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0.3 MP Is an HD camera?
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Great drone, but I've had two (non-FPV version) and the motors might be good for 1-2 months. One of them I was able to return to Amazon, but the other is waiting for replacement motors — which have to be soldered in. If Syma was honest about its motors, they'd have a quick connector to replace them.

Otherwise, amazing toy for under $50.
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Great drone, but I've had two (non-FPV version) and the motors might be good for 1-2 months. One of them I was able to return to Amazon, but the other is waiting for replacement motors — which have to be soldered in. If Syma was honest about its motors, they'd have a quick connector to replace them.

Otherwise, amazing toy for under $50.

It's a toy. You need to have reasonable expectations with these. Brushed motors have relatively short lives in a quad, but you can add another $150 or so and get one with brushless motors.
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Only one month usage toy? Junk!
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Only one month usage toy? Junk!
If it's for a kid who is going to use it until the battery dies, then put it down for the day, it might be fine.

I have 6 batteries and would sometimes go through 3-4 of them consecutively, so the wear & tear is probably worse than average. I'm just learning to fly them better before I invest in a Phantom or similar. None of this auto-hover or GPS or headless stuff...actually flying it and learning the limits Big Grin
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0.3 MP Is an HD camera?
sounds like the recent B&H X4 H107C-HD Quad with 720p for $30 was better...
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Great drone, but I've had two (non-FPV version) and the motors might be good for 1-2 months. One of them I was able to return to Amazon, but the other is waiting for replacement motors — which have to be soldered in. If Syma was honest about its motors, they'd have a quick connector to replace them.

Otherwise, amazing toy for under $50.
While you are waiting on the motors, buy a few of those cables on fleabay that have the mini-connectors like on the battery. I bought some of these and you can just solder them into the quad. When you get your motors solder the mate onto the leads. After, you can just pop one in without as big a headache.

Doesn't matter when you buy motors about the counter/counter clockwise thing (buying specific motors for front and rear). As long as you wire the polarity the right way and mark them, they are all the same motors.

As far as this quad, I'm wondering if the problem with this model was ever fixed. A lot of complaints in the past about wind hesitation. I'm always looking to buy another X5 model to use as parts but I got a little burned on that recent Akaso clone deal, it wasn't a close enough clone for me.
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It's a toy. You need to have reasonable expectations with these. Brushed motors have relatively short lives in a quad, but you can add another $150 or so and get one with brushless motors.
The only major problems I have had with the motors is when you crash. Most of my replacements were after crashes, one so great it bent the shaft! What do people expect from a $2.00 beer can motor? At least they are cheap to replace. A whole replacement quad body costs about as much as 1 brushless motor on some quads. It's not even really fair to categorize these in with brushless quads, a brushless quad is not something you just pull out and fly anywhere in a public space. Also, a brushless is not exactly something you fly dangerously!

Every Time some Smart *ss comes on here and tries to compare a cheap quad like this to a Phantom I get a good laugh. Last time I checked, a Phantom or even a $150 quad isn't for tearing up.
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While you are waiting on the motors, buy a few of those cables on fleabay that have the mini-connectors like on the battery. I bought some of these and you can just solder them into the quad. When you get your motors solder the mate onto the leads. After, you can just pop one in without as big a headache.

Doesn't matter when you buy motors about the counter/counter clockwise thing (buying specific motors for front and rear). As long as you wire the polarity the right way and mark them, they are all the same motors.

As far as this quad, I'm wondering if the problem with this model was ever fixed. A lot of complaints in the past about wind hesitation. I'm always looking to buy another X5 model to use as parts but I got a little burned on that recent Akaso clone deal, it wasn't a close enough clone for me.
Thanks for the tip on the wire connectors, I thought it was going to have to be a delicate DIY job!

I assumed the same about the motors and polarity. I'm no engineer, but I know from 5th grade science lab that electric motors usually spin both ways Big Grin

I have lost the X5C in trees a couple times before, but I don't think it's any more wind-prone than other drones in the ~100g weight range. The best thing you can do it remove the skids, blade guards, and camera. Not only does that save about 20g in weight, it also cuts WAY down on the drone's cross-section and makes it far more windproof (and stronger when caught in the wind, too).
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Thanks for the tip on the wire connectors, I thought it was going to have to be a delicate DIY job!

I assumed the same about the motors and polarity. I'm no engineer, but I know from 5th grade science lab that electric motors usually spin both ways Big Grin

I have lost the X5C in trees a couple times before, but I don't think it's any more wind-prone than other drones in the ~100g weight range. The best thing you can do it remove the skids, blade guards, and camera. Not only does that save about 20g in weight, it also cuts WAY down on the drone's cross-section and makes it far more windproof (and stronger when caught in the wind, too).
yeah, I have the connectors, I just haven't needed to replace another motor lately...I'll be adding the quick connectors like this when I do.

I keep the skids but I did remove the guards and never run with the camera (and battery door) unless I intend to shoot video. Another thing I did was cut off those guards underneath the motors to make them flush (like the way they are on new models). Of course, if you are losing the skids.... you need those legacy pieces to land on (they are the original landing gears from a prior model).

Removed all LED covers, LEDs in front and replaced it with a front LED spotlight. I also have an audible tone beacon installed in case of lost quad (no need to try to rev the motors to try to locate).
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A black quad is a bad idea
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A black quad is a bad idea
Care to explain? I can see a black bird against the sky better than a white one.
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