The Syma X5C is an excellent quadcopter that comes with a variety of awesome features.
For one, it offers a flight time of about 7 minutes, which is pretty good. Granted, this can be higher or lower depending on how aggressively you fly your drone.
Overall, the drone is easy to handle, comes with a camera, and is even capable of performing flips.
The camera quality isn’t HD by any means, but it’s still pretty decent for its price tag. In this review, we’re going to show you everything there is to know about this beginner quadcopter.
Syma X5C Review - Speed and Agility
We’ll start by talking about the X5C’s speed and agility. This quadcopter can zip through the air with ease.
Not only are the controls super-responsive, but you’ll also be able to perform 360-degree flips at the push of a button.
With that said, maneuvering the Syma X5C can be difficult in windy conditions, which is something to think about before buying.
No Syma X5C review would be complete without talking about the drone’s size. Specifically, this beginner quadcopter weighs a mere 2 pounds.
Due to its lightweight design, it’s recommended that you don’t fly in conditions in which wind gusts are higher than 20 MPH. Overall, the X5C handles and stabilizes well.
Whether you’re a beginner or expert flyer, being able to control your drone with a high degree of precision is important, and that’s exactly what the X5C offers. Let’s continue this review to talk about the drone’s camera.
Since the X5C costs a fair amount, it’s difficult to make any complaints about its camera.
It’s not HD quality, but it’s not terrible either. The drone offers 1280 x 720 recording capabilities at 30 frames per second.
To give you a perspective of what those numbers mean, here’s some aerial footage captured by this drone:
As you can see, the footage is fairly decent. You can easily make out landmarks, homes, and even people with this drone’s camera.
I also wanted to mention in this Syma X5C review that if you want a drone with greater recording capabilities, check out the DJI Phantom 3.
Warning: This drone does NOT allow you to record via FPV (first person viewing). It still records aerial footage, but you won’t be able to see what the drone sees in real time.
To access this feature at an affordable price, we recommend the Syma X5SW, which is a close cousin to the X5C.
Transmitter and Remote Distance
As you can see from the image, the drone’s transmitter is quite basic: There are two joysticks- one for the throttle and the other for directional control- and an LCD display that will give you information about your flight.
Expect a remote distance of about 50 meters for the X5C. If you try flying further than that then the signal will become significantly weaker.
Also know that the drone’s transmitter operates off of AA batteries which are not included in the box. From an ergonomic standpoint, the transmitter will fit nicely in your hands, which will allow you to maximize your control over the drone.
The drone itself is super-responsive to the transmitter’s controls. The instant you hit a specific direction on your transmitter, the drone will zip in that direction.
Design and Build
Next, we’re going to talk about the drone’s design and build. In short, it can take a beating. This is great for a beginner who is expected to crash a lot.
Another great thing about the drone’s design is that it’s easy to swap out parts that are broken.
I also like the fact that this beginner quadcopter comes with prop guards (the things that protect your propellers). While prop guards reduce flight time by a small degree, they do an excellent job at preserving your props. I’ve crashed my X5C into:
Surprisingly, it still works perfectly. In fact, the only thing I’ve needed to replace since owning this drone were the props.
Finally, due to the drone’s lightweight design, when it crashes to the ground the impact isn’t that strong. I give this quadcopter an A+ for design and build.
Now let’s spend some time in this review talking about the drone’s flight time.
This drone gets a flight time of about 7 minutes.
From personal experience, I can vouch for this flight time.
If you like to fly aggressively (e.g. changing directions quickly, flying fast, etc.) then your flight time is obviously going to be lower. Also know that if you’re recording then you’ll also experience shorter flight time.
It’s recommended that if you’re not recording that you remove the X5C’s camera altogether to eliminate the extra weight (and thus fly longer). Finally, windier conditions will also take away from your flight time.
Other Things to Know
As I’m writing this review, the Syma X5C is being flown by thousands of people all around the world.
That says a lot about whether or not it’s a good buy. Another thing I want to touch on is the drone’s size. The X5C looks bigger in picture than it is in real life. Personally, I pictured it to be quite large but in reality, it was fairly small.
When you buy the drone on Amazon, you’ll get a transmitter, a manual, extra propellers, prop guards, and an SD disc that will allow you to upload your footage onto your computer. Overall, I think users will be very satisfied with this quadcopter.
A Quality Beginner Quadcopter That Won’t Break the Bank
To wrap up this Syma X5C review, this is a drone that won’t break the bank while allowing you to have tons of fun in the process. I like the fact that this drone is durable (after all, beginners are going to do a lot of crashing).
For the price, you can’t complain. I recommend starting out with this drone before moving up to more expensive models.
It’s much better to crash the Syma X5C than say, the DJI Phantom 3. And be sure to buy extra batteries so that you can stay in the air longer. Good luck and fly safe.