2016 Best Drones With Cameras

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JJRC H26W Review

The JJRC H26W is a large brushed motor quadcopter capable of flights easily over 100 meters.

Needless to say, just from looking at the quadcopter, there's something really different about this one. It's camera.

Most toy-class drones offer a standard 720P pinhole camera that's either mounted to the belly of the drone, or fully integrated into the body. The JJRC H26W is a bit different as it has a more "professional" camera mount, and remotely adjustable 3mp 720P camera that actually has a wide angle 140° lens!

JJRC H26W Camera Drone Review

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ABOUT THE H26W

The JJRC H26W's gimbal is partially motorized, allowing you to move the camera both vertically and horizontally from your remote controller.

The drone is powered by a 7.4v 1200mAh battery, which gives you about 6-7 minutes of flight time per charge (while recording videos), and it is removable, so you can buy extra batteries. You will need a small screwdriver (PH1 size) to remove the battery door cover as it's screwed on. The plugs are not universal, so the using other 7.4v batteries is out of the question unless you change the plugs to a standard plug that those other batteries have. The drone does have an on/off switch, so you can leave the battery installed during storage.

With the battery installed, the drone weight is almost one pound, putting it over the weight limit, so you must have a FAA registration ID to fly this drone, and it also must be marked on the drone in a visible place.

The motors have heat sinks to help keep them a bit cooler, which is something very few Toy Drones have (if any others at all). The motors also appear to be Tarantula X6 motors, so it's been said on drone forums that you can get the TX6 motors instead if you need to replace one that's failed.

The transmitter is rated by the manufacturer to have a 300 meter range, and if that were true, it would make this drone one of the best video drones in the toy class drone segment for range. We only dared to go out about 200 meters (to the treeline), and still had full control as we did, so it could be fully possible to get out to 300 meters in the right conditions. We didn't want to fly the drone over the forest for obvious reasons.

If the drone loses signal from the controller, it returns to the ground in whatever spot it's in. A nice fail safe in case the batteries on the controller go dead or you have to shut the drone down in an emergency situation.

The upper left shoulder button will snap photos if you click the bottom half of the button, and video if you click the top half. The upper right button's bottom half of the button changes the rates (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced/Expert), and the top half is for flips.

The two buttons on the top right in front of the antenna mast appear to rotate, but that does nothing. Rather, they're just momentary buttons. The one on the right is headless mode and one key return. The button on the left is not in use at this time, but is there for when they implement altitude hold in future releases.

Right below the left joystick, you'll find the controls for the camera's gimbal. 

To bind the JJRC H26W to the controller, simply follow these steps:

  1. Turn the drone on by moving the on/off switch to on, and set down on the ground.
  2. Turn the controller on (must be off when you turn the drone on)
  3. Move the left joystick to the upper rightmost position, then down to the bottom rightmost position.

The controller will beep when it's binded to the JJRC H26W.

You also want to calibrate the Gyros by moving both joysticks down to the rightmost position, then simultaneously move to the bottom leftmost position.

JJRC H26W Video

If you choose to record video, there is a light on the bottom of the rear of the quadcopter that toggles between blue and red to let you know it's recording video.

You'll notice that your video recordings do have a bit of "jello". This is typical of non-gimbal drones, but since this drone does have a gimbal of sorts, we have to assume there's very little vibration dampening in the gimbal.

Headless mode is pretty tricky. The drone forgets which bearing it saved pretty easily, so luck with this is marginal at best. Same with the one key return. Since it forgets the bearing, more often than not, the return has your drone flying in a different direction as expected, but keep in mind that all drones without GPS have issues with headless and return to home.

What we liked about the JJRC H26W:

  • It's very stable, even in slight breezes.
  • Great for aerial video due to it's stability.
  • Decent video recording, but does have a bit of jello, most seen when in motion, not so much there in hovering.

What we didn't like about the H26W:

  • It's a fairly heavy drone, and so it gives lower flight times than other drones in it's class (6-7 minutes)
  • Jello in video recordings
  • Forgets Headless and return to home bearings easily

Drone Size: 45 x 45 x 18cm | 17.71" x 17.71" x 7" inches
Controller requires 4x AA batteries (not included)
Charge Time: 60-80 minutes
Flight Time 6-8 minutes
Available Colors: WHITE | GREEN
Accessories: Extra Batteries | 4x Rotor Blades | ALL PARTS

Price: $73-$89

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