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*Latest UDI 818A HD+ RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera, Return Home Function and Headless Mode* 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RTF Includes BONUS BATTERY + POWER BANK (*Quadruples Flying Time*) - USA TOYZ EXCLUSIVE - USA Toyz
Syma X5SW 4 Channel Remote Controlled Quadcopter with HD Camera for Real Time Video Transmission, 31 x 31 x 10.5cm, White - Syma

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Syma X5SW 4 Channel Remote Controlled Quadcopter with HD Camera for Real Time Video Transmission, 31 x 31 x 10.5cm, White - Syma
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Five Star Reviews:

camera and everything still works fantastic! I'm glad I was able to save money ...
April 30, 2017
Bought this product as something to teach my younger brother how to use a drone with and see how he'd do with one before investing a lot of money into a pricier model. I bought this over a year ago and the battery life, camera and everything still works fantastic! I'm glad I was able to save money on this affordable model because it seems that my little brother only takes a slight interest in flying it - so probably not as big of a hobby for him yet as we had thought. This works well enough that everyone in the family has fun using it.
Great entry level flyer.
March 8, 2017
Works great. Just as described. My 10 year old became a pro with this quad-copter. She could do stunts and always faced it the correct direction. It was very easy to fly. If something where to happen to this one, I would definitely purchase it again. The only weird thing is that this camera also includes audio. Which is nice I guess? When your flying it a hundred of meters in the air, all you can hear is the spinning blades. In all of our videos all you can ever hear, is the wind and the blades.
so if you use a standard smart phone ac - USB adapter to charge the batteries
December 30, 2016
OK, so there are some negative reviews for the drone. One was battery only lasting a minute and the other where it went up and then just continued and never returned. I have flown mine 10+ times so far and both things happened, you want to know why? First, the charger supplied will charge two batteries at the same time. this charger plugs into an USB port. so if you use a standard smart phone ac - USB adapter to charge the batteries, guess what, it will not work because the mini transformer for a phone charger is only rated at 1 amp. You either can only charge one battery at a time using the phone USB charger OR get a 2 amp USB AC transformer to charge two batteries at the same time. Second, Drone flying away on its own. YES, it happened to me, why? because I flew it with a wind of about 10MPH. sure there was no wind in my back yard, but when I got over my house, there was enough up draft that it all of a sudden shot up another 40 feet. Plus it was drifting away even though I was pitching towards me. Since the wind came over the house and tall trees in the back yard kept the drone very high in the sky, JUST like a kite. It was high then went out of range. Lucky it was at night and I watched it drift very far away into the next neighborhood, while coming down slowly (20% throttle) as stated on most sites. This drone when out of range will reduce to 20% and to a hoover, but if it is in a cross wind it will drift far away. I got VERY lucky to find that it missed all trees and softly landed in someone's front yard as designed (yes, the owner was outside at the time and saw it land in their yard). SO, both failures were my fault, not using the proper rated USB charger and flying my drone in wind greater then 5mph.So, this is a great starter drone and is easy to learn on with the two mode feature. As for the camera, not bad at all for a cheap unit, very impressed. In Mode 2 (advance) it banks very well an is stable. When paring remote to drone, make sure you are on level surface. Once you get it off the ground, hover at 6' and adjust yor trim so it hovers straight and doesn't drift. Then go have fun. flies much between when balanced. Remember, DO NOT fly in winds more then 5 MPH or you run the risk of it drifting away since this is so light it does not have the power to fight strong wind currents.
Wow, great product!
September 29, 2016
This thing is very fun! I received it for Christmas and love it. The batteries last at least 15 minutes with each charge. They are easy to swap out and the charger will charge both of them at the same time. I haven't taken it outside yet but have used it quite a bit indoors. It has fallen from 12 feet into my table, couch and the floor without any damage at all. The pictures are fine look good when you have light in the house. They are grainy when in low light but that is to be expected. The video does have sound, but with it right under the props, you get a lot of prop noise in it. I am very happy with the quality of this product. I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was for the quality! Its easy to control and has different modes. One is directional so that it will keep the same perspective no matter which direction its facing. This makes it easy for new people to control. The other mode allows you to fly it on standard mode where it directional flying and perspective changes. I love it and would buy it again!
Excellent starter Quadcopter that will keep you entertained for a long time!!!
December 26, 2015
