SIMULATOR ENTRY

flying FPV racing drone using the best the simulator

To get started with FPV racing drone flying, the simulator (a software that looks like a game – but has extremely realistic flight behavior) is particularly well suited.

To get started with the simulator, you only need two things: the simulator itself (i.e. the software) and a “radio” – the radio remote control. You can use this later to control your real drones. If you start with simulators, you can save a bunch of money that you would have spent on wrecked drones in the learning process.

What do you understand below, “Getting started with FPV simulator”?

Actually, exactly what is written above. That you just do not start with a real FPV drone, but with the radio and software. This is mainly to avoid the frustration when you start with FPV and only crashing is and so quickly loses the desire because the material is damaged, or you just do not get together “air time”. And you can see if this “FPV thing is something for you at all”.

However, this does not mean that it is now forbidden to buy a quad. On the contrary, I would even recommend buying a Tiny-Whoop package (look here) and practice with this spark on the simulator.

Others say: Only 5″ racers are the “true” FPV and therefore buy nothing but a really good (expensive) remote control and learn first ONLY on the simulator, then buy the parts and build your 5″ yourself. Works too – you have to decide for yourself.

FPV Racing Simulators

FPV drones have slowly arrived, and there are now even a considerable number of simulators, so you can pick one to your liking. Some are more realistic, some are cheaper, some are more fun. My recommendation is at the bottom of the text.

What almost all of them have in common (except Velocidrone) is that they run on Steam. If you don’t know Steam – it’s a gaming platform where you can download various games. Downloadable from SteamPowered.com

DRL – The Drone Racing League Simulator

The DRL is known to many from television. It is one of the biggest racing leagues, has made FPV racing known to a wide mass and even has its own special FPV racers. And of course this league has its own simulator.

To fly in the DRL, you can even qualify via the simulator!

The simulator of the DRL is also the gateway to the league
The simulator of the DRL is also the gateway to the league

The DRL Sim is in any case extremely popular and many praise especially the realistic propwash behavior. For under 10 euros definitely one of the best sims.

DCL – The Game

The Drone Champions League (DCL) is not as bling-bling as the DRL, flies “normal” FPV racing drones, and of course has its own simulator. The bling-bling is made up for in the sim, though: the DCL feels more “arcade”: The graphics are awesome, the effects opulent, the quads partly from the league, partly like from a manga comic, the tracks partly original tracks of the DCL, partly awesome, creative maps just for the sim. But even if the controls are quite realistic, the “Moon Gravity” (i.e. the drone falls too slowly), which increases the fun of the game, especially for beginners, makes many turn up their noses.

Chrissi on the DCL simulator
Chrissi on the DCL simulator

DCL is the most game, costs a bit more and has the least claims to “realistic simulator” in this list. Nevertheless, I have to say that the DCL simulator is the most fun, many of the world’s elite pilots are also at the start, and you can fly directly against their ghosts. I like!

Liftoff

Lifoff is probably “the classic” among simulators: it was one of the first and has gotten many features over time. It is very realistic and has nice routes, but from today’s point of view it seems a bit stiff to me and not as “polished” as the sims of the couches. Still the simulator with my most flying hours.

VelociDrone FPV Racing Simulator

Velocidrone is also an original and developed from an open source project. It is only available on its own servers, and Velocidrone’s overall feel is a bit more awkward, and the graphics are not quite as exciting. A bit the opposite of DCL.

VelociDrone - The Pro-Sim
VelociDrone – The Pro-Sim

Nevertheless, Velocidrone is THE simulator for many professionals, it is praised by almost everyone for the most realistic flight behavior and with appropriate tuning in-game you get the most likely replica of your own drone.

Velocidrone is cult – has a huge fan base and many plugins to buy like the one for TinyWhoops (Yes, this is probably THE sim for TinyWhoops).

FPV Freerider

FPV Freerider is a very good beginner simulator. The advantages:

  • Cheap (Only 5 euros)
  • Realistic flying model
  • Runs even on weaker computers (or even on the cell phone!)
  • Flight characteristics and physics adjustable

Above all, the fact that Freerider is so undemanding of hardware that it will probably run on a smart toaster is a “Huge plus”.

FPV Freerider Recharged is the successor and has much more elaborate graphics (is even quite demanding on the hardware) and also costs a bit more. Freerider has its own niche, as it runs everywhere, Freerider Recharged goes down a bit. But it’s still nice, especially for high-end phones:

Orqa FPV.SkyDive – Free of charge!

Yes, this simulator is free! (And not bad)
Yes, this sim is free! (And not bad)

The makers of one of the best analog goggles, Orqa, have built a really neat FPV simulator. And this one is for free! I’ve only had a quick look – but for people who pay attention to every euro, this is definitely a cool option!

My FPV Simulator recommendation

I’m sure I’m a bit lonely in the FPV scene, but I recommend the DCL Simulator for beginners! Why? Simply because it is the most fun & motivating. In my opinion, this is more important than realistic gravity modeling.

If the computer is not powerful enough, then take FPV Freerider. And if it gets “serious” later, check Velocidrone, without money FPV.SkyDive.

Radio remote controls for FPV racers

It may be worth spending a lot of money on the spark, since you won’t have to change it later on when your hobby grows on you, and you control your full-grown racing quadcopter with it.

“Remote controls for FPV racers” is of course a topic which is discussed here in great detail.

Which spark should I get for the simulator?

But if you want to have a recommendation right now, which is cool for simulators practice and with which you can still do something later, I would recommend the BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 SE ELRS. Since you do nothing wrong at first, and the price is really fair (yes, sparks can be VERY expensive).

Cheap, cool for the simulator and your first FPV drone: LiteRadio 2 SE ELRS from BetaFPV
Cheap, cool for the simulator and your first FPV drone: LiteRadio 2 SE ELRS from BetaFPV

Can you also fly with an XBox or Playstation controller simulator?

