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.


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.



+ 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 🙂


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.


Folded position


and unfolded


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.







The battery can be super easily clipsed and unclipsed.




The foldable arm section


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






Less than 130g



Motors and props



Prop guard can be very easily installed without screwing session.


Just remove the plastic element to free the access



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.


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




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.



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


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.



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


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….


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





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.


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.


+ 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)


– 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


  • 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:

    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 I’m wrong

    • ohm.hendra says:

      hidden screw in the battery compartment. I did the antenna mod on the tx. you might wanna change the one in the visuo itself too. but always do a test flight first before you go full on trusting it’ll work. may end up crashing it

  • 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:


    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 🙂

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you. Great. I just went along disassembling the drone and got to the defect motor. Three extra screws and you’re there. I will get me that new motor and it will fly again for sure. You’re site was very helpfull. Great work. And yes, correct… always in the wekend just when you planned taking nice footage haha.

  • Baptiste says:

    Hi there, just got this drone today and not able to record any photos or videos on the SD card.

    My SD card is formated and instered corretly into the drone, I’m using it as explained in the notice and when i’m home on the computer, I have a video file on my SD card but it’s alwas empty.

    Can anyone help me ?


    • SeByDocKy says:

      Are you sure to press one more time on the video button to stop recording ? If not… files are still open and shows a 0 byte file

    • Charlie says:

      Same issue here. Also mentioned in other tests, that the picture and video buttons doesn’t work on the remote. You have to use the wi-fi app to start recording worked for me.

      • Baptiste says:

        Yup it works for me with the app too, but the recording quality is definitely not the same with that….It’s a shame ’cause I really wanted to exploit the full potential of the video camera …

        • superforever says:

          You have to use the app with the SD Card in the drone so that the drone will record video directly onto the SD Card instead on the phone.

          • Baptiste says:

            When i’m doing this, it only records the video on the phone and not on the SD card. It couldn’t find the option to record directly on the SD card with the app …

    • Jason says:

      1- Turn on the drone ONLY
      2- Connect phone to drone wifi
      3- Open XSW UFO app and hit play
      5- Hit record button on PHONE APP
      6- Make sure to END recording on phone
      Now the video should be recorded on the SD card

  • Jason says:

    Hi there.
    I just got my XS809HW, but have read about a few people complaining about the lost tiny gear.

    1- What can I do to prevent the loss of a gear?

    and 2- What can a do to prevent the motors from becoming defective?


    • SeByDocKy says:

      1) The tiny gear/pignion of the motor ? I guess…. extract it, add reglue it with some locktit ….
      2) Check meshing before each take-off, crash. Let the motors to cool 10min before each flight and time to time clean interior part with a spray cleaner

  • Earl says:

    Could not seem to insert the SD card and it wouldn’t record any video. Took apart and it appears that there is no SD card slot on the camera board. Did I get a down rev’d unit or should there be a actual SD card socket?

    • ohm.hendra says:

      could be the xs809w version. one without the alt-hold. 0.2mp cam, no alt-hold and no sd card slot. correct me if i am wrong. u might wanna google it.

  • starski says:

    Same thing with micro sd card not working with controller buttons.
    No viedo or photos recorded.

  • Jason says:

    What would be an easy way to extend the range on this quadcopter?

    Would creating a small hole in the top of the quad, so the antenna can stick out at the top slightly increase its range? I only get about 50m of range.

  • esdras says:

    did any1 replace better batteries ?
    im trying to figure out how can i make it fly for more time

  • […] O aplikacji nie ma zbyt wiele do powiedzenia, ponieważ każdy producent wykorzystuje dokładnie ten sam widok i prócz tła ekranu głównego w zasadzie nic się nie zmienia. Z poziomu programu możemy sterować kopterem, narysować mu trasę lotu, zmienić prędkość lotu, czy automatycznie wylądować. Zwykle przyciski kamery i aparatu w aplikacji na smartfonie pozwalają zapisać obraz, który jest do niego przesyłany przez Wi-Fi. W przypadku Visuo dzieją się rzeczy dziwne. Otóż włączanie nagrywania z aparatury nie działa – ani zdjęcia, ani wideo się nie pojawiają, mimo iż kopter miga diodami sygnalizując ten proces. Z poziomu aplikacji możemy z kolei uruchomić nagrywanie na kartę microSD oraz robić zdjęcia i one faktycznie są na niej zapisywane. Z kolei po stronie smartfona udało mi się znaleźć jedynie zapisane zdjęcie (w tej samej rozdzielczości – 1280 x 720), ale już nie film. Ten znalazłem wyłącznie na karcie microSD, choć SeByDocky pisał o tym, że u niego pojawiło się wideo 640x480x15fps (http://www.drone-maniac.com/test-visuo-xs809hw/). […]

  • Mistah says:

    Having issues with the Wi-Fi. At first I managed to connect the Wi-Fi drone and the camera functions well. After I practice hoovering the drone and some drop. When I’m trying to reconnect to the Wi-Fi I can’t find the drone Wi-Fi anymore. Any suggestions?