This drone is quite easy to fly and operate. It offers several different combinations of flight setups, which make make the flight controls vary from easy to moderately difficult (and faster). It takes a little while (at least several flights) before you become familiar with the controls and how it reacts to the inputs. In flight mode 1, you can reach altitudes quite quickly, so be cautious of the throttle at first. Try low altitudes at first, using just enough throttle to maintain a 10-15 foot altitude. The LED running lights make it easy to track for night flights. The camera takes decent enough photos, I can't wait to be able to steer it well enough to point it to take photos of what I want!There are only a few negatives: The instruction manual is not particularly well translated, so it doesn't make much sense prior to your first flight. The batteries last less than 10 minutes each, and the bonus remote USB charger takes a long time to re-charge the batteries. The camera's resolution is fairly low (think a cell phone camera from 2006), so don't expect HD pictures. But it's better than Google Earth at it's closest resolution!Otherwise, this is a fantastic quadcopter to start with. I have only ever flown the micro-copters in the past, and this blows those away.
One Tough Little MF
December 22, 2015
I really love my Quadcopter. I agree the camera is not that great, the batteries don't last that long and it is for the newbie; But, this thing rocks. It can handle me crashing it into everything. My dog has jumped up into the air and flung it across the yard more times than I can remember. I can not land it I just cut power and let it find its own way to the ground and it will always take back off. I keep a fly fishing pole handy to snag it off the roof but it keeps on flying: and now for the rest of the story.I took it over to my brothers house where his pack of kids got to play with it. I love my nieces and nephews but they got their destructive gene from me. Needless to say after several crash landings and tree climbing it finally ended up on the roof, buried in snow. With no sane way to get it down (left my fly pole at home and my brother doesn't fish) I thought it was a a goner and started planning my next purchase. It sat there for over a month, on the roof, exposed to the elements of Central Oregon (Sun, rain, snow all in a two hour time frame most days). He brought it back after his wife found it in the yard after it was finally blown off the roof. Keep in mind this a month later.IT STILL POWERED UP AND FLEW.Yes, the UDI 818 HD+ RC Quadcopter is back at home being crashed into the neighbors backyard. I could not believe it but it is a tough little MF.
easy to maneuver
October 19, 2015
I am completely blown away by the performance of this quad.
It is fairly speedy, easy to maneuver, and best of all easy to learn.
The fpv wifi camera, while not having the best picture quality, is still more than adequate for me.
I mainly use the camera to help me see where the quad is heading and maintain position.
That said I have gotten some decent shots of the area around my home.
One thing I would like to mention though is this quad is very light, and will have some trouble with high winds
Excellent buy!
September 17, 2015
Everything that came in the box was what I expected. Setup was easy. Took about 20 min, including downloading the app to the iPhone. I bought it for my 6 year old son, so I didn't want to spend a lot knowing it could all end with one crash. I couldn't even believe that a box that size could get from China to the States for the purchase price alone. The only semi-issue is that it is shipped out of China by a Chinese shipping company. Somehow the shipping co. Doesn't share data w Amazon like a stateside purchase does. The only date I got was at checkout, and it said that it would be delivered in 3 weeks.. To my surprise (and more importantly my sons!!) it showed at the door 5 business days later. The instructions are easy to follow, with little arbitrary Chinese translation. Flights are roughly 5 min per battery, and batteries take 30-45 min to charge. The controls are intuitive, my son had it down in about 6 tries. It's a pretty awesome bang for the buck, and seems pretty rugged so far. It's hit the ground surprisingly hard and survived. The crashes we're definitely attributed to pilot error.. My boy just cuts the lift completely sometimes.. Till it bounces off the ground. The camera system works seamlessly with and old iPhone 5 we use for the camera screen & wifi app. It's not streaming high definition for sure, but my boy is blown away that he can record flights and take pics of the neighborhood. You're not gonna get gopro level footage, but it's hardly a gopro camera. It's definitely a worthwhile buy for the first time flyer. I can't remember if there is a option to buy more batteries, but if there is, that's the only change I'd make. We got 3, and with crashes and battery changes, you end up at around a half hour experience. It's plenty for me, but not for a 6 year old.
... expected battery life is really short so I would recommend buying extra batteries and if your new to flying ...
September 9, 2015
Product was delivered on time and was exactly what I expected battery life is really short so I would recommend buying extra batteries and if your new to flying like I was I would buy extra blade protectors and landing gear. But after a few bad crashes its a lot of fun to fly once you get use to it
Kick a@@ for the price
August 9, 2015
This toy is awesome! Works as it should, best in no or low wind. This is my second less than 100$ quad and this one out performs the other greatly. I am in my 30's, had lots of toys, this is in my top 5 favorite of all time. Flying at dusk or dawn is best as you can see the lights and really control it well at long distances(half a block).
the IPhone App has worked flawlessly and overall I'm very happy. If my attitude changes
August 7, 2015
I bought this as an initial trainer to see if drone flying is right for me. So far I'm impressed and no reason not to give this a high rating. The length of flights have been approx. 7-10 minutes, the IPhone App has worked flawlessly and overall I'm very happy. If my attitude changes, I'll update my review but so far I'm more than impressed for the price. JUST NOTE: This is not a high end photography platform. That costs real money but this is a great entry to learn how to fly and position the camera, etc.

