Unless you have been living on another planet for the last year it is almost impossible for you to have missed out on the increasing popularity of drones, or quadcopters. This last Christmas they were the present of choice for both buyers and recipients, and there is no question that these ‘gadgets’ have worldwide, gender-wide and age-wide appeal. From eight to eighty, drones have captured the imagination of so many, and with that has come a tremendous choice.
However, the price range of drones is almost as wide as the Grand Canyon, from $20.00 to $20,000 and it can take a great deal of research to try and establish which drone would best suit your needs. Here at Quadcopters.com we like to try and help with that choice, and also the best way to go about becoming involved in the exciting and verging on addictive world of drones. As a consequence, we don’t recommend you rush out and spend $1,000 on a YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter Drone for two very good reasons. First, this is not really a beginner’s drone, and could prove to be a costly move if you learn to fly a drone with this model. Not because it is difficult to fly, but nobody is born a drone pilot, and better to learn on something that won’t make you cry the first time you crash it, and you will! Second, for some, flying a drone is simply something that can go on the ‘done’ side of your ‘to do’ list, but that having done it a few times, there is no great desire to turn it into a regular hobby.
For these two reasons we have decided to review the SYMA X5C Explorers 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter With HD Camera which you can usually get for just under $40.00. We will review others at a later date, but for now this is one of the best small drones available and what we like most about it is the fact that it feels like a scaled-down version of a ‘proper’ drone as opposed to a lightweight and semi-responsive toy. Don’t be put off by the low price point, this is not a cheap and cheerful model, but a fully-functioning drone which is perfect for flying in restricted spaces and as a training aircraft. And yes, the word aircraft is used correctly, as that is exactly what this little gem is.
Our thanks go to “mayiandjay” for the video he posted on YouTube which is excellent and will give you a very good feel for this quadcopter’s capabilities, and also its shortcomings. Considering the price point of this drone, we were impressed with the video quality, even though we appreciate it is not of the best HD standard but hey, you still get a good video camera all the same. We also appreciated the mention of one problem which is common to all drones at this level, and that is the fact you can really only fly them successfully when there is no wind. This is a lightweight drone so can offer very little resistance and is not recommended for use in winds above 5mph. However, there is one major advantage of a light weigh drone, and that is that it can’t do too much damage either to what it hits, or itself, if you have a crash!
• With HD Camera
• Up/down, left/right sideward fight, forward/backward, turn left/right, gyro/flash lights,
• The 6-axis system – quadcopter can be hand launched.
• 6-Axis gyro quad-rotorcraft flight, strong stability and easy to control.
• 2.4 technology adopted for anti-interference when more than one quadcopter is flying at the same time they will not interfere with each other.
• Rechargeable high performance battery.
• Including 4CH digital proportional RC system.
• 5-8 minutes flying time
• Dimensions 41cm x 30.5cm x 9cm
Average Rating 8.6/10
Other drones you might like to consider include:
• Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter with Camera
• UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera
• Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone