FPV Video Streaming

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Headless Mode

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7 Min Flight Time

0.3 Megapixel Camera

PROS

  • You can take a video selfie while flying
  • Smooth and stable flight performance
  • Very durable construction
  • Simple to fly

CONS

  • Camera viewing angle is fixed and can’t be changed
  • Video has a slight delay
  • Range for videos is limited by your WIFI range
  • Transmission interference can affect the recorded video

Introduction

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 green LEDs in the front, and red 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.

What Is In The Box

  • 1 x Syma X5SW drone
  • 1 x HD 2.0 MP WiFi FPV Camera
  • 1 x 2.4 GHz Controller
  • 1 x Clip for smartphone
  • 4 x spare propellors
  • 4 x prop guards
  • 1 x USG charging cable
  • 1 x 500 mAh battery
  • 1 x Instruction manual

Camera

The camera allows real-time transmission of video to a receiving device, such as a smartphone which clips onto the controller. The clip attaches onto the controller, so you can watch the captured video while you fly the drone. The camera is controlled by an application that you download for your smartphone. You can download the Syma FPV camera app for Android or Apple OS phones. The captured video is not stored onboard. You can see the small antenna sticking out of the back of the drone, which is used to transmit the captured video or images to your smartphone using wifi.

The camera is pointed down slightly down from the drone, and is fixed in this position. If you don’t want to take video or images while flying, you can detach the camera from the drone. This reduces the weight slightly, and provides a corresponding increase in flight time. The camera has a slide mount, which allows the removal of the camera without having to get out your screwdriver.

Controller

The standard controller operates on a 2.5 GHz frequency and uses 4 AA batteries that are not included. You can set the two levels of yaw mode using the left bumper button. If you press and hold the left bumper, the quadcopter enters the headless mode. Holding the right bumper and moving the right stick will cause the drone the do a flip in the direction that you want. You can also re-calibrate the accelerometers, compass, and gyros from the controller

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Battery and Flight Time

The battery takes about an hour to charge. The flight times vary depending on whether you are using the camera or not. If the camera is always on, you will get about 6 minutes until you get the low level battery warning. With the camera and prop guards removed, you will get about 8 minutes of flight time. So eliminating the camera weight and power needs gives you an extra 2 minutes of flight time.

There is a battery bay at the back of the drone, which has plenty of room for the battery which means you could experiment with using a higher capacity battery. The video capture and transmission does take up power, so it would be worth investing in a higher capacity battery. If you see the drone lights start blinking, it means the battery is about to run out, so you need to bring the drone back to yourself

Flight Performance

This drone features smooth and stable flight performance, which is important for stable videos. It is a bit slow on the yaw rate, but the flip mode is really fun. The range of the quadcopter is good. It can go as far as 100 yards without any loss of signal. If you turn off the controller, the quadcopter stops flying and drops. This prevents your drone from flying off.

This drone has a low and high flight speed. The low setting is ideal for beginners and if you are flying inside. The high mode ramps up the performance of the X5SW, allowing it move at a much faster rate.

The headless mode works well, but be sure to launch the drone away from you to make sure this function works properly. The proportional throttle control really helps to keep the drone flying level. You can compensate for wind by adjusting the trim. However, don’t try flying this drone in winds higher than 10mph, or you may lose your Syma X5SW in a tree.

Despite the wind problem, this drone is a very stable drone to fly. It is easy to hover, and is very responsive, especially when flown indoors.

Syma X5SW Review Summary

This drone is a very good experience for someone who wants to try out a FPV capable quadcopter. The simple and robust design coupled with the affordable factor makes this an attractive drone. This drone is excellent for beginner flyers, or experienced drone pilots who need a cheap trainer to perfect their flying skills. It is remarkably stable, and really fun to fly.

Thank you for reading our Syma X5SW review. Below you will see two other quadcopters that we feel are comparable to the Syma X5SW. Have a look.

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