Four Star Reviews:

The instructions are very easy to read and understand
December 30, 2016
 I got this drone for Christmas! I have never flown a drone before but have always wanted one for pictures and video. The instructions are very easy to read and understand. It's pretty easy to fly, obviously you get better with practice. My only complaint is that it only has a 7-9 minute fly time with the battery. I have started looking around to see if you can buy a better battery for longer flight time, but so far I haven't found anything. The video quality is really good and it can fly a little over 300 feet away! The controller will start to beep at you when the battery is dying. The battery does die pretty quickly! We almost lost the drone in a tree because as soon as it tarts beeping (aka the battery life is low) you start losing control of the drone fairly quickly. So AS SOON as you hear the beeping, make sure you immediately start to fly it back to you. I am happy with the drone especially for my first one. But I can already tell I will be wanting to buy a new one soon if I cannot figure out how to make the battery life last longer.
You can't beat this for the price. I've had ...
October 12, 2016
You can't beat this for the price. I've had it for a couple of weeks now, and the learning curve was not too steep. I've already been able to hover and walk beside the quadcopter while flying it about head height. I would note that the last video game I played was Pong, and I've never owned a remote controller flyer of this sophistication previously. It's reasonably rugged. It caught a gust of wind and crashed into an oak tree with enough force to disconnect the battery connector and dislodge the battery, which I found several feet from the quadcopter. The copter itself crashed upside down after colliding with the tree. The only evident damage was a slightly bent prop, which I simply straightened out. The camera also shoots decent photos and videos. For the price, you have to remove the micro SD card from the camera and download the pics to a computer, but that was simple using the card adapter that comes with the unit. Don't attempt to fly in anything more than a whisper of a breeze, because it will almost certainly get away from you! Battery life is only about 5-7 min. There are 2 included, but you'll probably want to order spares--along with their multiport charger.
Fun drone, light weight, decent camera, easy to fly... a little hard to hover.
July 12, 2016
 Ok, I'm glad my first review was rejected LOL. I've had this about a week. A friend has a really expensive drone and got me interested so he told me to buy a cheapish one to learn on. After a lot of research and comparison and reading reviews I went with this one. The only thing it's lacking is the ability to stream the camera feed to a phone while flying. It's nice that it came with 2 batteries and a battery bank to recharge them so you end up with about 30 minutes of flying time overall.Day 1 I tried to fly it around my apartment. I realized it's too big and my ceilings aren't high enough to really do anything fun. So, I took it to my patio and yeah same thing, just not enough room. It wouldn't hover in 1 place very well even with the little adjustments you can make on the controller. I was kind of upset about the lack of hover but I figured maybe when it got it into a larger lot I could adjust it better.Today I took it to my neighborhood dog park where i know no one goes LOL. It's an open lot but surrounded by fences and next to a private property gated area. I should have realized it was still too small and it was very windy. I tested it a few times very low and decided I could manage with the wind. I flew it a few times and was getting the hang of it. It's actually easier to fly without the headless mode and it's pretty easy to keep up with where the front is since you're not really going to go that far away from yourself. I took a few videos. The wind did make it hard and I could only fly it a few minutes each time before landing and retrieving to ensure it stayed in the park. The videos are decent for the cost of the whole thing. I did a few flips which was cool. Overall I had fun,, that is until I got it up and my field of view/depth perception was off, a gust of wind and it was near the fence,, I thought I was on one side and yeah,, oops down it went on the private property and flipped upside down LOL. I tried to fish it out,, then I tried to find a way in with no luck. I saw a car in the lot next to it and with some patience someone finally showed up and they gave me the drone :) yay.I think this is a good value for the price. It doesn't have GPS and I haven't tried to homing button