What do you get when you take a rectangular body and attach four propeller arms with rotors? The Eachine EX3 quadcopter. Ok, the EX3 is not as rudimentary as that because this is one of the most eye-catching drones in its category. It looks nice and whats more, it has features to boot. This is indeed an exciting drone with so many features. To name but just a few of them, you will get a 2K camera, whose resolution is higher than the regular 1920 by 1080P cameras that we have been used to in drones of this size. Marketed as a 2K camera quadcopter for adults, we will find out whether it meets the threshold.
Eachine EX3 Features & Technical Details
The Eachine EX3 is not lacking in features. It comes with truckloads of them. Here, we will briefly look at several of the most important ones:
Design, build quality and durability
This is a foldable drone. The propeller arms fold nicely alongside the body of the drone making it smaller and more compact for traveling. You can pack it in your backpack and travel with it so easily. The plastic casing is quite strong and it will not rip apart and spill the interiors of this drone at the first, second or third collision. We wish the rotors were protected with guards, but it is what it is and besides, this drone does everything the manufacturer says it can do.
About size … when it is unfolded, it measures 17.7 by 17.7 by 3 inches and when folded, the size considerably reduces to 7.5 by 6.7 by 3 inches.
It comes with 2204 1400KV brushless motors. These motors will last a long time, and they will require minimal to zero maintenance. They do not overheat and best of all; they have minimal noise output.
The main reason why people buy camera drones is because they look for an aerial camera either for their hobbyist photographs or for their professional videography gigs. It does not matter what you need the camera for because the EX3 2K 5G Wi-Fi camera meets all of your needs. You will love the kind of creative effect that you will get from the wide-angle lens. Besides, even in unstable conditions, the camera still captures good video and photo footage, thanks to the one-axis gimbal flight system that keeps the drone stable under all conditions.
You will also get an exciting FPV experience. The FPV uses the 5G WiFi connection and it can transmit real-time videos over a maximum distance of 400 meters. You will enjoy your first person view on your smartphone since the remote controller does not have a screen.
Battery and flight time
It would be a shame to have such a stunning drone and then have mediocre flight time; wouldn’t it? Thankfully, Eachine really does put your needs to mind. This is why you are going to get a long lasting, high capacity 7.6V 3400mAh battery. You can get 20 minutes of flight time from one charge. If you buy a spare battery or two, you can easily have close to an hour of flight time and fun.
It is small, ergonomic in shape and has very responsive buttons and knobs. The smartphone holder, which is retractable by the way is built onto the top side of the remote controller. It can fit smartphones of all sizes. The remote controller uses the stable 2.4GHz frequency, which is hardly interrupted.
Maximum speed for this drone is 40km/h. That is quite high and even at maximum speed, it still captures good video and photo footage.
There is the optical flow positioning feature which involves some complex computation in the drone to hold its altitude perfectly so that you only worry about capturing video and photo footage.
Follow Me – this has become a standard feature. What happens is that the drone locks onto your mobile phone using the GPS module and follows you around. That way, you can concentrate on taking your footage since the drone keeps a safe distance.
One Key Return – With this feature, your drone should never get lost. It will return home automatically if it loses signal or if the battery drains low.
One key takeoff and landing – Why worry about how to start your drone if this is the first time flying one? Just punch the auto takeoff key and the drone will prepare to launch into the air, where it will then hover at a good height and distance waiting for your next command.
Headless mode – This is a helpful feature for a beginner. Sometimes when the drone is far from you, you may not be able to know where the nose faces. Just press the button for headless mode and the drone will realign itself to fly in the right direction.
Active Track – You can track any person or object with this drone. It locks onto the person or object that you want to track and keeps a distance of between 3 and 10 meters.
Orbit Mode – Get the drone to circle around a person or an object shooting video and photos at the same time.
Short Summary of Feedback from Existing Owners
This drone captures incredibly good video footage. Clear as daylight and the color is alive and vivid. I shoot videos for my YouTube channel and this drone does the job perfectly. Rad G.
I was able to get a maximum 21 minutes of flight time from the battery. I am very impressed! Imran A.
While someone said that this drone would be too complicated for me as a beginner, I can report that I have had a great time with it. It is stable in flight and except for one crash, I have enjoyed every moment with it. Amos P.
For this price and with incredible features such as the 2K camera, I think this is quite a steal for me. Tommy T.
Foldable, brushless motors, 22 minutes maximum from battery and a 2K camera, well, I would buy this again and again. Homm T.
Value for money! That is all I am going to say having used this drone for two weeks. And to think I almost avoided it because it was my first time to see this brand name. Lenny M.
Pros of Eachine EX3
- Powerful brushless motors
- The foldable design makes it easy to pack
- The flight time of 20 minutes is long enough
- Stable in flight and when hovering
- Wonderful camera for video and photos
- Suitable for pilots of all levels
- The durable build is very impressive
Cons of Eachine EX3
- You have to buy an SD card for storing your videos or store them in your smartphone
Who Should Buy The Eachine EX3?
The Eachine EX3 is an excellent drone for anyone who loves good value and quality for their money. With a professional-quality camera with high resolution, stable flight and long connectivity range, this is a good drone for anyone who loves serious outdoor photography and videography. It has GPS so it will always return home when the battery runs low or when the signal disconnects. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time drone pilot, you will find this one quite a thrill.
Conclusion and Recommendation
When you get the Eachine EX3, read the user manual first and learn how to fly it. It is a thrill because of the speed and so it is easy to crash it into objects. Fly it in open spaces where there are no obstacles or objects that can disrupt the signal, especially the 5G WiFi. Finally, for a great experience, do find a few videos to help you learn how to fly it if this is your first drone ever.