|Overall rating 4.6 / 5|
The X-SPY 2.0 is an entry-level camera drone that should provide a good flight experience.
At just under € 100, the value for money should be particularly good and the scope of supply should be very extensive.
We took a close look at the drone and show you what to expect from this model.
Scope of supply and quality of materials
The scope of delivery is really big for a drone in this price range and even includes a spare battery and a spare propeller.
In addition, the quadcopter comes standard with bumpers (protective covers on the propellers) that protect the X-SPY from serious damage in the event of an accident.
The remote control fits comfortably in your hand and the hand holder can be neatly attached. This is especially important because if the mobile phone suddenly wobbles while flying the drone, you can quickly lose control of it.
I think it’s very cool that the drone can be charged via USB. This is very convenient when you are traveling with a drone.
X-SPY 2.0 in a practical test in the air
The drone can be launched immediately because it comes ready to fly.
To launch the drone, the battery must be connected to the drone with a cable. This is a bit unusual, especially at the beginning, but if you know how it works, none of this will be a problem.
The drone can only be controlled using a mobile phone or remote control. I recommend that you always use the remote control, as flying drones only through the device’s Wi-Fi signal almost always have a bad connection.
After turning on the drone, it takes about 30 seconds to detect the Wi-Fi signal. Only then can you connect.
The operating range of a mobile phone (no remote control!) Is about 25 m, after which it becomes dangerous because you can quickly lose control of the drone if the signal suddenly disappears.
The X-SPY app is available for both Android and IOS. The download is free and you don’t need to register (for example, this is always required at DJI, which annoys me very much).
Our first flight was a bit bumpy as it was very windy.
In particular, the first flight attempts should not be made in too strong winds, as the drone flies well, but it still takes some time to get used to the remote control.
The X-SPY 2.0 drone has survived an incredible number of accidents, even from a height of 5 m, we gently fell to the ground 😀
Except for a few minor scratches, the drone is no longer damaged.
Live streaming to a mobile phone works well even if the disappearance was recorded from a distance of about 35 meters.
However, for a copter in this price range, this is absolutely normal.
Flying headless is a lot of fun, but it takes a little practice before steering becomes second nature to you.
I had a lot of fun with the flip function. If triggered by the app, the drone flips forward, backward, or sideways.
When rolling over, however, you have to be careful that there is enough space in the front and back, as sometimes the X-SPY takes a second to stabilize again and it can move slightly.
The speed decreases on first launch, so the drone launches very slowly. Of course, the speed can be increased in the app. There are 3 different speed levels.
The reduced speed is an advantage for video recordings, but if you want to speed up properly, it is logically a big obstacle.
We were able to achieve a flight time of just under 5-6 minutes. Since there are two batteries, a flight time of 10 minutes is almost always realistic.
Charging the batteries (on battery!) Takes 50 minutes and can be done using a USB cable.
Since the drone weighs no more than 250g (80g), no marking is required.
Photo and video quality
The video quality is pretty mediocre, just enough for a little gaming enjoyment rather than serious recordings.
There is also no gimbal that stabilizes tape recording during flight.
If you are looking for a drone with good video recording that should have a good value for money, then take a look at our UPAir 4k or Hubsan test report.
Photo colors and camera sharpness are average and typical for a beginner drone. Here’s an example.
Videos are recorded in 640 × 480 format and saved in AVI file format.
Conclusion on the entry-level model X-SPY 2.0
I had a lot of fun flying the X-SPY and the flight behavior convinced me even after a few flight exercises.
The controls through the app are really simple and intuitive, so even inexperienced pilots can learn to fly very quickly.
If you have high requirements for photos and videos, you should choose another drone. Check out our Spark test video.
Otherwise, I can definitely recommend a quadcopter to take your first step in the drone world and get a feel for what flying a drone actually feels like.
Currently, Amazon has a very good price for this drone.