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Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter Drone with Camera by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter Drone with Camera
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 449 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 5.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.5   average
Range4.5   above average
Flying4.4   average
Speed4.3   average
Guard4.2   above average
Tree4.0   above average
Video4.0   below average
Battery3.9   above average
Quality3.9   average
Crash3.6   above average
Learning3.6   below average
Camera3.5   below average
Blade3.3   average
Remote3.3   below average
Wind3.2   below average
Control3.0   below average
Charging2.3   below average
Size2.3   mediocre
Motor2.0   average


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Battery

Battery:
"But the upside of that is that if it ends up in a free-fall for any reason (battery dies, pilot error, hit by EMP wave, etc.)"
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"The battery connector can be hard to get in and out because it is small, but a pair of needle nose pliers makes it easy."
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"My only problem with it is that it should have came with another battery."
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"Only disappointment was short battery life in the copter."
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"No battery, no flying and no fun!"
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"this is a great quadcopter it's easy to fly and very dourable I've crashed it a lot but the downside is that you should probably buy more batteries because the one they give you is bad and breaks easily I give I 4 stars"
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"Product was good, but would have been good to have received an spare battery due to short battery life time on a charge."
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"The battery only lasts about 10 minutes, so I recommend buying extra."
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"i ordered X5C but to my suprise i received the X5C1 the upgraded version real happy right off the bat so i read the reviews and the common problem seems to be distance it losses communication at short distances so after some research learned that the antenna is to short so while i was waiting for the battery to charge i took the back off the controller and low an behold the antenna wire was only an inch i added just over 3 inches to it and took it for it's first flight it worked perfectly it hovered flawlessly no adjustments had to be done it was trimmed perfectly i live in Oregon in the Forrest i took it over the trees a good 200 feet and no problems it flies great and the video is actually really good i formatted the card it came with and it works fine no problems in getting 7min 40sec on the stock battery and that's with the guards on and the video cam on and my charge time is between 20 to 30 min not the 90min i have read so i fly it all day every day no problems works great very happy with it for 50 bucks cant beat it.. and it's the luck of the draw when these things are mass produced there will be a hand full that will just be duds as goes for all electronics so i got lucky with this one as i read reviews about motors not working camera not working' yanks to the left or right or it's turned on and nothing the duds are out there just return for new one as there not all bad'' so my experience has been good happy flying.."
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"This makes dealing with the battery compartment cover easy3."
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"With the battery charged, I was able to fly it indoors, in limited space."
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Blade

Blade:
"Suggestion for manual: Parts pictures show motor and blade orientation wrong."
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"My only complaint is the blade guards bend easily and get in the way of the props."
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"If all it takes to damage this beyond usability is changing the blades and blade guards then it's worthless to me."
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"Pros:1) This Quad is very stable in calm winds (no wind is best) and with proper trims set, which is easy to do (check your manual).2) Very light weight and the blades have a protective guard to reduce injury potentials.3) Flies accurately with good control handling.4) LED lights aid in dawn and dusk flights in terms of directionality (not so much during the daylight though).5) Comes with propeller blade replacements in case of damage (4 total).6) The camera is actually quite good in daylight conditions, not excellent, but still impressive."
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"It crashed many number of times but the little flyer held up pretty well without breaking a single blade, blade guards or landing gear!"
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"I did totally blow out a motor while I was flying indoors (I had taken the guards off from around the blades as well)."
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"Easy fix, painted the blade guards."
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"Just remember to keep the guards on when your learning so you don't damage the blades."
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Camera

Camera:
"The video is not great, but remember, its 50 bucks for a drone and video camera."
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"However, the camera came broken."
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"The batteries dont last at all and it took me a while to figure out the camera because the instructions that came with are wrong."
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"Without being able to see the footage on the remote side, the camera is also useless."
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"If you fly this thing in your hood trying to snap some vids, expect problems ranging from the camera not seating properly and falling loose, to squirrel-like behavior with a mind of it's own."
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"The camera isn't the greatest but for this price you just can't beat the entire kit."
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"Its fun to fly, the camera actually works."
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"Surprisingly good camera."
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"Also, the camera angle is tilted down pretty far, I may try to modify it."
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"The camera is not bad and works nice, the package even comes with a card reader that plugs into your computer or laptop so you can view the videos or pictures you've taken, the card reader would also work with any micro SD card you have, which is a plus."
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"The video quality is amazing for such a tiny camera!"
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Charging