because I really haven't flown it enough. But with just a short time I was flying it around and got used to it, the flips are easy and fun to watch. I just need to go to a bigger lot with no fences and less wind next time.If you're looking for a beginner drone I think this is good deal. I"m happy with it so far. It hits the ground hard and bounces a lot but so far no damage. It comes with extra blades and gears in case you mess it up. I paid the 8 bucks for insurance too so if I mess it up for 2yrs they'll repair/replace it. My only complaint is how difficult it has been for me to get it to hover in one place while I try to take pictures and learn to fly it. But, yeah that feature will come when I upgrade I'm sure.
It was awesome for the day my son got to use it
December 14, 2015
It was awesome for the day my son got to use it. It flew well and the controls were easy to figure out, especially after viewing the tutorial video. Unfortunately my son decided to take it out for a flight while I was not there and when it started to go into some bushes behind our house he jammed down the throttle and launched the thing over the highway 100 ft behind our house (so he says) before he got his wits together and tried to bring it back but by then it was out of range of the remote and dropped into a construction site on the other side of the highway. We went over there and searched for an hour but couldn't find it. Poor kid was devastated as this was his birthday gift and will not be replaced.
Great Value! Easy Learning Curve!
September 30, 2015
For under $100, this thing is great. This is my first quad copter and this one is easy to control, takes decent video and still pics. I've included a pic from about 200ft up. Pretty durable too. I've crashed landed this into trees, onto concrete and bounced it off walls, It's a very forgiving design. I didn't give it 5 stars for a couple reasons. The first is that if there is anything more than a gentle breeze, the wind catches it pretty easily. The second reason is that the power bank that came with it is pretty weak. It only charged the two batteries one time. I tried charging my cell phone with it and it only gave my phone a 10% charge. But, that part was free. Do yourself a favor and order a couple extra batteries. Flight time is only about 5-7 Minutes before it starts beeping at you as a warning of a low battery.Overall, great value and good fun for a beginner!
Durrable, fun, good learning drone.
August 15, 2015
Sturdy little drone, i'm very happy with it's durability. See below for a funny story about that.It does tends to drift even in still air. There are controls to adjust the pitch and yaw, but they don't seem to work. Or at least when they do, they don't last for very long. I gave up and have learned to just compensate manually.The wind does take it, since it's fairly light. On one of my first ourdoor flights, it got away from me. I panicked and cut the power (should have gunned it), it fell into the tree in the back yard. We spent an hour or so trying to get it down to know avail.After two weeks (and multiple thunder storms) it worked its way down a story or so to a place we could get at it with a pole. It was freed today, and i'm happy to report, works like a charm.The footage from that voyage is hilarious. The camera is decent for what it is, and it does also record sound.I won't be flying it around trees in the wind anytime soon :)
Fun indoor starter drone.
April 4, 2017
This is a great starter drone at a really good price. Comes with three batteries. Each one takes about 1.5 hours to charge and runs for 5-10 minutes.

Cheap and fun. Not hard to assemble. Comes with extra propellers. Almost every part is replaceable with the included screwdriver.

This drone does not perform well in wind; even a light breeze will blow it away. We have not yet had a day that was still enough to really put it through its paces. It works well indoors (still drifts a little, but the fine-tuning controls seem to help). It is not easy to fly (I'm a beginner). It supposedly has a "headless mode", but I haven't gotten it to work. I can't get the camera to connect to the app, so FPV, pictures and video are non-functional (I'm hoping to have more success in a remote area with less ambient WiFi signals). The parts are cheap plastic--after only a couple of days (and many crashes) one of the propeller guards is broken.
Good trainer drone
June 26, 2016
This little thing is awesome. As far as a $50 quadcopter goes, I couldn't have asked for a better beginner drone. It's completely no-frills but flies smoothly, takes decent video, and is tough. I've crashed it a hundred times and still haven't had to replace a part on it yet.

