Holy Stone F180C Quadcopter Review

The Holy Stone F180C is one of those well-built, high quality quadcopters that immediately catch your attention. It’s well built, American hobby quality. It has a really rich feature set, supports flips,video recording and photo making, and even has a headless function to simplify the pilot’s job. The quadcopter can fly both indoors and outdoors.It can take slight gusts easily, however heavy winds will blow it away.

The range is 30 to 50 meters and the F180C can fly just as high too. If you fly out of the range it will simply stop flying, so experiment only above soft surfaces.

The box comes with everything you need for the flight, except for the 4xAAbatteries for the transmitter.

The Holy Stone F180C has 6 axis gyro stabilization (3 axis for the accelerometers and 3 for the gyros) so it drifts only a little, and is a very stable flyer.

It also has trim buttons on the transmitter, so any tendency to drift can be easily counteracted.

The Holy Stone F180C has 4 level of controls, which make it suitable for beginner and advanced pilots too, and indoor flight is easier using the lowest setting.

The quadrotor comes with good looking crash and prop guards, and has a nice shell, which make it very durable.

The motors coreless, and they drive the propellers directly, the quad flies quietly without any gear noise.

Replacement parts are available too, would anything happen to your quad you are covered.

The quad is 13.5cm x 13.5cm x 3.5cm in size, so it can lift tiny objects if that’s something you expect from a quad. The shipping weight is around a pound. Being a light quad you will not have to register it with the FAA.

Suggested age is 14 years and up.

While the quad does not have automatic landing, it does have headless mode which makes return home much easier than your average quadcopter.

The video

on the quad has a 2 megapixel resolution (1280 x720p), the video and the audio is saved onto the miniSD card in the quadcopter. The quad comes with 2GB card and a card reader too so it’s one less thing to worry about. The video is non-FPV so it’s viewable only after landing. For best results make sure you turn off the recording before switching of the quadcopter, otherwise the video file could get damaged. The video format is AVI, and is playable by most players. Fortunately the video has no overlays.

Video controls are on the transmitter, which is rare in this category.

The video camera is neither removable nor turn able, so positioning is simply done by positioning the quadcopter. Simplicity is key for these light machines.

Video recording is signaled on the LCD screen of the transmitter, which is really handy. Night vision is not supported, on the upside the quadcopter records audio too.

The battery

is a 3.7 volt Li-Po battery, which grants this quadcoptor an 5 to 8 minute flight time. The batteries use the JST connector standard,so you can use other chargers too, not just the USB based one which comes in the box.

The Holy Stone F180C comes with two batteries

, which makes this offer unique.

The charge time is around 45 minutes. The charger can charge the two batteries together. The charger’s LED will turn off when charging is complete.

Low voltage cutoff protects the batteries, and the Holy Stone F180C’s LEDs will start blinking to remind you to land.

The transmitter

uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology so you can fly together with your friends without a hassle.

The range is 30 to 50 meters, just make sure you fly low when pushing the limits.

Pairing is automatic, all you have to do is power up the quadcopter, then power up the transmitter with the throttle stick in the lowest position.

Our rating:

Fun:★★★★☆
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★
The single flaw of this quadcopter is the need to rest between flights to avoid overheating, so the fun factor is a tiny bit lower than usual.


If you liked the Holy Stone F180C you will surely love the HubsanH107C too! Looking for something smaller? The Hubsan H107L isa great alternative to check. For a video review of the Holy Stone F180C check this RCGroup post.

Eachine E10C Review

The Eachine E10C is a nano-sized drone complete with a good quality 2 megapixel camera, weighing only 15 grams. Being a nano sized drone it does not have a wide range of features – it’s just not possible to squeeze so many things into such a small package. Still it supports flips on button press, flight is very stable, and is fairly fast too.

The E10C supports both indoor and outdoor flying, and has bright LEDs too(blue in the front, red in the black) which help with the orientation and act as low voltage warning too.

The mini-drone is well built, and can take crashes like a champ, so it’s definitely a high-quality product. It does not come with a prop guard, however it’s available as an add-on.

Even though the E10C is well built accidents will happen, fortunately the quadrotor is well-supported, with a crash set, body shell and spare charger all available.

The control range of the quadcopter is 20 to 30 meters, and it will fly just as high too. Once it goes out of range it will simply drop out of the sky, so take care.

While the flight is very stable it may need small adjustments.

As the E10C is very small (6cm X 6cm, 15 grams) it can’t lift any additional weight. On the upside it also means it is very quiet, and does not need FAA registration.

The quadrotor supports both indoor and outdoor flying, and will tolerate small gusts, larger winds will carry it away. The drone has three modes fo rbeginner, intermediate and advanced pilots, which help with the indoor-outdoor switching too. In advanced mode the quadcopter is extremely agile – if you have doubts start in beginner mode.

To cycle the modes just depress the left stick. One beep signals beginner mode, two beeps intermediate mode, and three beeps advanced mode.

Suggested age for the quadcopter is 14 years and up. The quadrotor contains small parts, so keep it out of the reach of little children.

Headless mode and GPS are not supported by this model. Motors are the coreless brushed type, the propellers are simply pushed onto the motors shafts.

The box size is about 12.5 cm X 7.5 cm X 8.5 cm – fairly small given that it contains both the transmitter and the quadcopter.

The package contains everything you need for flying, except for the 2xAAbatteries for the transmitter. For the video functionality you will need a MicroSD card and a card reader as these are not included.

The camera

of the E10C is an advanced unit, it can take photos in 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (2 megapixels) and record videos in 1280 x 720pixels (0.9 megapixels), at 30 frames per seconds.