Charging:
"The flying of it is ok, the problem is that the battery only lasts about 8 minutes before you have to charge it for an hour"
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"Only had a problem with charger pins being bent down."
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"I assume if you so desired, you could bring a computer along and charge during flights too, but I wouldn't recommend it since the little motors should have some time to cool down between flights (to extend their life and not burn them out).Cons:1) It is difficult identifying directionality when it gets further away or higher in elevation."
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"Arrived quick, when I opened box I noticed I was missing the USB charger cord."
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"I cannot give a review of the Syma X5C because I would not be able to test it out without the charger, but from appearance it looks awesome."
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"And the second problem is the charger refuses to charge the battery."
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"I would recommend buying more batteries and a better charger."
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"Great to learn skills on as it is really tough (sturdy), and the quad itself is extremely responsive with good flight time and relatively quick charge time too."
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"I recommend buying 5 extra battery's and a multi charger because the batteries last about 5 minutes."
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"I also bought, separately of course, four extra batteries, an extra 4 USB battery charger (buy one, you won't regret it), spare parts, and a carrying case with foam inserts specifically fit for it."
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"Spare parts are cheap and I recommend buying the extra batteries with the charger for more flying time."
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Control

Control:
"My problems are with the remote control transmitter."
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"Unfortunately, I lost control Orientation of the device, and it took off."
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"It also is simple enough to control that my 8 year old has picked how to fly it after just a few attempts."
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"As has been mentioned previously, once you get it 100 feet or more in the air, it gets hard to control as it blends in with the color of the sky."
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"Probably some problem with the speed control."
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"My fault, too light to fly and control in a 25 mph wind.."
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"I was amazed...The controls are very sensitive...will take some work to get the hang of it....I was amazed by how good the video quality is!"
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"It is very easy to control, and also very easy to get it stuck in trees!"
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"I was quite surprised how easy it was to control but I did have a few minor crashes."
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"IT flew well for a minute but i lost control."
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"Flys great, easy to control."
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Controller

Controller:
"The third time, the controller wasn't responding well and the drone flew over the trees and past our next door neighbors house and we aren't even sure where it went from there because it was still going."
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"Best quad for learning pretty easy to fly, only problem is bad range on the controller"
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"Sucked, had if for like 1 hour and broke it just keeps flying even with controller off."
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"Controller transmitter is a nice size and has a professional look, however, it is made of plastic."
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"The instructions show all the functions of the controller and are pretty good for explaining all you need to know about this amazing beginner quad."
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"I was fortunate to pick it up again and was able to take the batteries out without any damage done to the controller."
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"This is the best drone for beginners, as it can record video, do flips, and has a pretty decent controller and range."
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"First Quadcopter I ever flew, the packed arrived in it's original box, I charged the battery, I would suggest getting other batteries, the original battery only lasts 5 to 7 minutes, impressive controller and design, the camera is equal to an old flip phone, but works ok, fairly easy to fly in L mode, my brother in law has the DJI Phantom, and he even likes it, I crashed about 7 times so far, got the propellers all wrapped up and banged up, and this thing still works, not a bad item for what I paid, I have expensive RC Cars and used to have RC Gas planes, and this is much easier to fly than a plane, a little different though, so far no problems, and YES there is a manual that comes with the product in English."
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Crash

Crash:
"this is a great quadcopter it's easy to fly and very dourable I've crashed it a lot but the downside is that you should probably buy more batteries because the one they give you is bad and breaks easily I give I 4 stars"
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"I bought this so that I could learn to fly quadcopters before purchasing a real one as I would rather break this than a $1000 DJI phantom, but my first time flying this thing it had a bit of a rough landing and it landed at an angle hitting one of the propellers on the ground and now one of the motors doesn't spin the same speed as the rest so it just flips upside down when you try to fly, it was not a hard landing at all which is why I am complaining, if It would have crashed from 20 feet in the air I would understand but this was nothing that should have done damage, 50 bucks for 5 min of fun is not worth it, this thing should be $20."
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"I can get a little excited and end up shooting off the wrong way but it's durable so if all else fails I just cut the throttle and let it crash."
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"I've only had a couple minor crashes, but nothing has broken besides the red led light cover falling off."
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"It has crashed afew times with zero damage."
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"It flys fast and high, reacts quickly and if it crashes its operator error."
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"I was quite surprised how easy it was to control but I did have a few minor crashes."
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"I was able to order a crash kit, it arrived within a week and I replaced the motor in about five minutes on my lunch break."
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"Also crashes extremely well will the fan guards on (like I said, my first flying toy) grab some extra batteries because you're going to want to keep flying."
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"this is a great quadcopter it's easy to fly and very dourable I've crashed it a lot but the downside is that you should probably buy more batteries because the one they give you is bad and breaks easily I give I 4 stars"
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"The real challenge with this toy is being able to keep it in the air and not crashing into anything."
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Flying

