Types of drones
So, you’re interested in FPV and wondering about the different types of drones out there? Well, you’re in the right place! There are several main types of FPV drones and each one has its own special features and uses. Let’s jump right into it and see what these different types of drones are all about!
5 inch freestyle
Regarded as perhaps the most versatile type of FPV drone, 5-inch drones have an excellent balance between power, efficiency, and agility. They are perfect for both freestyle flying and racing, with the added capacity to handle long-range flights. These drones are renowned for their widespread component availability and larger size, which simplifies handling. Additionally, their robust power enables them to effortlessly carry HD cameras such as the GoPro.
A typical 5-inch FPV drone weighs between 500g-700g, including the battery, and can reach top speeds averaging 120km/h.
2.5-3.5 inch freestyle
Similar to their 5-inch counterparts, 2.5-3.5 inch drones showcase a splendid blend of power, efficiency, and agility. They’ve recently surged in popularity due in part to regulations requiring registration for any drone over 250g. Another reason is the increasing reliability of smaller electronics, enabling these mini-drones to perform tasks at par with a 5-inch drone—except when it comes to carrying a GoPro
Cinewhoops are an exciting category of drones that usually range in size from 2 to 3 inches or even smaller. Equipped with propeller protectors, they are designed for capturing cinematic footage with precision and smoothness. The size of a Cinewhoop drone significantly impacts its ability to record high-quality videos as well as its flight capabilities.
Smaller Cinewhoops are perfect for navigating narrow, indoor spaces, providing a unique perspective in videography that few other drones can achieve. This small size allows them to weave around obstacles smoothly and safely, a capability that is particularly important when filming indoors or in close proximity to people.
On the other hand, larger Cinewhoops are better equipped to carry high-quality cameras, such as the GoPro, without compromising their stability. They provide more power, and their enhanced ducting system allows for better control, making them ideal for capturing steadier footage in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Despite their size, Cinewhoops are not designed for freestyle or acrobatic flying. They prioritize stable, controlled motion over speed and agility, which is ideal for shooting professional-grade footage.
From the smallest indoor micro drone to the larger, more powerful variants, Cinewhoops offer pilots the unique opportunity to capture smooth, cinematic shots, making them a top choice for pilots interested in aerial photography and videography.
Long-range drones have seen a resurgence in popularity due to an increasing interest in long-distance flying. These drones may not have the agility of 5-inch drones and can feel more “floaty,” but their components can be adapted based on the desired flying style. A 7-inch long-range drone, for instance, boasts a higher top speed and can carry heavier payloads like a more advanced HD camera or heavier battery pack, which are ideal for long-haul flights.
Tiny Whoops are small ducted FPV drones that are designed for indoor flying. They typically have a 55mm, 65mm or 75mm diagonal motor distances (wheelbase) and weighs around 20g to 30g including battery
Tiny Whoops are popular because they are small, lightweight, and easy to fly. The built in prop guards can protect people and your TV from props and let you bounce off stuff and recover. On the flip side, the ducts make them heavier and reduces performance, making them less ideal for outside use and windy condition.
Cinelifters are high-performance drones designed specifically to carry high-end, professional cameras for professional-grade videography. These drones are capable of lifting heavier payloads and can withstand the weight of the larger, high-quality cameras often used in professional film production. Cinelifters provide stability and reliability, ensuring safe flight for the valuable cargo they carry.
So, we’ve covered the main types of FPV drones. From racing and freestyle drones to drones that capture high quality videos, there’s a drone for everyone. But remember, picking a drone is just step one.
How you fly the drone also matters a lot. That’s what our next article is all about, that you can check out here