Syma X5HC in depth review. Newest upgrade to X5C series comes with 2.0MP camera and some cool features.

Hello and welcome to another review from the new drone series manufactured by Syma. We are talking about the X8H and X5H series. We have already reviewed the X8H drone models which you can find here: Syma X8HG and Syma X8HW.



Syma X5HC Overlook:
Flight Time : 5 to 7 minutes
Camera : 2MP photo / 1MP video
Battery Type : 3.7V 600mAh Lipo Battery
Range : 30 to 50 meters
Remote : 2.4 GHz Frequency
Gyro : 6 Axis
Features : Headless Mode and Altitude Holder also known as Barometer Set Height
Price : check price on Amazon

Today we start reviewing yet another affordable Toy Grade model by Syma the X5HC. In our Syma X5HC review we’ll talk about upgraded version of the commercial sales hit Syma X5 and X5C. Much like the X8H series, the X5H series focus on the recent feature implement in low-cost drones, the Altitude Holder also known as Barometer Set Height. This feature was much more common in higher-budget drones, however, some companies such as Syma and JJRC have been investing in this feature for low-cost drones. This feature, which we will explain further on in full detail, is very useful for both photography and videography. For a very affordable price every drone enthusiast or just someone who wants to learn how to fly a quadcopter can enjoy such feature together in a very easy to control drone packed with a decent quality camera. Let us move on to discuss what makes X5HC stand out from the rest.

Syma X5HC Features

First of all let’s analyse Syma X5HC features. This affordable medium sized (33 x 33 x 11 cm) quadcopter features one of the most rare to find functions for drones within this affordable budget. This feature is Altitude Holder (also known as Barometer Set Height) an amazing feature for photography and videography lowers, as it allows the drone’s  sensitive barometric pressure sensor (barometer) to measure air pressure and keep your Syma X5HC locked at that height, hovering autonomously, without much pilot’s input . Therefore pilot can focus on recording the video or taking photos while Syma X5HC hovers steadily. Even in fairly windy days this quadcopter will be able to maintain height while pilot pays attention to other important things. Besides this innovative feature, Syma X5HC also includes, the nowadays more common, Headless Mode function for easier orientation despite where the drone’s front is pointing at. This feature is great for both beginners and children as it makes the drone much easier to control. Other common features which can be find in X5HC are the LED lights for night flights and the 360º aerial stunt with just the push of a button on the 2.4 GHz remote controller.

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Now let’s talk about the camera, unfortunately the Syma X5HC camera seems to be the same one used in X5C (yet to be confirmed) which isn’t bad since it was a decent camera. However it does not represent an improvement from previously model which is very disappointing. There already are many same price quadcopters with better camera. This camera has 2MP for photos and 1MP for video. It saves your recorded files into a Micro-SD card. Photos and videos are taken and recorded through buttons on the remote controller.

Controller, Control range and flight time

syma-x5hc-controllerTalking about the remote controller, yet another weakness of Syma, the RC controller is very simple, but that’s not where the problem lies. Unfortunately X5HC only has a control distance of 30 to 50 meters (it may reach 60 or 70 meters in perfect flight conditions but do not expect it often). However still very below the 100 meter average range for drones within this price range. Syma is known for their low range products which may be a negative side to many drone enthusiasts. Another negative aspect of Syma X5HC is the flight time. This and range have always been Syma’s two biggest weaknesses. If price and ease of use are their strongest characteristics than flight time and control distance are definitely the weakest. Powered by a 3.7 voltage 600 mAh lipo battery, X5HC has a flight time between 5 to 7 minutes, the same of X8H series. Not the worst flight time, but far from the best value for your money. Battery takes around 130 minutes to completely charge and can be charged via USB which is a big plus as it allows you to plug it in to your computer. Thus making a good fit for travelling. Let’s hope Syma makes big improvements in these two characteristics (flight time and control distance) in their next updates.

Syma X5HC is great for :

Syma X5HC is targeted at beginners and children. An easy to control quadcopter, safe to fly, fairly durable (made from ABS plastic and propellers and motors are protected from crashes and hits by propeller guards around them) with enough features and specifications for learning and practicing. On the other hand the Barometer Set Height (Altitude Holder) feature is something you won’t find in almost any drone. It’s a powerful innovation in the low-cost drone market and for this price you won’t find a cheaper model featuring Altitude Holder. Therefore, if you are looking for a Toy Grade photography and videography drone at a very affordable price to gift someone or for yourself to practice this Syma product deserves your attention.


What do you think of this quadcopter? Are you a fan of Syma looking forward to upgrade their previously model without investing much money? Are you new into drone flying and looking for your first quadcopter? Have you ever tried Altitude Holder feature in a low-cost Toy Grade drone? Did you like our Syma X5HC review? Let us know in the comment section below! Also, if you have a friend looking for a very affordable drone experience recommend them this review and see what they have to say about the Syma X5HC. Don’t forget to browse our page, you will surely find many other powerful drones which you will be amazed at. The drone industry as developed in such a rapid scale that nowadays there is a good drone available for every budget and need. Drones Globe wishes you a happy flight! Enjoy!

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not that easy for a new flyer. altitude hold is not as good as I thought.

It bounces up and down, when you hit the up stick look up because it is gone, then when you try and land it cuts out and crashes.

mine took off in headless mode, no control response.


New flier here. Excited to start learning to fly using x5hc. Assembled carefully and charged battery using supplied charger until charging light went off. Read all preflight instructions several times, a little confusing to say the least. Outside we go. No wind or obstacles to worry about. Turned copter on, lights flash fast. Turn controller on and push left stick forward , beeped, then back, second beep. Slowly pushed left stick forward...nothing! Wait a few seconds push forward again. Blades start rotating. Push throttle forward and copy or stools up 10 feet. Release throttle and unit comes down to 5 ft for a moment then back to the ground where it flips upside down. Turned copter upright and tried again. No response. Finally had to turn copter and controller off to reset. OK. Tried lift off again. A little better on height this time but no throttle control when close to ground. This procedure was repeated a couple more times with little if any improvement. Never got it to stabeleize at any height. Could not control foward, back or anything but a spin. Can not keep it in the air long enough to adjust anything. Am I doing something wrong or backwards or am I just stuck with a bad unit? Frustrated and disappointed.

I look forward to your timely response.


I had exactly the same thing happen to me. It kept flipping over when it touched down. OK I took it out in the wind but I was in a shielded area but it just kept veering towards the trees (That was against the wind). I Tried to fly it inside my living room and all it did was throw itself into a wall not even attempting to go up, I used the switches to try to stabilize flight & that changed on each attempt. I was disappointed with the battery life expecting it to last for more than 7 minutes, I should of gone else where but it was a learning curve in my training


I love this drone, if only I could get the Hover mode to work correctly.

idorenyin boniface

ok, but how we get this type of drone in africa? especially for video shooting process

Colin de la Harpe

Try toy stores in Blair Toit mall tokai

Colin de la Harpe

Blue route mall, that is!