The JJRC H37 ELFIE is a pocket-friendly selfie drone created by the notorious Chinese drone maker JJRC. It’s main highlight is its small size and foldable arms, which reminds a bit of the more expensive Zerotech Dobby drone. With this in mind, let’s get into the review!
The packaging of the JJRC H37 ELFIE is rather simple, inside the white box you get the drone, a small pouch to carry it around, some spare props and gears.
Design and Build Quality
I must say the design of the Elfie drone is quite surprising for the price, it manages to be super tiny and still packs an on-board camera and its needed WiFi module for FPV flying. I love its small size and bendable arms which allow me to bring it anywhere and anytime I want to, without getting too much attention. As far as build quality goes, it’s rather disappointing.. The drone feels cheap and won’t probably last you a long time, mine got damage in one of my first runs and wasn’t able to fix it properly, mostly because you have to disassemble it entirely to fix a simple arm and given the fragility of the drone I knew it’d get damaged again and again, so I just left it how it is, but surprisingly it still flies fine.
Flight Experience & Performance
I must say I was really surprised by the speed the JJRC H37 ELFIE can achieve when at 100% thrust mode. It’s fast and snappy but note you still have to control it through your smartphone so that can be tricky for some people. On the good side, the WiFi FPV works rather well and there isn’t much delay, of course when you get far you’re going to see it stutter or freeze completely, it’s totally normal with WiFi connected devices.
Camera quality is slightly disappointing but again, I wasn’t expecting much from a portable folding drone. It’s good for an amateurish video recording session, maybe you’re out with your friends and want to record an aerial view of where you are or something you’re doing. This drone is in no way something you should use to get real good footage, it’s piloted via smartphone’s for God’s sake! Beware though, some new models can record 720p videos and they are slightly more expensive. I have the original version which only records 640 x 480 videos. Here’s some raw footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDXYsva1j-o&feature=youtu.be
For about $40, the JJRC H37 Elfie drone is definitely something worth considering. Its compact size and basic feature make it an outstanding drone for beginners with the desire of shooting aerial footage, although at very low quality. Either way, in this price range you won’t get anything decent for video production, for that, you have to spend about $100 or more and we’re talking about bigger drones that won’t fit in your pocket or backpack in most cases. So overall I suggest getting the JJRC H37 if you’re looking for something nice and fun to fly. You can get one over at Gearbest for $44.20 at the time of writing.