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Wingsland M5 Quadricopter Review

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M5 is the third model of the Chinese manufacturer so far. Wingsland M5 Quadcopter can be considered as a mid-range flying machine according to the price range where it’s positioned. In a nutshell, Wingsland M5 can be a perfect companion for the beginner quadcopter lovers, but also for intermediate flyers too.

The M5 inherits advanced flying features as well as inbuilt Global Positioning System, for accurate maneuvers like Return To Home, Point Of Interest and Follow Me modes. These are not the only exciting functions that the M5 owns. You can find onboard a great FPV camera, ultrasonic and optical sensors for accurate hover position, great features to have steady and clear photography or video content. But don’t rush too much ahead, let’s see what this futuristic looking machine is up to.

In The Box

  • 1 x Drone
  • 1 x Remote Controller
  • 1 x Charger
  • 4 x Spare Propeller
  • 1 x English Manual

Specifications

  • Wheelbase: 275mm
  • Max Speed: 12m/s
  • Motor Type: Brushless Motor
  • Hover Accuracy: ±0.5m (visual sensor) / ±0.8m (GPS)
  • Remote Controller: 2.4Ghz mode 2
  • Detailed Control Distance: About 500m
  • Image Transmission Range: About 100m
  • Aircraft Battery: 14.8V 1850mAh ( 4S LiPo )
  • Transmitter Battery: 5V 1700mAh rechargeable battery
  • Flying Time: About 17mins
  • Video Resolution: 720P
  • Product weight: 580g (including battery)
  • Product size: 14.5 * 7.9 * 3.8cm

Looks & Design

The Wingman F5 looks like the skull of those robots from the Terminator movie series. It has a very unique sci-fi design, and the orange and black colors accentuate that aspect. F5 does not only look great but also has some advanced features inside.

If you look closer you discover that the upper part is, in fact, the battery compartment You get with this machine a 1850mAh battery with a standard XT 30 connector. The battery is powerful enough to propel your quadcopter in the air for about 17 minutes, at least it is said in the specifications. Along with the battery in the upper part is hidden the GPS module.

On the bottom part, you will notice the integrated 720p HD Sony camera with a 63-grade FOV lens. Unfortunately, the camera isn’t tiltable so you don’t have the possibility to fine-tune the camera angle. You will see a forward and slightly downward looking picture. The video footage can be recorded directly to a micro SD card, there is a slot for that, and also you will see near that slot a micro USB slot too, for firmware upgrades.

On the bottom part, you will discover the tiny optical flow sensor for helping in positioning accuracy and two larger acoustic sensors that assist to a steady hovering when the quad is close to the ground.

The landing legs are sufficiently long to absorb the impacts of hard touchdowns. On the back, you will remark the LED lighting.

The Transmitter

Out of the box, you will get in your hand a pretty sleek transmitter, with basic control sticks and buttons. The remote controller has two antennas, one for data exchange to control the quadcopter, and the other for receiving the FPV Wi-Fi signal from the camera. Both signals work on 2,4 GHz rate, they amplify the reception and communication streams.

The remote controller has two handles when is in the open position will turn on the transmitter itself. There you can mount your smartphone.

The joysticks are regular. Along the joysticks on the left side, you will notice a button for automatic takeoffs and landings. On the right side, you will see a button taking photos and videos and also if long pressed it can operate as a Return To Home button.

Intelligent Flight Control & Features

Basically, the Wingsland M5 has two flight modes. Beginner mode for the novice pilots and the intelligent flight mode for more advanced ones. Under beginner mode the sensitivity of the joysticks is limited. In this mode, the flight speed has restrictions too, and some intelligent functions are disabled.

In the advanced mode, you have two intelligent flight modes, course lock, and home lock. Course lock function acts like the well known headless mode and home lock basically remembers the takeoff position. You will maneuver around that point the aircraft moving the joystick.

As I mentioned the flight speed rates and responsiveness of the sticks are slightly sharper in the advanced mode.

Point Of Interest function is an exciting mode especially for those who love to do selfies. In this mode, you choose that point and the drone follows that point in a slightly rotating manner. You can set the radius of the circle too.

As I mentioned the flight speed rates and responsiveness of the sticks are slightly sharper in the advanced mode.

In The Air

Wingsland M5 in the air behaves really stable. Thanks to the advanced positioning sensors, hovers steadily in the desired locations. As aggressive as it looks, it can be pretty fast too. The maximum speed of the aircraft is about 12 m/s, the ascending speed is about 3.5 m/s, and the descending speed is about 3 m/s. The transmission signal is surprisingly good. It can be obtained above 500 m control distance in non-interfering areas. The FPV signal goes about 100 m distance.

Controlling the quadcopter can be done through the dedicated app too, that is free to download on any compatible smartphone.

Verdict

Wingsland M5 is a great mid-range quadcopter. With GPS capabilities, aggressive looking design, and agile behavior can be a favorite transition from the beginner drones to the slightly advanced ones. The flight time can be better, and a tiltable camera would be a better option, but even so is a fair enough purchase.

Where you can find it? In every specialized online store, or here and here, or on Amazon, Banggood, depending on where you live and preferred price and shipping opportunities.

I mentioned earlier that Wingsland has some other models on his palette. The earlier Wingsland Scarlet Minivet can be also a good option to consider.

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