You will now note behind me. I have a nice shiny, new uh intro, so thanks to chris taylor, for that one, there is a link in the description and on screen. Now, if you want to check out his work, um, superb video artists helped me a lot with a lot of the things i’ve been doing. So thanks for that, don’t forget like subscribe, ring the little bell and all that i’m probably not bothered with all the uh. The graphics but stay tuned, more tech reviews, mostly around uh surfing standard, paddle boarding and drone tech, which covers action cameras because obviously we use those when we’re out on the water, so what’s good, what’s bad i’m, going to do an in depth review of budget cameras. You can still buy around 100 pounds, i’ve been using the sj5000x for years and it’s been it’s, been great, also the gopro hero5 equally as good. You can get them all for around 100 quid, but anyway that’s for another review. So this next video is a bit of a long one it’s about half hour long and it’s, the uh power vision, uh egg x and a little spoiler it’s, not very good, but watch the review like and comment and uh i’ll see you for the next one Cheers guys so here it is obviously took it all out of his wrapper tried it a couple of times already and the box is the case. Superb fits nicely in the top box.
There, nice and safe and it’s an egg, obviously and we’re, going to put it through its paces. Now the first two tries weren’t very successful. The footage was just really soft and blurry, and not really very usable, so i’ve ran the calibration on the pc. Oh, this is difficult with gloves on so yeah, just a little gimbal mount there, just while it’s rattling around on the motorbike just to keep it safe and we’ve got a nice little launch pad here. So when we do the return to home we’ll test it, you know what i might just ditch the gloves cold hands, but at least i can see what i’m doing feel what i’m doing so it just pops apart, obviously, they’re only going one way, just push them In keep them nice and secure now, if you don’t, put the arms on it, will sync up in in camcorder mode more on that in another review. Uh had similar problems with the footage in the camcorder mode, but i hadn’t calibrated it properly. Well, i hadn’t calibrated it at all so i’m hoping that’s the problem. You don’t need to open these. It will self open, but i like to be safe right and we are going to launch from this little green spot. There we’ll see where it comes down. Controller feels superb love. It really stiff sturdy, just positive inputs on it. There we go now. The the phone holder only just fits my p20 pro, but yeah i’m reasonably happy with that and then it’s uh usbc uh.
You also get the camcorder strap more on that later, so quite straightforward, just usbc! I want to be able to catch the stupid hat i’m wearing but it’s a nice warm stupid hat and that’s. It we’re pretty much good to go so turn the little fella on. We should get some flashing lights at the back after the gimbal’s just calibrated itself. There we go so it’s in dry mode, open the app okay, just gon na start screen, recording now and connect device helps if you turn the controller on bearing the remote. Now, like a lot of um drones, i’ve found that it can be a little bit of a faff, see it’s trying to find it now. So i probably should have turned this on before opening the app device unconnected there at the top. So if we go back home, if i can get around connect device, normal mode that’s, just a system diagnostic okay – that beeping means there is an object in the way it’s detected that grass basically – and if i come over here, it’s picking me up so we’ll put It in pro mode record, we are in 4k uh 60 frames. It does have a launch button, so we’ll give that a try where’s that land button who knows right, let’s check her out. Ah, sorry, my mistake: um yeah, i put it in e, which is entry beginner mode, so that warning will keep going off. Also in normal mode.
You get the warnings as well and pro mode basically turns all the safety off the forward. Looking system like collision detection and that’s, why it was beeping and being a pain. So now, as we can see, can’t see a thing on the screen because the iso is too high. Now, if memory serves close, the app great well done good job right, there’s settings here. Iso let’s turn that iso all the way down to 100 and it’s still a little blown out so let’s speed the shutter up. Okay, there we go we’re getting the greens now we’re getting things properly. There is an auto mode, but if you keep messing about and flying between light and low light, it ruins the footage so i’m just leaving it, as is for now just for this test and just do a quick volume test and there’s the stupid hat hello, um Yeah it’s really quiet for such a big drone right under it. Now nice and quiet so let’s go. Have a nice sit over here and take her off okay, already rather sort of annoyingly set to feet. I did set the values to british, or did he say english, so it should, it should have been an in at least i suppose it would be feat if it’s imperial can i change this whilst i’m in the air let’s have a look british system mpj miles Per j right let’s go metric at least i get my meters, then you can change it on the fly.
