JJRC Q45 (Review)
Just two years ago, FPV cameras were commonly found only on drones but lately they’ve been making an appearance on RC cars. As it turns out, driving an RC car with an FPV camera is about as fun as flying FPV drones. The JJRC Q45 is one of numerous RC cars with built-in FPV cameras to appear on the market recently.
In the past, fitting an FPV camera onto an RC car meant creating your own customized mount for the camera and FPV transmitter. With the Q45, there is no need for any custom-made parts since its WiFi FPV camera comes pre-installed and ready to use.
Priced at less than $50, the Q45 is one RC car that offers plenty of value and is clearly aimed at children.
- 1:18 scale
- 480P WiFi FPV camera with adjustable angles
- Proportional throttle control
- Brushed motors
- Four-wheel drive
- Realistic rubber tires
- 4.8V 700mAh battery
- Approximately 15 to 20 minutes drive time
- Independent suspension
- High ground clearance for climbing steep inclines
- 2.4GHz gun-type controller
Despite the sub-$50 price tag, the Q45 has some features that are found on more expensive RC cars. This includes independent suspension, 4 wheel-drive, proportional throttle control, hollow rubber tires and 2.4GHz radio control. It does, however, lack proportional control for the steering.
Being marketed as a “climbing RC car”, the Q45 has very high ground clearance which allows it to traverse across very technical terrain and climbs. Although equipped with big rubber tires and a high stance, the Q45 seems to struggle when tackling such terrain. This is due to its weak motors that don’t seem to provide enough power especially when dealing with steep climbs.
The Q45’s brushed motors are mounted directly onto the car’s front and rear suspension arms — a common feature of “climbing RC cars” and a very different design approach compared to other RC cars that usually have a single motor mounted in the middle of the chassis.
There are two ways in which you can drive the Q45 — by using the supplied gun controller or via the JJRC ClimbMax app installed on your smartphone. The 2.4GHz gun controller works reasonably well and has a button for taking photos or videos (using the Q45’s camera). It even comes with a phone mount.
To view the Q45’s FPV feed, you’ll need to connect to the Q45’s WiFi hotspot first before opening the app. The ClimbMax app not only allows you to view the FPV feed, it also has virtual controllers such as steering and throttle controls. Pushing the throttle up will cause the Q45 to move forward accompanied by engine sound from the app. There are other sound effects such as reverse beeps and screeching tires.
The Q45’s WiFi FPV camera is mounted on its bonnet and has a range of about 50m. It has a resolution of 480P and a narrow field of view — not exactly impressive for a camera but good enough for a sub-$50 toy meant for kids. The camera angle can also be adjusted to tilt up and down or from side to side.
The JJRC Q45 is no doubt an excellent toy RC car for kids costing less than $50 and offering plenty of value. Its built-in WiFi FPV camera and accompanying ClimbMax app are sure to fascinate any child from the ages of 6 to 12. It also sports a few features that can be found on more expensive RC cars.
The only weakness I feel are its weak motors which cause the Q45 to struggle up steep climbs. Despite having a high ground clearance and nice rubber tires, it is quite disappointing to see the Q45 not being able to properly handle the terrain it was originally designed for. Then there is the lack of proportional control for its steering. But then again this is a sub-$50 toy and the Q45 is still overall a very nice toy that kids would find fascinating.
The JJRC Q45 is available for $44 shipped at GeekBuying which provided the sample featured in this review. Click here for more details.
Drive Performance5.2 /10
Drive time7.8 /10
Build Quality7.0 /10
- Very affordable RC car with FPV
- Rubber tires and proportional throttle
- ClimbMax app offers plenty of fun for kids
- Weak motors
- Steering lacks proportional control
- Uninspiring camera performance