Syma S107C 3-Channel RC Helicopter with Camera
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- Stabile Flight Characteristics
- Easy to Fly
- Great for Beginners
- Battery Type: Lithium Polymer (LiPO Battery)
- Motor Type: Brushed
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Syma S107C Spycam 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro. Flight Control Includes Up/Down, Left/Right Turn, Forward/Backward movements. Also has the ability to capture video and still images using the built in camera. Includes USB Charger, and Spare Tail Blade. For Use Indoors ONLY Due to Infrared Control. Volts: 3.7. Watt Hours: 0.56. Motor Type: Brushed. Age Rating: 14+ With Adult Supervision. Batteries: 15C 1S 150mAh 3.7V LiPO. Charger: USB. Radio: Infrared. Fuel Source: Electric. Length: 8.3 in (210.8mm). Height: 3.9 in (99.1mm). Width/Diameter: 7 in (177.8mm).
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The newest S107C RC Helicopter with Camera series adds an a whole new dimension to an already legendary RC helicopter, known for its ease and stability of operation. You will be able to fly, record and download your flight adventures!
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PERFORMANCE: Flying this 107 compared to the ones without the camera is only slighty different, the camera itself is extremely light and only affects flight on maintaining elevation, requires a little more finesse as it's heavier so it tends to leap up and drop down more than a standard 107. Forward speed is still fairly slow out of the box like all 107s, but various tweaks can improve this, there's a ton of info on this out there already. It says it has a newer Lipo battery, I didn't notice any difference and since I wasn't sure, I still waited to recharge a half hour as I've heard charging on "hot" batteries could be a problem on older models. It also has the ability to charge the helicopter from the transmitter now, which could be useful. Claims 4AA batteries, but mine required 6.
VIDEO: The quality is better than I expected at 640x320 with audio. It comes with a micro SD card and for every 5 mins of video recording, it uses about 220mb. The video quality in good lighting isn't bad at all for a pinhole camera and looks stable and clear. The audio works, but you will mostly hear the whirring blades and motor of the chopper, but it's nice none the less. The camera also swivels to look down or straight ahead, again nice. You can either remove the SD card from the camera or plug the USB data cable into into the back of the camera.
CONTROL: The transmitter has a few changes as well, the throttle is not spring loaded any longer, you can "leave" it where you want, where the old one would kill the throttle as soon as you took your finger off it, oddly since I'm so used to that, I almost prefer it as you have to remember to kill the throttle now when you feel a crash coming, but I know many will appreciate it. It also has two buttons on either side, one takes a still picture, the other engages video recording. You can see on the underside of helicopter, a small blue light, when the camera is activated, it will turn red briefly for still photos and stay red for video.
Important Camera Note: It only operates when the blades are spinning - I thought mine didn't work at first when in hand it wasn't activating. Give it a little power and your camera should now respond to the record buttons.
ASSEMBLY: The trickiest part is plugging the wire from the helicopter into the camera, you can pull the wire out from the body of the helicopter about 2 inches, which is barely enough to get your fingers around it to work with. The plug on my camera was too small, I had to gently widen it with a small screwdriver and it finally clicked in. Next you have to slide the entire camera unit onto the undercarriage for another significant "click". I'd recommend being very careful with these two steps as I almost broke it trying the first time and I can see it happening. I don't know why they couldn't just do this at the factory, it's going to be a problem for some I promise you.
It's a lot of fun watching your flight videos afterwards, my dog loves to try to grab it out of the air and while that was fun without the camera, with it is just too much fun, albeit a little risky.
I tried both charging via the computer and via the controller. The first time charging, it took about an hour but the other times, it only took around 40 minutes to be at full power. I found the flying to time to be on the higher end of the estimated fly time of 5-6 minutes. The controller takes 6 AA batteries. To get started flying, you need to install the batteries, charge the helicopter, then make sure both the controller and helicopter are turned on. The switch on the helicopter is on the side.
I found it very simple to learn to fly. The controls are very sensitive and don't have a delay or "drag time". They respond immediately. I love the the helicopter flashes red and blue on the front. This is a nice feature and allows you to fly it easily at night. I found it simple to master flying it.
The camera and video is a nice feature as well. The controls for the camera and video are on the front of the controller. The left button is for the camera and the right for video. You can either retrieve any pictures or video by using the included cable and your computer you can remove the SD card. The helicopter is small. I have the Eagle Pro Helipad with LED Lights and it fits it perfectly although I need a little work on my landing skills! The helicopter itself is well constructed. It's light weight yet it still feels well made. It doesn't feel flimsy or like it will fall apart the first time it crashes. I managed to crash it a few times at first and it held up just fine. I like that you can buy replacement parts if needed. My son and husband have had to throw away previous helicopter because of a broken blade and there being no way to by a replacement. The manual is very clear and easy to read. Even myself, a novice, could understand it and follow the instructions.
Overall, I am very pleased with this. It is simple enough for a beginner yet, it has enough features to keep a more advanced flier like my husband, happy. This would make a great gift for someone, even if that someone is yourself!