    • ohm.hendra says:

      could be some connection that came off after that drop. the vtx module on the visuo is not that secure inside. just a piece of plastic secured with 2 screw across the vtx board. mine totally came off after a hard crash. at first i thought the sd card had dropped out of the crash but i realized i could still save videos on the drone. figured i’d put some hot glue or tape to secure the vtx better.

  • Lemar says:

    I have this drone Great flyer..but I’m having a problem binding the controller to the quad, work fine for a while but now I can only fly drone by phone app not controller.. The Binding procedure doesn’t work anymore with controller.. controller lights up and Flash, drone lights up and Flash..but when trying to bind.. controller stop flashing but drone continues to flash. As I say it will work with phone control app if anyone knows the problem I’ll appreciate the help

  • StudyB4Buying says:

    Hey All, try with FAT32 formatted SD card for the recording.
    There are 2 versions: Visuo XS809W (Gen1 with no Altitude Hold) and XS809WH (Gen2 with Altitude Hold)

  • Marcio says:

    My drone (Visuo XS809W) is transmitting black and white image, I believe the problem is the camera. Which camera model can I buy to replace? Would you have the camera specs?

  • DS Hassen says:

    Where do I get the chrome covers that are over the Propellers shaft (screw) ?

  • Gino says:

    Also WIFI problem.
    Has worked for 3 days and now ihone or either phone can’t find drone nerwork.
    I think WIFI module broken????

  • pan kag says:

    My drone (Visuo XS809W) has issue with wifi, from the first day. I can’t fint it in my smartphone, Any idea?

  • Joe says:

    Hey my Visuo XS809W works great and I love it, but one time it crashed pretty hard. So I went up again and I couldn’t control which way it went. Thinking it was because of damaged props, I replaced the propellers and pressed “take off” and it immediately launched backwards. I tried resetting the calibration and resetting the hover mode and nothing seems to be working. Any idea what’s going on?

  • ashish says:

    is it deviated ?

  • Chris says:

    Does anyone know the size of the propeller screws? I have a nearly stripped one that needs replacing…

  • Lanec77 says:

    I dont have a copy of a user manual. Is anyone able to send a pdf version.

  • Roxanne says:

    I Have a problem with Wi-Fi in my machine(Visuo), maybe you guys could help me resolve this issue. When I first launched the drone I was able to connect my phone with drone’s wifi network and it worked fine.
    In other tries I couldnt find Visuo’s network, no matter how many times I’ve reset/listed avaibles networks.
    My first impression is that network device in my Visuo stopted working(hope not!).

    Do you have simmilar expirience and you know the solution?

  • Maria-Katharina Price says:

    Can i take the drone in the hand luaggage?

  • Robert says:

    Hey, can anyone tell me if there is a gb size limit on the micro sd card? Will it take a 16gb?

  • Helgard says:

    Which one would be better for holiday photos and videos. Visuo xs809hw or E58. Want to know flight times. Camera. Handeling and range and durability

  • Daryl Reading says:

    I put in a 32GB card in the slop by the off on switch. With picture taking I find it only puts an EMPTY Video folder on the chip nothing else. The lights flash etc. when taking either still’s or video’s. In the article above there is mention of “NO DVR” is this the problem and if so how to fix? Any help would be appreciated.

  • Daryl says:

    How to record directly onto the picture/video card not using any apps

    • SeByDocKy says:

      As far I know, it’s not possible directly from the remote only via the appz …. I know it’s stupid…. 🙁

      • Daryl says:

        Thanks for the information. I only have a flip phone. Without buying a smart phone I suppose a small cheap android tablet might work?

        • SeByDocKy says:

          Yes …. no problem it’s a basic 2.4G WiFi

        • Anonymous says:

          I was able to get it working on a $30 Black Friday Kindle Fire. You will need to look online and find out how to install the Google Play Store. Then you can download the Drone app and it works fine.

        • Ben says:

          Yes, I have a Kindle fire (non HD) that was $30 new on a Black Friday. You have to look up how to install the Google Play Store on it, then you can install the drone app. It works fine.

  • Daryl says:

    I have down loaded from Google Play on to my Android WI-FI tablet tab the following: “WI-FI UFO & Drone 720P” ( I could not find WI-FI 720P), I assume they are the same?). I could only start one or the other, not both at the same time. When either is selected and I select “PLAY” I don’t get any image from the Drone camera to the Android , all I get is like the third right image from the USER MANUAL, page 7 of instructions. I can move the balls around by finger but it is not controlling the Drone. Also in the USER MANUAL: Page 7 item 2. “Using Instructions “, line in 1). the words “the indicator on camera light up”. All I see are the regular Six lights for flight as usual, no light in or around the camera lens. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • SeByDocKy says:

      Not sure you have the right application installed. Did you use the QRcode ?

