We’ve heard folks chatting about a drone that we feel we need to talk about, the Drone X Pro. We’re not here to tell you it’s a bad drone, but we feel like you should shop around before you purchase this machine.
Truth told, we’re seeing more than a few similarities between the Drone X Pro and some less expensive toy-class drones, but you can be the judge if we’re reading too much into things. One simple fact remains, despite what it looks like, the Drone X Pro does not compete with the DJI Mavic Pro that it is made to look like.
Drone X Pro
When we performed a web search for the Drone X Pro, many of the first results were very negative. A lot like we’re going to tell you, the results say that the drone itself is a perfectly capable toy-class machine, it’s just not worth the price they are asking. We’ll explore more below, for now, just what is the Drone X Pro?
Up front, the Drone X Pro is a folding quadcopter that looks a little like a smaller DJI Mavic Pro. Similarly, the Drone X Pro Air looks a lot like the DJI Mavic Air. Are you seeing the trend yet? We get it, DJI drones have been often emulated, especially the Mavic Pro, and it appears the Drone X Pro is another such machine.
This toy-class machine is much smaller and lighter than the DJI Mavic Pro, it also rocks specs that fail to compete with the more expensive drone.
Up front, the Drone X Pro houses a 2MP 720p camera. It is not stabilized. If you see any any “video samples” from this drone that look clean and crisp, I’m sorry to say, they faked it. There is a newer machine, the Drone X Pro Limitless that has a 4K camera, so there’s some hope.
Anyhow, connectivity range is limited to a couple hundred feet at best, and battery life will keep you airborne for less than 10 minutes. Otherwise, you’re looking at a decent flight controller, and some basic flight modes.
Wrapping things up, please make your own judgement that the drone is sold on Amazon by a brand called Drone-Clone Xperts.
Have you ever heard of the Eachine E58? It’s a toy-class drone that offers the same things as the Drone X Pro. The thing is, as best as we can tell, the Eachine E58 and the Drone X Pro are the same machine, a white-label product produced in China for brands to sell as their own. There are a few other sellers and brands you can find on Amazon, Banggood, and such with this exact machine. I think that sums that up.
At this time, thankfully, the Drone X Pro can be found for a reasonable price. If you see it for sale for around $349, do not buy it! The latest offering we saw on Amazon was $75, plus $32 shipping, ouch, we’d recommend only purchasing for under $50. As for their newer models, we’re inclined to consider the Drone X Pro Air 4K for $140. It’s overall much better than the base Drone X Pro, but it’s still a knock-off of an old DJI machine, you’ll absolutely want to jump up to the DJI Mini 2 if you can afford it, or the DJI Mavic Mini.
Alternatives to the Drone X Pro
The most important question you need to ask yourself when buying a drone is what your goal is for the machine. Near any drone can be super fun for bouncing around the backyard, but if you are trying to put a camera into the sky, there’s a barrier to entry if you care about quality. First and foremost, we have never seen a drone without a stabilized camera that shoots smooth video. Never. There is some smoothing that can be done digitally, but due to the nature of how drones actually fly, it’s impossible to correct for all of the tilting and vibration inherent to drone flight without mechanical stabilization.
With that said, here are a few fun toy drones that we’d recommend, and then a handful of drones with mechanically stabilized cameras.
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