The Syma X5C Explorers quadcopter is the best beginners drone designed by Syma so far. That is why it has been tagged as “the perfect beginner’s quad” by many users. Obviously, this drone will exceed your expectations and offer amazing value for its price. This highly rated RC quadcopter hovers very well, has great crash-resistance and responds quickly to the controls. Syma X5C comes in a ready-to-fly package which contains the drone with a 2 MP camera, a 4-channel 2.4 GHz transmitter, a 3.7V 500 mAh lithium polymer battery, USB charging cord, propeller guards, spare propeller blades, screwdriver, 2 Gb microSD card, and a card reader. In this brief Syma X5C Explorers review, you will discover the reasons why this quadcopter has become one of the bestselling drones in its class.
Syma X5C has solid build quality. With its hard plastic and metal frame, this drone serves as one of the most durable mini quadcopters that you can use to learn how to fly. Blade guards come with this drone so that the propellers can remain intact after several hard crashes. That is why this quadcopter can fall through trees with minimal damage. The drone is relatively larger than other micro drones with a size of: 12.2 x 12.2 x 3.1 inches so it is more visible in the air. Visibility is also enhanced both indoors and outdoors with the help of flashing LED lights. To improve visibility at a very high altitude of about 300 feet, you should use paint or some of marker to differentiate the front from the rear. This will make it easier for you to monitor the orientation of the quadcopter. However, this drone should be flown with great caution on a windy day so that it does not get blown away.
Syma X5C has two flying modes. In the normal flying mode, you can enjoy the responsive controls and the fast speed of the drone as it flies through the air with ease. The second mode is the 360-degree pre-programmed eversion mode. In this mode, the drone is capable of turning and twisting in a complete cycle. Use this mode after you have learned the basic flying skills such as hovering, forward, and backward flight. Hovering this quadcopter is easy as long as you are able to bind the controller and the aircraft together. The 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization mechanism helps you to hover the drone after a few attempts if you are a new pilot.
Syma X5C comes a user-friendly that can be changed from Mode 1 to Mode 2 and vice versa by flipping a switch. So it does not matter whether you are right-handed or left-handed, you will be use this 4-channel 2.4 GHz transmitter comfortably. For people who want to go out and fly more than one Syma X5C within the same area, this transmitter has anti-interference characteristics. The flight range specified for this transmitter is 50 meters. However, you will discover that it can fly beyond this range. But doing this is dangerous because the signals can be lost at anytime and the quadcopter could come down in a free fall.
A 2 megapixel camera is located just below the pod of the drone. It has the capacity to record fairly good 1280 x 720 pixels video footage in .AVI format. The camera comes pre-installed on the quadcopter and you are expected to use it as it was installed. Due to the weight of the drone, it will not be advisable to attach another camera to it. You can record your video and store your still photographs on the 2 Gb microSD card. Always ensure that you save your video before you power off your drone. A small switch has been included on the transmitter to control the video recording function and you can switch on the camera remotely while the quadcopter is already flying. However, the stability and quality of the video footage will be influenced by your ability to fly the drone steadily.
The 3.7V 500 mAh lithium polymer battery that comes with this drone will last for 5 to 8 minutes based on a couple of factors. When the guards are on, the weight of the quadcopter becomes about 2 pounds and the additional weight increases the power consumption so the battery may not last for more than 5 minutes. But if you are only hovering with minimal forward flight, you may enjoy the battery for up to 10 minutes. Note that when the battery runs low, the rotors will be automatically shut off. Charging time is approximately 25 to 30 minutes. To enjoy a longer flying session, you should buy at least 3 to 5 extra batteries.