Syma X5C Explorers 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter With HD Camera
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||20.47 x 3.54 x 11.81 inches|
|Item Weight||1.6 Pounds|
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- Style: Quadcopter
- Equipped with HD camera and 2GB Micro SD card Perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors
- 6-axis Gyro stabilization system ensures maximum stability during flight 7 Minute flight time and 100 minute charge time.
- Open box / checked for all parts/ and running condition - only minor scuff marks here and there, Basically they look new and all parts / pieces there as new
- Item Condition: Used
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Main Features: 6-axis Gyro stabilization system makes the helicopter more stable and flexible when flying. Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors Modular design structure is applied, more simple for assembly and convenient for maintenance 3
Donot use around airports or FAA airspace
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( This from an AARP carded adult who enjoy hobbies like this and is allowed to fly "real" airplanes for fun, too. )
The ** at the end has some stuff from the FAA that even toy drone flyers should know.
But before you buy a "drone" for yourself or especially as a gift - be sure that parts are available. SYMA PARTS fairly easy to get. I bought "something else" and the inevitable happened. Too bad, So sad. Do an Amazon search for the usual replacements ( props, motors, batteries, plastic stuff ) before your potential purchase.
With the introduction of fantastic thousand-dollar drones like the DJI drone, GoPro's karma, and the Mavic Pro, why start with the Syma X5C that only flys for seven minutes and takes only moderately good pictures ? For under fifty bucks, this Syma X5C is a wonderful flying toy that takes pictures good enough to show off to your friends or help sell your house. It is easy to fly, incredibly durable, helps develop pilot skills, and won't make you hate your kids if something goes wrong.
As a step up: consider a Syma X8C Venture with 2MP Wide Angle Camera for about 70 bucks. Much more 'copter in every way. Might be back-ordered by some sellers for the holidays and twice the price of the X5SC / twice as sad if it flies away and is lost !
Also SYMA RELEASED a quad with headless mode and additional features - check it out: "Syma X5SC Explorers 2 - 2.4G 4 Channel 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter With HD Camera " before you order the X5C ! Different price, different design, might be easier to fly The AMAZON reviews for the X5SC include: " This does not come close to being as good as the Syma X5C-1"
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCED - you will be OK without the blade guards ( which are a nuisance and add weight ). Blade guards might make a flying toy more child-friendly. Otherwise learn with incremental progress - and no regrets.
A tip: put a strip of brightly colored tape or paper on the back of the body of the quad so you can see the orientation from a distance. It gets very small very fast when it is high and the wind is taking it away. Knowing how it is pointed may be the last chance to bring it back " ;-( " [ and add a name tag or address / phone in magic marker ]
The Camera - came with 2GB Micro-SD with proof-pictures from the factory in China. Way Cool !
The camera is made to still frame / video using the UP-DOWN TRIM control on the LEFT SIDE of the controller. There ! .. .. .. I just saved you the pain of sending back a "broken" camera ! After the controller is linked - look at the light on the bottom of the camera. Green is "ready". Push the trim UP to take one frame ( one RED blink ) Push the trim DOWN to start video ( periodic, continuing RED blinking ) Push a second time to stop video and save file ! ( stop + save the video - don't just kill the power ! otherwise you get a " 0 " byte file size. )
If the time-stamp on your files is not set correctly, you might try this: - here's the secret. You probably won't find this anywhere else - so be generous with your thanks !
Use notepad or other text editor. create a file on the micro-SD card named "time.txt" with the content ( on one line ) and WITHOUT the quotes ! "yyyy/mm/dd hh.mm.ss" example: "2014/10/23 21.10.00" and one carriage return
then save the file. This file will set the camera's clock - for as long as the X5C is powered ON.
So maybe it's a little under-powered and we'd like more flight time. This little ( TOY ) quad is a fantastic value, fun to fly, takes ( FUN ) pictures that you'll love better than your buddy's GoPro and $ 800 quad. Because it's not the size of the boat, but the motion of the ocean that matters.
BUT - Since this little beast LOOKS LIKE A DRONE - and folks can't tell that it's just a little flying toy - you might want to be careful where you fly it. Like not over your neighbor's swimming pool or outside their second - story window. On the plus side - it is small enough to hide under your shirt when the cops come.
This is an established release from SYMA and often imitated. AMAZON sellers are the most reliable and least likely to disappoint. Folks who worry a lot should look for a USA shipper ( if possible ) and many well-rated transactions.
Ya' know - I almost wish I bought two of these things. I coulda made a friend very happy.
( note added 11/2014 - i did buy a second SYMA X-5C - after I learned the hard way about wind and needing the colored tape )
( tip - 3-9-2015 Dirt, bits of leaves, spider webs, etc. in the gears can make the props turn hard. If the props don't coast to a stop at about the same rate at power-off, probably there is something in the gears that must be carefully brushed out or blown out with an air jet. Jammed gears will overload a motor, fly badly, make an unpleasant sound, cause a failure. This has happened to me a couple of times with various dirt-landings. The spider web was the worst ! bad for the spider, too )
** Some issues with the FAA and drones ( UAV's )
( 10-6-2016 ) FYI re: Hurricane Matthew from the FAA
"Unauthorized UAS or drone operations may prevent other aircraft from performing life-saving missions and increase the risk of mid-air collision. Anyone, including hobbyist or recreational fliers, who interferes with disaster response efforts is subject to civil penalties of up to $32,140 per violation and possible criminal prosecution."
