JJRC X7 drone core features
- Double satellite positioning system (GPS & GLONASS);
- Barometric altitude hold & headless modes;
- Intelligent flight modes (like Orbit mode);
- Fail-safe return to home;
- PPM 6-channel remote controller (Up to 500 meters control range);
- Dual control mode (RC & APP);
- Powerful brushless motors;
- On-board 1080P camera with remote angle adjustment;
- 5G WiFi real-time image transmission (~200 meters FPV range);
- About 23 minutes flying time.
The design of the JJRC X7 is very minimalist, with elegant lines. You have two color options: white and black. Build quality is nice, the fuselage feels sturdy.
As you can see in the image bellow, landing gears are quite interesting. Instead of being under the motors, thy are after them. This approach makes its foot-print, unnecessary larger. The X7 Smart quadcopter has about 28cm motor-to-motor distance (wheelbase) and it weights 399 grams (including battery). Both, arms and propellers have DJI alike stripes. The flight battery is loaded form the tail of the aircraft. Power switch is on the battery pack.
According to the manufacturer’s specs, with a fully charged LIPO you can have up to 23 minutes flying time. Before you get too enthusiast, nothing is perfect, recharging the battery takes an eternity (~ 3 hours).
On the right side of the X7 JJRC drone there is a micro USB port. Being curious to find out its purpose, I connected it to my computer. My Win10 detected a new com port, which gave me hope for future firmware upgrades and tuning possibilities.
During night flights you will be guided by 4 LED lights (one under each arm). Frontal LEDs are red and the rear ones green. IMHO, a frontal bright LED light it would have been helpful to identify the orientation of the drone.
In order to enable all the features of the JJR/C X7 drone you need to download and install the Enjoy-Fly APP on your mobile device. Under the general settings menu you can initiate compass and gyro calibration. Here, you can also activate “Beginner” mode, which limits flight distance to 200 meters as well as flight altitude to 120 meters.
Image quality is quite nice, even better than I expected from such a cheap product. Videos are full of colors and with great contrast. Camera’s biggest drawback is the fact that it’s not mechanically stabilized.
Featuring on-board DVR, you can opt to record on drone’s micro SD card, which usually provides best results. It allows to capture photos and videos with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Three minutes of video occupies about 180 MB. Videos are divided into 3 minute sequences.