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  1. Another FPV racer with a builtin Runcam Split Minit 2 is announced with the GEPRC Cygnet: https://www.banggood.com/Geprc-GEP-CX-Cygnet-145mm-3-Inch-RC-FPV-Racing-Drone-Stable-F4-20A-48CH-RunCam-Split-Mini-2-1080P-HD-p-1380268.html Here we have a larger 145mm machine with 3″ props for a weight announced about 131g without battery. the main 3K carbon structure got 3mm arms coupled with some aluminimum vertical element. For the electronic a powerfull F4+BFOSD board, a 4-in-1 20A 4S compaticle ESC boar, 1206/4500KV motors. The RCSM2 is associated with a 48CH 5.8G VTX outputting up to 200mW. The machine is proposed in BNF with two types of FrSky receiver: i) a classic 2.4G FrSky XM+ or ii) via a 868Mhz/900Mhz FrSky R9 for super long range. For example 6mins of flight time is announced with a 3S LiPo of 850mAh to shoot beautifull videos (at moderate speeds). If you want more action, 4min with a 4S 650mAH Lipo can be obtained. Specification: Brand name: Geprc Item name: GEP-CX Cygnet Frame kit: GEPRC GEP-CX3 Wheelbase: 145mm Weight: 131g(not include battery) Flying time: about 6mins(3S-850mAh) / about 4mins(4S-650mAh) Props: 3inch Carbon fiber thickness: 3mm top plate+3mm bottom plate CNC: CNC 7075 aluminum Tail: 3D printed TPU materail+LED Motor: GEPRC GR 1206 4500KV Stable Mini Flytower F4-20: Betaflight F4 OMNIBUS flight controller 20A BLHeli_S/Dshot150/300/600 ESC GEP-VTX58200 48CH Mini FPV Transmitter(OFF/25/100/200mW) Camera: RunCam Split Mini 2 1080P HD Propellers: Emax AVAN Mini 3024 Receiver: PNP(without receiver) / BNF(XM+) / BNF(R9MM) Package included: PNP version: 1x GEPRC GEP-CX3 frame kit 4x GEPRC GR 1206 4500KV motor 1x Stable mini flytower F4-20A-VTX58200 1x RunCam Split Mini 2 1080P HD camera 4x Emax AVAN Mini 3024 propellers BNF version: 1x GEPRC GEP-CX3 frame kit 4x GEPRC GR 1206 4500KV motor 1x Stable mini flytower F4-20A-VTX58200 1x RunCam Split Mini 2 1080P HD camera 4x Emax AVAN Mini 3024 propellers 1x XM+/ R9MM receiver (option) View the full article
  2. Remember my last SPCMaker SPC-K1 review ?. Here is a 110mm version of this model, i.e. the SPC-K25: https://www.banggood.com/SPCMAKER-K25-110mm-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-5_8G-Omnibus-F4-20A-2-4S-BLheli_S-RunCam-Split-Mini-2-p-1380267.html We have exactly the same electronic ingredients: a F4 + BFOSD flight controller, strong 4S compatible 20A BLheli_S/Dshot600 ESC, 1106/6000KV motors and !!!! a buitlin Runcam Split Mini 2 (RCSM2) to shoot 1080p@60fps HD videos while broadcasting with low latency the FPV analog signal. For the SPC-K1 a lot problems have been reported. The more important one is the presence of Jello. SPCMaker will send me a fixed frame for the K1 but good news at least with this K25, out of the box no jello can be noticed according to the following video. In another hand, the VTX is still none smartaudio compatible, no direct control of the runcam split mini 2 with radio and main probably the FrSky XM+ receiver won’t be flashed with the firmware exporting the RSSI for the OSD. The frame is now larger 110mm versus 95mm so about 10 extra grams can be noticed. Arms are also now 3mm. Wait & see but from now there are lot of new FPV racers directly integrating a RCSM2 or a Caddx Turtle 2. The competition will be rude…. Specification: Brand name: SPCMAKER Item name: K25 FPV Racing Drone Flight Controller: Firmware: Omnibus F4 Input Voltage: 2-4S Lipo BEC: 5.1V@1.2A Size: 27x27mm Mount holes: 20x20mm Weight: 3.5g ESC: 20A Mini 4in1 BLheli_S 2-4S Lipo Current: 25A(Continuous Current) BEC: No Input Voltage: 2-4S Lipo Size: 29x31mm Weight: 4.9g Motor: 1106 6000KV Propeller: Emax AVAN Rush 2.5 Inch Camera: RunCam Split Mini 2 VTX: 5.8G 25mW-200mW 40CH Receiver: Frsky/Flysky/Futaba/DSMX(BNF Only) Package Included: 1 x K25 Frame Kit 1 x F4 Flight Controller 1 x 20A 4in1 ESC 4 x 1106 6000KV Motor 2 x Emax AVAN Rush 2.5 Inch Propeller CW 2 x Emax AVAN Rush 2.5 Inch Propeller CCW 1 x RunCam Split Mini 2 Camera 1 x 5.8G 40CH VTX 1 x Receiver(BNF Only) 1 x Battery Strap 1 x Buzzer View the full article
  3. NEWS: Emax Tinyhawk

    A new Emax product is now introduced, a 75mm tinyhoop style one, i.e. the Tinyhawk: https://www.banggood.com/Emax-Tinyhawk-Indoor-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-RTF-F4-4in1-3A-15000KV-37CH-25mW-600TVL-p-1375328.html We have here a 1S solution with 08025/15000Kv motors for a total weight about 41g with the battery included. The FPV system is a basic 600TVL CMOS camera coupled with a 25mW VTX supporting smart audio protocol. For the Flight controller, a F4 with a builtin Betaflight OSD chip. The flight controller includes also a builtin FrSky receiver in D8 exporting the RSSI for the OSD. Finally ESC are “only” 3A rated, at least supporting BLheli_S firmware. Well IMHO, this machine is just a fraction of grams more lighter than a beta75X 2S machine while the Tinyhawk is only 1S. More the full plastic structure is already known to be fragile for the transversal plastic rod. To resume, probably this machine is pretty well optimized and configured out of the box and inverted props can probably help for fast turnings but this model is less interesting than new 2S TinyWhoop machines recently introduced. Specification: Brand name: Emax Item name: Tinyhawk Item Specification Main PCB Flight Controller: F4 (MATEKF411 firmware) ESCs: 4in1 3A Receiver: EMAX Tiny receiver (Compatible with Frsky D8 mode) Motor Stator: 8mm x 2.5mm (08025) KV: 15000kv Propeller Diameter: 40mm Blades: 3 Pitch: 23mm Weight: 0.5 g Camera and VTX VTX Power: 25mw Channels: 37CH Camera Properties: 600TVL CMOS Battery Voltage: 1s 4.35v HV Capacity: 450 mAh Discharge rating: 80c/160c Feature: – 75mm Indoor racing drone – 08025 brushless motor with durable ball bearing for increase flight and low maintenance – Durable polypropylene plastic frame with propeller guards – Motor beeper function. Find your tinyhawk after a crash – Speeds up to 56kph – Up to 4 minutes flight time on single battery – Fast F4 Processor for smooth stable flight characteristics – MPU6000 gyro for vibration free operations – Unique inverted motor design to keep CG as low as possible to fit in the smallest of spaces – 25mw VTX and 600tvl Camera included for fun FPV flight via FPV style goggles – Smart Audio function to change VTX channel via your transmitter – OSD settings control to customize flight feel – Pre-tuned from factory with expert pilots and new pilots in mind. 3 rate profile settings for all types of flying feel – Plug in type motors for easy maintenance – 1s High Voltage (HV) 450mah lipo included – Frsky compatible D8 receiver built in to FC – Custom carbon fiber themed carrying case Package Included: 1 x Tinyhawk FPV Racing Drone 1 x Light weight soft carry case, with carbon fiber look 1 x USB High Voltage capable 4 port USB Charger 1 x 1s High Voltage (HV) 450mah lipo battery. GNB powered View the full article