The quality is fairly good, the camera records the photos and the videos onto the MicroSD card inserted into the quadcopter. Taking photos and recording videos are controlled from the transmitter, which is fairly clever for such a small aircraft.

The quadcopter has a LED for camera status. It’s important to stop the recording before turning off the quadrotor, as the video files could get damaged.

The E10C does not have live video output, so a smartphone is not needed for the video functionality. If you are looking for a nano sized quadcopter with FPV support, check out the Eachine E10W.

To view the photos or the videos, first turn off the recording, next turn of the quadcopter and remove the MicroSD card. Finally use a card reader with your computer to view the contents of the card.

Being a tiny quad there is no place for a microphone in it, so audio is not recorded.

The video format is plain .AVI, and is playable by any player.

The camera is fixed in place, it’s neither movable nor removable. The MicroSD card and the card reader are not included in the package.

The battery

of the E10C is a single-cell, 3.7 volt LiPo battery with 150mAh capacity. This gives the mini-drone a 5 to 6 minute flight time after a 30 to 40 minute charge time.

The charger is USB based. To charge the battery, first connect the quadcopter to the charger, next the charger to a USB socket. Charging is finished when the LED on the charger turns off.

While the charger is compatible with any USB socket, including the iPhone charger,or USB power banks for in-the-field charging, for best results use your computer’s USB socket. This way you will not charge the battery too fast.

The battery was not designed to be removed, still it’s a possibility if you need to replace it.

Replacement chargers and batteries are available, battery upgrades are not possible however, as larger batteries would not fit the battery cage.

The quadcopter has low voltage alarm, it’s LEDs will start flashing as the battery starts to run low – make sure you land ASAP.

The transmitter

of the E10C is a toy-like transmitter,which best fits small and normal sized hands, even though it’s larger than what you get with other nano quads. It uses the 2.4 Ghz spread-spectrum technology, which makes it immune to interference. This means you can fly together with your friends, all you have to do is bind the quadcopters to their transmitters one-by-one.

The transmitter is fixed in mode 2, with throttle on the left stick.

The camera functionality is on the shoulder buttons of the transmitter, the sticks can be pressed as if they were buttons. Depressing the left stick will cycle through beginner, intermediate and advanced modes. Depressing the right stick will activate flip mode – move the right stick afterwards to start a flip in the given direction.

The control range is 20 to 30 meters, and the E10C will simply shut down if you fly out of range.

To bind the quadrotor and the transmitter first power both off and set the left (throttle) stick to the minimum. Next power on the quad, then the transmitter, and push the throttle up to the maximum, then down to the minimum again.

After crashes the quadcopter can start to drift. To fix this issue reset the gyros: place the quad on an even surface, bind it to the transmitter, and move both sticks to the bottom left position to start the recalibration.

Overall

the Eachine E10C is a very nice quadcopter, it’s only drawback is that it can lose lot of height when flipping. Besides this minor issue it is very agile, the camera is good quality, and it’s LEDs make it great for night flying. Support is great too.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★

Resources:

RCGroups has a short but informative thread on the Eachine E10C, it’s possible one of the best reviews of the quadcopter. Youtube has great videos on it too,for example this one. If you like nano quadcopters, you will surely love the Cheerson CX10and the Syma X12 Nano too. For a bit larger quadcopter with a camera you may want to check out the Holy Stone F180C.

Holy Stone U818A Review

The Holy stone U818A is a well-built quadrotor from Germany.It gives you everything you can possibly expect from in a beginner friendly quadcopter, and even some more: it has a 6 axis stabilization system, a built-in HD camera, and will do flips on demand. The quadcopter has built-in prop guards, so it’s more robust than the average drone. Due to it’s gyros flying is smooth, you will not have to fight it.

The on board electronics guarantees a perfect flight. You can fly this quad indoors and outdoors too, even light winds will not carry it away.

The radio range for the Holy Stone U818A is 30 meters, and it has no height limit, so it can fly just as high too. Flights last between 6 and 9 minutes,the charge time is 1 to 2 hours.

The box comes with everything you need for flying, except for the 4xAAbatteries for the transmitter.

As this quadcopter is compatible with the UDI U8181A HD, there is a wide variety of spare parts available, for example propeller bladesand motors. The good compatibility means that the Holy Stone U818A is really easy to repair would anything bad happen to it.

The size of this Holy Stone quadrotor is 13.4 x 13.0 x 2.2 inches, and the weight is 4.2 ounces. The light weight means you will not need to register it. Still it’s more than strong enough to lift tiny objects, for example Lego men, 808 keychain cameras, etc.. (However it has it’s own camera, but more on that later)

The suggested age for this quad is the usual 14 years.

The Holy Stone U8181A is equipped with headless mode. This means it will remember it’s starting orientation, and fly accordingly. For example, in normal mode if you turn the quad right, and then forward the quadrotor will fly right. In headless mode it will fly forward. It will help you return the quad if the it’s is far away, and you lost the orientation, so it’s a really handy function.

The Holy Stone U818A has a return home function, but it does not always seem to work. The quad has a high and low speed mode, which makes it ideal for both beginner and advanced pilots too. Indoor flight is safer in low speed mode.

The shipping size is 55 X 37 X 10cm, and the shipping weight is around 2pounds – good to know if you plan to travel with it.

LED lights are a standard feature of the Holy Stone U818A, so it looks great on the night sky, and orientation is easier too.

The U818A flies very quietly, you will not disturb anyone with the noise.

