|Overall rating 4.4 / 5|
The Syma X5SW-1 drone is an entry-level drone on a small budget that is virtually invulnerable. We have thoroughly tested the mini drone and can give you comprehensive feedback on what you can expect from this inexpensive drone in practice.
The following video review presents our practical drone tests:
The following is included:
- Syma drone with 0.3MO camera
- Remote control
- 1 x 500mAh battery
- 4 propellers including bumper (protector)
- 1x USB charger
- 1x mobile phone holder for remote control
Drone Syma in practice
The drone really flies well and calmly. As soon as the lever is moved forward or backward with the remote control, the drone immediately uses whatever is given to it along the way.
Due to its light weight of only 181 grams (including attached camera), the drone is less suitable for flying in strong gusts of wind. Due to its small compactness and available bumper (protection on propellers) it can also be used wonderfully indoors, for example. can fly in the living room or children’s room.
According to the manufacturer, the battery life is 10 minutes. However, in our drone test, we were able to achieve a maximum flight time of 7.5 minutes with the camera attached and 9 minutes without the camera. Built-in 500mAh battery is removable from the drone. After it is empty, it will take about 120 minutes for the charge to fully charge again. An additional battery can be purchased on Amazon for less than 10 euros.
For Syma to start, the cable must be connected to the battery on the back of the drone. In addition, the button on the underside directly next to the camera must be set to the “ON” position, after which the aircraft will turn on.
The flight speed of the Syma drone is about 25 km / h.
Photos and videos
The detachable camera is a 0.3 megapixel camera and can record video at 640 x 480 pixels. Photos and videos are of rather poor quality. However, this is not what this drone should match.
The camera can be replaced at any time with a better one by removing the old camera from the guide and plugging in the new one, there is a 2 megapixel camera that provides slightly better, if not world-class photos.
I took these 3 photos with a 0.3MP camera:
The first photo taken with a Syma drone cameraThe second photo was taken with a Syma drone camera.Third photo taken with Syma drone
Reliability and sustainability
As mentioned several times in the test video, this beginner drone is especially suited for getting an initial flying experience and developing a sense of how flying a drone actually feels.
It feels like we have smashed Syma drone 1000 times, and the body is still without fragments. Flight characteristics have not changed either. The enormous strength of this small flying object is truly impressive and inspires us from the very beginning. Here, too, I don’t want to talk nonsense, but the drone is really very strong and even coped with a fall from a height of 8 meters without any problems.
To be able to control the drone, you need to download the app, which is available in the Google Play store (Android) as well as for IOS. You can find a scannable barcode on the side of the package. This application is completely free and does not require registration (for example, at DJI). The application interface is very simple and straightforward.
The Syma quadcopter control panel is of high quality and fits comfortably in the hand. The mobile phone holder must be attached correctly, because in this case your smartphone will be placed in it.
The mobile phone communicates with the drone via WLAN, so there is no extra cable like this one. with the Mavic Pro.Establishing a connection from a mobile phone to a remote control is truly child’s play, and it ran flawlessly in our test.
When flying the drone, we were able to reach a range of almost 40 m thanks to the 2.4 GHz frequency, after which the image transmission was sometimes interrupted. At the same time, this is the maximum flight value, which in practice should not be exceeded, as otherwise radio interruptions may occur.
The drone has no return-to-home function, so the Syma is likely to crash in an emergency or continue flying until the battery runs out. To avoid this, I recommend flying no higher than 40 and 30 meters in height. However, these values represent a worthy reference point for a “flying object”.
Conclusion on the Syma combat drone
The flight performance is definitely TOP at just under € 60 per drone and we were impressed from the very first flight. Incredible reliability and simple and intuitive controls make this drone the ideal entry-level drone for inexperienced pilots. The drone is currently available on Amazon for a particularly low price (click!).
All flight captains who attach great importance to high-quality photo and video recording should look out for the price-performance winner Typhoon Q500 4k or Phantom 3 Professional for a small budget.
High quality drone models such as the Phantom 4 Advanced or the Mavic already cost over 1,000 euros. DJI’s latest drone, the Mavic Air, is a small selfie drone packed with an incredible amount of technology, and when folded is barely larger than an iPhone 8.