Syma X8G Review

image of Syma X8G quadcopter

Overview

While a lot of drones focus on the camera quality or additional features, the Syma X8G clearly has a focus on smoothness in flight. It might be one of the easiest drones on the market to control and can be a great pick for beginners looking to learn how to fly a quadcopter. The pricing is equally suiting for novice drone enthusiasts and is in other words very affordable.

Even though the camera is not the main focus, the Syma cam actually does a very good job as well. The quality of the video is very nice and can go as high as 1080p HD, so the X8G is a pretty solid quadcopter overall. It is worth noting that the camera is made purely for this drone and as such cannot be used separately. While this is a little annoying, you do pay a lot less than you normally would if you wanted to get a GoPro on the side of a quadcopter of this quality.

PROS:
  • Controller is connected to the camera as well
  • Very easy to fly
  • Good video and picture quality
  • Syma camera spot can also fit other action cams, such as the GoPro
CONS:
  • Camera shares battery with the Syma X8G
  • Camera works only with the drone

Picture of UAV with camera and 4 propellers

Specifications & Features – What you need to know about the Syma X8G

While the X8G is not exactly filled with additional features and gimmicks, it does have some very nice touches which are worth mentioning.

  • Intelligent Orientation Control: This control technology is actually a really great addition, as it separates the forward controls. Usually the forward will turn your quadcopter in the direction of the front of the UAV. However, with this, you are freer to control it as you see fit. We found this to greatly improve the ease of flight. 
  • 8 MP Camera & up to 1080p HD video recording: While a traditional GoPro is slightly better than the attached Syma cam, it is also considerably more expensive. This quality of video on a quadcopter will usually cost a bit more than the price of the Syma X8G. Unless you happen to have a GoPro at home already. The downside of the attached Syma camera is that it is made solely for the Syma X8G and won’t work on a GoPro vest or something of the sort. If you are okay with using your cam only for your quadcopter, then this is a good way to save some money.
  • Propeller Shields: Not exactly a game changer but the protective shields around the rotors are actually really nice. Makes sure that you do not hurt the blades while landing or in an aerial collision.
  • Headless mode: This 360-degree hovering mode is awesome for getting high-quality shots of your activities. Without you or someone else having to control it whilst shooting pictures or video. It will basically hover around a fixed point consistently in a very stable manner.
  • 10-12 minutes of flight time whilst recording: While it is advertised to be 15 minutes, we found it to be more around the 10-minute mark. Which is pretty standard for this price class. However, if you do own another action cam it will be able to fly for a bit longer than 15 minutes. As the Syma cam is draining the quadcopter in flight since it doesn’t have its own chargeable battery.

Picture of the box the Syma X8G comes in

What’s in the Box:

This product comes with pretty much what you’d expect. No more, no less.

  • The Syma X8G Quadcopter
  • Controller
  • Charger
  • Syma HD Camera
  • Manual

Final Verdict

The Syma X8G is a fantastic choice for first timers that want a drone that is very easy to fly. It is also a great pick for those who do not already own an action cam and are looking to save some money. Seeing as the Syma camera comes in the package and it will likely cost you quite a lot more to get a separate quadcopter of this quality and a GoPro camera.

The ease of flight is really the big selling point here. Very few UAV’s in this price class fly this well, and even fewer comes with an adjacent camera. Overall the Syma X8G is an above average quadcopter which is very affordable and easy to use.

If you already own a great GoPro cam you might be better off saving a bit of money and getting something like the 3DR Solo.