If you do an online search for the best drones for beginners, it is very likely that the Syma X5C-1 and X5C drone appear among the search results. According with lots of people, these drones deliver an amazing flight experience to either seasoned pilots and beginners.
From reading and seeing all of these comments, I decided to do my own research and report my findings here. Thus, this post will be a detailed review of the Syma X5C-1 and Syma X5C drones. I want to see why people are crazy about these gadgets and find out if everything they say about these drones is true.
Let’s use this as a baseline. If you are a beginner, there are two things you want from a drone, crash resistance and easiness to operate.
Without these two things, it doesn’t matter if your drone comes with a great camera or if it has embedded the most advanced technology. The minute you crash, all of this will be trash.
Like I said, many enthusiasts on the web say this is an amazing drone. The thousands of high ratings online are proof of this, however, there is always the question of what is behind those 4+ star ratings. What is that makes a great drone so great?
That is what I want to explore and unveil here…
My initial thoughts about the Syma X5C-1 and X5C drones
I’ll be honest here, I was a bit hesitant to buy these drones, especially the two of them. My initial thought was that these two devices were pretty much the same.
Also, my hesitancy was related with an idea of buying something else with the money…
However, I rapidly learned that buying these two devices was one of the best things I could have done, and I explain why in a second.
Here a few details that may help you to start making your initial decision.
Unboxing of these Syma drones
When I opened both boxes, I did confirm that in deed the drones were very similar in appearance. Later I would confirm that in functionality they are the same as well.
So why is that I say that buying the two of them was a great thing?
You’d probably say that I do everything I say here, that I follow every piece of advice I give and that I don’t make mistakes… However, some times just the opposite is true…
It was a windy day… (just with this you may be able to tell what happened), I knew (because I’ve written about this) that flying is not recommended with certain wind conditions.
However, I was very excited for getting these drones, and really wanted to test them. So I thought that the weather circumstances were perfect to make a bold statement about these drones. If they could stand strong wind, they could do everything.
So I went outside and flew the X5C-1 a little bit. Everything was great at the beginning, but with every fly I kept gaining confidence that the drone could manage wind very well.
Short story is that I hit the thrust up-high and took the drone very high. Then, a sudden gust of wind hit the drone and it simply flew away without me being able to do anything.
My wife had her phone recording and got pretty much everything on video. It is a 13 seconds video, please don’t laugh… here it is…
At that moment I felt ridiculous, I just lost a drone doing something that I’ve said dozens of times you shouldn’t do…
So… having the 2nd drone was a bit helpful because I was able to keep testing it and learn more about it.
However… I must report that about a week later, a good neighbor approached me saying that he saw the drone falling from the roof of his house at another windy day.
I finally got it back and promised that I will never fly again under extreme weather conditions.
So that is the short story of how I lost and recovered my Syma X5C-1 drone.
And again… don’t fly these drones under windy conditions. They are very light-weight and wind can take them easily away from sight and drag them far away.
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Back to my initial thoughts about this drone…
After seeing these drones are pretty much identical physically, I proceeded to examine them in more detail to see if any differences were obvious.
Below in this article you’ll find some photos for comparison, but in summary I can say that the only differences I’m able to report are in appearance, and are specifically in the propellers. The X5C-1 comes with letters “A” and “B” to label and identify where to install these, while the X5C does not have this.
In functionality, the drones operate exactly the same.
Reviewing these drones in more detail
The first thing you have to know about this drone is that in reality, it is a quadcopter. This means it has four propellers. It is a 2.4 GHz with a built in 6-axis gyroscope.
Drones can be found in many configurations, but the 4-propellers one is the most popular because of the success commercial drones have had with it.
The 2.4 GHz is a wireless frequency that is commonly associated with the signal between the remote control and the drone itself. This frequency is widely used because it is good for reaching higher distances, thus it makes sense to use it for controlling the drone.
Also, and in very simple terms, the gyroscope provides stability to the drone and helps it keep its orientation. The Syma X5C-1 and X5C drones have a built-in 6-axis gyro, which means it provides stability in 6 different directions or movements.
Performance and endurance at a low price. For Real?
The solid construction of the Syma X5C-1 and X5C drones offer unequal resistance to hard hits. If this is not enough, this gadget comes with propeller guards to set high the safety bar. At the same time, these guards protect the drone from hard landings and make it even more crash resistant.
This drone is very well famed because of many things, and one of this is its modular construction. Safety guards, propellers, camera, landing gear, and the battery can be installed and removed.
That is what is called modular design, and among other things, it is helpful for replacing damaged spare parts. Also, and this is something that drone buyers love to do, modifying the quad and finding altered flight modes. Among other things, this can increase the flight time due to the “removed” weight.
