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.

Specifications
  • 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)
The 510G shares the same specs as the 509G but has a very different body design.

The 510G shares the same specs as the 509G but has a very different body design.

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.

Flight Performance

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 inherits the same flight characteristics from the 509G.

The 510G inherits the same flight characteristics from the 509G.

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.

Camera

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.

Conclusion

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.



JXD 510G X-Predators

JXD 510G X-Predators
7.2

Affordability

7/10

    Reliability

    8/10

      Features and Performance

      7/10

        Flight Time

        7/10

          Build Quality

          7/10

            Pros

            • Great looks and affordable
            • Start/Stop button
            • 5.8GHz FPV
            • Altitude hold
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Flips do not perform well when windy
            • Barometer gets confused in winds causing unstable flying

            Adrin Sham

            Adrin Sham is a designer and photographer turned drone enthusiast. Since buying a drone for aerial photography some years ago, he has since developed a passion for UAVs and all things related.

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            9 Responses

            1. John Congemi says:

              Trying to figure out function of the 4 trim buttons. They are ignored in the novelty instruction sheet.

              • Adrin Sham says:

                John,

                The trim buttons are used to compensate for any drift your drone is having. This is not the type of drift you see when there is a wind or air current affecting your quadcopter. It is the type of drift you get when you’re flying in a room where air is still and there are no wind currents.

                If your quad is drifting to its left, then you press the trim button at the bottom of your right control lever to the left (assuming you are in mode 2) to compensate until it stops drifting.

            2. ray says:

              Hi, just got one of these and having some fun with it, it tends to drift backward and I can’t seem to be able to trim it 🙁

              • Adrin Sham says:

                Check and see if the two rear motors are tight or if they’re spinning a lot slower than the two in front.

            3. Muhammed says:

              i bought x-predators 510 drone and i want to make image processing on its stream video using my laptop. is there any way to read the video stream of the drone on my laptop

              • Adrin Sham says:

                I believe some FPV headsets have a HDMI output which you can use to provide a video stream to your laptop. The 510G transmits on the 5.8Ghz frequency so you will need a 5.8Ghz receiver such as an FPV headset to view the video feed and maybe channel it to a computer if it has HDMI output.

            4. Klemen says:

              Affordability

              4.1

              Build Quality

              4.2

              Hi I bought JXD 510G and the drone won’t start (propellers won’t start turn). When I press start/stop button the properllers just move a little bit. I tried with different batteries also directly in the drone. when I turn it on the lights below the propellers won’t stop blinking. The battery in the drone is full and I also check (and replace with new one) the battery in the remote control. Down below is a video. Anyone have ideas why propellers won’t spin?

              https://1drv.ms/v/s!AhJYL262DTAupULXV9WX_Sir3_kF

              • Adrin Sham says:

                The drone is clearly faulty. You need to contact the seller for a replacement.

              • Dan says:

                Affordability

                9.7

                Reliability

                8

                Features and Performance

                6.5

                Flight Time

                6.6

                Build Quality

                8.5

                If the lights are still blinking, my experience has been that controller is not synced to drone. After I do the throttle up and down the lights go to solid on. If the battery was low they would blink slowly. Did you try the calibration move of both joysticks down and in? Also, FYI – I’ve had a lot of fun with this drone, but it is VERY susceptible to sand. My rotors will lock up if I land/crash it on sand as it only takes one tiny piece of grain to bind the rotor gear. I’d find it unlikely all of yours rotors are binding, but if you or someone dropped it in sand….maybe.

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