Mobile FPV training with FPV Freerider (see above) and a console controller
Mobile FPV training with FPV Freerider (see above) and a console controller

In principle, this is possible. Most modern controllers like the Sony DualSense or Xbox Elite Series 2 have drivers for the computer and can thus also be used for the simulator. Nevertheless, it is not quite as recommended, because:

  • The side with “Throttle” has no spring in a normal spark. I.e. it is not pulled to the center.
  • The analog sticks of console controllers have only a very short travel, i.e. are not as precise as a real remote control for FPV drones (there’s already a reason why those are used 😉

For point 1, you should switch to “3D Mode” when using console controllers: Then the zero point of the throttle is in the middle and you accelerate with “up”. This costs even more precision, but throttle zero at the bottom and spring in the middle at throttle 50 is quite strange. With 3D mode clearly better!

Tasks

Start game and improve lap times. =)
To keep the learning curve steep, switch from “Self-Leveling Mode” to “Acro Mode” as soon as possible. I.e. as soon as you have understood which lever on the remote control does what. Because only in “Acro-Mode” the full three-dimensional control of the racing quad is possible. Acro mode (which, by the way, stands for “acrobatic” and not for an aggressive flying style ;-)) is also what makes the essential difference between a racecopter and a camera drone like a DJI Mavic. And yes, it is so hard to fly “Acro” in the beginning. So you have to put in 10-20 flying hours until you master it.

CINEWHOOP

CineWhoop - FPVRacingDrone

[Update 2022!]

A very young category in FPV, but probably the one with the biggest social impact: CineWhoops. Hardly any sporting event, Red Bull campaign, car commercial or Hollywood movie today can do without action-packed FPV images from a racing drone, and these are mostly CineWhoops.

What exactly are CineWhoops? What do you need to know if you want to fly a CineWhoop yourself? How you can earn money with it and which exciting models are currently available? You can find all that out here.

The DJI Avata has made the CineWhoop sector interesting, especially for beginners, with this complete package.
The DJI Avata has made the CineWhoop sector interesting, especially for beginners, with this complete package.

What is a CineWhoop?

Very briefly: CineWhoops (or HD Whoop or CineDrone) are small quadrocopters with propeller protection which are flown FPV (First Person View – i.e. from the perspective of the drone via goggles) and can record in HD.

The “history” of CineWhoops

At the very beginning was the TinyWhoop. A toy class quadcopter, those little drones with ducts/propguards (the rings around the propellers), but unlike the toy quads it has a real flight controller that lets it fly acro and has a receiver that connects to your real radio.

The next “escalation class” then came with the Brushless Whoop. In this article here, I wrote about the TinyHawk and the Mobula7, the small gamechangers for winter fun.

CineWhoops as Tiny Brushless Whoops with HD Camera

What has always been a shame about TinyWhoops: You couldn’t take an additional camera with you for YouTube-ready footage. But that changed with new split cameras:

RunCam Split Mini 2
RunCam Split Mini 2

RunCam brought the RunCam Split to the market. An FPV camera that could simultaneously supply the FPV feed, but also record in HD to a microSD along with the associated circuit board. Caddx followed suit with the Caddx Turtle and RunCam and eliminated the biggest shortcoming with the RunCam Mini: the circuit board shrunk and thus it was suddenly possible to bring HD recording into extremely small and lightweight quads. The Tiny CineWhoop was born.

One of the first Tiny Cinewhoops: Happymodel Mobula7 HD - not even 10cm long
One of the first Tiny Cinewhoops: Happymodel Mobula7 HD – not even 10cm long

What quickly became clear: The coolest thing about this class is the human-compatibility of brushless micros in combination with HD recording. This opened up completely new possibilities for videos, even if they are probably still not allowed everywhere.

From Tiny CineWhoop to GoPro CineWhoop

However, the HD capacities were not sufficient for “professional” recordings: Especially the emerging stabilization from GoPros was missing. But since the whoops with their ducts (the ring around the propellers) were simply better received by the people who were to be recorded, and since they have a much lower risk of injury than open propellers, the path was clear: with ducts, as small as possible, but already capable of carrying a decent camera.

One of the first 3″ Cinewhoops: Shendrones Squirt
One of the first 3″ Cinewhoops: Shendrones Squirt

Quickly landing on a consensus of about 3″ Ducted Quads – these FPV drones are loud, but small enough for exciting gaps and thrilling indoor shots. At the same time, you can get up close to people, and especially in the sports, athletes and audiences were excited about the new dimension in video.

Then another improvement came quickly: with a normal GoPro, the 3″ were no longer what you’d call an FPV Racing Drone in terms of flight characteristics – too heavy for the small motors, too hard a battle with the weight of the GoPro. SO what could you do? Slim down the GoPro! The naked GoPro was born, a strpped GoPro reducing the weight, bringing agility back to the 3″ GoPro CineWhoop class.

DJI vs. Standard

Meanwhile, DJI has also jumped on the Cinewhoops hype: The DJI Avata is a classic 3″ pusher (i.e. the propellers are pointed downwards). Nevertheless, the Avata is a great exception, because:

The “normal” CineWhoops are FPV racers, which are built on standardized parts. You can use different parts from different manufacturers. Different goggles, different radio. Different batteries for more or less power, and weight. However, this requires a lot of training, and also (or especially) the flying skills needs a lot of time to develop until you have it.

The DJI Avata has everything altogether in one nice pack, the goggles and image quality are incredibly good, and also for flying there are beginner modes and a stop button called “Emergency Break” that stops the FPV drone immediately. It costs more, and the LiPo batteries are also outrageously expensive – but for many, this is probably the fastest way to fly CineWhoops or get into the FPV world in general.

The stretched term “CineWhoop” today

Today, the term has expanded a bit: Meanwhile, everything in the FPV field that is primarily designed for video and cinematic (as opposed to focusing on flight performance) is actually called a CineWhoop.

Even 6 propeller monsters – tricopters with gyro, red camera and especially without ducts like from Nurk are called “CineWhoop” by many today. Because “Cine” just, like Cinematic, and Whoop, because Whoop is a FPV term I suppose? =) Actually, the term Cinelifter, CineQuad, Cinecopter, or for Nurkallas thing Cinetricopter would be more correct, but with CineWhoop everybody knows what is meant.

NurkFPV's sick Moneyshot Cinetricopter with Ronin Gyro
NurkFPV’s sick Moneyshot Cinetricopter with Ronin Gyro

How do I learn how to fly a CineWhoop?