I purchased a set of 6 batteries and quick charger after the first few times I used it, as the batteries for these only last a few minutes. Now I get tired of flying before I run out of battery.

The camera is not very good but it's decent enough for showing to your friends and family. Video is often shaky, as this very light drone is tossed around by the slightest breeze, but if it's a still day or night you can get some really nice outdoor clips.

The only complaint I have is a small one about the controls. The yaw and... strafe, I guess? feel like they should switch places to me. I wish there was a way to change it, but I'm getting used to it.

All in all a good purchase that I recommend to anyone looking for an inexpensive drone to play around with before they get to crashing the expensive ones.
Fun but short flight time
June 9, 2016
I got this for my nephew He loves it except when he got it stuck in a tree. What I dislike about it is the short battery life. It will only fly about 5 or 6 minutes until you have to recharge the battery
Loads of fun and unbeatable for the price!
October 9, 2015
The SYMA X5SW Explorer 2 is a great little quadcopter! Tons of fun to fly as a beginner or experienced operator. The day it came I took it on 4 flights. The only 2 things I don't like about the X5SW is that outdoor in lite wind it's not able to fly into the wind and the other is it has short range. Other than that it's a blast and for the money you can't beat it ($60 or so). It great for honing your quick control ability. I would have given it 5 stars hadn't it been for the two issues I list above. Hope you enjoy the X5SW as much as I do. --PhillyPhlyer15
Read befor you buy
August 18, 2015
The quad works awesome but the three batteries it came with are horrible, they die three minutes after they have been charged for two hours. But dong get me wrong this is a great quad and sweet camera.

Three Star Reviews:

