Cheerson CX-20 Review

Here is a detailed and un-biased review of the Cheerson CX-20. The Cheerson CX-20 is a full size quadcopter that’s in direct competition with other full size models, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI Phantom 2, Parrot Bebop, 3DR IRIS+, Blade 350 QX, and others. It’s priced at right around $360, which makes it a lot cheaper than most of the other full-size options. Even the Parrot Bebop, which is very basic with its feature set, is priced higher at $500! So you’re definitely getting a good deal here, in terms of features, product quality, and price.

Cheerson CX-20 Review

The Cheerson CX-20, as stated independently by people who actually own one, is not designed for beginner pilots. You could quite easily crash the Cheerson CX-20, damage it badly, and be out the $360 dollars you paid for it.

It makes a lot more sense to purchase a smaller and less expensive drone to practice with first, improve your flight skills, and THEN purchase a more expensive quadcopter like the Cheerson CX-20, once you’re more comfortable piloting.

Below, we’re going to take a closer look at exactly what this Cheerson CX-20 review has to offer:

Cheerson CX-20 Quadcopter Review: All Features

  • 300 Meter Control Distance / 300 Meter Altitude Ability – 300 meters is a respectable distance and altitude for a quadcopter. Competing models, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, have a 500-700 meter control distance, which is further than the Cheerson CX-20, but you have to take into consideration that the Cheerson CX-20 only costs 1/3 what the DJI Phantom does.
  • 15 Minute Flight Time / 2 Hour 2700mah 20C 3c Battery Charging Time – A total of 15 minutes of flight time (according to each battery charge) is right on par with other full size drones, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ (15 minutes flight time), but in a price comparison, the Cheerson CX-20 is much more affordable and a better “bang for your buck”.

    Couple this with the fact that the 2700mah 20C 3c battery only takes 2 hours to charge, and you can have all day fun if you’ve got a multi-port charger and multiple batteries to work with.

  • 22 MPH Max Flight Speed – 22 MPH is quite fast, especially to the naked eye. The Parrot Bebop flies at about 31 MPH, to give you a comparison regarding drones in the same class as this Cheerson CX-20 we’re reviewing.
  • Return To Home Function – Like most full-size quadcopter drones, the Cheerson CX-20 is designed to automatically return to its original take off position through simply pressing a button on the controller. This easily prevents any crashes that could be caused by beginners who don’t know how to land their quadcopter like an expert yet.
  • Fixed Position Hover, Altitude Hold, Auto Landing Failsafe – The Cheerson CX-20 has the ability to hover in a fixed position with the flick of a switch, maintain a steady altitude to make video recording easier, and when the battery gets low, it will automatically land, in order to prevent a spent battery crash.
  • GoPro Camera Compatible – Hooking a GoPro camera up to the base of the Cheerson CX-20 allows you to capture stunning video and audio files you can upload to the Internet or save on your PC/smartphone. There’s multiple GoPro camera options you can choose from, but there’s not a GoPro camera included in the box, as it’s sold separately.
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) – In case your CX-20 goes into a spin, you don’t have to worry about losing control of it. Through the Intelligent Orientation Control system, the CX-20 will always propel itself in the direction you push the controls. This makes it easy to recover from a spin and set the CX-20 straight again.
  • LED Light System – Under each arm of the Cheerson CX-20, there’s a powerful LED light that alerts you to which way the quadcopter is pointing. So, in total, there’s 4 bright LED lights to make the CX-20 visible at night and guide your way.

Final Notes and Ideas On The Cheerson CX-20 Review

As stated earlier in our Cheerson CX-20 review, it has everything you could want in a full size drone with a cheaper price tag than every one of the competing drones in its class. Take a look at this price comparison chart to see just how much more affordable the Cheerson CX-20 really is:

Parrot Bebop: $500
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+: $1,169
3DR IRIS+: $725
Blade 350 QX: $470

Cheerson CX-20: $359

Note: Prices may change. These were the prices at the time of this Cheerson CX-20 review.

So, as you can see, the Cheerson CX-20 is the most cost effective option. Do the job of comparing features to price with other drones you’re considering, and that will make it easier to come to a final decision, as to whether or not the CX-20 is actually a good option for you.

A really cool quadcopter activity is to hook up laser pointers to the base. You can rig the laser pointers up to be constantly on. Finding a way to keep the laser pointer button pressed down, as well as a way to release it when you land (to conserve batteries, safety, etc), is your job to figure out.

Also, you could find a way to drop glitter from the Cheerson CX-20 and really put on a fantastic show for your friends. You’re limited only by your imagination when it comes to creative ideas on how to have fun with your Cheerson CX-20 quadcopter.

