The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

The JJRC X12 AURORA Is the Most Discussed Drone Model. to Consolidate Piloting and Shooting Skills

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills
The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most dis­cussed drone mod­el among novice drone hob­by­ists, pre­de­ter­min­ing a grad­ual upgrade of the entire bud­get UAV niche, where recent­ly one can observe inex­pen­sive copters with ful­ly func­tion­al func­tion­al­i­ty, on B/C motors, and a cam­era sta­bi­lized by a mechan­i­cal gim­bal. X12 AURORA has absorbed all mod­ern trends from design to func­tion­al­i­ty, which, as prac­tice shows, works much bet­ter than ever in its niche. In this review, in addi­tion to the key infor­ma­tion about the drone, we will also touch on an impor­tant “tar” point that the con­sumer will def­i­nite­ly encounter dur­ing the pur­chase process. But every­thing is in order. By tra­di­tion, let’s start with the fea­tures.

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Peculiarities

  • Drone flight weight 437 g
  • Mav­ic Air Form Fac­tor
  • Colour: White/Black
  • Fold­able beam design
  • Posi­tion­ing: GPS/GLONASS + sen­sor sys­tem (2 × ultra­son­ic 1 × opti­cal)
  • 12MP 1080P cam­era built on 1/2.7‑inch CMOS sen­sor
  • 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal
  • Brush­less propul­sion sys­tem with fold­ing pro­pellers
  • FPV Flight (Wi-Fi 5GHz 802.11ac)
  • C‑fly mobile app (iOS/Android)
  • Con­trol 5.8GHz
  • 3 × auto­mat­ic modes (Track/Waypoint/Orbit)
  • 2 × flight modes (Alti­tude [GPS+сенсоры]/Position [Сенсоры; для полёта в помещении])
  • Auto takeoff/landing
  • Hold posi­tion
  • Auto return to the take­off point (in case of low battery/loss of con­nec­tion with the remote control/forced by the pilot with the but­ton)
  • Max. flight time 25 min
  • Max. FPV removal dis­tance 1.2 km
  • Trans­port bag
  • Ready to fly out of the box (RTF)

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Equipment

The devel­op­er offers in the only stan­dard pack­age which will include:

  1. Drone
  2. Con­trol equip­ment
  3. bat­tery
  4. Trans­port bag
  5. USB cable for mem­o­ry
  6. Bal­ance charg­er
  7. smart­phone hold­er
  8. Spare Prop Kit (2CW/2CCW)
  9. Pro­peller replace­ment tool
  10. User’s Man­u­al

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Note that the sell­ers reserve the right to expand the stan­dard equip­ment with addi­tion­al bat­ter­ies.

Impor­tant! The JJRC X12 AURORA quad­copter is sold in two ver­sions on the Inter­net mar­ket­places: 1080P and 4K! In fact, both ver­sions are absolute­ly iden­ti­cal (only FHD)! In the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the 4K ver­sion, only the pho­to res­o­lu­tion is dif­fer­ent: 4096 × 3072P, the video res­o­lu­tion remains the same: 1920 × 1080P at 25 fps! The remain­ing dis­crep­an­cies in the char­ac­ter­is­tics were not con­firmed at all (for exam­ple, a 50x zoom, matrix, weight, trans­mit­ter pow­er, etc.)!

Specification

Drone

Brand:

JJRC

Model:

X12 AURORA

Weight (with battery):

437 g

Dimensions (folded / unfolded):

177×90×55mm/177×196×70mm

Color:

White black

Execution materials:

ABS + elec­tr. part

Max. lifting speed:

7.2 km/h

Max. descent speed:

5.4 km/h

Max. flight speed:

21.6 km/h

EIRP receiver power:

FCC:

≤199.5mW

CE:

≤25.12mW

Max. FPV Removal Distance:

1200 m

Max. ceiling above sea level:

5000 m

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Power point

motor type:

brush­less

Model:

n/a

ESC:

n/a

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Camera

Matrix:

1/2.7CMOS

Eff. pixels:

12M

Diaphragm

:

F/2.6

Focal length:

n/a

ISO range:

Video:

100‑3200

A photo:

100‑1600

Viewing Angle:

80°

Shutter speed:

n/a

Video resolution:

FHD:

1920×1080P@25fps

Video Format:

MP4

Max. bitrate:

8 Mbps

Photo resolution:

1920×1080P

Photo Format:

JPEG

Shooting mode:

