ZLL SG108 PRO review: Affordable drone for beginners

ZLL SG108 PRO review: Affordable drone for beginners

ZLRC SG108 PRO review

Today we are going to take a look at and assessment the ZLL SG108 PRO, an ultra-light brushless GPS drone. The most necessary additions of the ‘Pro’ version are the onboard recording and the 2-axis gimbal that permits capturing smoother movies. From the start, I can confess to you that even whether it is marketed with a 4K digicam, you shouldn’t anticipate DJI-like video high quality from this drone.

Over time ZLL (also referred to as ZLRC) turned a stylish drone model. Their merchandise are pretty priced and are filled with the most recent applied sciences within the area. The ZLL SG108 PRO can be their second drone reviewed on FirstQuadcopter. 

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Disclosure: We acquired this quadcopter from RCGoing to be able to take a look at it and do an in-depth assessment. Although the product was provided without cost, all opinions on this article stay our personal, with no affect from our companions.

As traditional, the bundle was despatched with YunExpress, one of the crucial dependable delivery strategies from China to Europe. Unwrapping the bundle, I fortunately came upon that along with commonplace equipment (distant controller, flight battery, charging cable, and set of spare propellers) I acquired a second battery and a pleasant purse.

Unboxing

Unboxing

At a look

For its value, the ZLRC SG108 seems very nice. It has a superb constructed high quality and isn’t feeling like an inexpensive one. I like its orange colour, it makes it seen each within the sky and on the bottom. The digicam is protected by a gimbal guard – keep in mind to take away it previous to energy on.

Design of SG108 Pro drone

Design of SG108 Pro drone

In addition to the optical movement sensor, there are two faux ultrasonic sensors on the stomach of the plane. Four rubber pads enhance floor clearance and cushions the touchdown.

With folded arms measures 13×8.3×5.7cm and weighs 276 grams. By comparability, the DJI MINI 2 measures 13.8×8.1×5.8 cm and weighs 249 grams. Despite that on the arm of the SG108 says ‘249G‘, its actual take-off weight is 27g extra. The weight distinction may come from the truth that the unique battery has 2200mAh and the one I acquired 3000mAh. The drone itself weights 186grams.

SG108Pro VS Dji Mavic Mini

SG108Pro VS Dji Mavic Mini

On the entrance it has a cool Knight Rider Kitt-style blue LED strip. Two further LEDs on the again will assist in orientation throughout evening flights.

Price and availability

You can order the SG108PRO drone from here at a beginning value of simply $116.99. You can choose between orange and black colours. Genuine spare batteries (7.4V 2200mAh) can be found for $23.91.

Price of SG108Pro on RCGoing

Price of SG108Pro on RCGoing

ZLL SG108 PRO key options

  • Backpack pleasant folding design;
  • GPS + Optical movement positioning;
  • Powerful brushless motors;
  • 4K UHD digicam w/ 2-axis gimbal and 5GHz WIFI video transmission;
  • Intelligent flight modes (Smart observe, Flying round, and Custom Waypoint);
  • Up to 1000 meter flight vary.
  • About 25 minutes of battery life.

In addition to the above-mentioned options, the ZLL SG108 Max has digital picture stabilization (EIS), which makes the footage much more cinematic-like. 

Battery life

The ZLL SG108 PRO is powered by a 7.4V 3000mAh battery with a built-in charging circuit. During my hovering take a look at, I acquired nearly 21 minutes until the drone robotically landed. I acquired the primary low battery warning after 16 minutes of hovering. The actual take a look at flight was 2 minutes shorter. Personally, I might by no means push the battery degree beneath 7V throughout flights.

Battery life of SG108 Pro

Battery life of SG108 Pro

As charing time from empty to 100% takes about 3-4 hours, it’s extremely advisable to have not less than one spare battery. The LI-ION pack has 4 charging degree indicator LEDs, a micro USB charging port, and an influence swap.

