Wltoys XK X1 drone review – Phantom 4 cheaper alternative

WLtoys XK X1 drone review - The really cheap phantom 4

Battery Life

17 min

Range

500m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

Although I expected the WLtoys X1 drone to be a cheap clone like I’ve been used to… this time around I was surprised with some really amazing value.

It looks a lot like a Phantom 4, but in a good way, and to be frank, it’s built quite well.

Comes with solid brushless motors, a 2 axis gimbal that works impressively well from my experience.

And the GPS positioning and flight experience is also at the top.

It’s not perfect, and it has some pretty big bugs when it comes to flight modes, but that’s how it usually is with these cheaper drones.

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Average Score 9
Flight experience
9
Camera
9
Flight Functions
7
PROS:
  • Great GPS stability
  • Very steady gimbal (for the price)
  • Comes with great storage box
  • powerful brushless motors
CONS:
  • follow me doesn't work that great

Reasons you should buy it

  • If you want stable footage and can't pay more than $200 for it
  • If you care about return to home and how stable a drone flies (GPS)
  • If you care about return to home and how stable a drone flies (GPS)

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you want to use follow me and orbit a lot.
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Wltoys XK x1 specs and price

Drone stability

 GPS 

Battery life

17 min

Camera

1080p 25fps

Image Stabilization

2 axis gimbal

The price of this drone is what stands out the most, as it’s definitely under the $200 drone market, and even going as low as $150.

I would recommend buying the package with 3 batteries if you don’t want too much headache in your life.

The package itself is presented in a really good quality foam case, just like the one on the actual Phantom 4 from DJI.

It’s even smaller (just like the drone itself) and you can also carry a tablet inside of it and it’s gonna be super protected.

There’s also a wall charger in the package that charges it in a bit over an hour and a half.

 

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 17
Flight Range: 500
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

Wltoys X1 Video Review

Here’s a more in depth video review that will show you the most important feature of this quad: the camera stabilization and footage:

Reasons you should buy it

  • If you want stable footage and can't pay more than $200 for it
  • If you care about return to home and how stable a drone flies (GPS)
  • If you care about return to home and how stable a drone flies (GPS)

Reasons you shouldn't

  • If you want to use follow me and orbit a lot.
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Camera quality

Image by Drone Camps RC

The camera quality from these snap shots of the video looks quite good for a 1080p camera of this level.

I’ve seen much worse, the colors are quite realistic yet vivid enough.

The horrizon tilts a bit when going to a side, but the overall stability of the gimbal itself is quite amazing.

This camera and gimbal combination is the ideal thing you can do with the current technology and at this price range.

As camera stabilization is so important, I’ll include this drone in my top recommendations, for sure.

I like it better than some of the drones from MJX, which are my favorite cheap ones, just because those aren’t stabilized.

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Transmitter and flight modes

by Captain Drone

The transmitter is definitely not hobby grade and it’s made from cheap plastic, but it’s to be expected, as they have invested most of the budget in the camera, drone and gimbal.

It has a fake screen in the middle, simply having some text guidlines for the buttons you can see on the side of it.

That’s not really a big problem if you ask me, as the controller itself works as intended.

It’s a bit weird that it doesn’t have a scroll wheel for changing the camera angle, but instead it’s done from pressing 2 buttons for up and down.

However, the camera tilting is done pretty smooth, I admit.

 

App and flight modes

Captain Drone

The app is pretty basic and so are the flight modes:

  • follow me
  • orbit mode
  • waypoints (at the end of the waypoints it goes back to the home point)
  • return to home (1-2 m accuracy)

The follow me seems to be a little bugged sometimes. Personally I don’t use flight modes, but I wanted you to know that they are not some of the greatest.

Definitely not DJI level….

 

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9 Total Score
WLtoys XK X1 drone - Probably the best footage you can get for under $200

This is basically a smaller and much MUCH cheaper Phantom 4, with video results that are more stable than anything I've flown so far in this price segment. A total recommendation from my part, for the flight experience and camera, which are the most important usually.

Flight experience
9
Camera
9
Flight Functions
7
PROS
  • Great GPS stability
  • Very steady gimbal (for the price)
  • Comes with great storage box
  • powerful brushless motors
CONS
  • follow me doesn't work that great
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