Today we review this tiny quad, which despite its size, still manages to pack a fully working FPV HD camera with 5.8Ghz video transmission and some other features. We’re talking about the MJX X909T. Let’s go check it out in the MJX X909T review!
MJX X909T Review
- Wheelbase: ~ 58mm
- Weight: 32g (battery included)
- Dimensions 52 x 52 x 37mm
- 5.8Ghz Video transmission system
- Transmitter Frequency: 2.4GHz
- Flight time: about 6mins
- Range: about 50m
- Quadcopter Battery: 3.7V 380mAh
- Transmitter battery: 3.7V 800mAh
At the time of writing, the MJX X909T is available for $69.99 from Banggood.
MJX X909T: Packaging
The MJX X909T comes in a very compact box, it’s just a little bigger than what your smartphone probably came with. Which is pretty neat, especially if you want to carry it around safely to a friends’ house or someplace else.
In the box we find: the quadcopter, transmitter, 6 spare props, prop guards, 4GB microSD, a microSD to USB adapter and the user manual.
MJX X909T: Impressions
The MJX X909T has a pretty eye-catching and comic design, making it look like a ladybug (or… flying pig?). It feels solid in the hands and it’s made of high quality plastic. I’ve smashed it in some walls and on the floor already quite a few times and it doesn’t have a scratch, even without prop guards!
The quadcopter is actually really small just like in the product photos (which I never trust) and that’s impressive. Look at the real-life photos below to get an idea!
There are no noticeable weak points on the quad’s body in my eyes… this assuming you don’t crash it at max speed or kill the throttle at more than 50cm from the ground. I can imagine that would probably break the bottom cover as there is no landing gear available.
The battery is built-in, which means you sadly cannot swap for a fresh one when you want to. You’ll have to put the MJX X909T back on charge, which takes about 1hr.
MJX X909T: Flight Experience
Flying the MJX X909T is super easy. Insert the microSD in the transmitter dedicated slot, turn on both, the quadcopter and the transmitter, then arm the motors by simply pulling up and down the throttle stick and you’re ready to go.
You can already see the camera’s live feed on the FPV monitor and record your flight.
The quadcopter has a good push and speed. There are two flight modes — low speed and high speed. If you’re flying indoors, I definitely suggest the first one, even more so if you’re going to do it in FPV (looking at the screen).
3D rolls are on point. Besides that, usual features such as one key return and headless mode are supported on the quadcopter. However, I’m not a big fan of those.
The flight time is as much as advertised, i.e., around 5 minutes. If you aren’t recording videos, you can probably get 5 minutes, if you are then something around 4-4:30 at best.
MJX X909T: Camera & FPV
The camera on the MJX X909T is nothing extraordinary as you will see in the samples below. I can’t think of any reason why you would want to take a photo with this thing to begin with. Videos on the other hand can be fun to have, mostly if you do some tricks and other cool stuff, you can then show them to your friends or upload to YouTube.
Photos and videos are both shot at 720 x 480p resolution, which is less than what I was expecting considering they call it an HD camera. Well, to be honest they say “live HD view” and I admit the video looks many times better on the transmitter’s screen than what comes out later on the microSD. I just wish it would be the other way around!
The best part of this drone is the simplicity of doing FPV, nothing more than what you would do on a quadcopter without a camera. In 4 seconds or less from when you turn them on, you are ready to fly in FPV and that’s pretty cool!
With the video transmitted over a 5.8Ghz feed, there’s no noticeable lag, albeit the narrow camera angle that makes it hard for me to fly it indoor. I had a hard time, mainly when I wanted it to go through doors, nothing I can’t fix with more training, though.
MJX X909T: Transmitter
Transmitters are probably what MJX does best, I own an MJX X600 and the included TX is just amazing, great build quality, sturdy, tons of buttons and good-looking as well. The one coming with the MJX X909T is quite the same but in a smaller scale, very much so, probably even more impressing as it also manages to pack a 2.31″ screen on it.
MJX X909T: Photos
MJX X909T: Conclusion
- Small form factor
- Ease of use
- Good flier
- Great FPV experience
- Relatively short flight time
- Narrow camera angle
- Built-in battery, non-swappable.
Overall I’m really liking the MJX X909T, it doesn’t excel in almost anything but it just does what it’s supposed to: flying indoor and First Person View without an hiccup. It does everything fairly well and the super tiny form factor makes it a perfect companion for travelling; just pack the drone in one pocket, the transmitter in another and off you go!
If you’re new to FPV (just like me) I suggest you try this little toy before moving something more serious and expensive. You’re not going to regret it! For a more refined experience, you may want to check out other indoor FPV quadcopters.
The MJX X909T can be found at Banggood for $69.99.