The Eachine EX4 Aurora drone is a very intriguing offering. This is the first drone with a full three-axis gimbal that costs less than $300. In fact, the most basic package is only $209. It offers a 25 minute flight time and has a 4K camera. The EX4 is a GPS drone with excellent stability and a handful of intelligent flight modes. Let look closer at the Eachine EX4.
Eachine EX4, the DJI Mavic Air Killer?
The Eachine EX4 was built to look a lot like the DJI Mavic Air. Like the Mavic Air, it is a small portable drone with a 4K camera that can fold up so you can easily take with you. The EX4 has some impressive specs on the surface as well, like the 4K camera. Is the EX4 the Mavic Air killer? No. The comparisons really should stop after appearance. The Mavic Air has a spectacular camera that is capable of professional quality pictures and videos. It is incredibly stable and the flight modes work flawlessly.
The EX4 is a good drone but is not in the same class as the Mavic Air. That doesn’t mean it is a bad drone. It isn’t, well not all of them are anyway. It is actually made by C-Fly and they have a poor track record for quality control. My unit was a PITA to fly. It didn’t get GPS lock, wasn’t responsive and didn’t always save videos. However, I’ve seen cases where people got flawless units. I was not that lucky.
Keep in mind that the pictures and videos won’t be near-professional quality like the Mavic Air. That, of course, should be expected as it is roughly 1/4 the cost of a DJI Mavic Air.
Eachine EX4 Aurora Camera and Gimbal
The EX4 GPS drone has some pretty impressive specs for a drone that is just over $200. The full three-axis gimbal is impressive on a drone in this price range. The Aurora is capable of recording 1080p video and claims to be able to take 4K photos. It is likely that the 4K is just an upscaling of the pixels and not true 4K. With an 8 MBPS bitrate, you wouldn’t want to record 4K video as well as it will most certainly be choppy. The field of view is 80 degrees and the camera has a 1/3.2″ CMOS sensor and an aperture of f/2.6. You can even zoom in digitally up to 50x with the EX4 Aurora. The gimbal does a nice job of smoothing the video but it doesn’t have the travel that a drone like the Mavic Air does so you’ll still have to fly smoothly to get good shots.
Eachine Aurora EX4 Specs
The EX4 Aurora tips the scales at 437 grams so if you are flying in the US you’ll have to register it with the FAA. The efficient brushless motors give it a maximum flight time of 25 minutes but expect to get closer to 20 minutes of actual flying. The range of the EX4 is 1200 meters but that is transmission distance only. The live video feed is only rated at 1000 meters but again expect to get somewhere in the 500-750 meter range for most applications. The FPV feed is done via WiFi and you’ll need a newer smartphone with the AC protocol to do so. It is often referred to incorrectly as 5G WiFi.
The Aurora is a GPS drone but it also utilizes altitude hold, ultrasonic sensors and optical flow technology to help keep it stable. It has one key take-off and landing as well as an intelligent return to home feature. It has follow me mode, waypoints and a point of interest flight modes. All of the intelligent flight modes can be controlled via the app on your smartphone.
Should you get the Eachine EX4 Aurora GPS drone?
If you are looking to get a high-quality professional drone for cheap then the Eachine Aurora is not the drone for you. The Mavic Air, Parrot Anafi and Mavic Mini are the best three options if you are on a budget. The Eachine EX4 Aurora is an excellent beginner drone. If you are looking for a drone to learn how to fly and you want something that is stable and can take decent pictures and stabilized video then give the Eachine EX4 a look. If you want something that takes better pictures and video but you don’t want to spend a ton then take a look at the $399 DJI Mavic Mini.
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