Syma X5C Review - The Best Drone for the Money?

About two weeks or so ago, I purchased the Syma X5C drone to be an addition to my flying toy collection, which had already consisted of quite a few drones as well as other gadgets.

Due to the relatively low cost of the Syma X5C drone, I wasn't expecting to get anything truly amazing or spectacular. Fortunately, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I flew the Syma X5C drone for the first time. I've found that the Syma X5C is the best drone on the market for the money. In fact, I own far pricier drones that don't perform nearly as well as the Syma

If you're thinking about purchasing the Syma X5C, this review should help you make your decision.

Flying Experience

As soon as I received the Syma X5C-1 in the mail, I decided to test it out in my backyard. Of course, there was an instruction manual in multiple languages included in the package.

Fortunately, the Syma X5C is rather easy to set up, especially if you happen to be an RC hobbyist. If you lose the instructions and happen to need them for any reason, you can find the Syma X5C user manual online with ease. For two hours, I flew the Syma X5C around my backyard with caution to ensure I didn't end up losing my new drone. At first, I had a difficult time flying and controlling the drone. However, I found that the learning curve for flying the Syma X5C drone was very small. Within about 30 minutes, I was flying the drone like an expert.

In fact, I was effortlessly able to fly the drone so that it weaved around the trees in my backyard. Since it was my first flying experience with the Syma X5C, I decided to try out the camera feature on the next flying experience with the drone.


The Syma X5C is a quadcopter that is easy to fly, making it the optimal drone for beginners, and is equipped with a high degree HD camera. If you're interested in photography, this quadcopter will enable you to take breathtaking pictures once you learn how to fly it. 

The camera also comes with a 2GB micro SD card. Not only can you take pictures with the camera, but you can also take videos. On windy days, the videos might come out a little shaky. However, on a calm day, it is possible to get smooth video. You can freeze a recorded video during a nice scene to get a snapshot.

This quadcopter can be flown both indoors and outdoors, though if you fly it outdoors you have to be careful not to lose it. Flying time with the remote tends to be up to eight minutes with the stock batteries.

Therefore, it would do you good to either purchase extra batteries, or purchase a recharger that allows you to reuse batteries. The battery of the drone is a 3.7V 500 Mah Li-poly. The drone comes with a USB cable that allows you to charge the drone. It takes about 100 minutes to charge the batteries with the USB charger. Not only does the package include stock batteries, an instruction manual, and a USB cable, but it also includes main blades, a screwdriver, and a remote control. 

Specifications of the X5C

The Syma X5C is about two pounds, making it rather light for a drone. The dimensions of the drone are 12.2 x 12.2 x 3.1 inches. While the Syma X5C is truly a toy, it looks exactly like a drone, so you should be careful about flying it over the properties of your neighbors.

The Syma X5C is white, which should help you find it in case you lose it outside. The drone has flashing colorful lights. That way, you will be able to fly the drone even at nighttime.  Fortunately, as long as you're careful while flying the Syma X5C, you shouldn't lose it very often. You fly the Syma X5C with a remote and it can fly up to 50 meters being controlled with the remote. The frequency of the remote control is 2.4Ghz.

Build Quality

In comparison to the build quality of the other drones I own, the build quality of the Syma X5C drone is pretty spectacular. Even though the drone is made out of hard plastic, it is actually pretty durable, a quality that is an absolute must as it'll be flying in the air.

Therefore, even though the Syma X5C drone may seem flimsy due to its lightness and plastic composition, the drone can take quite a few hits before it cracks or shatters. Don't worry about getting your drone stuck in a tree or some other high place. It will likely come down eventually without suffering too much damage. 

Pros and Cons

One advantage of the Syma X5C is that it is very stable in calm, windless weather if you set the trims properly. The package includes blades you can add to the drone to serve as a protective guard. 

That way, if the Syma X5C falls from a great height, the potential for injury is greatly minimized. The Syma X5C is perfect for beginners because it is so easy to fly and control with great accuracy. If you've never flown a drone before, you can fly the Syma X5C like a master with only hours of practice. While the LED lights don't serve any function during the day, the LED lights will aid you with directionality in the night.

In case you're worried about the propeller blades of your drone breaking, the Syma X5C comes with a total of four replacements. If the four replacements aren't sufficient, you can buy more online with relative ease. Part replacements and accessories are easy to come by.

In comparison to the battery life of other quadcopters, the battery life of the Syma X5C is quite decent. Depending on various conditions, the quadcopter will last you about 10 minutes between charges.

A huge con of the Syma X5C is the quality of the camera. The drone's camera is 2mp, which is a very low resolution. The pixel resolution of the camera is 1280 x 720 pixels and the speed of the camera is 30 frames per second. The data rate is 1.5MBps. Therefore, while the camera is technically HD, the quality is not great.

Add-ons and Modifications

When it comes to add-ons and modifications, there are many things you should consider buying for your Syma X5C drone to make the flying experience more fun and exciting. In order to be able to use the Syma X5C drone for longer periods of time, you should buy four extra batteries along with an extra four USB battery charger. 

Since you may have to replace parts of the drone, you should buy spare parts. You should also buy a carrying case for your drone. That way, you can easily use your drone at the park. The carrying case should have foam inserts to ensure no damage is inflicted to the drone while it is in the case. If you want the fit for your drone and its accessories to be better, you can heat up the tip of a screwdriver with a lighter to mold the foam inserts to your liking. Of course, you should only do this in a well-ventilated area.


Based on my experience, the Syma X5C drone is certainly the best drone for the money. The price is quite low for a drone, but the quality and value you get from the product is incredible. Whether you're a beginner or a RC hobbyist of many years, you will certainly enjoy using the Syma X5C. Buy the Syma X5C-1 and you likely will not regret it.