  4. WiFi toyquadcopter made a lot of progress since one year. From basic 720p camera with a narrow field of view and basic flight assistance, now with the Eachine E511S: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E511S-GPS-Dynamic-Follow-WIFI-FPV-With-1080P-Camera-16mins-Flight-Time-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-p-1373965.html we have a foldable machine able to record up to 1080p with a FOV of 120 degrees. More thanks to a builtin GPS you will enjoy advanced flight modes such GPS positionning, RTH, follow-me, path planning. No mention about specific selfie fligth modes, a very important missing information if you plan to use this machine as a firt selfie drone… The camera can be tilted up and down via the radiocommand. It’s a brushed machine with 1020 coreless motors so the largest brushed motors actually available. Of course with brushed machine always take into consideration that such motors have a limited life. If you think to buy this machine, always also order at least a CW and a CCW motors. With a 1200mAh 2S LiPo, the promised flight time is about 14min… In term of control range about 200-300m… but I am not sure despite the 5.8G WiFi link such distances can be reached. For europeans android users, take into consideration that probably the selected 5.8G WiFi channels won’t be compatible with your device except if Eachine added a procedure to change these channels according to your local zone. More, three versions are proposed: one 720p, one 1080p and one 1080p 5.8G WiFi. If for the two first it’s clear that the video is stored locally on the quadcopter via a microSD card… it’s not clear for the 1080p 5.8G model if also the native video flux is also stored onboard or only via your smartphone. If the last hypothesis is true, the machine looses a lot of interest. Other questions emerge also from the camera module: What is the frame rate ? what is the light sensitivity… At least for sure for such price don’t expect EIS feature to stabilize your video recording… So many questions at end. Only a complete review will answer Description: Brand Name: Eachine Item NO.: E511S Frequency: 2.4G Channel: 4CH Gyro: 6 axis Motor: 1020 Coreless Motor Quadcopter Battery: 7.4V 1200mAh Lipo (Included) Transmitter Battery: 3 x 1.5 AA battery (NOT Included) Flying time: 14-16mins Charging time: 120-150mins R/C Distance: 200-300m Color: Black Camera Optional: 720P / 1080P / 5G WiFi 1080P FOV: 120° Wide Angle Quad’s Size: 35.4×36.6×7.3cm (the arms not folded, with props guard) 18.5×10.8×6.4cm (the arms folded) Features: – With foldable arm, small size, easy to carry. – GPS positioning mode provides a more accurate flight. – With wifi function can be connected APP, APK system to take pictures, video, real-time transmission through the phone camera image. – Optional 720P / 1080P / 5G WiFi 1080P HD camera give wide range high denfinition pictures and video. – Camera with Servo that support adjust the angle by APP. – Surround action will enable the aircraft flying in a circle, providing cooler shooting perspective.(outdoors only) – Follow me: the aircraft will fix the controlling cellphone and follow the operator whichever direction he moves.(outdoors only) – Waypoint flight mode, just draw a route on the screen, the copter as the given path.(outdoors only) – With altitude hold mode function provides stable flight. – With 3.7V 1200mAh battery, the fly time up to 16 mins. – With Headless Mode,no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying . – With One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home. – with low power protection overcurrent protection. – 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference. – 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°. – 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control. – It have 3-level flight speed to switch that can make more fun with the flying. – It can realize 3D tumbling 360°rolling in four directions with 4 LED lights. – The quadcopter fuselage is made of high strength and resistant engineering plastics,lightweight and durable resistance. Function: Up/down, Forward/backward, Turn left/right, Sideward flight, 3-level flight speed, LED Light, Headless Mode, GPS Positioning, Follow Me, Surrounding Flight, Waypoint Flight, Altitude Hold Mode, WiFi FPV, Camera/Video Package Included: 1 x Eachine E511S RC Quadcopter 1 x Transmitter 1 x 7.4V 1200mAh Lipo Battery (Can be choose the battery quantity when order) 1 x USB Charging Cable 4 x Protection Cover 2 x Spare Blades 1 x Screwdriver 1 x User Manual View the full article
  5. You just read the review of the SPCMaker SPC-K1, the first 95mm FPV racer including a runcam split mini 2 ?. Here is a new model, the iFlight iH2: https://www.banggood.com/IFlight-iH2-95mm-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNPBNF-SucceX-F4-FC-35A-BLHeli_32-ESC-RunCam-TX200-2-6S-p-1372753.html It’s also a 95mm machine but with a total weight of 71.4g instead of 86g for the SPC-K1. More we have a ESC board with new FET supporting up to 35A !!!! so 6S compatible (if and only if motors could handle such voltage). More there now BLheli_32 firmware compatible !!!! so with DSHOT1200 compatible for faster corrections and controls. Motors are “only” 1104 @ 9500Kv. Clearly too fast for being 4S compatible. The iH2 will be limited to 3S setup. In this case with a 300mAh 3S LiPo you can expect a full 1080p@60fps flying machine under 100g … Impressive. For the VTX part, we have also Runcam VTX module so potentially IRC Tramp compatible. In term of frame structure, lower arms looks very thin… about 2mm max… so clearly the durability of this frame will be the main opened question. The iH2 is proposed with three type of receiver: FrSky D16, Flysky AFHDS-2A and Spektrum DSM2. I really hope a jello free situation will be here … and also no occlusion in the Field of View. I will ask to review this one. iFlight iH2 95mm FPV Racing Drone PNP/BNF SucceX F4 FC 35A BLHeli_32 ESC RunCam TX200 2-6S iFlight iH2 is a new FPV tiny-whoop designed for the indoor HD aerial filming based on iH3. It has all the fun and advantages of IH3, but now in a smaller size and comes with the latest released electronics. iFlight has made many attempts to improve the configuration of iH2, ensuring both the feasibility of carrying HD video equipment and the extraordinary flight experience. The main problem of previous micro indoor drone for HD aerial filming is the drone body weight. To overcome this obstacle, we have carried out weight control strictly. On the basis of ensuring the strength, the proportion of the frame has been greatly reduced. The brain of the iH2 is iFlight’s new Succex 6S Mini all in one F4 FC stack with 35A ESC. Equipped with RunCam SPLIT-MINI 2 and RunCam TX200, the iH2 comes pre-tuned to bring you unprecedented flight experience! Specification: Brand name: iFlight Item name: iH2 95mm FPV Racing Drone Wheelbase: 95mm Drone size: 125*102mm Drone weight: 71.4g(without battery) Flight controller: SucceX F4 mini ESC: SucceX Mini 35A 2-6S BLHeli_32 Firmware: betaflight 3.5.0(can upgrade) Motor: Tachyon 1104 9500KV Propeller: GEMFAN 1940 3-blade Camera: Runcam split mini 2 VTX: RunCam TX200 Receiver: FS-A8S /Frsky XM+ / DSM2 (Optional) Recommend battery: Fullsend 350mAh 7.4V 2S 45C (Not included) Feature: – Ultra-light body – Lens protected by vertical side plates effectively – no propeller in view Package Included: PNP Version 1 x iFlight iH2 frame kit 1 x iFlight SucceX F4 mini 2-6S flight controller 1 x iFlight SucceX Mini 35A 2-6S BLHeli_32 4 in 1 ESC 1 x RunCam TX200 VTX 4 X iFlight Tachyon T1104 9500KV motor 4 x CW GEMFAN 1940 3-blade propeller 4 x CCW GEMFAN 1940 3-blade propeller 1 x RunCam SPLIT-MINI2 camera 1 x iFlight 10*130mm red strap 1 x Battery strap 15*150 red 1 x 3M Adhesive Mushroom Buckle 10cm 1 x XT30 male with wire 2mm side #18 Silicone wire red black 70mm long 1 x 90° Hexagon screwdriver1.5 1 x 90° Hexagon screwdriver 2.0 BNF Version 1 x iFlight iH2 frame kit 1 x FS-A8S /Frsky XM+ / DSM2 receiver (Optional) 1 x iFlight SucceX F4 mini 2-6S flight controller 1 x iFlight SucceX Mini 35A 2-6S BLHeli_32 4 in 1 ESC 1 x RunCam TX200 VTX 4 X iFlight Tachyon T1104 9500KV motor 4 x CW GEMFAN 1940 3-blade propeller 4 x CCW GEMFAN 1940 3-blade propeller 1 x RunCam SPLIT-MINI2 camera 1 x iFlight 10*130mm red strap 1 x Battery strap 15*150 red 1 x 3M Adhesive Mushroom Buckle 10cm 1 x XT30 male with wire 2mm side #18 Silicone wire red black 70mm long 1 x 90° Hexagon screwdriver 1.5 1 x 90° Hexagon screwdriver 2.0 View the full article
