The SJRC F11 4K Pro review will be the last drone review for this year. 2020 was a quite productive year for FirstQuadcopter – we published more than 20 authentic product reviews. Our purpose is not necessarily to make sales for our sponsors but rather to provide the best quality information possible about the product in order to help buyers to make the right decision.
Back in 2018, the first generation of SJRC F11 was revealed. It had only an FHD – 1080P camera with electronic image stabilization (EIS). Two years later, the 4K Pro edition was released with many significant improvements. For sure, the most important one for hobbyist-videographer was the 2-axis mechanical gimbal. It allows not just smother videos compared to EIS, but also remote angle adjustment of the camera.
SJRC F11 Pro 4K hands-on review with samples
Disclosure: I received this 4K drone from RCGoing, to test it and do an in-depth review. Although the product was offered for free, all opinions in this article remain my own, with no influence from our partners.
After we agreed to review the SJRC F11 4K Pro, they sent me the tracking number in just 2 minutes. This was the fastest order processing time I ever experienced :).
The SJR/C F11 4K Pro arrived perfectly timed, on Christmas eve. My son hoped that it was another last-minute gift for him that he will find under the Xmas tree. I had to tell him 3 times to believe me that it’s daddy’s new toy.
Apart from the strong, not Chanel-like, fragrance scent, everything looks like unboxing a deluxe expensive drone. A zipped nylon sack protects the stylish hand-case. Inside the bag, all parts have their own compartment for extra protection. The drone and its remote controller are protected from scratching by plastic foil, the foldable propellers being secured with paper rings, and the 2-axis 4K camera by a plastic gimbal protector like DJI drones. User manual and spare propellers have their own cardboard boxes. For more easy transportation, I would suggest them to include a shoulder strap for the case.
At a glance
To be honest, I’m not impressed by the F11 drone’s design. I prefer more rounded shapes than edged ones. The strips on the folding arms somehow remind me about the old Mavic Pro. The fuselage is made from durable ABS plastic, hope that will be not easily damaged if lightly bumps into something.
Compared to my Beast SG906 Pro 2, it is just slightly smaller (see image below). With folded arms, the aircraft measures 176x105x80mm and weighs exactly 560 grams (1.23 lbs). If you are from the US or Canada you will need to register this drone in order to fly it legally. I suggest you check your local regulation regarding these flying machines prior to purchasing a drone.
The 2500mAh battery pack is loaded from the top of the drone. By short pressing the power button, you can check the charging level of the battery. In addition to the fake optical flow camera, there are also two fake ultrasonic sensors on the belly of the fuselage. These features will probably be included in the next generation of F11.
During night flights you will be guided by 4 LED lights (white on the front, blue on the rear), one on each brushless motor.
SJR/C F11 4K Pro highlights
- Travel-friendly folding design;
- Powerful brushless motors;
- 4K camera with EIS and 2-axis gimbal stabilization;
- WIFI real-time image transmission (FPV);
- Intelligent flight modes (360° surround, Waypoint, Image & GPS Follow me);
- Fail-safe RTH on low battery and signal loss;
- Upgraded transmitter with extended range and new status LCD screen;
- About 26 minutes of battery life.
Price and availability
You can order this GPS enabled 4K drone from here for $198.99. This price includes a storage bag, flight battery, charging cable, and a set of spare propellers. There is also a ‘Fly more combo’ option with 3 batteries for an extra 60 bucks. Using this ‘YQD8Q665G‘ discount coupon you can get 5% off.
Camera and WiFi FPV
As I previously mentioned, compared to its predecessor, the first visible difference is the 2-axis motorized gimbal. This upgrade grants a more professional look for the F11 Pro 4K. The camera features an F2.15 focal length and 100° field of view (FOV). The camera can take up to 128MB micro SD cards (Class 10/U1 or above is recommended) and can record 4K UHD videos with 30fps. Somewhere I read that is also capable of FHD 1080P with 60fps but I haven’t found yet how to change the resolution and frame rate.
Through the right shoulder dial knob, you can change de camera’s angle from straight ahead to ground view, allowing you to take the perfect shot. Getting closer to the subject can be done through digital zooming (left shoulder dial).
Adopting image stabilization from both worlds (electronic and mechanical), the videos are surprisingly good. I think will satisfy the needs and expectations of most hobbyists. But even so, due to a lack of manual camera adjustments (ISO, shutter speed, and f-stop), HDR and RAW capabilities can’t be used for truly cinematic footage.
