Eachine E511S Folding GPS Camera Drone Flight Test Review

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This folding GPS drone is available in several different options at several different cost levels. Find it here
Pros
- Folding drone with GPS. Can return to home and land automatically on command, on loss of signal, or on low battery.
- Available at many options at varied price levels, including with 1, 2, or 3 batteries, 720p or 1080p cameras, and 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz (802.11ac) WiFi versions.
- Video is recorded directly to a microSD card to avoid WiFi frame dropping.
- Camera includes 120 degree wide angle lens, and its view can be manually tilted up or down.
- Uses large 7.4V 1200mah battery.
- FPV video can be viewed on your smartphone, and advanced features can be controlled through the drone's LW FPV app available on Google Play here and iTunes here .
Cons
- Cheaper 720p and base 1080p versions use 2.4Ghz WiFi, and can be flown using most phones. However, the 1080p 5G version uses 802.11ac WiFi. Not everyone has a phone capable of using this WiFi. It is very important to first verify that your phone can indeed use 802.11ac WiFi before purchasing the 1080p 5G version of this drone.
- Maximum FPV range was relatively short for 5G WiFi at about 150 meters.
- The compass kept losing calibration during flight causing toilet bowl effect (TBE). This required multiple compass calibrations during the review.
- The waypoint feature was buggy. Google Maps would not show up. Setting waypoints was difficult as sometimes they would not take on the touchscreen.
- The app crashed on me a couple times during the flights.
- Advertised 16 minute flight time is very doubtful. More realistic flight time is around 9 to 10 minutes.
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