|Overall rating 3.8 / 5|
If you’re looking for a DJI drone-like design for a small budget, the Symy X5C drone is for you. It is 8 cm high, about 31 cm wide and 31 cm long. From a purely visual point of view, it belongs to the medium-sized models.
The drone only costs around € 50 and offers you a lot of fun flying for a fraction of the cost.
The manufacturer Syma Toys is located in China and is not well known to us. Syma has developed more and more helicopter models and has now entered the drone market as well.
The Syma X5C is very similar to the Dji Phantom 3 drone. The low price and fairly stable flight characteristics make the X5C a beginner-friendly flying model.
We recommend that every beginner should first fly outdoors in a large field or other large area. You can comfortably fly the drone through the apartment, rotor protection is also available, but if someone is completely unfamiliar with Dohne’s controls, a collision can happen indoors faster than an expensive one!
Another thing that makes the drone special is that it can flip and flip, which is a lot of fun!
scope of delivery
The scope of supply is relatively manageable. Everything is well packed, so nothing will break during transportation.
The following elements are included:
- Syma X5C drone
- Remote control without batteries
- HD camera
- Adapter or charger
Drone Syma X5C: technical details
Speaking of technical details, you have to keep in mind that the drone only costs around € 50 and is therefore hardly comparable to other flight models!
And that brings us to one thing we didn’t really like: the flight time is only about 8 minutes!
Syma X5C fully charges in 60 minutes and then flies in just 8 minutes! This is actually a joke. But for this price and all the other technical improvements, everything is fine!
Because the battery is replaceable. Just add a few more to it. Batteries don’t cost too much, so you can extend the flight time as you see fit by stopping and changing the battery from time to time! The drone will also promptly warn you when the battery is nearing its end.
You can buy 5 Syma X5C batteries, each 1200 mAh, for only 20-30 euros. Only 5 pieces! You can fly it for half an hour.
The Syma X5C has an HD camera that only has 2MP, which is really annoying, but having a camera on a drone at this price is really rare, so it’s a high level claim! And yet it should be noted: photos and videos are not very high quality!
What is also clear in the price segment: the Syma X5C quadcopter does not have a gimbal system. Thus, the camera is firmly attached to the drone and, unfortunately, does not counterbalance movements or changes in position in the air due to gusts of wind. The picture always wobbles a little when recording a video.
However, the drone itself has a 6-axis stabilization system. This makes it easier for newbies as they do not need to manually balance the drone, this is done completely automatically. The Syma X5C flies fairly safely with this system.
What’s a little annoying is that the drone with propellers is a little clumsy in the air than without them. Therefore, if you are traveling outdoors where there are no obstacles to flight, we recommend that you remove the propeller guard.
A range of about 90 meters is quite affordable and especially good for beginners. However, if you are a little ahead, you will want to fly a little further. To do this, you have to dig in your pocket and buy one of the DJI models or a Parrot drone. We especially love the DJI Mavic, Phantom 4, and also the Parrot Bebop 2.
Again, a brief overview of all technical data:
- Dimensions: 31cm x 31cm x 8cm
- Weight: about 100g
- Camera: HD with 2 MP
- Media: SD card 2 GB
- Remote control: 2.4GHz – no smartphone required
- Range: about 90 meters
- Battery: Lipo 3.7 Volt 500mAh
- Charging time: 60 minutes
- Flight time: 8 min.
Syma X5C remote control
For remote control of Syma X5C, you do not need an additional application, smartphone or other device to control the drone!
It is controlled by a conventional 2.4GHz radio control with a small built-in display. However, this is not a color display that is suitable for FPV flying, but a display for specific control settings and battery charge status!
The remote control is convenient and very easy to use. With the left stick you control the drone in height and rotation around its own axis. Move the right joystick in a plane, i.e. forward, backward and sideways.
Syma X5C camera
As already mentioned, the drone has a 2 MP HD camera. She can use it for photos and videos. The data is saved on an SD card, which you can simply insert into the drone.
Unfortunately, you cannot stream real-time flight recordings to your screen or your smartphone. Thus, flying in FPV mode with the Syma X5C is not possible. Still, the recording quality is good for beginners, but of course it could be much better, but for a 50 Euro drone, this is a very good performance.
Syma X5C in flight
Weighing only around 100g, the Syma X5C is somewhat wind-susceptible. If the wind is very strong, you may want to fly indoors rather than outdoors!
The rest of the Syma X5C flies very calmly and calmly through the air. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any safety features like obstacle detection or return-to-home functions like the DJI Mavic Pro!
What we really like is the LED lighting. This makes it easier for beginners to see the drone in the air.
Conclusion on Syma X5C
For just € 50, you get a really beginner-friendly drone with great features like photo and video shooting and 3D flips.
Experienced pilots will have less fun with this flying model. The Syma X5C looks more like a toy if you’re used to larger drones, and a short distance of around 90 meters will do the rest.
Nevertheless, you can get a drone with a camera here for such little money. If you’ve never piloted a drone, you can try it with this model without serious financial risks.
Flying in a small drone seems quite safe, but you will have to land again in stronger gusts of wind.
When purchasing the Syma X5C, keep in mind that it makes sense to buy additional batteries as the flight time with the factory battery is only about 8 minutes. With a battery with a larger charge capacity, the flight time can be extended. For example, with a 750mAh Lipo S1 battery, you can fly on a single charge for about 11 minutes instead of 6.
The drone can be controlled in 2 different flight modes:
- L mode (suitable for beginners)
- H mode (for advanced users)
We recommend that everyone fly in L mode first to become familiar with the drone and its flight behavior. In L mode, the drone is slightly slower and slower. This is good, because quick control commands can be fatal if you don’t know what you are doing.
The chassis and rotor guards are removable, making the Syma X5C even faster and more agile in the air. It is agile and agile because it is so lightweight.
What we also like is the positioners, which provide enough light even at dusk to start flying in the evening.
Overall, the Syma X5C drone is a very inexpensive aircraft
that we can recommend to every beginner, but less suitable for professionals! Still a great entry-level model!