JJRC H8C Review: A Budget-Friendly Camera Drone

If you’re looking for a fun quadcopter to fly, then check out the JJRC H8C. It’s on par with other popular models like the UDI U818A and Syma X5C.

With an average flight time of about 7 minutes, a sleek design, and an 80-meter range, you’ll have a blast with this beginner quadcopter. In this JJRC H8C review, we’ll show you what else it has to offer.

Flight Time

7 Minutes

Range

80 Meters

Charging 

45 Minutes

Sleek Body and Design

The first thing you’ll notice about this drone is its sleek design. Along the wings, it has red and silver patches which, combined with the drone’s black body, looks pretty cool!

Like most RC drones, the H8C has LED lights that allows you to orient yourself during night time flight sessions.

Pros

The first major advantage to buying this drone is that it’s cheap. So you’ll get great value for your dollar. Secondly, it comes with a quality camera that’s capable of awesome aerial shots. Flyers will also appreciate the drone’s flight time (about 7 minutes) and range (about 80 meters). To top it all off, it has a powerful motor that makes it very fun to fly.

Cons

As you can imagine, there’s no such thing as “the perfect drone”. All models have their flaws. For the JJRC H8C, a drawback to think about is that it’s not very good at hovering in the wind. If you’re flying at say, the beach, maintaining a steady hover will be near impossible. However, if you’re flying in regular conditions with no breeze, this drone will fly like a champ.

What Comes in the Box?

Here’s what comes in the box when you buy the JJRC H8C:

  • Prop Guards
  • 2-Megapixel Camera
  • Spare Propellers
  • Transmitter
  • Manual
  • 2GB Micro SD Card
  • Charging Cable

This is an example of a RTF (ready-to-fly) drone, meaning it can be flown straight out of the box. You won’t need to buy any additional parts or assemble anything.

While this quadcopter can be flown indoors, I highly recommend flying it outdoors. In my opinion, it’s not quite small enough to be flown indoors. For something that can be flown inside, I recommend the CX-10 mini-drone.

How to View Your Images/Footage

It’s really easy to view the images/footage that you’ve captured during your flight. Simply remove the micro SD card from the drone, insert it in your computer, and open the file.

You can then save the images/footage to your computer to create more space on your memory card. Note that you can add a few extra minutes of flight time if you don’t record during flight.

The Transmitter

The H8C comes with a standard 4-channel, 2.4GHz transmitter. What I like about the transmitter is that it comes with an LED screen that displays information like throttle position, the flight mode you’re in, and more.

Keep in mind that, like most transmitters, it’s made from a cheap plastic that can easily break if you drop it.

To “activate” (a.k.a. pair) your drone with the transmitter, simply push the left throttle stick up and then back down.

Once you do this, the drone’s LED lights will stop blinking rapidly and instead remain lit. Once the JJRC H8C begins running low on battery, its LED lights will begin to blink quickly once again.

Decent Recording Capabilities

Next we’re going to talk about the drone’s recording capabilities. This quadcopter comes with a 720p HD 2-megapixel camera.

It can take pictures as well as record, and all data gets stored to a 2GB micro SD card. With that said, don’t expect HD quality footage.

The camera might say “HD” in its name, but it doesn’t offer nearly the quality as something like the DJI Phantom. To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s some sample footage:

Additionally, the JJRC H8C comes with four different flight modes: 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. Each percentage represents the sensitivity of the controls. The higher the sensitivity, the more difficult it is to control (but the faster you’ll fly).

Likewise, a lower sensitivity makes the drone easier to control, but it won’t fly as fast. If you’re new to flying, set the sensitivity to the lowest possible setting. Then as you get more experienced, you can move up to 50%, 75%, and eventually, 100% sensitivity.

Warning – No Gimbal

A “gimbal” is something that sits underneath a drone that allows you to control the direction of the camera. This quadcopter does not come with a gimbal.

This means that the camera angle will remain fixed throughout your flight. If you want to adjust it, you’ll need to land the drone and do it manually.

Typically, only expensive models like the DJI Inspire come with gimbals. On the same token, this drone doesn’t offer FPV (first person flying) recording.

FPV is when you’re able to see what your drone’s camera sees in real time. The H8C doesn’t offer this either. The Hubsan X4 H107D is a cheap FPV recorder that’s worth checking out if you really want this feature.

Easy Single-Button Flips

One of my favorite parts about the H8C is that it can perform flips at the push of a button.

Beginners think that they have to practice for years before they can do a flip. But this isn’t true. Now you can do it at the push of a button. On the transmitter, this is called the “stunt” button.

Once pressed, the drone will perform a flip in the direction of your choice. It’s really that easy. If you want to do a backflip, then simply press the stunt button and then backwards on the right joystick.

Likewise, if you want to do a front flip, then press the stunt button followed by pressing forwards on the right joystick. Stunt buttons aren’t anything new.

They can be found on competing models like the X5C quadcopter or the UDI U818A. Still, it’s a nice feature to keep in mind when shopping for a quadcopter.

Controls and Maneuverability

In this part of the JJRC H8C review, we’re going to talk about the drone’s maneuverability and controls.

In short, it has the potential to fly both conservatively or aggressively.

So beginners can enjoy it just as much as an experienced flyer. The controls are responsive (a.k.a. no “lag”).

As soon as you press the right joystick to the left, the drone will move to the left. With this kind of responsiveness, you can control your quadcopter with confidence in any environment.

Potential Drawbacks

Despite all of its good qualities, the JJRC H8C isn’t perfect. One complaint that I see a lot in the Amazon comments is premature motor failure.

Personally, I’ve never experienced any such thing with my quadcopter. However, this isn’t to say that other people haven’t.

Since this model is built outside of the United States, this isn’t surprising. If you’re worried about the durability and integrity of your drone, then get a higher quality model like the Parrot Bebop. You’ll end up spending more, but you’ll also get way more value in return.

Average Flight Time

The flight time for the JJRC H8C is about 7 minutes.

That’s about on part with similarly priced drones. You can charge the battery to maximum capacity in less than an hour.

Note that if you don’t aggressively, and don’t fly in the wind, then you can squeeze out some extra flight time.

If you’re an aggressive flyer who flies in windy conditions, expect this flight time to be much lower. For more information on that, check out this article.

In Summary

The JJRC H8C is an excellent beginner quadcopter. If you’ve never flown before, it might be a good idea to practice on something cheap first. Then, as you progress in skill, you can buy a more expensive model.

The H8C won’t break the bank, so even if you permanently crash it, you won’t be out a lot of money.

If you’ve had a good (or bad) experience with this quadcopter, share it in the comments section below. Good luck and fly safe.

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