The U818A’s camera

has a HD resolution (1280×720 pixels),photos and videos are both supported. The photo and the recording button are on the transmitter. Audio is not recorded

Video is recorded onto the removable 4GB Micro-SD card, which is more than enough for several flights. The quadcopter comes with an USB Micro-SD card reader, so it’s one less thing you might need.

The image and video quality is pretty good, for best results avoid quick movements with the quadcopter.

The transmitter

uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, so you can safely fly together with similar or other quadcopters. The quad should be able to bind to to other 2.4Ghz transmitters too, which can be useful for extending the range. Live video output is not supported, as it’s a non-FPV quadcopter.

Binding the quad and the transmitter

is simple, use these steps:

  • Turn the transmitter and quadcopter.
  • Turn the transmitter on, and push the throttle to the maximum and then to the minimum.
  • Put the Holy Stone U818A on an even surface and turn it on. A bit later you will hear the beep which indicates the successful binding. The LEDs on the quadrotor will turn on.
  • If you move the right stick to the to the bottom right corner the quad will start gyro recalibration. It’s LEDs will start blinking, and will turn solid once the recalibration is complete.
The U818A’s battery

is a 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po one. Usual flight time is 8 minutes, the usual charge time is 100 minutes. The Holy Stone U818A comes with two batteries.and 2 hours. Replacement chargers and batteries are available, for example here (this set is originally for the UDI U818A, but it is compatible). As usual with quadcopters, the battery uses a standard JST plug.This means that other JST chargers work too.

Using the factory supplied charger is easy: plug in the charger into an USBport (iPhone charger works too), plug in the battery, and wait for the LED to turn green. The charger can charge the two batteries together.

It’s good to check the battery temperature after flying – if it’s hot to the touch fly more gently to increase the battery’s lifetime.

To get even more out of your Holy Stone U818A, larger batteries are available too, which give you longer flight times.

Our rating:

one of the best quads out there.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★


There is also a great review of the Holy Stone U8181A over at Reviewing Things.The UDI U818A is compatible so worth a reading too.

Syma X1 Quadcopter Review

The Syma X1 is a great little quadcopter for those of us looking to enter this hobby. It’s sized such that you can fly it both indoors and outdoors,and it is fairly durable even without a prop guard or crash guard.As such, it’s US hobby quality, not the usual Chinese junk you might expect.

In outdoor flight mode, this little machine tolerates winds fairly well too,while being fairly quiet, great to have a bit of fun outside.

The quad comes in multiple styles

, however the only difference is the canopy: you can choose from simple UFO, mean bumblebee (the personal favorite), or video game-style spacecraft look. It does not have LEDs, however you can buy them as extras, for example here.Also, the visibility is fairly good without LEDs too.

While this mini-drone can do flips on button-press, it is not really suitable for hard flying. It has brushed motors – these are great for beginner quad copters, but are not adequate for the advanced pilot.

The quad is non-FPV

, and it does not have a camera. It also comes with it’s own remote, so a smart phone is not required for it. Being small it will not lift your GoPro, however it can easily lift a 808 keychain camera so you can do aerial videos with it.

The flight time

is around 8 minutes on a charge (depending on how you fly), and it takes around40 minutes to charge the battery. The Syma X1 will not tell you when it’s battery is getting low, so do not fly high after 7 minutes.

The quad comes with a single battery so it’s a great idea to buy replacement batteries to extend the flight time. Batteries can be bought for example on Amazon(check the price).

It’s good to know that the battery uses a “JST” plug, so may you need a compatible charger, that’s what you will have to look for. This is a great example. The battery is a Lipo battery ~300mAh, so it could be possible to use your own.

There are also options to charge more batteries at once, for example with this nice little charger. Once your charger LED turns green you are ready to fly!

The expected range

is around 40 to 100 meters, and it will fly just as high too. The Syma X1 uses standard 2.4 Ghz transmitter technology, so it works with other transmitters too, making a longer range a possibility. The quad flies pretty well, so you will not need to adjust it all the time. Getting back to the transmitter, it’s fairly simple, so driving another servo or other functions is not possible. However being a standard 2.4 Ghz Tx, you and your friends will be able to fly together without interference.

Both mode 1 and mode 2 flying is supported, so you will not feel lost if you know only one of these modes. To switch between the modes, just push the right trim button bellow the right(A) stick to the right when turning on the transmitter. This toggles between mode 1 and mode 2. The unit is usually shipped without batteries for the transmitter, so you will need 4xAAbatteries for it. Rechargeables are even better.

On first start you might need to pair the quadcopter and the transmitter:

  • first connect the battery to the quad, the LED should flash slowly
  • when it starts to flash rapidly, turn on the Tx
  • when the LED light turns solid, binding is complete

On next flight, you just have to set the throttle to zero, turn on the transmitter, insert the battery into the quad and turn it on. Binding is not necessary, and you will be ready to fly as soon as the LED turns solid.

The dimensions

: the Syma X1 is around 360mm long X 360mm wide X 55mm high,the rotor diameter is 135mm. The weight is only 68 grams, so you will not need to register this quadcopter. Shipping weight is 1.4 pounds, size is ~15*30*2.5 inches

Being a simple quadcopter without a GPS this will not return home, or do automatic landing (well this can land automatically, but it’s called a crash:)

Being a popular quadcopter

, Amazon has a wide range of accessories for it, for example:

The motors are replaceable to, so it’s not a big problem if you smoke one.

Good to know:

The suggested age range is 14 years and older. Warranty is 30 days.The quad is not water proof, so be careful over ponds 🙂

Our Rating:

This quad is great all-rounder and great for beginners, so it deserves the highest rating.
Fun factor:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
You might want to check the rating on Amazon too for more information.


