Why I Love The JJRC H37 Elfie Drone – My Personal Review!

 

Apparently, people can’t seem to get enough of selfies. You will see people all around the world taking selfies on daily basis. Whether it’s in our homes, workplaces, schools or outside with our friends, we tend to treasure our most precious moments into captured selfie pictures and videos. There is a certain reason that makes people take selfies. It’s the feeling of being in the spotlight of the picture or video.

If you’re somewhere jogging, or hiking on a beautiful mountain, and you take a selfie picture of you, all those who will get to see that selfie will notice your excitement and pleasure. I guess selfies give us the opportunity to truly show people how much we’re happy and love what we’re doing at the moment.

Of course, there are also many people who make selfies just to show off. Their good looks, possessions or lifestyle, this is all something that some people like to display in front of others.

In the meantime, simultaneously with selfies, another technological wonder has invaded our modern society during the last decade – drones. Nowadays you will see drones everywhere! Put together in a single phenomenon, selfies and drones resulted in a particular type of drones called selfie drones.

These drones are equipped with a camera so their sole purpose is to fly around the user and take selfie pictures or selfie videos. Selfie drones are particularly handy compared to the old selfie stick, as they have one major advantage over the selfie stick – full autonomy of the user. When you take a selfie with the selfie stick, you have to hold the selfie stick and stretch your arm out. So in a way, you always get the same type of selfie where people can your arm stretched out. This was something I never liked about taking selfies with a selfie stick.

Besides, there were many times and places where I had these cool ideas to perform a trick or something during the selfie shot. Unfortunately, the selfie stick was always forcing me to hold it, and I couldn’t do anything about it. Not until I learned about selfie drones. They are with very compact size and shape since their propellers arms are foldable and can be folded inside the body. In their folded state, you won’t even feel you’re carrying them in your pocket.

Drones for selfies do not always have to be large and bulky. The affordable JJRC H37 named “Elfie” is perfect to take with you thanks to retractable rotors and weight of less than 100g.

So, are you already wondering what this small thing, with the size of a smartphone and stored in your pocket is? And is it really comfortable, like a selfie – UFO, or is it just a compact foldable cool drone?

To be more precise – it flies! My guest in this article is the JJRC H37 ELFIE drone for selfies. I recently got this cool selfie drone at MyMobile Gear, so let me share my personal experience with this drone.

It is my pleasure to present you with the selfie foldable drone JJRC H37! Easy to be put in a pocket, with a Wi-Fi camera (2MP) and controlled from your own smartphone. The agile flying drone maintains a constant altitude, which makes it much easier both for the shooting process and the quality of the photo and video. The dimensions and compact design allow you to simply carry it with you in your pocket.

Main features

  • App connection, WLAN coupling, FPV (First Person View)
  • Auto-fly and auto-landing (by pressing a button in the mobile application)
  • Flight Altitude Hold (thanks to the barometer)
  • Management of the flight: screen virtual joysticks/accelerometer (by tilting the smartphone)
  • 360-degree rotation (flips)
  • Auto-return (return to the user at the click of a button)
  • Management in the “beginner” mode (Headless Mode)
  • Signal LED lights for night flights

Technical specifications of the JJRC H37 Elfie

  • Type: compact drone with foldable design
  • Remote controller: no, it is controlled from a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi connection
  • Channel: 4CH
  • Transmitter Type: 2.4G
  • GYRO: 6-axis
  • Flight time: 8-15 minutes
  • Battery: 3.7V 150mAh Li-Po battery (built-in with an elongated form)
  • Four spare propellers
  • Screwdriver
  • Range of control: 30-40 meters

JJRC H37 Elfie comes stored in a box of solid cardboard, which in size resembles the package of a mobile phone. At the bottom is a foam rubber mold with compartments for the spare propellers and the USB charger cable. There is also a protective case made of black velvet and a small colored user manual in English. The whole package weighs 262 grams so it’s quite easy for transport. I got mine delivered completely without a scratch. Talk about a very professional service by the guys at MyMobile Gear.

The battery of its capacity honestly shows the shape of its long elongated, not sure that it can be replaced by some other suitable size. Still, I prefer using the standard equipment by the manufacturer and I advise you to do the same.

Appearance of this mini drone

When folded, the JJRC H37 Elfie really allows it to be pocketed without much effort, without fear of damaging the foldable propellers. On top of the Elfie is the company logo, model name and power button. Centered in the center is the HD camera (the tilt angle of which can be manually adjusted at ±15 degrees, there are 3 positions – straight forward / higher / lower), white front LEDs, and back red LEDs. The assembly of the drone consists in unfolding all 4 propeller arms from the inside and pressing the power button. Oh, yes – you still need to insert the long battery. It’s good that the battery is inserted directly into the connector, and not into another flexible wire.

The JJRC H37 Elfie drone comes in two colors: black and pink. I got the black version and I’m thinking of buying a pink one for my girlfriend. At the moment, MyMobile Gear sells this drone with 50% discount, so it would be a great deal for the price of $99.99.

