Syma makes some of the highest quality quadcopters, most of which are aimed at beginners and intermediate pilots. However, the recent X8 series has kind of taken off (no pun intended) among experienced pilots as well.
The reason why the X8 series is popular is because the quadcopters are ‘full sized’ as opposed to nano (such as the Syma X12), micro (Syma X11, X13) and mini quadcopters (such as the X5). Another thing the X8 series can do, which no other Syma drones could do prior to it, is carry action cameras such as GoPro and other GoPro alternatives.
The Syma X8C
Realizing the potential, Syma quickly followed up the X8 with the X8C, X8W and finally the X8G. While the difference between the X8 and the X8C is only an added camera in the latter, there’s more than just once difference among the other models. What exactly? Lets find out!
Syma X8C vs X8W vs X8G: What’s different
Before proceeding with differentiating among the quadcopter drones, what you must know is that the motors, chassis and battery are same across the different versions. Also, all the four models come with headless mode (click here if you don’t know what it means).
As I said before, the Syma X8C (external link) is simply the camera-supported version of the X8C. The X8C has a 2 mega-pixel camera, which is non-standard and will work only with the X8C. The non-camera X8 has been discontinued by the factory if I’m not wrong.
Moving on to the Syma X8W (external link), this one comes with a 2 mega-pixel camera, but this camera is capable of streaming FPV (first person view) video to a smartphone/tablet. What you need to do is to download, and install the app onto your phone, and voilà! Your phone’s screen will show whatever’s in front of the 2 mega-pixel camera of the Syma X8W when in range.
The Syma X8G (external link), on the other hand, is a full-blown aerial filming setup (very much on a budget). It comes with a GoPro-style action camera, which offers the best picture and video quality among the camera supported models of the Syma X8. The camera has an 8 mega-pixel sensor, which can record videos in high-definition, but again comes with a connector which ensures that it works only with the X8G and no other quadcopter drone.
The Syma X8G with its GoPro-like action camera
Syma X8C vs X8W vs X8G: Pricing
Moving on to the most important part — pricing. Fortunately, all models from the X8 series are fairly affordable, ranging from $109 up to $169.
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Syma X8C vs X8W vs X8G: Which version should I buy?
If you’re looking to get into aerial filming and photography without breaking your bank, the X8 is a good place to start. Now, depending on a few things, you can tell which Syma X8 version suits you the best.
Will it be your first quadcopter drone? If your answer to that was a ‘yes’, you should consider investing in something a lot less expensive. Click here to see the list of top 5 quadcopter drones with cameras, all of which cost under $50. Get a hang of it by flying it around for a couple of weeks, and then move on to the Syma X8 series.
It might not be a wise idea to make the Syma X8C your first quadcopter, but if that isn’t the case, you can easily decide which version you need
You have a budget of $100 AND more or less know how to fly a quadcopter drone. If that’s the case, you should go for the Syma X8C which is just around the $100 mark, shipped all over the world.
You have a budget of up to $200. You’re in a nice place, because a budget of around $200 will not only allow you to take home a Syma X8C but also a decent action camera (choose one from the top 5 here).
You want FPV. In this case, you have two options. You could either (i) go for the Syma X8W and enjoy WiFi FPV, or (ii) install your own camera with FPV transmission. Option (ii) isn’t really recommended because it would mean that the quadcopter drone carries a lot more weight than it is designed to.
Syma X8C vs X8W vs X8G: Can I mount a GoPro (or similar)?
Yes, you can totally mount a GoPro or one of its many alternatives on the Syma X8. The quadcopter drone has powerful motors and blades which have large spans, thus allowing you to attach an action camera without problem.
Do note that you will have to provide all the attachments yourself, and a heavy camera will result in shorter flight times. While the Syma X8 models can take this without any problem, do remember to give the motors time to cool down after your flights.
Syma X8C vs X8W vs X8G: Verdict
So now you know how the three different models of the Syma X8 differ. Well done!
In my book, the Syma X8 series makes for a brilliant choice for intermediate pilots. Like I said earlier, it might not be a very good idea to make the X8 your first quadcopter; investing in something cheaper is a wise idea.
If you’ve flown the X8 and want something more powerful, a quadcopter drone such as the Cheerson CX-20 might be a very good idea, with its GPS and other high-end-ish features and pocket friendly price.
Let me know what you think about the Syma X8 series, and if you have any questions or doubts in general in the comments section below. Until next time, happy flying!