Syma X5C

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When someone first starts to take part in the wonders that the RC world has to offer and gain an interest in drones, they may find it difficult to find a drone that is good for beginners. With that in mind, I would like to point out the Syma X5C.


The Syma X5C 4 channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quadcopter is a lightweight quadcopter perfect for beginners. This quad is advertised as a toy quad but stands a step above that and is loaded with all the features and benefits someone just starting out could ask for. It’s powered by a rechargeable LiPO battery and comes equipped with a camera for taking both video and snapshots. It’s easy to control and works well both indoors and outdoors. This quad is the ideal starting point for anyone who is interested in purchasing their first quadcopter.

Features and Benefits

The Syma X5C features a 6 axis gyroscope for precise hovering and more stability. The 4 channel function provides stable flying and easy operation that is perfect for beginners. This quad isn’t made just with beginners in mind, though, featuring two fly modes: beginner and advanced. The lightweight, quad comes equipped with rechargeable LiPo battery.

The Typical Flight Times

Typical flight times for the Syma X5C are approximately 7-10 minutes with a 100 minute recharge time.

The Remote Distance

The remote distance is approximately 30 meters in all directions, but the spread spectrum technology allows for greater remote distance. This quad offers full flight with up/down, left/right, forward/back, and leftward flying/rightward flying controls. In addition the controls include suspension and a 360 degree roll with continuous roll action.

Camera Included

The quad comes equipped with an HD camera that can take still shots as well as video and includes a 2GB Micro SD card.

Pros and Cons

The Syma X5C comes with a variety of pros and cons. Due to its extremely light weight, it can be temperamental when faced with wind, but it handles decently in different conditions. The quad functions perfectly indoors and outdoors with little to no wind, and has the power to deal with breezy weather and light wind. Despite its light weight build, the Syma X5C is incredibly durable and is able to survive crashes into all manner of surfaces including trees, grass, and pavement.

The X5C proves easy to assemble, easy to sync, and easy to fly, even for beginners. Conveniently, the quad recharges through a USB, meaning that it can be charged on the road through the car. Unfortunately, although the LiPO batter for the quadcopter itself is included, batteries for the remote are not.

The camera is advertised as HD, but the pictures do not live up to this. In good lighting, the pictures and videos are decent, but they are also clearly not HD quality. A nice feature of the camera, though, is that it does record sound on its videos. The included Micro SD has 2GB and can easily hold images from a full flight. The 6 axis gyroscope provides for easy, stable hovering which can help with the camera issues as well.


For a beginner looking to try out their first quadcopter or an enthusiast looking to add a simple quad to their collection, the pros of the Syma X5C definitely outweigh the cons. It’s a nice quad with easy controls for a first time buys as well as an advanced flying mode for those with more experience. As an added bonus, there is a camera attached to it, which offers both video and still shots. Point blank, whether you’re a beginner or advanced flyer, this one right here is a good deal.