The thing I particularly like about the looks of the JJRC H37 Elfie is its elegant shape and smooth body. Being a foldable drone, the propeller arms of the Elfie can be retracted inside the hull. In this folded state the JJRC H37 is with the size 6.5×13.5×2.5 cm (2.56×5.31×0.98 in) and weighs just 73 grams.

How to fly the JJRC H37 Elfie

JJRC H37 Elfie comes with one-touch start and one-touch landing options. First, press the power button on top of the drone’s body.

Next, you should install the JJRC application on the smartphone (or a tablet). You can scan the QR code or look at Google Play or Apple Store to get the app. The foldable drone after the activation creates its own access point with a name like JJRC-526E61, which you need to connect to on your smartphone and click “connect” in the downloaded application.

So how does this drone fly? The JJRC H37 Elfie drone is quite easy to fly and all the controls are easy to learn, which makes it the ideal quadcopter for all beginners with flying drones. Although the initial use of the drone is not very difficult to grasp, you really should practice in an open area. The screen joysticks may get tricky at times because splashes or rain (or even just sweaty fingers) reduce the responsiveness and manageability, so be sure to try the accelerometer control mode (just 1 finger on the screen and control the Elfie by tilting your smartphone – this is much easier and more convenient!).

In the application, you can set three different levels of speed rate – 30%, 60% and 100%. Train your management of the JJRC H37 first by 30%, and then I recommend moving to 60%, or better once 100% – to get quite responsive dynamics.

The first speed rate is more for beginners with drones, while flying at 60% of power is more suitable for flying indoors. I would advise you to not increase the speed rate above 60% when you’re using the drone outdoors. In an open field, you should switch to 100% of speed when the Elfie drone becomes very fast and demonstrates its agility. Yup, this amazing little drone can pull out some pretty impressive aerial moves with 360-degree rotations.

The simplest combination of modes for initial training is the Headless Mode (simplified) and accelerometer control. It will be much easier to manage, but it may be a bit tricky for taking selfie pictures or selfie videos. Of course, it’s up to you to somehow direct yourself! But this is a matter of experience and training. After all, this type of drones has a barometer ball and it helps a lot in maintaining proper height control. That is, if you took off for a couple of meters and the drone will try to keep this height itself. Well, to keep, as it knows – the pressure is never the same, so the small Elfie can drift back and forth. Yes, and the wind can affect it, too, so what you need to master this drone is – training and more training! I prefer using the drone when there isn’t any strong wind, so I would know my day with the Elfie drone would be an ideal one for making selfies.

The maximum range should be about 100 meters, which would be considerable in size. If the small drone gets lost, you can trigger the Return Home function at the push of a button. So the JJRC H37 returns to the starting area. The Headless Mode is also available for beginners. So you do not have to think about wild turns when you want to fly back. Left remains left, right remains right, etc. Of course, LED lighting is also installed in the small foldable drone, which will always indicate where the drone is at during night flights.

About the app

Once you’ve installed the JJRC App application and successfully connect your smartphone with the Elfie drone, a video image from the camera appears on the screen. Further on, the management and modes. The “photo” and “video” buttons will turn on the photo and video, the “30%” button changes the so-called “expenses” (i.e. the sensitivity of the drone) to 60% or 100%. The “On” button includes on-screen sticks, a button similar to an hourglass, activates the auto-start and auto-fit icons. Once you press the auto-start button, the rotors are turned on and by pushing the left stick up the throttle increases so the drone takes off. The “pegtop” button activates the accelerometer control mode, when your right finger is left pressed on the right stick, and you control by tilting the smartphone in different directions.

Taking a selfie picture or video with the Elfie

Yes, it’s easy to take off, send the drone with the lens to yourself, choose a good camera angle and press the “photo” or “video” button. First: be sure to study well the buttons of the application, do some test flights, learning to control, to look at responsiveness and reaction, and only then – to learn to direct yourself, and smile while doing a laid-back look and pressing the selfie capture button.

About the camera

The JJRC H37 comes with both 0.3 MP and 2.0 MP built-in camera, which is evidenced by a sticking in the back of the box and, of course, the characteristics of the captured selfie photos and selfie videos. Once connected, the images and videos of the built-in 720p camera are directly transferred onto your smartphone’s internal microSD memory card. An additional memory card is not necessary for this drone. The camera is useful and the FPV live image transmission works well and also helps with the orientation on the display. Anyone who engages in the control of drones will definitely get a compact, foldable and fun drone that can be carried comfortably anywhere.

What do user reviews say about this drone?

My conclusion of this review about the JJRC H37 Elfie drone is that this is just the perfect type of drone for all passionate selfie enthusiasts. For an affordable price, the Elfie drone will provide you with the complete introduction in the world of selfie drones. After only several times of flying with the JJRC H37 Elfie you will be madly in love with it. I went through other user reviews before I bought mine at MyMobile Gear and most of them praised its great quality, beautiful looks, dynamic movements and good maneuverability for a very good price of little less than $100. If you’re interested in more info on this foldable drone, go and ask the team at MyMobile Gear, they are really the best company when it comes to drones for selfies.

I hope you guys liked this review of the JJRC H37 Elfie drone. Until our next adventure with selfie drones. See ya, all you passionate selfie drones fans!