  6. INTRODUCTION The SPCMaker SPC-K1 represents a novel step forward in the compact FPV brushless world due to for the first time the integration of the new Runcam Split Mini 2 module. Thanks to it, you can broadcast the video signal for FPV application and simultaneously with very low latency record the native video source up to 1080p@60fps. More the SPC-K1 is a 95mm machine, so ultra compact and even 1,5 years it was pretty hard to imagine than such machine could emerge soon. The SPC-K1 integrates also a F4 based FC, strong 20A BLHeli_S/Dshot600 4-in-1 ESC coupled with 1105/6000Kv motors in order to be 4S compatible. For the 5.8G, a dedicaced board broadcasting the signal over 40CH with 25mW or 100mW of power transmission. The machine structure is mainly 3K carbon based. BOX CONTENT + 1 x SPCMaker SPC-K1 + 4 x props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 4 x Prop guards + 1 x 10 M2 hexscrews + 1 x Battery strap + 2 x set of stickers Notice the absolute absence of an instruction manual ….. not really professional for an end-users machine. Important remark, the provided hexscrews are for the guardless configuration. You will need to provide your own M2 hexscrews if you want to fly with propguards. No spare props or battery provided…. OVERVIEW The machine is compact, holding perfectly in the hand’s palm. A 95mm machine. It’s impressive to have a 95mm 1080p@60 flying machine. On this photo, you can notice immediatly the really thin shape of the upper plate….. you can understand easily that most part of the electronic layers are directly exposed to latteral crashes…. The lower main structure including arms is 2.5mm thick….. In term of durability it’s not really a weak element but I would prefer more a 3mm solution. The arms would have been more solide … and it will reduce also vibrations…. The upper layer is even thiner…. 1.5mm and linked with the bottom via classic aluminium standoff.s IMHO in case of massive frontal crashes, the standoff will break or be bent. To conclude about the frame, it’s far to be the most solid solution I saw. I guess the save maximum of weight…. -FRONT VIEW The Emax 2″ props (Emax Avan Blur) represents the maximum size you can install. At least, good news, no prop occlusion will be noticed in the video. -SIDE VIEW From the left side we can see easily the two top layers wich are respectively the VTX board (upper) and the flight controller board linked togather via a small 6p connector. The third bord (from top) is the main Runcam split mini 2 where you can guess two small black micro switches. They are really tiny…. and you can even by accident touch the ESC’s pads while pressing them. More they can break relatively easily….The front button trigs the video recording. Notice, the autorecording option is turned on by default. At least don’t forget at the end of your flight to stop the current recording. Unfortunatly, the RunCam split Mini 2 UART port and not connected to one of the two free available on the FC. It means you can’t use the radio to trigger recording or to change a builtin camera option…. Only 2 wires are required for these connexions…. What’s a pity than it’s not done from factory. From the right side, we can see the unique button of the VTX. What’s a pity this board don’t support Smart Audio or IRC Tramp protocols … You can also guess the microSD slot. You will need to raise the metal tab to insert/eject the microSD card. Prefer a good class10 freshly formated in FAT32. -REAR VIEW If there are no LED lights…. at least and it’s the more important for me, there is a buzzer….. Not ultra loud but ok for a radius of 20m. -UPPER VIEW The 5.8G linear antenna is pretty close of the two 2.4G antennas of the FrSky receiver. Maybe to limit harmonics degradation, the two FrSky antennas should be installed more on the front part. -BOTTOM VIEW -WEIGHT 86g standalone and less than 150g with a 500mAh 4S LiPo !!!! Expect about 125g with a 3S/300-350mAh. Motors Some SPCMaker 1105/6000Kv motors. Not too fast for being 4S compatible. It’s an excellent point. Now with such motors…. the quality of ball-bearings is a real important question….. in order to reduce vibration/increase longevity. Notice that motors are installed on black softmount TPU based. IMHO it’s not the best material to absorbe the more vibrations…. Camera module and VTX For the Runcam split mini 2, the camera module looks the same with two different FOV. A 130 degrees for the FPV section and 165 degrees for the HD recordings. The maximum uptilt angle you can set is about +35 degrees. In this position, the lens is not at 100% protected from a frontral crash. The Runcam split mini 2 comes with the Firmware V2.1 pre-installed. For future upgrade, you will need to copy the firmware bin file in the root folder of your microSD card … then power on the machine. The procedure should takes a couple of minutes The Vfreq, Vband and outpower selection procedure is different from classic way. Basically you have two light leds to control the current Vfreq and Vband selected with binary coding. When you press 3s, both lights will turn off then you will have the red light flashing fast. Then by short pressing you will cycle between the eight Vfreq inside the current band. If you long press one more time than 3s, you will enter into the Vband submenu . If pressed 3s one more time then in the outpower menu Disassembling On the bottom side of the FC, two free UART ports are available. Ideal for example for the Runcam split mini 2 connexion and a SmartAudio compatible VTX… UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHTS The machine comes with an old betaflight version, the v3.2.4 (original dump zip file below). With this version, no support of smartaudio and runcam protocols. So if one day, you want to install the two wires linking the FC to the RCSM2, you will also need to upgrade Betaflight. I directly installed the version 3.5.2 and copied the PIDS settings found in the V3.2.54 In the first video, in the last part flight section, you can notice huge amount of jello at least in 4S configuration… I tried other type of props…. no more better success. It’s annoying because the SPC-K1 flies beautifully and is ultrapowerfull. A lot of fun to fly this machine in acro. You can also notice that edges are blurred with the splut mini 2 combo…. At least the sound is well recorded dislike the first edition. After some other investigation, I noticed I forgot to apply also the original filter settings. When fixed, results are better….. but I still have some remaining jellos ….. It’s really a frustrating situation because, you can feel you are close to a perfect situation if the filter and the softmount sections were a bit more efficient. It’s also strange because another reviewer with the same machine and PID/filter settings got much better results than I have … Here is his results with a 3S LiPo and mine with the same type of 300mAh 3S LiPo I still have jello in 3S setup. Except another error of me, I don’t see any reason to not have such relatively good results. I will investigate more and probably later change softmount for this solution: https://www.banggood.com/8-PCS-EVA-Sponge-Vibaration-Isolation-Soft-Mount-for-1102-1106-Motor-for-RC-Multirotor-FPV-Racing-Drone-p-1138084.html EDIT: With a bit of extra work, I have these results indoors for hovering conditions Seem most of jello are gone……… but need to be confirmed outdoors. CONCLUSIONS I got a mixed feeling with this machine. If you don’t bother to keep the last betaflight version, to not have the RSSI in your OSD layout, the control of split mini 2 via OSD, the SPC-K1 is great acro flyer especially in 4S configuration. You can obtain pretty good HD recordings if you are lucky or with a bit of jello like I have. Be aware, generally all the electronic elements are partially exposed to crash’s damages and the general frame solution is not the more durable you can find in the market. In another hand, if you think to find here everything well configured with smart audio, split mini 2 controls etc… it’s not the case at least out of the box. Some extra works are required…… and for me as a deluxe machine as the SPC-K1 can represent it’s not very acceptable. Dump_BF_3_2_4 PROS + First 95mm with a builtin Runcan Split Mini 2 + Good 1080p@60 videos + 86g machine !!! + Ultra powerfull in 4S (and already powerfull in 3S) + More than 5min of flight time with a 500mAh 4S LiPo + Fun acro machine + Record sound CONS – Presence of Jello in 3S & 4S configuration – Electronic tower exposed to crash due to a shrinked upper carbon plate – Fragile upper structure – Come with an old Betaflight installed (3.2.4) – FrSky receiver not flashed with the “RSSI” friendly firmware – No instruction manual – Absence of longer’s hexscrews for the propguard installation – VTX not compatible with IRC Tramp/SmartAudio technologies – Edges blurred (Runcam Split mini 2 known problem) – No UART connexion between the Runcam split mini 2 and the flight controller This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 193USD at https://www.banggood.com/SPCMaker-SPC-K1-95mm-Omnibus-F4-20A-BL_S-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-w-RunCam-Split-Mini-2-Camera-p-1357411.html View the full article