From the controlling standpoint and the components used, a CineWhoop is no different from an FPV Racing Quad. Here at FPVRacingDrone.com you will find everything you need to know to get started!

If you’re coming from the DJI camp (DJI Mavic, DJI Mini, Mavic Air), you have a bit of a head start like that you know the controls on the controller and which axis is doing what. But as far as flying goes, you’re still at the beginning. Acro flying (“manual” at DJI) takes a bunch of practice.

If you’re up for that, sign up for the newsletter below, and you’ll get the beginner’s book “8 Steps to becoming an FPV Pilot” with it and then check out the articles here (So far only the german Version – I’ll do the translations ASAP:

How can I make money flying FPV (flying CineWhoop)?

Can you do that? Oh yes!!! FPV videos are so incredibly hot – and there are still only a few who can make it happen. So if you have collected some skills, you can offer your services. Even if you’re just starting out, it’s easy to gain experience with pro bono jobs. Pretty much every gym and restaurant wants a nice video of their space. So sign up directly to the job board!

Where can I get CineWhoop / FPV videos produced for my business?

You can find that here too 😉
But this is also aiming for the German market for now – let me know if you’re interested in an international version!

The best CineWhoop

SO, but now to the CineQuads / CineWhoops themselves. As always, there is no such thing as “the best one”. Because whether you want to fly across the table between two people in a café or whether you want to chase a drifting Porsche: different applications need different tools. That’s why we want to give you a few recommendations by class:

  • Tiny CineWhoops
  • 3″ Class
  • Open class

The best Tiny CineWhoops

The small speedsters were not only the “first ChineWhoops” – even today, this is probably the size with the greatest fun factor. Why? Because you can simply fly them anywhere, anytime. At home, at a friend’s house, outside… the Tiny CineWhoops are so small and “do no harm” – but you have to make a few sacrifices in the recording quality.

For the models below if you buy them, you will need to choose a radio protocol (depending on the controller) and get additional batteries. For FPV flying, you will, of course, need analog FPV goggles.

Eachine Cinefun

Eachine is not exactly known for the highest quality models, but with the CineFun, Eachine has made a big hit: Perfect flight performance for a 75 Tiny CineWhoop, and that with only 1S! There is also a 4K version with the Loris – my wife flies it, it’s a banger!

Our Eachine CineFun has seen many countries and survived crashes
Our Eachine CineFun has seen many countries and survived crashes

Whereas I find 4K exaggerated (you can upscale in case of doubt) – here the lack of stabilization and the missing ND filter are more noticeable. It’s also a bit more expensive than a normal Eachine, but still cheap overall for what it offers. Check out the prices here:

Alternatives:

Happymodel Mobula7 HD on Amazon

Happymodel Mobula7 HD on Banggood

URUAV UR85HD Bushido on Amazon

URUAV UR85HD Bushido on Banggood

iFlight CineBee 75HD

While the Cinefun is still very reminiscent of a TinyWhoop, the iFlight CineBee looks more like a minimized freestyle quad. This is mainly due to the carbon frame and the top-mount option for the LiPo. However, the additional weight is noticeable compared to the Cinefun.

iFlight CineBee 75HD
iFlight CineBee 75HD
iFlight CineBee 75HD Black
iFlight CineBee 75HD Black

Price comparison:

iFlight CineBee 75HD on Amazon
iFlight CineBee 75HD on Banggood

3″ Class

As mentioned above, the 3 inchers (3″ is the diameter of the propellers) have emerged as the golden mean of CineWhoops. Small enough for indoors and gaps, strong enough to carry a GoPro, protected by ducts, and really acrobatic with a naked GoPro – a little bit of everything.

One manufacturer that has even excelled is iFlight – and they have even degraded the duct to a mere protective ring on some CineWhoop frames. Usually, the duct is mainly there to make motors more efficient by compressing the airflow. However, since the ducts can become quite heavy on the larger copters, they are often reduced to a thin ring and used only as protection.

But now to the best CineWhoops:

iFlight ProTek35

iFlight ProTek35
iFlight ProTek35

The developers at iFlight have hit a nerve and created the right mix of weight, performance and handling with the ProTeks (there is a 3.5″ and a 2.5″ version). The two ProTek are available for DJI as well as in much cheaper analog versions:

Alternative:

Protek25 on Banggood (smaller!)

DJI Avata

DJI has brought the topic of CineWhoops to the masses. The DJI Avata is also an exception in this overview. With this product, you give up the openness to use products from other manufacturers via standards (LiPo batteries, controllers, goggles) – you have to rely on DJI and their prices.

DJI Avata
DJI Avata

On the other hand, you get a perfectly coordinated package for a lot of money and save a lot of time reading into stuff. What advantages and disadvantages of such a package are, you can read very well in the beginner article about the DJI FPV Combo.

If you want the fastest approach into Cinewhoops, here it is:

iFlight BumbleBee

And iFlight is represented twice in this category because in addition to the ProTek series, there is also the BumbleBee. I find the name really fitting: The frame in yellow-black is just a bit thicker, and in the air the “bumblebee” also makes a somewhat ponderous impression.

iFlight BumbleBee
iFlight BumbleBee

But actually, it is quite close to FPV maneuver and has many plus points in “acceptance”, since the propellers are not even visible from many angles behind the thick foam protective walls.

Alternative:

Diatone Taycan on Banggood
Diatone Taycan on Amazon

GepRC CineLog

Performant all-rounder: The GepRC CineLog35
Performant all-rounder: The GepRC CineLog35

Alternative:

Cinelog25 on Banggood (smaller!)

Open class

The open class. This is where the video hradware freaks find their fix. Above we have already seen the “Moneyshot” from Catalyst Machineworks (NurkFPV flies it in productions) – here there is only one rule: The thing must be able to lift the camera and accelerate it properly.

Since it becomes very specific here, I would suggest and you wrote me an email if you are interested. And yes, you should be ready to spend a four to five figure amount 😉

Shendrones - Siccario Cinelifter
Shendrones – Siccario Cinelifter
Catalyst Machineworks Money Shot Mini (sic!)
Catalyst Machineworks Money Shot Mini (sic!)

Conclusion

CineWhoops are rad. =)

With CineWhoops FPV has got a new flavor. And this one is popular: FPV video is hot, the selection of ready-made drones is really extensive. Are you missing something in this article? Then simply reply to the newsletter, then I will be happy to add it.