Remote controller – Flight range
SJR/C packs their F11 4K Pro drone with a style eye-catching remote controller with a piano-black finish. Antennas, phone holder, and handler are all foldable. It comes with a built-in battery which lasts for 3-5 flights. SJRC stands that the transmitter has provided up to 1500 meters control range.
During my range test, I managed to fly as far as 570 meters till I lost communication with the drone and the fail-safe RTH has activated.
There are a shoulder button and dial knob on each side of the transmitter. While the left ones allow taking photos and zoom in/out, the right ones start/stop recording respectively tilt the camera.
On the front panel, besides the usual control sticks, the are 4 buttons and an OSD screen. The backlit display has large ‘printed’ icons that light up when a function is activated. Unfortunately, this new type of display can’t provide telemetry data like flight distance, altitude, or elapsed time. In order to see the ‘full picture’, you will need to use in tandem the F11 4K Pro mobile APP.
SJ F Pro mobile APP
In addition to live-view (FPV), the SJ F Pro APP provides access to intelligent flight modes such as Image follow, GPS following, Gesture Photo/Video, and Route flight.
Under the Parameter settings, you can enable/disable Beginner mode and adjust max flight distance (20-1500meters), flight altitude (10-120 meters), and RTH altitude (10-120meters). In case you get annoyed by the voice prompting, you can disable it from here as well. The APP also logs your flights, allowing you to review details like total distance and top speed.
Battery life – How long the fun lasts!
Usually, before getting to test the flight performance of a new drone, I run a hovering test at 1-3 meters above the ground. In case the aircraft has a hidden malfunction this should be revealed through this test. During the process, I monitor the battery level as well. With a freshly charged battery, the F11 managed to stay in the air for 27:45 minutes. Almost two minutes more than the advertised time. Real-world flight time is about 20-25 minutes, highly depending on flight conditions (flight mode, flight style, temperature, and wind conditions). After 15 minutes of hovering something happened, the drone started to make circles instead of holding its position. Hope this behavior was an isolated issue and will not repeat again. Just to be sure, I recalibrated everything again.
As I mentioned in the introduction part of my F11 Pro 4K review, the battery has 4 LED charging level indicators and a micro USB charging port. In case you need a longer flight time without waiting 4-5 hours while recharging, 3s/2500mAh F11 spare batteries are available with a starting price of $40 per piece.
F11 4K Pro flight preparation
Usually, in this period of the year, in my country, the outdoor temperature should be below 0°C and everything covered by fresh snow. Instead of the normal weather conditions, this Christmas we had 12°C and light rain. Hope that climate changes will be stopped before is too late.
Due to the rain, I had to make the flight preparations in front of the Xmas tree. I started by reading the provided user manual while I put the flight battery and controller to charge.
Prior to powering on, you need to unfold the arm. In order to avoid excessive stress of the motors during starting up, I suggest unfolding the propellers too. Also, remember to remove the gimbal protector prior to power-ON. Following the instructions, I performed compass calibration (activated by moving both sticks to inner-up position) and gyroscope calibration (both stick outer-up position).
F11 4K Pro review: Flight experience
By default, the SJRC F11 4K Pro drone starts in ‘GPS mode’, which blocks arming the motors without GPS coverage (indoors). Toggling between GPS and Altitude mode can be done by long-pressing the ‘RTH’ button.
Just like I predicted, in the absence of vision positioning, it drifts a lot in an indoor environment. My personal recommendation for newbies is that they should play only outdoor in a large space. Definitively, the F11 is not suitable for practicing in your living room.
Outdoor it is much more stable, but sometimes still moves without any reason. You can switch between Sport (high speed), Normal (medium speed), and Camera (low speed) flight modes.
Its ‘Image follow’ function is different from DJI’s ActviceTrack. The drone just keeps the object (after dragging a box around it) in focus but without changing its position. In GPS follow mode, the aircraft follows the phone’s movement. This can be fun if you are on a mountain bike and you want the drone to shoot a video of you.
I suggest you use these Follow Me modes only when flying your drone in wide-open spaces where there are no obstacles such as houses, trees, or power lines. Remember, the F11 4K Pro does not have an obstacle avoidance system.
Orbit mode is doing a great job. It makes circles around the subject with a preset radius. During the process, you can adjust the camera angle to make your best shot.