  7. FIMI is the real producer of the Xiaomi Mi drone and big news, there will be soon a new model more compact, i.e. the FIMI A3: https://www.banggood.com/FIMI-A3-5_8G-1KM-FPV-With-2-axis-Gimbal-1080P-Camera-25mins-Flight-Time-GPS-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1368969.html5 Here we have a 560g machine flying up to 25min and 1km of distance equiped of 2-axis physical axis gimbal + 1080p@30fps CMOS Ambrella based sensor. The yaw stabilization is done electronically like the DJI Spark. Clearly this machine is a direct competitor of it or the new Hubsan Zino. I guess a 4K variant will be also announced soon. The radiocommand integrades directly a small screen. You can even record the transmitted video flux via a builtin DVR. If the price target is interesting…. my first regret is not the absence of a 4K@30fps resolution but more the 1080p@60fps one…. Another point, it’s not clear if the 5.8G video link is an analogic one or a digital one… Seems more an old analog one seems there is a builtin DVR in D1 format in the radiocommand. DESCRIPTION: Item Specification FIMI A3 RC Quadcopter Model: A3 Color: White Dimension: 285*229*69mm Diagonal Size: 323mm 560G Hover Accuracy: when GPS Positioning is active, Vertical: ± 0.5 m & Horizontal: ± 1.5 m Max ascending speed: 6 m/s Max descending speed: 5 m/s Max cruising speed: 18 m/s 1KM Flying Limited Altitude: 500 m 25MINSWind resistance: = 4 Satellite positioning systems: GPS+GLONASS Operating frequency: 2.4-2.483GHz; 40CH Built-in Battery: 11.1V 2000 mAh 3S Lipo Battery Remote Controller 480*272 Screen size: 4.3inch Frequency: 2.4-2.483GHz; 40CH Max R/C distance: About 1000m Built-in Battery: 2950 mAh lipo battery Voltage: 3.7V Charge port type: Micro USB 720*480 Gimbal Controlled Rotation Scope: 0° ~ -90° Pitch angle Stabilizaton: 2-aixs mechanical and 3-aixs electronical gimbal HD 1080P Camera Lens: FOV 80° Aperture: f2.0 Focal Distance: 3.54 mm Equivalent Focal Distance: 27mm Sensor: 1/3.2″ CMOS ISO Range: 100 – 3200 for video; 100 – 1600 for picture Shutter Speed: 4 ~ 1/8000 s Max Photo Resolution: 8M 3264*2448 1920X1080 30 FPS File System: FAT32 / exFAT Image Format: JPG Video Format: MP4 DVR: 1920×1080 30 fps / 1920×1080 25 fps Adapter Rated Output: 14V 0.8A Rated Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 0.3A Rated Output Power :11.2W Balance Charger Rated Output: 11.1V 0.8A Rated Input:14V 0.8A Applicable Battery: 3S Charging Limit Voltage: 12.75 V Rated Voltage: 11.1 V Rated Capacity: 2000 mAh / 22.2 Wh Weight: about 162g Propeller Item Name: Quick-release propeller Length: 7.5inch Pitch: 3.6inch Feature: 1. HD 1080P camera powered by Ambarella ISP processor and Sony CMOS sensor, provides perfect HD picture and video. 2. The 2-aixs mechanical and 3-aixs electronical gimbal provides stable and smooth footage in any situation. 3. With lightweight design, the drone flies faster. 4. Wth quick-release propellers, fast and powerful propulsion with durable,well balanced design. 5. Flight time is up to 25mins with 11.1V 2000mAh lipo battery 6. 1km range 5.8G real time transmission system. 7. With DIY port, you can explore your way to play with the drone, like driving a servo, lighting a led or fireoworks. 8. Remote Controller is built-in LCD screen, DVR, and User Interface. 9. Headless Mode,no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying . 10. One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home. FUNCTIONS: PACKAGE INCLUDED: 1 x RC Quadcopter( with camera) 1 x Transmitter 1 x 11.1V 2000mAh Lipo Battery 1 x USB Cable 1 x Charging Cable 1 x Balance Charger 1 x Manual View the full article
  8. FullSpeed a new FPV machine’s producer who collected recently good feedbacks with their last models. Here is a new PNP revision of their 2.5″ success story, the Leader 2 SSE: https://www.banggood.com/FullSpeed-Leader-2_5SE-120mm-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-F3-OSD-28A-BLHELI_S-2-4S-600mW-Caddx-Micro-F2-p-1366576.html Basically we have the same highly profiled carbon based structure super durable to massive crashes. Arms are 3mm thick for example. We have this nice 3d-printed top canopy structure protecting the electronic tower but also shaping the machine into a shark animal. For the electronics… it’s a classic but solid solution: F3 + BFOSD compatible FC, 28A 4S compatible BLheli_S 4-in-1 ESC (not yet BLHeli32). Associated motors are 1106/7500Kv ultrapowerfull model but definitively requiring a super strong battery with a huge discharge rate. As novelty, probably a Caddx Micro F2 FPV camera is now here. It’s a CMOS model but with a great light sensitivity and WDR feature. For the VTX controls can be done via the OSD and can deliver up to 600mW over 48 channels. If Leader 2.5SE is not a revolution in the FPV market, for example no Runcam split mini 2 combo installed as for the futur SPCMaker K1 (should be reviewed soon in D-M), it’s a solid machine and can represent an excellent 2.5″ choice. Specification: Brand Name: FullSpeed Item Name: Leader 2.5SE FPV Racing Drone Weelbase: 120mm Net Weight: 88g Thickness of bottom plate: 3mm Thickness of side plate: 2mm Flight controller: FSD F3 built-in OSD ESC: FSD 28A BLHELI_S 2-4S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 Motor: 1106 7500KV Propeller: FSD 2535 Camera: Caddx Micro F2 VTX: FSD TX600 25/100/200/400/600 switchable VTX FullSpeed FSD F3 Flight controller Size: 27.5mm * 27.5mm * 5mm Mounting hole: 20mm * 20mm MCU: STM32 F303 Built-in Betaflight OSD BEC: 5V 3A FullSpeed FSD 28A BLHELI_S 4in1 ESC Size: 27mm * 27mm * 5mm Mounting hole: 20mm * 20mm Firmware: BLHELI_S Input voltage: 2-4S Continuous current: 28A BEC Ouput: NO FullSpeed FSD TX600 25mW-600mW VTX FPV Transmitter Output power: PIT/25mW/100mW/200mW/400mW/600mW switchable Control mode:BFOSD control(RX)/button Video system: NTSC/PAL Antenna: IPEX BAT: 5V Recommended Frequency: 5.8GHz 6 bands 48 channels, with Raceband: 5362-5945 MHZ (TX600’s factory set up is on lock mode(5733-5866MHZ unlock). Please follow your local laws and regulations if you need to unlock the frequency.) Size: 26*26mm(L*W),Hole:20*20mm Weight: 2.3g Package Included: 1 x Leader 2.5SE frame kit 1 x FSD328 F3 28A Flight tower 4 x 1106 7500KV Brushless motor 2 x FSD 2535propeller (CW) 2 x FSD 2535propeller (CCW) 1 x Caddx Micro F2 1 x FSD TX600 25mW-600mW VTX FPV Transmitter View the full article