THE BEST ENTRY LEVEL DRONE (FOR FPV RACING OR FREESTYLE) 2021

Black and Red color FPV drone flying in the air

If you’re reading this, you probably saw a cool FPV video not too long ago and thought: I want that too! You want to know what you need to get started (like a complete FPV beginner package, just the best beginner FPV drone) and get started right away.

Then congratulations, you have found the right page. =)

To get you started: Yes, FPV flying is as awesome as it looks! It takes a lot of practice, but once you know how to control your quad, the immersion with the FPV goggles allows for an almost unbelievable flying experience that is unlike anything else.

If you already own a camera drone like a DJI Mavic, good for you. Then you already know three of four axes on the remote control. But FPV is a whole other level, so you’re almost starting from scratch again. Sorry.

In my previous articles on the “Best Beginner FPV Drone,” I always recommended a fixed combination of drone, goggles, and radio. But in the meantime, there are a lot more options for putting together the necessary stuff for different needs — and of course, there are still complete packages that allow you to fly right out of the box.

That’s why I’ve put together four packages for every budget and taste.

Rough breakdown by budget

FPV racing drone starter kit with controller and goggles all in white colors.

The Tiny Whoop package

Black and green colored FPV drone on white pebbles.

The serious start – The affordable variant

An FPV drone with fiber body and green stands.

The serious start -The Pro variant

Grey colored FPV drone and controller with goggles on a silver table.

The expensive DJI variant

What are the differences in the packages?

Very roughly — they differ in how much time you have to put in before you can fly, how much money you like to spend, and how good the drone is 😉 And if we look into more detail:

The first package is really a complete FPV beginner package: you buy the complete package, and it has everything in it that you need. The second and third ‘packages’ are individual parts (drone, radio, goggles, accessories). These two are also the ‘serious’ entry into the hobby. Something you were looking for, right?

And last but not least, despite much hate from the community, I will also include the DJI FPV Combo package. Why it is so controversial, and what the advantages and especially disadvantages of this package for FPV beginners are, I will show you later.

The Tiny Whoop complete package

The advantages of this set are obvious: you have a drone, remote, and goggles in one package. You can unpack that and start flying immediately.

When you see the pictures with the Tiny Whoop (that’s this mini drone with the protection around the propellers), you might think it’s a child’s toy. But it’s far from that. This mini quadcopter has a full-fledged flight controller, the component that allows you to perform the flight maneuvers of a real FPV racer.

And I dare say that every serious FPV pilot has at least one Tiny Whoop at home, with which he flies around indoors in winter. With this small drone (only 7 cm edge length and about 25 g), you can fly indoors and even bump into something. Or let the kids (or girlfriend 😉 ) fly.

In addition, the tiny ones do not make much noise, which is why you can literally fly them anywhere. Take it to the BBQ with your buddies? Fly from in the garden sitting in the Living Room? No problem. The TinyWhoop variant has the charm in its versatility — and you learn everything you need to fly even larger FPV Racing Drones.

Unfortunately, showing spectacular videos to your friends doesn’t work so well because you can’t save the videos to an SD card with the TinyWhoop. So you can only watch it live via the goggles, but not on the PC or similar. But via a ***second, inexpensive pair of goggles, you can also let other people watch FPV — and believe me; your friends will celebrate you for that!

FPV racing drone starter kit with controller and goggles all in white colors.
The BetaFPV Whoop Racing Starter Kit — The small drone can do so much more than you expect

With the complete package, you don’t have the entry hurdle with combining components and can start flying right away — and immediately have an awesome flying experience. There is no need for the “binding” that you know from other FPV drones, which can be really tedious.

And the small Tiny Whoops are controlled just like the big ones: In fact, it’s the same remotes and radio protocols that are being used. If you can master the small one, you can fly a big one. So, the Tiny Whoop is perfect for getting started.

And by the way, you can use the radio remote and goggles included in this package for a larger FPV drone if you want to upgrade.

Prices & Availability:
BetaFPV Whoop Kit at Banggood (Notes about Banggood – see below)
BetaFPV Whoop Kit at Amazon
BetaFPV Whoop Kit at BetaFPV

Alternative:
EMAX Tinyhawk 2 RTF Kit | Amz | BG | AE

The serious beginner package — The affordable variant

Okay, this is where it gets serious: The iFlight Nazgul is a 5″ drone. This is the “standard” for FPV racing drones. Here you get the classic flight physics, and you can mount a GoPro and make those cool videos you know from YouTube.

Clearly speaking, this is not a “complete package.” It is an assembly list. You still have the task of buying the individual parts and putting them together.

Many would say, “Why don’t you get a decent remote and practice with a simulator first to see if that’s for you?” — And they’re definitely not wrong about that. But if you’re like me, you really want to get your hands on something right away.

And you want to keep it affordable. But you should still be aware that you can’t get started right away: A little practice on the simulator is necessary before your first flight (but that works with the radio that I recommend here in the package), and also a little preparation is necessary: Read how to charge the batteries, connect the radio with the drone (binding) and a few things more.

Black and green colored FPV drone on white pebbles.
The iFlight Nazgul5 quadcopter comes assembled and is a price-performance hit.

But this package here is the solid base that will get you into the FPV world. All the components are good and really worth the money — and over time, you will crash so hard that you will have to change not only the propeller but also the motor. This is “part of the game,” and even if you can’t imagine it today — you are serious about it, the soldering iron will become your friend for sure. =)

Shopping list – Serious & Cheap

iFlight Nazgul5 V2 4S

Prices & Availability:
iFlight Nazgul5 at Banggood (Version: Frsky XM+ Receiver from CN)

Short info about Banggood: The store with a name that would do honor to a porn movie site may seem a little suspicious to you now — but Banggood is a real player in the FPV sector. And the site of the store is also more reliable than it seems at first. For the Chinese manufacturers (yes, most of the FPV sector comes from China), Banggood is THE dealer. If you get into FPV, you will definitely have a lot to do with Banggood. And I’m very happy with Banggood as a supplier so far. The delivery times are long (2-3 weeks is standard), but the prices are very good, and even the service is satisfactory: If something doesn’t arrive properly, you often have to upload proof in the form of a video or picture, but then you get a replacement sent if you have a legitimate claim — at least that’s how it’s always been for me.

iFlight Nazgul5 at Amazon
iFlight Nazgul5 at AliExpress

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll immediately see that we’re looking at the same FPV drone like the one below in the much more expensive Digital package. Why? Because iFlight has created a real price-performance monster with the Nazgul.