I didn’t found out why, yet, but the mobile APP randomly showed this warning message: ‘Compass is interfered, open propeller arm? Mobile drone calibration compass‘. In the beginning, it was very frustrating, but after a few flights, I got used to it…
The F11 4K Pro is definitively an improvement compared to its predecessors. The combination of EIS and 2-axis gimbal allows creating smooth, almost cinematic-like, aerials. Actually, it is the first drone under $200 with a true 4K camera that I reviewed for now. Battery life and control range is comparable with the one any drone in its price range has.
The lack of an optical flow sensor makes the F11Pro 4K to drift a lot indoors. Outdoor, with good GPS coverage it is very stable, but still doesn’t hold its position all the time. RTH worked well, but is not as accurate as my DJI drone’s, it missed the landing pad by few meters.
User Review( votes)
What I liked
- Deluxe packing and included case;
- True 4K camera with mechanical and electronic image stabilization;
- Superb battery life;
- Image and GPS tracking;
- Fail-safe return to home (low battery and RC signal loss).
What I didn’t like
- Charging the battery takes an eternity;
- APP showed warning messages with no reason;
- Fake vision and ultra-sonic positioning sensors.
Best SJRC F11 4K Pro alternatives
In the price of the SJRC F11 4K Pro, you can find plenty of nice drones from various brands. MJX R/C has Bugs 12 and Bugs 20, ZLRC has Beast SG906 Pro and Pro 2, the VISUO K1 PRO is also a great alternative, and I could continue the list with more. The Ruko F11 GIM is a 100% clone of the F11Pro4K.
If you want a DJI drone, you will need to double your budget. Their cheapest 4K drone, the Mini 2, is priced at $449.
SJRC F11 series comparison
|SJRC F11 V1||SJRC F11 Pro V2||SJRC F11 Pro 4K V3|
|Camera||FHD – 1920×1080||2K – 2592×1520||4K – 3840x2160P|
|Frame rate||20 fps||25 fps||30 fps|
|Stabilization||EIS||EIS||EIS + 2-axis gimbal|
|WIFI FPV range||500 meters||500 meters||1200 meters|
|Control distance||1200 meters||1200 meters||1500 meters|
|Max flight time||26~28min||26~28min||26~28min|
|Weight||520 grams||520 grams||585 grams|
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all drone lovers!
Wishing you lots of fun and excitement, and a super fantastic year to come!
I’d like to know about this drone and like to look at the user manual and flight instructions, but I can´t download it from anywhere.
Can anyone help me? Thanks
This is about a year and a bit I have this drone. I can see I made some comments about Jan 2022.
Many crashes since but still flying it.
I guess by now I’ve got an ‘antic’!
A few things, regarding this drone, have changed for me.
I could not start it anymore with the little ‘dance’ at the beginning. But I found out a new way to start it.
I switch it on, then switch the controller on; as described in your article it is on GPS mode by default.
Then I disable the GPS (Long press on RTH) – and that’s it I can take off with both control down and inward.
Next, when in the air I enable again the GPS and…At some stages it will be activated.
My big problem with this has always been the Auto Return. (RTH)
In your article here you described that after 15 minutes you had the drone circling around. My bet is that it triggered the auto return and should also have shown red lights flashing indicating low battery + return home.
This return home really puzzles me. It does not necessarily return to where you started it. It certainly does not return where your controller is. And so it is very unpredictable.
My guess is, (considering my way or starting it) It wait for the GPS to be activated to determine the “Starting point”. And if you are moving around with it, it could be anywhere, until it is activated, perhaps with the phone you get a better idea where this happens!
I also noticed something even more puzzling is that when flying entirely non GPS…It still will activate the RTH regardless.
This means that you can really trust a 15 minutes flight if you have moved about!
One thing I have to say, is this drone is a tough cookie! With many bad RTH accident (Yes it will take off, up in the air’ through whatever is on its path to find its way ‘home’ This can be a tree, a wall or yourself and hopefully no one next to you! I know you’re not suppose to fly it around people…) But really it would be good if you have full control of it at any time. (I have been told if I wanted one like this I should have bought a more expensive one…)
I have learned to replace a broken arm and re glued a few times the front legs and other parts.
However, today I bumped again on this very good review as I was trying to see why my camera will not respond to the controller wheel. (When I want to film my roof I have to tape it face down!) I also don’t get a smooth filming anymore, like if the blades interfere a little with it.
I can see at the back of the camera mounting a part with two holes in it like if screws were missing on each side of it.
Buy it’s no more a big deal as I seldom film, yet it would be nice if I could fix it.
I may consider in the future, as you’re saying here, doubling the budget and get a more sophisticated drone; now I understand a little more about them.