  9. The Crazybee F3 Flight controller was the major Key element of the last excellent 65mm FPV tinyhoop machine such as the Eachine US65 and the URAV UR65. Good news, a new revision is now announced with Crazybee F3 Pro version: https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-Crazybee-F3-Pro-Flight-Controller-5A-1-2S-ESC-Compatible-Flysky-or-Frsky-or-DSMX-Receiver-p-1361634.html What’s new in the menu ?: now the board is 2S compatible !!!!! Imagine the beast with ultra compact 2S compatible 0603 Motors on a 65mm frame ?. More now they added the UART3 connexion to connect your favoriate smartaudio compatible AIO module. Finally, ESC chips (BB2) are also upgraded to run smoothly Dshot600 !!!!. That’s great. ESC are still 5A (peak@6A) rated. Strong enough for 2S power. The Crazybee is still proposed with two choices of builtin SPI receivers (FrSky & Flysky) where both telemetry and RSSI exportation to OSD are here. It’s definitively the best flight controller available in 20mmx20mm format. 4.2g in total. What else ? Racerstar Crazybee F3 Pro Flight Controller 5A 1-2S ESC Compatible Flysky/Frsky/DSMX Receiver Specification: Brand name: Racerstar Item name: Crazybee F3 Flight Controller Flight controller CRAZYBEEF3 PRO FS Firmware target: CrazybeeF3FS MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: MPU-6000(SPI connection) Board size: 28.5 * 28.5MM Weight:4.2g Power supply: 1-2S battery input (DC 3.5-8.7V) Built-in 5A(each) Blheli_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 ready Built-in SPI Flysky receiver with telemetry(D8/D16 switchable) Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Control) Built-in Current meter Max 28A Current meter scale set to 1175 Built-in 5V 1A Buck / Boost with LC filter Built-in voltage detection BLHELI_S pass-through Ready Heading LED Ready Onboard 4in1 ESC MCU upgraded to EFM8BB21 Power supply: 1-2S LiPo/LiPo HV (3.5v/8.7v) Current: 5A continuous peak 6A (3 seconds) Support BLHeliSuite programmable Factory firmware: S_H_50_REV16_7.Hex Default protocol: DSHOT600 Built-in Flysky receiver SPI BUS receiver Protocol: AFHDS and AFHDS-2A Switchable Channels: 8ch(AFHDS) or 14ch(AFHDS-2A) No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Failsafe support Built-in Frsky NON-EU receiver SPI BUS receiver Frsky D8/D16 switchable Compatible Non EU transmitter both D8 and D16 mode Channels: 8ch or 16ch Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Description: The world first 1-2S Brushless F3 flight controller with internal 4in1 ESC OSD 2.4G receiver Current sensor Buck / Booster is coming. You only need to add a VTX and Camera . It’s a best choice for 2S Brushless tiny whoop. Package Included: 1 x Crazybee F3 PRO flight controller 2 x Power cables 1 set Shock absorbing rubber and screws View the full article
  10. TEST: iFlight iH3 Pro

    INTRODUCTION The iFlight iH3Pro is a new 3″ FPV racer equiped of a builtin Runcam Split Mini module. Thanks to it, we can both broadcast the FPV signal in the 5.8G band while recording HD videos in 1080p@60fps with low latency. Ideal to shoot beautifull videos with you favorite acro/low riding sessions. The iH3Pro adopts a F4 Flight controller based with 25A 4-in-1 ESC, strong enough for 4S usage. Motors are strong 1408/4100Kv model. The entire frame is fully 3K carbon based. This machine is a direct competitor of the SPCMaker S125. Let’s have a look. BOX CONTENT + 1 x iFlight iH3Pro (with a 1S 120mAh LiPo directly soldered) + 4 x Props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x 5.8G RHCP antenna + 1 x XT30 to JST adaptor + 1 x Allen key + 1 X 5V Voltage regulator + 1 x Antenna tube + 1 x Spare battery strap + 1 x 3M Duallock band First (bad) surprize, no props in the box…. It was expected to be present….. OVERVIEW The machine is a 140mm…. so larger than the SPC S125. 3mm for arms …. while the other elelements are at least 2mm large. The entire structure looks very durable. That’s a good point. -FRONT VIEW -SIDE VIEW Two 2-layers electronic towers are installed. On the front it’s the runcam one where a microUSB port is here to retrieve recorded files. The middle one from bottom to top is the 4-in-1 ESC board and the VTX board respectively. Finally the flight controller is installed on the top carbon plate. The Runcam split mini can be controlled via the two right latteral button. Notice the autorecording option is turned on by default. Whatever, you will need to press at least once the front button to stop recording. If not done…. your fabulous flight session footage will be gone for ever. An open question is here. Is-it possible to control recording and generally the Runcam options via the OSD ? If yes, the module must be connected to a free UART port of the FC. During the disassembling, we will be able to answer to this question. Just nearby the Flight controller, the 2.4G receiver, here a FrSky XM+. The bind button is not directly available. You will need to slide a bit the module to access to the bind button. -REAR VIEW No specific racing LED bars…. Notice a 3D printed structure jailing two large caps filtering most of the motors’s interferences. It’s a good point since the Split mini module is known to be very sensitive to external noise. -UPPER VIEW -WEIGHT Almost 250g…. with a 4S 550mAh battery. It’s a lot… close to 30g more heavier than the SPCMaler S125 with the same battery configuration. Motors 1406 motors … with relatively low KV performances for being 4S compatible. 5mm shaft section Camera module The lens module is well protected from frontal crash and it’s possible to apply an orientation up to +40 degrees approximatively Disassembling If the VTX is well connected for smart audio capacity…. unfortunatly, no other dedicaced link between the FC and the runcam split mini can be observed. In fact, the reason is simple: there is no more free UART port on the flight controller available. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The machine comes with Betaflight 3.3 installed and out of the box this version don’t support Smart Audio feature :(. You will need at least to uppgrade to the version 3.4 and above minimum. The VTX control is done via the UART3 so you will need to turn on smart audio on it. As already mentioned, no RSSI feedback with the current XM+ receiver. You will need to flash it via your own …. and since the receiver is directly soldered… the work will be a bit more complex for the upgrade :(. Clearly…. the time passed for polishing the software section by Iflight was not enough. Even more ….. when you will first take of with the machine in any stabilized mode…. the machine will show ownfull yaw jitter behaviour !!!! It’s clearly unflyable and HD recording are also deeply impacted with this problem. After further inspection, the problem comes the flight controller, more particulary from the MPU 6-axis chip. This one whatever the Gyros Freq used, presents high sensitivity to noise . In order to reduce/kill these artefacts, I had to untight the four nylon bold holding the flight controller on the top carbon plate. Like this most of the problems are gone. Perfect results shall be obtained if some foam can be inserted between the FC and the top carbon plate. With this workaround, results are billions time better…… But what a shame that Iflight didn’t detect this problem from factory. It’s a typical problem met when the design staff is far away from the production area…. Outsourcing consequence IHMO. The machine fixed offers super smooth HD videos… like a full 3-axis stabilized could offers…. The machine is powerfull in 4S but due to it’s extra weight it’s less sporty as the S125 can be. Default PID settings already offer great stabilization and a almost propwash free situation can be reported. Thanks to the variable VTX output power, the FPV range is great. On the FPV signal, only a slight noise can be noticed. The latency of Runcam split mini is really low… compatible at 100% with fast acro style flying. CONCLUSIONS This machine requires a lot of work out of the box and due to the highly sensitive MPU chip, perfect 100% jitterfree behaviour can’t be promised. The guilty is the flight controller. Twice guilty: 1) for having bad MPU 6-axis chip and 2) to not have any free UART port for the Split mini controls. Being said …. I can’t recommend this machine. At least the SPC Maker S125 is a better machine. More… a new SPC K1 model will come soon with the Runcam Split Mini 2 module. It will be a 95mm 4S light FPV racer…. PROS + Jellofree 1080p@60 fpv + 4S compatible + Durable CONS MPU GYRO/ACCELERO HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO VIBRATIONS – FrSky XM+ not flashed with RSSI compatible firmware – BF 3.3 pre-installed not compatible with smart audio control – No free UART port for RunCam Split Mini controls – Heavy dump_BF_3_3_0 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 251USD at https://www.banggood.com/IFlight-iH3-Pro-3-inch-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-F4-25A-4-in-1-ESC-Flytower-48CH-025100200mW-VTX-p-1338220.html View the full article
  11. NEWS: Caddx Turtle V2

