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SYMA X5C

Syma X5C is an advanced version of Syma X5 quadcopter, with couple of improvements that were not present in the previous version. I have to say that I have had the previous model and they didn’t lie when they said they improved this model regarding the previous one.

syma remote control quadcopter

The first thing that we see is a remote controller as pictured left, that is, in my opinion, a little bit more comfortable than the previous model had. As you can see there are still 2 primary movement pads but nothing special, but that says a lot about the designer’s care for the product. The remote controller is very light, 2.4GHz and it is nicely designed so all the controls are placed that you can reach them easily. It has a nice LED light at the center, which indicates your controls. The control sticks are moving softly so you will have no problems controlling the quadcopter at all. At the top of the controller, we have a small plastic antenna and a handle for carrying, which comes in handy when you need to carry it somewhere.

The Syma X5C quadcopter comes with the substantial prop guards, which will protect propellers from damaging in case you hit the ground or a corner of building. The prop guards just screw into the frame and they are sturdy, preventing the possible damage. Another thing regarding the protection - the camera is protected by a tall landing gear which makes it perfect for the beginners and those who are not really familiar with the quadcopter flying.

Syma X5C comes with a cool HD camera that is at the bottom and can be detached if you want any time. Of course, with the camera comes a micro USB card reader for SD cards so you can watch your videos or pictures and with the 2GB of SD card. The quality of the video is not the superb one, like some other quadcopters have, but considering the price of this quadcopter, it is a decent HD camera that will capture all the interesting moments and landscapes in just one button-slide.

The structure of Syma X5C is very lightweight, but sturdy enough to be wind-resistant. It also can perform flips, by pressing the 360 degree eversion button on the remote controller. This is recommended only when you remove the blade guards and the camera – since they are an additional weight for this lightweight quadcopter. Note that I have tried the flips with the additional equipment, though I would not recommend so. This also depends on the battery level and the distance. Charging time is around 100 minutes, which is enough for a 7 minute flight time, while the range of control is up to 300 meters at most. Syma X5C could have competed in the category of the best drone for GoPro if the flying time had been a little bit longer.

The size of Syma X5C is perfect for amateur flying – 16.5x12.2x3.8 inches, while it weighs around 1.4 pounds. 1 Lithium-ion battery (capacity of 500mAh, 3.7volts) runs the quadcopter and I must say that the battery replacement is designed in the very convenient way – it’s places under the camera and you need to lift the lid up along with the camera, place the battery and put the lid down. Just below the camera, you have a small switch button so you can turn on or off the battery, which is in my opinion very important safe measure.

In the end, I have to say that this quadcopter is not the best beginner’s quadcopter, but it is a great choice for aerial photography practice before you decide to move to a bigger and more powerful quadcopter. It is very easy to operate and thus it’s primarily aimed at the beginners. Don’t expect some high-quality videos and images but you can expect cool adventures with this budget quadcopter drone.

Most Recent Reviewer: I purchase this quadcopter in mid February [2017], it arrived promptly and I got started straight away as I was pretty darn excited! Anyway it takes a while to get used to. I purchased this model as I didn't want to purchase a $2000+ drone first up, but also didn't fancy getting the highly "beginner friendly models" that simply look like glorified children's toys. Once I got the hang of the controller and the sensitivity of the controls themselves I found it very easy to fly and in fact do some tricks along the way too! Great model and a great quadcopter for anyone looking to get started in the drone flying hobby!​

PROS

  • Smooth control
  • Perfect size
  • Handles crashes well
  • The ability to turn on camera remotely
  • Convenient battery replacement

CONS

  • Flight time
  • Blades shut off if the battery level is low

    UDI U818A

    Best Quadcopter with a gopro

    Buying a small drone may be an attractive idea, but once you see the price tag on some of the models – you will probably quickly turn your attention to some other gift for your friend or family member. However, not all quadcopters are expensive, and some of them can even be found for surprisingly low prices. If you are in search for a quadcopter drone that is affordable and cheap, but at the same time offers a good flying experience – UDI A818A is the best option for you. This model is often referred to as the best beginner quadcopter, which means that aspiring fliers and inexperienced people can use this product to get acquainted with the buzzing world of drones and flying units.

    Everyone who has ever tried flying a quadcopter knows that this task is not as easy as it may seem and that the process of flying requires full attention and concentration, in addition to some practice and experience. That is the reason why people often decide to buy a cheap quadcopter drone since this would allow them to be carefree with the device and worry less if it is damaged, or if its falls into a river, gets trapped in a tree, or simply flies into a house and gets smashed. UDI U818A is, therefore, the best beginner quadcopter, because with the low price – this model can be your first stop on the road to flying bigger and larger drones. The price is certainly one of the main assets of UDI U818A, but there are some other benefits that come from using this model as your personal quadcopter drone.

