JJRC X9 Heron GPS enabled camera drone: First rumors

JJRC X9 Heron

At first look, this new JJRC Heron X9 drone wants to be a cheaper alternative for the Spark. It has similar design and features. Furthermore, being around $150, it comes with its own remote controller. Of course, on paper everything can look good.

Certainly, the most important features of the JJRC X9 are the brushless motors and GPS positioning system. Thanks to the barometric-air pressure sensor, it also features altitude-hold.

The full HD camera is hanged on a 2-axis mechanical gimbal, which claims to provide very smooth aerial videos. The camera’s FPV range is around 200-300 meters. IMHO it is too short compared to the up to 1Km control range.

JJRC Heron X9 core features

  • Compact size, very portable;
  • GPS positioning system;
  • Powerful brush-less motors;
  • Barometric air-pressure sensor (altitude hold);
  • Intelligent flight modes (Follow me, Tap to fly, Point of interest);
  • Precise one key return to home (RTH);
  • Low battery fail-safe return to home;
  • One key Take-off/Landing;
  • Full HD camera with HD WiFi real-time image transmission;
  • 2-axis motorised camera gimbal;
  • Remote camera angle adjustment;
  • Up to 1KM control range & 300 meters FPV range;
  • About 15 minutes flying time.

JJRC X9 Heron: Remote controller

As I previously mentioned, the Heron X9 comes with its on transmitter. In order to provide excellent control range, the RC has dual antenna system. The remote controller comes with built-in LiPo battery and phone holder.

The layout of the transmitter is very simple. On front panel, besides the usual control sticks , has only 4 buttons. From left to right: M, Take-off/Land, Photo/Video and RTH.

Price & Availability

While the X9 Heron has been announced since November, only in February started to become widely available. Now, you can order it from Banggood for $169.99. You have two color options: white & black.

Included accessories with the JJR/C X9 qaudcopter

  • Remote controller w/ phone holder;
  • 3s/1000mAh flight battery’
  • Balance charger;
  • USB cable;
  • 1 pair of spare propellers;
  • Prop wrench;
  • English/Chinese user manual.

last update on 2/4/219


  1. Hi, I’m looking for User Manual for JJRC X9 HERON. DO you have it in pdf. format, by any chance…?
    I received the drone, but no manual. Thinking its not big deal, I went looking for one on line. Started with JJRC website, no lock…then Google…seme result….unbelievable… Many invasive sites, made promise to have one, but did not….!
    Thank You

  2. Tengo uno y el vuelo si es suave y si vuela muy bien, en áreas abiertas yega a alcanzar mas de 300 metros el Fpv pero lo que me tiene inconforme es la calidad de video aparece muy distorsionado cuando se mueve el dron, no se si sea falla única en mi equipo o haga falta actualizarlo o así sean todos y si hace falta actualizar no se con que app o en que página les agradecería si alguien tiene información

    I have one and the flight if it is smooth and if it flies very well, in open areas it will reach more than 300 meters Fpv but what has me dissatisfied is the video quality appears very distorted when the drone moves, I do not know if it is it only fails on my computer or it needs to be updated or so are all and if you need to update, I do not know with what app or on what page I would appreciate if someone has information

  3. voila ma radiocommande du jjrc x9 gps heron a griller je voudrais savoir s il elle compatible avec le c-fly dream 2019 merci pour votre reponse
    my radio control of the jjrc x9 gps heron grilling I would like to know if it is compatible with the c-fly dream 2019
    thank you for your answer

  4. les batteries du C FLY DREAM sont tel compatible avec le jjrc x9 merci pour votre reponse
    the batteries of C FLY DREAM are compatible with the jjrc x9?
    thank you for your answer!

  5. Ordered this one on December 1st by Gearbest. Yesterday, it was shipped. Shipping time will be around 2 weeks. Hope it isn’t just a c-fly clone. We will see.

  6. Ich habe den Copter bei Gearbest gekauft und muß leider noch bis Mitte Januar warten. Furchtbar !!! Ich bin gespannt.
    I bought this JJRC X9 copter and unfortunately has to wait until mid-January. Awful !!! I’m very curious about it.

  7. i guess a jjrc re-branded c-fly dream but much cheaper. same 1000mah 3s batt with 15min air time. lets hope they at least fix the crappy camera sensor of cfly.

  8. the question is if the Heron will have the image quality of the Spark. If YES, for its price will be a best seller in 2019!!! Both, control and flying time oft X9 JJRC are similar to the Spark.


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