An easy-to-operate transmitter for this drone for beginners
The perfect complement for this simple drone, is a simple transmitter. Two joysticks to get you started in the right way with drones. One of these will control up/down and the jaw. The other will move the drone left/right and back/forth.
But that’s not all. This transmitter comes with an embedded LCD screen where information about the drone is displayed. All of this right on the palm of your hands.
Let’s know more about the transmitter, as it is a fundamental part of the drone and its operation.
This is a photo of a page in the manual which describes the transmitter functionality, you can read it and study it, bla, bla bla…
I have something better for you… A short video where these functions are explained. Watch it below.
What is inside the box?
Right after opening the box of your Syma X5C or X5C-1, the first step is to identify all the parts that come inside the box. Below is an image of what I got when received mine, and while the boxes of each drone are different, the components are exactly the same.
- 1 x Syma X5C-1 RC QuadCopter
- 1 x 2.4G Remote Controller (does not include 1.5v AA batteries)
- 1 x USB charging cable
- 4 x Rotating blade
- 4 x Protection frames
- 1 x Card Reader
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x 3.7V 500mAh LiPO battery
- 1 x Instruction Manual
- Micro SD Card (Only with the Syma X5C-1 model)
Getting ready to Fly with the Syma X5C-1
Once the parts are identified, you can take the next step which is getting your drone ready to fly. Don’t get me wrong here, this is an RTF device, so no assembly is required. However, there are a few things you need to do prior taking off.
The LiPo Battery
The first thing would be to charge the LiPo battery of your X5C-1/X5C drone. This is very simple to do, however, you’ll have to arm yourself with some patience because charging process takes about 75 minutes.
Here are the series of steps to follow to charge the battery.
- Connect the battery and the USB adapter together (There is only one way to do this, as the plastic connectors only fit in one way.).
- When the battery and the adapter are connected, you’ll see a red light on the other end of the connector. This indicates the battery is properly connected to the adapter.
- Connect the USB adapter to a USB port on your computer to start charging the battery.
- Wait… wait… and wait… 75 minutes approximately.
- Once the red light goes off, the battery is fully charged and you can now disconnect the adapter from your computer.
- Disconnect as well the battery and the adapter.
For safety, it is very recommended to install the protective frames that come inside the box at each of the 4 propellers. This is very simple and the only thing to do is to fit these into the holes on the drone and secure the screws.
Now that the battery is charged, open the lid that is located under the drone and insert the battery in it. Be careful to not damage the battery, as these are very sensitive.
Plug the battery connector to the drone, and carefully close the lid until you hear the click to secure the battery.
Make sure the drone is on a leveled surface and turn ON its main switch. Once this is done, you’ll probably see its lights blinking. This is because a number of things are happening, among them are the calibration of the sensors and the search of a transmitter for pairing.
With the transmitter on hand, open the lid at the back side of it. You’ll need a small screwdriver (included inside the box) to do this.
Once this lid is open, install 4x AA batteries (not included) and close the lid again. Once more, you’ll need the screwdriver to do this.
With the drone turned ON, turn ON the transmitter’s main switch. You’ll see both the lights of the drone and the transmitter blink rapidly. This is because both the drone and the transmitter have detected each-other, however, paring has not happened.
In order to pair both devices, you need to move the left lever full up and full down once. After doing this, you’ll hear a beep and the lights of both devices will now be solid. This means the drone and transmitter are paired and ready to fly.
Flying the Syma X5C-1 and X5C Drone
This is the most important part of this post. Here is where I’ll report most of the findings I did about this drone. However, if you want a summary, I can tell you this: It is fantastic!!!
I have to tell you, I simply smashed these drones many times. Not just me, but I actually put the drone on the hands of completely inexperienced pilots. I’m talking about people who never flew even paper planes. These folks never threw a piece of paper to the trash can or anything. Flying to them was something that was beyond human capabilities (I’m probably exaggerating with this last one but you get the point.).
The thing is that these guys really smashed the drone as well. I have to confess, I did it on purpose to test its resistance, however, I know a bit about flying drones and probably I avoided hard landings.
But… not these guys… they couldn’t do anything about it. They were true beginners with zero flight experience. It was obvious that crashes were going to happen…
Here a bit of that…
Easiness to Operate
This is another crucial factor for any beginner. If the drone is not user-friendly and super intuitive to use, or at least easy to understand in operation, there is very little a beginner can do with it.
Like I previously described, I handed this drone to complete newbies to see if these drones could be easy to operate or at least, easy to learn to operate.