    Just few weeks after their first Runcam Split Mini competitor, Caddx is already their Turtle FPV-HD cam ultralight combo with a V2: https://www.banggood.com/Caddx-Turtle-V2-1080p-60fps-FOV-145-Degree-Super-WDR-Mini-HD-FPV-Camera-OSD-Mic-for-RC-Drone-p-1360782.html We still have a 1080@60fps builtin HD recorder coupled with a 800TVL CVBS FPV sensor. It’s still super light (~12g) but they improved some details: – Now the mounting holes are more standard for 20mmx20mm support – A mic is added – A new lens (FPV about 170 degrees) – New settings improving the general video quality. With the Runcam split mini 2 recently introduced as well, seems there is a new war for 2-in-1 ultra light FPV-HD cam combo. The main question is about the associated latency. With the original Turtle, the latency was about 50-70ms… so almost twice more than the runcam split mini. I guess probably relatively soon a cheap FPV racer will be introduced with this combo pre-installed. Wait & See. The Caddx Turtle allows both a live FPV feed and an HD DVR, without the weight of a heavy HD action camera. The Turtle V2 brings many improvements over the original, including a new lens, audio, better mounting options, and a better image. Caddx has introduced a new competitor in the HD FPV camera category. The Caddx Turtle is a 1080p 60fps capable mini fpv camera split into two parts, the FPV camera and an HD DVR board. Users who are constantly deciding whether or not to use an HD action camera may find this option perfect for their needs, especially those interested in shedding the weight of a heavy action camera but still want HD recording. Specification: Image sensor: 1/2.7″ CMOS sensor Horizontal: 800TVL TV system: NTSC/PAL,changeable Video Resolution: 1080P@60fps / 1080P@30fps / 720@60fps Power Input: DC 4.5-20V FPV FOV: 155° Recording FOV: 170° Mini Illumination: 0.01lux Image Resolution: 2 Megapixels Lens: 1.8mm Turbo Eye Lens Working Current: 380mA@5V/160mA@12V (low consumption) OSD Menu: Yes (Support Voltage Display) Video Files: MP4 Audio: Support Electronic Shutter : PAL : 1/50-100,000 NTSC : 1/60-100,100 S/N Ratio: >60dB (AGC OFF) Video Output: CVBS Max Micro SD Card Supported: 8-64GB(need Class 10 or above, recommend Class 10/UHS-I/UHS-II) Net weight: 12g(more or less) Color: Red/Black Features: -New Turbo Eye lens -More rational PCB layout and 20x20mm mounting holes – no offset hole! -Microphone -Wrapped cable -Default image setting improvements Quick operation guide: 1. RIGHT BUTTON: Press the RIGHT button for 3s-5s to activate video recording, in the meanwhile the light on the lower right corner will flicker. 2. LEFT BUTTON: Press the LEFT button for 3s-5s to stop video recording. 3. DOWN BUTTON: Press the DOWN button for 3s-5s to switch the resolution, 720P with Blue LED on, 1080P with Red LED on, the default mode is 1080P. 4. MIDDLE BUTTON: The MIDDLE button is the menu button. Notice: The camera need at least 8G Class 10 SD card. Notes: If the power is cut accidentally when video recording, please power on again, then the camera will automatically restore the memory, and the video records before power cut will be still saved in TF card. Package included: 1 x Caddx Turtle V2 Camera 1 x 5D-OSD Menu Board 1 x Bracket for camera 1 x 30x30mm mounting bracket 1 x 4pin FPV Silicon Cable (extend into a 2pin joint for OSD board and a 3pin joint for FPV) 1 x Internal hexagonal wrench 1 x Manual 1 x Warranty card Note: Full-size metal bracket shown in some photos is not included at this time. View the full article
  12. Here is a direct competitor of the BetaFPV Beta65X, in fact more in 75mm format. It’s a brushless 2S 75mm tinywhoop machine with new 0802 16000Kv: https://www.banggood.com/Happymodel-Mobula7-75mm-Crazybee-F3-Pro-OSD-2S-Whoop-FPV-Racing-Drone-w-700TVL-Camera-BNF-p-1357971.html We have a F3 flight contoller with a builtin OSD. For the ESC, a builtin 4-in-1 5A (peak @6A) flashed with the last 16.7 BLheli_S firmware compatible with ESC buzzing. Four choices of receiver are proposed: 2 are directly integrated via SPI connexion (FlySky AFHDS-2A & FrSky D8/D16 non-EU) and two with an external receiver (FrSky D16 EU & DSMX/DSM2). For the AIO FPV, a basic 700TVL NTSC CMOS camera coupled with a 25mW/40CH 5.8G VTX. I regret the absence of a 100mW mode and the absence of smart-audio OSD controls. In term of weight, the machine should reach 39g with the batteries installed. So clearly still compatible with indoors applications while having the 2S power for fast outdoors runs. I hope there will be a 65mm version as well…. probably even more lighter. Specification: Brand Name: Happymodel Model: Mobula7 Item Name: 75mm Wheelbase 2S Brushless Whoop FPV Racing Drone Wheelbase: 75mm Version: Basic Version / Standard Version ( Optional) – The diffirence of them are the package charger. Basic Version: USB Charger Standard Version: 6-way Charger Receiver ( Optional): Compatible Frsky NON-EU Receiver Compatible Frsky EU-LBT Receiver ( XM+ Receiver) Compatible Flysky AFHDS/ AFHDS-2A Receiver Compatible DSM2/DSMX Receiver Size: 98mm*98mm*36mm Weight: 25.9g (without battery) Crazybee F3 Pro Flight Controller Item Name: Crazybee F3 Pro FC MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: MPU-6000(SPI connection) Board size: 28.5 * 28.5MM Power supply: 1-2S battery input (DC 3.5-8.7V) Built-in 5A(each) Blheli_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 ready Built-in Receiver ( Diffirent version having diffirent receiver) Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Control) Built-in Current meter Max 14A Built-in 5V 0.8A BEC with LC filter Built-in voltage detection BLHELI_S pass-through Ready Heading LED Ready Firmware (Frsky version) CRAZYBEEF3 PRO FR Firmware target: CrazybeeF3FR (Flysky version) CRAZYBEEF3 PRO FS Firmware target: CrazybeeF3FS (DSM2/DSMX version) CRAZYBEEF3 PRO Firmware target: CrazybeeF3DX (Frsky EU-LBT version) CRAZYBEEF3 PRO FS Firmware target: CrazybeeF3FS Onboard 5A 4 In 1 ESC Power supply: 1-2S LiPo/LiPo HV (3.5v/8.7v) Current: 5A continuous peak 6A (3 seconds) Support BLHeliSuite programmable Factory firmware: O_L_5_REV16_7.HEX Default protocol: DSHOT600 Onboard Frsky NON-EU receiver Version SPI BUS receiver Frsky D8/D16 switchable Compatible Non EU transmitter both D8 and D16 mode Channels: 8ch or 16ch Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Onboard Frsky EU-LBT Version (XM+ receiver) Operating Voltage Range: 3.7~10V Operating Current: 30mA @5V Operating Range: Full range With RSSI output on board: Analog 0~3.3V Firmware Upgradeable, Default firmware EU-LBT with RSSI Onboard Flysky receiver Version SPI BUS receiver Protocol: AFHDS and AFHDS-2A Switchable Channels: 8ch(AFHDS) or 14ch(AFHDS-2A) Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Onboard DSM2 / DSMX receiver version Serial bus receiver Protocol: DSM2/DSMX compatible Channels:6-9 (Depend on your radio) No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m SE0802 16000KV Motor Model: SE0802 KV: 16000KV Configu-ration: 9N12P Stator Diamter: 8mm Stator Length: 2mm Shaft Diameter: Φ1.0 Motor Dimension (Dia.*Len) : Φ10.5*14.5mm Weight: 1.8g Support 1-2S Lipo No.of Cells: 1S Lipo Propeller 40mm 3-blade Propeller ( 4 CW + 4 CCW) 5.8G VTX AIO Camera 5.8G 40CH 25mW VTX Output power: 25mw Frequency: 40CH Input voltage: 3.3V 5.5V Current consumption: 300mA(type) 700TVL FOV120 Camera Camera resolution: 700TVL Field of view: 120° Video Format: NTSC Antenna: RG178 antenna Frequency: 5.8GHz 5bands 40 channels With Raceband Smartaudio ready(Frsky EU-LBT and DSMX version not compatible) Size: 13.9″12.0mm ( L*W ) Weight: 3g Lipo Battery Capacity:250mAh Voltage:3.8v Continuous Discharge Rate: 30C Instantaneous discharge rate: 60C Size: 55mmx12mmx7mm Weight: 6.5g Connector: PH2.0 Notes: Need 2pcs batteries for Series circuit Features: – New Crazybee F3 PRO Flight controller 1-2s Lipo compatible – 2S whoop more powerful and more flight time – Betaflight support , multi flight mode: ACRO/AIR/ANGLE – New 0802 Powerful and High efficiency Brushless motor and Smooth ESC – Smartaudio ready , change VTX bands, channels via OSD DSM2/DSMX and Frsky EU-LBT version are Serial-based receiver, so Smartaudio is not compatible. – Adjust the settings and the PID of the flight controller via OSD – Frsky Non-EU version support NON-EU Frsky transmitter D8/D16 compatible – Flysky version support both AFHDS and AFHDS-2A protocol transmitter – DSM2/DSMX version support DSM2 and DSMX compatible Spektrum transmitter – Frsky EU-LBT version support Frsky EU-LBT firmware transmitter – Full telemetry function ready – Head lights ready – Camera angle adjustable – Real Bind and Fly version – Buzzer Ready Package Included: Basic Version 1x Mobula7 75mm FPV Drone 4x 40mm 3-Blade Propellers ( 4 CW & 4 CCW) 4x 3.8v 250mah 30C/60C Lipo battery 1x USB Lipo/LIHV Charger 1x Fixing Mount for Lipo Battery 1x Propeller Disassemble Tool 1x Screwdriver Standard Version 1x Mobula7 75mm FPV Drone 4x 40mm 3-Blade Propellers ( 4 CW & 4 CCW) 4x 3.8v 250mah 30C/60C Lipo battery 1x 1S06 6 Way Lipo/LIHV charger 1x Propeller Disassemble Tool 1x Fixing Mount for Lipo Battery 1x Screwdriver View the full article