Ever since the extremely critical FPV legend Mr. Steele flew the Nazgul (although he actually only wanted the camera) and rated it good, there are hardly any dissenting voices. It’s just a good quad. Period.

For really good videos, you can mount a GoPro on top. Unfortunately, the small GoPro Session is no longer available — So, 5″ (the size of the propellers and the classification) is necessary to carry the bigger cam.

And the Nazgul carries that GoPro through the air in a truly impressing way. It’s a neatly assembled package of good motors, a decent stack with a flight controller, VTX, and receiver.

Eachine EV800D (FPV goggles)

Since we are here for an affordable FPV setup, we’re using an analog signal. Now we are looking for FPV goggles. A good compromise between quality and price is the boxed goggles, i.e., goggles with a large screen that is a bit wider in front of the eyes.

Black FPV Googles box packed.
The Eachine boxed goggle is ugly but does a decent job without costing too much.

The EV800D model recommended here has a few years under its belt but is still in demand, and for a good reason: diversity receiver for a good picture, a DVR to record the flights (very important to determine the location for recovery after a crash), ease of use, and a nice second life as an external monitor (the “glasses frame” is removable) for guests and when tinkering if you do want to upgrade.

Prices & Availability
Eachine EV800D FPV Goggles at Banggood
Eachine EV800D FPV Goggles at Amazon
Eachine EV800D FPV Goggles at AliExpress

FrSky Taranis X9 Lite (radio remote control)

With the radio, you specify which protocol you want to fly with. The radio remote control and the receiver in the racing drone must speak the same language. FlySky is an even cheaper protocol than FrSky (i.e., the radio and receiver are cheaper), but I want to use FrSky as the minimum because of the reliability and range. There are other protocols for long-range (flying extremely far away), but here you also need other video equipment, etc.

white FPV controller in the center with blue controller on left and black controller on the right
The budget model Taranis X9 Lite from FrSky

In any case, FrSky has built up a widespread and reliable fleet of remotes with the Taranis series, and the FrSky Taranis Lite recommended here is really solid for a very reasonable price.

One more thing: Almost all remote controls run with “OpenTX” — this is the operating system and the quasi-standard in the FPV area. Unfortunately, I find it anything but intuitive to use, but since it is so widespread, you can also find a forum post or a YouTube video for every question.

Price & Availability
Taranis X9 lite at Banggood
Taranis X9 lite at Amazon
Taranis X9 lite at AliExpress

CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE: BETAFPV LITE RADIO2 SE

If you really have to watch every dime, there is a cool option even in the FrSky world: The BetaFPV Lite SE is a real FrSky radio (above from the Whoop package), but without display, and it can only connect to one copter. And it works on the simulator too. =)

My girlfriend still flies the BetaFPV Lite with her current FPV racing drone. I myself have a FrSky X-Lite — mainly because I can fly many different models with it, and I like the “controller style.”

With the two FrSky radio remote controls, however, it should be said that a bit of training is required here: You have to “bind,” i.e., connect the radio with the quadrocopter or the receiver — and this is unfortunately not as intuitive as it should be. But with a YouTube search and a little patience, you can get there.

Prices & Availability
BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 SE at Amazon
BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 SE at Banggood
BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 SE at AliExpress

FPV rechargeable batteries: 3-10x Tattu 1300mAh 4S (14.8V 75C 4S1P)

With real FPV racing drones, you only have very short flight times. Here it is so 3-8 minutes, depending on whether you’re leisurely cruising or “Send it” =)

In the package, we have selected the 4S. So 4 cells per battery. Currently, 6S are also very common (there, you must then also have the motors with suitable Volts on the quad), but the performance advantages for beginners are hardly noticeable. And 6S is just significantly more expensive (both the LiPos and the chargers).

Tattu LiPo battery in 1300mAh.
A Tattu 4S 1300mAh LiPo battery where you can clearly see the 4 cells

Another important thing: LiPos, i.e., lithium-polymer batteries, is a completely different matter than lithium-ion batteries. Even small damages can make them a fire hazard. Please take the time and read up a bit or watch a video on YouTube on the subject!

Prices & Availability
Tattu 4S LiPo at Amazon
Tattu 4S LiPo at Banggood
Tattu 4S LiPo at AliExpress

LiPo Charger: ISDT 608AC Battgo Lipo Charger AC / DC

The battery charger is really cheap when you consider that you get a charger from ISDT, including a detachable power supply (Yes, charger and power supply separately are in FPV what normal). I have it and do not want to miss it anymore. Not the fastest, but very compact and just really mature – as you are used to from ISDT.

ISDT charger in black color.
I don’t want to miss my ISDT Charger anymore

Prices & Availability
ISDT 608AC at Amazon
ISDT 608AC at Banggood
ISDT 608AC at AliExpress

Affordable ALTERNATIVE:

I got by for the first few years with a very simple Charsoon “Balance Loader.” It is certainly not so cool for the LiPos, but if every euro counts, you get along with it in any case and your racing drone in the air.

Charsoon DC-4S | Amz | BG | AE

FPV video for YouTube?

However, if you want to impress with awesome FPV videos with this package, you’ll have to add a GoPro. The FPV feed, which you can see on the goggles, is enough to fly (and get your adrenaline pumping) but just too low quality for outsiders (reminiscent of 80s VHS tapes).

However, the Nazgul has more than enough power to move a GoPro through the air — and a suitable mount for the GoPro is already included.

The serious FPV beginner’s package: The “digital” variant

OK. Now we are at the “serious digital variant.” Here you have to be ready to spend a four-digit amount. But the visual experience is a completely different dimension to the FPV beginner package above.

An FPV drone with fiber body and green stands.
The iFlight Nazgul5 HD v2 as a 6S variant — This thing convinces and puts the DJI in its place.