If you want to step up from the Syma X1, the X11is a high quality quad to fly. The UDI U818Ais a bit better protected than X11 so it’s a great choice too. Syma has a huge range of quadcopters, their website is worth a visit for sure.

Cheerson CX-10 Mini Review

The Cheerson CX-10 Mini is a great looking nano-quadcopter, only4cm X 4cm in size. It’s high quality product made in China, it competes with the Estes 4606 reviewed here earlier. It’s fairly advanced, has a 6 axis stabilization system, LEDs for better orientation, and can even do flips on button press.

The range is around 40 meters, with no artificial height limit. The CX-10will simply shut down once it’s out of range so take care! Being a really tiny quad you will not want to fly it far away from you anyway. High altitudes are no problem for this quad, so it’s safe to order wherever you live.

The CX-10 flies smoothly, thanks to it’s advance stabilization system, so you will not have to fight it to stay planted. Bad behavior can be easily fixed by recalibrating the gyros:

  • Put the quad on an even surface and turn it on.
  • Turn on the Tx.
  • Move the throttle (left) stick to the top and the bottom to bind them together.
  • Now move the left stick to the bottom left corner, and the right stickto the top left corner.
  • Wait for the quad’s LEDs to turn solid.

That’s it.

To start flying all you need is 2xAA batteries, the rest is included in the package: the quad with the Li-Po battery inside, the transmitter and the USB based charger.

The quad comes without prop guards, but the guards are available from third parties, for example this one, or this one (includes replacement propellers too). To replace the propellers gently pull them off, and put the new ones on. The new propeller’s direction must match the one you replaced.

The CX-10 can take the beating, as it has a fairly durable plastic shell.The guards make it even better and cost next to nothing, so it’s a great idea to buy them.

Indoor and outdoor

flight is possible too with the CheersonCX-10. Being really tiny it can only fly in calm weather – only 7 cm X 7 cm with the blades. Weight is only 11 grams and it’s very quiet. FAA registration is not required for quadrotors this small.

The CX-10 does not support automatic landing, headless mode, or automatic return home- no quadcopter supports these functions in this size – and price category..

Suggested age is 14 years and up. The quad has tiny parts, so make sure little children can’t reach it.

The CX-10 has three modes for the beginner, intermediate and advanced pilot,so you will not outgrow it. To change the modes just push throttle as if it was a button. Single beep indicates beginner, two beeps indicate intermediate, and three beeps indicate advanced mode.

The instructions are detailed and easy to understand, so you can’t go wrong with it.

The transmitter

is nice looking and packed with functions.It uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology so any number of these little quads can fly together.

The CX-10 uses a special protocol, so binding it to other transmitters is not supported.

The Cheerson CX-10 comes with a mode-2 transmitter (throttle on the left). Switching modes is not supported. Mode-1transmitters should be available too, but they seem to be out of stock now.

Pairing the quad and the transmitter is automatic:

  • Turn on the quad.
  • Turn on the Tx.
  • Move the throttle (left) stick to the top and the bottom to bind them together.

The range is around 40 meters.

The battery

is a 3.7V 100mAh Li-Po one, which grants theCX-10 mini a 4-8 minute flight time, with a 30-40 minute charge time.

The battery is integrated into the housing of the quadcopter, so replacing it is not supported.

The charger is USB based, and it connects directly to the quadcopter. It’s compatible with iPhone wall chargers, or you can plug it into your computer too. Charging from the transmitter is supported too, which makes this quad unique.

While the charger is special, replacement chargers are available.

The quadrotor has low voltage protection, it’s LED’s will start flashing before the battery runs out – you will always know when to land.

The charging is finished when the LED in the charging cable turns off.

Our rating:

This tiny quad is a joy to fly!
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★


Other small quadcopters you may like:

Other CX-10 reviews:

Estes 4606

The Estes 4606 Proto X Nano

is an absolutely tiny quadcopter, measuring only 1.8 x 1.8 inches. Inside the package, you’ll find:

  • The quadcopter itself
  • An 2.4 Ghz radio transmitter for the quad
  • An USB charging cable
  • Four replacement rotor blades
  • And finally the instructions

The quad is well built, and can take a beating. Due to it’s small size it can’t crash really hard. While it really shines indoors, you can fly it outdoors too if there is no wind. Be careful though – the quad comes without guards (though they are available). Replacement props are included, so it’s one less thing you will have to worry about.

The quad is tiny (1.8 x 1.8 inches, 0.4 oz), so the range is small too (you would loose sight of it anyway). The quad has LED lights: blue in the front, and red in the back, which help with the orientation during flight.Due to it’s small size it’s fairly quiet, so indoor flying will not disturb your peers (harassing your friends is never recommended 🙂

Automatic landing is not supported, but landing is easy: just start hovering, then gently lower the left stick to let it land.

Due to it’s tiny parts it can be dangerous to little children, so keep it out of their reach. The suggested minimum age is 8 years, in reality you will want to wait a bit more.

If you happen to have a Hubsan X4 V2, you may want to pair the Estes 4606with it’s transmitter: they are compatible, and you might get additional functions, like turning the LEDs on and off, flipping, and so on.

Stability is great so you will not have to keep adjusting it. The accelerometers might need recalibration after an accident; to do this put the Proto X on a flat surface, and throttle down. Move the left stick to the bottom right corner, and move the right stick to the left and to the right until the LEDs start flashing.

Shipping weight is 3 pounds, shipping dimension is 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches – good to know if you plan to take it on a trip.

