If ever there was a toy grade clone with the looks of the DJI Phantom this is it, and when mine arrived I was very excited, ok it was the HW version and was gold but still, Altitude hold (barometer set height) and headless mode.

The Syma X8HW purports to be fpv, and of sorts it is, as long as you dont fly it too far away, it uses wi fi connection to your phone and the picture is fine, a bit jerky but useable, more I would say to position yourself for video more than anything.
As far as flying goes, its a very different beast from its little brother, the Syma X5C in the fact you can almost feel the extra weight and size in its movements. This is not to say it isn’t nimble because it is. For a brushed quadcopter of its size, it has good punch and speed, as with other Symas it has a low rate and a high rate so if you want a bit of fun, put it into high rate and whiz around the field.

In the box you get the Quadcopter, spare props, Transmitter, 7.4v 2000mha battery, screwdriver, prop caps, struts and phone holder for the transmitter.

The battery even though way larger than the X5 battery still only gives about 8 min flight time, so once again it is worth investing in spares.

The camera is a standard effort, nothing groundbreaking but for a quad this size but after a play you will possibly want to try putting a gimbal and action camera on for more fun.

Back to the internet and one Gimbal which clips into the camera slot, new props and one Excelvan Q8 action camera later. It was ready for another flight.

What a different beast it is, be careful it will come down a lot faster than you expect. But with the camera on I went out and got some footage. Use a class 10 memory card folks or you get a jumpy vid.


  1. DJI clone, good size.
  2. Can happily lift an action camera.
  3. Still fun to fly.
  4. Nice with the altitude hold.


  1. Poor battery life.
  2. Odd colour choice (down to preference)

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