The Syma X5SW has everything you could ever want in a low-priced quadcopter: built-in HD camera, Wi-Fi transmission in real time, Android and Apple ISO apps, and strong stability thanks to its 6-axis Gyro stability.
It’s a great drone for new and advanced users, and the price couldn’t be more affordable.
We’re going to take a look at this model with our first-hand review, but let’s discuss the pros and cons first to give you an overview of this drone.
- Great, inexpensive model.
- Very fast assembly time.
- Decent quality camera.
- Two flight modes.
- Battery life is lackluster.
Before I go into my Syma X5SW quadcopter review, I want to elaborate on the battery life. I’ll be going into detail about the battery life and charging time shortly, but I did want to explain as to why I put the battery life as a “con.”
A 3.7V 500 mAh battery is included, and flight time is between 4- 8 minutes depending on what you have attached. If you don’t have the propeller guards or the camera attached, you can expect this model to fly for 6 – 8 minutes.
Now, this isn’t bad considering the price of this model. It’s definitely not a high-end model that you would expect to last for 20 minutes, but it does last about 6 to 8 minutes depending on the accessories you choose to attach to the unit, and the wind conditions.
Assembly Is Fast and Easy
Assembly is a breeze. Syma includes a screwdriver that allows you to assemble the blade guards. You’ll also be required to attach the feet to the landing gear, but after this, you’re ready to fly.
It’s so easy that you can get started in just minutes.
I do recommend that you read the instruction manual as this will discuss the two different flight modes that are included. Essentially, one mode is for advanced users and one is meant for novice users that will be able to safely fly their drone without crashing.
Syma X5SW Drone FPV Test Flight
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Controls and Modes
We already discussed that there are two modes: 1 and 2. Essentially, you switch the mode after you’ve learned how to fly your drone properly. And the controls are very simple. For example, the main functioning is:
The left analog stick is for your acceleration, while underneath this is where you can choose to turn to the left and right. The right analog stick is used for your overall control, so you’ll be able to move forward and left to right with the right stick. Right above the right analog stick is a way to adjust the fine-tuning of your forward and back motion.
The mode is switched right underneath the analog stick, but you won’t need to really worry about this as a beginner.
On top of the controller you’ll find that there is a tumble button, which allows you to perform a tumble. There’s also a high or low speed button.
Controls are very easy and intuitive, and you’ll be able to get started very quickly.
Keep in mind that the maximum control length is approximately 100 yards, according to my own calculations when flying.
Speed and Battery Life
High and low speed options are available as we discussed earlier, but you won’t be racing with this drone. Weighing just 1.1 pounds, you don’t want to crash this model when the speed is controlled on a high or low mode. I recommend going into low speed mode, and learning how to accelerate appropriately before going into high speed mode.
Again, even high-speed mode is more moderate than it is high speed. But this is a good thing because the control in FPV view takes a little bit to get used to, and it can lag a little bit, which means you’ll want to be in sight of your drone at all times.
A LiPo battery is included, and it’s a 3.7V 500 mAh model.
Battery charging takes 45 – 50 minutes, while flight time is between 4 and 8 minutes. Propeller guards are included, and you to have the choice of removing these guards and the camera to achieve an eight-minute flight time.
FPV Real-time Camera with Wi-Fi
You’ll want to download the Android (4.0 or higher required) or iOS app to connect your phone to your copter. The camera itself is two megapixels and allows you to fly in first person view. You’ll be able to view the camera through your smartphone, which sits perfectly on top of the controller.
The Wi-Fi antenna will broadcast the visuals right to your phone.
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I prefer to keep my copter in line of sight at all times because lag can occur, with latency of .5 seconds to 1.5 seconds in some cases. The HD camera does allow you to take video, and you’ll also be able to snap 800 pictures before needing to put them on a device.
The camera itself holds:
- 30 minutes of video
- 800 pictures
There are even LED lights attached to the Gyro that will help you when flying in lowlight conditions.
Syma X5SW Quadcopter Specifications
- 4 GHz interface
- Two-megapixel camera
- 30 minutes of video/800 picture capacity
- 7V 500 mAh battery
- Charging time of: 50 – 120 minutes
- Wi-Fi real-time transmission
- Requires four aa batteries
The Syma X5SW is the perfect quadcopter to give as a gift to someone that has never flown before, or to use for an inexperienced pilot. This model has two great modes, and a decent flight time considering the price. The controls are intuitive, and the light weight of this model does make it a little difficult to fly in high wind conditions.
With the real-time’s transmission, you’ll build to take precise pictures, and have a first person view of your drone.
For the price, this is one of the best low-end models on the market.
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