Review: Syma X5C Explorers 2.4 GHz 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter

Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter.
Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter.

The Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter is currently one of Amazon’s Top 10 Best Sellers and in this review I’ll discuss what impressed me about this fun to fly quad, but also what caused some disappointment. For around $60 this model is well worth the price considering all its features and great flying capabilities. It’s strictly an outdoor model due to it’s size of around 9 inches (prop to prop).

The challenge of flying a small, lightweight quad outdoors is the presence of wind. While most models can handle 5-10 mph breezes without too much trouble, any higher windspeed can cause you to lose control very quickly. I personally enjoy the “windsurfing” challenge that light breezes bring to the hobby. Flying the Syma X5C in light wind is a lot of fun and I found it to be quite capable of remaining stable in flight.


Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter w/ Camera

 Inside The Box

Syma X5C Explorers box contents.
Syma X5C Explorers box contents.
  •  Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter
  •  2.4 GHz 4-Channel Transmitter
  • (4) removable propeller guards
  •  (1) 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po Battery
  • USB battery charging cable with LED indicator
  • (1) extra set of propellers
  • (1) small screwdriver for propeller changes
  • USB memory stick for photo/video storage
  • 2 GB MicroSD card (installed)
  • Instruction Manual

The following video shows in detail what comes in the box.

 

Design Quality

Underside of Syma X5C Explorer.
Underside of Syma X5C Explorers.

The Syma To X5C design appears to be chasing the looks of the much pricier DJI Phantom quadcopter. The all-white body and propeller motif along with colored LED lights under the frame arms gives the impression of a well designed model. The included propeller guards are definitely worth installing on each propeller while learning to fly this quad. I also suggest getting an extra set of propellers from amazon when purchasing the Syma X5C. They’re not expensive (around $7.00 US) and although an extra set comes with the model, another set for backup is always a good idea.

One minor design flaw that I couldn’t help noticing was that as I removed the model from its box a bit of white paint flaked off the body and stuck to my fingers. This is not a big deal breaker, but it does make me wonder if the manufacturer tests their products thoroughly before marketing them.

The frame of this model seems wholesale nba jerseys to be rigid enough to withstand fairly severe crashes at the flying field. My own crash testing into a grassy area from about twenty feet up showed no damage to the quad and the propeller guards did what they’re designed to do; no propeller damage.

As with most quads, colored LEDs are mounted on the underside of the frame to assist with night flying; orange LEDs for the forward motors and green for the rear motors. These colored lights do very little to help with flight orientation while day flying. Unfortunately, they cannot be turned off to save battery power with the X5C.

Most quad models use some sort of design feature to help with visual orientation, such as different colored front and rear propellers or a physical body feature. Although sleek in appearance, the all-white design of the Syma X5C doesn’t lend itself to easy piloting. I found it necessary to fly the quad close to my standing position in order to maintain flight orientation.

The Remote Unit

Syma X5C Explorer radio transmitter.
Syma X5C Explorers radio transmitter.

Some 2.4 GHz radio units that come with ready-to-fly (RTF) quadcopters are quite impressive with their Sister’s array of features. The radio that’s included with the Syma X5C is not one of them. Although it does have the standard directional trim buttons to balance flight behavior, a roll activation button and a normal or expert mode button, it lacks a dedicated camera/video button with indicator on the LCD screen. Instead, it takes photos and videos using one of the trim buttons. Speaking of buttons, this radio has several non-functioning “buttons” added purely for looks and in my opinion that cheapens the product.

The radio does feel comfortable to hold and has a nice handle on the top. Unfortunately, the LCD screen is not backlit. This radio takes 4 AA batteries Hubsan (not included).

 

Video Camera

Side-view of Syma X5C camera.
Side-view of Syma X5C Explorers camera.

Sorry to report, I received a model with a defective camera and therefore returned the quad to amazon within their 30 day return period without any problem. Although I can’t report on the photo or video quality, I can describe the camera setup on the Syma X5C. It records footage on a 2 GB MicroSD card that comes installed in the camera. The camera is a fixed position unit, as are all quads at this price point.

One nice feature is that the camera can be unplugged wholesale nfl jerseys from the flight controller and removed using the included Phillips-head screwdriver. This removal allows the model to perform flips. Without the additional weight of the camera, the Syma X5C seems to respond more quickly to control inputs. Flips with this model are some of the best I’ve experienced with almost no drop in altitude.

Flying

The Syma X5C is approximately 9″ x 9″ in size and with propeller guards installed this model is a little too large to fly indoors. Flying the quad outdoors in a light breeze I had to switch from normal to expert mode in order to maintain control and not have the wind carry the model away. Once I switched modes I was able to keep control so long as I kept the quad out in front of me, facing into the breeze.

I really like how the X5C responds to slight adjustments to the control sticks. It doesn’t take much input to get this model to fly as desired due to the well balanced 6-axis gyro system. Depending on wind conditions, the quad remains stable in flight.

During my test of its flip maneuver capability, the Syma X5C experienced almost no drop in altitude, which was impressive. Some of these inexpensive models don’t have enough recovery power after a stunt to maintain their flying position.

One tip to keep in mind with this quad: due to the fact that the frame-body and propellers are all white in color, fly the model close to your standing position or risk losing control as the quad’s direction of travel becomes difficult to follow.

Check out this flight video of the Syma X5C as it cheap nfl jerseys performs flawless aerial flips at the field.

Battery and Charging

The Syma X5C comes Musikgarten with one 3.7V 500mAh flight battery providing around 7-8 minutes of flying. Do yourself a favor and buy at least two extra batteries on amazon to have charged up and ready to go at the flying field. The last thing you want to do is wait 45 minutes to fly again while you charge the one battery.

As with most quads, this model will begin to descend as battery power drops off. If flying the X5C near your standing position, this will not pose a problem. Maintaining control becomes an issue if piloting the model at a great distance when battery wholesale mlb jerseys capacity is low.  Unfortunately, at this price point no battery U818A level feedback is available on the LCD display or from the quad.

Battery tip: Never charge a warm battery. Wait at least 15 minutes for it to cool before charging.

Overall Impression

Flying the Syma X5C is a lot of fun. It’s a very stable model in the air, thanks to the 6-axis gyro. Flip maneuvers are easy to perform and I found no drop in altitude.

My experience with its defective camera was a little frustrating, but returning it to amazon was hassle-free.

I found that the main drawback of this model is that its all-white color scheme makes flight direction orientation a little difficult if flying at a distance. Perhaps using a black felt-tip marking pen on either the forward or rear propellers is a solution.

For around $60 it’s a great value. Ready-to-Fly models like the Syma X5C are always a blast!

Where to Buy

Amazon

Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter w/ Camera

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