The Syma X5UW is the latest addition to Syma’s popular X5 line of mini quadcopters and is currently the flagship X5 model. It also features the most advanced WiFi FPV camera that any X5 has seen to date.The X5UW, along with its non-FPV sibling — the X5UC — represent a huge improvement in design and features when compared to earlier X5 models. For a start, the X5UW features a completely new body and has a number of design features that are different when compared to earlier X5 models. Even the transmitter has a completely new design, looking more like a DJI Phantom 4 transmitter. At the top of the body is a neat power button which is easier to access compared to the power switches that were located at the bottom on earlier models.
I’m quite impressed with the overall look of the body. Its candy red color and other fine details such as the circular chrome motif and vents give it a premium look and feel. What I’m not impressed with is that Syma has chosen to stick with hard plastic for the body instead of softer and more flexible plastic which are less likely to break or crack when exposed to impact.
LED lights are located directly below the motors which is great for orientation. Earlier X5’s had their LED lights underneath the motor arms and because they’re closer to each other, orientation can be a bit difficult over long distances. The X5UW’s lights are round and spaced further apart, making it easier for you to discern front from back.
The X5UW features a proprietary battery design which slots into the rear of the body. Gone is the battery door and the new battery comes with no connector wires. It is a lot easier to use and looks neat too. You no longer need to fidget with connector wires and stuff them into the bay before closing the battery door which can sometimes lead to wires getting clipped and damaged. With the new design, you just slide the battery in and it will click in place securely.
The transmitter is something worth talking about as well. It features a pebble-shape design and although it has a body made entirely of plastic, it actually feels very comfortable. Fine touches such as the red chrome rings around the control sticks give the transmitter a premium look. It’s nice to see Syma get rid of the old transmitter design that came with earlier X5’s. I’ve never been a fan of how they looked.
One of the most impressive features of the Syma X5UW is its camera. Not only does it feature HD 720P video and a much better image sensor, it also has a completely new body with a twist-to-lock design. Syma has also found a new way to conceal the camera wire from view by hiding it inside the locking mechanism. This approach creates a very tidy overall look.Syma’s older WiFi FPV camera does not have a memory card slot for recording videos and photos. It instead relied on the Syma FPV app to record the files on a smartphone. This wasn’t the best method as latency lags were also recorded by the app. To solve this problem, Syma has added a micro SD card slot in its latest WiFi FPV camera. Image quality is also significantly better when compared to the earlier model.
- Item: X5UW
- UNIQUE BATTERY DESIGN : Easy to replace
- HD Wifi Real Time Transmission: 1MP(picture) 720p (video)
- Frequency: 2.4Ghz
- Accessories: one 4GB Card and one card reader
- Color: White
- Charging time: About 130 minutes
- Flying time: about 5-10 minutes
- Controlling distance: About 50-100 meters
- Battery: 3.7v 500mah Li-ion (included)
- Product size: 12.6”x12.6”x2.75”
- Transmitter power: 4 AAA batteries (not included)
- File format: JPEG/MOV
- Camera resolution: 1MP stills (1280 x 720) and HD 720P
- video @ 15fps
- Weight: 118g (with battery and camera/without prop guards)
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Syma X5UW quadcopter drone
- 1 x Remote Control
- 4 x Main Blade
- 4 x Protective Gear
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x Memory Card
- 1 x Card Reader
- 1 x USB Charger
- 1 x Mobile Phone Retaining Clip
- 2 x 3.7V 500mAh Lithium Battery
- 1 x Instructions
- 1 x IRON COMMANDER Steel Helicopter developmental toys
I love that the remote has a spot for your phone. It fits a good variety of phones, so you don’t need to worry about yours not fitting. I would definitely buy this again for the price. The extra battery is also a great addition, as most drones don’t come with that. The flight is very smooth because of the way the motor is set up, and the memory card on the camera holds a lot of film.
The price of $80 may be a deterrent for some folks, but I happen to think it is worth it.
I really like this drone. I think it is great for both beginners and pros, and I would not hesitate to purchase it again. The design is modern and cool, so I know there is not a ton of people out there with the same drone as me. It is easy to see in the sky, and I have yet to lose it.