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Review Syma X5Sw Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter Drone UFO with HD Wifi Camera (White)


This article presents the Syma X5Sw review, and highlights the key features of this quadcopter. This medium sized quadcopter is perfect for starting out flying FPV capable quadcopters. This drone has an attractive, classy, and very durable design making it suitable for beginners who want to try out capturing videos and images from a quadcopter. You can fly this drone both indoors and outdoors, and perform some stunts at the push of a button.

This drone is made of durable plastic, and is robust to falls and impacts. However, if you do manage to break something, you can always order extra parts and get back to flying. The enclosed pinion gears and motors is a nice feature which prevents strands of hair or material form damaging the motor.

There are red LEDs in the front, and green LEDs in the back. The LEDs light up the legs which makes for a cool visual when the drone is taking off and landing. The landing gear legs pop in place, and there are screws that attach the legs permanently. However, the clips are pretty strong, so you could opt to remove the screws, and save a bit of weight. This drone is an upgraded version of the Syma X5C line of quadcopters. This model is similar to the X5SC-1, and is available in black and white colors. Keep reading the Syma X5SW review for more information.


* 6-axis gyro based on 4 channels ensures a stable and fast flight
* Capable of 360 3D rolling, and other technical actions
* Support cellphone control from Android smartphone and iPhone via Wi-Fi connectivity
* Headless mode avoids the difficulty of identifying the head and tail when you start to fly
* 500mAh battery, super long fly time
* Up to 50-meter long RC distance
* Left hand control, ideal for pilots of all skill levels
* USB charging for more convenience


* Helicopter Size: 12.4”x12.4”x4.13”
* Helicopter Weight: 119 g / 0.26 lbs
* Helicopter battery: 3.7V 500 mAh Li-polymer battery
* Controller battery: 4*1.5V AA Battery (not included)
* Charging time: about 90 – 120 minutes (USB Charging)
* Flying time: about 6-7 minutes
* Control distance: About 50 meters
* Support Phone Type: iOS / Android
* Real-time shooting funtion: Yes
* Headless mode: Yes
* Camera: 0.3MP
* FPV Wifi Transmission: 640*480P / 30FPS


The camera quality for the Syma X5SW is surprisingly clear.

The 0.3-megapixel recorder can capture amazing footage which, while isn’t HD quality, definitely surpasses expectations for its price.

There aren’t many drones on the market today that offer FPV technology for such a low price (a close competitor is the Hubsan X4 H107D). Being able to fly the Syma X5SW with a smartphone is definitely a huge upside to this particular model.

Arguments: Pros & Cons

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Pros:
  • Easy to fly around;
  • Impeccable maneuvering;
  • Can perform air stunts;
  • Is compatible with both iOS and Android;
  • Syma X5sw price (around $50);
  • Lightweight;
  • Good for beginners.
Cheerwing Syma X5SW Cons:
  • Doesn’t support anything lower than Android 4.0;
  • Flying the drone with the guard attached can lower the battery’s life;
  • Poor camera quality
  • Poor video quality;
  • Wind bug not fixed;
  • Stalls and crashes without any reason;
  • Small issues with Wi-Fi reception;
  • No SD card slot.


The Syma X5SW throws many extremes into one package. On one hand, it costs only $61 and is the only model in Syma’s X5 range that features FPV. It is also one of the cheapest toy-grade quadcopters in the market that features FPV. On the other hand, its FPV feature is poorly implemented and suffers from a few drawbacks. The X5SW also suffers from the infamous “wind bug” issue that was covered in my earlier review of the X5SC-1. However, when one considers that drones with proper FPV features cost 10 to 20 times more than the X5SW, one can easily ignore its shortcomings.

As mentioned earlier, the X5SW is essentially a X5SC with a FPV camera and a new model name. This means it has all the good features seen in the X5SC such as a well designed and spacious battery compartment, tall landing legs and enclosed motors and pinion gears. If you can live without FPV, then you might want to consider the X5SC which costs a few dollars less and has better flight times. However, if you absolutely must have FPV, then the X5SW is one of the most affordable quadcopters out there that offers this feature, albeit with a few flaws that I believe many beginners can live with.

Great drone for beginners who wants to learn how to fly drone completely manually. Small enough to flight inside, comes with prop guards, camera and legs, which all can be dismounted to prolong flight time.
Very light, so falling on the ground (not asphalt or stones) will mostly do no damage to the drone.
Very light – smallest wind blows takes the drone away and with stronger constant wind it barely can fly against it.
No optional flight altitude keep.
Front and back aren’t distinguishable in the day light. Had to tape bright tape to the front and change props to different color one.

