MJX x104g - GPS drone under $100 and under 250grams
The MJX X104G is a new 2019 release from a company that makes some of the highest rated drones out there in the cheaper price cateogries.
This new addition is a GPS drone for very small budgets, yet it doesn’t compromise much from the standard MJX quality.
Coming with quite precise flight stability, a good 1080p camera (static) and even a few flight functions like follow me and circle around.
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.
Battery life for camera drones should be at least 10 minutes per flight.
Take in account spare batteries!
X104G: 12min is above the average for the price
Flight range can really change what sorts of images you can capture.
Camera resolution isn’t everything. Colors, sharpness and bitrate are very important for the overall image.
X104G: 1080p, video sample bellow
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.
X104G: no stabilization
Even though very cheap, the GPS on this drone works quite well. It’s stable in the air and the return to home precision is 30cm precise, which is quite damn good.
The motors are brushed, so it won’t be that powerful, also coming with a 1s battery, so don’t expect insane speed in sport mode.
Keep in mind you need a phone with 802.11ac wifi capability to fly this drone properly (to see the live feed).
One big advantage this drone has is its small weight.
Being under 250grams makes it under the radar of it being necessary for registering in most countries. Which can be a very nice advantage for many.
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As you can see, the camera has a slight fisheye effect, but the quality is quite good, and the field of view is pretty amazing.
Again, remember you need to have a 802.11ac wifi capable phone to watch the live feed from this.
The fact that it has a micro sd card slot means there’s not going to be any wifi lag in the final video.
The drone comes also with a few flight modes:
- circle around me
- follow me
The transmitter itself is quite standard for MJX.
You should expect the classical fake antennas (the real antennas are inside) and two fake buttons in the back.
However, it’s a good controller that also features an LCD screen that shows the distance and altitude and battery life for both the drone and the transmitter itself.
The buttons are as follows:
- automatic take off
- unlock motors
- return to home
- photo and video button
- two rates button
- LCD screen
To start the drone, first turn on the transmitter and then turn on the drone, after that you need to do a compass calibration.
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MJX did it again with their new release of what's probably the best gps drone under $100. It may not come with the brushless motors we've been used to, but the overall package is quite incredible.
- under 250 gram limit
- stable GPS
- real 1080p camera
- micro sd card slot
- good battery life
- precise return to home
- flight modes
- the controller starts beeping before the battery is very low (can be slightly annoying)