Syma X5C Review

The Syma X5C Explorers is a well built, great looking quad for those who prefer a professional-looking quadcopter. The quad is 6-axisstabilized (3 gyros and 3 accelerometers), which grants it a smooth flight. The range is quoted as 50 meters, however you will be fly to a larger distance without losing contact (more on this later). It can fly just as high too.

The quad can do flips at a press of a button, and is very stable in the air,so you will not have to boss it around just to keep it planted.

The Syma X5C comes with prop guards and a solid plastic shell which makes it pretty well protected from crashes. It’s also said to be water resistant, but it’s better to stay safe, so keep it away from ponds and the rain. Spare props are included in the box too, depending on the seller, for example this one has them.This set comes is almost ready to fly, all you need are 4xAA batteries for the transmitter.

Weighing around 102 grams it’s not a small toy quad, which makes it ideal for outdoor flight. Fortunately indoor flying is a possibility too. Still,weighing less than 250 grams you will not have to register this quad with the FAA.

Spare parts are available, there are even pre-packaged quads with the parts included for example this nice box, which includes additional batteries, MicroSD card, and propellers. Crash sets, replacement motors and upgraded batteries are available too.

Being larger than average (the quad is 31.5×31.5×7.5 cm), it can lift quite a few grams of weight, so you can safely attach small objects to it. To lift even more, you can remove the camera. However it will not be able to lift a GoPro.

Wind resistance is good too, so small gusts will not take it away.

Indoor flight is a possibility too, though it’s a bit large for that, so leave indoor flight for later, once you are accustomed to the controls.

Being a large quad it’s a bit less nimble than it’s smaller counterparts,however it’s still wicked fast.

Being simple as it is, this quad does not support headless mode, return home function, or automatic landing. Still, being priced between 30 to 60 USD this quad is great value for the money. It has landing skids, so it will not get damaged if you happen to land it hard, and holds it’s position nicely in the air.

The box is 51.5 x 29.5 x 7.5cm and weighs 2 pounds, which is good to know if you want to take it with you on a holiday.

The quad has bright LEDs which make night flight great fun, and make daytime orientation easier too.

The video

on the quad is HD quality, that is 1280×720 pixel resolution with a 30 frame per second framerate.

The camera records to the on board microSD card which comes with the quad.The microSD card is enough for a dozen of flights, so you it’s enough even if you buy a bunch of batteries to enjoy the flying.

The quad is non-FPV, so you do not get a live video feed from it.

The video quality is as good as you can expect from such a cam. Stable, low speed flying can improve it a lot.

Audio is recorded too, some post processing is required though due to the noise from the propellers. For example Audacity is a great tool for such work.

Video recording and taking photos can be triggered from the transmitter,which is a plus compared to simple models where you have to push the buttons on the quad itself.

The videos are in AVI format, and most video player will play it without any problems. Just make sure you stop the video recording before turning off the quad and removing the microSD card for viewing, otherwise the files will get damaged.

The camera is fixed, so you will not be able to rotate it around, but is removable for improved flight performance.

The battery

is a 3.7V 500mAh LiPO one, which grants the quad a 6-9 minute flight time, (4 to 7 minutes if the camera is recording). Charge time is up to 100 minutes, so getting multiple batteries is a great idea.This pack will give your quad an even longer flight time, and includes a charger too.

The battery uses a JST plug which standard for quads nowadays, so it’s really easy to find compatible chargers.

The factory charger is USB based, so you will need an USB port for charging(iPhone wall charger works too). Just plug the battery in the charger, and the charger into the USB port and wait for the LED to turn off.

The quad has low-voltage cutoff to protect the battery: it’s LED will start blinking once the battery is getting low, and you will have a few seconds to land safely.

The transmitter

uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, so you will be able fly with other quads together. The range is50 meters, which is larger than the average. You may even find that the real range is 100 meters larger, just make sure you test it out close to the ground. If the quad goes out of range or the transmitter gets turned off it will simply drop from the air, just like the others.

The quad can be bound to other transmitters too, so you can use your own if you already have one.

Getting the quad without a transmitter is possible too.

Mode switching

is really easy: turn off the remote, pull the trim switch bellow the right stick to the right and turn on the remote.This will toggle between mode 1 and mode 2; the LCD will show the new mode.

Binding the quad and the Tx

is simple too:

  • Turn on the quad, the LEDs will start flashing.
  • Move the transmitter’s throttle to the lowest position and turn it on.
  • Move the throttle to the max position, then to the lowest again. You will hear two beeps, once when the throttle is pushed to the max, once when it’s down.
  • The Tx and the quad are now bound, you can start flying!

Great quad for outdoor flight with above average range, and looks good too.

You may want to check out the Syma X5SCtoo, which is an upgraded version of the X5C. The Syma X11 is worth a look too if you prefer smaller quadcopters. RCGroups features a detailed review of the X5C too.

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