Value for Money product! Easy to control and very durable! Many extra parts to replace in case of damage. It’s a good copter for an amateur.
Camera is not a good quality and drains a lot from the battery. Needs more batteries so to enjoy the flight.

It’s my first drone and after 10 minutes of crashes (which it happily survived) I was able to keep it stable in the air and to do some simple movements, so I guess it’s easy to fly.
Image quality seems better than in presentation video (colors and image details).
Camera connection not possible in the neighborhood of a wireless router. Even when connected (router off), the video is a bit delayed (but I believe this is normal) and not fluent.

Great quadcopter to learn how to fly the proper way and learn about orientation before moving on to bigger and better models. You can even experiment with FPV flying via the wifi connection that this quadcopter offers.
Leave the prop guards on if learning to fly so you don’t break as many props.
Purchase extra batteries and props – the batteries are only good for about 5 min. flights
Doesn’t fly that well in windy conditions – you can fight the wind somewhat in High Mode.
Mainly for outdoor flying unless you can go to a gym or somewhere similar.

Review DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Fly More

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. The 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3-mile range, four vision sensors and a 4K camera stabilized by a three-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

DJI Mavic Pro:

  • Inside the Mavic’s pocket-sized remote controller is DJI’s brand new OcuSync transmission technology, with a range of 4.3 miles and Full HD 1080p video streaming
  • OcuSync is an all new DJI designed long range transmission technology capable of up to 4.3 miles of transmission range (unobstructed), HD 720p long range and Full HD 1080p short range video streaming — far surpassing the capabilities of any WiFi transmission system
  • Using Flight Autonomy it can see obstacles as far away as 49′ in front, so that it can fly at up to 22mph while avoiding the things it sees
  • This obstacle avoidance system is activated in every Intelligent Flight Mode including all ActiveTrack modes, TapFly and Terrain Follow
  • If you use automatic Return to Home, it switches on too, so that as the Mavic makes its way back to you, it won’t bump into anything in its path
  • FlightAutonomy technology means the Mavic can hover precisely in more environments and automatically land almost exactly where you took off
  • When you tell the Mavic to fly home, it will return to that coordinate, match the video and land back at your feet
  • Custom-designed high-energy density batteries, an intensely efficient optimized propulsion system and advanced power management systems give the Mavic a much longer flight time than you would expect from its compact size, capable of reaching an absolute max flight time of 27 minutes
  • In regular use, you can expect flight times of approximately 21 minutes
  • The Mavic is the only drone of its size to carry an integrated high-precision 3-axis mechanical camera stabilization system, giving you crystal clear photos and smooth videos, without losing a single pixel
  • Image stabilization and camera drones go hand in hand, because without it, your photos may blur and your videos will jerk
  • The Mavic carries an expertly miniaturized camera stabilization system known as a 3-axis gimbal

  • When you have a 4K sensor, you expect 4K results without compromises
  • Every shot you take with the Mavic Pro can be up to 4K, captured at 30 frames per second
  • Active Track uses deep learning, computer vision and advanced autonomous flight strategies to make complex, creative shots as simple as possible with just a tap
  • No GPS bracelets, no transmitters
  • The Mavic has been trained to detect and recognize a number of common subjects including people, bike riders, vehicles and even animals
  • Once you have marked your subject, you can fly around them to create a huge variety of shots depending on the mode you are in
  • Choose from Trace, Profile or Spotlight, to give every scene you shoot that professional touch
  • As the Mavic is tracking, you can even select exactly where you want them in the frame, for more control over your final shot
  • Every photo you take with the Mavic can be as big as 12 megapixels
  • Combined with an image sensor that has been expertly tuned for aerial images, all you need to do is find the perfect subject
  • You can even flip the camera 90 degrees for portrait oriented shots, just like you do with your phone
  • If you are as concerned about editing as you are about composition, you can capture every photo in Adobe DNG RAW to give you all the editing power you need to turn any photo into a work of art
  • Sometimes a phone is all you need to fly
  • Not only does the Mavic support flying on your phone with Virtual Joysticks, but you also have full access to all of its Intelligent Flight Modes — TapFly, Trace, Spotlight, Profile and Circle
  • Using just your phone, you can capture photos and video so incredible, that no one will believe you did it by tapping a screen

Should I buy the DJI Mavic Pro?

Do you want a tiny flying camera that doesn’t compromise on battery life, flying agility and image quality, all the while maintaining a relatively affordable price tag? If so, the Mavic Pro is the best choice right now.

DJI has outdone itself with this dinky drone, which brings toether the best attributes of the Phantom range while adding more features and massively boosting the portability. It’s a soaring success.