Third party crash guards and rotor blades are available, would you be into hard flying 🙂

Quads this tiny do not need to be registered, which is a plus.

The battery

is a 100mAh one, with a flight time of 4 to 6minutes, and a charge time of 40 minutes. The battery is not replaceable,which is the Achilles heel of this otherwise perfect quad.

Charging is through a USB based adapter, so you will need either a computer,an adapter or – if you are out in the field – an external USB charger is great too.

The transmitter

is tiny, simple, but more than adequate for the purpose. It needs needs 2xAAA batteries, which might not be included. Using rechargeable batteries is a great idea!

The transmitter uses standard 2.4 Ghz technology, so you will not get interference, and it also makes it possible to replace the Tx with a more powerful one.

The transmitter is mode 2 only – if you are new to flying this is not a problem though. Also, this issue can be solved by using a different transmitter.

The transmitter and the quad are bound at the factory, but rebinding is easy too:

  • Turn on the quadcopter.
  • Push the left stick (the throttle) down and turn on the transmitter.
  • Wait for the on the transmitter to turn green.
  • If the LED is flashing, replace the transmitter’s batteries.
Our Rating:

While this quad flies great and is fun to boss around, the non-removable battery is a minus.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★☆


You may want to check what others think on Amazon too. The CheersonCX-10 is in the same class with a bit softer looks, so you will want to check that too for sure. To learn even more about the Estes 4606 the RCGroups thread is a great source, and the manufacturer has his own list of reviews too.

Syma X5SC Review

The Syma X5SC is professional-looking,well built quadrotor with video recording capability. The quadrotor has a6-axis gyroscopic stabilization system, so it flies very nicely. quad is 6-axisstabilized (3 gyros and 3 accelerometers), which grants it a smooth flight. The X5SC’s range is huge – up to a 100 meters, so it will get out of sight before getting out of range. The X5SC has no height limitation, so it will fly just as high.

The Syma X5SC has great acrobatic capabilities, it can do barrel rolls,flips to every direction, and is generally very stable in the air.

The X5SC has both prop guards and fairly large legs, so it’s pretty robust.The external shell is made of durable plastic, which helps even more. The quad is not water proof, so stay away from bodies of water unless you are sure what you are doing.

The box contains almost everything you need for flying (the quadcopter itself with the battery, the transmitter, USB charging cable,leg, prop guards and replacement props), except for the 4xAA batteries for the transmitter.

The quadrotor weighs around 114 grams so it’s bigger than your average toy quad. Even though large it’s controls are fairly soft, so it’s ideal for indoor flight and outdoor flight on calm days. The X5SC is way below the FAA’s 250 gram limit, so you will not have to register it.

Spare parts are easy to find, for example this set includes replacement motors, legs, propellers and prop guards. Upgraded batteries are available too, so you can enjoy your quad even more.

The quad rotor’s size is 31.5×31.5×10.5 centimeters, and it’s strong so lifting objects is a possibility. You can even remove the prop guards, legs and the camera to lift more weight. Still, a GoPRO would be too much for thi squadcopter.

The X5SC’s wind resistance is not as good as the X5C’s mainly because the quad can’t fly so aggressively to counter the wind. The upside is that this quadrotor flies better indoor. You can even start with indoor flying, and switch to outdoor later once you know your quad better.

The X5SC can fly pretty fast, so even though it’s just can’t be as nimble as the smaller quad rotors.

The quadcopter supports headless mode, which means that the forwards/backwards left/right directions will not change even if the quad turns around. It’s a really handy feature to fly your quad back if you lose the orientation mid-flight, or just to fly around without having to think about the direction. Altogether the X5SC is a lot of fun to fly and provides great value.

The box the quadrotor ships in is 16.5 X 13.5 X 3.75 inches, and the shipping weight is 2 pounds – great to know for traveling with it.

The Syma X5SC has LEDs which make both orientation easy, and night flying spectacular.

The X5SC’s video

2 megapixel HD quality, resolution is1280x720 pixels, the frame rate is 30 frames per second.

The X5SC’s camera records onto the 4GB MicroSD card which comes with it. The4GB size is enough for dozens of flights, and the USB card reader means you will be able to load them onto your computer right away.

The camera does not have a live video feed, so the results are only viewable once you land. However third party FPV extensions are available, for example this one.

The video quality is pretty good, and the fine controls are great for the recording.

The X5SC’s camera records audio too, however the propeller noise can be pretty strong, so cleanup is required.

Both the recording and the photo making functions have their buttons on the transmitter, so you will not have to fiddle with the quadcopter to start recording.

The camera records the videos in AVI format, and the video players fortunately have no problems playing them. It’s important to turn off the video recording before powering off your quadcopter, otherwise the files might not play.

The video camera is fixed but is removable for more agile flying.

The X5SC’s transmitter

uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, which means you will be able to fly with others together. The range is quoted as 50 meters, however it can be up to 150 meters depending on the environment, battery state, and so on. If you want to push the limits be careful – once out of range the quad simply stops flying and will crash.

You can bind the quad to other 2.4Ghz transmitters too, which is great if you already have one. X5SC without transmitter is available too.

The X5SC supports both Mode 1 and Mode 2 flying.

To toggle the modes, turn off the transmitter, then turn on the transmitter again while holding the trim switch bellow the right stick to the right.The LCD will always tell you which mode you are in so you can’t go wrong.