Sin­gle

SD card slot location:

at the bot­tom of the drone, next to the cam­era

Supported cards:

MicroSD; Class 10 and above; Max. capac­i­ty up to 64 GB

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

suspension

Type of:

mechan­i­cal motor­ized (on 3 motors of brush­less type)

Stabilization:

3‑axis

Tilt range:

0° to ‑90°

Roll Range:

±30°

Pan Range:

±15°

FPV

Type of:

5GHz WiFi (802.11ac)

Removal distance (smartphone/smartphone + remote control):

200 m / 1200 m (in an area free of inter­fer­ence / obsta­cles)

Video stream quality:

720P@25fps

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Remote controller

Working frequency:

5.8GHz

EIRP transmitter power:

FCC:

≤398mW

CE:

≤25.12mW

SRRC:

≤100mW

Removal distance:

2000 m

Food:

Bat­tery 1S/3.7V 2600mAh 9.62Wh LiPo

Charging port:

micro USB

Max. working hours:

3 h

Food:

1S/3.7V 2600mAh 9.62Wh

Smartphone dimensions (thickness/length):

6.5–8.5mm/80mm

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

battery

Type of:

3S LiPo

Capacity:

2400 mAh 27.36Wh

Power:

27.36Wh

Voltage:

11.4v

Charge indication:

No

The weight:

150 g

Max. flight time:

25 min

Charging time:

4.5 h (DC 5V/2A)

Working temperature range:

0°С to 40°С

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Charger

Entrance:

5V 2A

Exit:

4.35V/0.7A × 3

Rated power:

10W

Working temperature range:

0°С to 40°С

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

APP

Name:

C‑fly/EnjoyFly

Supported OS:

iOS 9 and later/Android 5.0 and lat­er

Supported WiFi standard:

802.11ac

Required frequency range:

5GHz

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Appearance

Obvi­ous­ly, when cre­at­ing the X12 AURORA, the devel­op­ers of JJRC were inspired by the Mav­ic Air portable drone. The qual­i­ty of the plas­tic is not the same as that of a pre­mi­um DJI drone, but for a bud­get mod­el it deserves respect.

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Purpose of the remote control buttons

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Price

The portable quad­copter JJRC X12 AURORA is sold by the devel­op­er through almost all known trad­ing plat­forms at a price of $239.

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Conclusion

JJRC X12 AURORA from $239

The JJRC X12 AURORA is the most discussed drone model. To consolidate piloting and shooting skills

Func­tion­al­i­ty

8/10

Flight time

7/10

flight qual­i­ties

5/10

com­pact­ness

10/10

Equip­ment

7/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

9/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Portable Design/Quality
  • stack­able beams
  • Satel­lite posi­tion­ing + sen­sors
  • B/C motors (stack­able props)
  • FHD cam­era in 3‑axis mech. sus­pen­sion
  • FPV (in prac­tice, con­fi­dent removal up to 700 meters)
  • Flight time (in prac­tice 21 min)
  • Auto takeoff/landing
  • The oper­a­tion of auto flight and shoot­ing modes (for a bud­get mod­el / except for fly­ing by way­points)
  • Hold posi­tion (accu­ra­cy return to land­ing site)

Minuses

  • Developer/Seller mis­leads buy­er with non-exis­tent 4K ver­sion of drone
  • Way­point mode not work­ing
  • Does­n’t fly to adver­tised dis­tance
  • In mob. The app does not show the map
  • Over­priced

Despite the cun­ning of the devel­op­er / sell­er regard­ing the non-exis­tent 4K ver­sion, in prac­tice, the JJRC X12 AURORA quad­copter has proven itself exclu­sive­ly from the best side and, with­out exag­ger­a­tion, can claim the posi­tion of the best among bud­get UAVs. The mod­el will prove itself as a sim­u­la­tor for con­sol­i­dat­ing pilot­ing skills with an empha­sis on aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy before buy­ing an expen­sive copter. There­fore, if you have already mas­tered the pri­ma­ry skills of pilot­ing on col­lec­tor quads and are look­ing for a more inter­est­ing, but at the same time inex­pen­sive drone, then the X12 at least deserves your atten­tion. Age lim­it 14+.

Video

Demon­stra­tion of flight qual­i­ties, flight range, qual­i­ty of shoot­ing and exe­cu­tion of auto modes.

Flight range test after retro­fitting the con­sole with sig­nal ampli­fiers.

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