ZLRC SG906 PRO 2 Review  – Budget Drone with 3-axis Gimbal
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Today we are gonna do a review of a third generation SG906 drone that is called SG906 Pro 2.
Bottom line up front – BLUF:
It is a solid budget drone. It will struggle in moderate to strong wind conditions but it is packed with top-of-the line modes like return to home, follow me, gesture controls, headless mode and other (silly) features. But the biggest difference in comparison to its predecessors is the 3-axis gimbal that enables this drone to have a much better image and video quality.
So the first generation drone from this series had no gimbal on the camera and it you flew it in wind – good luck. It bounced around like a ping-pong ball.
The manufacturer then came back with the SG906 Pro that had 2 axis gimbal and this is the third reiteration of this series and it has 3 axis and has been dubbed SG906 2 Pro.
Core info at a glance
The dron looks just like the SG906 and SG906 Pro, except on the frontier. When you take off the little gimbal guard, you’ll see, it’s a three axis gimbal.
The drone is essentially identical to its predecessor, the only difference is the additional axis on gimbal.
The range might be a little longer, not by much. It’s still over a thousand meters. I’ll put with that.
And the flight time is 26 minutes.
The drone comes with quiet, super fast and durable 1806 1700KV brushless motors.
The biggest difference as I mentioned is basically the three axis gimbal camera.back to menu ↑
The controller is identical to the controller of the previous model with a nice little display. All your buttons are nicely marked as to what they do. And you do have buttons on the sides.
You will have to put four AA batteries in the back to get it working. And of course, to put your phone in the slot, you pull the clamps out and down and you just pull these out and your phone will fit in there.
It is nimble, easy to use, light in weight and has almost every function’s button on it. It uses 4 1.5 V batteries that you have to buy separately. Apart from the usual things that you can do on any remote controller like launching the drone, controlling its forward/backward movement, you can also adjust the front camera’s view from the remote controller. Get the best angle of shot without having the drone home to adjust the camera.back to menu ↑
What is in the package
The drone comes in a nice soft bag with a lot of zippers in the front, on the side.
The drone is really good for a budget drone, it comes with foldable props, brushless motors, and arms that fold out.
Now let’s quickly look over the drone itself on the top. We see nothing, just the beast logo. And then on this side we see nothing.back to menu ↑
The batter is on the back side. It tells us 7.6 volts at 3,400 mAh. And I bet you, a lot of you are wondering, Hey, what if I have the previous beast is the battery the same size? So this is the battery for the new version. It is a 7.6 at 3,400 milliamps while the previous model had a 7.4V and 2800 milliamps.
So that’s a lesser battery than this one, but yes, the older battery is the same size and yes, it would fit in the new drone.
Since this is a modular battery, it is easy to remove and insert in the drone. It also displays its stats on the screen. For example, you can know the amount of charge remaining.back to menu ↑
The drone has two cameras, one is a 4K camera that is, as we mentioned before, stabilized with the new 3-axis gimbal.
You can capture video in SD or HD resolution, with the latter being the highest quality. Using the front camera, you will capture videos of 2048 by 1080P resolution. On the down facing camera, you will capture videos with a resolution of 1280 by 720P. The photo resolution is high too at 4096 by 3072 resolution for the front camera and 1280 by 720P for the bottom camera.
Download the Hfun Plus app on android or iOS and enjoy a good first person view, just as if you were flying inside the drone. The FPV transmission range is also quite long at 350 meters, so you should have a great experience all round.back to menu ↑
Size and weight
The Beast Pro weighs 552 grams. The Beast Pro 2 thanks to the bigger battery weighs 564 grams.
Folded in, the drone measures 7 by 3.3 by 2.8 inches. Unfolded version grows to 11.3 by 10.1 by 2.8 inches. As you can see, this is not a very big drone and so traveling with it should be so easy.
Sensors, accessories and micro SD card
The micro SD card slot is right down on the side. You put your micro SD card slot in there to record the video from the camera to the card.
Flipping it to the bottom… there is an optical flow sensor and some venting as well. Then finally in the front we have the camera guard, which we remove and we’ll see our three axis gimbal. Take the gimbal cover off and there’s our camera.
Finally for accessories, you get a USB cable that you plug into your battery to charge it up and you get a micro Phillips screwdriver. You also get tons of instructions and all different types of languages.
You also get a set of spare props just in case you damage the ones that come on the drone.back to menu ↑
Flight Features and Functions
For a low-cost drone such as this, ZLRC did a great job packing it with some high-end features. Let’s throw a closer look:
This is a drone that is hard to lose thanks to the presence of both GPS and Glonass systems for super-precise real-time positioning data.
Follow Me Mode
The drone will follow you within the 30 meters distance and it can pick up your speed changes. However, don’t expect it to be flawless, like Mavic Pro or Air 2 – this is an affordable gift drone, after all
Gesture shooting mode
This used to be a cutting edge tech back in the day – it is now perfected and featured in sub-200 dollars drones. You can essentially turn SG906 2 Pro into a selfie drone thanks to this mode.
One Key Return to Home
Whenever you need to call back your Beast, it can be done with one click of a button thanks to this mode.
Low intensity winds are not a problem to this SG906 2 Pro drone but a gust of wind will blow it away as it will struggle mightily to remain in position.
If a drone flies over a long range, you might find it hard to know where the nose faces. This is where headless mode comes in. When you engage it, the drone just realigns itself in relation to the position of the pilot.
In this one, you just open the HFun Plus app, and on the map, draw the route that you would like the drone to follow capturing footage all along. As soon as you launch it, it follows that path.
Get the drone to circle you taking photo and video footage from all angles. You can also have the drone fly in circles around a particular point of interest.
Please note, these are just a few of the automated flight functions. There are many more.back to menu ↑
ZLRC SG906 2 Pro Beast Pros
- Many flight functions
- Optical flow positioning for precise hovering
- High quality image and video footage
- Folds for easy storage and carrying
- Battery flight time is impressive
- Sold ready to fly (RTF) no assemblage needed
ZLRC SG906 2 Pro Beast Cons
- weak stability in wind
- long charging time
Who Should Buy The ZLRC SG906 2 Pro Beast
Whether you are a beginner drone pilot, or you have been around drones for some time, you can buy and use this drone. There are many things to look forward to. First, there are many automated flight functions. Who wants to fly a drone manually when they can just relax and concentrate on capturing good footage as the drone flies itself? Secondly, this is a hardy drone, and with good care, it can last a long time.back to menu ↑
Conclusion and Recommendation
When you buy the ZLRC SG906 Pro Beast, you will want to take it to flight immediately since it comes in RTF (ready to fly version). However, not just yet. First, read the user manual, know what the manufacturer recommends. Choose a calm day on which to fly the drone and if you want to do the full flight range, choose a place without obstacles such as trees and buildings. With a speed of 7m/s, you should have yourself quite a time.