even free ones.

The jxd drone doesn’t come with a gimbal or even electronic image stabilization, but we can’t really ask for it at this price. If you want some image stabilization for under $100, try the DJI tello, but keep in mind that one doesn’t have GPS.

You should look for the following in a drone if you want good image stability:

  • A 2 or preferably 3 axis gimbal is the best possible way to stabilize a camera. It’s usually found in more expensive builds.
  • Electronic image stabilization. Drones like Parrot Bebop 2 or even the cheaper Tello have it.
  • Get yourself a GO Pro drone and use a very stable Action cam with electronic or optical image stabilization!

Battery Life

This is generally valid for any type of drone. How long it stays in the air is even more important for making sure you take a certain shot, usually with more expensive camera drones in professional setttings.

For a camera drone I would actually recommend you go over 10 minutes, if you want to capture the right shots. The JXD 528 I right there at the edge, slightly under 9 minutes, but you still can take your time to figure out your shots, and replace the battery if you want to fly more.

Drone GPS and stabile flight

You can take very nice shots with a drone that only has the previous items we’ve talked about, but if you want to be stress free… having a stable drone or GPS is the way to go.

This drone has a pretty cheap GPS module, however it worked great in my experience and the return to home was accurate within about 2 meters or so. I happened to go farther and lose signal at about 250m and the drone returned home by itself.

Besides that, drones with GPS also come with useful functions like return to home and follow me, that can be super useful for saving time and money.

  • Drones with GPS
    • great for stability at higher altitudes and distances
    • Safer with RTH options and if battery is too low
  • Drones with Optical flow cameras
    • much cheaper
    • holds position pretty well under 20m height
    • can work indoors too
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Price and specs

Because this drone ONLY works by connecting it to the wifi of your phone, you must make sure your phone works with it.

What does that mean?

The increased range of this drone is only possible because it functions with 5g wifi at 802.11ac frequency, which not all phones support.

If you want to check if your phone has it go to GSM arena and enter your phone brand and press CTRL+F to search for “802.11ac” and if you find it everything should work allright.

 

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 720p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 8min
Flight Range: 150m
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

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The camera is not very spectacular, at 720p resolution, but the quality is pretty good for that range.

If you’re not moving much and do some stabilization in post processing, you can achieve quite some cinematic results.

It’s a drone I would mainly recommend for beginners and people who want to have fun with technology and experience GPS without breaking the bank.

The camera is slightly tilted so you’re getting a good angle and capturing a bit of the ground too, not only what’s in front.

 

JXD 528

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Flight functions

As mentioned previously, the GPS on this drone isn’t just for return to home, but it can also do more complex flight patterns.

Because it’s connected directly to your phone, it can do the “follow me” function by simply following your phone’s GPS.

Another function that works great is the Circle me, that can be adjusted to circle around a set distance from you.

You can even set waypoints beforehand and the drone will follow that path while recording everything or taking pictures, depending on what you want.

8.5 Total Score
A 1080 Drone cheaper than a Tello!

Thieye Dr X is definitely more than I expected. The 1080p camera does a great job on video, I would say even better when it comes to quality than the tello. Photos are very high resolution and it's also stable as it comes with Optical flow camera that keeps it stable.

Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS
  • 1080p camera (incredible for the price)
  • small size
  • good build quality
  • optical flow camera stabilization
  • high resolution photos
CONS
  • artefacts when zooming in the video or photos
  • battery life is average
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