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SJRC F11 drone review (Ultimate Guide and comparison table)

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Camera 1080p
Battery life 24 min
Stabilization No Stabilization
Range 300 m
8.5
Flight Stability
8
Signal Strenght
7
Camera Quality
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Features
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+ Positives:
  • good build quality (feels expensive)
  • high FOV camera 120 degrees
  • 25 min of flight time
- Negatives:
  • average camera quality
  • camera not stabilized

USD 139.99 Free Shipping, Wholesale Price, SJRC F11 1080P GPS 5G WiFi FPV Foldable Brushless RC Drone 25min Flight Time RTF – Black

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.

The main feature that stands out when it comes to this drone is the insane battery life. It’s on par with some of the high end drones from DJI like the Mavic!

MJX Mew4 Specs and Features (vs competition)

Camera 1080p
Battery life 24 min
Camera Stabilization No Stabilization
Range 300 m
Format Foldable Drone
Drone Type Beginner Drone
Transmitter Remote + 5G Phone (802.11ac)
Weight Over 250g
GPS Comes with GPS
Obstacle Avoidance None
Speed Over 20 km/h
Motors Brushless

Battery Life

Even compared to some of the best releases in terms of battery , the SJRC F11 still tops them all.

In my experience, this drone has such a blong battery life that you can actualy get bored of flying before it runs out.

For charging you just need to use the standard wall plug charger it comes with in the package.

The overall charging time is about 2 hours(since this is such a big battery).

Range (Flight Distance)

The actual range of the drone is about 600m, but I Limited it to 300m because that’s about as much as you can normally get with the Wifi transmission.

You’ll need a 5G 802.11ac wifi capable phone to make the FPV work with this drone.

I was pleasantly surprised by the good signal strenght the F11 presents.

Max height and flight laws

The maximum height allowed to fly in the USA is  400feet which is just over 120m.

This drone can go up to 120m so you’ll be more than okay in that regard.

Will the drone come back home after reaching the max altitude?

The drone is set to stop at the maximum altitude of 120 m so it won’t come back down, it will just stop.

There’s also another limitations…

When the battery is getting critically low, it won’t let you fly farther than 20 meters away.

Drone alternatives compared

AS promised, these are some of the best alternatives to the SJRC F11, both in the same category and with similar specs.

The image table comparing them bellow is updated for 2020 as well as the comparison table bellow it.

I chose the ZLRC Beast vs the SJRC F11 which is one of my most popular reviews so far.

Also picked the BUgs 5w, a really gread drone with amazing video even if it’s limited to 1080p (but not foldable unfortunately).

And I also compared it versus the JJRC X11, a 2k foldable GPS drone.

SJRC F11 vs F11 Pro (what's the difference)

Some people are confused between the spec differences between the F11 and its pro version, and there’s not much information online about it.

To put it short:

The main difference is the camera quality and how many frames it shoots in. Respectively 20 vs 25 FPS and a 1080p camera vs a 2.7k camera.

The 5 FPS for the framerate might not look like much, but it’s gonna make the footage creamier and on par with the cinema standard of 25fps.

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ZLRC Beast SG906 review (comparison table vs 3 competitors)

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Beast SG906 - too good to be true?
This drone comes with things lika a 4k camera that ca swivel up or down from the trasnmitter, GPS, flight modes and a huge battery life, so it's absolutely amazing that it's so cheap. THe camera quality is certanly far off the ones DJI has, but even so, it's slowly becoming one of my favorites, by specs alone.
Features
9
Flight stability
8.5
Camera
8
PROS:
  • Long battery life
  • Foldable
  • good GPS
  • optical flow sensors
  • camera can swivel up and down
  • up to 4k resolution
  • gesture modes
CONS:
  • the 4k resolution is probably not going to be much better in quality than the 1080p
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MJX Mew4 drone review – brushless GPS foldable

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  • god battery life
  • foldable design
  • moving camera
CONS:
  • camera not stabilized
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SJRC F11 drone review (Ultimate Guide and comparison table)

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SJRC F11 - the foldable gps drone that actually fits in your budget and isn't crap
A pretty cheap drone with a good build quality and decent camera. One of the most popular quadcopters in the moment for the price. No image stabilization, but couldn't ask for more.
Flight Stability
8
Signal Strenght
7
Camera Quality
7
Features
7.5
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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F11 camera specs - is the 1080p enough?

That photo above is a really nice closup shot I took of the moving camera  of this drone.

It’s quite standard already for this price range to come with 1080p cameras that you can rotate from your transmitter.

Is the footage stabilized in any way?

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.

What is the photo resolution?

The photos this drone takes are in the same resolution as the video, 1080p, but you can’t really complain for this price.

If you really want a better photo camera, go for the more expensive DJI spark or the XIaomi Fimi A3, or you could just slightly increase your budget and look into the best drones under $300.

Can the camera be upgraded?Maybe attach a gimbal?

Because this drone is quite strong (thanks to it’s brushless motors, you could actually carry an action camera with it and do just fine.

Of course you’d get much less flight time, but it’s a thing you can do.

