Being a competent rc Heli flyer I was keen to see what these drones could do, after taking delivery of the Syma X5C-1 I am amazed at how well it flies. Would recommend this to everyone. Shows what can be done and for very little cost.
My second quadcopter after a Husban X4 mini, wanted to learn how to fly bigger and better Quads and this one ticks all the boxes, it's not racer and never will be, but that's not who this quad is made for, its made for beginners, just like me. I have crashed this so many times, the prop guards get damaged but some tape sorts that out, flight time isn't that long, but take the camera off the bottom and its better, the camera works, but that's about the best can be said for it, mine is now tucked away in the spare bits n bobs draw.
If you are looking for a first quad this is a great choice, it flies well and is very easy and stable, prefect for kids, if you don't want to spend a lot and want something that won't break in the first few days, you can fly it indoors if you have a large room, but it's not ideal, with the control on rate 1 its supper slow great for learning but not great if there is more than a slight breeze, press the button for rate 2 and things are much better but again, this thing is so light that it will get blown around a bit, so if you go up above your fence hieght early on, be prepared to go knocking on neighbours doors to get it back if you are flying in a small backyard.
Overall a great first choice just to play around with to see if flying quads is something you want to get into or not, parts are cheap and readily available on Amazon if you do break anything, but like I said I have crashed lots and lots of times and so far hot clue and tape are all the spares I have needed, the only thing you will need are extra batteries, I got 4 x 700mah ones with a charger that work well, with the camera removed it flies for about 10-12 minutes or so, less if you are giving it lots of juice.
Fantastic affordable introduction into Drone control. I bought this with the combination purchase and I am well impressed with the quality of all the products. This was a purchased prior to looking at the larger more expensive drones on the market and I have found it invaluable to learn to fly a smaller more challenging craft before progressing onwards and upwards. Lots of fun and great value.
As a first time drone buyer, I was aware this was recommended as an ideal starter drone. I can agree wholeheartedly with this, as with a little practice you can have a lot of fun with this. Theres also some room for learning the ropes with modding / repairs with cheap and easy to buy spare parts. The only issue I have had personally, was the pins that the camera connects to are a little easy to bend / snap. I have already replaced a motor after burning one out, and if you plan to do this yourself then be aware you will need a soldering iron. Don't let that put you off attempting a fix like that though, as in the long run you will get more out of it!
Flies very high! Can take quite a beating usually. Aerial acrobatics indoors not recommended! Don't forget to use the controller to tweak hovering for ease of use.
Brilliant quadcopter only limited by it's lightness so can be 'fun' to fly in gusty windy conditions. This is the updated version as previous people had asked.
Previously I owned the Q7 FY326 (which Amazon also sell) an the X5C-1 fly's more gentle compared to the cheaper knock off version. Camera is so so but not bad overall on a bright day.
The yaw and turns can be controlled nice and gently (compared to the FY326) so tracking shots with the camera can be smooth without jerking manoeuvres.
Don't bother with the 'Atdoshop New 4PC 3 Blade Propeller' as they are no real benefit to flying and make the battery life even less. Do buy more than one battery and if you can try getting an 850mah battery for over 7 minutes flying time (including camera use). Remember to fly in high mode if flying outside as this quadcopter is susceptible to winds and can easily be taken away by winds landing a lot further away than you would think.
As a noob to drone flying I thought I'd get this one to start me on my path of drone does and don'ts and I'm quite shocked that by the time I'd used 1 of the batteries I was hovering and manouvering it round my room (with a few bumps and scrapes) it seems resilient to me being an absolute beginner and nothings broken. Overall I'm happy with it till I'm brave enough to move up a step I haven't used the camera yet but I'm not expecting go pro standard
Had this for 2 weeks now and I am having so much fun with it. Easy to fly and once you get a feel for the controls you will be wanting to race it. Or just go fast Range is ok 100feet or so. Camera is good and quality of picture and videos is good. But I tend to fly it with minimal weight for more control and extended flight times.
I treated this drone like it was built to survive, and it is built to survive. Admitignly one of the engine cogs is broke and waiting of parts, but you can pick up replacement drone packs for about £8-15, but I have flown this hard, and it is a brilliant starter drone, for price,flight time and durability and controls.
I am now waiting of the Syma S5SW FPV, as I wanna move up to a diy racing drone. And these symas are the perfect.
And if you treat yours with more respect then mine, then no parts should break. I love extreme flying so i was bound to break a part or 2.
This drone is perfect for the price. It's got good thrust power, responds well to commands and controls are simple.
It's not your starter drone though, as you'll need some competency with controls. Anyone with controller skills from a playstation, xbox etc will fly this easily. Your grandparents will probably struggle though without some serious practice.
It does not have auto hover, return to user or any fancy stuff like that. You're expected to manually control things which is great if that's what you want. Even in the wind this sucker holds it's own and you can easily ascend to some pretty good heights, x3 house height easily.
So what's bad about it? Nothing major. The battery doesn't last long (about 10 mins fly time) but you can buy extras. The camera is low quality but still fun - don't expect any HD photos or video from this one. Tricks are limited and unless I haven't mastered this yet it won't fly round corners easily - more of a straight line drone.
For £24 you'll struggle to find a drone that matches this one in the same price bracket.
Some reviews may put you off this quadcopter.. Don't knock it till you've tried it! I was a little put off, but I'm glad I went with my gut instinct and not the reviews. This quad is ideal for first timers, The lights underneath aren't the brightest when it's up in the sky so I put some black tape on as a marker as to which way's forward as it's difficult to tell when 50-60ft up in the air - this is the only downside I've found. The batteries only give you about 10 minutes airtime so it would be beneficial to purchase 1 or 2 more. The camera is good quality for the price you pay, if you're wanting the one that connects to your phone, don't get this.
To me, you get what you pay for, this is excellent value for money in my eyes.