Flying:
"Smaller than I thought it would be, but that just means it's not heavy and wont get damaged when you're learning to fly it."
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"It is not as easy to fly as it looks."
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"I am terrible at video-games, but I have been able to fly this little drone with only a few practices."
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"Unfortunately, after the first few recharge cycles, it refused to fly for more than 5 seconds before running out of power."
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"No battery, no flying and no fun!"
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"this is a great quadcopter it's easy to fly and very dourable I've crashed it a lot but the downside is that you should probably buy more batteries because the one they give you is bad and breaks easily I give I 4 stars"
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"Its fun to fly, the camera actually works."
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"Flies smoothly with few practice."
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"Easy to fly and responsive."
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"Great price and easy to fly."
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"This model was a recommendation due to price and each of flying."
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Guard

Guard:
"Missing landing gear camera guards."
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"My only complaint is the blade guards bend easily and get in the way of the props."
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"I did totally blow out a motor while I was flying indoors (I had taken the guards off from around the blades as well)."
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"Also crashes extremely well will the fan guards on (like I said, my first flying toy) grab some extra batteries because you're going to want to keep flying."
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"Easy fix, painted the blade guards."
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"The Battery time is pretty good: 7 minutes with prop guards and around 10-11 without."
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"Just remember to keep the guards on when your learning so you don't damage the blades."
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Learning

Learning:
"Smaller than I thought it would be, but that just means it's not heavy and wont get damaged when you're learning to fly it."
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"Best quad for learning pretty easy to fly, only problem is bad range on the controller"
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"I am still learning to control the unit, not finding it as easy as advertised with other reviews."
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"Just try not to get over confident when learning I got mine stuck in a tree."
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"Bought this as a trainer so I don't have a nasty learning curve for the more expensive drone that I plan to purchase."
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"There's a learning curve to fly it but the video from a $49 drone is amazing."
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"I am 40 and it is my first quad-copter but it feels great learning how to fly it."
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"Just remember to keep the guards on when your learning so you don't damage the blades."
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"Learning to fly: It was fun to fly."
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Motor

Motor:
"Had one motor burn out but pretty sure it was my fault."
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"Makes it hard to know which motors are clockwise, and which counter-clockwise."
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"Suggestion for manual: Parts pictures show motor and blade orientation wrong."
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"Quick update... After a dozen flights or so, one of the motors failed."
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"They both really enjoyed flying them but one grandson lost his to high winds and the other one had a problem with a motor and had to replace it."
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"I assume if you so desired, you could bring a computer along and charge during flights too, but I wouldn't recommend it since the little motors should have some time to cool down between flights (to extend their life and not burn them out).Cons:1) It is difficult identifying directionality when it gets further away or higher in elevation."
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"Had one motor burn out but pretty sure it was my fault."
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"Drone worked good for a total of 20 minutes until 1 motor stopped working completely."
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"Worked fine for a couple days but motors stop working but no worries i bought new high performance motors now works like a charm flys very good even on light windy days"
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"Did have trouble with a bad motor but bought a crash kit on Amazon and installed motor which by the way is very easy to do and flies like a champ."
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"after a month one of the motors went out took some bangs on the floor walls and grass but one motor went out like I said other than that very fun would have got another but I was scared to buy another one and it might do the same thing so if it was made to last it would be better but for 40 50 bucks its fun while it last I guess u get what u pay for lol."
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Practice

Practice:
"I love it great quadcopter, its been only a week but its really fun to play with it, a little bit hard to control it but i guess i just need more practice"
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"Flies smoothly with few practice."
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"I am terrible at video-games, but I have been able to fly this little drone with only a few practices."
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"this was very fun and after a lil practice very easy to fly."
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"With practice it gets much easier."
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"It does take some practice to fly but was quite easy once I learned how."
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Price

