Syma X8C Review
Syma X8C Review
Complete Review of the Syma X8C And the FPV version Syma X8W FPV
Well this is a great jump forward from the Syma Company bringing out a bigger quadcopter than the X5C which is brilliant to fly with a camera for a cheap price.
Specs of Syma X8C
Functions: Up / down, left / right sideway fly, forward / backward, turn left / right, built - in 6 axis gyro, 360 degree 3D fly and special functions (continuous rolling)
Lens pixels: 2.0MP
Battery: 7.4V 2000mAh Li-on battery ( included )
Suitable cameras for this copter: Normal flight cameras and sports DV cameras
Flying time: 10-12mins
Charging time: About 120mins ( by US B)
Controlling distance: 50m
Battery for controller: 6 x AA battery ( not included )
Product size: 48.5 x 48.5 x 19 cm
Box size: 35 x 35 x 17cm
Type: RC Simulators
Functions: Turn left/right, Sideward flight, With light, Camera, Forward/backward, 3D rollover
Built-in Gyro: Yes
Night Flight: Yes
Material: Plastic, Electronic components
Remote Control: 2.4GHz Wireless Remote Control
Mode: Mode 2 (Left Hand Throttle)
Transmitter Power: 6 x 1.5V AA battery(not included)
Package Weight : 2.500 kg
Product Size (L x W x H) : 48.5 x 48.5 x 19 cm / 19.06 x 19.06 x 7.47 inches
Package Size (L x W x H) : 36 x 36 x 18 cm / 14.15 x 14.15 x 7.07 inches
Package Contents: 1 x Quadcopter, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x Camera, 1 x Card Reader, 1 x Storage Card, 1 x Lithium Battery, 1 x Charger, 4 x Fan Blade, 4 x Undercart, 4 x Protector, 1 x Enligsh Manual, 1 x Balanced Charger.
Now let us talk about the Syma X8c
I think will put this post as good and bad points mixed together as easier to flow with.
Straight off the bat this Syma X8c looks like the DJI Phantom Quadcopter, however there is no comparison.
- One the Syma X8c has brushed motors not brushless. What does that mean? Will not take big loads like Gopro and certain fpv set ups.
- Adding brushless motors would increase the price of this quad massive as they are more expensive and you need to have ESCs supplied.
- But we are talking say under $90 on X8c to spending $600 plus on Dji Phantom with gps
- The 4 brushed motors in the Syma X8c do the job at the price.
Well of course they are plastic, the screw that holds them on is plastic not metal, however as a brushed motor not hard to change props when damaged. Just remember props are clock wise and anti clockwise, check as you are removing them to compare with new props attaching.
The remote controller is doable at the cost and has function modes for easier flying for beginners and camera control to take videos on flight and image shots like the X5C
The Syma X8c has I believe 2mp of taking images, which is ok, but not done yet think a Mobius camera would be the go as lighter, the camera supplied, just testing that. As this is a brushed motor quad does not have vibration rubber dampers to the camera, however for the price the video quality is good. So impressed on the video quality considering this is not a DJI Phantom per say.
The camera is attached using a fixed point not a gimbal, however it allows you to adjust the camera pointing angle.To take off the camera or put on is really easy as just slides on. The camera comes with a 4GB micro card that pushes into the rear of camera. You might consider using a Mobius camera and remove the installed camera.
Charging The Syma X8C
The X8C incorporates a 2000mah 7.4v 2s battery, the battery fits in the ok, however found it fiddle to attach battery maybe my big fingers.Charging took me over two hours with incorporated charger. Having a better charger from Hobbyking I culled that down a lot.The Syma X5C is not a lot different in charge time. Tip buy some extra batteries you will need them as I get around 8 minutes depending if using camera a lot.
Flying the Syma X8C
This quad falls into me great for beginners that eventually want to fly quads like the DJI Phantom, huge learning curve so the X8 is cheap to kick in with for a beginner. The stability is awesome and easy to fly, flips can be achieved by using the 3d version using the right button on the remote top right corner ( read instructions). Tip make sure you are flying high enough like 3 meters height before flipping, makes sense. Range I got was 180m hover more testing to do.
Pros and Cons
For the price this is really a neat quad. The downside is has brushed motors but my Syma X5C has the same but much lighter and in thinking of the X8C depending of the weight you want to put on her maybe a few extra motors might be the go. Having said that no problems flying stock standard with motors. The video quality is ok, again considering the price and the camera you get.
There are some upgrade motors I saw here , so you might consider in the future for stronger flying. But really stock model is a hell of a lot of fun. My view is a 8 out of ten because I am pretty hard on reviews and expect so much for the amount of cash I spend, so hey check out video below, I know you will have a great experience with the X8C and also think of doing fpv with her.
Update November 2015
Am impressed, we now have the Syma X8W That is equipped with FPV