Unfortunately the form factr of a foldable drone makes it harder to carry a gopro underneath and manage to land properly without crashing.

A solution would be to stick it on top and record while you use the main camera as the FPV guide.

A downside to that is that you’ll probably see the propellers in the frame most of the time.

An alternative to this drone that has a modular camera is the SG906 Beast.

How does the footage of the SJRC F11 look like?

There’s no better way to show footage than a good old youtube video and let you decide by yourself.

What phones work with the F11 drone?

Short answer: any phone that supports 5g 802.11 ac wifi.

All the iphones have this frequency and usually newer android phones, but there are meny exceptions.

If you want to check your phone compatibility, go on GSM arena, search for your brand and then look in the specs if it has 802.11 ac wifi (the AC part is important).

And no, it’s not Air Conditioner.

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Parts and accessories

What accessories you NEED and where to get them from

Both Amazon and banggood have accessories for this drone, as it’s quite a popular model.

This is actually one of the only times when I don’t think it’s that necessary to have more than one battery unless you know for sure you’re going to use the drone a lot.

Spare Battery

If you get another spare battery you'll be flying for ages.

A Good case​

Banggood as quite a few options for protective cases.

Spare props

There are a lot of spare parts for you to buy online. click this image if you want to see a few.

Design and Unboxing

The pacakge gets you most of the stuff you need, including spare batteries and even a bag if you find the right offer..

The foldable design it something that reminds me a lot of the DJI Mavic, but the comoparison is a bit obsolete since nowadays most quads are like this.

 

I must say…

If feels well made.

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  • Screwdriver
  • Remote
  • Spare props
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Transmitter And Mobile App

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The transmitter for the SJRC F11 is quite well made, with a compact design, trying to copy the one from the DJI Spark a bit.

The bottom arms can be folded for a better grip, just as well as with the antennas.

It comes with:

  • a return to home button (that gets the drone back to max 2 m from the point it launched from)
  • automatic landing and launching
  • a scroll wheel to change camera angle
  • wheel for changing speed level
  • LEDs  for showing different stats

 

App, camera settings and flight modes.

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.

Headless Mode

Allows you to fly the drone ijudging by your relative position to it, not by how it’s actually oriented.

This makes it easier for beginners, but I think it can actually make it harder for people to learn how to fly a drone.

 

Waypoints

I almost never use this function, but the F11 has it, and it basically flies from waypoint to waypoint on the map as you set them from the app.

Return to home

Since this drone comes with GPS it also has an included RTH function, which is obviously one of the most useful feats in the package.

In my experience the precision is between 1 and 2 meters, which is more than enough, since you’re going to take the controls from a certain point anyway.

Follow Me

The Follow me mode is great for playing around and impressing your friends, as it actually even rotates to catch your position in the shot even as you move around it.

What happens if you reach the maximum range?

Most people are scared of reaching the maximum range and losing signal to their drone, but don’t be scared, as you’ll first of all lose the FPV image first and only long after the actual inability to control the drone will follow.

For example, the SJRC F11 has a maximum FPV range of about 300m but an actual drone range of 600m.

So let’s say…

You lost the FPV image but still can control the drone with your trasnmitter.

Then you simply press the RTH button on the remote and it will come back home.

Even in a worse case scenario, let’s say you lost the drone signal too.

IT fortunately has a return to home on loss of signal and RTH on low battery. 

But please avoid situations like these as it might hit something on its way back, if you’re not careful.


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SJRC F11 Price, Manual and Instructions

Being under the price of $150 if you’re lucky and get a good price on it, makes it a definite recommendation for the budget.

I’m sincerely really impressed by how cheaper consumer drones have evolved in the recent years.

Click on the tabs bellow to answer a few of these questions.

  • Worth it?
  • Where to Buy it?
  • Manual and Instructions

Is this drone worth the price?

It’s a YES!

This drone is really popular with most drone amateur because it’s something they can experience flying with and even get some of their friends into action for not that much money.

It can make for a great gift for that tech savvy friend or simply for yourself if you want to take videos and photos from time to time or prepare for something more expensive and feature rich in the future.

Price history for SJRC F11 1080P GPS 5G WiFi FPV Foldable Brushless RC Drone 25min Flight Time RTF - Black
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  • $129.99 - November 16, 2019
  • $139.99 - October 17, 2019
Since: October 17, 2019
  • Highest Price: $139.99 - October 17, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $129.99 - November 16, 2019

Where to buy it from?

This time, if you’re not in much of a hurry I’d recommend buying from banggood if you don’t want spare accessories. 

These places bellow are constantly updated by the site algorithm to choose the best offers for you, some might be expired soon so hurry up, because by now you should have decided.