Okay and off she goes so. The sun is directly behind me, 100 meters. Up now there is an abandoned military base, a couple of kilometers in that direction. So while i rattle on a little bit i’m gon na see, if i can get there, what have we got so let’s keep it nice and high okay already having done that calibration it does. The image does look better now, what i’m going to try? Not to do is fly over the road i’m gon na have a look at it from oh, a bit of interference. One click out and it’s back uh signal strength is missing: okay, so 1.2 kilometers out that’s, the town of upward that’s, where the base is try not to go over that road, so yeah, just a little recap. The early problems i had was that the footage was just really soft and blown out and it’s pretty much unusable, so we’re out to a kilometer and a half i’m just kind of a little look around make sure i don’t there’s no tall trees. This the wind turbines are quite far away so it’s, starting to break up a little bit now, i’m 1.7 kilometers out it’s difficult to see the base should be right next to a construction site. Now i don’t want to go too close to that over there because that’s, a gliding club, there’s, no gliders out today, that’s the town of upwards yeah, two kilometers and it’s um signal comes and goes but i’m still i’ve still got control so i’m going to take It out to 2k, oh it’s, a little chilly and i’d, be really interesting, uh interested to see the footage when uh, when this gets back, see if it is better quality than when i tried it last time without the calibration, because it was pretty poor.
Before my emails coming through should have sign, let’s do all that really ah there’s the base. Okay, you can see that over there right, i am at 53 battery, so i’m going to uh bring it home. Now i can’t remember what that button is. Is it that one new battery says right, uh return to home, okay, so it was that landing button the aircraft will return, and now it will annoyingly beep as it makes its way back home now. I think i started on around 78 battery, so it would tell me it does have a warning when it’s not gon na make it back. It will say, come on time to come home, or at least i think it does in the uh in the p mode. In the professional mode, so it is incredibly chilly out there that’s to lower battery time Music and we’re 47 battery and 1.8 clicks out, so it should come back from over. There been running some diagnostics with it and some tests and bits and pieces. So i uh. I think i ran the battery down a little bit before i started, but it’s going to make it okay, he says uh. What we’re also going to do now is switch to the recording mode. What this drone has that others don’t is. It will record through the phone’s microphone so we’ll, be getting this in stereo we’ll be getting it from the gopro and we’ll also be getting the footage from my phone’s microphone.
So we’ll do a little side by side, see if the quality comes out. Okay, but audio quality is going to be better on the gopro, although it has got a pretty tidy mic, i mean i should use a lavalier mic, really um, so yeah across the bottom of the screen i’m, seeing that uh aircraft that’s currently in the green zone, Heading into the yellow zone and then there’s the red zone, i’ll uh, give that a good look up before i uh fly out again because i’m, not sure in p mode. If it will try and return. I know it makes it faster now, it’s saying you’re flying into the no fly zone or close that there isn’t a no fly zone over here, because the gliding club is three kilometers in the other direction. So it’s still coming out we’re coming back rather, and you can see the road i’m on just in the distance there. The footage is looking pretty sharp, but what i’m going to do is just for the end of this video is put it in auto mode. It won’t, let me, while i’m still recording. Ah there we go so i’m gon na swap put the other battery in when it comes back and then put it in the air with um, with the auto mode on see how it handles sorry. That beeping is a little annoying. Can we turn that down? Apparently not oh it’s, coming from the controller that’s? Why? Okay? Well, we can see our landing spot and we should be able to see the drone um there.
It is okay, give more controls which are very, very sensitive and just pull the gimbal down and there’s a little landing spot. So i’m gon na go and sit over here and let it do its thing. I think battery left, that’s, fine uh. You can see the controller battery at 70. now there’s the test, so it will scan the ground i’m going to say that was coming in a bit quick and let’s see how close it gets to that little green spot there. She goes so it missed it by four or five feet, which is fine. I’Ll. Take that uh it’s, just something to note. Okay, point of interest Music, so Music Music. So oh this isn’t going very well! Is it so nice doing it? I can already see that footage is awful. Well, it’s done, it’s done the circle, but i can already tell the footage looks really poor, so blurred all right. You can stop that now and it just stops where it is fair enough, cancel that ai mode follow me. Let’S try spotlight: okay let’s see what it does he’s following me. It wouldn’t follow my my bike when i tried that, but that is really blurry already so that’s more useless footage seems to be following me: okay, it’s doing its job it’s. Just i know for a fact, i’m not going to be able to use any of the any of the shots, take a photo it’s terrible down that right hand, side the phone just come back from the the test flight and it’s it’s, really poor.