Here, we don’t use the “old” analog technology for transmitting the image to the goggles while flying (which is still used in the high-end sector — do not misunderstand) – but here we’re the proprietary digital technology from the ‘camera drone’ top dog company DJI. That said, the drone is from iFlight, but the goggles and radio are from DJI.

DJI has brought a product to the FPV racing drone space that has really shaken up the scene, called the ‘DJI Digital FPV System.’ It’s a closed system, meaning you’re largely reliant on DJI’s products, and there’s no alternative — but the digital image is really awesome. DIJ in the FPV world is like Apple to computers: you’re trapped in their world, but the product works very well.

Even the hypercritical “homebuilt-only” Mr. Steele likes the Nazgul

The digital image in the goggles is killer, the range with the DJI system is incredible — and there’s no need for a bunch of configuration and customizing since the radio works out of the box. You don’t have to read into additional things like transmission protocols.

Shopping List – Serious & Digital

iFligth Nazgul 5 V2 HD 6S

Price & Availability
iFlight Nazgul5 HD v2 as 6S at Banggood
iFlight Nazgul5 HD v2 as 6S at Amazon
iFlight Nazgul5 HD v2 as 6S at AliExpress

FPV goggles and radio: DJI FPV System

Black color FPV Goggles and controller with long antennas.
The DJI FPV System for FPV Racer consisting of goggles and a radio

Pricing & Availability:
DJI FPV System at Amazon
DJI FPV System at Banggood
DJI FPV System at AliExpress

LiPo Battery: Tattu R-Line V3 1400mAh 22,2V 120C 6S1P

Since we are in the performance package, we also need descent LiPos that fulfill their purpose as “ultra-high-discharge” devices. Lithium polymer batteries that enable full performance with extremely high voltage and extremely high discharge currents.

Tattu R-line LiPo battery
Tattu R-Line LiPo — enough power to start a car engine

LiPos are such a topic of their own, and over time even individual packs gain your affection, despite having three identical ones next to them. Each pack is a bit individual, needs care (how you charge it, what voltage you store it at, etc.), and when buying it, you can often only rely on the manufacturer’s reputation. But there is a kind of consensus with the batteries from Tattu (which were also recommended above), only this one is two cells more (6S) and in the professional version: Tattu R-Line (“R” like Race). With the 120C, you can start a car without problems.

Price & Availability
Tattu R-Line LiPo at Amazon
Tattu R-Line LiPo at Banggood

LiPo charger: ISDT D2 Mark 2

As with the package above, I also recommend ISDT here — just a bit bigger, so parallel charging is also possible. And also, with a built-in power supply – I find that simply more practical.

ISDT black D2 charger
The D2 charger from ISDT has two slots and plenty of power

Prices & Availability
ISDT D2 Charger at Amazon
ISDT D2 Charger at Banggood
ISDT D2 Charger at AliExpress

The DJI FPV Combo

Let’s talk about the Elephant in the Room: DJI FPV Combo.
As the introduction of the DJI FPV system (which we use in the package above) hadn’t already caused enough controversy in the FPV world, the DJI FPV Combo with the DJI FPV Drone splits the community into two almost irreconcilable camps.

side view of an FPV drone in black and grey color
The DJI FPV Combo Drone – All there, but very fragile.

I’ll try to summarize the most important things about the DJI FPV complete package:

  • Is this the fastest way to get started with FPV? => YES!
  • Expensive => YES!
  • Is the DJI FPV Combo worth the price => YES and NO!
  • Is DJI’s FPV Drone stable enough for an FPV racer => NO! (Not kidding, this thing breaks: if you want to fly close to objects – and you do if you want to do FPV “the right way” – this thing will explode faster than you can say [insert something random here]).
  • Can I save a lot of time with research, building and customization => YES!
  • Can I slowly “work my way up” flight-wise if I’m a beginner / already have a DJI drone => YES!
  • Do I pay exorbitant prices for the batteries (but they are safer) and other accessories => YES!
  • Do I get the convenience I expect, like “return to home”, “unpack and go” or an “emergency pause” button? => YES!
  • Do I get fantastic range and very long flight times for an FPV racer? => YES!
  • Do I give up the openness to use different systems, can I no longer repair myself, thus betraying a little the basic values of the RC / FPV world and put myself in the dependence of a single manufacturer? => YES!
  • Is this the best package on the market for cinematic shots with dynamics? => YES!
FPV drone with a controller and FPV goggles.
The DJI FPV Combo can clearly claim victory in terms of beginner-friendliness

IIf you now say to yourself: I have the money and want to fly FPV as fast as possible, this is certainly a good option. And the DJI FPV Combo certainly has the best recording capacities “out of the box” that you can wish for.

With the upper Nazgul packages, you first have to mount a GoPro and edit with tools like ReelSteady Pro to get to that level. And for the world between DJI camera drone footage and hardcore FPV footage, i.e., “cinematic FPV,” the DJI FPV Combo is unbeaten. And here, you can have unbelievably long flight times compared to approximate flight characteristics of a classic FPV drone paired with a smart camera.

However, suppose you are interested in racing, flying through forests and abandoned buildings, or proximity (flying extremely close to objects and buildings or just above the ground). In that case, this probably isn’t the way to go. One crash, and you’re in full dependency on DJI repair. With the iFlights from above, you have to be able to break something in the first place (the carbon frames can take an incredible beating), and if you do, you’ll quickly learn how to replace a motor or arm on your own.

If you don’t want that (self-repair) but want a real FPV RTF set (“Ready to Fly,” i.e., an FPV drone complete set with goggles) without reading up on radio protocols, LiPo batteries, etc. — then there is almost only the DJI option. And compared to the TinyWhoop complete package (also ready to fly), the DJI complete system can record awesome videos, while the TinyWhoop is only there for the fun of flying.

As I said, this is almost a matter of faith — for some, it is the best FPV drone for beginners; for others a crime against the hobby. You have to decide for yourself.

DJI FPV Combo

Pricing & Availability:
DJI FPV Combo at Amazon
DJI FPV Combo at Banggood
DJI FPV Combo at AliExpress

And what about building it yourself?

YES, MAN!!! THIS is actually the real right way to go in FPV. Simulator practice, then build it yourself. And there I would also rely on local stores to buy the parts – you have an entirely different contact and delivery time, if something may not be OK.

