TEST: VISUO XS809HW

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ERRATA: The SX809HW version got a microSD card slot hidden rear the camera module. So you can shoot basic 720P recording from the quadcopter directly.

INTRODUCTION

The VISUO XS809HW is a 250mm brushed toyquadcopter copying the design of the DJI Mavic. Don’t be wrong, it’s a toy that’s all. Here even with the HW version you have a basic 720p WiFi transmission for FPV coupled with a wide angle lens. As other features, we have some foldable arms and altitulde hold. Let’s check this product.

BOX CONTENT

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+ 1 x VISUO XS809HW
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 3xAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x 900mAh 1S LiPo
+ 1 x USB charging cable
+ 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW)
+ 4 x Prop guards
+ 1 x Screwdriver
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English)

The package was a bit damaged during transportation but nothing broken inside šŸ™‚

OVERVIEW

The VISUO XS809HW unfolded is a 250mm machine so far larger than any micro. The plastic is thin with an average quality. I am not impressed on the first contact.

-FRONT VIEW

Folded position

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and unfolded

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Two small red lights installed on front. Of course no 3-axis gimbal installed below but a basic camera. At least the camera can be downtilted.

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-SIDE VIEW
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-REAR VIEW
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The battery can be super easily clipsed and unclipsed.

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-UPPER VIEW
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-BOTTOM VIEW
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The foldable arm section

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Green lights are installed on front and red on rear ams. Not super visible in strong daylight conditions

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-WEIGHT

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Less than 130g

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Motors and props

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Prop guard can be very easily installed without screwing session.

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Just remove the plastic element to free the access

LiPo

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A microUSB port can be found latteraly to recharge the battery. 1h to recharge the LiPo. Be aware, when the charging is over the red light don’t turn off. After a while, you will have to disconnect the microUSB cable from the LiPo and reconnect it. If the light is off, it means it’s charged.

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Inside the plastic casing, a 1S 900mAh LiPo.

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Camera module

Yes a miracle, they installed a M7 120 degrees wide lens !!!! and it helps a lot for FPV applications. I would say it’s a little bit more flyable but sill very hard with the poor frame rate.

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Disassembling

Four screws to remove in the middle of arms then 8 screws bottom to open the machine.

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On the Flight controller board, motors’s wires are directly soldered, no connector for an easy maintenance. The RFchip is an XN297LBW. The protocol can be deviated. The barometer is well protected by a piece of foam.

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Transmitter

A basic gamepad style radio with a foldable phone holder compatible up to 6inches smartphone

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Good news, all buttons are clearly referenced … it’s simple but it’s so rare…. in practice. Anyway, a drawback for me is concerning the stop button which can be confused by accident with the take off/landing one just above….

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Since there is no DVR installed in the quadcopter, the photo and video buttons are useless in practice.

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UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND DEMO FLIGHT

The machine can be controlled either by the smartphone or the radio. More, some actions can be triggered via the app while controlling the machine with the radio. If you decide to use the radio, you need first to bind the radio to the quad then connect the machine to the app. With the take-off button the machine hover in fraction of second about 1m high. If you press it again, the machine will slowly decend until landing. During the descend, you can control the machine at least with the right stick. It’s great to fine-tune your landing location. The altitude hold stabilization is super efficient with very small variation. In other hand, the machine becomes more sensitive to the wind conditions and can drift a lot. If you are loosing the radio control (can happen beyond 30-40m), the machine waits 3s before to engage a slow landing. If you were high, the descend can take some extra seconds and distance traveled can be over 10-20m… I don’t advise the beginner rate oudoors except in 0 wind conditions… The intermadiate and expert modes are obviously faster with higher rate…. the quad is relatively fast but far to be fastest machine in the market. In term of FPV transmission, the WiFi link is correct up to 30m. The wide angle helps a lot to practice FPV but the frame rate won’t be above 13-15fps… The video feedback seems effectively in 720p resolution but for sure recordings saved into the tablet are only in VGA (640×480@15fps) resolution. I observed also a lot of jello in the FPV transmission. I advise to install a piece of foam to hold in position the camera’s lens. Both the control and FPV ranges are limited to around 40m maximum. Good news the flight duration is very good, exceeding 8min. A visual LVC alarm is here to warn about the situation.

CONCLUSIONS

A basic WiFi beginner brushed machine with good and soft controls. The wide angle helps a lot to practice FPV but don’t expect miracles in terms of distance’s range and frame rate… no free lunch with WiFi. The machine offers great flight time that great. The machine can be easily transported. As always for brushed systems, I always advise to stock some spare motors at least a ClockWise and one Counter ClockWise.

PROS

+ Foldable
+ Efficient altitulde hold
+ 120 degrees wide angle lens
+ Well tuned speed modes
+ Can be controlled by either the radio or via smartphone/tablet
+ Good flight time (>8min)

CONS

– Charge status light don’t turn off when the LiPo is charged
– Poor VGA (640×480@15fps) recordings 720p recordings can be done via the hidden microSD card slot installed rear the camera module
– Proprietary battery connexion
– YaP (Yet another Protocol)
– Not wind resistant

This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 53USD at https://www.banggood.com/VISUO-XS809HW-WIFI-FPV-With-Wide-Angle-HD-Camera-High-Hold-Mode-Foldable-Arm-RC-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1149086.html

27 Comments

  • Krotow says:

    I’m not in selfie quadcopters, however talking about this toy it manufacturer would do a good thing if it would change camera to one which are installed in Eachine TX01/2/3, EF/JF-01 or similar with 25 mW VTX. He can keep the WiFi picture feature with that, it would be win-win for both DVR and FPV flying modes. It wouldn’t rise a total price much but picture quality will would be much better. Current pinhole cam seems same which are installed in many other toy drones and it sucks in cloudy day and dusk.

