SMRC S16: Super cheap 4K GPS drone

SMRC S16 drone

The SMRC S16 was announced in two versions. While the cheaper edition with Optical Flow positioning has about 100 meters control range, the more versatile GPS enabled model has up to 300 flight range. For the extra 21 bucks, the GPS edition also bring fail-safe auto return to home feature. Both variants features around 16 minutes flight time, barometric altitude hold and on-board 4K camera.

As you can see in the image bellow, the SMRC S16 is packed with a nice entry level transmitter with expandable phone holder and foldable antennas. On front panel, besides the usual control sticks, you have 8 control buttons (5 trim buttons, headless mode, take-off and landing). While the left shoulder button allows to toggle between different flight speed rates, the right one enables 360 degree flip and rolls mode.

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SMRC S16 transmitter

SMRC S16 drone features

  • Affordable learn-to-fly drone;
  • On-board 4K camera allows to capture stunning pictures and videos from the sky;
  • Electronic image stabilization (EIS) for smooth videos;
  • 6-axis gyro stabilization;
  • Smart follow me mode (its camera recognize human figure);
  • Altitude hold mode function provides stable hovering;
  • GPS auto positioning system or Optical Flow Positioning;
  • Fail-safe RTH on low battery or out of RC signal (only GPS version!);
  • One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home;
  • LED lights for more spectacular night flights.
  • About 16 minutes of flight time.

SMRC S16 drone design

S16 Optical Flow version vs S16 GPS edition specs comparison

 S16 Optical FlowS16 GPS
Gyro stabilization6-axis6-axis
Flight battery3.7V/2000mAh7.4V/1000mAh
Airborne time16 minutes16 minutes
Control range100 meters300 meters
FPV range100 meters100~300 meters
Size31 x 31 x 6cm31 x 31 x 6cm
Weight132 grams132 grams

Included accessories with the SMRC S16 quadcopter

  • Remote control w/ expandable phone holder;
  • Flight battery (capacity depending on which version you choose);
  • USB Charging Cable;
  • 2 pairs of spare propellers;
  • 1 set of blade protectors
  • Screwdriver;
  • User manual.


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