JXD 510G Predator Review – An FPV Quadcopter with Altitude Hold

JXD 510G FPV quadcopterThe JXD 510G Predator is a slightly improved version of the 509G Pioneer FPV quadcopter.

Not much has changed since the previous model, the biggest change being the quadcopter’s appearance.

We’re going to take a look at some of the pros and cons of this drone, as well as its features and see just how well (or poorly) it performs. Let’s get to it!

Flight Performance – Surprisingly Slow

One of the most important aspects of just about any drone is how well it flies. For its price, I am surprised to say the JXD 510G is rather average. It’s a brushed camera quadcopter, so I didn’t expect it to be as fast as some race drones, but I must say I am a bit disappointed by its overall speed.

While being a stable and steady flier, it’s not very fast at all. I was hoping the 510G would be able to compete with powerful brushed quadcopters such as the Tarantula X6 which is popularly known as a powerful and cheap brushed quadcopter.

Speed disappointment aside, it is very smooth in the air. Part of this is thanks to the altitude hold feature.

Altitude Hold

The 509G, the predecessor to the 510G was one of the first toy quadcopters to have altitude hold. The 510G follows this trend and has this feature as well.

The throttle stick on the transmitter is centered, and when flying, you can let go of the stick completely, and it will maintain it’s height and position.

Overall, it works pretty well, with slight drifts here and there which become even more apparent with a light gust of wind.

You’ll still need to control the direction of the quadcopter, but being able to fly without having to constantly manage the throttle stick makes FPV flying that much easier. I’d even go a far as saying altitude hold makes this a very good FPV quadcopter for beginners.

JXD 509G Pioneer vs. JXD 510G Predator

Since this is an “upgrade” to the previous quadcopter model, I’d like to compare them.

Really, not much has changed aside from a few visual upgrades. You’ll notice the 510G Predator has a more alien-like, aerodynamic design. Personally, I prefer the all-black look of the 509G but that all comes down to opinion.

It is also slightly lighter than the 509G and seems to handle the wind a bit better. I’m guessing the aerodynamic design is partly to thank for that.

JXD 510G vs JXD 510W – Which is Better?

The JXD 510 comes in two different versions, 510G and 510W.

The main difference between them is the 510G comes with an FPV monitor display which clips onto your transmitter and flies using 5.8GHz signal.

The 510W, on the other hand, uses your smartphone as the FPV monitor display. This uses a 2.4GHz signal which is also the same signal the transmitter uses to communicate with the quadcopter. This causes interference between the FPV signal and the transmitter, causing decreased range for both.

Because of this range issue with the 510W, I highly suggest going with the 510G instead. Having a dedicated FPV monitor is rather convenient and of course, extra flight range is important. Plus, you can even use the monitor with some other FPV enabled camera quadcopters, which is a sweet bonus.

JXD 510G Details

Transmitter

The included transmitter is your generic, plastic toy-grade controller with a hobby-grade look.

It has all of your basic functions and buttons. An on/off switch, trim buttons, dedicated buttons to change flight rates as well as camera record functions. There are buttons for one key return and headless mode functions, neither of which I find very useful or fun.

The difference is the throttle stick automatically snaps to the center for the altitude hold feature. Also, you can enable/disable the LED lights of the quadcopter from the transmitter, allowing you to save battery. This is useful since the LEDs won’t be very helpful during FPV flights, I suggest turning them off.

Holding both sticks down and out automatically disables the motors. This is useful in case you expect a crash or need to kill the motors in case of an emergency. This protects your motors in case of a crash and hopefully reduces any damage to anything you crash into.

Included FPV Display

The included FPV display measures about 4 inches and allows you to see what the quadcopter’s camera sees in real time.

It has a 5.8GHz receiver. Be sure to plug your antenna in prior to turning on the monitor every single time. If you don’t, you could potentially cause permanent damage to the monitor and it may not work. If you made that mistake, try contacting the company you purchased it from and they may be able to help you. It’s a common rookie mistake, and some instruction manuals don’t state this clear enough.

Anyway, the monitor has a dedicated, rechargeable battery which is absolutely awesome. It burns through batteries quickly, so having to constantly replace AA or AAA batteries in it would be quite a pain. It comes with a charger as well.

My only gripe with this display is its lack of brightness. On a bright and sunny day, it can be hard to see the screen. It comes with a sun visor that doesn’t seem to help all that much. Luckily, with a few pieces of Styrofoam and black poster board, it’s possible to create your own custom DIY sun visor that works much better, at very low cost.

Camera

The included camera is your standard, cheap 2MP camera. Using it straight out of the box produces a harsh “jello effect”, or wobbling due to the propeller vibrations.

This was the same exact issue that the 509G had, but luckily an anti-jello mount can easily be made with a couple of zip-ties. This eliminates the jello effect almost completely and turns a cheap toy camera into something that produces decent quality footage.

Here’s a video of an easy anti-vibration mount being made specifically for the 509G and works just as easily for the 510G:

The Final Verdict

I’d classify the JXD 510G Predator as a “jack of all trades, master of none”. It has a bunch of cool features such as the included FPV display and altitude hold but doesn’t really perfect any single one of them. I think if the flight performance was a little bit better I’d be able to justify recommending this to others, but at this price range, I feel like there are better options, depending on what you’re looking for in a drone. (Syma X8G for a camera quadcopter, XK X251 for sporty flying)

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