      • Daryl says:

        The Tablet and the drone are now connected to my 8 inch tablet, but it’s too big for the hand held controller. I see what the drone camera see’s and pictures/movies are recorded on the removable chip in the drone. So I’m guessing all is OK?
        Another question – I have a line on a “ZTE Atrium” Reconditioned cell phone that will fit the clamp on the control module. The phone is 3G and the drone is 2.4G, any problem there? I don’t intend to subscribe to any phone service, just use it as a tablet on a closed WIFI channel. Your thoughts please. Thanks

  • Hamish says:

    I don’t know if anyone can help me or not but I got this drone for Xmas, been playing with it and its had a knock, wasn’t a big smack or anything but now one of the rotors won’t spin, any ideas?

    • SeByDocKy says:

      Open the machine and check if small transitor MOSFET didn’t burn …. In general there is a small spot when they are cooked.

  • Daniel Kocica says:

    I thinked, that my wi-fi module also do not work. But I have found the solution for this problem after some experiments. It was due to some bug, that wi-fi module couldn’t boot corectly with inserted SD card. So try this:

    1) switch on drone without SD card
    2) switch on controller and pair with drone
    3) wi-fi is working now, so connect it to phone
    4) now the SD slot is blinking, so insert SD card

    Now should be all fine. For me is Wi-fi working now.

  • Thomas says:

    Sorry for my bad english…….but, wich type of SD-card kan I use to this machine?

  • ODDY says:

    I have VISUO XS809HW-VGA without SD Card slot, how to get connected with Google VR D2 Pro, what components need to be changed to get good results? Can the range of the + VR range fly for range reach maximal even further range. Do you need Battery to be replaced so that the ability to fly can be longer? Please Enlightenment from friends “who have tried. Thank you….

  • Agung Rai says:

    Hello.. My visuo lost signal ..fly away and never return, maybe because its fly too high (about 25- 30 meters). How to increase signal/ wifi range?

  • Neil says:

    Will the controller hold an iPhone plus size phone?

  • Emanuele says:

    Hi, in your opinion, can I change the camera?

    I know that is not convenient to change the camera on a low cost drone like this, but if i will want to do it?

    I can balance the difffent wait of a better 1080 camera with 6-8Mpx using the rear prop guards

    what do you think?


    • SeByDocKy says:

      The problem will probably you won’t be anymore able to trigger the video recording from the Appz with a new camera. The trigger signal will be probably different. IMHO, it’s better to wait for a better machine. Did you heard the new C-me Me machine ? I announced some days ago? It’s a brushed cheap 1080p machine….

  • Muhammad Nizam Bin Safry says:

    I have a problem with visuo, need all member to share the solutions, once i bind drone and transmitter,everything is okay, but when i throttle up, the drone float around 5 feet, and then disconnect.there is blinking led at the drone and all button not funtion. What is the problem actually?,transmitter or reciever.

    • SeByDocKy says:

      I guess it’s more the battery who is almost dead … and can handle the load. I think you probably flew the machine too long and damage the battery…. Use also a professional charger to balance the battery correctly

  • Lucas says:

    Good evening, my control is not connecting to the control or taking flight when I connect with the wi-fi. Do you know what I can do to fix it?

  • bill zwarycz says:

    how do i remove sd card. just got drone, can’t remove card!

  • Cidade says:


    Bought a Visuo with three batteries but only one charger cord
    I have some awei wirless headphones, the charger cord seems to fit in the visuo baterie, is it possible to charge it with that cord?
    Do you know some charger cord alternatives?

  • Deniel Knight says:

    What is the highest capacity of SD Card can this drone handle?

  • NeorGaming7 says:

    i like this drone,thank you for make this drone,you are so awesome!!!!

  • Mas mohd says:

    Hi, good day there. Why visuo XS809HW crash in mid air after performing a 360 flip ? I have issues with that problem.

    • SeByDocKy says:

      Do you raise the quad enough high to perform the flip ? Be aware, flips for brushed motors represents a lot of stress and reduce the life of them. Don’t abuse of 360 flips

  • Lt. X says:

    I hope you can help me I have the Visuo without altitude hold take off/land and no return home (I don’t believe). do you know how I could modify it to have those Options, if so please let me know. Thank you very much.

  • Yeti says:

    I have a slight issue with my drone. It stopped working. Red lights are on the front of the drone and the red and green lights on the feet are either off or very dim. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

  • Paul lythgoe says:

    Hi I have a visuo drone and only one led lights on it and I can’t find the wifi have tried multiple devices and nothing it did connect but now it doesn’t any suggestions to why

  • sergio horta says:


    • SeByDocKy says:

      The visio drone got some brushed motors…. While being cheap, you must respect some rules with
      1) always wait to let them cool after each flight (it’s good also for the battery)
      2) regulary inspect the gear system by spining by hand each props. You must to not feel any extra fraction. If it’s the case, inspect the meshing.. especially with nylon pinion and wheel.
      3) Versus time brushed motors are loosing power ….and after 30-40 flight can be killed. This is why, it’s always advised to stock in advance at least a Clock Wise and a Conter Clock Wise motors for replacement.

  • malka joe says:

    good article.
    i bought a drone like this , it is perfect just slow a little

  • Jerry says:

    Got one also and it is fun to fly. Also will not break bank. 😉
    Fun drone. Like Sharks teeth.

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