Keywords

  • FPV Drone Complete Set
  • FPV Drone Complete Set with Goggles
  • FPV Drone Beginner
  • Best FPV Drone for Beginners

The predecessor (2020) of the “Best entry-level drone.”

A drone with GoPro on top aligned with several other small drones
The HGLRC XJB-145 with a GoPro Session
A drone without propellers and GoPro
The HGLRC XJB-145 – For me, the best entry-level drone 2020
FPV drone with blue propellers submerged in the dirt.
My XJB-145 ate a little dirt

The old 2020 shopping list

Quad: HGLRC XJB145 | $165 | Amz BG AE

Glasses: Eachine EV800 | $59 | Amz BG AE

Remote: Flysky FS-i6S | $71 | Amz BG AE

Receiver: Flysky FS-A8S | $12 | Amz BG AE (only needed for PNP, not for BNF)

Batteries: Tattu 11.1 V 3S 850mah XT30 | $18 | Amz BG AE

Power supply: Charsoon DC-4S | $14 | Amz BG

FPV drones learn to fly – The book for Download

Learning to fly FPV drones – The book for download

8 Steps to the FPV Pilot – The Book to Learn to Fly FPV Drones

Controlling an FPV drone is much more difficult than, for example, a DJI Phantom or DJI Mavic Pro. Finally, it is about racing equipment, which should move at the absolute limit. Information and strategies about the FPV fly and how to learn the fastest how to find a drone in the book “In 8 steps to the FPV pilot”. The book is a “how-to” for beginners and advanced.

How do I learn to fly a racecopter?

Practice by! (“No, really now?”). Is probably obvious. But what exactly you should practice, with which flight exercises you should start, you will find in the book. The “basic exercises” will help you even if you want to learn to control a camera drone safely. Later, the exercises and maneuvers that are only possible with an xxxxx ACRO-capable racing drone come later. To initiate the famous Split-S maneuver, for example, you have to turn the drone upside down – this is only possible with racers with modern FC’s. What comes after the head over-part you can read in the book.

The book for FPV beginners at Digistore for 9,95 Euro

The book “In 8 Steps to FPV Pilot” is a book with step-by-step instructions for beginners and interested people. It is available at xxxxx Digistore24.de for € 9,95.

Now the good: Here on FPVRacingDrone.de you can get the book “In 8 steps to the FPV Pilot” for a short time free of charge when you sign up for the newsletter. When this action is over, the book will be available to newsletter subscribers for a discount.

What do I have to do to get the book for free?

Not much: Just sign up for the newsletter here and you will receive a download link as long as the campaign is running. If the action is over, you will receive a coupon code for a discount on Digistore24.

Can I just unsubscribe from the newsletter if I have downloaded the book?

Yes, you can. But in fairness, I would be happy if you stay a little bit in the newsletter. In addition, you will receive exciting FPV information with the newsletter: New articles or updates on articles about FPV Racing Drones and news from the FPV Racing and Freestyle scene.

FPV AIO Cams – All-In-One Cameras for FPV Drones (and Spies)

FPV AIO Cams – all-in-one cameras for FPV drones (and spies)

What is an FPV, AIO Cam?

An FPV AIO Cam is a small component that combines a camera, a video transmitter (VTx) and an antenna. This component only needs a power source and you can already receive the signal with FPV goggles .

Such a tiny camera can then be glued to all sorts of things and see the world from their perspective. If you can now control the whole thing (like race models or threats) you have a real “first-person perspective” experience.

Eachine E010 with AIO Cam

How do I connect an FPV AIO Cam to a drone?

It is enough to connect the cam sufficiently safe with the drone. “Sure enough” means here: It should not be able to slip or change its angle. Sometimes it is sufficient to attach the cam with a rubber band, sometimes help mounts specifically for the cam were built. The AIO cams are quite light, usually between 2 and 6 grams.

Where does the Cam get electricity from?

It is also not necessary to somehow connect an FPV AIO Cam to the drone. You can equip the camera with its own power supply, eg an S1 Lipo battery . That’s what we did with our DJI Mavic Air FPV .

But if you want to upgrade a tiny drone like the Eachine E010 to such an “all-in-one” camera as a real FPV drone, you need to tap the drone power supply, because the drone will not have enough power for another battery.

Solder AIO Cam to power supply

Probably the best-known AIO system is the Eachine TX03 ( Banggood)

 

Eachine TX03 AIO FPV Cam Camera
Eachine TX03

The next generation: FPV AIO with DVR

A very exciting development: There are now FPV AIO Cams with integrated HD video recorder (DVR – Digital Video Recorder). Then you put a small MicroSD in the AIO Cam and can take the picture with much better quality than it receives on the glasses.

Eachine DVR03 AIO FPV DVR Cam Camera Drone FPVRacingDrone
Eachine DVR03

For big threats, you usually use either a GoPro Session,   Foxeer Box or a RunCam Split   (for the latter, the same lens/camera is used for both FPV feed and HD recording => ladder than with extra). Camera).

Foxeer box
Foxeer box

Now it’s also available in AIO format, and the  Eachine DVR03  weighs just under 7 grams. This makes it almost possible to build the whole thing on a Tiny-Whoop and record the flight adventure in a beer garden, kitchen, and office in HD quality! ?

Eachine DVR03 AIO FPV DVR Cam Camera Drone FPVRacingDrone Back
Eachine DVR03 AIO FPV cam

Unfortunately, the output of the FPV feed suffers somewhat from the recording. If the DVR is activated, you will not have as many FPS (frames per second) as normal.

And yet I’ll get the thing well – I have the guts to record a flight with a mini-drone in something better quality!

The fastest drone in the world (267 km/h) – Quadmovr Movr5r2 F80

Quadmovr

Quadmovr (yes, it is written in this way and not Quadmover) from Germany is probably the best-known LOS pilot in the racing drones area. One of my favorite videos comes from him (especially because of the sound), you’ll find it on the homepage. His current Movr series arguably the fastest drone in the world, as he is also one of the busiest designers, pushing his builds to the limit.

Speed Freak

Lately, he’s been focusing on one thing: Speed!
With his Movr frames, he sets one record after another. To measure, he uses a telemetry unit mounted on the race quad which sends the data to his Taranis remote.

