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  1. syma x6 droneThe Syma X6 quadcopter is large, tough, durable and very easy and fun to fly.  It has responsive controls and is very manoeuverable, and it will bank, turn and hover equally as well as the more expensive drones.  It has 2 modes, Low Speed and Expert, as well as built in functions in the controller to perform a 360 degree flip or a continuous roll.

    The Syma X6 comes with a spare set of blades but no camera, although it has quite a high payload and will take a Go Pro attached to it.  The footage taken is very smooth due to the stable flight of this drone.  The Syma X6 's impressive size (22" x 22") along with the protective foam ring around the rotor blades means it is a pretty robust drone, and although it comes with  spare rotors, it may be a while before you need them.  Due to its size, the drone is not suitable for flying indoors, but it is great for flying outdoors and stands up well to light winds.  The 30m flight range however, is quite limiting and we would expect it to be greater for a drone of this size.  The battery life is 8-10 mins which is about average, but the 120 minute charge time is another factor which lets it down.  You will definitely need a few Syma X6 Spare Batteries , and these are cheap and readily available. 

    Our Verdict

    The Syma X6 is a great drone to fly, easy and fun with some neat features.  Bigger than its counterparts in the same price range so more quadcopter for your money, but this is offset by the lack of a camera.  Low flight range and long charge time also let it down.


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  2. top race TR Q5112

    The Top Race TR-Q511 is a fantistic quadcopter with a great quality camera, which saves the footage onto a Mini SD which is included.  It is fairly easy to fly, with a 6 axis gyro to keep it stable, and it has a great range of 100m.  In the event that you lose sight of it whilst you are flying, it has the added feature of a 1 button return which when pressed the drone will return back to you.  It also has a "headless mode" option, which is great for beginners because no matter what direction the Top Race TR-Q511 is facing, if you push the button towards you the drone flies towards you.

    The Top Race TR-Q511 is came to market in November 2015, and is very similar in build and quality to the Syma X5C-1 .  In fact, most  spares for the Syma X5C-1 (propellers, guards etc) can be used with the TR-Q511.  Top Race TR-Q511 Spare Batteries are also cheap and readily available.  For the price this drone is well worth a punt, as the video quality is excellent and there are some really neat flying features.  It is very stable and easy to fly and will hover on its own which makes it ideal for the beginner and first time drone owner, and it is fairly robust and will survive the odd crash so is ideal for the beginner pilot.

    Our Verdict

    Top Race TR-Q511 is a fantastic drone with the best camera that we have seen for this price, easy to fly and a great beginner drone.


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