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Date: November 19, 2021

Syma X5C-1 Review - Is it still worth in 2024?

The Syma X5C-1 is an upgraded version of the Syma X5C quadcopter, which had gained a large following due to its price, stability, and ease to use. There isn’t much change in the technology used by its predecessor, and it functions just like the Syma X5C. The only minor change in the upgraded version is the placement of its camera and the function buttons on the transmitter.

Other than this, the quadcopter is capable of performing similar flips and can take amazing pictures with its camera. The cool LED lights of the quad make it easier to fly in the dark. It can fly both indoor and outdoor; hence, can be a good collection for all flyers.

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Straight out of the box, the Syma X5C-1 arrives with the below-mentioned things:

  • An assembled quadcopter.
  • 4 spare rotors.
  • 4 guard bumpers.
  • 2 landing skids.
  • A screwdriver.
  • A battery with USB charging cable.
  • A 4GB micro SD card.
  • Micro SD card reader.
  • 2 megapixel HD camera
  • 1 battery
  • An informative user manual.
  • A 2.4 GHz transmitter.


The dimensions of the quadcopter with prop guards are 310x310x80mm.
230 mm is the diagonal motor distance.
The size of the motor is 7x20mm coreless.
The weight of the quadcopter is 103 g, which includes the weight of the battery and prop guards.
Without prop guards, the flight time is 6-8 minutes.
The battery provided is of 3.7V 500mAh Lithium Polymer.
Charging time required by the battery of the drone is 40-45 minutes.
It can control the distance of 50m approximately.
The transmitter power is 4x1.5V AA batteries.

Flight Performance and Details:

Every flight of the Syma X5C-1 is a smooth one and without any abrupt endings. As compared to other similar sized quadcopters, the Syma X5C-1 is a bit quieter. It is considered to be one of the most stable toy-grade quadcopters in the air. Hovering is easy and the coreless motors offer enough thrust for flying efficiently.

The bright LED lights of the drone do a great job in orientation especially when the light is dim. With the prop guards on, the flight time is about 5-6 minutes. If you want to increase the flight time a bit more by about 1-2 minutes, then you can play the Syma X5C-1 by removing the prop guards and using the battery that has been provided.

However, if you are shooting a video while flying, then the flight time will decrease to 4-5 minutes. To enhance the flight timings, another option is to use a battery with a larger capacity which will boost up the time significantly.

There are two flight speed modes available on the Syma X5C-1, which is high and low. The low mode is ideal for beginners as the low speed makes it easier to control the drone. Moreover, the low mode is perfect for those who are flying the quadcopter in indoor spaces. If you have enough experience and are flying the quadcopter in an open area, then you can switch to the high speed mode. There is a button provided on the upper left side of the transmitter that can manage the high and low speed modes.

To add a bit of excitement, you can make the quad flip by pressing the button that is located on the upper right side of the transmitter. You then need to move the right stick in the direction that you want the drone to flip. In short, the 6-axis flight control offers lots of mobility for yaw, roll, and pitch.


A 2MP camera is inbuilt in the quad, which is capable of taking HD 720P videos. Although there are several other quadcopters that have better cameras, but in comparison to the price of the quad, the camera is quite decent. It is a perfect quad to click pictures of the roof of your home and your neighbourhood, or an aerial view of your farms.

The trimming button on the left of the transmitter has to be used for clicking pictures and videos. A single push of a button will let you click pictures of your choice. You need to push the button up for taking photos and push it down for taking videos.

The button of the camera is remote controlled, which helps in conserving battery as you can click pictures only when you wish too, and after reaching a decent altitude. The 2 GB memory card and USB card reader will enable you to transfer the photos and videos quickly and easily.

You can see camera quality in my video here, this is also the highest altitude I could reach with this drone.


The controller or the transmitter of the Syma X5C-1 has spring loaded control sticks that are easy to operate. There is a small LCD screen at the bottom of the transmitter. This screen displays vital information such as trim levels, battery level, throttle level, yaw rate, and much more. However, there are some more buttons provided on the left and right side of the LCD display that do not perform any tasks.

It works on 4 AA batteries and has a control range of 50m. However, there are few fliers who have used different ways to extend the range of the transmission over 50m. Both videos and photos can be taken on flight with the help of the transmitter. The 2.4 GHz technology ensures that not more than one quadcopter flies at the same time. This will even make sure that there won’t be any interruption among two quads.



720 mAh batteries - 10 mins flight

It has an enclosed battery compartment and power switches. The best way to determine the overall battery life is by checking its battery capacity. The 500mAh Li Po battery of the Syma X5C-1 provides very short flight time and it needs to be recharged quickly. So, it is advisable to have fully-charged spare batteries in hand, to reduce the waiting time and enjoy the flight. You can try replacing the 500mAh Li Po with a 750mAh Li Po as this will give you more performance and longer flight times.

Syma X5SW vs. Syma X8C:

The Syma X8C has a separate remote controller, so you need to practice well before you start using the drone. It is a perfect quad that can be used for photography, films, and recreation. The maximum flight time of the X8C drone is 7 minutes whereas the flight time for Syma X5SW is 6 minutes. The inbuilt camera of X8C has a resolution of 2 megapixels as compared to 0.3 megapixels for Syma X5SW. As far as the price comparison is concerned, the Syma X5SW is much cheaper than the X8C. However, both the drones can be operated up to 50 meters, which is quite less as compared to other drones that are available in the markets.

Why should you buy it?

The Syma X5C-1 is a toy-grade quadcopter that provides an enjoyable flight performance and is perfect for beginners. It serves as an excellent trainer drone and can take abuse easily, especially when you have the prop guards on. It will also enable you to keep your piloting skills sharp. So, beginners as well as experienced pilots who are looking for some fun should purchase the Syma X5C-1!

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