Flips and Rolls
6 Min Flight Time
Fun to Fly
Syma X5C-1 Quadcopter
- Small and easy to fly
- Very stable quadcopter
- Very agile
- Fun to fly
- Short flight times
- Transmitter control range is on the short side
- Flight times are short
- Camera not impressive
This is an amazing little quadcopter that has fantastic flight performance, given its price point. This flies well both indoors, and outdoors. You can fly this in moderate winds, but obviously come in for a landing when the winds speed picks up. It is a smaller quadcopter, and makes for a very good trainer.
This quadcopter is very durable and capable of withstanding repeated crashes. You may find that your dog loves to chase after this quadcopter. It can withstand several successful dog captures, and a few bites from your pooch.
What Is In The Box
- 1 x Syma X5C Drone
- 4 x Spare propellors
- 4 x Prop guards
- 1 x 2.4 GHz controller
- 1 x Instruction manual
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x USB Battery Charger
- 1 x Battery
- 1 x 2GB Mico SD card
Battery and Flight Time
The batter takes about 100 minutes to charge, and you will get 7 minutes of flight time. There is a light on the charger that will turn off to indicate that the battery is fully charged.
The camera is nothing to get excited about. It has 720p resolution, and records directly to the SD card. To take a picture, you press a button. To start and stop the video, you long press the same button. Different models have different buttons on the controller that do this, so check your instruction manual.
The quality of the video is surprisingly decent. Of course, it is not comparable to a GoPro camera, but for the low cost of this drone, you can get a feel for taking aerial videos. The camera is removable, so can save a bit of weight by removing it. You may want to modify the camera look angle to be slightly downwards.
Be aware that having the camera will reduce the flight time from one battery charge.
The controller takes typical 4 x AA batteries, and operates on the typical 2.4 GHz frequency.
To establish a proper link between the controller and quadcopter, you first switch on the control, and then turn on the quadcopter. Never, ever turn on the quadcopter first, and make sure throttle stick is not up. The lights will start randomly flashing, and will settle to a steady flash pattern. When this happens, move the throttle up, and then down. The lights will stop blinking, and stay on indicating that the quadcopter and controller are connected.
The quadcopter has a low rate which is great for flying indoors and tight spaces. The high rate opens up the agility and speed of the quadcopter and is amazing for outdoors. The screen will let you know which mode you are in.
This quadcopter flies very smoothly, and is very responsive to commands from the controller. Once you have it trimmed, it is very easy to keep quadcopter stable. This quadcopter has great maneuverability, and has no problem making decent bank turns.
A typical problem that quadcopters of comparable size have, is when you reduce the throttle, and the drone begins to descend, if you suddenly hit the throttle in an attempt to recover altitude, the drone often wobbles, and still crashes. This quadcopter does not suffer from this deficiency. The drone is very responsive to throttle commands.
The prop guards do add a bit of weight. They are good for indoor flying when you are first starting out, but you can eventually remove them once you gain some more experience.
Syma X5C-1 Review Summary
This quadcopter is a lot of fun for beginners, and for intermediate flyers. Advanced pilots will love this also, since they can fly this drone hard, knowing that it won’t break.
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