At the beginning there were some crashes like you saw…, but with practice comes perfection, and soon the drone was dominated and by more than one. I’ll post a video of that later in the review.
Before posting a video with a summary of my thoughts and some flight demonstration, I want to describe what it was to fly these Syma drones.
First of all, I have to report that these drones are not toys. They can look like toys, but they are far from that. Thus, you have to be careful when operating them because the propellers spin very fast, and while these are flexible plastic, they still can hurt you.
Now, about the flight control, both of these drones are very responsive. The throttle actually is very sensitive, even in the low speed flight mode (These drones have two flight modes, one is faster than the other one).
As soon as you start moving the thrust, the drone starts the motors and elevation is beautifully easy. The moment the drone starts to elevate, a turbulence effect is provoked by the air that is produced by the propellers. This air goes to the floor and bounces back to the drone, slightly altering the movements of the drone while close to the floor.
Once the drone gains more elevation, this effect disappears, so don’t get shocked if you see this at the beginning.
In the air
This drone is very responsive while in the air. Its movements are surprisingly precise for a drone in this price range (less than $50 USD at the moment of this writing).
Controlling it comes with practice, but once you fly it for a few minutes the control is very intuitive and simple to learn.
Also, this drone comes with an HD camera that can take photos and video while in the air. The activation is very simple, and with the click of a button, you’ll start recording images in no time.
Sadly, this drone does not have an FPV capability, but you can record images and video in a micro SD Card and watch them later (More of this footage shortly).
The image quality of the camera is not that bad. Professional photographers will not be able to use this drone for commercial purposes, as the images can be a bit shaky, however, it is a good trainer drone if you want to start honing your piloting and aerial photography skills.
In terms of responsiveness I can’t complain about this drone, as it is amazingly precise and controllable gadget.
This is one of the toughest parts of flying any RC gadget. Landings are when most devices get damaged or completely destroyed.
The reason is very simple: in order to practice your landings, the drone must be in the air first. In other words, landings are not practiced, they are executed every time, and with every landing you get better at it, of course, at the cost of damaging your drone a few times.
However, in terms of landings, this drone is also a good trainer, as it comes equipped with a very solid landing gear that will help you avoid damages to the drone.
Also and thanks to the drone’s responsiveness, as soon as it approaches the floor you can hit the thrust and the drone will rapidly fly up again. Then it is just a matter of balancing the thrust with gravity and soon you’ll be landing like a professional pilot.
Special Flight Functionalities
I have to say that I was even more impressed when I learned that the Syma X5C-1 and Syma X5C drones were equipped with what I consider “premium” flight features. I say premium because most drones that have these functionalities are close to the $100 USD price mark.
Have a look…
The Syma X5C-1 and X5C drones come with a Throwing-Flight function…
This functionality is possible thanks to the 6-axis gyro of the drone, which allows it to detect each direction.
Important: Before trying this feature, you have to place the drone on the ground for proper calibration.
… And One-Key 3D Flight
Performing all these stunts is not an easy thing with other RC flying gadgets, but the Syma X5C-1 and X5C drone can do this with the touch of a button.
Important: Before trying this feature, make sure the drone is flying at a proper distance from the floor.
Let’s review other important aspects of the Syma X5C-1 and X5C Drone Series
We already spoke about the budget you need to get this fantastic drone. At the moment of this writing, it is priced under $50 USD, so that makes it a great choice according to my post on how to select the best drone for beginners.
Also, considering the cost of spare parts, extra batteries, and other accessories, the whole number will not reach the $100 USD mark. Perfect as a beginners drone.
What would you do with this drone?
Something you should know before buying this drone is what you can and can not do with it. This is a perfect drone for someone looking to get started with RC aviation gadgets. An entry level drone, or even a toy drone if you must.
In terms of aerial photography and the camera capabilities, this is a drone with the ability to take pretty decent footage, but it is definitely not a professional-grade drone for images.
The speed of this drone is not very high, so this means that racing is not something you can do with it, or you could do it but will have to compete with other drones of a similar kind. Having said this, the drone has two speed modes, one higher than the other, however, it will only make your drone a racing one.
I want to say that these are not downsides of the Syma drone. Instead, I just want to be clear and transparent about the capabilities if this amazing gadget.
What you can and actually will do with this drone, is to learn how to fly with a trustworthy, responsive, and high quality drone. Your piloting skills will be developed in no time, and the most important thing is that you will have fun during this.
How does the Syma X5C-1 and X5C drones fit with the Regulations?
This really depends on the country you live in and how the laws of this country deals with drones. However, in the case of the United States, this drone is definitely for recreational purposes; thus, it needs only to be registered following a very simple process.