  • jake says:

    Have one…With FULL batteries, unit drops from the sky like a shot duck at random. Do Not even think bout this one!

    Have a SONGYANG SY – X33C Folding Drone which is similar, and it’s the BoMB! -=recommended=- Check it.

  • Anderson says:

    Hello could have also opened the control to see its internal construction.

    • SeByDocKy says:

      I tried but it’s not super easy to open it … Probably a hidden screws somewhere I didn’t see yet

      • Anderson says:

        OK! Thanks, please if you try and get it, make a post here I bought one and I have the interest in putting a better antenna, to have a more accentable reach than the 100m.

        • Anderson says:

          I believe that the hidden screw stays in that hole in the control freight, because I saw utility for that hole there or I’m wrong

  • Anderson says:

    OK! Thanks, please if you try and get it, make a post here I bought one and I have the interest in putting a better antenna, to have a more accentable reach than the 100m, I believe that the hidden screw stays in that hole in the control freight, because I saw utility for that hole there or Iā€™m wrong

  • Hi, I have that drone but have a problem. You can help me but dunno how I can contact you directly. Can you contact me by mail please?

  • John Tuohy says:

    The TIANQU XS809W drops like a shot duck if I hold the throttle for too long in the minimum position.

  • Evan says:

    I bought this drone as a first time Drone. It flies great, easy to use, puts up with abuse and even my 9 year old daughter can fly it.
    It does NOT handle wind very well. So light wind conditions and be weary of how to fly it. Battery time is very respectable but, have a spare battery around if you want to fly more than 8-10 minutes.

    Camera is “Ok” and 720p is decent but, you have to have a steady hand when filming video.

    Overall I’m very happy with my first drone and it’s so so portable. Not as portable as Dobby but, nice and compact like a Mavic.

    • SeByDocKy says:

      With such toy … hard to have an efficient buitin camera … usually got poor light sensitivity …. This model is ok for a first WiFi FPV machine generally

  • Aj says:

    Just got it, but it won’t bind! I get 1 tone pressing up, but only get 1 tone when pressing throttle down. Any ideas? ?

  • esdras says:

    i though of taking off the factorys baterry and place a 3.7v 5000mah cellphone baterry
    will it increase the flying time ?

    • SeByDocKy says:

      No sure coz more than the battery capacity, the discharge rate of the LiPo is also a super important factor. For cellphone, not sure the discharge rate will be enough to feed the quadcopter.

  • Olivier says:

    Hello,

    I have currently micro quad H8 mini and JJRC H20, and I would alos like to have a model bigger to have more smooth flights.

    I’m thinking to buy a Wifi FVP quad to start to discover FPV, knowing quality won’t be good. If experience is good, I would probably go wiht a true FPV with VTX and goggle.

    Any advice for my need other than this XS809HW ? Was considering Eachine E33W, is it somehow equivalent ?.I saw camera is only 0.2MP unfortunately.

    I would like to have a quad that could fly a bit sporty as well, so I discarded Eachine E52W.
    I’m a bit reluctant with Altitude hold function, because I’m afraid it would be less reactive. Can it be deactivated ?

    Finally I take the opportunity of this message to ask you if you know any affordable mini quad providing rate mode instead of level mode ?

    Thanks and congratualtion for your reviews generally speaking!

    • SeByDocKy says:

      I will start with the last question…. Except the first batch of the XK-251 whom offered acro/rate, AFAIK there is no other machine except racers. To be honest all the large bastic quads with WiFi offer in general poor FPV, laggy FPV link. It’s not super confortable … and bring in practice much more stress for the pilot except if you are flying high in a wide open spaces. Why not take an XK-251 whre you can plug the cheap 720p/5.8GHz VTX module ? For the display, you can take an OTG 5.8VRX if you have an android device.

  • Robin Campbell says:

    TomTop will not sell you spare batteries if you live in the United States. If you buy this drone you will eventually have a dead battery and no way to get another.

  • Lars Eckardt says:

    Hey, great page about the VISUO XS809HW. I also have one and I love it. A great drone. One problem. After my last landing it didn’t take off anymore. After inspection there was a tiny pin-on gear missing on one of the motors. Annoying. Banggood offered me a new replacement motor. But nowhere I can find how to replace these motors on the VISUO XS809HW. You managed to open the drone I saw. Perfect. Did you get to the motors too? Just curious. I want my cool drone to be flying again.

    • SeByDocKy says:

      Yes it’s relatively easy to open and change a motor. Can’t remember if you will have to disolder or there is a connector. In general, especially for large brushed quadcopter, I always advise to stock in advance at least one CW and one CCW motors …. Failure always happens the weekend and china shipping can be long šŸ™‚

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