Pairing the X5SC and the transmitter

is just as easy too:

  • Turn off both the transmitter and the X5SC
  • Turn on the X5SC, the LEDs will start flashing.
  • Move the throttle stick on the transmitter to the minimum and and turn the transmitter on.
  • Now move the throttle to the maximum, then to the lowest again. You will hear two beeps, and the LEDs on the transmitter and the X5SC will turn solid.
  • The transmitter and the X5SC are now paired, and you are ready to fly.
The Syma X5SC’s battery

is a 3.7 volt 500mAh LiPo battery,the quadcopter can fly around 5.5 minutes with it. The charge time is up to2 hours. So the easiest way to get more out of your quad is to get replacement batteries. For example this set increases the flight time, and includes a charger too.

The X5SC’s battery has a JST plug, for which a lot of compatible chargers are available, so finding a replacement is really easy.

The charger which comes with the X5SC is USB based, so an USB port is enough for charging. Any USB port works, iPhone wall charger is good for the purpose too. To charge the battery, just plug the battery into the charger,then the charger into an USB port and wait until the LED turns off.Just plug the battery in the charger, and the charger into the USB port and wait for the LED to turn off.

The X5SC is equipped with low-voltage protection, it’s LEDs will start flashing as the battery gets low. It’s a great idea to land as soon as possible, to avoid damaging your quadcopter.

Overall:

Great looking quad with a long range, ideal for calm days.
Fun:★★★★☆
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★


You may want to check out the Syma X5C too -some people prefer it to the X5SC. The Drone Files has a great Syma X5SC review too. If you prefer smaller quadcopters, the Syma X11 is a great choice.

Syma X12 Nano Review

The Syma X12 Nano is a nano sized quadcopter, similar to the Cheerson CX-10 and the Estes 4606. It’s available in multiple colors, for example red, black and silver.

The quadcopter is well built, in fact it’s better than the average nano quadcopter: screws keep it together, so you won’t see those pesky clips break off. It does not have prop guards, however the motor holders serve as legs, so landing will be no problem.

The Syma X12 can do flips at the press of a button, has a 20 to 45 meters range,and can fly just as high too. The range is really good – you will probably lose sight of it before it flies out of range. High elevation is no problem for this quadcopter.

The X12 has multiple flight modes, which makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor flight, and beginner and expert pilots too.

In “high” mode the X12 flies aggressively, so it can cope with winds fairly well. It flies fast too, the bright LEDs will help you keep track of itwhile in the air. All in all the Syma X12 has 5 LEDs: one bright white LED looking forward, and two green LEDs looking upwards in the front, and two red ones looking up in the back.

Crash are not available, however replacement propellers, motors and chargers are available. The propellers can be simply popped of, and the new ones pushed (forced) on.

Being really tiny (4.5 cm X 4.5 cm, weight: 13 grams ) it can’t lift anything, however it’s a great flier and gives other nano quads a run for their money. FAA registration is not required for such small flying machines. Being small means it’s quiet too, so you will not wake up anybody with your night flights.

As the Syma X12 uses the 2.4Ghz technology, it will simply shut down once it gets out of range, so push it only above soft surfaces.

Being a simple nano quad, automated landing is not supported.

Shipping size is 22 X 4 X 10 cm, shipping weight is around 310 grams -taking it on a journey with you will easy. The box contains everything you need for flying (including replacement propellers), except for the 4xAA batteries for the transmitter.

The transmitter

is larger then the transmitter of the average nano quadcopter, so it won’t get lost in your hands. The Tx uses the interference-free 2.4Ghz technology, so you will be able to fly together your X12s with your friends.

Binding the Syma X12 quadcopter to other transmitters is not really possible at the moment. The Deviation firmware for the Walkera Devo transmitters is a DIY solution to this issue.

Mode switching is possible only between mode 2 and mode 4, to switch modes press the rightmost button under the right stick while powering on the transmitter. Mode 1 is not supported.

To bind the X12 and the transmitter all you have to do is switch on the quadcopter, set the throttle (left stick) down to the minimum, then switch on the transmitter and push the throttle stick up to the maximum and down to the minimum again.

The range of the Syma X12 is around 20 meters which is fairly good for such a tiny quad.

The battery

of the Syma X12 is a 100 mAh, 3.7 Volt Li-Po battery integrated into the quadcopter. As such replacing it requires soldering.Replacement batteries are available, and you can get replacement chargers easily too.

The Syma X12 has low voltage cutoff, the LEDs start blinking before the quad stops flying to save the battery.

Charging is simple: just plug the USB charger into an USB socket, connect the quadcopter, and wait for the charger’s LED to turn solid when charging is complete.

The charge time is around 40 minutes but can be shorter, and the flight time is 5 to 6minutes, both of which are respectable for such a small quad.

Our rating:

the X12 is probably the best nano quadcopter on the market today.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★★★
Looks:★★★★★

Resources

RCGroups has a long thread on theX12, and HeliFreak has a short overview.
If you like nano quadcopters, you will surely love the Estes 4606 and the Cheerson CX-10.

Holy Stone X400C Review

The Holy Stone X400C is a WiFi FPV quadcopter from Hol yStone, the larger brother of the X300C. As most Holy Stone products it’s a rebrand: the original is the MJXX400C. While the manufacturer is Chinese, the X400C is high quality and well put together, overall a great product.

The X400C has all the electronics you can expect from such a small package:it has a 6 axis stabilization system, flip on button press, headless mode with a simple return home function, throttle limit and beginner and advanced modes and a WiFi camera for FPV.

The X400C is fairly fast and it’s flight is super stable. It has a 100 to 200meters range depending on the conditions, and can fly just as high too. The WiFi range for the video is about 30 meters.

