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Great and excellent service from seller
on 3 June 2014
Make sure you select the correct version the X5 is without camera and the X5C has it. I had to cancel my order so I could reorder the correct one, which the seller did almost immediately. It took less than a week to arrive from China. Good email communications from the seller as well whose English is very good.
After watching hours of YouTube movies of the Phantom series of quadcopters, I knew I had to get into this camera-toting, multi rotor thing. There are now a lot of reviews of the Syma X5 on the web as well and I am glad I chose it over the other low-cost alternatives.
It arrived complete with spare blades, screwdriver and a 2GB memory card and reader (useful on their own). Order spare batteries and charging cable/s at the same time or you will soon be frustrated waiting for the stock 500MAH Lipo cell to recharge. This takes about and hour and gives roughly 7 minutes of crash time. Expect to use the first few full charges to fine tune the controls.
Flying it is... extremely hard. It's worth watching some instruction movies on YouTube because unless you have experience, flying the Syma X5 is a real mind bender. At times you have to think backwards and upside down, which I can't yet. It's lucky the Syma is fairly robust, fitting the blade guards is an absolute must for beginners. I envy the skill of the pilots who make it all look so simple, making banked turns around their tiny living rooms. It is going to take me weeks or even months to become proficient enough to make it go roughly where I want it to.
As for the camera, I have disconnected it for the time being unless someone wants a movie showing different ways to crash every 10 seconds.