XLURC L106 Pro Drone Review

The XLURC L106 Pro drone looks like a predator bug with the two LED lights at the top left and right. In addition, this is also one nicely packaged quadcopter and it comes with a storage bag.

The manufacturer also seems to have put in some good work in the camera. It comes with a three-axis gimbal that is further enhanced with EIS – Electronic Image Stabilization. When you fly a drone, there is bound to be a lot of shaking and vibrating. Without a gimbal or EIS, your aerial photos and film will have a lot of distortion.

In the upcoming sections, we are going to look at the features and flight functions that this quadcopter comes with.

That way, you will make up your mind whether this is the right quadcopter for you.

There is a small downside though. This aircraft is advertised as a 6K or 8K camera drone. However, the reality on the ground is different because the camera captures 1280 by 720P videos while the photo resolution is 3940 by 2160P (4K).

Whichever way you look at it, this is not 6K or 8K resolution.

XLURC L106 Pro

Bump F-15 Drone Review

The starfish shape of the Bump F-15 drone makes it outstanding. However, as you will see in the upcoming sections, there is more to the Bump F-15 than just the looks.

Some of the features that you can expect from the F-15 include brushless motors. Therefore, you can expect a better flight performance. Also, this is a camera drone, so you can capture nice aerial footage for your flight memories.

You will also be pleased that this small drone has many automatic flight functions. Therefore, if you are looking for a high quality beginner quadcopter, you might consider getting this one.

Like every other drone, there are some downsides to the F-15 too. However, these are not deal breakers. For instance, the camera is 1080PHD, which is quite low on the resolution considering that many similarly priced drones come with 2.7K to 4K cameras.

Another thing is that this aircraft is not foldable. Therefore, it might not be the perfect traveling drone because packing it can be a bother.
Bump F-15 Drone

What are Drone Camera Gimbals and How Do They Work?

The camera and indeed the ability to capture aerial films and photos is one of the main reasons for buying a drone.

However, when you look at the footage captured by a drone, you will see that it is quite different from that captured by a GoPro camera attached directly to your bike, helmet or your car dashboard.

The difference is that the drone footage is distortion-free and clear. And there is a good reason for this – the gimbal.

What is gimbal camera system?

A gimbal is a camera stabilizer with smart sensors and electronic motors, which keep the camera stable and free of vibrations while the drone is flying.

You can get a drone that has 2 or 3-axis camera gimbal. Just as the numbers denote, a two-axis gimbal is a 2D (D for dimensional) gimbal that only keeps the camera stable on roll and pitch.

In aircraft lingo, so to speak, pitch means the up and down nose movement while roll means the rotation of your drone from nose to tail on an axis. Thus, a two-axis gimbal stabilizes the drone when the computer detects those two movements.

If your drone has a two-axis gimbal, you are likely to see a distortion along the horizontal line of your footage.

On the other hand, a three-axis gimbal means that the gimbal will keep the camera stable even when the drone rotates in three dimensions which are roll and pitch (explained above) and yaw where the nose moves left or right on an axis.

Therefore, from this layman explanation, you can tell that a three-axis camera gimbal is better than a two-axis one.

How a three axis drone camera gimbal works

There is a whole lot of science behind how a three-axis drone camera gimbal works. However, without going into the mechanics, there are two basic parts.

The first part is the camera holder, which holds the camera. Secondly, there are the motors. Today, all gimbal motors are brushless, which means they make minimal noise, they respond fast and they require minimal care and maintenance. However, it is also possible to find brushed motors on a gimbal.

When the drone moves, an IMU – inertial measurement unit responds to the movement. Once the movement is input into the controller, the controller then computes the amount of correction needed to keep the camera steady. The three motors will then work to keep the camera steady, helping you to get perfect film and photography footage.

Please note that if you are buying a three-axis gimbal separately to fit on your drone, you should ask the drone manufacturer or the gimbal supplier the types of drones it can go with.

The reason for this is that drone gimbals are designed with a specific drone camera in mind. In addition, the gimbals are tweaked to match the weight, sensors and the positioning of the camera. In such cases, the camera can take perfect videos and photos.

