Syma X8C Venture with 2MP Wide Angle Camera 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter - Black
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- Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) system - The Syma X8C has the Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) function. Usually, the forward direction of a flying multi-rotor is the same as the nose direction. By using IOC, the forward direction has nothing to do with nose direction. This lessens the steepness of the learning curve and allows the pilot to enjoy flight while slowly learning each specific orientation of the quadcopter.
- 6 AXIS GYRO - Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, More scheduled flight, operating more to the force!
- 2MP HD Camera - Built-in the quadcopter for you to take photos and videos while flying! Have photos from aerial viewpoints while flying the quadcopter!
- Colorful flashing lights - have fun playing with it during the day or nights with your friends, family, kids, even pets!
- Blade Protector - comes with blade protectors to protect your blades in flight or from wear or minor crashes!
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6 AXIS GYRO Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, More scheduled flight, operating more to the force!
360° Eversion A key 360°roll,continuous roll for perfect action and wonderful performance
2MP HD Camera X8C equipped with HD camera, lets you control the aircraft Enjoy taking pictures/video of the pleasure flights.
Blade Protector Highly elastic plastic protective circle, preventing the blades in flight Cause wear, anti-collision anti-fall performance further enhanced!
Colorful Flashing Lights Colorful flashing light, keep your Aircraft at night Flying is quite excellent.
Product Size Body Length: 20 in / 508 mm Body Width: 20 in / 508 mm Body Height: 6.5 in/165 mm
Channel: 4 Channel
Battery for Transmitter: 4 x AA battery (not included)
Product Size: 20 x 20 x 6.5 in
Control Mode: Remote Control
Control Distance: about 50m
Battery for RC Quad Copter: 7.4V 2000mAh Li-on
Charging Mode: USB charging
Charging Time: About 180 mins
Play Time: 5-8 mins
1 x Syma X8C Quadcopter
1 x 2MP HD Camera
4 x Rotating Blades
4 x Protection Frames
4 x Landing Gears
1 x USB Charging Cable
1 x 7.4V 2000mAh Li-on Battery w/ EC3 Banana Connector
1 x 4G Memory Card
1 x Card Reader
1 x Screwdriver
1 xUser Manual
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The phantom itself is wonderful to fly, however, the ever present fear of flyaways and all the precautions one must take when flying (no interference, no large metal structures, monitor solar activity, calibrate compass, gps satellites, etc) takes a bit of the fun out of regualr flying. As such, I felt the need for a secondary "dumb" bird so to speak. One that I would have control over exclusively, free from autonomous flight. I figured that I would use my phantom for professional videography at select locations and I would use the secondary quad for just casual flying and recording, in all manner of locations.
I chose the Syma X8C as that secondary and let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
The Syma X8C is a very stable flyer with excellent lifting power for a quad of its class. The headless mode comes in very handy as an impromptu return to home feature, when orientation is lost. Further, the large motors do not seem to get as hot as the Syma x5c-1's and none have burnt out thus far. In any event, the motors are easy to replace as they are plug and play with only a few screws to remove. No soldering required!
I have used this quad to lift my Gopro Hero 3 with ease, as well as my Lumia 1020. However, The Runcam proves to be an ideal companion to this quad.
The range is advertised as being 100-150m, however, I have found the range to be closer to 200-250m (haven't tried to go farther than that as it is practically out of sight at that point).
The lights are bright and easy to see and when the battery is low, it starts flashing whilst leaving you a good 2-3 minutes of flight time left. This is a vast improvement over the Syma X5c-1 which would give practically no warning before blinking and dropping out of the sky.
With further regards to flight time, the large 2000mah battery provides about 10-12 minutes of flight (with runcam attached). This is more than enough time to get your shots.
The yaw rate is a bit slow, which is ideal for an aerial video platform such as this. However, the quad, especially in high rate, is very wind resistant and stable.
Another benefit is that this quad is basically the same exact shape and size as the Phantom 1. As such, almost all of the accessories that fit the Phantom will fit this quad. For example, the extended landing skids and skins for the phantom.
All in all, I love this quadcopter. My Phantom is now reserved for special occasions and this is my daily use quad :).
The only downside I can see is that the propellers are extremely unbalanced. Previous Syma models had pretty balanced props but this one does not. I suspect that the molded lettering on the blades ("A" and "B") contribute to this. However, after a bit of sanding, the props balance nicely and the quad performs better than ever. BALANCE OUR PROPS PEOPLE!
All in all, this is definitely the flagship quad from Syma and it is well worth the money.
I have taken the liberty of adding two pictures to thsi review; one of my modded Syma X8c and one showing a size comparison between said Syma X8c and my Phantom.
I'll be adding a 3 axis lightweight gimbal soon so I'll be able to get much better video quality. You really can't beat the setup if you are in the market to do aerial cinematography. Worth every penny and can lift a GoPro if needed. I definitely recommend the RunCam HD though.
You can see the picture I grabbed from the video below!
The only reason it does not get 5 stars is that the camera setup as delivered results in very noisey videos. The gimbal on the camera is just
loose enough to cause a lot of "Jello" or shake in the video especially in high speed mode. The manufacturer Syma should add a locking mechanism to the camera gimbal to lock it firmly into the desired angle position to clean up this video "Shake". Fortunately, there is a video on line entitled "I CAN STOP YOUR JELLO ON YOUR SYMA x8c camera" which explains how to fix the problem. The opening at the bottom of the camera is taped and the camera is foamed between the camera and the gimbal. This fix completely removed the video "Jello" in both low and high speed modes of the quadcopter. Pictures of this camera modification are attached. Other than the camera video problem, this is an awesome quadcopter.
The bigger issue with this copter is the charger that is included, its junk. The manual states that the charging time is 200 minutes and flying time is about 7. While the flying time may be accurate depending on conditions and type of flight the charging time is way off, closer to 300 minutes! So that means with the battery and charger included you are limited to less than 10 minutes a day of flight if it takes 5 hours to charge the battery. One may think that they can just buy more batteries and keep them charged up, which wouldn't be a bad idea, but if you look into lipos you will find out that it is not recommended they be stored with a full charge. Since I have been into RC for a while I have a few chargers that work on lipos so I will make an adapter so I can use one of them and charge the battery in less than an hour. I would recommend investing in a better charger before buying more batteries.