Th ZLRC Beast SG906 is a recently released drone on the market that you can still find very cheap online.
The specs of this quadcopter are absolutely insane, and even though you shouldn't get your hopes up this is going to compete with other 4k drones out there… considering the price, it's definitely going to make it to my top drones under $200 list.
We're talking about a GPS, position hold drone with a ton of battery life and a camera that can be moved in the air.
There's no gimbal involved to stabilize the video, but considering you can shoot up to 4k, post processing stabilization is very doable indeed.
The battery life is said to be 23 minutes in perfect conditions.
However in real life conditions I would expect no more than 20 minutes.
There are indeed spare batteries online and I'll leave links to those down in the accessories section.
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.
The maximum height allowed to fly in the USA is 400feet which is just over 120m.
This drone can go up to 200m so you'll be more than okay in that regard.
Here are some of the best drone alternatives to the ZLRC Beast, compared both in an easy to share image and in a sortable table.
I chose most of the drones in the same price category to make things fair.
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.
Bellow you can find a filtering system for the main competitor drones I reviewed and you can press the “Add to compare” button if you want to do so.
This camera is quite unique, especially for this price range.
The modular design means it's easy to replace if it gets broken and can be upgraded in the future.
It also comes with the optical sensor you can see at the bottom between the two antennas.
That makes the toilet bowl effect you can see on some GPS drones go away (at low heights at least).
You still have to do a proper GPS calibration before flight.
Amazing enough but there is an option to stabilize the video though Eis (electronic image stabilization) that is mainly done by your phone.
This means the live feed will get a bit laggy when flying normally.
Otherwise, the drone doesn't have any gimbal or other form of image stabilization.
The footage will have some black bars entering the image from time to time, so I'd actually recommmend doing the stabilization in post processing if you can.
The maximum footage resolution is actually 2k, but it cal also record in 1080p.
It does have a 4k camera, but it's only used for taking 4k photos, but not videos.
A really unique feature of this drone is the ability to move the camera to 180 degrees and swivel it from the transmitter itself.
This is a feature you can find in the Parrot Anafi and allows for some really interesting shots where the drone can actually look up. This could be interesting to fly underneath some trees or bridges.
As previously mentioned, the camera is modular so you will certainly have the option to upgrade it in the future.
Unfortunately, there is no alternative at the current time.
But if you really want to record better footage you could remove it and replace it with a lightweight Action camera.
There seems that the micro SD card slot is nowehere to be found on the drone, and that is because it doesn't exist!
I know, shocking!
This drone sends all the footage directly to your phone though wifi.
Speaking about wifi…
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.
The drone comes in to options: whive or black.
The package has most things that you actually need, especially if you get a version with more than one battery.
The drone is very portable and the materials feel premium.
Although I don't see how they managed to do all of this and fuill it with features for sucha small budget.
This transmitter has a pretty good form factor, and I really like the phone bracket, as it doesn't press on the side of your phone like most others. It won't turn the phone off by accident by pressing the side button.
There's also a tiny LCD screen at the bottom that reminds me of the MJX Bugs Series. This is great, as you can see how far the drone is from you, even if the app has disconnected. You can basically fly it even without visual feedback, although I don't recommend it.
It comes with the one key return to home button, that's absolutely great.
One downside is that there are buttons for switching the camera angle, not a scrolling wheel, which means the movement is not gradual so you can't make smooth videos while moving the camera up or down. But at least there is the option of doing it.
The app is called HFun+ and can be found for both iphone and android at the curent time.
In the basic settings you can change the languege between english and chinese, check for firmware upgrades and more.
A really unique setting I've never seen before in this price category is the image stabilization.
It does a pretty decent job at stabilizing the footage, although there are some black bars showing up if you move too fast.
When it comes to features, the SG906 Beast deserves its name.
Although things like gesture control don't work as good as those from DJI, I must admit it comes with a lot of very interesting features.
The follow me and point of interest ones can prove to be quite fun to play with and might make for some nice footage to share with your friends while you follow the car around or yourselves.
Waypoint flight is not something I usually use, as I usually appreciate drones at this price point by how good they have their basics.
By basics I mean battery life, camera quality, build quality, GPS stability and so on. And this drone excels in almost all of these, even though it has more work to do in the camera department.
It's undeniable that the price of this drone is what makes it so special, as I must admit that when it comes to specs and overall build quality, this is a drone that overdelivers.
The package it comes from can vary depending on what you choose.
For example, if we take a look at the options at banggood:
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I don't really think you can get better for under $150.
All the specs, the flight stability, modular camera that even comes with the ability to stabilize video (to some extent) make it a great choice.
Having GPS for return to home and flight stability is also a great feature for beginners to have.