Syma X5HW Altitude Hold Camera Drone Flight Review

This upgrade of the popular Syma X5SC/W includes an effective altitude hold feature to make FPV flying very easy. Buy it here or here on Amazon And buy spare batteries and parts here
This quadcopter uses WiFi with your smartphone to allow real time viewing of in flight video. Yet it still has surprisingly good control and FPV range for a WiFi based FPV flier.

– Binds with the X8C controller if you want increased range! And the phone attachment clip fits snugly to the top of the X8C antenna. But the X8C controller does not have an auto-center stick. You’ll need to manually do that (not very hard to do).
– Effective altitude hold feature that helps the pilot maintain focus on his/her flying FPV flying, and less on worrrying about impacting the ground.
– Range of both flight control and FPV range seems to be much greater than the advertised 30 to 50m range. I flew well beyond the advertised range through much of the above video, and still maintained video reception and flight control.
– Has headless mode.
– Stable flier, providing relatively smooth aerial video.
– Does not require FAA registration as it weighs less than 250 grams.

– Proprietary Syma battery connector prevents using third party batteries. But you could change the quadcopter’s power connector to a standard mini Losi connector if you wish to use the widely available generic (and cheap) Syma X5C batteries.
– Does not have one key return. However, not a big loss as this feature is not really effective on quadcopters that do have it.
– Photo and video resolution is relatively low at 0.3MP/640x480p. This is an inherent limitation of WiFi FPV fliers.
– Video recording would occasionally stop for no reason. But this could be a fault of my cheap $49 phone.

Brand Name: Syma
Item NO.: X5HW
Color: White, Blue
Frequency : 2.4G
Channel : 4CH
Gyro:6 Axis
Battery for Quadcopter: 3.7V 600mAh Li-poly(Included)
Transmitter Battery: 4 x AA battery(Not included)
Charging Time : About 90 mins(USB charging)
Flying time : About 5~7 minutes
Charging time:About 130 minutes
Controlling distance:About 30-50 meters
Product size:33*33*11cm
Box Size:41.5*34*9.5cm

WIFI FPV with 2.0MP HD camera.
With High Hold mode can set height.
Headless mode,360 roll.
6-Axis gyro quad-rotorcraft flight, strong stability,can easily implement various flight movements, stronger wind resistance, easier to control.
The quadcopter can fly both indoor and outdoor.Including 4CH digital proportional RC system.
Rechargeable high performance battery.
Function:up/down,left/right sideward fight,forward/backward,turn left/right,with gyro/flash lights,A 360-degree 3D and special functions(continuous rolling)

Package Included:
1 x SYMA X5HW Quadcopter
1 x Wifi Camera
1 x Mobile phone retaining clip
1 x Transmitter
4 x Propeller Guide
2 x Landing Gear
1 x Battery
1 x Screwdriver
1 x USB cable
1 x Manual

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  1. thanks for the vid. i'm planning on buying my first drone and this made me think about being able to see the smart phone screen in the light as it usually sucks big time. So should i go for a model with the full controller? opinions?

  2. Thank you for this amazing in depth review. I am very new to this quadcopter world and need your assistance. What would you suggest for the novice buyer to get Syma X5HW or CheerWing CW4??

  3. there is delay between camera and what you are seeing. I own this quadcopter and that is the only thing that i dont like about this. This is good copter for low prize.

  4. Everything looks the same as my swift stream z-9 the battery is identical the battery compartment on the drone is identical same as the led lights! Even the camera looks the same

  5. The one comment I would make is that the X5HC has a much better camera. At .3mp pictures and video from the X5W are not great.

  6. Hi sir I bought my Syma X5hw yesterday But seems like my FPV isn't that accurate to work …It's very lag I checked the wirings but there's no problem about it…
    It's hard to fly my quadcopter bcuz of its poor signal?

  7. I am confused whether to buy this or spend some extra bucks and get the Hubsan H107D+ X4 FPV PLUS or any other model of JJRC. Can you please suggest which one would be better? I am a new flyer and want a durable drone with a nice camera (really need).

  8. does anyone else lose signal with this drone frequently. I almost never fly it more than 15 yards from myself and I still lose signal. I'm tempted to buy a remote with a better transmitter.

  9. Hi nice video ! can you please tell when we put that on altitude hold will it freeze the drone on that same location or it will just keep moving here there with same alititure level, And also will it work indoor as well that mode altitude hold mode.

  10. hi i already wath some your videos, im thinking in buy one quadcopter , i see many ppl buy syma , wath i want is for beginner but i want one with good range, some ppl say the cheap syma dodels only have 50 meters of range , i think thath not so much , wth model u recomend for me? good model with nice range ax 50-60 euros?

  11. do you have any idea why the Syma wifi cameras have such poor video quality compared to other wifi quad cameras with the same or similar resolution? my X8W has such poor video quality and frame rate at Idlewild me standing two feet away. would love your input or thoughts

  12. hobby tiger on amazon has an awesome 5 pack of 1200mah upgrade batteries. I'm able to record for about 15 minutes.

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