    First of all, this small machine is designed in a sleek and minimalist way, which means that there are “no extra parts” and the device looks attractive and exciting. It has 4 rotors, which have a diameter of 5.25”, and they are held in place by small screws. 500 mAh battery is able to power the machine for about 7-9 minutes of flying, but it can be recharged in one or two hours. Also, the device comes equipped with a microUSB card, which has a capacity of 2 GB. Several LED lights are positioned across the body of this quadcopter drone, and they further improve its points for style and appearance.

    udi drone quadcopter review

    When you buy this quadcopter, you will also receive a controller, which needs two AA batteries in order to send/receive signal to and from the drone. The communication between the controller and the drone is performed via 2.4 GHz radio signal, and the reach of the signal is around 30m. Also, the controller has several interesting features, such as the 360 button, which, when pressed, causes the device to perform a flip in the air. Naturally, there are endless possibilities when it comes to stunts and acrobatics, but the person who controls the machine needs to be skillful and capable of handling this zippy and fast machine. Since there is no auto landing option, nor hovering feature – this device can be tricky to land and “calm down”, but with a little bit of practice – you can quickly become the master of quadcopter drones.

    PROS

    • Equipped with a lot of useful features
    • Low price
    • Allows easy flying
    • Respond rapidly to all commands

    CONS

    • A very short battery life
    • Low-quality camera
    • Device is not as sturdy and durable as some other models are
    • The lack of auto landing and hovering features

    DJI PHANTOM 3 & 4

    DJ Phantom 3 Professional has a standard quadcopter’s design like the majority of the quadcopters you have encountered before, so you could say that it looks like an average drone. Still, it is far away from the average drone. Now, the first thing I have noticed about this quadcopter is its movement – the movement is very precise, and I haven’t noticed anything like buggy behavior or erratic movement. The DJ Phantom 4 has also recently been released. You can check that out here. In my opinion the DJP3 is still a better overall quadcopter for the price, this is why we have updated this post (18th February 2017)

    As you may know, most drones are using satellites to find and hold their place; however, the designers of DJI implemented GLONASS as the main tool for positioning – Glonass is a Russian counterpart to GPS – which is seen in better overall movement and performance. Finding a satellite signal can be harder when you are flying indoors, depending on the surface you are flying above. If you are flying over a surface with a good contrast (like checkerboard floor), the flying will be easy and good. However, if you are flying over the surface with a texture and uniform colour, you could face some problems regarding the drone’s flying. Check best prices as of 2017 on the right.

    This quadcopter drone has very powerful motors that take this drone into the air – this results in safer and more stable flight patterns, which can help you to create cinematic-like video or photo material. There are a couple of sensors, like optical flow sensor that stabilizes the drone’s X-Y position, and there are ultrasonic sensors that are responsible for measuring the distance from the ground, using sound waves. As we said, the GPS works like a charm – finding GPS satellites is really quick, but another thing that the designers implemented is Glonass – a Russian version of GPS, which works excellent in the combination of standard GPS.

    The battery is another great feature of this drone. Every second in the air is important and with DJI Phantom you will have a decent flying time. The battery is 4480 mAh, with the voltage of 15.2 volts. This renders twenty-two, to twenty-four minutes of flying time, although the flying time depends on how you fly the drone, weather conditions and a whole bunch of external factors. A charger that is 100 watts can fully charge the drone in around 35 minutes. Sometimes we have found this drone can actually fly for times nearer 1 hour.

    remote control quadcopter

    Radio controller is made of polycarbonate plastics but the grips, and bottom as well are made of rubber, which gives you better and more comfortable grip. In other words, the controller is designed in a very ergonomics way. The controlling is very smooth, which results in even and precise drone dynamics. The buttons on the controller are placed nicely, so you have pretty-much everything you need within the reach of hand – a button for taking photos, a button for changing exposure on the fly, a button for controlling pitch movements, etc.

    One of the best features of this model is the Lightbridge technology – a hardwired technology from the controller to your device. This enables you 720P regarding video quality, with around 30 FPS. The feature can be used up to 2kms of distance which is cool for video shooting. In the terms of resolution, you have four settings – 1280x720, 1920x1080, 3840x2160 and 4096x2160, where you can set a frame rate for an each one. The dynamic range of the camera is very good – I have not experienced any problems regarding the quality of the image and the details whatsoever. Some people asked me whether I had some aerial helicopter since the details and quality of the video were great – so you could say that you have a professional drone, in case someone asks you and you want to fool him. 

    I could also say that stills capability are more than decent since you are looking at the 12 megapixels stills that could be shoot during video shooting. Image profile settings gives you the option to choose between standard, soft, custom or landscape profile picture, which is a great choice for aerial photography. The video feed works amazingly – I have had no problems with the video feed while I was operating the drone at the 1500 meters away from me. The video feed is a rock solid, especially if you have a line of sight.

    GOOD FOR

    • Amateur and casual aerial photography

    NOT GOOD FOR

    • Professional aerial photography
    • Flying around the Capitol Hill
    quadcopter with camera

    Maybe the biggest con of this drone, besides the capability of unfolding landing legs, is that you cannot rotate the camera around the X axis – so you can only record in the front of the camera. This is mainly because you have “the landing legs” which prevent the camera from rotating. Other than that, the drone is very recommendable –although not best beginner’s quadcopter since it is more for a professional and experienced use.In my opinion, DJI Phantom 3 can easily challenge the title for best drone for GoPro due to its firm structure, stable and precise movement.

    PROS

    • The Lightbridge technology
    • Long-distance control
    • Long battery life
    • Precise controls
    • Great video/photo quality

    CONS

    • No rotating the camera around X axis
    • Unfoldable landing legs