Feel free to comment if you own one of this drones or if you have any comments about the Cheerson CX-20 review.

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18 Comments
  1. Reply
    Carter August 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    The Cx-20 is just as you explained it. All you need to remember if you own one is to calibrate the electric compas so that is doesn’t crash and you are in good condition. The drone is not a toy in my eyes and is a very good option if you are looking for a line of sight quad. For filming purposes it is just as great as the phantom ( with the acception of a little more shakiness).

    • Reply
      Drone Examiner August 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks for the tips, and I completely agree with you Carter. The Cheerson CX-20 it’s a really good quad.

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    Patrick August 6, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Gustavo hi my I’m trying to figure out what would be the best drone for me. I have been reading your reviews and have a very straight forward question for you. I want a drone that I can program in a path or coordinates and have it fly by itself via GPS or whatever tracking that are out there could you please tell me the best drone for the least amount of money that would accomplish my tasks… thank in advance for your time and knowledge

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      Drone Examiner August 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      The 3DR Solo drone would be your best bet. Not sure what’s your budget (the 3DR Solo is not exactly cheap), but that’s the drone that will do what you’re looking for.

  3. Reply
    Tom August 31, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Wanting to get into the drone world, was told that cheerson cx20 was a good starter model and you could buy it unassembled and put it together yourself, which as electronics technician I can do. Does anybody know of a kit model that is cheaper and where it might be sold? Thanks in advance and I love the website !

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    Tom September 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Patrick, the Cheerson CX-20 will actually let you program a flight path into it which it will follow without you having to use the controller using the Mission Planner software.

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    Buddy October 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    What type of motors doses have brushless?

  6. Reply
    Alex Echeverria October 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    This one can fly solo using APM mission planner and telemetry, as a french guy in YouTube shows. I am looking for same thing but there is no tutorial for autonomous flights with this drone.

  7. Reply
    Buddy Mobious October 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Can you get an altimeter for the cheersson cx22?What Quadcopters do have an alitimeters on board?

  8. Reply
    james wooten November 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    i have just ordered a new cheerson cx20 hope it is as good as stated it hasnt came in yet and additional hints would be nice. i started on toy quads so this is a up grade for me

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    Asher Volkens December 2, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Hi,
    What’s a good camera and kit to put on this? Also I would like to include fpv as well. Great site and thank you.

  10. Reply
    Robert Chapman December 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I just received a Cheerson CX-20 for Christmas, Did everything the directions told me too, even though they are very Vague……Even Calibrated the compass, only to have it fly off and get lost with my 399.00 GoPro hooked up to it, RTH button did not work, I’m still searching for it tomorrow, but have NO idea how far it may have flown, I’m not the first to lose one this way So far I’m 3rd to have posted it to the internet…., The DIrection are horrible and hard to understand.

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    Ralph February 3, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Does the CX-20 need compass calibration every time it’s operated. For example if it was calibrated properly one day and then taken to the same exact location as the previous day it was calibrated, does it need to be calibrated again?

  12. Reply
    Bill Alexander July 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I own a Phantom 3 and Im constantly having it repaired due to “unfortunate mishaps”. I want a GPS Drone to practice with. Is the CX-20 suitable for this purpose? If not what would be a good practice brand/model?

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    victor dass October 20, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Dear I wish to own a CX-20 even if. It means a fairly use.. how much will it go for

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    Kurt Phillips May 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I liked this drone so much I bought another one. If you want to program the GPS make sure you buy the version/model “open source”. You use Mission Planner software which is free all over the internet. There’s are a couple of things that were not mentioned. You can buy much bigger batteries. It comes with a 2700mah but I use 5600mah which last much longer. Also it uses machine screws on the body. They put little brass inserts into the plastic so after a few times you take it apart you will not strip the screws. Parts are easy to come by. The parts most likely to break are the landing gear. I used plastic coat hangers and zip ties to reinforce and they work great. If you do break the landing gear they are very cheap and easy to replace.

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    H. Anderson July 14, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Purchased the CX 20 and flew it a couple of times. The quad does not perform out of the box as advertised. Initial flight the quad would tilt forward and to the side on take off even after following calibration instructions. Lastly while in GPS mode quad took off on its own even after calibration. I recommend not to buy.

  16. Reply
    JTravis December 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    You review is good. I have owned a CX 20 for 2 years. It is a little annoying to have to calibrate each time (for each different location) and you are correct that it takes some time to learn to fly. My question is – Is there a IPhone interface for the CX 20? Line of sight is ok but would love to see where I am flying. Or if not I-phone a reasonably priced display? Thanks

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