Price:
"The camera isn't the greatest but for this price you just can't beat the entire kit."
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"This drone is hard to beat for the price!"
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"I knew it was going to be a cheap piece of junk when I bought it because it was only fifty bucks but I thought I would get more than 5 minutes out of it."
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"Hard to beat for price."
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"The photos and video are not great but again, at this price point it works."
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"Excellent piece of machinery for the price."
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"Easy and a lot of fun for the money"
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"Great deal for the price."
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"So, I've came up with this: The design of the product is great, though when you hold the quad in your hand it feels cheap and easily breakable."
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"Great price and easy to fly."
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Quality

Quality:
"The video quality isn't the best, but you can get some really cool photos from high in the sky!"
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"The video is pretty good (see video below) people have have complained about the video quality are forgetting that they got this awesome thing for less than 40 bucks."
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"Not the best quality!"
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"Video quality is not crystal clear and not stabilized so don't expect professional footage but for the price you can't beat it."
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"Material Quality:The build quality is not great, but then again, I've let it drop from about 30 feet in my yard and it was just fine."
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"I was amazed...The controls are very sensitive...will take some work to get the hang of it....I was amazed by how good the video quality is!"
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"The range is great, it has amazing stability and the photo and video quality is great."
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"Camara records well, don't expect HD quality but on a sunny day, this records very well."
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"It's not GoPro quality but its great if you just want to inspect your roof, neighborhood from the air or play around."
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"The video quality is amazing for such a tiny camera!"
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Range

Range:
"Only complaint is the range of the remote, while it works as advertised at 30m, I wish it was stronger."
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"Best quad for learning pretty easy to fly, only problem is bad range on the controller"
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"The range is great, it has amazing stability and the photo and video quality is great."
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"The quad has amazing range."
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"This little drone has a great range, its extremely durable, and quite fast."
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"It is really light and if it's windy it's easy for it to get out of range."
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"This is the best drone for beginners, as it can record video, do flips, and has a pretty decent controller and range."
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Remote

Remote:
"Without being able to see the footage on the remote side, the camera is also useless."
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"My problems are with the remote control transmitter."
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"This drone is great for starters just the only problem is you have to link the drone with the remote and the drone should be on a flat surface and this is more of an outdoor thing only indoor if you have a big open space and it is powerful and can handle the wind and with no wind it will rip through the ski and DO NOT try to test the range up high do it down low and it can get out of range so watch out and this thing is durable and after flying it the battery will get hot after a good hard play and I am just 13 and I figured this out you just have to READ THE DIRECTIONS which are very long and discribive"
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"Only complaint is the range of the remote, while it works as advertised at 30m, I wish it was stronger."
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"The remote looked nice in the pictures but the buttons on the bottom by the LCD screen are fake."
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"This drone is great for starters just the only problem is you have to link the drone with the remote and the drone should be on a flat surface and this is more of an outdoor thing only indoor if you have a big open space and it is powerful and can handle the wind and with no wind it will rip through the ski and DO NOT try to test the range up high do it down low and it can get out of range so watch out and this thing is durable and after flying it the battery will get hot after a good hard play and I am just 13 and I figured this out you just have to READ THE DIRECTIONS which are very long and discribive"
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"It is very stable and zippy which gives you a great feeling of full control with the remote it comes with."
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"However user beware it can climb high and become easy to loose orientation and fly out of range of the remote."
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"I recently mounted a Spektrum Ultra Micro FPV Camera & VTX (SPMVA1100) atop one of my X5C-1s and I'm getting some great FPV video through a remote monitor I mounted atop the Syma transmitter."
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Size

Size:
"The battery connector can be hard to get in and out because it is small, but a pair of needle nose pliers makes it easy."
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"Returning for credit, unfortunately it was very fun for a very small amount of time."
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"The only drawbacks are it is so light that small amounts of wind affect it and can make it uncontrollable."
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"Only bad thing is its kinda small but not to small great size to learn to control a new toy."
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"Returning for credit, unfortunately it was very fun for a very small amount of time."
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"Small and easy to fly, even for a novice drone pilot."
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"I cant believe how much fun i am having for such a small amount of money."
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"Controller transmitter is a nice size and has a professional look, however, it is made of plastic."
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"Overall, it's a great source of entertainment for a small investment."
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Speed

