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GPS Drone

Syma X8 Pro: GPS and an HD Camera

The new Syma X8 Pro is the first drone in the X8 lineup with GPS capability. We don’t know exactly when Syma will release this new machine, but it’s coming soon and we have some details for you. The First X8 with GPS The first and most important difference between the X8 Pro and every…

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The Best Drones for Father's Day
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Happy Father’s Day: What is the Best Drone for Dad?

If you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift then look no further – dad needs a drone. The right drone is sure to put a smile on the face of the man you call “dad.” What Drone is Right for Dad? From videography drones to high-speed racers, there is a drone that the father…

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Phantom Alternative
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Want to Build a Phantom Alternative for Less Than $200?

Do you want to create a drone that can take steady videos and sharp photos similar to those from more expensive drones like the Phantom 4 Pro, but spend less than $200? That’s what we did. Check out our footage from the beautiful Maya Rivera. We might just have a solution. If you already have…

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Syma X8SW
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The New Syma X8SC and X8SW. Is the Upgrade Worth It?

What’s New on the X8S Models? The new Syma X8SC and Syma X8SW are definitely upgrades to the X8 lineup. The new S models have some subtle, but important differences. All of the new S models have a redesigned controller, quick assembly features, auto-takeoff / landing, and altitude hold. The style and paint schemes are…

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Syma Vs. MJX

MJX X102H, a viable competitor to Syma?

Here at Half Chrome we have tested countless Syma models including the X8W and the X8HG. We find them to be reliable drones that are simple to fly and are free of major flaws. Our Syma X8W has been crashed more times than we can count. Despite our best efforts we can’t break the thing….

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Upgrade before and after
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Syma X8 Camera Upgrade

The Syma X8 drones are a favorite platform for an action camera drone upgrade. In very little time you can put your favorite action camera up in the air on a Syma Drone. We like these drones so much that we have reviewed two of them already, the X8HG and X8W. If you already have an action camera like…

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takeoff graph
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Vertical Takeoff Speed Test

Here at Half Chrome we like to test the performance of our drones. A key metric for drones is their thrust-to-weight ratio. This tells you how much vertical thrust the props generate compared to the size of the drone. Drones with lots of thrust compared to their weight tend to be able to accelerate upwards faster,…

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Phantom 4 Camera
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Camera Quality Comparison

We do side-by-side comparisons between comparative products, and the results are in! We also show comparisons to the most used camera in the world – the iPhone. In our case, we are using the iPhone 6s. We could put up all kinds of numbers to quantify the image quality, but we don’t find that particularly telling….

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Best drones now
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Best Drones Now

Best Drones, August 2017 What is the best drone? That seems like a simple question, but really the better question is what is the best drone for you? That depends on a few different things. Why Do You Want a Drone? Do you want something to take breathtaking aerial pictures and photos? Do you just…

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Syma X8HG
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Syma X8HG Full HD Camera and Altitude Hold

The Syma X8HG is one of the best drones from their X8 model line. However, if you are looking for the newest model of the X8 then click here. The X8HG sports their best camera and has their new altitude hold feature.  Like the other Syma X8 drones, the X8HG is a good drone for first-time pilots,…

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