The X400C is robust, it has landing skids and prop guards out of the box.
Still would anything happen to your X400C, compatible parts are available, for example Amazon has a set of props, guards and legs and replacement batteries too. The propellers are held in place by tiny screws, you will have to screw them out for the change.

The X400C weighs around 112 grams so it is not able to lift large weights.Still, tiny objects are no problem for it, for example a key chain camera is a payload it could lift. Due to the low weight FAA registration is not necessary.

The quadrotor can fly both indoors and outdoors, with it’s huge range it really shines when it can fly outside. The X400C can fly in winds up to 10mph, still, for best results fly only on calm days.

The expected range for the X400C is above 100 meters – just as other quadcopters using the 2.4Ghz transmitter technology the X400C too will simply shut down once it’s out of range.

The X400C has bright blue LEDs in the front, and red LEDs in the back,which help with the orientation and night flying.

The X400C has 3 sensitivity modes for beginner, intermediate and expert pilots, and has a throttle limit too, which makes this quadcopter very versatile. The expert mode can be a bit too much for this quad, however the two other modes are great for flying.

Due to the high performance motors, a 10 minute cool down period is advised between the flights.

As for convenience features, the Holy Stone X400C supports headless mode(when the front-back-left-right sticks direct the drone with respect to it’s takeoff direction, not the actual direction).
One key fly-back is available in headless mode too.

The motor-to-motor size is around 20 centimeters, shipping size is 40.6 x 20.3 x 8.1centimeters, shipping weight is around 900 grams.

The motors of the X400C are the fast-acting coreless type, and they drive the propellers via a geared setup. Still the X400C is a fairly quiet quadcopter.

The package includes everything you need for flying (even safety goggles), except the 3xAA batteries for the transmitter, and the smart phone for receiving the video. Warranty is three months.

The X400C’s camera

is a 2 megapixel unit, it transmits the live feed directly to an Android or iPhone smartphone. As such it does not have an SD Card slot, and the videos and photos are stored on the smartphone.

The video is sent to the smartphone via WiFi, so the phone has to be on WiFi for the video to work. The X400C has a WiFi hot spot inside. The camera functionality is controlled via the smartphone app, so you can take photos remotely, and start/stop the video recording remotely too. The WiFi range is around 30 meters.

The camera is removable, and can be tilted, so you will be able to adjust it according to your needs. It does not have a servo however.

Setting up the the video is simple, it comes in two flavors, the C4005 and the C4006. For Android smartphones, you can find the C4005 and theC4006 in the Google Play Store.
For iPhones iTunes has the C4005 and C4006 too.
After installing the apps, power on the X400C and bind it to the transmitter. Next turn on the WiFi on your smartphone, and connect to the WiFi network starting with “MJX C400”. Finally start the appropriate smartphone app and click on “Monitor”.

You can view the previously recorded photos and videos using the smart phoneapp. They can be loaded onto your computer too from your smartphone.

Despite the low resolution, the photo quality is good, the video quality depends on your distance from the quadcopter. Using the video for FPV is hard as it has a distinct lag, inherent to all WiFi based solutions.
However the live feed makes the X400C perfect for aerial photography,because you can actually see what you take photo of.

The X400C’s battery

is a single cell, 3.7 Volt, 750 mAhL iPo battery, which gives the X400C an 8 to 9 minute flight time, after a 70minute charge time. The battery is the same as the X300C‘s battery.

The X400C has a USB based charger, which works with most USB sockets. For best results use a 0.5 Amp socket, this way the charger will not overheat.

To charge the battery, first plug the battery into the charger, next the charger into an USB socket. The charging is finished then the red LED on the charger turns on.

As usual with quadcopters in this category, the battery uses a JST plug, so it’s compatible with other 3.7 volt LiPo batteries which fit the battery compartment and have a JST plug. You can use other charger with the battery too.

Amazon has upgraded batteries with charger.

When the battery is getting low, the X400C’s LEDs will start flashing. Once you see this land as soon as possible to prevent damage to your quadcopter.

The X400C’s transmitter

uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, you you will be able to fly together with other quadcopters.
The transmitter is required to control the quadcopter, only the quad’s video camera is controlled from the smartphone app.

The range is huge, 100 to 200 meters, which is very rare for quadcopters in this category.
The X400C’s transmitter uses a proprietary protocol, so it can not bind to other kind of transmitters.
The transmitter has a smartphone clip for the FPV flights, which can hold a wide range of smartphones.

The transmitter and the quadcopter bind automatically, all you have to do is charge the batteries fully, place the quadcopter on an even surface, and turn it on.
Next turn on the transmitter with the throttle pulled to the minimum, then push the throttle up to the maximum and down to the minimum again. This little dance binds the quadcopter and the transmitter.

The X400C’s transmitter supports modes 1 to 4 so you have a really wide choice.
To select the throttle stick, you need to use the buttons on the left of the left stick and on the right of the right stick. Switch both up to select the right stick as throttle,or switch both down to select the left stick as throttle. Never switch them to the opposite directions.
To select rudder and aileron stick, use the lower button on the left of the LCD.

Overall

the X400C is a great quadcopter, flies well,however the camera is a low quality unit, and the FPV lags. The FPV bumps upthe price too.
Fun:★★★★★
Value:★★★☆☆
Looks:★★★★★

Resources:

If you liked the X400C you will surely love the X300C and the Syma X5SW too. MJX’s own product page offers plenty of information too. A copy of the manual is available.

Holy Stone X300C Review

The Holy Stone X300C is a high quality FPV quadcopter,which has all the features you need to start first person view flying. It’s durable, has prop guards, can do flips on button press, and the live video can be viewed on Android and iPhone smartphones too.

