Syma X11C Aircam Review

The Syma X11C Aircam is a camera-equipped version of the well-established Syma X11. Just as it’s brother, it’s a well-built and great looking mini drone, which comes complete with a camera and crash guards.It has most of the functions you can expect from a quad rotor in this category:it’s 6 axis stabilized, can do flips on button press, has multiple speed modes, and the camera can be controlled from the transmitter too.The range of the X11C is around 30 meters, and it can fly just as high too.The quadcopter uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, so it will simply shut down would you fly out of range.The 6 axis stabilization grants the X11C a smooth flight, so you will not have to work the sticks just to make it stay on spot.

The box contains everything for flying, except for the 4xAAbatteries for the transmitter.

As the X11C comes complete with prop guards and bendable props, so it’s fairly well protected from crashes. Still, crashes occur but fortunately the X11C is very well supported, lot of parts are available for it, for example motor, gear, shaft and propeller bundle,propeller and prop guard bundle,body cover,motor cover and upgraded batteries with charger, just to mention the most important ones. For a complete list of parts click here.The X11C is fairly light and small (about 15 cm X 15 cm, weight is 36 grams) ,so lifting objects with it is out of question. The upside is that drones this small do not need FAA registration.Even though the X11C is small, it supports both indoor and outdoor flying.Besides making the X11C suitable both for beginner and experienced pilots,it’s low and high modes make indoor-outdoor switching easier too: low mode is better for indoor flying, while high mode is better for outdoors.The quadcopter tolerates small winds, however it can’t fight strong ones and could get carried away. So to keep your drone safe fly only in calm weather outside.The X11C lacks headless mode and one key return which is a minus, as it makes the quadcopter less suitable for beginners. For a quadcopter which supports headless mode you may want to check out the Eachine H8C. Automatic takeoff and landing, GPS, and night vision are not supported – butthen again none of the quadcopters in this price category have these features.The box contains everything you need for flying, except for the 4xAAbatteries. The box even contains a 2GB MicroSD card, however it does not contain a card reader.The package weight is 430 grams, and the size is about 36 cm X 9 cm X 20 cm.There is also another version of the packaging, which is about 20 cm X 20 cmX 15 cm in size. The X11C has brushed coreless motors and a gear drive, still it flies quietly so you will not disturb your environment. The suggested age group is 14 years and up. The quad contains small parts,so keep it out of the reach of little children. The quadcopter has LEDs which make it great for night flying. Even better the LEDs look downwards, so they are easy to spot. The propellers are direct-drive, so the Syma X11C does not make much noise.

Syma X11C video sample.
The video of the X11C

is a 2 megapixel unit, with a 1280 x 720pixel resolution. It’s fixed in place and it can record up to 20 minutes of video or 800 pictures onto the 2 GB MicroSD card. The video quality is better than it’s rivals’ and it records audio too -however the prop noise is just too much for that to be useful.The video functionality of the X11C can be controlled from the transmitter which is a plus.The video is non-fpv, so you can’t view the live stream, and you will not need a smartphone for this function. The videos are recorded in AVI format onto the SD card, so all players will be able to play them.To view the videos first stop the recording from the remote, next power off the quadcopter. Next remove the MicroSD card from the quadcopter and connect it to your  computer using a card reader.If you power it off before stopping the recording the video file will get corrupted and will not play.As the quadrotor is small it can’t lift another camera.

The stock battery is a 200mAh unit for a 5 to 10 minute flight time. Upgrades are available.
The battery

of the X11C is a 200mAh 3.7 volt LiPo battery,which gives the quadrotor a 5 to 10 minute flight time, after an hour long charging. Battery upgrades and replacement are available, and are great to have more fun with your quadcopter. For in-the-field charging you can use USB power banks too.The stock charger is USB based and works with any USB socket, even the iPhone charger too.To charge the battery first remove it from the quadcopter, next connect the battery to the charger, and finally the charge to the USB port. Charging is complete when the charger’s LED turns off.The battery’s plug is a standard JST plug, so a wide range of chargers and batteries are compatible with the X11C. Monster-sized 500mAh batteries are available too, which can give the X11C more than 11 minutes of flight time – just check the motor temperature often to avoid frying them.

The X11C’s transmitter.
The transmitter

of the X11C is game controller-like, exactly as the camera less X11’s transmitter. As such it does not really suit large hands.It uses the interference-free 2.4 Ghz technology, so you will be able play together with others.The range of the X11C is about 30 meters, and it will simply drop out of the sky if it gets out of range – this is how all the quadcopters which use the2.4Ghz spread spectrum technology behave.The X11C is a bit more open than other quadcopters, so it’s possible to bind the quad to other transmitters too. This may even extend the control range.The transmitter is in mode 2 by default (throttle on the left), however it is possible to switch between mode 1 and mode 2:first turn off the transmitter, and then turn it on again while pressing the rightmost trim button. This toggles mode 1 and mode 2, you can use the same sequence to switch back to mode 2. Binding the quad and the transmitter is simple:

  • First turn both the transmitter and the quadcopter off, and place the quadcopter on an even surface. Move the throttle to the minimum position.
  • Next turn on the quadcopter, and then the transmitter too.
  • Finally push the throttle up to the maximum and then down to the minimum again. This binds the quad and the transmitter.

If the X11C is drifting after a crash it’s time to recalibrate the gyros:first turn both the transmitter and the quadcopter off, next bind them. To recalibrate the gyros move both sticks to the lower right corner, and wait for the LEDs on the quad to turn solid.

Overall

the Syma X11C is a very popular durable quad,which suits intermediate to advanced pilots the best. The camera is highquality too and the spare part availability is exceptional. 5 star material.

Fun:★★★★★

Value:★★★★★

Looks:★★★★★

Resources:

If you liked the X11C you will probably love the Syma X11and the Eachine H8C too. RC Groups has along thread on the X11 and X11C, it’s really worth checking out, it’s full of useful information.

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