ThiEye Dr.X Review

Thieye Dr. x - cheap 1080p selfie drone

Battery Life

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Range

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Camera

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Motors

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Thieye is a company that produces cheap action cameras with some of the latest video processing units available. That means they do know what they're doing when it comes to video quality.

Dr x is their take on a cheap selfie drone that doesn't really compromise that much in the camera department. And just as the Ryze Tello, it's main competitor, it comes with small brushless motors and an optical flow camera underneath.

This keeps it flying steady and the image stable.

A VERY strong point for this drone is its capability to take amazing photos.

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What to look for in a camera drone

Image stability

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.

Usually, drones at this price range are situated somewhere around 7 minutes of battery life. Taking the right picture also requires some time, and you don't want to be in a hurry when you do it.

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.

I'm not even getting into the ability to take timelapses, but having a solid stable drone is necesary for not begin stressed by the wind taking it away while you change the camera settings.

In this case, DR x doesn't have GPS, but it does come with Optical flow, which keeps it quite stable at heights lower than 15m.

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Drone X Price and specs

Usually drones around this price range don't have many specs to list and the features are vey limited.

That's not necesarily a bad thing, as what we're looking for is a drone that does a few things very good.

Thieye drone is one that focuses on the main features of a good camera quadcopter, that is the camera, stability and usability.

What people should buy the Dr X:

  • People who want to take casual photos and videos (maybe in a park or selfies  of a group of friends)
  • Anyone interested in learning how to fly a drone  (it's going to be pretty easy with this one, as it stays in the same place, however you might not like the phone flying experience that much)
Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushed
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 7
Flight Range: 50
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

Here's a dainly price history for the Drx, so you know if now is the right time to buy it.

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Thieye Vs other drones

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Bellow you can check my top  drones in the same price category.

Please use the “Add to compare” button and then press on the icon on the right to compare them.

A little lower and you'll find a video comparison with the Tello and Xiaomi Mitu.

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MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)
MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)
300 m
15 min
1080p
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2 Ryze DJI Tello Review
Ryze DJI Tello Review
100 m
12 min
720p
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3 ThiEye Dr.X Review
ThiEye Dr.X Review
50 m
7 min
1080p
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Thieye vs Tello vs Xiaomi Mitu

As its main competitor is the DJI Tello, I couldn't stop myself from making a video comparison between these two and another very popular selfie drone, the Xiaomi Mitu.

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Camera and video comparison

I was frankly surprised that Thieye managed to actually make a better camera than what's already on the market right now. Comparing it with the Tello and seeing that it does better in quite a few areas… I got quite mindblown after that.

Of course, the better camera resolution should give it away, but it's not always true that a better camera resolution makes for better photos or videos.

 

 

A few image samples for comparison

One drawback I noticed when zooming in the photos and videos, is that there's some strange artifacts at the edges of objects, but it's usually hard to notice or pretty much impossible if you don't zoom in a lot!

Here's a very zoomed in photo on my bench test comparison.

Dr x

9 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

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.

2 Comments
  1. Have you checked in vlc or otherwise that it is definitely 1080p?

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