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Syma is one of the best brands of quadcopters in the world. What’s their number one seller? The Syma X5C Explorer’s Quadcopter. This model is the #1 best seller on Amazon with over 3, 000 user reviews and comes with a camera. For being priced so low (we’ll get to that later), we had to give this model a try for ourselves.
Let’s first take a look at this product’s features before moving onto our Syma X5C review.
Features at a Glance
- 360 roll
- 6-axis gyroscope
- Hover capability
- HD camera included
- 100x faster radio control
- Further remote distance with spectrum technology
- Modular design
- Indoor / outdoor flight
- 2 pounds in weight
- 50 meter remote distance (read more on this below)
Remote and Speed
The first noticeable technology was the remote. Users can change the remote with a flip of a switch to allow for left or right hand throttle. For lefties that often have to fly with their right throttle, this is a nice change.
The 2.4G remote control fits perfectly in the user’s hand, but the AA battery is not included, so make sure you have one available before attempting flight.
BTW, you should check out our great guide on extending the battery life of your drone here on Dronebly: 6 Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your Quadcopter
Syma boasted about their spectrum technology, allowing this remote to reach further than others on the market. The remote distance is slated to be a maximum of 50 meters, but this is way off.
When testing out this model, I was able to fly far over the 50 meter range and never had an issue. I dare say that I was able to go well over 100 meters without losing contact.
As for being faster than normal technology, the controls were superfast. The moment you hit the directional left, right or any other direction, the copter will react. Out of all models in this price range, I have never tried a remote with this much control.
You’ll be able to perform agile maneuvers that are normally impossible with a lower priced copter.
That leads right into our next section.
Syma – X5C Explorers – Review and Flight (Indoors and Outdoors) from Flyin’ Ryan
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Agility, Speed and Control
As we touched on just moments ago, this copter is very agile. You’ll even be able to perform full 360 degree flips with ease. Smaller in size, this copter zips through the air with relative ease, which allows you to quickly combat wind gusts or any obstacles in your way.
Hovering was surprisingly easy, which is hard to find even in mid-priced models.
The 6-axis controller helps stabilize the copter in low to moderate winds. Being just 2 pounds, you wouldn’t want to fly this model outside where a 20 mph wind gust or higher was the norm.
However, even in 10 mph winds, this model handled great without much stabilization needed on my part.
You can control this model:
- Up / down
- Left / right
- Forward / backward
- Leftward / rightward
Stability and speed are great for pilots of all ages. Some users even stated that the speed was a little fast for their kids, but we didn’t mind at all. Unfortunately, we don’t have any exact figures on how fast this model goes.
Video Test By User xtratalk1 (2:35 Minutes)
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Durable, Modular Design
Modular designs are ideal because you can swap out parts quickly and easily. For any beginner, this is great because you can be expected to crash a lot. Heck, even advanced pilots can crash and often do.
There are propeller guards included that will protect the propellers in the event you crash and burn. Advanced users will often leave these guards off to reduce the weight and increase flight time.
So, how did this model hold up after a crash?
I tested the Syma X5C’s durability by:
- Crashing it into the pavement.
- Getting it stuck in a tree.
- Accidently landing in a lake.
Luckily, the lake mishap was close enough to the edge of the water that I was able to retrieve my drone. I didn’t test it immediately and let it dry first. Sure enough, I was flying it hours later without any issues. Even after crashing into the pavement, the propellers and body didn’t break. I didn’t go a maximum height, but for such a small drone, I expected this model to crash and burn – it didn’t.
With a 7 minute battery flight time, you’ll have a lot of fun with this small drone. BTW, for great tips on flying your new drone, check out our guide here: How to Fly Your Quadcopter Like a Pro: 7 Important Tips
This is not a GoPro camera by any means. Heck, for under $60, what can you expect? This camera is still very good, and the company includes a 2 GB Micro SD card as well. You can check the card too. Some users state that test flight pictures from the factory were left on their cards.
The resolution of the pictures is set at 1280 x 720. Video capability is 30 frames per second, which is rather fast.
What Users Are Saying
Users are all very happy with this model. There have been over 3, 000 customer reviews on Amazon with everyone stating just how shocked they were with this quadcopter’s durability, speed and control.
There are two minor issues that people seem to stress concern with:
- Shipping: Many buyers had to wait weeks before their product was shipped. This was not our case at all, so the problem may have been rectified. It could be that the customers purchased when stock was limited or during the holiday season.
- Battery Life: You will never find a quadcopter where users do not complain about battery life. For a smaller model, the 7 minutes seemed fine to me. You can extend battery life by buying a replacement or upgrading battery, which is what I always recommend for avid pilots.
The Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter is the perfect model for beginners. This is not a Phantom and doesn’t claim to be, but at $58, you can’t ask for more. The advanced control technology ensures a further communication distance with the remote and a faster transmission of the signal for faster response time from your drone.
Hovering, durability and control in wind beat our expectations. There is a reason this model is a best seller and why so many people praise the Syma brand. This is a mid-range priced quadcopter offered at an entry-level price.
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