Syma X5 Review: Amazing Quadcopter, Performance At Lower Cost

The Syma X5 is one of the few drones which you probably (hopefully) won’t crash immediately after unboxing. Its design stabilizes itself pretty well making it one of the more user-friendly drones in the market.

Quick Summary

  • Great for beginners and casual fliers
  • 7-Minute Flight Time 
  • 2.0MP Camera
  • 100m Control Range
  • Price: $$

Is the Syma X5 same as other drones? While technically yes, it also flies and snaps photos.

Even if you do manage to crash it, you can just order another one because it is pretty damn cheap.

For a drone with a camera that prices itself well under a hundred bucks, its features sure give you a lot of bang for your buck (you'll know why later). Now let's move on the the juicy parts of the Syma X5 review.

Syma X5 Quadcopter Technical Specifications


What makes this Drone fun to play with is that it has a 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization feature. In English, it means that it pretty much stays in its place even on a windy day.

6-Axis Gyro Stabilization feature

6-Axis Gyro Stabilization Feature. Image Credit

I love this feature the most since it makes the drone easy to maneuver dealing with the wind pretty well. This feature allows the user to flip the drone 360 degrees with the press of a button which I don’t do much, but it’s good to know it can do it.

The Syma X5 can survive some rough handling despite being made of materials that make it light and nimble.

Not only that, its remote control feels just right for people who aren’t used to multi-tasking. It also comes with an LCD screen that tells you when your drone's trim is off. For an entry-level drone, it can pretty much stand on its own.

syma x5c remote control

Remote Control. Image Source

Battery Life

Seeing as the drone only weighs around 2 pounds with the camera, not much power is required for it to take off since compared to other drones it is a lot lighter. The weight makes it easy to carry and move around.

syma battery

3.7V, 500Mah Li-Poly, USB Charging Battery. Image Credit

However, the drawback of this is that if the drone is light, then the battery isn’t substantially big.

With only a 7-minute battery life (or even less), you have to be mindful of the drone since it cannot stay in prolonged flight mode.

Battery packs and a spare charger are available, so you do have to buy one if you love to take your drone for strolls and long walks, but this puts a cap on it if you want to shoot a long aerial clip.

All in all, the battery packs a decent punch for people who want to start being a drone enthusiast. For long-term drone fliers? Probably not.


syma xc5 camera

720p Camera. Image Source

A 2.0-megapixel camera isn’t something you could brag about because we’re waaaaay past flip phones, but it’s not a bad thing for this package because it already comes with the drone. Despite it saying 720p resolution, the quality is very low. 

It’s probably good enough for web snaps and clips, but I strongly advise against doing photo shoots and films with it. You’re going to be in a bad mood the moment you watch your recordings.

Better cameras are available as an accessory which you can either mount or hang depending on your preference, but the added weight may prove to be a problem when you are handling the drone as compared to when you usually use it.

To sum it all up, the camera is there for aesthetic purposes rather than for functionality. Good thing it’s free!

Syma X5C Flight Test

Here's a flight test video where you can check the X5C's video quality.​

The video quality isn't that great, but will work for amateur videos or just plain goofing around. See for yourself:

Is Syma X5 Worth Your Money?

Yes...if you’re a newbie or casual drone user.

For something that costs less than a hundred bucks, it’s a pretty sweet deal for casual users.

Whether you want to start as a drone pilot or looking to practice first before you handle more sophisticated (and more expensive) drones, this is the one for you. 

To be fair, despite its drawbacks and shortcomings as mentioned above, the X5 worth both your money and time.

So, Is The Syma X5 A Decent Drone?

Well after reading most of this Syma X5 review you might be on the same page as I am. The X5 isn’t a decent drone.

"With its price and specs as an entry-level drone, it’s an excellent drone."

I have had my fair share of using drones from shooting landscapes to simply just watching them fly and believe me, it’s tough to have fun when your expensive toy can go from funk to junk in an instant. 

The X5 lets you have that fun since it comes in pretty cheap and is easy to use, so I tend to use it often in almost any circumstance.

It’s not the best drone because of its default features such as the camera and battery, but the handling and mobility of the drone are more than enough to compensate for it. If you’re looking for both a beginner and budget-friendly drone, then the X5 is probably the one you need.

In addition to that, the Syma X5 is ideal for both indoor and outdoor droning due to its light weight and stable design. Unless you’re not good with your hands, you won’t have to worry about knocking over vases or your drone getting blown away.