  13. I was sure after the introduction of the Runcam Split Mini 2 that the first micro-racer with a builtin model will be soon introduce. And it’s already the case with the new SPCMaker SPC-K1: https://www.banggood.com/SPCMaker-SPC-K1-95mm-Omnibus-F4-20A-BL_S-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-w-RunCam-Split-Mini-2-Camera-p-1357411.html We have a super compact 95mm machine, 4S compatible with strong 1105/6000 KV motors, 20A 4-in-1 ESC board Dshot 600 compatible. The frame is 3K based with main probably 2mm arms. The machine without battery and without receiver is about 91g !!! so around 93g with a receiver and add 40g more for a 4S 550mAh battery. Really impressive for a machine able to shoot 1080p@60fps video. The machine is sold in PNP version or in four different BNF versions with classic option: FrSky D16, FlySky AFHDS-2A, Spectrum DSM2/X and Futaba. I really hope the split 2 mini will be connected to a spare UART port of the FC in under to control dedicaced OSD options and video triggering. After the good SPCMaker S125, this SPC-K1 looks like even better. The new 2.5″ reference ?. I will ask one for review. Specification: Brand Name: SPC Maker Model: K1 Item Name: 95mm Omnibus F4 FPV Racing Drone Wheelbase: 95mm Material: 3K Carbon Fiber Version: PNP ( Without Receiver ) Compatible DSM2/X Receiver Compatible Frsky Receiver Compatible Flysky Receiver Compatible Futaba Receiver ( Optional) Size:87x91x30mm Weight: 91g ( battery not include) Omnibus F4 Flight Controller Item Name: Omnibus F4 Flight Controller Integrated with OSD PDB BEC Firmware: OmnibusF4SD Main Chip: STM32F405 MPU6000 6 aixs SPI Gyro & Acc BEC: 5.1V@1.2A Size: 27x27mm Mounting Hole: 20x20mm Weight: 3.5g DShot1200 Support SBUS/PPM and Speketrum DSM Ports 5.5V BEC Support Brushless Motor 1105 6000KV Brushless Motor 20A BL_S 4in1 ESC Item Name:20A BL_S 4in1 ESC Con. Current: 20A Input Voltage: 2-4S Lipo Support BEC: NO Firmware: BLheli_S Dimension: 29x31mm Mounting Hole: 20x20mm Weight: 4.9g Support DShot150, DShot300 and DShot600 Don’t Recommend PWM Emax Avan Blur 2 Inch Propeller Item Name: Emax Avan Blur 2 Inch 3-Blade Propeller Diameter: 2 inch Pitch: 1.9 inch Weight: 1.1g FPV Transmitter Item Name: 5.8G 40CH 25mW 100mW VTX Input Voltage: 5-6V Operation Current (5.5V) : 310mA@25mW, 350mA@100mW Frequency: 5.8G 40CH 5645-5945MHz FPV Camera Item Name: Runcam Split Mini 2 Camera Field of View(FOV): FPV FOV 130° / Recording FOV 165° Video Resolution: 1080@60fps / 1080@30fps / 720@60fps Video File Format: MOV Image Resolution: 2 MP TV Mode: NTSC (720*480) / PAL (720*576) Switchable Interface : JST 1.0mm / UART Max Micro SD Card Supported: 64G(need Class 6 or above, recommend Class 10 / UHS-I / UHS-II / UHS-III) Hole Distance of Installation: 20*20mm Dimensions: PCB 29*29mm / Lens Module 19*19mm Power Input: DC 5-20V Working Current: 650mA @5V / 270mA @12V Weight: 12.5g Receiver Without Receiver Version : No Receiver Compatible DSM2/X Receiver Version: DSM2/X Receiver Compatible Frsky Receiver Version: Frsky Receiver Compatible Flysky Receiver Version: Flysky Receiver Compatible Futaba Receiver Version: Futaba Receiver Package Included: 1x SPC K1 95mm FPV Racer 1x Battery 1x Strap View the full article
  14. INTRODUCTION The new HBRC HB65S is a new 65mm brushless tinywhoop competitors with 0603 motors. This machine comes after the two excellent, extra fun URAV UV65/Eachine UK/US65. For the HBRC model, no crazybee F3 board with a builtin SPI receiver but we have a more classic F3 omnibus FC requiering an external micro-receiver. It means clearly some extra weight is added … but we have some 20 000Kv motors so faster than the 19000Kv for the US65 and 17000Kv for the UR65. For the FPV part, we have a 800TVL CMOS sensor coupled with a 16CH/25Mw VTX. Unfortunatly no smart audio here dislike the US65. Let’s check this new 65mm machine…. maybe the battle is not completly over vs the US65 BOX CONTENT + 1 x HBRC HB65S + 1 x FrSky Pro (D8) receiver (SBUS) + 1 x 260mAh LiHV battery + 1 x USB charger + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Rubber band + 1 x Prop remover wrench + 1 x Instruction manual (English) OVERVIEW Same 65mm format but the HB65S frame is more similar to the UV65 model, more flexible able to absorb better crashes. The US65 frame is known to be more fragile. -FRONT VIEW Dislike the UR65/US65, the lens angle orientation is fixed to something around +15 degrees. -SIDE VIEW A unique VTX button but easy to access is present. Since there are “only” 16CH, just short press on it to cycle among them. No Vband subsivisions. -UPPER VIEW The 5.8G linear antenna is installed vertically via a rear tiny hole on the top canopy -BOTTOM VIEW We have a Beecore F3 Omnibus board with builtin 5A BLheli_S 4-in-1 ESC This FC accepts any SBUS/PPM receiver connexion and includes a Betaflight OSD compatible chip Motors are directly plugs via 1.25mm micro-JST connector. Super easy for motor’s maintenance. Unfortunatly the frame don’t offer a large enough battery tray. You must attache the LiPo via a rubber band addind some little weight at the end. -WEIGHT 29.9g…. in total !!!! compared to the 27.2g for the UR65 and 28.5g. It’s a lot more for such size, close to 10% more vs the UR65. With the OpenSky receiver directly soldered, 0.8g can be saved…. Motors and props Probably the best ingredient in this bundle. 20 000Kv motors associated with quadriblades 31mm props. They got 1mm hole section so directly usable for other US65/UR65 motors. LiHv battery The LiHV is a 260mAh model rated from 30C. The battery is at least 1cm more longer than the US65 model…. so the 260mAh seems more “realistic”. Be aware, versus multiple crashes, the pH 2.0 connector can be damated. Camera module The same FPV solution as for the HB68. A 150 deg FOV camera with a 800TVL CMOS sensor. For the VTX, it’s a 16CH module, 4 channels of the classic 4 Vbands. No smart audio controls Disassembling If the AIO module is directly soldered, the SBUS receiver enjoys a dedicaced 3position connector for a plug & bind operation. As the provided FrSky Pro D8 receiver was broken out of the box, I had to install a more compact OpenSky D8 receiver. I soldered directly the receiver on the main SBUS Pads to same some light weight. