The Best Syma Drones for 2020

So, you are looking to buy a Syma drone, maybe it’s a gift for your children or you just want to take a crack at flying drones or to try some aerial videography and photography.

Well, then you have come to the right place as this is a list of the best Syma drones, their features, their specification and their pros and cons. I’ll run through all the details to help you find the perfect drone for your flying needs. Do need to put a little disclaimer out first though. You can also check out some of our most recommended drones here.

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Hi, my name is Josh Hayden and I am the head writer and editor on Drones-Pro website.

I bought my first drone in 2011 and my passion for flying has only grown from there. I love drones and enjoy reviewing them for you.

I live in Iowa, got 2 kids, loving wife and a dog.

First of all, an honorable mention to the best drone that we believe will satisfy 80% to 90% of most people’s needs. Also, if you don’t want to read the entire article and just want to be recommended a drone we recommend the Syma X5C.

Syma X5C

Syma X5C
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X5C 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter w/ Camera $64.42

This is an entry level drone from Syma, with its main focus on being durable and beginner friendly. It covers most of the basics that are expected of a drone.

The reason we recommend this drone is because of its price to performance ration, this drone for the price packs in a lot of features that are enough to get someone started.

Features aren’t the only thing that makes us recommend this drone, we know that most people aren’t experts at flying drones and accidents do tend to happen and that’s why this drone is our top pick for the one drone any average person can buy and use without being fearful of breaking it. Even if an accident were to happen most parts of this drone are available separately. So, it’s easily to repairable.

Pros:

  • Easy to carry around (light weight)
  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • Small enough to be flow inside and outside (Good for beginners)
  • Cheap price

Cons:

  • Not for professional videographer or photographers

Specifications

  • Dimensions 31 x 31 x 8 cm
  • Weight is 910g
  • Battery is 3.75V 500 mAh LiPo
  • 720P webcam
  • Flight time is 7 minutes

Top 10 Syma drones for newcomers

X5SW

Syma X5SW
Photo Title Price Buy
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 WiFi FPV Drone 2.4Ghz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter Drone with Camera, White $39.98

This is the X5C’s more capable cousin as it comes packed with the ability to transmit the recorded video via WIFI to a phone. So, no more recording video on to an SD card without knowing what it looks like or what the framing of the shot is.

X5SW also has on board FPV, this is first person view for all those beginners, basically once connected to your phone you can attach your phone above the X5SW remote controller and view a live feed of what the camera on your X5SW is seeing and control it that way.

Here are the Pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Easy to carry around (light weight)
  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • Cheap price
  • Has FPV Mode (First person view)
  • Has the capability to record directly to your phone

Cons:

  • Not for professional videographer or photographers
  • Not capable of recording to a SD card.
  • Restricted to recording where you have WIFI.

X5A1

Syma X5A1
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X5A1 4 Channel 2.4GHz $64.42

This is the X5C’s less capable cousin as it lacks the video camera completely. It still has all the pros about the other X5 model just lacks the camera, this can be an upside for you, if you just intended to buy a drone for flying and not for recording.

If that is the case then this drone also has the ability to fly for longer as it weighs lighter and has two spare batteries included in the box.

Here are the Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Easy to carry around (light weight)
  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • Cheap price

Cons:

  • No camera

X8C

Syma X8C
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X8C Venture with 2MP Wide Angle Camera 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter - Orange $64.99
SYMA X8C 2.4G 4-Channel RC Quadcopter with 2MP Wide Angle Camera $109.99
Syma X8C Venture with 2MP Wide Angle Camera 2.4G 4CH RC Quadcopter - Black $64.99
SYMA X8C Drone with 2.0MP HD Camera Headless Mode 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RTF 3D Eversion RC Quadcopter $69.99
Origional Syma X8c 2.4g 4ch 6 Axis Venture with 2mp Wide Angle Camera Rc Quadcopter RTF Rc Helicopter-(White) $161.29

This is the bigger cousin of the X5C but it not just bigger it also packs more features. First of all, the size advantage brings with it the ability to fly and additional 50 meters further than the X5C. Its big size also allows it to be visible from further away far more easily than its little cousins.