What we’re? Using now is the power egg in camcorder mode, so i’d come out here got a tripod set up next to it one little downside the little arm that you get that attaches to the power egg is really short, so you need a little extension for a standard Tripod something to bear in mind something i didn’t, obviously so i’m not going to go into a full conclusion now, but i’m extremely disappointed. Massive blowing down the right side and the upper right of the image i’ve been in touch with customer support and they say it’s a known issue, so that’s not very useful, so fingers crossed for firmware, but this has been out for a year now. Well, it was announced last january. I think it came out in march time, so still no improvement on the focal length. The focal length is between one meter and infinity, but you can see in the footage, uh it’s it’s, clearly blurry it’s it’s, clearly bad so we’re, going to try now with the camcorder mode it’s currently set to lock so i’m gon na set that to follow, and Then i’m gon na click me so now it should follow me so, as i wander around it’ll. Follow me up to, i think it’s 170 degrees. So look. Can i even get the tripod in that’s pretty much behind it? Okay, so i tested this indoors and it was awful now we’re, obviously outdoors and there’s the puppy blocking the shop, so it seems to be working better outdoors, so it is following me: okay, that’s the follow command, but it’s already following so it’s just locked onto me.
Again well done um that should take a photo but obviously i’m recording at the minute and yeah. The gesture control works out quite well. So as a camcorder, if you want to shell out the best part, nearly a grand for a quite a nice camcorder then then go for it um, but uh i’m, just gon na give it a quick test, see how it gets on following the pop. Now it does come with a proper handle for this, which i haven’t put on yeah. It wouldn’t track my motorbike when i was trying to do it on my own it it needs a face of human form, so it doesn’t have object tracking as such. It only has person tracking so i’m, just walking with it now those greens are looking pretty poor in auto, but we’ll get it back to the pc later and see how that gets on. You see those green shifting. Okay, conclusion: footage disappointing, blurry, all down one side. We saw that earlier it did it in uh with stills. It did it at all recording resolutions. I tried 30 and 60 frames per second on 4k, 2k and 1080 in ai mode. It all just totally went wrong it just totally blurred it out it just didn’t. Get focused at all, so i contacted support and said: look. Is there a focus mode? I’M? I’M unaware of is? Is it something i’m missing after about ten emails, when they were trying to tell me that my exposure was off and this that and the other? I said no, no it’s the focus.
They said it should have a range one meter to infinity so it’s, also a known issue which is really worrying. You know when you, when you’re paying the best part of a thousand quid for these things, uh even more. If you get the um, the the wizard pack with the waterproof kit, which i haven’t tested yet i’ve not seen the point so all in all, maybe this is a faulty unit. Now there are quite a few people i noticed last year on youtube um and when i googled it that people were having problems the same problems with these, the fact that the footage was blurry down one side. So i believe supporter either sending me another one or want me to send this back uh. I did hit on a new problem today, which has got progressively worse, where it kept thinking it was in camcorder mode. Now it does that when the arm isn’t attached and you can see – i think you can see it on some of the footage that i took that just by even picking the drone up by the arm would disable drone mode, which is why i flew it over Very soft grassy field today in case it fell out of the sky, which is pretty worrying stuff. So the long and short of it is, i can’t use this in its current state. It just doesn’t work. The footage is bad. I don’t trust the fact that it may fall out of the sky.
The camcorder mode footage is the same it’s just average big blur down the side. It doesn’t look like proper 4k, no matter what fps i was using. Shutter speeds manual mode, auto mode. I even tried changing the anti flicker, so it was 50 hertz uk same with 60.. The firmware was updated. The last one that came out it looked like it was around christmas christmas time december 2020, so it has the latest. No patch notes. I did ask them. Do you have patch notes? What are you fixing? What are you actually working on and they said no patch notes now the custom support has got worse over christmas. I don’t know what was going on there. I used to get a reply. You know within 12 hours, even at weekends, um, and that has now changed to two or three days and you just get what feels like default answers back it’s like the reading off a script that don’t really know the product. So i will do a follow up on this i’m, not giving up on the drone i’m giving up on this particular one, because it appears to be faulty, so we’re going to have to do another follow up and i hope it works, because it’s got a lot Of great features, which would be really really useful, it has a lot of potential, but in his current state the app is pretty poor as well. Trying to get it to update is an absolute nightmare uh.
When i get the uh the new one, i will do a little video on how to get the update to work, because the instructions that come with it don’t seem to work. But the long and short of it is it’s. No good it’s, no good. So keep an eye on the description uh, hopefully i’ll have, you know been given a another one by then i don’t know if they’re just replacing the egg bit or sending me a whole new kit. I don’t know so until then you know, i can only say stay away from them, because there’s more bad reviews and there’s good for these. So thanks for watching it’s been a bit of a long one and uh hopefully see you for the update on this.