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When entering the drone world and looking for the best drones for beginners, you’ll probably be looking for a drone that is not too fast and has some extra durability features on it. The Syma X5C is that drone. An entry-level drone through and through, the X5C is perfect to get some piloting experience.

Why We Like It – Syma X5C

The Syma X5C is about as entry-level and beginner as a drone can get. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Everybody has to start somewhere, right? The 11 miles per hour top speed is fast enough for you to get your bearings and the propeller guards add an extra layer of safety for if, or when, you crash.

Pros
  • Powerful Enough to Handle at least 10MPH Wind
  • 100 Foot Operational Range
  • Comes With an SD Card
Cons
  • 90 Minutes Charge Time
  • Remote Control Can Skew the Drone

Speed/Power

The Syma X5C is a zippy little drone capable of reaching a max speed of about 11 miles per hour. While that may be slower than most other drones in its class, it is a perfect speed for a beginning flyer. If you do want something faster, check out the Holy Stone HS100. The X5C is a simple quadcopter with simple controls that’s powerful enough to handle some light wind.

Range

Flight time on the X5c isn’t stellar, to say the least. You’ll get about seven to ten minutes worth of time on the drone before you’ll need to charge the battery. This is roughly the same as the Parrot Mambo Fly. To add insult to injury, charge time is 90 minutes which is an unnoticeable ratio. On the plus side, operational range of the X5C is 100 feet which, considering its a beginner drone, is more than acceptable.

Durability

As a beginner drone, the X5C isn’t the most durable, but the people at Syma have taken steps to ensure its safety. And we appreciate that. It comes with prop guards so the propellers don’t get damaged if you run into something. Every part on the X5C is available for purchase as well if you find yourself in need of one. Syma has even included a print manual and diagram to break it all down.

Camera Features

The image quality on the camera isn’t the best, but at 720P it should still be able to take some half-decent pictures. Again, for a beginner drone, this is more than acceptable. One downside, though, is that the X5C doesn’t come with any stabilization, so prepare yourself for some shaky results. If you want a better camera, check out the DJI Mavic Air 2.

Value

The X5C comes with a 4GB SD card for storage which is something not normally seen on an entry-level drone. The remote control has trim settings and is easy to use according to many customer reviews but can sometimes get stuck and skew the drone in one direction. But if you prefer to use your phone for drone control you can do that instead.

Syma X5C Wrap Up

While not really meant for anything other than getting your wings, the Syma X5C can still introduce you to the joys of aerial photography even if it is at a scaled down quality. The battery life is expected, but the charging time is not and could be vastly improved upon.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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