The Eachine E53 quadcopter is one of the latest foldable drones that have come into the market. It’s also a very particular one as its arms don’t fold to the side as many others, but instead fold upwards. If you’re curious and you want to learn more about it, then keep reading our full Eachine E53 drone review!
Eachine E53 Review
- Motor type: Brushed
- Camera Pixel: 0.3MP
- Real-time Transmission: WiFi
- Control Distance: About 50m
- Drone Battery: 3.7V 350mAh LiPo battery (Included)
- Transmitter Battery: 4*AA dry battery (NOT Included)
- Transmitter Mode: Mode 2 (Left Hand Throttle)
- Flight Time: About 7mins
- Charging Time: About 60mins
- Quadcopter Size: 23 * 23 * 4cm (unfolded) 14.5 * 6.5 * 5.8cm (folded)
- Quadcopter Weight: 70g (including battery)
Eachine E53 Drone: Packaging
Let’s begin with the packaging, which like most of these small drones, is very minimal. We have a simple white box and inside which we find the Eachine E53, spare props, a tiny screw driver, a battery and the USB charger.
Eachine E53 Drone: Impressions
As we’ve covered in the introduction, the Eachine E53 comes with a very unique design. The four arms and thus the propellers do indeed fold up to save space; whether that’s better than other foldable drone designs it’s really hard to tell and comes down to personal preference. But because of E53’s peculiarity, the arms have to be locked in place every single time, using a little piece of plastic. That can easily become an annoying procedure and probably makes the drone less durable in the long run, but for the time being it’s worked just fine.
But because of E53’s peculiarity, the arms have to be locked in place every single time, using a little piece of plastic. That can easily become an annoying procedure and probably makes the drone less durable in the long run, but for the time being it’s worked just fine.
Another aspect I wish was different is the impossibility of removing the propeller guards. That would have made the drone slightly smaller when folded as well as in the unfolded state, making it lighter and thus improving battery life as well, although not by a lot.
Let’s now talk about what I liked about drone: its build quality and reliability. Eachine used some high quality plastic on the E53 which makes it feel really solid, I’ve also experienced some crashes and the drone is still in full working order, I can hardly see any marks.
Eachine E53 Drone: Flight Experience
The Eachine E53 flies just like many other WiFi controlled drones. Piloting it with a smartphone never is the easiest experience but the altitude hold sensor helps a lot. With the drone being so light (70 grams including battery), it’s rather difficult to fly it outside where there are stronger winds.
In the video sample placed in the camera-focused part of the review you will see how the quadcopter struggles to keep its position in the sky – if you have a good eye. That said, it was a really windy day and bigger drones would have probably struggled as well.
Other than that, the drone performed good, it’s relatively fast and responsive for the size, the companion app is a bit of a mind puzzle but you’ll eventually learn how to connect your smartphone to your drone after a few trials.
Flight time is around six to seven minutes in WiFi FPV mode.
Eachine E53 Review: Camera & FPV
The Eachine E53 is equipped with a 0.3MP camera, so you can’t expect much from it and there’re no surprises there; it’s bad. The drone can record at 480p but videos look too dark, with too much contrast, they’re also super shaky. Now, I’ll admit I was flying it on a really windy day but I believe it wouldn’t look much different on a wind-less one, there’s no image stabilization and you simply cannot have smooth looking videos.
Nonetheless, if all you want is grab an aerial view of a building or anything else, then the E53 might do the job. The camera can also be tilted around 30-degrees downward and 10° up. Video sample below.
Images shot on the Eachine E53 don’t look amazing neither but at least they don’t have any wobbly effect to them. You can check them out down below.
Eachine E53 Drone: Gallery
Eachine E53 Drone: Conclusion
- Compact Design
- Good Build Quality
- Ease of Use
- Bad Quality Camera
- Impossible to Fly in Windy Days
All in all, the Eachine E53 is a super affordable foldable drone coming at just $16.99. For the price you can’t get almost anything with WiFi FPV, let alone a legit drone with a foldable design.
So, if your goal is to begin flying FPV with your smartphone but you aren’t willing to spend too much money on a more serious drone, then the Eachine E53 is probably the best option for you. It’s easy to fly, affordable and it simply works.
It’s important to keep in mind the context when evaluating something like this; the context in this case is the price, which is a mere $17. That said, the product in question does seem to deliver more value than anyone would expect.