Speaking of budget, it would be nice if reviewers mention the currency they use when quoting prices. My drone (with 2 extra batteries) was AU$ 400… So it a little different than $200+ $40 + $40!
I need firmware for my sjrc f11 pro. Because my drone cannot connect to my android phone. There is no available wifi connection for my drone. Please help about this problem. I love drone.
Do you think these filters will fit the camera?
What filters? I do not think hat the F11 drone has compatible fiters
I like this drone. The photos and video are insanely good, very clear and the video is very stable. Rang could better, but not bad for a WIFI drone.
How to check drone serial number
I don’t quite understand what you said here: By default, the SJRC F11 4K Pro drone starts in ‘GPS mode’, which blocks arming the motors without GPS coverage (indoors). Toggling between GPS and Altitude mode can be done by long-pressing the ‘RTH’ button.
I thought the recommendation were to disable gps indoor (to be able to control it).
As for the batteries, mine does take up to 8 hrs to charge.
I don’t know what you mean by “Battery life” since you seem to have it only for a trial
My f11 4k has as you mentioned some very erratic behaviors. especially with gps activated but it seems also to trigger the low battery level RTH without GPS (you seem to call it “altitude mode?)
I have a lot to learn and had a few problems with it already but somehow did not incapacitate it yet (Gimbal jumped out of its frame or got stuck in an angle or completely inward.) This is mainly due to Auto RTH that I would not mind disabling. I use my drone to replace my dog and take it to a maybe 2 km walk. Until I strike RTH it’s ok. I also don’t trust gps (out of the blue it will go ‘fast backwards’ and crash on the ground because I’m flying it low….So, yes, I have a lot to learn to improve this situation.
F11 range is 1,5km and F11s range is 3km thanks to the builtin wifi repeater in RC
thanks for making things clear!
Can you use hobby grade universal charger on F11 battery ?
I think that original charger, dont balance cells well…
You can build an F11 battery to balance connector and use a standard LIPO charger.
Op zich is het een prachtige drone maar ik vind de beelden van en de telefoon als van sd kaart gewoon slecht. Als je inzoomed krijg je een grove korrel. Is het al gevonden hoe je de instelling kan veranderen van de camera?
In itself it is a beautiful drone, but I think the images of the phone and the SD card are just bad. If you zoom in you get a coarse grain. Have you already found how to change the setting of the camera?
May I know what is the maximum wind force/speed that the F11 can be safely flown?
Up to level 5 (19 – 24 mph or 8.5-10.5 m/s) should be fine.
Thank you Robert!
Is the F11 4K Pro compatible with Samsung S7? I can’t get live on my phones’ screen
Yes, It should work with most android phones that have 5GHz wifi, including the Galaxy S7, S8, S9, S10, S20, and S21
Hi! great review. Do you know which VR goggles are compatible with the drone? I what to buy dome but i haven’t found that yet, thanks.
Only, passive phone boxed VR headsets can be used with this drone, but due to the high latency I would not recommend this! Try to fly only line of sight (LoS).
Is it possible to transfer pictures/video files from SJRC F11 straight to my phone?
Yes. You have to link up yr drone and yr mobile phone, then click download to yr phone.
Is it safe to fly from the top of a high building ?
If it is safe for you, will be safe for the SJRC F11 too. Just set the RTH altitude accordingly.
Has anyone ever flown at night with their F11 drone? Any video?
What’s the difference between F11S 4K Pro and F11 4K Pro? Just the optical flow sensor or is anything else?
Yes, apparently only the OFP sensor is the difference.
Hello everyone, what is the best Android APP that works with the F11 4K drone?
When my f11 moves the camera moves with it the camera doesn’t stay level. How do I fix this issue?
did someone manage to record at 60fps?
hey got my SJRC F11 Pro 4K today. it fly but I can’t connect via wifi with my iPhone 11 pro. any advice?
Anybody else has a drifting problem when hovering with F11 4kPro? How did you solve it?
You can try compass + gyro calibration. if you still have issues replace the props.
My Ruko F11 fell from the sky today (~50 meters). It was less than 2 weeks old. Never even had a scratch before this.. any idea where to find a spare gimbal and front arms?
Is there any way I can fly my F11 4K in a large indoor space if there is no GPS connection?
After I read your review I ordered my f11 4k pro drone. My problem is that doesn’t connect to the remote control. I have live view but RC is unusable. Thanks so much for any suggestions
How high can I fly my F11 in the UK? Why is that 120m limitations?
