Well, the SYMA X8C is identical to the DJI Phantom in terms of dimension – it comes at 35.00 x 36.00 x 18.00 cm and weighs 1.5kg. But when it comes to footprints the SYMA X8C looks like the WL-V262. I mean the length of the arms are the same as well as the motor separations. But this model is the way lighter.
The SYMA X8C has a small egg-shaped camera under the belly. It has a single 3.5mm stereo plug to connect up to the FC of the X8C. The captured photos and recorded videos are stored in a 4GB memory card included in the package. All the shooting actions are controlled from the radio, so you can do anything while the drone is flying.
Like its founding father the SYMA X8C has LEDs under each arm – the front arms come with red LEDs, while the rear arms come with green LEDs. But here are a few differences. If you remember the LEDs are visible at the bottom side on the Phantom, while the SYMA X8C has small openings on the top side, therefore the lights are visible on both top and bottom.
As for flying, we can’t say the SYMA X8C is a speeder. It is more a cargo plane – slow and steady. The accelerometers provide a good flying performance keeping it flying at a level altitude. However, without brushless motors the acceleration is slow, but once it gains momentum everything turns into its place.
Unfortunately, we are not dealing with the best camera. Moreover, it’s the same what we have seen at the old X5C. It’s just wrapped in a larger case. But I don’t think it’s a big problem, as you can install any 4K action camera and get great shooting.
The SYMA X8C has no GPS, so everything is controlled manually. Thus we are dealing with the lightened and cheaper version of the DJI Phantom. But agree acquiring a quadcopter for $70 is a real bargain.