Quadmovr FrSky Taranis X9D Radio Spark FPV Racing Drone Drone FPVRacingDrone World Record World record Speed ​​Fastest drone in the world
267 km / h !!

The fastest drone in the world

In the Miniquad area, it should thus hold the world record in terms of speed (as of March 2018): The Movr5r2 f80 flies an incredible 267 km / h with a 6S battery (which is 166 Mp / h in retard units).

Here is his record flight:

UPDATE: The DRL R3 Racers has even come to 288.6 km/h (179.3 Mp/h) with an outlandish 10S Lipo 80A ESC equipment. Wow. But Quadmovr still holds the 6S record.

I finally got my drone from UAVFutures!!!

I finally got my drone from UAVFutures !!!

In September, I won a UAV Futures Channel drone:

It is a Furybee x215 which was considered by Stew with praise (price / performance at 150 euros )

Furibee X215 drone drone fpv racing fpvracingdrone fatshark drl racer

 

Now (in December) she finally arrived in Germany:

Furibee x215 drone drone fpv racing fpvracingdrone fatshark drl racer

If you want to get started with this racer, you need a spark , glasses and batteries (3S are here).

THANK YOU SO MUCH STEW from UAVFUTURES !!

Furibee x215 test

Unfortunately, I’m not in Germany at the moment, so this will probably take some time with the test = /

FPVRacingDrone @ JungleHub

FPVRacingDrone @ JungleHub

How did this site come about?

When I saw Mr.Steele’s first YouTube videos with FPV Racing drones, it was all about me. The nerd in me made leaps of joy and got big eyes, and when I saw (and heard!) The performance of these quadrocopters in a Quadmovr video (the LOS video on the front page ) my jaw clattered on the keyboard. The DRL videos were like F-Zero or WipeOut on the console – just in real.

It was clear to me: “I have to do that too”. But gathering together the information as a beginner was not so easy. So many technical terms, so four new things and I had no plan of it. It was clear to me: If I understood that to some extent, I build a site for those interested, beginners and beginners. So they do not have to search as long as me.

Jungle Hub

In the summer of 2017, I’m off and have traveled two months Europe. I was sure, “This is so long and so much time, I will certainly take care of my online projects”. Well, unfortunately, the tour was way too good, the people I met too nice, the drinks too delicious and the sun too nice, as I had time to sit longer on the computer.

But after two months “doing nothing” came a bit a guilty conscience. And then the right mail: Tim Chimoy offers a workshop with the wonderful, handy short title “8 Weeks Digital Business Intensive Mastermind” or 8WDBIMM “.

Booked! That was the pistol on my chest that I needed to finally get a bit more serious about the stories. The selection FPVRacingDrone.de as a main project to take was not so easy – I thought others of my projects would be more exciting for a workshop, I’m just just so horny on the multicopter ?
Since then I was pleased that the confirmation came in the group This is an exciting topic worth working on in the workshop.

The other projects

Overall, we were only 6 “students” who participated, our mentors were Tim , Martha and Charles . Here are the projects of the other participants:

Brotze.it

Annemarie and her sister have a wonderful website, on which they sell spreads and the right home feeling with:

brotze.it

Digiteam.ch

Lukas is an expert in digital team solutions, on his site you can find all the information about the tools that enable digital collaboration:

digiteam.ch

Monkymind.de

Sabine helps you to keep the little monkey in your head under control and to regain your peace of mind:

monkymind.de

StageMyPlace.de

Maria knows how to build shops and design sales areas. You’re digital and online, now it’s time to build new offline channels in stationary retail:

stagemyplace.de

My other projects

DogsAndKittens.com

A page for the American market about specialized cats and dog food. My time as a consultant at Fressnapf has brought me to this topic.

dogsandkittens.com specialized pet food for diabetic cats and senior dogs

dogsandkittens.com

xpt.de

Concept not making sense since 2008.
Actually says it all. xD

xpt.de concept not making sense sincce 2008

xpt.de

AndDoesItComeInBlack.tumblr.com

A site for minimalists and design lovers. Everything in black.

anddoesitcomeinblack.tumblr.com Black Design Minimalism Does It Come in Black

anddoesitcomeinblack.tumblr.com

Powder Snow

Skiing is a big passion of mine, and powder snow is a godsend:

powdersnow facebook powder snow ski snowboard

Powder Snow (Facebook)

BumenPapst.de

Flower bulbs, seeds and more. At the moment “On Hold” -> Relaunch 2018!

Blumenpapst Blumen Pope Blumenpapst.de

blumenpapst.de

 

Lego drone

Lego Drohne 01 drone FPVRacingdrone FPV Quadrocopter Multirotor

Lego drone

Where can I buy a Lego drone?

What is a “Lego drone” anyway? Should you buy such a Lego Dohne? Since when does Lego build drones? These questions should be answered here.

Is there an official Lego drone?

No. Lego does not actually build any drones, a “Lego-Drone” is a kit that lets you build a drone that also uses Lego parts.

Where can I buy such a Lego drone?

The best offer in German-speaking countries is on Amazon. Look at the different kits here:

D24 beginner copter

Lego Drone 01 DS24 Begoeger Copter drone FPVRacingdrone FPV Quadrocopter Multirotor

 

D24 Hexacopter

Lego Drone DS24 Building Block Hexacopter drone FPVRacingdrone FPV Quadrocopter Multirotor

 

Lego drone FLY-GO ARF drone FPVRacingdrone FPV Quadrocopter Multirotor

 

 

 

Or just browse:

 

Are they easy to build?

Yes, the small models are quite easy to build, but unfortunately also a little prone to crumble into many parts during the crash.

Are the races suitable? Are you the right racing quads?

No, they can not FPV, and also no race-ready Flight controller is installed. And even some tuning of the models would bring nothing because Lego construction is simply not stable enough to withstand racing drones hardware. But they still do fly very nice – and it’s really fun to move the build through the air.

Conclusion: A nice Christmas present for hobbyists and nerds (gift idea!)

So who is that for? I guess, if you know someone who likes Lego and is interested in the topic drones, FPV and model making: Here’s a great gift idea! But if you’re interested in FPV Racing, then you’d better look here .