SY X25 Camera Addition/Installation from GearBest

Song Yang / SY X25

SY X25
Buy Now: $47.98 from Amazon
Camera Included!
Size: 9.4×9.2×2.5 inches / 24×23.5×6.5 cm
Weight: 0.24 lbs. / 110 grams
FAA Registration Required: No
Flight/Driving Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Camera: 2.0MP

Did you get the SY(SongYang) X25 without a camera?
Here is a quick guide to add the camera to your X25.
Please note, this will take around 30 minutes to complete.

You can order the camera from GearBest for around $12 here:
http://www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopter-parts/pp_267024.html

You will need the following items:
Small Philips Head Screw Driver
Needle Nose Plyers
Double Sided Foam Tape – Approx. 2 inches
Super Glue

Update: I originally tried to use double-sided foam tape to secure the camera and camera PCB, as that’s what was used to secure the LEDs by the manufacture.
Additionally, I planed the mod this drone for FPV, but since learned FPV is not really practice for small 3.7v drones like this.

Disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk.  I only recommend trying this if you have experience fidgeting and tinkering with small gadgets, parts, electronics, etc…  I will not be held responsible if you somehow damage or destroy your drone during this process.  I will however, be more then happy to provide suggestions should you get stuck.

First, you will need to remove the propellers.
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I recommend placing the propellers in order of where they belong.
It makes it easier to put them back in the right spot.
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Next, remove all the body screws, 24 total.
Please Note: The body plastic is very soft, please be careful when screwing the body back together.  I stripped at least two screws because of too much torque.
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You can then pop the top off the drone, and remove the camera blank.
Please note, removing the blank was the hardest part of this project.
I recommend using some needle nose plyers and a flat head screwdriver.
If someone has a trick, please let me know, otherwise, I did mangle the hole a little.
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Here is the spot where the camera goes.
You should take note of the tab in the back and the 4 pins to hold the camera.
Update: I had to use Super Glue on the 4 pins after the camera PCB was installed.
The double sided tape did not hold with the force required to insert and remove the SD card.
I recommend LOCTITE UltraGel Control Super Glue, as you can get a dab of glue like a hot glue gun.
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When mounting the camera’s PCB, you will need to insert it at an angle.
The back of the board will need to go under a plastic tab.
While there are two plastic pins that will insert into holes in the card.
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The camera will fit like so.
Update: I had to use Super Glue on the left and right side of the camersz.
The double sided tape did not hold and the camera dislodged after 2 flights.
I recommend LOCTITE UltraGel Control Super Glue, as you can get a dab of glue like a hot glue gun.
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While inside the drone, I noticed the LEDs were secured with double sided foam tape.
Since I had some spare, I decided to use the same method to secure the camera and PCB.
Update: Again, as noted above, use some superglue to hold the camera and camera PCB in place.
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Here is another shot with the camera PCB plugged into the main PCB.
You can see the yellow paper/double sided foam tape used to secure the LEDs.
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I took the opportunity to straighten the antenna, as it was a little “bent out of shape”.
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Here is the end result.
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I tested it out with a 4GB Micro SD Card, and it works just fine.
Please check your manual for the correct buttons to press for photo or video.

Anyways, I hope this helps!
Can you please let me know if you have any questions?

Side Note: This drone was a gift from Alan Perlman, Founder and CEO of UAVCoach.com.
Thank you Alan, I re-gifted this drone to my 12yo daughter who absolutely loves it.
It has given us something in common that we now use to bond, as I just couldn’t get into Barbie dolls.

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