Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter Review

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The Syma X5C is a very affordable quadcopter that is great for beginners and intermediate flyers

 

 

PROS:
  • Anti-collision blade guards
  • 6-axis gyro stabilizer
  • HD camera for video/photos
  • Performs 360 degree eversion flips
  • Agile and fast

CONS:
  • Long battery recharge time
  • No GPS tracking
  • Blade guards add extra weight
  • Motors are noisy
  • LED lights deplete the battery life
  • No APV indicator light on LCD screen

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Syma X5C Explorers Full Review

The Syma X5C Explorers is the latest quadcopter in the aerial photography and video (APV) line of drones. It is rated to be a geared towards beginners since it’s easy to fly and the remote control transmitter is user-friendly.

The entire package includes the aircraft, the transmitter, USB cable, AC adapter, 2GB SD card, USB memory stick, extra set of propellers, and a user manual.

The drone comes completely assembled, so it’s ready to go right out of the box. A screwdriver is included, but its purpose is for installing any replacement parts you may need later on.

Although this model comes equipped with a camera, there is also the option to purchase it without the camera.

Design and Specifications

It measures 12 inches long, 12 inches wide, and three inches in height. It weighs about two pounds. There are four motors that each operate a single blade propeller. These extra blades give it more speed for flight, agility to do flips, and strength to carry the camera as well as provide extra stability during the flight.

Under each propeller arm is an LED light. The two forward motor arms have orange lights while the two rear arms have green lights. This is highly desirable in a quadcopter especially if you decide to go for a night flight. They automatically turn on when the aircraft is started. They cannot be turned off by the pilot at any time, and this can drain the battery slightly.

The drone body and blades are all white. This makes tracking it somewhat difficult at a distance in the daylight since the LED lights are not very visible. This could be remedied by applying a piece of colored tape or marking it with a black felt-tip marker to indicate the location of the forward motors.

An extra layer of protection is provided for the blades via a guard cage. Each propeller has a highly flexible plastic guard cage installed on the outer edge. The quad comes with them already installed, and they are removable.

High Definition (HD) Camera

The Syma X5C is equipped with an HD camera that captures videos and photos. The SD camera card allows videos and photos to be stored during flight. Then you can easily transfer the card to your home computer. The picture resolution is set at 1280 x 720, and video capability is 30 frames per second (FPS).

The camera is in a fixed position and attached to the underside of the quadcopter. It can’t move up or down, but that is typical for drones in this price range. It can be removed by using the screwdriver that is included which makes replacing it easy.
When your flight is over, you can download the contents of the SD card to your computer. The video can be frozen so you can steal a snapshot out of it.

Flight Time and Battery Life

With a fully charged battery, the average flight time is six to 10 minutes. When the battery needs recharging, just plug it into the USB port of your home computer. It takes approximately 100 minutes – roughly a little over an hour and a half – to recharge from ground zero according to the manufacturer.

The X5C Explorers uses a 3.7v 500mAh lithium battery that has been proven to hold a charge well. Depending on how hard you fly, the battery life can last up to 10 minutes.

The quad comes with only one battery. If you’re an avid flyer or mildly addicted to your drone, a spare battery can be purchased separately and is highly recommended for uninterrupted flying.

The Remote Control

The transmitter is used to control the quad using a 2.4GHz 4-channel frequency using spread spectrum technology. This gives the pilot a wider flying range. In this case, the transmitter can stay in contact with the drone up to 100 to 150 feet (30 to 50 meters). It takes four AA batteries which are not included.

The controls react very quickly to the pilot which makes for some agile maneuverability. There is almost no lag between hitting a control and the quadcopter reacting.

It has an anti-interference capability that helps to block out other devices in the immediate area. It’s also designed to be power efficient so it doesn’t drain the batteries as quickly as other remotes may. With the flip of a switch, you can change it to allow for either right- or left-handed throttling. Quite a perk if you’re a lefty.

There are two sticks on the transmitter. All videos and still frame photos are taken by using the stick on the left hand side while the stick on the right is used for directing the flight. Push the left stick upwards to capture a still photo, then push it down to begin video recording. A red indicator light will blink once for a photo and continuous blinking means recording.

The LCD screen is used to show you exactly what the drone sees when you are recording or taking stills. It is located on the bottom section of the transmitter in between the two joysticks. However, there is no indicator light that alerts you to when you are in record/photo mode. You just push the button and take it on faith that you’re recording.

Regular and Advanced Flight Modes

Regular flight mode is the default so no need to try to set it up. This is what a beginner would use to ease into getting used to the controls and capabilities of the aircraft. Flight is slower and easier in this mode until you feel comfortable enough to move to expert.

Expert mode is activated by pushing the button in the top left-hand corner of the transmitter which will beep twice. The flight speed is faster, and the controls respond quicker for faster turns and flips. Removing the blade guards in this mode will increase the speed even more.

It can fly forward and backward, turn left and right, hover in place, and of course it can flip. One of the best things to do with your drone is to flip it in midair. During a flip, the X5C loses very little, if any, altitude. The X5C can perform 360 degree eversion flips during flight and if you’re flying at night, and the LED lights are on, a flip looks pretty cool.

While it can be flown indoors, it is recommended for outdoor flights due to its size and noise of the motors. The less barriers that surround the drone, the less prone it is to crash into something. It is capable of remaining stable during a light breeze, so flying it outside in windy conditions can be rather fun.

If you do fly it outside in the wind, you may want to switch to expert mode. This gives it more stability so you can maintain better control of it. It handles pretty well in winds up to 10 mph before the stability gets shaky.

Since this model can be purchased without the camera, no camera means it flies much faster and is more agile due to less weight.

No Tracking System

The Syma X5C has a lot to offer, but one thing it does not have is a global positioning system (GPS). There is no way to track the quad other than a direct line of sight. If you fly it too high or too far away, the wind may catch it, and then it could be gone for good.

Be careful flying it over water or at a distance because it does not have a low battery feature. When the battery gets low, you won’t know it. It will simply lose power, and land where it is.

PROS:
  • Anti-collision blade guards
  • 6-axis gyro stabilizer
  • HD camera for video/photos
  • Performs 360 degree eversion flips
  • Agile and fast

CONS:
  • Long battery recharge time
  • No GPS tracking
  • Blade guards add extra weight
  • Motors are noisy
  • LED lights deplete the battery life
  • No APV indicator light on LCD screen

Syma X5C : Conclusion

The Syma X5C is an affordable quadcopter that is great for beginners and intermediate flyers. It’s easy to use and comes ready to fly. It has significant flight stability, a decent HD camera, and a durable design. For a fully assembled APV drone with a camera and spare parts included, this is a pretty good toy for the price.

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