Syma Toys Industrial Company Ltd, to give it its full title, is another Chinese company that designs, manufactures, and trades its RC toys throughout the world. It’s product range includes about fourteen helicopters and fifteen quadcopters. They have obviously targeted the less expensive price bracket and many of their models can be bought for under £100. Syma toys are about having fun with flying and basic aerial filming.
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00L54Y4X4″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]Syma x5C[/easyazon_link] ships with the following:
- 1 x SYMA X5C Quadcopter with 2MP HD Camera
- 1 x Transmitter
- 1 x 3.7V 500mAh Li-poly Battery
- 4 x Blades
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x USB Charger
So you’ll have everything you need to get started. However, with a battery life of only about seven minutes you’re probably going to want to buy some spare batteries right from the start. Seven minutes can pass quickly and although the battery can be recharged using the supplied charger plugged into any USB port, it will 100 minutes to do so. 1.75 hours between flights of just seven minutes? Best buy some [easyazon_link identifier=”B00L81UFJQ” locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]spare batteries[/easyazon_link]!
Syma X5C Review – Flight Time
The first thing you may notice about this quadcopter is that it is very light, barely 100gms with every accessory fitted. While this may extend the flight time it does mean that it is not very flight efficient in anything stronger than a gentle breeze. In fact, totally still air is preferable.
You can fly the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00L54Y4X4″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]Syma x5C[/easyazon_link] in two configurations:
- Without accessories fitted – for more sport flying, maneuverability and slightly longer flight time. This will give you the maximum flight time depending on how you fly and the conditions at the time.
- With accessories fitted – for amateur aerial filming and capturing still images onto a 2GB memory card (supplied)
The accessories are the prop guards, landing gear, and camera. Adding all of these adds to the overall weight, affects the flight characteristics, and reduces flight time, but they all have their obvious advantages when fitted.
Syma X5C Remote Controller
The 2.4Ghz controller, providing control through six axes, is easy to use with a little practice. The button on the top right is used to capture single images with one push, or to start filming with push & hold. When the camera is removed this same button is used to flip the quadcopter through 360 degrees. The left hand button is the high/low speed switch.
The controller also includes trim buttons for fine tuning and more accurate flying, and it will give you a control range of up to about 30 metres.
Tip: For your first flight, test stability indoors. Fit the prop guards, landing gear, and camera first and fly some gentle manoeuvres to see how it performs in zero wind. You can also test the effectiveness of the prop guards against solid objects, but be gentle! There’s no need to fly at speed in a confined space.
Syma X5C Camera
The camera is fixed to the body of the drone and is easily detached. It’s a 2MP camera that can record 720fps video. It’s not the best camera by any means, but for the price it’s a fair compromise. You don’t buy the Syma X5C for professional grade photography. This quadcopter is designed for fun, practice, and as an entry level drone for those who might want to eventually graduate to something like a DJI Phantom.
The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00L54Y4X4″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]Syma x5C[/easyazon_link] is a fun, affordable, light quadcopter that would suit anyone who wants to play, develop skills, practice basic aerial photography, and otherwise enjoy flying drones. It’s a good choice at a fair price.