(6-21-2016) The FAA announced rules for non-hobbyist drone fliers of drones over 250 grams but under 55 pounds. Does not apply to "toy" drones like this SYMA - - BUT establishes a Pilot's LICENSE requirement for some fliers. please see: [search online] BTW, they say it includes training, a test, and a TSA background check.
( 12-14-2015 ) The federal government ( The FAA ) issued a requirement to register drones weighing more than 250 grams ( which the X5C does NOT ). The requirement is backed up by threats of fines and prosecution. On the other hand, the FAA issues one registration to you for use on all your drones - which would help with lost drone recovery. Please read the official FAA info / registration page: [search online] ["Penalties for failing to register could reach $27,500 in civil fines and $250,000 and three years in prison for criminal penalties."]
AGAIN * NOT * required of SYMA X5C or X8C series - but what the heck, the don't say you can't !
Plz comment my review if i saved you some grief !
The camera feature - This feature is nice but not the reason why I bought the quad. The video is shaky during movements, but you can get some smooth video on calm days. I mainly record video, then freeze it during a good scene to get a snapshot. Quality is great for the price.
Just click "Add to cart" - you wont regret it!
Update Day 3: still have disconnect problems. Either resynching 5-8 times fixes it or power cycle 2-3 times does, but very annoying.
Update Day 2: finally got my second flight. At first there was still an immediate disconnect between copter and remote at about 1-3 feet off ground and it just came crashing down. Then magically it started to work again, so it seems it is unlikely it is a battery problem. Back up to 4 stars.
Update: Day 1.5. After seemingly fully charging for a second ride (red light off, over 2 hours), the copter would not lift more than a foot or so off the ground before shutting down (flashy lights). Resync and try again = same results. So I am lowering to 2 star until I figure that out. Lots of reviewers have great success, so still buy it. I can't tell if my battery is bad or if the copter is bad. Have to wait 5 weeks for a spare battery, so will need to go to hobby store ;-(
Day 1 and I can give it 5 stars for fun. The Chenglish instructions were a riot, so I will add some fun quotes below. The only negative so far is the "High Def" camera is barely a "Low Def" camera - think the first camera phone ever made, so set your expectations low on that. This was to be a practice drone for me, so I don't care and I feel like it is a very good practice copter. Its "diameter" is about 15 inches, which seems like a good starter size.
Pros: Good training model for decent price. Blade guards. Spare blades. Good starter size. (update) USB charger seems to have a red light that turns off when fully charged.
Cons: Below avg Camera, slow battery charging. Supply your own AA batteries (4) for the remote.
Battery takes a long time to charge, so get extras (but they can take 4-6 since they seem to ship from China!). Get the 500 mAh (which is an exact match). Reviews say the 600mAh lasts a minute longer but has a difficult time fitting in the copter as it is fatter. Instructions say not to charge when battery is warm/hot, which it is after use.
To remove battery, push carefully on the bottom front of the camera until the battery cover releases, then open on its hinge. Be gentle.
Training wheels: I tied a string to it and then to the handle of my tool box, that way I could practice inside and not smash into the ceiling or drift into something breakable. I highly recommend this inside or out for your first couple of sessions. (One reviewer complained that the copter took off first time and was lost forever).
Use a label maker or sharpie to get your phone number on the copter, that way if it does fly away, someone might call you.
Starting: turn on remote first, then copter (LEDS quickly flash). On remote, move left lever to max then down to min. This will sync the devices (LEDs solid) and you can move left lever towards middle to slowly get lift.
It is important to do the "trim alignment" as a first step so it can hover in place. Hovering in place makes it much easier to practice the other controls.
Camera SD card: push in and it will pop out. Not trusting China for anything, I did a virus scan, didn't find anything except some old Sony e-mails ;-).
Camera Resolution: 1 pic is about 250K (so not high res). An 11 second video was 20M and quality looks pretty good.
The hardest part of learning: trying to control direction when the front is facing sideways or backwards. Even when the color coded LEDs let you know front from back, it is hard to translate that to the control stick. One reviewer advised painting the bottom front red so it would be easier to see the front when it is farther away on a bright day. Or use red electrical tape.
I lost an LED cover on the first flight, since it is in my big TV room I will find it, but seems like they will be easy to use outdoors.
It comes with 4 spare blades, wish it came with a spare battery. The charger is USB-based so can plug into your computer. But it is slow. There are chargers out there that can charge multiple batteries at once.
"This product is not a toy but a precisive equipment that integrating mechanics and electronics with expertise of aerodynamics and high-frequency transmitting"
"Keep it far away from the moisten environment"
"Use this product correctly and avoid operating by your own" Translation: (no idea)
"Keep it far way from the high-speed rotating part and heat source"
*I received this on 12/28/14 and it says X5C on the instruction manual - "Implement Standard GB/T26701-2011" Don't know if that is the new X5C-1 people are looking for.