H8D by JJRC – the best quadcopter for under $200?

After the success of H8C, JJRC introduces the H8D a quadcopter ready-to-fly out of the box with 5.8GHz FPV transmission. The design is clearly similiar to the renowned Cheerson-CX20 and it comes in both red and orange.
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A great thing about JJRC H8D is the very affordable price. Among other drones of the same price range, H8D is one of the most bought in the market. In our JJRC H8D review we’ll find out why is that so!


Flight time : 8 minutes
Camera : 2MP HD
Battery type : 2S 500mAh LiPo
Antenna : 5.8GHz Frequency
Range : 100-150 meters
Remote : 2.4GHz Frequency
Gyro : 6 Axis
Monitor : 4.3” LCD with built in battery
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First of all, if you have owned a H8C you know its motors were a bit too noisy, even when watching a video you recorded, the noise would overlap the sound. JJRC has corrected this on their newest version, H8D, by adding bearings. The camera is same quality, HD 2.0MP, better than the average low-price drone camera. Yet, sometimes if transmission is weak, can have a bit of a jello effect on the displayed video. On the other hand, the camera angle is adjustable so you can move the camera to the angle which best fits your recording.

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H8D uses a 7.4V battery that powers the quadcopter (it comes with two batteries), providing him 8 minutes of flight time, although it may have low flight time, it compensates in control range. 150 meter range is above the average same price quadcopters capability. Each battery takes around 90 minutes to charge. Nothing spectacular, but still better than other drones in this price range, for an example : Syma X5SW review. For a drone in this price range, this are great results. Let’s keep up with our JJRC H8D review, it’s time to talk about H8D’s features:

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This drone comes with some useful features. One of them is headless mode, in other words the drone will fly on the direction of which the controller stick is pointing to, despite its front (drone nose) or back. This makes it easier for beginners to adapt to flying a quadcopter. Other feature is the one key return, by pushing the stick the opposite direction of the takeoff H8D will return to the pilot.

JJRC H8D Night flight


The transmitter is dual mode having reversible sticks (mode 1/ mode 2) and a button to adjust the flight speed. On top of the controller it can be mounted a 4.3“ LCD FPV monitor with a 5.8GHz transmission antenna and a built-in battery. This monitor comes included in the package. Contrary to other quadcopters, H8D has its own monitor and does not need an Android or iOS device. The screen is a bit too brilliant even with the shade protection and it may be hard to see in brighter sun days.

Other nice but more common features are the LED lights for night flights and the 3D stunt (drone does a 360º spin in air).

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All in all, I think this is great choice if you don’t want to spend more than $150. It will give you hours and hours of fun + you’ll gain some flying experience so you will be able to control more expensive drones in the future. Thumbs up for JJRC H8D !

Anthony Turner