Syma X12 Nano Review

The Syma X12 Nano is a nano sized quadcopter, similar to the Cheerson CX-10 and the Estes 4606. It’s available in multiple colors, for example red, black and silver.

The quadcopter is well built, in fact it’s better than the average nano quadcopter: screws keep it together, so you won’t see those pesky clips break off. It does not have prop guards, however the motor holders serve as legs, so landing will be no problem.

The Syma X12 can do flips at the press of a button, has a 20 to 45 meters range,and can fly just as high too. The range is really good – you will probably lose sight of it before it flies out of range. High elevation is no problem for this quadcopter.

The X12 has multiple flight modes, which makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor flight, and beginner and expert pilots too.

In “high” mode the X12 flies aggressively, so it can cope with winds fairly well. It flies fast too, the bright LEDs will help you keep track of itwhile in the air. All in all the Syma X12 has 5 LEDs: one bright white LED looking forward, and two green LEDs looking upwards in the front, and two red ones looking up in the back.

Crash are not available, however replacement propellers, motors and chargers are available. The propellers can be simply popped of, and the new ones pushed (forced) on.

Being really tiny (4.5 cm X 4.5 cm, weight: 13 grams ) it can’t lift anything, however it’s a great flier and gives other nano quads a run for their money. FAA registration is not required for such small flying machines. Being small means it’s quiet too, so you will not wake up anybody with your night flights.

As the Syma X12 uses the 2.4Ghz technology, it will simply shut down once it gets out of range, so push it only above soft surfaces.

Being a simple nano quad, automated landing is not supported.

Shipping size is 22 X 4 X 10 cm, shipping weight is around 310 grams -taking it on a journey with you will easy. The box contains everything you need for flying (including replacement propellers), except for the 4xAA batteries for the transmitter.

The transmitter

is larger then the transmitter of the average nano quadcopter, so it won’t get lost in your hands. The Tx uses the interference-free 2.4Ghz technology, so you will be able to fly together your X12s with your friends.

Binding the Syma X12 quadcopter to other transmitters is not really possible at the moment. The Deviation firmware for the Walkera Devo transmitters is a DIY solution to this issue.

Mode switching is possible only between mode 2 and mode 4, to switch modes press the rightmost button under the right stick while powering on the transmitter. Mode 1 is not supported.

To bind the X12 and the transmitter all you have to do is switch on the quadcopter, set the throttle (left stick) down to the minimum, then switch on the transmitter and push the throttle stick up to the maximum and down to the minimum again.

The range of the Syma X12 is around 20 meters which is fairly good for such a tiny quad.

The battery

of the Syma X12 is a 100 mAh, 3.7 Volt Li-Po battery integrated into the quadcopter. As such replacing it requires soldering.Replacement batteries are available, and you can get replacement chargers easily too.

The Syma X12 has low voltage cutoff, the LEDs start blinking before the quad stops flying to save the battery.

Charging is simple: just plug the USB charger into an USB socket, connect the quadcopter, and wait for the charger’s LED to turn solid when charging is complete.

The charge time is around 40 minutes but can be shorter, and the flight time is 5 to 6minutes, both of which are respectable for such a small quad.

Our rating:

the X12 is probably the best nano quadcopter on the market today.


RCGroups has a long thread on theX12, and HeliFreak has a short overview.
If you like nano quadcopters, you will surely love the Estes 4606 and the Cheerson CX-10.

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