JJRC X9 Heron Review – A Decent Alternative To The DJI Saprk
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JJRC X9 Heron Review – A Decent Alternative To The DJI Saprk

Just
a few years back, there were hardly any drones that could shoot and
record in HD and the few that did come with this technology were very
expensive. However, with growing market demand for cheaper alternatives
to the likes ofDJI, there are plenty of drones that come with HD cameras and advanced
features at affordable prices and one of these drones is the JJRC X9 Heron.

For
anyone not familiar with JJRC, they are a technology company based in
China and specialise in RC toys. They have released a number of drones
that are suitable for everyone, even for beginners. TheJJRC X9 Heron is one of their latest drone releases and it comes packed with some amazing features at a surprisingly low price.

Specification

Package size (L x W x H)
30x18.2x8cm
Product size (L x W x H)
14.8x14.5x6cm
Brand
JJRC
Type
GPS
Package weight
0.8kg
Material
Plastic
Product Weight
0.258kg
Package Contents
1 x JJRC X9P Quadcopter 1 x Remote Controller (Battery Included) 1 x 11.4V 1000mAh Li-ion Battery 1 x Balance Charger 1 x USB Charging Cable 2 x Spare Propeller 1 x L-type Hex Wrench 1 x User Manual

First of all, I should mention that the JJRC X9 Heron is an upgrade to the JJRC X9, it comes with many more features and an
advanced HD camera with a gimbal system for image and video
stabilisation.

Out of the box, you get a wide range
of accessories like spare propellers, 1 lithium-ion battery, USB
charging cable, L-type hex wrench and the remote controller.

The drone has a very nice design, it actually looks a lot similar to the DJI Spark which is one of DJI’s cheaper drones and I think this may have been
done intentionally by JJRC. This is because DJI’s drones are
fantastically designed and come with superior technology. Now, smaller
drone companies just do not have the R&D to copy the technology but
they can imitate some of the design elements and this what many like
JJRC have done.

The drone is built from durable plastic and is pretty lightweight, including the battery, it weighs just under 250g.


The
drones come in two colour options, grey and black or white and grey, I
personally prefer the grey and black colour scheme, I think it makes it
look a bit more futuristic. Another cool aspect of this drone is that
each rotor has LED lights underneath them. These LED lights make the JJRC X9 Heron suitable to fly during the night and drones with LED that are flown at
night make a fantastic spectacle. A great way to impress family and
friends.

Like most modern drones, this one comes with
one lipo battery that has a 1000 mAh capacity. This gives it a flight
time of around 15 minutes which is on par with most other drones in its
price range.

While 15 minutes of flight time is
decent, it’s not really enough time to enjoy flying a drone, this is why
I always advise people to purchase extra batteries.

The last thing I want to mention before I get to the main features of this drone is the JJRC X9
remote controller. It looks simple, has rounded edges which makes it
comfortable to hold and is larger than I imagined it would be. There is a
smartphone holder at the top and it comes with a lot of controls which
corresponds to the advanced features the drone comes with.


There
is a gimbal dial at the top which controls the 2 axis gimbal on the
drone, there are also buttons for recording videos and taking pictures
and two joysticks to control the drone’s movements. The controller has a
transmission range of around 1000m in optimal conditions, so expect a
lower a transmission range because weather conditions are not always
perfect and sometimes drone companies overstate their drone range.

You
can also control the drone just through your smartphone via the
Enjoy-Fly app, this app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices
and most of the features are available through the app. The stated FPV
range for the drone is around 800m, this seems a bit generous, tests
have shown the limit to be way less.

JJRC X9 Heron Camera


Now,
I have seen many places around the web say that the JJRC X9 Heron comes
with a 4K camera, this is not true. It does come with FHD 1080p camera
but it is still not 4K, having said that, the camera quality is of good
standard and you will be able to take some decent aerial images and
video footage.

The camera is stabilised by a 2-axis
brushless gimbal, this is an advanced piece of equipment that will make
sure your images and videos are distortion-free. The FPV system will
allow you to stream 720p video footage straight to your mobile device.

The
video is transmitted via 5G technology so there is little lag in the
transmission and the footage is very clear. The camera has a wide-angle
lens which you can adjust 90° up or down via the remote control this
gives you more options to get the angle that you want to shoot from and
take the perfect picture.

This is a good camera and although its not as good as the Spark, it is less expensive and if you are not a professional photographer, you will most likely be pleased with it.

Intelligent Flight Modes.

Like
most advanced drones, the JJRC X9 Heron comes with three intelligent
flight modes, these modes can only be flown via the app and they provide
a great way to take aerial pictures and images without having to worry
about controlling the drone.


The Three intelligent flight modes are;

Waypoint
– Allows you to draw a path on the app and the drone will automatically
follow that route and come back to its starting position.

Follow me – In this mode, you can lock the drone on yourself and it will follow you wherever you go.

Point of interest – Similar to the previous flight mode but this time the drone will orbit you or any other subject you lock the drone onto.


Other Features


The
drone comes with several other features that will come in handy to the
user, it has a low battery fail-safe feature, this means when the
battery is on low charge, the drone will automatically return home, thus
minimising the risk of losing your drone.

It also
comes with GPS and optical flow system this allows for better hovering
capability and also makes for a better flying experience.

Flight Performance

The
X9 Heron fly’s very well and even holds up surprisingly well in windy
conditions despite its lightweight body. Although I wouldn’t advise
flying in any kind of bad weather unless you are a highly experienced
drone pilot.

It’s easy to fly, especially if you are
using its intelligent flight modes and with features like altitude hold
and GPS, it’s even suitable for beginners to fly this drone. The drone
is pretty fast and its official stated maximum speed is 20 km/h.

Final Thoughts

The JJRC X9 Heron is a good mid-range drone that comes with some awesome features which
will make it fun to fly. The best feature, in my opinion, is the HD
camera with which you will be able to see the world from above and
explore places you might not have otherwise. If you are looking for a HD
camera drone that isn’t too expensive, the JJRC X9 Heron is a good
choice. If you want something more professional and don’t mind spending a
couple hundred more, the DJI Spark is a way better choice.








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