Preview: Feima J.me, the DJI spark killer ?

INTRODUCTION

Since more than 1 month I received from Feima, the J.me a compact video plateform able to shoot 4K@20fps or 1080p@30 videos during 23min!!!. It’s nothing else than a DJI Spark competitor. Now the official release of the machine is announced here: https://www.banggood.com/Feima-J_ME-Follow-Me-WIFI-FPV-With-UHD-4K-Camera-2-Axis-Gimbal-Obstacle-Avoidance-RC-Quadcopter-p-1161989.html. Please find first informations I collected from my first testings. This article will be updated regulary with new elements.

BOX CONTENT

Actually this is the standard version without the radio control

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+ 1 x Feima J.me
+ 1 x Li-on proprietary 3000mah 4S battery
+ 1 x Charger
+ 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
+ 1 x Prop installer wrench
+ 1 x USB to USB-C cable
+ 4 x Landing pads
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

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Great bundle quality

OVERVIEW

Like the dobby, for the standard version we have a pure 2.4G WiFi model controlled by an iOS or Android appz. This setup allows to control and monitor the J.me up to 200m (even 350-400m in open non-urban zones). With the radio control, more than 1km can be achieved.

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-FRONT VIEW

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-SIDE VIEW

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-REAR VIEW

The main powerbutton can be found centrally on the left. To turn on or turn off, you need first to short press then long press more than 3s.

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-UPPER VIEW

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-BOTTOM VIEW

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The ultrasonic sensor is installed rear

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while the small camera for visual positionning front. Often when the machine is below 3m of altitude the visial positionning is prefered versus the GPS one

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-WEIGHT
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Close to 561g in total … so clearly almost the twice heavier than a DJI spark and close to be three time more than the Zerotech Dobby

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Motor and props

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LiPo

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Gimbal camera module

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UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, AND DEMO FLIGHT

CONCLUSIONS

The Feima J.me is a very nice machine offering great videos and super flight time. I really like this machine… but is-it a Spark killer ? no… no until they will upgrade (if possible) the camera to shoot 4K@30, 1080p60 videos (the MTK processor should be able to) and turn on also EIS to fix the left-right jitter (the Spark uses EIS to fix it too).

PROS

+ 23min of flight time
+ Powerfull builtin Snapdragon processor
+ Super stable machine
+ 2-axis mini gimbal
+ Good stabilized obtained videos
+ Easy orbit/POI
+ 720p FPV feedback
+ Great bundle quality

CONS

– left-right jitter (only a 3-axis gimbal or adding EIS can remove it)
– No 4K@30fps or 1080p@60
– No EIS option
– Obstacles avoidance not yet avaiable
– Application and firmware still under developpement
– Need 300min of flight time to access to all features
– Not (yet) a DJI spark killer

This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Feima in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 460USD at http://www.banggood.com/Cheerson-CX-10C-CX10C-Mini-2_4G-4CH-6-Axis-RC-Quadcopter-with-Camera-RTF-p-989909.html

9 Comments

  • Z00live says:

    Maximum distance ?

  • fiatlux says:

    Looks very interesting on paper (especially with that massive battery by compact drone standards) but, as often with startups/lesser known brands, firmware/software maturity seems to be lacking (and third-party app support non-existant).

    Is the optional radio remote control announced? I can’t find any reference to it anywhere…

  • marinesoup says:

    I’ve had mine for about 1 month now.
    I found it to be very user friendly for experienced and novice flyers.
    I noticed that some ads for the drone come with spare props, but mine didn’t include any spare props.
    Fly time is about 20 minutes on average.
    Since the new firmware update 1.3.9, I have noticed better application of the follow me function.
    I did have one instance where I was using the follow me function and my j.me fell from the sky for no reason and crashed to the ground. Other than a few scratches on a couple props there was no real damage (‘TG I was only about 30 feet off the ground).
    I also bought the controller separate which really extends the range and the speed.
    I believe Feima Robotics has a good product here with a nice build quality. I also think they released this drone far too early as some features don’t work at all and others are glitchy. There is no obstacle avoidance that is operable. Also I noticed the headless mode is sometimes greyed out and sometimes available. Motion control is not very good at all. I have tried many times following the online instructions and I could really get it to work properly.
    A couple final points. Please take the time to over haul your website to include English for all instructions. I bought the controller which only included Chinese instructions.
    Last but not least…. GET RID of the graduated learning that forces everyone, included expert drone pilots to complete a set of tasks and flying times to unlock other functions. I bought and paid for my drone, let me decide what function I want to use without jumping through hoops.
    All in all, it’s a good build for a first release from Feima Robotics. Quality item.
    Please heed the needs of your consumers and act on what needs to be fixed. If you really want to break into the North American market, we need to be able to read from English instructions and website.
    Hope this helps anyone thinking of buying this drone, and I hope Feima Robotics deals with the issues that need attention.

    On

  • marinesoup says:

    To add to my comment, I also was unable to get the voice control to work.
    I would be interested in hearing from anyone else who has experience with this quad.
    Is there a trick to using voice control or is it like collision avoidance not operating at this time?

    marinesoup

  • marinesoup says:

    Once again I reiterate, don’t release a product with features that don’t exist yet.
    I bought mine with the understanding that the features Feima Robotics said it has actually existed.

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