However, to save yourself from the trouble of fixing a gimbal on your drone, you can always get a drone with integrated gimbal. Brand names such as Yuneec, DJI, Potensic and others already integrate two or three-axis gimbals with their cameras.

The main benefit of buying such a drone is that gimbal is aligned to the flight system and other components of the drone.

A lot of the correction happens in the drone controller system. There is a lot of computing taking place at any one time.

For instance, when you are flying the drone in hands-free mode and you perform a basic physical function like waving your hand, the function is translated to an electronic signal. This signal is fed into the controller. The controller then gets the drone to respond to that signal by moving in the direction that you swung your hand.

Dji Mini 2 3-axis gimbal
DJI Mini 2 – Small Drome With 3-Axis Gimbal

A gimbal maintains proper horizontal orientation

Besides correcting distortion caused by vibrations, the drone’s gimbal maintains proper horizontal orientation on your footage.

When you have a three-axis gimbal, the controller will activate the motors separately on each axis. That way, the motors keep the drone can keep the camera steady on each axis.

For every smallest movement that the drone computer detects on any axis, it will compensate for them. It compensates by keeping the drone steady and levels it when it detects that it is not level.

Therefore, a drone camera built onto a gimbal will maintain horizontal and vertical orientation even when the aircraft slants in flight. Even when the drone is navigating a bend or a corner, the computer responds fast by computing the amount of leveling that is required.

Today, many photography drones come with wind resistance. Even then, the drone will vibrate a lot in the wind and lose its horizontal orientation. Therefore, if your drone is your aerial camera for premium video and photo footage, choose one with a three-axis gimbal.

If a camera is mounted on a three-axis gimbal, it stays stable and upright regardless of the motion of the drone or the wind whipping the drone sideways.

Is a drone camera gimbal easy to use?

If you are buying a gimbal separately to fit on your drone, your choice comes down to two or three axis ones. The two axis gimbals are light in weight and so they don’t affect the flight time too much.

Three-axis gimbals are heavy and since they get power from the drone battery, they shorten the flight time. All the same, the corrective benefits of a three-axis gimbal on your footage are immense.

Today, most drone camera gimbals function automatically. Thus, when the drone vibrates or slants in the wind, the gimbal kicks in automatically to correct the level and camera angle. With such a gimbal, the drone pilot does not have to do anything.

In most cases, drones with two or three axis gimbals also come with electronic image stabilization function. The EIS works with the gimbal to enhance the footage quality.

Some gimbals might need calibration. This can be a spot of bother for beginners, so you should avoid it if possible.

Not all drones support gimbals. Thus, before you buy one, find out whether yours does. In any case, today, most of the big drone manufacturers integrate gimbals in their drones. In such cases, you don’t need to buy one separately.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Image
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – Drone With three-Axis Gimbal

FUNSNAP Diva Drone Review

The manufacturer says that when you fold the FUNSNAP Diva drone, it becomes a small and compact daily carry-around. That is why they refer to it as a pocket drone.

Traveling with such a lightweight drone is simple. You can even tuck it into your jacket pocket and you will be good to go, hardly feeling the weight. Despite the small size of this drone, it still performs incredibly and has a long flight time, especially since it comes with two batteries.

However, we have to admit that it takes much more than just the size and battery to make a good drone. Therefore, we shall look at the features that this quadcopter comes with.

Are there any downsides to this quadcopter? Well, some people think it is too small. However, the main downside is the cost, which might be prohibitive to some people.

DEERC DE22Pro Drone Review

Some of the notable features about the DEERC DE22 Pro drone is that it comes with two batteries, which can give you more than 50 minutes of flight time. In addition, it also comes with a sleek remote controller that has a small LCD display to show you the important stats for your flight.

But there is no surprise there seeing as DEERC drones are some of the best in the market when it comes to the features and the price. In fact, they offer cheaper options than the Hong Kong-based DJI. For instance, The DEERC D20 is affordable but it has some advanced features. The DE22Pro has more features.

It also has some downsides that you should know about. For instance, you need to register it with the FAA since its weight is far above the allowed threshold. In addition, there have been isolated cases of the drone veering too hard to the right or to the left.