I finally got in a few test flights of the new Syma X8HG Altitude Hold camera drone (get one here). The X8HG is the newest in the Syma X8 series and is essentially a X8G with the added feature of Altitude Hold which makes it even better for aerial photography and video. (Earlier: Syma X8HG First Impressions)
I’m thoroughly impressed by the X8HG. It’s super stable and takes very good video and pics for a high-end toy grade quadcopter. The LED’s are very bright and easy to see even in the daytime. The flight times are long enough thanks to the large 2000mAh 2S lipo.
So let’s get to the flight review video and then come back for the Pros/Cons and my final thoughts.
Syma X8HG Review: Video
- Extremely stable flyer
- Records very good quality 1080/720HD video with very minimal jello
- Photos are above average for toy grade
- Large bright LED’s that are easy to see even in the daytime
- Comparatively long flight times of 8-9 mins
- Altitude Hold works amazingly well which assists greatly with aerial footage
- Sporty flyer in high (expert) rate with plenty of pitch
- Motor kill function is minimum throttle for 2 secs, can cause crash if not careful
- Camera mount is fixed can’t be tilted so you are always filming forward
- Instruction manual is very poor and hard to understand at times
Syma X8HG Review: Photo Gallery
Syma X8HG Review: Final Thoughts
Syma’s newest entry in it’s X8 series quadcopters is a homerun in my book! I’ve had nearly zero issues with X8HG. The minimum throttle “bug” is more of a poor design issue but you shouldn’t ever pull your throttle to minimum while flying so this shouldn’t be an issue for any experienced flyer.
As with any of the X8 series quads, it’s not for beginners due to it’s size and weight (requires FAA registration in the USA). It’s an intermediate level flyer but still tons of fun for experienced pilots. The 8MP 1080p HD camera is extremely good for a high-end toy grade drone with only minimal video jello. The photos it takes are also quite good. For the price I’m not sure you’ll find a better camera drone without moving up to a brushless GPS drone.
The Syma X8HG is available now for $112.66 at GearBest.