Secondly, it includes a feature called headless flight mode, this allows the drone to orient itself properly when the user is not able to see its orientation. Basically, it going to be harder for you to run the X8C into a wall but even if you do it is well built so it can take a bit of beating.

Here are the Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • Cheap price
  • Good stability
  • Bigger range
  • Records to SD card

Cons:

  • 3-hour charging time
  • Mediocre photo and video quality

X8W

Syma X8W
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X8W 2.4Ghz 4CH RC Headless FPV (Real Time) Quadcopter with Wifi Camera - BLACK $59.99
Syma X8W 2.4Ghz Explorers WiFi FPV RC Quadcopter with 2MP Camera RTF $62.99

This is the X8C more capable cousin. In what way? Well, it includes FPV mode and the ability to record video directly to your phone much like the X5SW. Other than that, it’s the same X8C drone in built.

The FPV in a bigger drone like this which has auto orientation technology built in allows for an amazing flying experience, this drone is a good mix of both, it can provide the ability to film properly managed shots and provide a fun flying experience though the FPV mode.

Here are the pros and cons of the X8W.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • Cheap price
  • Good stability
  • Bigger range
  • Records to Phone

Cons:

  • 3-hour charging time
  • Mediocre photo and video quality

X8PRO

Syma x8PRO
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X8PRO Venture with 2MP Wide Angle Camera $64.99

The X8PRO takes the pro name and tries to do it justice by adhering to the standards of professional and so, it has a price tag to match. That said for the price this is the best value available.

It brings features expected of a much expensive drone at a much lower price, following are some of its noteworthy features.

  • Follow me, which allows the drone to follow the user around and film them without the user having to control the drone to do so.
  • Orbit, which tells the drone to circle around the user while maintain the camera angel towards the user.
  • Flight plan, which tells the drone to go to a place marked on the GPS.

If you are looking to step up your drone photography, videography, The X8PRO is highly recommended by us.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • GPS
  • Good stability
  • Records to Phone
  • FPV mode
  • All the features listed above as well

Cons:

  • Mediocre Battery life
  • Range is Mediocre.

X8HG

Syma X8HG
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X8HG With 8MP HD Camera Altitude Hold Mode 2.4G 4CH 6Axis RC Quadcopter RTF

The X8 line of drones usually consist of big drones, right? Well except for this one, this guy is actually easily carriable, while bringing most of the features that its bigger in size cousins bring. This is a great drone for the guys that need something that gives above the barebones features in a small form factor.

Here are the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (All parts are available separately)
  • Good stability for flight
  • 1080P camera
  • Small size

Cons:

  • Shaky footage
  • Difficult to frame shots due to lack of FPV.

X20

Syma X20
Photo Title Price Buy
Newest Syma X20 Mini Pocket Drone Headless Mode 2.4Ghz Nano LED RC Quadcopter Altitude Hold Gold $33.99
SYMA X20-Black 2.4 GHz Mini Micro RC Drone, Black $24.98
SYMA X20 Pocket Drone 2.4Ghz Remote Control Mini RC Quadcopter Altitude Hold One Key Take-off / Landing Black $26.98

If you really want a small drone just for flying than this is it, its cheap remarkably cheap. Has features like

  • Altitude Hold, allows the drone to hold its altitude
  • Headless Mode, allows the drone to stabilize itself midair.

