The Best Syma Drones for 2021

So, you’re 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 and 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 specifications and their pros and cons. I’ll run through all the details to help you find the perfect drone for your flying needs. I do need to put a little disclaimer out first though.

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

Syma X5C

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

I would recommend this drone to the average drone pilot because of its price to performance ration. This drone packs in a lot of features that are enough to get someone started. If you’re starting a photography or wedding videography business, the Syma X5C is perfect if you’re on a budget.

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 average person. You can buy it and use it without being fearful of breaking it. Even if an accident were to happen most parts of this drone are available separately and it’s inexpensive. So it’s easy to repair.

Pros:

  • Easy to carry around (light weight)
  • Can take abuse (durable)
  • Easily repairable (all parts are available separately)
  • Small enough to be flown inside and outside (good for beginners)
  • Cost effective (cheap)

Cons:

  • Not for professional videographer or photographers
  • Only for beginners

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

My Top 10 Syma Drones

X5SW

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.

The X5SW also has on board FPV, this is first person view for all you 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.

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 directly to an SD card.
  • Restricted to recording in places with WIFI.

X5A1

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’s lighter and has two spare batteries included in the box.

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • No camera
  • Incredibly difficult to find
  • May be discontinued

X8C

This is the bigger cousin of the X5C but it’s not just bigger, it also packs more features into its large frame. 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.

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

This is the X8C’s 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 basically the same as the Syma X8C.

The FPV in a bigger drone like this, which has auto orientation technology built in, allows for an amazing flying experience. It provides the ability to film properly with managed shots and provides a fun flying experience though the FPV mode.

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

The X8PRO takes the pro name and tries to do it justice by adhering to the standards of a semi-professional drone. That said, for the price this is the best available Syma drone.

It brings features expected of a moderately expensive drone, at a much lower price. It’s packed with more features than any other drone on this list including:

  • Follow me mode: Allows the drone to follow the user around and film them without having to control the drone.
  • Orbit mode: Tells the drone to circle around the user while maintaining the camera angle towards the user.
  • Flight plan mode: Tells the drone to fly to a place marked on the GPS.

If you are looking to step up your drone photography and videography on a budget, I’d recommend the Syma X8PRO.

Pros:

  • Can take abuse (durable construction)
  • Easily repairable (all parts are available separately)
  • GPS
  • Good stability
  • Records to Phone
  • FPV mode
  • Packed with features

Cons:

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Flying range is mediocre compared to better drones

X8HG

The X8 line of drones usually consists of big drones. Well, except this one. This guy is actually pretty lightweight and brings most of the features that the other variants have. This is a great drone for people that need something that gives above the barebones features in a small form factor.

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

X20

If you really want a small drone just for flying than this is it. It’s cheap. Remarkably cheap. It has the following modes:

  • Altitude hold mode: Allows the drone to hold its altitude
  • Headless mode: Allows the drone to stabilize itself midair.

That said, the price comes at a cost. It doesn’t have a camera. It’s a good drone to buy your child to get them to start learning how to fly one.

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

There’s really not much to say about the Syma X12. It’s tiny, lightweight and definitely more of a practice drone for children.

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 for children

X1

Agility and maneuverability is the name of the game with the X1. This drone is built to zip around and perform tight maneuvers. It’s also 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

The X9 is the most average of average low budget drones on the market.

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • No camera
  • Not repairable
  • Doesn’t follow the design of traditional drones

FAQ’s

Which Syma drone is best?

I would 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.

Which brand of drones is best?

Syma drones are known for being affordable and well built but drones buiilt by DJI are straight up superior to Syma products. They do also cost way more. If you are just starting out then Syma is my pick. Other wise there are other better options available provided you have deeper pockets such as a GoPro or DJI drone.

Can Syma drones be flown indoors?

Yes. Most drones can be used indoors as long as they’re controlled well. Syma drones in particular are really durable and small. Indoor flying should be fine.

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. You can get it here.

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

Maybe you’re just buying a drone for fun or for you kid and these drones have too many features that don’t interest you. So here’s a list of each Syma drone sorted by size:

Small Syma Drones

Medium Syma Drones

Large Syma Drones

You should be able to see the trend among Syma quadcopters – as size increases so does camera quality, range and features. That’s the trade off. Of course these drones wouldn’t be able to be used for any heavy duty activities such as checking cattle.

That’s why I’d recommended the X5C as most average users will be fine with what it offers, its price and its size. Other than that the 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.

I hope you found this buying guide helpful and we wish you an excellent flying experience. Happy droning!

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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.