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
- Easy to fly around;
- Impeccable maneuvering;
- Can perform air stunts;
- Is compatible with both iOS and Android;
- Syma X5sw price (around $50);
- Good for beginners.
- 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.