Wondering is RUKO F11 Pro Drone 4K Quadcopter is worth it? Here’s the Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4K Quadcopter reviewed! Check it out!
RUKO F11 Pro Drone 4K Quadcopter Reviewed
The F11 Pro drone is a quadcopter made by RUKO aimed at professionals. If you are looking for a drone that provides a lot of the features like a DJI MAVIC MINI but without costing so much then this drone might just be the drone for you.
It’s cheaper than the competition namely The DJI Mavic Mini at $400 and the Holy Stone HS720E at $300 to $350 (depends on whether you can get a sale or not). Ruko competes directly with these 2 drones in the price and performance department.
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The Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k Quadcopter comes in at around $300 and provides really top-notch features for the price. It also comes with an extra battery back included in the box.
Throughout this review I will be comparing the Ruko F11 Pro drone to the DJI Mavic Mini and the Holy Stone HS720E. I can list out the features of F11 Pro but it doesn’t matter if I don’t compare it to its competition.
Starting off let’s compare the Specifications of the 3 drones side by side so you can get an idea of how it stacks up:
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k VS Holy Stone HS720E VS DJI MAVIC Mini: Specifications Comparison
|Size||Weight||Battery Size||Flight Time||Camera||Transmission range||Stabilization (OIS is way better)|
|DJI MAVIC Mini||6.3 x 7.95 x 2.16 in||249g||2600mAh||30 min||2.7k at 30fps||6500 feet||OIS and EIS|
|Holy Stone HS720E||13.3 x 9.5 x 2.3 in (Unfolding)||500g||2800mAh||23 min||4k at 30fps||3277 feet||EIS|
|Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k||6.9 x 4.1 x 3.15 in||520g||2500mAh||30 min||4k at 30fps||4000 feet||EIS|
The boxes with bold tesxt are the winner specifications. Right off the bat, we can see that the MAVIC Mini wins in almost all categories, except battery and Camera, which is misleading a bit as the DJI has the best video from all 3 of these and has the longest flight time even though it has a smaller battery, may be due to its lightweight.
The Mavic mini being lightweight also makes it completely compliant with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) drone regulations; meaning you don’t have to get the Drone registered in order to fly it.
One more thing is that it costs 100$ more, that’s 25% more than the HS720E and F11 Pro. So, the Mavic mini is supposed to be better, but is it better by 25%, not really. This is where the appeal of the competitors comes in, they provide almost as much as the DJI drones for 25% lesser cost.
Focusing on the F11 pro by Ruko, we can see in the table that it has a better range, better flight time, and a smaller size to the Holy stone HS720E. So, is it the winner for the budget category?
Well if your budget doesn’t exceed 350$ then yeah, the F11 pro 4k drone is the best option, but why 350$? Isn’t it 300$? Yes, the Ruko F11 is $300 but the HS720E is usually found for around 350$.
Honestly, if you are going to buy a drone for 350$ save up for a week or 2 and get the DJI Mavic Mini, it will save you a trip to the registration office, which is worth 50$ on its own. At 300$, I’d say go for the F11 pro 4k, it does a lot of what you need for a significantly lesser price.
From here on out I will be discussing the Ruko F11 Pro 4k Drone in detail. If you are still on the edge of whether F11 is the drone from you then keep reading so you know exactly what you are going to get with it.
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k: Design and Built Quality
Well it’s quite compact at first glance and built with quality materials, so it’s bound to last a long time too. The real striking character is the shape. It doesn’t seem very aerodynamic. It actually reminds me of one of those Storm Trooper carriers from Star Wars.
The design definitely could be made more aerodynamic, that said it fits a lot in its tiny little chassis.
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k: Flight Time
The F11 Quadcopter is shown to have a flight time of 30 minutes. It realistically only reaches a little over 26 minutes. It does come with a separate battery which you can pop in and get double the time instantly.
Most drones don’t reach their advertised flight time as things like stabilization against air and other factors play a role in how fast the battery drains.
And it does this with a 2500 mAh battery which is impressive. Just looking at the condition of the industry overall, the flight time this drone offers, with or without the extra included battery, is still top-notch.
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k: Controlling
The Maximum range is 1.2km while the maximum FPV range is 500 meters. Which means that you can shoot 4k footage up to 500 meters with perfect camera framing and all that jazz.
After that you can still record, you just won’t be able to see what you are recording. It can go up to 26.8 mph.
The brushless motors make it quite good at holding altitude and keeping it self-stable even during harsh wind conditions.
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k: Camera
The camera is true 4k, but not when it comes to video. 4k is more of a marketing term then anything, it’s even included in the name RUKO F11 Pro drone 4k, it records up to 2.7k video and still up to 8.3 MP.
They still definitely benefit from the higher resolution. The video lacks the color of the more expensive drones but that is to be expected. Most people tinker and alter with the color profiles of drones anyways.
The real hit to the camera comes in the form of stabilization. It has EIS, which is electrical stabilization while, OIS the preferred method that isn’t present. The footage isn’t shaky enough to be unusable, but it is definitely not super steady and smooth either. Again, using software, you can add stabilization by cropping in a bit.
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k: Flying Experience
The GPS enables all kinds of GPS functions and they all work surprisingly well. Headless mode, return to home, hover, auto take off and land – all work great.
It’s an absolute joy to fly and navigate around. You won’t be disappointed with the flying experience.
Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4k: Pros and Cons
It’s a great buy at around 300$ and definitely trump’s most of the competition if not all of them at the price range. It does require license and registration by the FAA. If you have a 100$ more go for mavic mini otherwise in the sub 400$ market this is a steal for how much it brings to the table for the price.
- Great construction
- GPS module
- Really long flight time of 26 to 30 minutes
- Extra battery included and doubles the flight time
- Easy to fly and operate, joy for drone pilots
- 4k camera, for stills.
- Intelligent features implemented exceptionally well for the price.
- 4k recording absent.
- No OIS or gimbal present
- No obstacle avoidance, purely human controlled.