Syma z3 vs z2

Syma Z3: A Slick Looking Folding Drone

The Syma Z3 is a new folding drone. The Z3 has a sleek design and a 720p camera. It has optical flow and altitude hold. How does it stack up against some of the more popular Symas like the X5 or X8 models? Let’s find out. Spoiler alert: It isn’t going to compete with the Mavic Air.

The Syma Z3

Syma Z3 vs X5
The folded Syma Z3 is portable.

Definite bonus points to Syma for styling. This looks like a slick quadcopter. The arms are easy to fold, making this a good portable drone. Flying the Z3 is fun. It seems to be a bit underpowered but ultimately it isn’t too bad in high mode. The altitude hold works well. The optical flow is another story. It doesn’t seem to be well implemented. Syma is trying some different looks with their new Z1, Z2 and now Z3 drones.

Syma Z3
Take a look at the Z3 from above.

The Z3 Flaws

Syma z3 drone review
The Syma Z3 has some solid styling cues.

Our initial flight of the Z3 resulted in an uncontrollable flyaway. After crashing we did a calibration and it was good to go from then on. The optical flow doesn’t work super well but altitude hold does a decent job of keeping it level. It is a bit underpowered and we’d prefer flying the old X5 or a larger X8. Just stay away from the X8 Pro.

Our Recommendation

Syma X5 Compare
The white Syma X5C and red X5UW are both excellent drones.

Syma makes some quality drones but we prefer their simple models. The X5 line up is full of awesome quads. If you want basic fun go with the X5C or X5SW. If you want some bells and whistles then we’d recommend the X5UW. If you want something larger the X8 lineup is full of big drones that can carry a good action camera like a GoPro.

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Syma X8S Camera Change
The stock camera on the Syma X8 models can be upgraded to an action camera or even to a 2-axis gimbal.

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Instead of picking up a Syma Z3 we would recommend looking into the Ryze Tello. The Ryze Tello is superior on almost every level. It has a better camera, intuitive flight modes and is the most stable non-GPS drone you can buy. The Tello is hands down the best drone you can buy for less than $100. Learn more about the Tello here.

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