Any sun shader option? In the bright sun, I can’t see my phone. There is any shop that sells parts and accessories for the F11?
F11 4k Pro or M1 Pro :)
Bought my first drone today. F11S 4K Pro with optical flow positioning. Do you guys have any tips for a new pilot?
The F11S has a fake flow sensor. Everyone that has opened one up has found nothing behind the lens. Yours have a true OFP sensor?
Donde puedo encontrar un manual en español del srjc f11 pro 4k
Where can I find a manual in Spanish of the srjc f11 pro 4k
Encontraste el manual en español?
Did you find the manual in Spanish?
There is any way to change video files length? I need more than 5 minutes…
How can I disable (switch off) GPS on the SJRC F11 PRO 4k? For indoor flight
You need to long-press RTH button
Thank you for a Great detailed review! This hasmade my mind up to buy this drone now.
Keep up the good work.
how do I get altitude and flight time to display on the controller?
Great detailed review! What are the maximum speeds (km/h) in each of the modes for the SJRC F11 Pro 4K? Mine is super slow on all rates..
I bought the F11 SJ RC drone.
I installed the app, completed all the calibration steps, however, I can’t connect the app/drone with the GSP.
It says: waiting for the GPS signal all the time. I am using an iPhone 7 and all location services are approved.
How can I make the GSP connection?
You need to go outside for GPS coverage!
Worked! Thanks :)
I just found this mini-tutorial for Surround/Orbit Mode:
– First, you need to put the F11 over the object to fly around. Then press the photo button and the video button at the same;
– Retract the drone from the object it will fly to create the desired radius of the circle. Adjust height and camera angle to fit;
– Finally press the photo button and the video button at the same time again to start orbit flying.
I also have an SJRC F11 4K but yours looks pretty good. Mine had some shake on it which is surprising for a 2 axis gimbal + EIS. There is a way to make the footage more stable?
What’s the difference between SJRC and RUKO versions?
nothing, they are just marketing brands, the real manufacturer of the F11 is probably another brand.
Have you tried landing the drone manually? Or I need a landing pad for the F11 Pro?
I tested once, the motors didn’t stop as it should…
You can use some kind of air drop device with the F11 drone?
Yes, you can use but it needs to have its own remote (dropping trigger). The F11 drone does not have an aux port for such devices.
Is there any way to discharge the battery to storage voltage? I don’t plan to use it during winter…
FYI, Only the F11S 4K Pro has optical flow positioning (bottom camera)
Yes, the one with the optical flow sensor is the F11S 4K Pro. Unfortunately, its harder to find that version…
Without optical flow is quite a challenge flying this thing indoors…
Need a license to fly recreational? I already registered with the FAA…
If your living in Europe I would wait to buy the next drone until it has C class type approval. Because if you get your A1/A3 certificate you still have to fly according to A3 (150 meters away from everything). So I hope the manufacturer of the F11 series realize this.
Check here for more details : https://www.easa.europa.eu/faq/116452
Hello, is the point of interest mode truly working using F11 4k Pro? I need this feature to monitor my land around the house.
Yes, it POI works perfectly!
Happy New Year!
is it possible to bind the old remote control to a new F11 4k Pro? I lost my drone while trying to catch fireworks…. and I intend to buy only the drone again…
Happy New Year!
What kind of USB charger should be used with the SJRC F11 4k Pro Drone (volts & amps)? Something that will be faster than 5 hours…
According to the manufacturer’s instructions, the F11’s battery should be charged using a 5V/3A USB adater.
Love it!! A really great GPS drone! Everything included in a bag!
True stabilized 4K footage, steady in the air, and flies more than 25 minutes. It has multiple intelligent flight modes such as Follow me and circle hovering.
Please can someone tell me what sd card do I need for the F11 4k Pro?
Personally, I used a class 10 16GB U1 Sandisk card. I think it not worth investing in a larger capacity. IMHO a 16/32GB U3 is just perfect for the F11 4K Pro.
It looks exactly like the Ruko F11 pro but with a 2-axis gimbal.
Hi VivaUk, I’m after some advice. I’m also live in the UK and want to know if I need to register to fly the F11 4k Pro drone.
There appears to be a lot of rules and regulations… and some are changing with December 29…
Yes, you will need an Operator ID and Flyer ID. Check here: https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/
Flies good but the speeds are very slow, even on ‘Sport’ mode
For the price, this is an excellent drone! Has a nice build quality and feels sturdy. Great drone for first time pilots.