Hat DJI secretly released a new drone so small that it fits in the palm of your hand? No! What looks like a miniaturized DJI Mavic Pro is a brazen copy.
The DroneX Pro is prominently advertised on the Internet and acclaimed in alleged test reports. What does the supposed DJI killer offer? "Computer Bild" has the mini-drone under the microscope.
DroneX Pro: The advertisement for the cheap drone
The sophisticated advertising (see picture below) for the drone is very curious. One click – and potential buyers land on a website with an alleged test that praises the drone in the highest tones, candidly advertises and conveniently contains the same order links. Another click – and the buyers end up in a shop.
Striking: The internet shop is minimalist and offers only the drone. And wants to keep customers in line: A code supposedly allows 50 percent off, but is only 30 minutes valid – a countdown is running.
To increase the pressure, pop up names of current buyers on the shop page in the bottom left corner. Fake? Sure, because the countdown starts again each time the page is called. In addition, the alleged buyer Norbert from Herne had purchased 18 drones during the test of "Computer Bild" (see picture).
Our editors also bought a copy and discovered: The DJI fake drone has been around for some time, but under the name Eachine E58. The is in the China shop already from 39 euros to have and in drone online communities are no stranger.
Those who shop the Eachine on Amazon, berappt around 90 euros. If you leave the price outside: Is the cheap drone DroneX Pro something or is it just expensive electronic waste?
The DroneX Pro is a lightweight with a short flying time
It stinks a lot – when you open the box of the drone. A musty, strong smell of plastic spreads, so you first take distance. Take a deep breath, then open the transport case in a carbon look. Inside is the tiny drone, a remote control (reminiscent of the DJI controller), spare rotors, a small screwdriver to change the propellers, and a quick start guide.
The drone itself is foldable, then about the size of an iPhone 8 and weighs 100 grams including battery and rotor protection. Thus it needs according to drone regulation no plaque with name and address of the owner; which is only required from 250 grams. High quality but that does not work. When unfolding the rotors it creaks considerably.
The battery has 500 milliamp hours (mAh), is charged via USB outside the drone and tested for a flight time of a meager eight minutes. The connection between the controller (powered by three AA batteries) and drone and the free smartphone app of the provider was simply set up in the test. Ready to take off? Nearly!
No GPS, no flight aids
Before departure, the pilot has to manually set something else: the camera angle, because it can not be controlled by the controller. Unlike the original DJI: This carries his camera in a portable suspension (gimbal), which counteracts wobbling with tiny electric motors and allows the DJI camera to be controlled remotely.
Dreist: So-called test reports of the mini-drone, such as on www.drunken-tester.com, some adorn themselves with photos of the real DJI Mavic Pro – easy to recognize on the gimbal. As a tool, the cheap drone has only gyro sensors to determine the direction of flight. Ultrasound for height and distance measurement, collision sensors or GPS for determining position is sought in vain.
Especially the absence of the latter poses a risk: While DJI drones do not take off in no-fly zones, such as near airports or hospitals, or at least warn the pilots, the DroneX Pro simply flies everywhere. The pilot must therefore be particularly accurate before and check with the DFS app, if the take-off is allowed on site.
Users start the DroneX Pro by pressing a button on the controller. The drone first lifts off a meter – and then it must be fast. Because it drifts considerably back and forth, so the pilot has to constantly correct. Drifting can be compensated slightly via buttons on the controller, but never switched off. Beginners should therefore pay attention to the maiden flight on sufficient space. Once you get used to drifting, the DroneX flies neatly.
Attention in indoor flights: The response of the drone to the inputs via the remote control are fast and quite toxic – even at the slowest speed (30 percent). Under the open sky, it may like the second (60 percent) or third speed level (100 percent).
Photo and video quality of the DroneX Pro
The photo and video recordings of the drone are anything but convincing: The camera is to provide clips in 720p (1280×720 pixels), but they are pretty grisly and have big problems with brightness differences. So it comes partly to grotesque false exposures and significant color distortions.
The missing stabilizer makes it a torture to watch a video longer: Each correction of the trajectory is accompanied by a tilting of the drone and thus the video image – the result: hectic wobble. The grainy photos with about two megapixels resolution probably make even on Instagram for little likes.
Conclusion: The DroneX Pro is a toy drone that does not bring any extra features. Flying is rather difficult for beginners, the video and photo resolution are bad.
However, if you just want to jet something through the air, you reach for it. But then not on the dubious online store, but the identical Eachine E58 order at Amazon or the even cheaper China shop.
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