There curently isn't a manual for this drone online

Check out the following article guides that will turn you into an expert!
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SJRC F11 drone review (Ultimate Guide and comparison table)
SJRC F11 - the foldable gps drone that actually fits in your budget and isn't crap
A pretty cheap drone with a good build quality and decent camera. One of the most popular quadcopters in the moment for the price. No image stabilization, but couldn't ask for more.
Flight Stability
8
Signal Strenght
7
Camera Quality
7
Features
7.5
PROS
  • good build quality (feels expensive)
  • high FOV camera 120 degrees
  • 25 min of flight time
CONS
  • average camera quality
  • camera not stabilized
Paul Archer

Paul Archer

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

Specification: SJRC F11 drone review (Ultimate Guide and comparison table)

Product weight (kg)

0.5200

Package Contents

1 x RC Quadcopter, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x Battery, 1 x USB Charge Cable, 1 x English User Manual

Charging Time.

Video Resolution

Battery

image-stabilization No Stabilization
Speed Over 20 km/h
maximum-flight-time

24 min

Motors Brushless
obstacle avoidance no obstacle avoidance
remote-control-range

300 m

Remote Type Remote + 5G Phone (802.11ac)
Weight Over 250g
camera

1080p

drone type Beginner Drone
Medium Outdoor
foldable foldable
GPS GPS

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  1. Paul

    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??

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    • Paul Archer

      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.

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    • Eddie

      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?

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      • Paul Archer

        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.

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        • Eddie

          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

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      • M. Zane McClellan

        Make sure your phone is 5G and has a WIFI protocol 502.11 ac.

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        • Anonymous

          802.11 ac

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    • Rizwan

      Hi Paul, I cannot connect my F11 drone with mobile, I am using Huawei Y6II.
      Actually the drone dose not appears on my mobile’s wifi connection.
      What should i do?

      Please help

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      • Desmond JKS

        This drone need 5G wifi phone to connect it, it will not appear/found in the phone screen that without 5G wifi phone..

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        • Anonymous

          Thanks for helping me out

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        • Rizwan

          Hi Paul, I tried Samsung S8, which i think is 5G supported. But still my drone dose not appears on S8’s wifi as well, is there any setting issues? I have also tried iphone’s but nothing.

          Can you please come up with more details and reason’s why this is not working?

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        • Maddog

          My F11 Pro disconnects from Wifi every 30 seconds, Bangood wants me to send it back to them. Is there an easier fix?

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      • Colby Seeman

        Turn off your mobile data when using the app.

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        • Asad

          Hi I cannot connect my f11 drone with my phone.my phone is Samsung A70.please help

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  2. Truett

    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.

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    • Paul Archer

      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

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      • Eddie

        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.

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        • Gijs

          hello, someone could tell me why the waypoint map is not working I get a blaco map from googel and cannot set a waypoit via my samsung s8 +

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  3. joy

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

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  4. Eddie

    Hi Joy

    That’s 121m high.

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  5. Anonymous

    ESTOU COM O MESMO PROBLEMA QUE O RIZWAN NÃO CONSIGO CONECTAR NO MEU CELULAR SAMSUNG S9 PLUS, TAMBEM TENTEI COM IPHONE 7 PLUS.
    SO VI IMAGEM QUANDO LIGUEI A PRIMEIRA VEZ SEM VOAR, APÓS ISSO NÃO VISUALIZEI MAIS.

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  6. Phillip Stander

    Good day, What will happen if I push this drone to the maximum and it goes out of the range from the controller? Will it keep on going, or automatically stop?
    Will you be able to use the RTH function of it goes out of camera range?
    Is there a RTH feature on the controller to bring it back once out of phone or almost out of controller range?
    If I take it to maximum altitude, will it automatically RTH?

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  7. GEORGE E TAGLIOLI

    Camera quality.

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    • Alvaro Ortiz

      You have to stop the recording before turning off the copter. My problem is that I don’t get the image in my Iphone all the time although it connects and shows battery and satellite information but not FPV feed.

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      • Anonymous

        Please let me know which phone do you recommend to use. Thanks

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  8. Rizwan

    Hi Paul, I tried Samsung S8, which i think is 5G supported. But still my drone dose not appears on S8’s wifi as well, is there any setting issues? I have also tried iphone’s but nothing.

    Can you please come up with more details and reason’s why this is not working?

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  9. Mike McIntyre

    I hope to get this fixed.

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    • Lingeorge

      We are having the same problem. The camera transmitted at first but we can not get it to now. I am having no luck finding out anything online anywhere that can help me.

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  10. France Faucher

    Hello we have two drones f11, when we want to fly at the same time our drones, they connect on the same controller. So the other controller has no control. We want to have each control of our controller. is there a way to control each of our drones at the same time? Thank you

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  11. Colby

    Ok, I’ve had the F11 Pro for about 3 months now and I cannot get the video to record to the SD card correctly. I’ve tested 3 different brands and sizes of SD cards and formatted them on an action camera to see if that’s the issue. The problem is when I record video, it records to my phone fine, but when I play it on the SD card it looks like it just took still photos and then seamed them together. Not an actual video. It takes photos just fine. Any ideas?

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  12. Lingeorge

    Started out well, but went downhill fast as the camera stopped transmitting. Can not find anything in manual or online to troubleshoot the problem. The whole thing is worthless without the camera and there is no help to find for it anywhere.

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