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The HB65S comes with an old version of Betaflight 3.2 not supporting ESC beacon and flip over crash features. For the BLheli_S firmware, 16.6 is installed so it need also an upgrade to support the last quoted feature. In term of configuration, no specific optiization have been done except for the SBUS receiver pre-configuration. It’s strongly advised to update both Betaflight & BLheli_S firmwares. When the battery is attached, the machine is still more or less leveled. Now when the throttle is applied… the answer is more linear versus the US65. You can feel more thrust at lower throttle inputs. At the extremity, punch out are really comparable as for UR65/US65… Not superior but not inferior despite the 2.5 extra grams. The other good news is about the quadriblade props…. they offer jellofree conditions dislike the unbalanced triblades edition associated with the UR65/US65. The FPV camera is correct for a CMOS sensor with vivid colors but the FPV range is clearly inferior to the US65 ‘ VTX performances. Statics comes after crossing only 2 walls. Whatever the machine is stable, precize indoors. Notice few times, a prop has been pop out…. Probably a small drop of glue can be an option to apply. In term of power the machine is acro compatible, climb fast enough for loops & rolls…. but expect some prop’s wash at the end of the operation. With moderate winds, the machine handles well outdoors condition. The battery offers good discharge capacity and expect about 3min of flight time with. CONCLUSIONS No major drawbacks can be noticed with this HB65S except to be more expensive, with less features (no smart audio), with less FPV range, more heavier than the UR65/US65…. In other words, there is no magic ingredient in order to prefer the HB65S versus these two competitors. Maybe the HB65S just comes few months too late. PROS + Good and powerfull 20000Kv motors + Super stable, no jello out of the box + Good 260mAh LiHV battery + 3min 15s of flight time + OSD CONS – More expensive than the Eachine US65 – No real battery tray – 2.5g more heavier than UV65 – No RSSI & telemetry for the FrSky receiver – No smart audio – FPV range shorter than the US65’s one – Old Betaflight OS installed (no ESC Beacon & Flip over crash features available out of the box) dump_BF_3_2_0 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 119USD at https://www.banggood.com/HB65S-65mm-1S-Brushless-RC-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-F3-OSD-25mW-800TVL-0603-20000KV-Motor-p-1333638.html View the full article
  15. TEST: Eachine US/UK65

    INTRODUCTION After the excellent Happymodel Snapper6, and the even more better URAV UV65, here is probably the ultimate 65mm microbrushless FPV machine, i.e. the Eachine US/UK65. One more time, it’s based at 95% with the same incredients: same Crazybee F3 board, same bundle… but now the frame, the KV of the 0603 motors and the AIO FPV Module are differents. For the US65, we have a machine a 1.2g heavier structure but with faster 0603 motors: 19000Kv vs 17000kv. The crazybee integrates now a 6A 4-in-1 ESC BLheli_S/Dshot 600 compatible, a builtin 2.4G FrSky (D8/D16) or Flysky (AFHDS-2A) receiver. The FrSky export the Vbat & RSSI via telemetry… For both RSSI is also sent for the OSD directly via SPI connexion. The AIO is also updated: still a good 700TVL CMOS model with a builtin 48ch/25mW VTX but now with Smart Audio connection to change the Vfreq/Vband via the OSD, ideal for indoors competition with several machines. Let’s discover the Eachine US65. From now since, I will make shorter the written review part to concentrate elements more in the video and the conclusion parts. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Eachine US65 + 3 x 250mAh 1S LiHV with JST pH2.0 + 1 x USB parallel charger + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Wrench prop remover + 2 x Spare rubber bands For the Eachine version, no instruction manual…. Luckely it’s almost the same machine than the URAV UV65. OVERVIEW url=https://postimages.org/][/url] 1.2g more heavier ….. Will this extra weight will be an handicap for the 19000Kv motors ? The green wire is the smart audio connexion directly done to a pad of the F3 MCU. I guess the crazybee board will be updated soon with a new direct pad to connect smart audio more easily. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT By default with the FrSky edition, the selected protocol is the LBT/non-EU D16 so called FrSky_X in betaflight. If your favorite taranis/openTX radio is not flashed with the non-EU firmware, you can select instead the FrSky_D, i.e. the D8 mode. It will work whatever the EU or non-EU firmware. For both the D16 & D8, good news, telemetry informations are also sent back to the radio. Important information: since the receiver is directly connected with the F3 MCU via SPI, you don’t have to select an AUX channel for the RSSI in the receiver tab. If you select the AUX4 (D8) or AUX12 (D16) as usual with a SBUS connexion, paradoxally the RSSI information won’t be here anymore. The bind procedure is a little bit unsual for a FrSky receiver. No need to press & hold the micro bind button while powering. Here … first power the machine then only short press on the bind button. The green light will continue to blink slowly…. so no real feedback to know if the binding procedure was correctly done. You will need to repower the machine to complete the binding operation. The machines comes with betaflight 3.4 (ESC buzzer, flip over crash ready) and …. with a working smart-audio protocol. If the smart-audio works flawless out the box… the ESC buzzer is not preconfigured in betaflight…. It’s a minor detail…. but they could do it from factory. Luckely it’s only a question of software turning. As for the Snapper6 and the UR65, the voltage threshold are set too high…. and after a couple of seconds you will see “low voltage” displayed on the screen. A solution is too decrease the two voltages and also to remove from the OSD informations the “warning” element. The new AIO module for a CMOS sensor offer great vivid colors and for a 25mW module the FPV range is just great despite a basic linear antenna. You can reach up to 200m… in a open wide space. It’s not bad at all. The Vband/Vfreq selection from OSD is a big plus… Ok … let’s now speak about probably the more important question. Are the 19000Kv boosting performances versus the 17000Kv of the UR65…. and the answer is no….. In fact the 1.2g extra grams kills the potential gain. But don’t worry, the US65 is at the end as powerfull as the UR65… so it’s already a super great machine much more powerfull than any 65mm brushed machines. The US65 is fantastic little indoors machine going through any tiny spaces. For outdoors, the machine can handle pretty well moderate wind. The powerlift are strong enough for acro figures even powerloop…. This is a super fun little machine ideal for winter times. Flight times are in average of 3min with indoors application and down to 2min with more agressive acro outdoors flights. As for the two other models, the FPV feedback presents some little jello due to the three blades props, highly unbalanced. If you replace them with some four blades (Eachine E010/E011) models, the machine will fly on air-rails. Last point, the throttle answer is a bit strange…. a lot of power will be here when the stick will be above 85%. It’s advised to apply a non-linear curve on your radio or betaflight to have a more classic throttle response. CONCLUSIONS The Eachine US/UK65 is probably currently the best 65mm machine. The new AIO smart audio module deserves the buy versus the UR65. The US65 is powerfull… fun, easy fo fly, ultra light and absoluptly not dangerous to anyone/anything. It’s clearly one of my favorite machine. How to improve it ? Swap the top canopy for the UR65 model or you can even find some even more lighter. You can also install the new 22000Kv 0603 brushless motors. Finally some >40C batteries are a minimum to enjoy all the power of this machine. It’s an highly recommanded machine already a hit. More currently it’s sold about 70USD !!!!! What else ? PROS + 0603/19000Kv motors strong enough for acro + F3 w/OSD + Well tuned out of the box + No drift in angle mode + FrSky SPI receiver w/ RSSI for OSD & Telemetry + Good AIO module + Smart Audio + Uptiltable camera + BF 3.4/BLheli_s 16.7 pre-flashed + ~3min of flight time + Good LiHV battery + Silent CONS – Not more powerfull than the UR65 (due to the 1.2 extra gram) – Micro bind button hard to access/press – ESC buzzing & flip over crash not pre-configured out of the box – Motorÿs screws easy to loose. Need to be thread locked – Little jello due to unbalanced props Dump_BF_3_4 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 79USD at https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-US65-UK65-65mm-Whoop-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-Crazybee-F3-Flight-Controller-OSD-6A-Blheli_S-ESC-p-1339561.html View the full article