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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.