Today we’re looking at a great drone with camera for beginners, the Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers2 Drone. We’ll be looking at what features will be helpful for beginners learning to fly the drone and why we think it is a good option to buy.
As a beginner it’s hard to know what to look for when buying a quadcopter drone, you don’t want to be investing a lot of money in buying a product that you will be learning on, you want something that can stand up to your mistakes, can deal with some crashes when landing or flying and still give you the pleasure of making some good video footage that you can use as a gauge to your progress as you get better.
Review of the Syma X5SW-V3
The Syma X5SW-V3 is a basic quadcopter which is very light in weight. It comes with blade guards and landing gear that needs to be attached but screws are already attached to the parts and they include a screwdriver, so easy to do. This comes with 1 battery and usb charger and has a fly time advertised as 6-7 minutes which will probably be affected by flying conditions. It’s worth investing in some more batteries to give you more flying time, you can buy packs on Amazon.com.
The camera is easy to slide into place and plugs into a small socket beside it. There is not memory card so if you wish to film you need to use your smartphone to control the camera. There is an on/off switch on the underside which means you don’t have to keep the battery detached.
The remote control is quite basic which is good for beginners as you aren’t having to learn where a lot of control buttons are. The on/of button is in the centre of the unit. There are the 2 joystick controls, the left to accelerate and control the yaw and the right controls the direction. On the top left of the handset there is the headless mode button and on the right is the 360 degree flip button. To pair the handset with the drone you just switch both of them on, wait till the lights on the drone stop flickering fast, once they have slowed down you can pair by moving the left joystick all the way up then all the way down. The lights should now stay on, the orange at the front of the drone and the green at the back.
There is a phone holder that fits onto the antenna on the remote control unit with a clip action that your phone fits into, the app that controls the camera on your quadcopter is called Syma FPV app, it is accessed by a q code on the side of the box and is downloadable for both ios and android. Once the app is installed pair the wifi and then you should have a screen which when you press start will show the fpv screen which is what the camera is seeing. There is about a second lag in the camera to screen through the wifi so be careful using the fpv to fly as you might crash before it shows on screen, its better used to check what your video is capturing or for taking photos.
The controls are on the app, press the camera button for a photograph and it goes directly into the folder. The video camera button starts the video, it turns red when recording and a timer starts at the bottom of the screen. Again when you stop the video it stores into the folder automatically and if you press the folder button you have the option to look at what you have captured with the camera there. You can also send to media with the app too.
With the drone being so light it doesn’t fly well in winds so you need to choose a calm day to fly. The wifi only works up to 50 yards so be aware how far you are flying so you don’t lose connection. If you find that you have trouble with orientation you can easily press the headless mode which is a beginners friend. Make sure you find a clear area to test yourself, you don’t want to get your drone stuck up a tree. If you are a total beginner, spend time learning the basics and your drone shouldn’t fly off out of control
As a beginner one of the fears is that you are going to lose control, crash your Syma drone and break it, or have it fly off and you can’t stop it, especially after reading a lot of reviews where people have invested in a drone and on the first flight it has flown off into the distance. There are a lot of youtube videos on learning to fly a drone and I’ve picked out some of the things to focus on.
Basics for Beginners
Learn what you’re remote control can do and where all the controls are. It’s so easy to work out how to link to your drone learn how to take off and then start flying. If you lose control in the air and you don’t know how to get your drone back, how to switch on headless mode or cut the controls to get it to stop it could fly off.
Learn how to take off and land
Once you’re familiar with the controls learn how to take off and land. Some drones have a button that will do it for you but it is worth learning how to do it without that if you can and use the basic controls. Its easy to flip your drone when you’re taking off due to the air pressure that’s built up under the drone on take off so practicing the right amount of throttle to use will be a good thing. Learning how to land steadily down is probably harder without somersaulting your drone as you have to learn how to slow it down as it comes in towards you so you can lower it or catch it. Practicing it might seem a bit boring compared to flying around and doing flips but knowing how to control your drone will give you greater pleasure in the long run.
Learn how to hover
Again some drones offer altitude hold which is great when you want to take photographs or videos if you have a camera but knowing how to do it yourself will give you a greater understanding of the controls on your remote control unit. If you can control the height of the hover, move it where you want it to and hover you are more likely to not lose control of your drone going to high and out of your sight or fly away from you. If you can learn to hold it a few feet from the ground you can also practice shutting off control. If you know how to shut off the power you again can stop your drone from flying away while you’re trying to remember which buttons to use.
Learn what the Yaw does
What is that? Well the yaw turns your drone around in the air, like a dog chasing it’s tail spinning in front of you. If you can learn how to use the controls and what they can do while keeping your drone close to you will improve your flying experience. For someone like me learning to use all the controls with both hands is like patting my head and rubbing my tummy at the same time so practice helps set that mind,eye and hand control so it becomes instinctive.
Learn directional control.
Now it’s time to learn left and right, forward and back controls. If you can identify the back of your drone it’s worth learning to keep it towards you so that your left and right is exactly the same keeping your orientation is harder to learn as directions become the opposite when the nose is facing you. That’s why headless mode is helpful to beginners if they lose their orientation but if you have learned to do your basic controls first it will be easier not to panic and gain control.
Learn more about the Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers2 Drone, it’s a great beginners choice.
A great youtube video explaining this in more detail is this one below. Check it out as this is what I used to learn the basics.