Speed:
"Probably some problem with the speed control."
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"My fault, too light to fly and control in a 25 mph wind.."
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"This little drone has a great range, its extremely durable, and quite fast."
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"It has a bit of a learning curve if you haven't flown one before, but once you get the hang of it and switch it over to fast mode, the performance is very impressive."
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"It is most fun to fly in 0 wind and lower wind speed = higher altitude possible."
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"Terrific product, great service and fast delivery."
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"Best wind conditions to fly this toy is 5 mph or less."
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Tree

Tree:
"Great product.....unfortunately my maple tree ate it."
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"The third time, the controller wasn't responding well and the drone flew over the trees and past our next door neighbors house and we aren't even sure where it went from there because it was still going."
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"The first time I flew this outdoors I got it caught in a tree because my piloting skills weren't good enough yet."
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"Just try not to get over confident when learning I got mine stuck in a tree."
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"It is very easy to control, and also very easy to get it stuck in trees!"
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"The quad blends well into the sky as well as trees."
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"Clearly it will take more time to master but I was able to keep it in the backyard and out of the trees."
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"i ordered X5C but to my suprise i received the X5C1 the upgraded version real happy right off the bat so i read the reviews and the common problem seems to be distance it losses communication at short distances so after some research learned that the antenna is to short so while i was waiting for the battery to charge i took the back off the controller and low an behold the antenna wire was only an inch i added just over 3 inches to it and took it for it's first flight it worked perfectly it hovered flawlessly no adjustments had to be done it was trimmed perfectly i live in Oregon in the Forrest i took it over the trees a good 200 feet and no problems it flies great and the video is actually really good i formatted the card it came with and it works fine no problems in getting 7min 40sec on the stock battery and that's with the guards on and the video cam on and my charge time is between 20 to 30 min not the 90min i have read so i fly it all day every day no problems works great very happy with it for 50 bucks cant beat it.. and it's the luck of the draw when these things are mass produced there will be a hand full that will just be duds as goes for all electronics so i got lucky with this one as i read reviews about motors not working camera not working' yanks to the left or right or it's turned on and nothing the duds are out there just return for new one as there not all bad'' so my experience has been good happy flying.."
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"Great product.....unfortunately my maple tree ate it."
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Video

Video:
"The video is not great, but remember, its 50 bucks for a drone and video camera."
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"The video quality isn't the best, but you can get some really cool photos from high in the sky!"
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"Pictures and video are okay but not great."
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"The video camera works well, though watching the videos can be a problem, though I eventually got it."
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"The video is pretty good (see video below) people have have complained about the video quality are forgetting that they got this awesome thing for less than 40 bucks."
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"I was amazed...The controls are very sensitive...will take some work to get the hang of it....I was amazed by how good the video quality is!"
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"The range is great, it has amazing stability and the photo and video quality is great."
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"Video was really good I was surprised."
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"Of course without a gimbal the video is only as steady as your flying but for the price it's a great value."
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"The video quality is amazing for such a tiny camera!"
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Wind

Wind:
"The downside of that is how affected it is by the wind."
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"Worst accident I had was when the wind caught it and it hit a neighbor's roof, then fell 2 stories down onto the pavement."
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"The only drawbacks are it is so light that small amounts of wind affect it and can make it uncontrollable."
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"They both really enjoyed flying them but one grandson lost his to high winds and the other one had a problem with a motor and had to replace it."
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"Pros:1) This Quad is very stable in calm winds (no wind is best) and with proper trims set, which is easy to do (check your manual).2) Very light weight and the blades have a protective guard to reduce injury potentials.3) Flies accurately with good control handling.4) LED lights aid in dawn and dusk flights in terms of directionality (not so much during the daylight though).5) Comes with propeller blade replacements in case of damage (4 total).6) The camera is actually quite good in daylight conditions, not excellent, but still impressive."
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"The wind can easily catch it since it's extremely light, though you can usually take it out of the current."
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"But I've found that moderate wind makes it more fun in some ways."
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"Some people have mentioned how the wind affects it, and in a 15-mph wind you'll likely have great difficulty controlling it."
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"The past month I have flown it indoors as well as outdoors even in moderate winds and have about 50 flights on it ."
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