The X300C is 6 axis stabilized, and the flights are very smooth.

The range is around 50 meters, and the X300C can fly just as high too. Just as other quadcopters using the 2.4Ghz technology this one will crash too once out of range, so take care.

The WiFi range for the camera is around 30 meters.

The X300C is not only very durable, but it’s very easy to fix too would things go wrong. Official replacement parts are available and the arms holding the motors and propellers can be simply popped of for the repairs. Replacement batteries are available too.

The quadcopter weighs around 100 grams, so it can only lift small object,for example a key chain camera for additional video.

The X300C is suitable for both indoor and outdoor flights, and has three levels of control for beginner to intermediate pilots. Beginner mode is exceptionally good for indoor flight. Additionally the transmitter has a button to set the throttle limit.

The quadcopter flies well in small gusts, but stronger winds can carry it away.For best results choose calm days for outdoor flights. Flight speed is good too, can even be scary when view through the smartphone app.

The product is marketed for age groups 14 years and up. The X300C contains small parts which little children could eat, so keep it out of their reach.

The Holy Stone X300C has basic “return home” functionality, which means that it will start to fly towards the transmitter on button press, all this without a GPS. It has headless mode too, which is very rare in this price category, and makes the X300C unique. The headless mode means that the X300Cwill remember it’s liftoff direction, and the forward-backward-left-right sticks will work compared to that direction, not the X300C’s actual direction. It’s a really handy feature if you feel you lost the orientation.

The X300C is around 23×23 cm and the weight is around 100 grams. Such light quadcopters do not have to be registered with the FAA, which is a plus.

The X300C has bright LEDs which help with the orientation, and they are also good for night flying.

The box contains everything for flying, except for the 3 x AAbatteries for the transmitter and weighs around 2 pounds. The size is about46 x 8 x 30 centimeters. As a bonus you even get a second battery.

The motor is coreless brushed, and the drive train is geared. However theX300C flies very silently.

Flight time is 10 minute after a 90 minutes of charging. To avoid overheating let the X300C rest 10 minutes between the flights.

The transmitter

is full sized, not the toy like-transmitter you’d get with most other quadcopters. It uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, so you will be able to fly together with others.

The X300C can only bind with it’s own transmitter.

For the FPV flying the transmitter has a smartphone holder too, which is really handy.

The transmitter supports mode 1, 2, 3 and 4 too, so you are covered whichever you prefer. There are two buttons to select throttle stick, one button on the left of the left stick and the button on the right of the right stick. Sliding both up will select the right stick as throttle,sliding both down will select the left stick as throttle.
To switch aileron and rudder, push the lower button left of the LCD.

The X300C and the transmitter auto-bind, all you have to do is make sure both the X300C’s and the transmitter’s batteries are fully charged, and theX300C is resting on an even surface when you turn it on.

The range is about 50 to 100 meters.

The X300C’s video

is a 2 megapixel (720p) live camera, and Android smartphone or an iPhone is necessary to use the video functionality. The transmitter has a camera holder which makes using the Tx and the phone together easy.

The camera is fixed in the quadcopter’s housing, so there is no way to move it around.

The smartphone app has the buttons to take photos or start video recording.

Using the app is simple: first search for the WiFi network starting with “MJX C4005 FPV”and connect to it.
Next start the Holy Stone mobile app, and select “Monitor”.
There is a mobile app for the iPhone, while the Android app is available on the Holy Stone website.
In the Google Play store the MJX RC FPV C4005 and the SYMA-FPV apps are compatible with the X300C.

The WiFi range is around 30 meters, so WiFi will drop out before the quadcopter flies out of transmitter range.

The photos and videos are recorded exclusively to the smartphone via WiFi, so that’s where you will find them. The X300C comes without an SD card or SD card slot.

The smartphone apps support viewing the recorded videos and photos too. The videos and photos are stored as files on your phone, so you will be able to download them as you wish.

The photos are high quality, and the video is good too, depending on how faraway you are. The only downside is that the video lags, which makes FPV flying difficult. However the X300C is great for non-FPV use because you can actually see what you are recording.

The X300C’s battery

is a 3.7 volt, 750 mAh Li-Po battery which grants the X300C a 10 minute flight time after 90 minutes of charging.

The charger is USB based, however it’s advised to use a 0.5 Amp USB socket only (your computer’s USB socket will work perfectly), otherwise you may fry the charger.

Charging is easy: plug the battery into the charger, then the charger into an USB socket. Charging is finished when the red LED turns on.

The battery uses a JST plug, so you charge it with any JST based charger,and the quadcopter is compatible with other 3.7 volt LiPo batteries with a JSTplug too – just make sure it fits into the quad.

Upgraded batteries with charger are available too.

The X300C has low-voltage cutoff, the flashing LEDs will tell you it’s high time to land. It’s also a wise to monitor your flight times, so you are prepared to land once the battery is expected to run out.

If you plan to store the X300C for a long time, it’s a good idea to fully charge the batteries beforehand – they last longer this way.

Overall

the X300C is a great quad for getting started with basic FPV flying, however it’s a bit picky: it needs about 10 minutes of rest between the flight to avoid overheating, and the factory charger can only cope with 0.5 Amps. The video has a slight lag too.
Fun:★★★★☆
Value:★★★★☆
Looks:★★★★★

Resources:

Here is the X300C manual. RCGroups has a thread on the MJX X series; the MJX X300C is the same as the Holy StoneX300C. If you like small quadcopters with a camera, you will surely like the Holy Stone F180C and the Hubsan X4H107C. These do not have FPV, but their cameras are better.