Controls and handling are not great...
December 3, 2016
Maneuverability is not great, difficult to use.
It's average
November 22, 2016
Good trainer but too light to fly in anything but dead calm winds and camera is nothing
Very delicate. Controller had an issue but we didn't ...
June 20, 2016
Very delicate. Controller had an issue but we didn't get it returned in time.It doesn't do well outside, so our son flies it in the woodshop.
Fun sturdy drone hampered by poor battery life
March 14, 2016
The good: This drone is fun to fly when you get the hang of it. It will go pretty high and is still able to be controlled in light winds. The camera is fairly good but that shouldn't be the selling feature. It's also pretty sturdy. I have dropped it from the sky, banged into walls and my dog even catches it out of the air sometimes. It's still going strong.The bad: Batteries! I have had this drone for close to 2 months and I ordered 2 new batteries for a total of 4. ALL of them do not get more than 3-5 minutes of flying time. This kind of takes the fun out of it because you have to charge 4 batteries to get any kind of flying time that is worth it. Also, the controller starts beeping when the battery is almost out and it's kind of annoying. Mine starts beeping sometimes less than a minute after I start flying it.
December 30, 2015
Additional charger does not work, and the batteries have very limited fly-time. I would suggest saving up and getting a better drone.
Lost my X5C-1 and bought this to replace it.
September 10, 2015
I bought this drone after losing my Syma X5C-1, I'm basically going to be comparing the two.Camera: The UDI has a much much better camera, especially in low light situations. The Syma's camera is useless if you're not in broad daylight or a well lit building. The UDI has a huge flaw though, if the drone loses signal with the receiver it will stop recording until it regains signal. This makes it almost useless. When trying to get a panorama shot of my neighborhood the video was split into five different recordings. Another time I was flying after work and there was some strong winds about 30 feet up that blew the drone to the other side of the strip mall building. I assumed I'd be able to watch the path it took after it went past the buildings but it got basically nothing interesting. I'm taking off a star just for this function. Even though the camera on the Syma is inferior in every other way, a camera that records is better than one that doesn't so I'd recommend the Syma.Maneuverability: The UDI's the controller pretty solid, unfortunately the drone itself just isn't nearly as maneuverable as the Syma. When going for speed the Syma can easily hit twice the speed as the UDI. The UDI has the power it needs to perform but the flight programming isn't that good. At full power and full tilt with the Syma it drops altitude as it gains speed, the UDI just starts climbing once it starts getting any speed at all. I even took the huge faring off the UDI which helped tremendously but still wasn't as good as the Syma with all its gear still on. Beyond speed they both have very similar feel and are very responsive.Controller: Both controllers are really good quality but the UDI as a few features that really shine. Literally. The UDI controller has a backlight you can see at night. UDI also feeds you information, like a beep when the drones battery is getting low or an icon letting you know the camera is recording.Features: This UDI advertises some features that the Syma X5C-1 doesn't. First up is automatic return home button. This feature is garbage, doesn't work at all. First it has to be in headless mode, which works well for about 12 seconds before it loses calibration. I've tested it several times and usually what happens is the drone will start flying in a random direction and I have to guide it myself lest it crashes into something or fly's off into the wild blue yonder. I thought it would be a nice feature to have incase I get into trouble but if I ever did need to use it pressing 'return to home' would just make the situation worse. Useless.Ruggedness: Both the Syma and UDI are tied on this one. Both have taken a beating and kept going. I accedently pressed the flip button on the UDI the first time I flew it (it's the opposite button on the Syma remote) and I crashed it right into a ditch full of water. Dried it off and still works perfectly. Crashed them both plenty of times and so far all the spare blades remain unused.Battery: We are looking at very similar flight times for these two products. The nice thing about the UDI is it comes with TWO batteries instead of the Syma's one as well as a rechargeable portable power pack. At first I couldn't get my power pack to charge properly and I thought it was defective. Right before I was about to return it I tried using a different charging cable and that solved the problem. Not really a big deal since I had several extra lying around the house.Price: Syma X5C-1 $50 vs UDI 818A HD+ $100. With all the extra features the UDI touts I figured it would be worth paying double. It certainly was NOT. With the extra $50 you'd have buying the Syma you can by several extra batteries as well as a portable battery charger that's 5 times bigger than the one that comes with this bundle. Headless mode is worthless, automatic return to home even more so, camera is better but shuts on and off.Other thoughts: The UDI is much harder to fly at night, when flying at certain angles you cannot see the orientation lights at all and the drone seems to vanish. The Syma has an on/off switch which is really nice compared to the UDI which you have to unplug the battery, a bigger pain in the but than it might seem. The UDI has a slightly better controller but at the end of the day the difference is negligible. I won't say that I got ripped off, it's still a fun drone to fly, but if you're like me and you work hard for your money then I'd say go with the Syma. I regret not spending the same $100 on the X8C.
Good trainer, bad camera, bad fpv, and bad controller range.
July 12, 2017
Highs: Very tough and extremely light. Detach the horrible camera and this would make a great first drone for someone wanting to get the hang of unassisted flight.
Lows: Everything else. The video quality is not indicative of 720p - more like a late-90's pen cam, and the wifi range is pretty bad. After a few feet, the latency goes from bad to awful and then cuts out. It's not terribly stable either. Even after trimming, it doesn't like to hold a position, and that's indoors. If you're using it outdoors, do it on a completely windless day, as the slightest breeze violates it. The controller range is pretty bad too.I expected this to have a much better range. The claimed 50 meters is very much more like 50 feet. My little Propel nano drones have a much better range. That's probably my biggest gripe.

I don't hate it - it's an ok value at $40-ish (one without an fpv camera would have been cheaper) and it has been invaluable as a trainer. I don't believe that it's as good as advertised, but it's tough as hell. I've been flying (and crashing) mine weekly for almost a year and it just keeps on going. One of the gear shafts got bent in a crash, but I was able to straighten it out, but it's probably at about 80% efficiency, which drags the other 3 down when they're trying to match it, so it won't haul the camera around any more, but the camera is bad any way. Since it's a Syma, it's easy to get cheap replacement parts and aftermarket batteries, so that's a plus.

