JXD 510G X-Predators (In-Depth Review)
Barely a year after the release of the highly popular 509W/G toy quadcopter, JXD have come up with an update for it — the 510W/G. On the surface, at least, the 510W/G looks like a major upgrade to its predecessor. However, spec-wise, not much has changed.
The JXD 510W/G is more of a subtle evolution of the 509W/G. In other words, it is a face-lifted version of its predecessor. JXD have chosen to play it safe by keeping everything that works on the 509 while refreshing its appearance. The 510G even has the same transmitter as the 509W/G.
Like its predecessor, the 510 comes in two variants — a 5.8GHz FPV version (510G) and a more affordable WiFi FPV version (510W). This review takes a look at the 510G which comes with an FPV monitor and is available at GearBest.
- Dimensions: 300 x 300 x 96mm
- Diagonal motor distance: 227mm
- Motor size: 9mm
- Weight: 144g (with battery and camera)
- Flight time: 6 to 10 minutes
- Battery: 3.7V 600mAh 30C Li Po
- Charging time: 60 – 90 minutes
- Control distance: approximately 50m
- Transmitter power: 4 x 1.5V AA batteries (not included)
Styled to Impress
I must say that the JXD 510G looks really impressive. JXD have chosen to do away with the Yuneec Q500-inspired styling in favor of a design that appears to be uniquely theirs. The result is a body shape with green livery that looks like a futuristic assault spaceship from more recent sci-fi movies.
While its predecessor looks somewhat docile, the 510G features styling that is a lot more aggressive. It looks fast even when it’s not moving and it comes as no surprise why JXD have decided to name it the X-Predators. Beneath the new surface, however, the 510G retains the same X-shape quadcopter design and landing legs.
One notable improvement in the 510G is the design of the battery door. Gone is the flimsy door featured in the 509G and in its place a more robust one that clicks in place nicely when closed.
Since the 510G is nearly identical to its predecessor in specs, it also inherits the same flight characteristics. To read about how the 509W/G performs in the air, click here to read our review of it.
The 510G features the standard bells and whistles that most sub-$100 toy drones have which include altitude hold, one key return, HD camera, 3D flips and headless mode. It also features the same 3.7V 600mAh battery as its predecessor which yields a flight time of about 6 to 10 minutes.
One key selling feature of the 510G is altitude hold which is all the rage these days in toy drones. Altitude hold allows the drone to maintain its altitude within a height envelope of about 1m. This means the pilot does not have to give any throttle input for the drone to maintain its altitude. To assist in altitude hold, the 510G’s transmitter comes with a self-centering throttle stick which centers itself at 50%. Increasing or decreasing the 510G’s altitude is as simple as pushing the throttle stick up or down.
Altitude hold is intended to make flying easier but it does have its drawbacks. For one, the drone’s barometer can get a bit confused in very windy conditions. This makes the 510G feel a bit choppy and erratic.
The propulsion in the 510G is generally quite punchy and powerful, especially in calm weather. In winds of up to about 10km/h, the 510G can still fly quite well, although it can be a bit of a struggle.
Thanks to its powerful propulsion, the 510G can perform aerial acrobatics quite smoothly. However, things get a bit scary in strong winds as the 510G tends to struggle when recovering from flips. After a flip, it would just drop very quickly and will take some time before it figures out how to recover on its own. This may be due to a confused barometer seeing erratic pressure readings caused by varying wind speeds. If you’re performing a flip in low altitude, the 510G will probably crash as it does not have enough altitude to recover.
Another cool feature the 510G is a start/stop button. Pressing the start/stop button will turn on the motors when the 510G is on the ground, causing the props to spin at minimum speed. When the 510G is in the air, pressing this button causes it to slowly descend to the ground. Once it lands, the motors will automatically turn off. Alternately, you can also land the 510G by pushing the throttle down. Once on the ground, the motors will turn off if the throttle is still pushed down.
The start/stop button may seem like a nifty feature but it does come with a drawback — powering down the motors immediately is not possible. The 510G normally takes a few seconds before its motors can be powered down. This can cause a lot of problems especially when the drone crashes into a tree or hits a furniture in mid air and you are not able to power down the motors immediately using the start/stop button to prevent damage. In such situations, the motors can be stopped by moving the throttle stick to the lower left and the elevator (right) stick to the lower right simultaneously.
Despite these minor quirks there is still plenty to love about the 510G. It makes a great quadcopter for both beginners and expert pilots and has some decent flight performance to boot.
The 510G has a HD 2.0MP camera that is identical to the one on the 509G. Image quality also appears to be the same. The camera has a built-in 5.8GHz FPV transmitter, comes with a 4GB memory card and a micro SD card slot for recording images and videos. Camera tilt angle can also be adjusted manually up to about 30 degrees.
Along with the camera, there is the supplied 5.8GHz FPV monitor which has a 4.5 inch screen, foldable sunshade and removable antenna. FPV performance is excellent and the system does not display any noticeable latency that is commonly seen in WiFi FPV systems.
To summarize, the JXD 510G is essentially a face-lifted 509G. It comes with the same 5.8GHz FPV camera, transmitter and flight performance as its predecessor while sporting a freshly redesigned body and landing legs.
JXD have come up with a unique body design of its own that’s aggressively sporty and this will definitely appeal to the masses. The 510G’s looks alone will probably be its strongest selling point against other rivals such as the newly-released Syma X5HW which we will be reviewing soon.
Its predecessor, the 509G quickly became popular for its looks, flight performance and durability. Thanks to its flexible frame and landing legs, the 509G could take a lot of beatings and still survive. With the 510G, JXD have taken all the goodness everyone loved in the 509G and repackaged it with some fantastic boy racer sci-fi looks.