If you’re not after something quite so advanced, the dinky DJI Spark is worth considering, but for our money we think it’s worth stretching for the DJI Mavic Pro if you can owing to superior video and battery life.

Video and stills

The 28mm lens DJI has chosen for the Mavic Pro finds a good balance between getting plenty in the frame without being too wide so that everything is distorted a bit too much – it’s actually a similar field of view to most smartphones, while the level of control to adjust exposure goes way beyond a simple point-and-shoot compact.

As well as being able to set white balance and ISO sensitivity (100-1,600) inflight, you can set the focus by tapping the screen and select whether you want to shoot JPEGs or raw files, or both, while shutter speed and aperture are relayed on screen so you can gauge if you need to boost the ISO or not.

How long will it last?

Probably a few years or more. DJI constantly rolls out updates to its products, and we have no reason to think the Mavic Pro will be any different. Firmware updates come through on a regular basis, and DJI already has a suite of upgrades, attachments, and accessories in the works. So, assuming you don’t destroy it, the DJI Mavic Pro should last you for quite some time.


  • Brilliantly portable
  • Nice 4K footage and 12MP photos
  • Decent flight time
  • Numerous smart flight features


  • Images suffer a little in low light

I’ve wanted to buy a drone forever. No reason, really, just seemed cool. I had a pile of cheap gyro-helicopters and universally crashed them on the first flight. Needless to say, my fear of immediately crashing a $1000 drone was what held me back. When the Mavic was released, I decided to give it a try. It was less $ than previous DJIs and was touted as “easy to fly.” I couldn’t agree more. My Mavic arrived a few days ago after ordering in October. DJI apparently had a big problem keeping up with the demand. In the meantime I watched 7 million youtube videos and got even more excited. The build quality is equivalent to an apple product. High-end materials, everything just works. Being petrified of crashing, I read and re-read the manuals before flight. It was totally unnecessary, because the Mavic flies itself. Not completely true – I’m glad I read the manual because it gave me a little confidence, but I was still nervous. My first flight was inside my office. I had NEVER flown a “real” quadcopter before, and I was able to guide it around corners, into my colleague’s office (sorry Mike), and even up a stairway. The controls are intuitive and seem to respond just as you intend – if you mash the forward, the Mavic rips forward; if you finesse, it crawls. The Mavic is much quieter than I expected. I have seen some Phantoms around, and they sound like weedwhackers. The mavic is a lower hum. Still not sneaky-quiet, but not as offensive as I expected. I could see using this in a crowd (don’t because it’s dangerous) without people really noticing. The video quality is really good. I have not uploaded anything to my computer for editing, but for a novice I was impressed by the sharpness and color saturation. I am a camera geek so I was a little suspicious of DJI’s claims, but my initial take is that the camera is really, really good for the size. I have flown the Mavic 3 times in past day, and tried out the active track, which worked once, didn’t work the other time. On that, however, I was standing on icy snow with my back to the bright sun, so the camera was definitely getting blinded. when I tried it in better light it was much easier. The app download was a little confusing – the Apple App store has two versions of DJI GO (3 and 4). Get 4. It works well, and easily. The most recent Mavic user manual from DJI says to get 4, otherwise I would not have known. Again, I have literally never used anything like this, and I was able to get the app synced to the controller/drone and up and running in no time. Overall, this is an absolute must if you’re like me and have been holding out or on the fence. I can’t wait to bring it along on vacations, or even just in the back yard. My wife has never touched an RC anything and was able to take off, zip around the house, and land with ease. Highly recommended!

I was able to buy a bundle pack on 11/18. This is my first drone, so I was a little apprehensive about flying it, but it has a beginner mode that is very helpful to build confidence before letting it get to far away. After running through one battery (20 mins) I felt ready to take off Begging Mode. The Mavic is so easy to fly, the hardest part is just getting familiar with all the features. I have flown mine almost every day and typically go through all 3 batteries. I get 20+ minutes of flight time with each battery, but have still ordered 2 more, so I can have one in the drone and 4 charging on the 4 port charging hub. The 4k video is insane, it is nearly impossible to take a bad video. Tripod feature slows down the drown so you get cinematic shots. I have let a couple friends who have all flown other drones and they can’t wait to get their own!

Having been able to use a model provided by DJI for testing I believe that this is by far the best drone for people who travel or play outdoor sports and need something they can toss into their backpack and go. The camera does a great job with 4K most people should probably shoot in 1080P at 120 fps if they want to get some really cool shots they can edit into slow shots. Compared to the Karma by GoPro, this is a far superior flying platform with tons more advanced features but the GoPro Hero 5 is a much superior camera.