Bottom line: If you're wanting a cheap indoor learner, get the X5C or anything else without a sub-par fpv camera dragging it (and your wallet) down. if you're looking for a usable fpv or if you need a range longer than your driveway, do your research and be prepared to spend a few more bucks.
but once correctly set up it is easy to control
January 18, 2017
A decent cheap drone. The adjustments to keep it level are a bit tricky, but once correctly set up it is easy to control. Flies fast and when the camera works it works well. The camera is very hard to connect to your phone. My phone connects to the camera wifi without issue every time, but the app to actually watch what the camera sees usually takes several tries of connecting and reconnecting before it recognizes the camera. Also the gears between the props and the electric motors are somewhat exposed and get dirty easily causing problems.
I cleaned it with a tooth brush and it works good. handles well
September 21, 2016
when I opened the package I noticed the controller was a bit separated at the casing seam. one screw that holds the casing together was missing. I replaced it. I also noticed one of the motors/gears was not turning freely. I took it apart and found extra screws loose inside the quad copter and there was small debris in the gears. I cleaned it with a tooth brush and it works good. handles well. has good range. pretty good buy for the money.
The quality is poor and drains the battery bc of the antenna
January 4, 2016
OK to learn to fly on and stable IF there is no wind. But don't get this if you want to take video. The quality is poor and drains the battery bc of the antenna. FPV delay is too much that you can't really rely on looking at it to fly anyway. Consider the memory card version instead if you don't need FPV. Also don't buy this without getting extra batteries because it takes almost 2 hours to charge for 5~6 min of flight time!
This one has the same issue but not as bad as the other one
October 25, 2015
Second drone I get from Syma. First one came with a stability issue. (would move in a particular direction with out me pressing any controls except for the throttle). This one has the same issue but not as bad as the other one. Definitely a buy for beginners since it cheap and will help develop flying skills.

Two Star Reviews:

Battery life is a joke
June 8, 2017
Extremely short battery life. Huge disappointment in that aspect. Besides that...a decent drone. ...but again, the battery life is horrific.
Two Stars
May 3, 2017
not worth the money
December 2, 2016
If you are looking to get into actual drone piloting this is not what you want to start on! This is nothing more then a children's toy that handles nothing like an actual drone. It's also a necessity to fly this thing in a very open area like a field. It's handeling is to unpredictable to be flown around ANYTHING.
Two Stars
May 26, 2016
One of the four trim buttons on transmitter is inoperable. It came out of the box this way
For the price this should have a real time camera ...
April 21, 2016
For the price this should have a real time camera and display. The controller is shoddy and hard to use.
Got a Dud...
January 7, 2016
Sending it back. The controller doesn't work. Disappointed since it was a Christmas present for a family member. I'll try it one more time and hopefully the next one will work.
I don't like this particular quad-copter
April 10, 2017
I don't like this particular quad-copter. It can't be flown in just the least bit of wind. The range is too short on the device as well. Just 50 feet from the controller and it looses connection. I have gotten it stuck in a few trees because of this fact. This is just a kids toy. I would not recommend this device for anyone who is just learning to fly.
The drone itself is great. BUT after the first use of the drone ...
July 23, 2016
The drone itself is great. BUT after the first use of the drone the battery died (as expected) and when charged for 2 hours it would not power again. I emailed the seller asking if it could have been a faulty battery or the sub charger preventing it from recharging and they said I shouldn't have used it until it died and was my fault. Now I have to spend more money to buy a new battery and time the fly time. Terrible customer service.
Dont be fooled by it!!!!
January 29, 2016
I am very disappointed with this product, after waiting over a month for it to be delivered I received it in a plastic bag, then after putting it together, downloading the Wi-Fi app. on my phone I discovered the camera would not keep a Wi-Fi link to the phone, I e-mailed the company for help but they still haven't got back to me, The drone is pretty easy to fly but the batteries don't last to long and range is very limited, never again with this company.
It was advertised to have a 2MPcamera, but when ...
December 15, 2015
It was advertised to have a 2MPcamera, but when it arrived it clearly stated 640x480 (0.3MP). This will be the second one I will return so far. I tried ordering two HD versions of the Syma X5SW drones (two kids). One came HD and one came SD. I returned the lo-res and reordered this one - lo-res again. We need a little more truth in advertising. Very unfortunate, especially this close to the holidays..
Great for a half hour.....
November 21, 2015
Just got this product yesterday for my husbands birthday he didn't even use it for one day and it broke. He flew it around for 30 minutes without hitting anything or crashing into a hard object/floor and the motor on one propeller gave out. The delivery was very fast though.