The cost of registration is symbolic, and the process to follow can be found at the FAA website where you can see all the details needed for it.
The topic of regulations is very important. Especially for a drone like this, which can be easily dragged by the wind. If your drone gets involved in any accident, you want to make sure that your drone is registered and has a license, so make sure you check this before hitting the thrust of your gadget.
Did I mention the Syma X5C-1 and X5C have an HD camera?
They do, and this camera produces very high quality images that are little to no shaky at all, so definitely this is a great way to start practicing your aerial photography skills right now.
What are people saying about the Syma X5C-1 and Syma X5C Drones?
This is one of the big things I look at when buying not only drones but anything these days. I like to take advantage of what others have seen and experienced with products that I want to buy for myself or recommend on my site for my readers.
Before talking about the comments these drones have, I actually want to explain a bit of my thought process when I examine the reviews.
For a beginner, I like to take a conservative approach, so in this case I want to filter products that are 4+ stars with dozens if not hundreds of comments. This will allow me to build a really good idea of what this product is and what it is not.
As you progress in the world of RC aviation gadgets, that criteria can be less strict, since not all the opinions out there are from expert pilots.
However, in the case of the Syma X5C-1 and Syma X5C drones, I do believe that we need as much data as possible to get a good idea of what this drone is about.
If I had to give you my minimum numbers, I would say that for a beginner’s approach, you want 4+ stars from at least 20 different and verified customer purchases.
Also, and the reason why you want to really read and check these reviews, is because many sellers online post favorable reviews for their products for these to gain some traction in sales. This of course is something that is not the best thing for the consumer.
So if you check these comments and really go through the reviews, you can identify some patterns. If all the comments are biased and speak only about the same things, that is kind of weird. You must know that there are people only who would take as little as $5 USD to post these comments online.
Also, keep in mind that if you truly love a product and want to share your experience with others, then chances are that you’ll write a thorough and extensive comment with all the juicy details of this experience. This is also true if your experience was not that good.
In a product with real reviews, you would expect to have comments of all sorts of lengths and types. Some people would share photos and videos, while others simply would tell their experience or their thoughts.
If you see a product you like, and it has only a handful of good reviews without much detail in them, then think twice before making this call. This again, is a conservative approach I recommend to beginners.
In the case of the comments you can find about the Syma X5C-1 and Syma X5C drones, it is very evident these are genuine. This drone has lots of reviews and the comments are of all sort of natures, so that is what you would expect to see in a drone that is getting great reviews (either good or bad) based on the experience people had with it.
In a nutshell: The Syma X5C-1 and X5C drones are definitely at the top of the list when talking about the best drones for beginners.
The Syma X5C-1 and X5C drone is a the top levels in terms of performance, and in order to prove it, here a few facts that are important to know about this gadget.
7 minutes of flight time…
However, I get close to 10 with mine. Even when 7 minutes could seem too little, the experience is completely different.
100 minutes to charge the battery.
I’ve seen my batteries fully charged after 60 to 75 minutes.
100 ft Flight Range
For a beginners drone under the $ 50 USD mark, this is a great flight range.
4+ Stars in customer ratings
Go to Amazon and look the reviews for the Syma X5C-1 and X5C drone. You’ll see people simply love this drone. I do it now! You’ll do it soon!
The Syma X5C vs The Syma X5C-1 – Which one to get?
This is the 1st question I wanted to answer the minute I got both models. I actually took pictures of both to compare them side by side and I was able to find little differences.
Here the images for your consideration.
The Syma X5C
The Syma X5C-1
These are the main differences that I found. The Micro SD card and the labeling of the propellers.
In terms of functionality, these drones are pretty much the same.
Although I’m impressed with the performance, durability, and ease of use of this drone, there are a few things I must report for your consideration.
I must disclose these were personal findings, therefore, I can’t state you’ll see the same things, instead, this is a personal opinion based on experience.
- Battery Compartment: Every time you crash, this zone of the drone takes a direct or indirect hit. The lid covering the battery starts to get loose with every crash until it completely opens. Although not a major failure, every now and then you have to secure the lid for proper operation. Also, the camera is attached to this same lid, so the camera angle is altered as well.
- LED lights plastic covers: This only happened with my X5C drone and not with the X5C-1. When crashing, the plastic covers of the LED lights got loose and fell apart. I had to reinstall them by simply snapping them back to its place. Again, not a major failure but this can bother the pilot.
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My overall rating for the Syma X5C-1 and X5C Drone Series
Like I already said, this is at the top of the list when talking about the best drones for beginners. Performance and endurance combined in a single device.
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