SJRC F11 review – 1080p cheap gps drone

SJRC F11 - 5G brushless GPS drone

Battery Life

25 min

Range

600m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

The SJRC F11 is one of the more serious drones released by the company lately, as they do have a strong history with toy drones.

It comes with more advanced features like GPS, brushless motors, follow me and quite a good range.

All this for an affordable price. Don’t expect the camera to be great, but it’s a 1080p one that you can move from the transmitter.

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What to look for in a camera drone

Image stability

This is a very important factor for great camera drones. However, at this price, we can’t ask for much out of a drone like this.

The SJRC F11 doesn’t come with any video stabilization, but because it works with GPS, it has quite a stable flight and stays fixed in the air. This means It will get a smoother video than a standard toy drone.

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

The battery life for this drone is advertised at 25 minutes, but I would say it’s best to consider it to fly for under 20 min if you want to be safe.

 Even so, it has quite a lot of time in the air, and that’s great for capturing a lot of footage on the Micro SD card.

This is good because you’ll have the option to choose 

Drone GPS and stabile flight

The main point of this drone is the GPS, and that will be a big help if you simply want to let the drone hover in the air, even if there’s wind. That way you can learn the controls or maybe take a look of what you can record next

Drones with gps usually come with the following options (including this one):

  • return to home (by button press)
  • return to home when battery is low
  • follow me
  • circle around
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Sjrc f11 Price and specs

The price is something that makes this drone quite worth getting.

The camera isn’t going to take amazing footage, but the combination of the other features and even the ability to move the camera up or down smoothly can make up for some of its imperfections.

It’s also foldable, so there’s more space next to it in your backpack.

These days most drones try to copy the DJI mavic format, yet this one actualy does have a good overall unique design.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 25
Flight Range: 600
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

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Drone Features and camera

As mentioned before, the GPS on this drone allows for the standard follow and circle around functions.

The follow function actually works by drawing a box around the tracked subject you prefer.

This is a picture taken by our friends at halfchrome.com make sure you check their video above

The camera doesn’t come with a gimbal, so it’s not stabilized.

A motorized gimbal would cost quite a lot at this price and putting EIS on this would also mean more processing power and probably cutting from the sensor resolution a bit.

It does come with the ability to tilt 90 degrees from a dial on the transmitter so you can better capture whatever you want.

The application comes with quite a few interesting functions including the ability to return home and follow as you can see in the image.

SJRC f11

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8.5 Total Score
SJRC F11 - a ferrary of the drone world

A pretty cheap drone with a good build quality and decent camera.

8.5Expert Score
Flight Stability
8
Signal Strength
7
Camera Quality
7
Features
7
6.7User's score
Flight Stability
7
Signal Strength
8
Camera Quality
7
Features
5
PROS
  • good build quality (feels expensive)
  • high FOV camera 120 degrees
  • 25 min of flight time
CONS
  • average camera quality
  • camera not stabilized
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  1. 4.5
    Flight Stability
    90
    Signal Strength
    100
    Camera Quality
    70
    Features
    100

    I love the drone but the camera is not the best, but for the money it’s still good.
    I see they advertise a 2.7k camera now but haven’t seen any reviews for it yet??

    + PROS: Easy to fly, compact and well constructed with 22 mins flying time. Love all the features and lands close to take off point. Perfect for a beginner drone and let's face it so cheap for such a well made and well spec drone
    - CONS: Camera not the best and that's the only con. Desperate to see what the 2.7k camera works like..if they send me one I will happily review it lol
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    • Thanks bro but my camera freezes together with distance/height after drone reaches between 400m-471m and even though drone’s still accelerating, I’m unable to tell which distance covered. Any help please?

      • Eddie, that’s a normal range for visual, the drone itself can go longer than that, but the FPV isnt’ good after 400m onward. And that’s normal.

        • Thanks Paul,

          Then i think redesigning the transmitter with a small screen to be able to read the distances/heights covered even after phone screen freezes during FPV mode would be better.

          Thanks Paul

    • Thanks a lot for the feedback and review, Paul.
      I agree, there are better choiches out there, the camera is not as good as it should.

  2. Paul, I am interested in a drone with a camera that will allow me to do fairly closeup shots of houses. I need for the photo file to have GPS metadata as part of the file. I know this camera does not produce that but can you recommend a drone with a camera that will do that when taking still photos.

    Thanks.

    • I really don’t know any drone that produces GPS metadata by default. You can check DJI Drones, they have the flight history within the app though. I’d recommend the DJI spark from them

      • Yeah, my brother has the DJI spark and he always beats mine(bugs 2 se & SJRC F11) when racing and comparing. But I’m looking at what can beat his DJI spark slightly.

  3. Hi may I know what is the max height this drone could reach (AGL) from ground level?

  4. 2.25
    Flight Stability
    50
    Signal Strength
    60
    Camera Quality
    70
    Features
    0

    Hi Joy

    That’s 121m high.

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