One Star Reviews:

One Star
April 14, 2017
Horrible instructions, cheap quality
No on/off switch on the drone. Must physically attach/detach ...
March 15, 2017
No on/off switch on the drone. Must physically attach/detach wiring harness, which will lead to serious fatigue on a connection that is not built for that purpose.
With so many great reviews I'm not sure if I just got a ...
January 1, 2017
Total disaster of a product. With so many great reviews I'm not sure if I just got a lemon. Headless mode didn't work well. Not the greatest gyro stabilization. Trying to adjust the trim was a nightmare. You have to land the drone every time you need to make adjustments. Also, when turning off the drone/changing batteries you'll need to reconfigure your trim adjustments again. The camera/video quality is terrible. I don't understand how they are calling this HD. Half the time when I was in flight and tried to take a picture or video it wouldn't work. Personally, I wasn't going for this drone for video or picture but more to learn flying a drone before I bought a very expensive one. However, I'm still very disappointed in the camera quality. Before I sent it back I did a test flight with my buddies drone and I feel confident the problem isn't with me, but with this drone.
Very disappointed
December 27, 2016
Highly disappointed only able to use one time before the remote will no longer respond to the Drone and did not crash at all. This was the big gift for my husband at Christmas.
Really not happy giving as a gift missing parts
December 26, 2016
Missing Sim card and battery charger. Really not happy giving as a gift missing parts. Do not purchase this
Does not turn on.
October 18, 2016
Unfortunately, the remote control would not power on. We tried two sets of batteries. Returning.
Blue light remote not binding
January 13, 2017
The controller is not binding with the quadcopter.. I have turned the remote on first and waited, then the quadcopter, throttle up and down, the remote blue light goes solid but the copter lights still flashing quickly. My old Green light remote did work. just not the blue light remote it came with..
One Star
December 29, 2016
Did not come in the box the phone attaching clamp and foot stands, please writte me jesus_arcia@me.com
check all your pieces!
September 18, 2016
The product came without the battery cover. If the batteries stayed in without the cover, the product would be flawless and work very well. Had the cover been included, I would be giving a 5 star review.
Should yours come with any parts missing, be sure you know how to contact the company in order to resolve the issue within their 90 day period. It is simply beyond their ability to send any parts after that period.
Disappointed for the birthday recipient as it was a long ...
July 30, 2016
Do not buy this drone. Similar to so many other buyers, this drone works one time (if that) and then one of the propellers stop functioning. Disappointed for the birthday recipient as it was a long anticipated gift. Disappointed as the buyer since we bought it in advance and missed the cut off date to return this piece of junk.
Save your money
January 6, 2016
Small disappointed. Not in original box. Over 20 days to receive. Amazon hit a new low with this one.
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Old Price
Old Price
$99.99updated: Oct 18, 2018
$29.95updated: Oct 16, 2018
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USA Toyz
x5sw White With Extra 2 batteries
118.1 in
534.6 in
511.8 in
643.3 in
USA Toyz
China Oem
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Product Group
Product Group
Product Type
Product Type
USA Toyz
China Oem
USA Toyz
China Oem
3.5 oz
7.9 oz
511.8 in
147.2 in

HD+ HEADLESS MODE / Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) System: Eliminates need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying. Great for beginners as it reduces the steepness of learning curve!

HD+ RETURN HOME FUNCTION: One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home

HD VIDEO CAMERA: 2MP HD video camera (Resolution: 1280 x 720; Framerate: 30 FPS) lets you take high-resolution pictures and videos during flight. Comes with an upgraded 4GB Micro SD Card!

HD+ UPGRADED ACCESSORIES: Extend your play time with two LiPo batteries, a BONUS 2200mAh Power Bank to charge batteries on the go! (*** Beware of counterfeit product. USA Toyz is the SOLE carrier & distributor of USA Toyz U818A HD+ ***)

6 AXIS GYRO STABILITY: Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems (3 gyroscopes and 3 accelerometers). Integrated design guarantees the precise positioning of the aircraft. Strong stability, easily implement various flight movements, stronger wind resistance, easier to control. Switch between Flight Mode 1 (maximum Gyro-stability for beginners) and Mode 2 (3D expert control for maximum acceleration and maneuvers for expert tricks, including 360° Eversion - do incredible 3D flips and rolls with just the push of a button)

X5SW RC Drone Built-In HD Camera and Electronic Compass, WIFI real time transmission for videos and photos between built-in camera and mobile attached on remote controller

Both of Android mobile phone and Apple IOS mobile phone are applicable for this FPV drone (programme is available for downloading and installation)

Extra 2pcs 3.7V 500mAh Li-poly Battery included in Package

The FPV aircraft can fly indoor or outdoor,it can photo and video FPV ,360 degree 3D rolling all-around,headless function.

Frequency: 2.4G, Channel: 4CH 6 Axis Gyro

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