Syma X11 Quadcopter
The Syma X11 is a top seller on Amazon. Many people refer to is as a drone, multirotor and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The Syma X11 is a middle of the line product that is great for beginning pilots. It is rather simplistic in its design but the controls still offer plenty of fun for new pilots to cut their teeth on this quadcopter. This camera drone is for sale on Amazon for around $40 which is a great entry price to get started flying for either an adult or adolescent. It competes mostly closely to the Syma X5C in capabilities and Price.
Syma X11 Design
The Syma X11 has a very basic design. You receive the frame of light plastic to hold the rotors and encases the electronics in a center chamber.
The power source is a small 380mAh battery which is designed to slip in a compartment under the main frame. The fit is snug. This model comes with a small 2 MP camera that also attaches under the battery compartment, utilizing power connectors into the frame to draw power for its use. A micro USB card is used to hold pictures and video taken by the Syma X11 camera and has a slot in one side of the fuselage for access.
The rotor blades of the Syma X11 are made of the same lightweight plastic as the frame. They measure 5.25 inches in diameter and are connected to the motor shaft with a tiny screw. The manufacturer provides a small screw driver and a second set of propellers for future replacement. The screw connection is a benefit to this small quadcopter. Most low end drone manufacturers secure their props using a pressed on prop. These pressed props rely on friction to secure the prop to the motor shaft and can become loose over time. Kudos to Syma for taking this extra step in their manufacturing process.
The frame of the Syma X11 incorporates LED light strips. There are blue LED’s under the front, red LED’s under the aft and white LED’s under the center and on the front housing facing forward.
A small poorly written manual ships with the product.
Syma X11 Controller
The Syma X11 comes with a 2.4 GHz radio controller. The radio controller is the only form of flight control for the quadcopter, it can not be controlled through WiFi nor through a phone app. The radio controller is powered by four double A batteries.
This is not a high end controller, it does however have enough features to make flying the Syma Drone fun and comfortable. Weighing in at about ten ounces the controller is not too heavy or bulky and will fit in the and easily with comfort. The range on the 2.4 GHz controller is about 30 yards away.
The controller has many switches and buttons layed out on it and will allow the pilot to control the following:
- LED lights - turn on and off
- Stunt Mode - turn on and off
- Photo Mode - take picture
- Video Mode - turn video recording on and off
- Flip - flip drone upside down
- Flight Mode - change the flight mode
The controller also incorporates an LCD display which feeds information to the pilot. That information includes battery usage, applied thrust, and signal strength.
Flying the Syma X11
The Syma X11 offers a lot of fun while flying. It combines both small and larger drone capabilities. It is very maneuverable like smaller quadcopters. But like larger multirotors it is stable in flight. Check out the Parrot Bebop or Blade Nano to see what the smaller comparable drones can do.
You have two flight modes with the Syma X11. The first mode, used largely by beginner pilots, limits the turn and climb speed of the drone. The second mode opens everything up making it quicker when turning and climbing. While in the second mode this mulitrotor can complete a number of stunts. It will do a backflip and can be flown inverted. While this drone has the neat stunt functions, it does not have return home or auto landing features built in.
Taking Photos and Videos with the Syma X11
The camera on the Syma X11 is a small, low quality camera. The unit is small enough to be light (about 2.0 ounces) but the picture quality suffers. The camera is positioned in a forward down angle.
The camera captures still images at 1280 X 960 pixels. At this rate the camera loses some detail, most especially if the drone is moving at the time the picture is taken. This camera does not have stability built into the camera and may blur images due to vibrations or the drone shaking from wind.
If you are thinking about video the camera captures video at 640 by 480 pixels with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. This will not win any video contest as it is like a cheap cell phone camera.
Over all this is a cheap add on for a basic drone, but is great for beginners or kids to play with. If you are looking for better video and picture quality in drone look at the Parrot Bebop or the DJI Phantom 3.
Syma X11 Battery Life
First be aware that the quadcopter takes about 2 hours to fully recharge using the included charger. This will give you about 8 minutes of flight time with the drone. That is about average for small inexpensive drones like the Syma X11 utilizing the 380mAh type batteries. There is no way to recharge the battery via USB or car connection. Spare batteries are fairly cheap at around $10 each so you could buy extra to increase your flight times. There is no warning for when the battery is about to lose power and this drone will simply drop out of flight when the battery dies.
Syma X11 Repairs
This quadcopter comes with a spare set of propellers and you can buy additional props for less than $5. The manufacturer includes a screwdriver with the drone which allows you to swap out any damaged rotors. There are not any other replacement parts available for the Syma X11 however.
The Syma X11 is a great quadcopter for beginning or adolescent pilots. With it’s low price (around $50 on Amazon) it is a great introduction drone. It is fun and easy to fly with its dual controls and offers thrills with the stunt modes. Having a camera is good to introduce newcomers to drone video and pictures. Overall due to the price and capabilities we understand why it is a top seller on Amazon.
Syma X11 Technical Specs
Channels: 4 Channels
Suitable ages: Above 14 Years old
Battery: 3.7V 250mAh
Charging time: 50-65 minutes
Working time: 5 minutes approx.
Memory card type: micro SD 2GB
Flight Environment: indoor/outdoor
Very suitable for family interaction, just have fun with your families!
4 channel, go up and down, forward and backward, turn right and left, sideward flight, 360 degree eversion
Stronger wind resistance and more stable, for both indoor and outdoor flight
On average I get around an 8 minute flight time with the stock batteries. However, I do suggest that you purchase additional batteries for longer flight times.
The X11c has a 2mp camera that shoots pictures and records videos that can be controlled from the remote. It comes with a 4gb micro sd card in the copter.
It comes with a prop guard and 4 extra propellers. The controller takes 4 AA Batteries.
This is overall a great deal for this copter at $42.60 with amazon prime 2 day shipping.
I definitely recommend reading the manual with so many controls for flight, pictures, and video. (I'm one of those guys who just tries to figure it out myself and almost never read the manual)
For $43, the digital camera in it is pretty impressive too! Not super high def, but captures nice smooth video and a decent resolution. It's hysterical chasing our dogs with it.
Battery life seems to last only 5 minutes or so, but I think that's standard for RC quadcopters and helicopters.