Remote controller – Flight vary

The SG108 is filled with a super-compact entry-level distant controller with a built-in battery. I preferred that the transmitter robotically powers on while you unfold the cellphone holder. Surprisingly one of many antennas seems true, it has a wire inside. The entrance panel has 4 buttons (Take-off/Landing, GPS swap, RTH, and Photo/Video) and 5 standing LEDs. It has two shoulder buttons on both sides.

Remote controller of SG108 Pro

Remote controller of SG108 Pro

In the previous few years, I reviewed loads of related drones marketed with 1000, 2000, and even 5000 meters management distance. During my assessments, none of them provided a spread near the marketed one. Generally, radio communications are broadly influenced by buildings, vegetation, and different RF gear. For instance, the identical drone can have twice the management vary in a rural space than an city one. Anyway, in most international locations, you must completely preserve visible contact with the drone throughout all the flight. Generally, in good climate circumstances, a drone with the scale of the SG108 PRO might be seen from 200-500meter.

Range of SG108 Pro drone

Range of SG108 Pro drone

Control vary and FPV vary are two various things. On paper, the ZLL Yan 2 has an 800-meters WIFI picture transmission and 1000 meters of management distance. Using a Samsung A51 cellphone I acquired a steady WIFI connection from about 270 meters. The distant sign was misplaced and auto-RTH activated once I reached aproximaevely 500 meters.

Mobile APP

The SG108 works with the identical cellular APP as its greater brother, the SG906 Pro 2. HFunPro is offered for each Android and iOS telephones.

From the principle display screen, you could have entry to the instruction guide, flight information, Calibration, and General settings (Language, Firmware improve, and Live-View settings). 

Mobile APP of SG108Pro

Mobile APP of SG108Pro

The foremost interface may be very intuitive with necessary telemetry information at a look (battery degree, flight distance, and altitude). From the APP you could have entry to all of the superior flight modes (Waypoint, GPS Follow me, Orbit, and RTH). The APP permits toggling between the principle digicam and stomach digicam view.

Camera efficiency

As I beforehand talked about, the ‘Pro’ version of ZLRC SG108 has onboard recording which makes an enormous distinction in comparison with cellphone recording. Footages haven’t simply larger high quality, however extra importantly, they don’t seem to be affected by distance. Captured images have a decision of 4096X3072 pixels and movies 2048×1080@25fps (H264 compression).

SG108 PRO Image quality

SG108 PRO Image quality

The SG108PRO’s 4K digicam is put in on a 2-axis gimbal that permits picture stabilization and distant digicam angle adjustment. You can tilt the digicam even upward if you wish to take clouds images.

Video high quality isn’t extraordinary, however what else you might anticipate from a 100 bucks drone. Colors generally should not too pure, additionally in sure gentle circumstances, the entire sky is white. Jello impact can also be current, particularly in windy circumstances.

Flight expertise

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Editor’s rankings

  • Price/efficiency ratio
  • Design and construct high quality
  • Intelligent flight modes
  • Transmitter/Range
  • Camera
  • Battery life
  • Mobile APP

Verdict

Being over 250 grams could possibly be a dealbreaker for many pilots. My take a look at unit arrived with a 3000mAh battery, so it’s attainable that the unique model with 2200mAh LIPO just isn’t exceeding FAA’s weight restrict (.55lbm).

On paper, the SG108Pro has spectacular specs, so no marvel why many may think about it as a worthy DJI MINI 2 alternative. But one once more proved that you simply get for what you pay for. Flight traits, FPV efficiency, and digicam high quality are far behind DJI’s lightest 4K drone.

User Review

3 (1 vote)

The Good

  • Super steady (OFP + GPS stabilization);
  • Friendly priced;
  • On-board recording and 2-axis gimbal;
  • Included purse;
  • Decent battery life (~20 minutes with 3000mAh battery).

The Bad

  • Not true 4K digicam;
  • Jello impact very often;
  • Poor wind resistance;
  • Laggy WIFI FPV.

The Ugly

  • Not 249 grams as its claims.

Photo gallery

Test movies

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