That said, the price comes at a cost, no camera. it’s a good drone to buy your kid or yourself, if you are literally just learning how to fly a drone.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Good stability for flight
  • Tiny size
  • Incredibly cheap

Cons:

  • No camera
  • It’s meant to be a toy

X12

Syma X12
Photo Title Price Buy
SYMA X12 Black 4CH 2.4G Nano Quadcopter $15.99
Syma X12 Mini Nano 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channel RC Quadcopter (RED)
Syma X12S Nano 6-Axis Gyro 4CH RC Quadcopter with Protection Guard, Color White $22.99
SYMA X12S Green 4CH 2.4G Nano Quadcopter $24.08
Syma X12S Nano 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channel 2.4G Transmitter RC Quadcopter with Headless function-Red
Syma X12 Nano 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter Mini Drone RTF UFO Aircraft, Color Green $19.99

Since, we have ventured into the realm of tiny drone, allow me to introduce the cute one, the X12. Sort of the same package you get with the X20 just in an adorable little size.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction), unless someone thinks of it as a fly and swats it
  • Good stability for flight
  • Tiny size
  • Incredibly cheap

Cons:

  • No camera
  • It’s meant to be a toy

X1

Syma X1
Photo Title Price Buy
SYMA X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter, Spacecraft (As Shown) $45.99

Agility and maneuverability is the name of the game with the X1, this drone is built to zip around and preform tight maneuvers and by easily replaceable if someone breaks it trying to look cool.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Good stability for flight
  • Medium size
  • Incredibly cheap

Cons:

  • No camera

X9

Syma X9
Photo Title Price Buy
Syma X9 Flying Quadcopter Car Remote Control Car and Drone with Battery (Matte Black and Yellow Flames) $29.99
Syma X9 Flying Quadcopter Car Remote Control Car and Quadcopter Drone Exclusive Green Colorway $29.99

Okay, the X9 the best of the best most extreme top of the line drone… just kidding.

This drone is on the list for being unique and just playful and fun. It looks like car trying to be a drone or vice versa. It’s a toy, would make for great gift for boy obsessed with flying cars, as this is quite literally that.

Here are the pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good stability for flight
  • Can be used as a RC race car.
  • Medium size
  • Incredibly cheap

Cons:

  • No camera
  • Can’t take abuse (Durable construction)
  • Not repairable
  • Doesn’t follow the design language of traditional drones

FAQ’s

Which Syma drone is best?

It depends on your needs, we recommended the X5C as it ticks most of the boxes that an average user might have regarding a starter drone. If by best you mean the best in class than the X8PRO is the clear winner. There is no one size fits all.

Which brand of drones is best?

Again, it depends on your needs, the Syma drones are known for being affordable and well built but drones such as the one DJI makes are also excellent and in some ways superior to Syma products but they also cost way more. If you are starting out then Syma is our pick, other wise there are other better options available provided you have deeper pockets.

Can Syma drones be flown indoors?

Yeah, almost any drone can be used indoors as long as, its controlled well but the best part about drones manufactured by Syma is that they are really durable and most of the indoor flying and mishaps can be tolerated by them.

Do all Drones made by Syma have a smartphone app?

Yes, all drones have a free app for you to use, some even have an optional controller feature which allows you to use your phone as a controller.

Are Syma drones long lasting?

Yes, most drones made by Syma have good durability i.e. they last longer and as far as the battery health goes most of them have replaceable batteries as well. So, again it depends but yeah, most people’s drone will last long.

Wrapping it all up

Okay, so assuming you have read through the entire article and are here, maybe you like more than one drone for your need and are unsure which one to go for. A simple answer to that from my side will be the one that cost more among your choices as it will most likely be more well built and pack more features.

That said maybe you are just buying drone for fun or for you kid and these drones have too many features that don’t interest you. So, I will make little distinction size wise for all drones that we recommended.

Small Drones

Medium Drones

Large Drones

Now, you should be able to see the trend among the Syma quadcopters, which is that as size increases so does camera quality, range and features. That’s the trade off a serious drone user will not mind carrying around big drone as he is motivated and purpose to bring that thing with him and he needs the drone to perform the task reliably. Of course these drones wouldn’t be able to be used for any heavy duty activities such as checking cattle.

That’s we recommended the X5C as most average users will be fine with what it offers, its price and its size. Other than that, for the high end X8pro is definitely worth taking a look at and for the people who just want a toy drone, The X9 or any of the small drones are perfect for you.

Hope you found this buying guide helpful and we wish you an excellent flying experience, happy droning.

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