Sharper Image Dx-4 drone review 2018

The fourth installment of the popular “Sharper Image” series of drones has outdone the previous models in everyway.

It's still a very affordable drone, toy grade level, but the Sharper Image Dx-4 comes with a few improvements that will make your flight experience slightly better. 

The overall design for the Sharper Image is very sturdy , with few moving parts.So it can take it's fair share of beating.

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Camera Quality - Is it sharp?

Don't expect anything extraordinary from the camera of this drone. But I must admit that for the price, it's a pretty good quality image.

Not only that, the camera can also change angles beforehand so you can capture whatever you want.

You can't save the photos and videos in an SD card, but they save automatically on your phone through the app that it comes with.

To connect it to your phone and see the live feed from the camera you first have to:

  1. Download the application for Ios or android
  2. Connect the phone to the drone wifi
  3. Enter the app
There is surprisingly not much lag through the app compared to other drones that I know.
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Price and Drone specs

Altitude hold - is it any good?

Altitude hold means the drone will keep a steady altitude with the help of a barometer inside. This will mean a more stable image quality and less controller adjustment to worry about.

It's perfect for beginners who want to learn the basics of controlling

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 720p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 8
Flight Range: 100
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

360 degree flips

By the press of a button you can do automatic flips and rolls in any direction you want. This is purely for the fun of it, but it's bettery than you might think!

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Here's a video review showing a few of the functions of the Sharper Image drone:

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Sharper Image DX 4 vs other drones

This drone isn't something special on it's own, but considering the quite low price, and the fact that you can hit everything in sight and it will still work, I say it's quite a worthwile buy.

But how does it compare with other Drones in the same price category?

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The controller

The controller is a little bit bigger than I expected, but the range and functions on it work pretty good!

There are 3 different pitch rates on the transmitter:

  • Low speed
  • Medium
  • And High

It comes with Auto-takeoff button, so make sure that you don't have any obstacles above it. This will make the quadcopter launch itself and hover a few feet above the ground.

As you could see in the video above, the quadcopter can be piloted even inside with very precise stability, although it isn't that small.

The higher flight rate will also allow it to face some quite powerful winds, but make sure you have mastered the basics of flight before you get too adventurous. 

What is the range for the Dx-4 Sharper Image?

It can go up to a maximum of 450 feet (about 130m), which is not so bad, considering you probably won't even be able to see it from that point on!

6.5 Total Score

Flight stability
7.5
Battery life
7.5
Build quality
6
Camera Quality
6
PROS
  • The drone is very sturdy
  • It's quite cheap
  • It can do flips
  • has auto landing and takeoff
  • comes with it's own phone app
CONS
  • not the greatest camera quality
  • can't be flown inside very well

Sharper Image Dx 4

$115.99 $149.99 Buy It Now

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

4 Comments
  1. Hi love your review! I have 3 of these DX-4 Drones. Two have removable battery covers. Inside of drone A is a battery plug that is red in color, and has larger than drone B prop studs being black in color. Drone B has removable battery cover, with a white battery plug, and white prop mount studs smaller in size than drone A.
    Drone C has no battery door, and black prop mounting studs.
    Can you explain the order of production, and the differences in the 3 models of the DX-4?

  2. Is there an app for miphone to fly the craft?

  3. There are so many, too many DX models in the series/versions with the upgrades/improvements to follow. The DX2, DX3,DX4, DX4 new body, DX4 Streamin Edition, DX4 Streaming Quad, DX4 Video Quad, DX4 Video Wdiriib, at al. Then the DX 1, DX4 2 and ? And 2 o3 styles of batt. hook up. I wonder if Sharper Image knows? I fly SYMA now. All top quality all around.

  4. I have a dx4 it took a crap on me, after less than 30 minutes of flight time. The light come on and just flash steady. Charged and new batteries did nothing. Used it 6 times no damage let it sit over the winter and now it’s worthless, save your money.

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