When you’re looking for an FPV Drone on a budget, the Syma X5SW FPV is the perfect quadcopter and is one of the best toy-grade FPV Drones on the market. The Syma X5SW is available in black, white, and red from the factory, but you’ll find a lot of third party companies selling the S5SW offer other colors.
When looking at the Syma X5SW, it looks almost identical to the X5C, X5SW, and X5S. Really, the only noticeable difference is that the camera module below the drone has a Wi-Fi antenna on the S5SW, where the other models do not. The X5SW streams video back to the user through an iPhone/Android app, and the phone can be mounted to the transmitter for FPV view. What Syma probably did was just to take an X5C model and swap the normal camera out with the Wi-Fi FPV camera. It seems most likely for manufacturing cost savings, and other than that, there’s no difference in the way the Drone performs.
When you buy the Syma X5SW, there are three different ways the drone is packaged, although the contents in the box are the same. First, there’s the “On Shelf” version, where the box is larger, giving the packaging a more impressive presence. The graphics are more colorful and there’s a lot of sale information on the box as well. The second way is the E-Commerce packaging, which is only marginally larger than the drone and transmitter need. This is to help save space in warehouses and reduce shipping costs. Finally, there’s a “no package” option for retailers that want to use their own packaging. I haven’t seen many drones come in like this unless it’s a bulk purchase where they pack 10 drones in a single box.
Syma X5SW Specifications
- Dimensions: 310 x 310 x 105mm (with prop guards)
- Diagonal motor distance: 230mm
- Motor size: 8 x 20mm coreless
- Weight: 120g (with battery, camera and prop guards)
- Flight time: 10-12 minutes (without prop guards and camera) approximately 5-8 minutes (with prop guards and camera turned on)
- Battery: 3.7V 500mAh LiPo
- Charging time: 40-45 minutes
- Control distance: approximately 50m
- Transmitter power: 4 x 1.5V AA batteries (not included)
Purchase the Syma X5SW FPV Drone
- Syma X5SW Drone
- 1x 500mAh Battery
- Transmitter with smartphone FPV mount
- Charging Cable
- Rotor Tool
Syma X5SW FPV System
The Syma X5SW houses the video wi-fi system right within the camera module that’s mounted to the bottom of the drone. In order to use the FPV system, as we mentioned above, you have to have either an iOS or Android device. The Syma transmitter has a mount for phones, but if you use a tablet, you’ll have to find another way to mount it, or just put it in front of you and look down at it. At any rate, you have to go to either the play store or app store and download the app. Keep in mind that the minimum Android requirements are Android 4.2 so if your phone is older, running an earlier version, the app might not work.
When you turn on the drone, the wi-fi takes 20-40 seconds to start the hotspot. You’ll then connect your smartphone to the wifi hotspot (your family and friends can also connect as well to watch provided they have the app). Next, open the app to see the onboard video. You can record and take pictures right from the app. Whenever possible, use a smart phone so you can mount it directly on the transmitter for the best possible FPV experience.
Keep in mind that legally in the USA, you may not fly solely in FPV mode. You must maintain a line of sight to the drone. If you’re drone goes around a corner and you can no longer see it unaided, then you are flying illegally. While we’re on the subject, you may not fly the drone in US Restricted airspace, during a “no-fly” mandate (like around 9/11) or above 400 feet for toy, personal and commercial drones that aren’t approved by the FAA for flight above 400 feet.
Back to the good stuff. The X5SW video transmission has very little latency (when the video lags behind) when you’re flying within a 20 feet radius of the transmitter. Once you get out to around 50 feet, you’ll notice about a one second lag, and around 100 feet, the video looks more like a slideshow. Obviously, this drone wouldn’t be what you wanted for FPV Racing or even for FPV flying events, but hey, its a toy grade drone that’s fun for everyone.
What You’d Use FPV for
One of the best uses for the FPV is to see if the gutters on the top of your house are filled with leaves in the fall. You don’t have to pull out the ladder for nothing, and this gives you instant confirmation on whether you need to clean them or not!
Another great use is when Grandma is coming over at thanksgiving. The kids can use the drone to “Recon.” By hovering about 200 feet above, they can watch the road for Grandma’s car.
FPV has also been used by rescue teams around the world to survey an area very quickly when someone is lost or there’s a natural disaster and they’re searching for survivors. While a toy class drone couldn’t do nearly what these survival recon drones can do, it’s the same basic principle. In relation, if you think someone’s squatting at the back of your property, rather than go and risk your safety, send the drone to see who it is and what they’re up to. Take a few snapshots for proof and call the police to clear them out.
Drones with cameras have also been placed on the car dashboard while recording as a dashcam. While you may not use FPV (it’s illegal), you can definitely record what’s going on out front so that if there’s an accident, you have it all on video.