The ZLRC Beast is most definitely an intriguing option. It is the first GPS drone with a 4K camera that we have seen to release for less than $200, in fact, you can pick one up for less than $150. This really could be a game changer. It boasts a handful of intelligent flight modes and an impressive flight time of 23 minutes. The original release video below is hilarious. It’s definitely worth a watch.
ZLRC Beast SG906 or CSJ-X7
The ZLRC Beast was built to look a lot like the DJI Mavic Air. It is a smaller, folding quadcopter and it does have a 4K camera it most definitely will not compete with the DJI Mavic Air. The biggest reason is the camera. Yes, it is capable of 4K but only for photography. The video is limited to 2K, which is still an improvement over 1080p. The camera is on a servo so the pilot should be able to tilt it up and down. It claims a field of view of 120-degrees.
This all sounds great, but the reality is that there is no SD card storage on the drone. That means that the video footage and picture quality will depend on the connection to your smartphone. I consistently experienced frame dropping and choppy footage. Also, the propellers were often in the field of view. On top of that, the footage is quite shaky. The manufacturer claims they’ll be implementing electronic image stabilization in the future. We will see, but that won’t solve the fact that you can’t save footage to the drone.
ZLRC Beast Flight Modes
The ZLRC Beast CSJ-X7 is a GPS based drone with altitude hold and an optical flow camera for stability. With its brushless motors it should be able to perform well outdoors. It will have your standard return home, waypoints, follow me, and point of interest as well as some hand gesture modes for taking selfies. The ZLRC Beast CSJ-X7 claims a range of 400 meters and a flight time of 23 minutes. While this drone does have some intriguing options don’t mistake it for the Mavic Air. Time will tell how well it will perform. Check back soon as we hope to get our hands on one and put it to the test.
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