Best FPV Quadcopters

Buying a quadcopter without a camera is now a thing of past.  More and more people are becoming interested in aerial photography and once you learn how to control a quadcopter the next thing which you will want to do is to upgrade your existing quadcopter or buy a new one so that you can explore aerial videography and photography.  In order to receive the live feed from your quadcopter you need a model which is FPV compliant and comes fitted with a camera.

FPV stands for “first person view”, which means the pilot of the drone can view a live feed from the camera of this drone on the screen of a remote control device or through FPV goggles.  Some of the most popular models of such drones are discussed in this article to help you find the best one as per your requirements.

BLADE FPV Nano RTF QX Quadcopter

The BLADE FPV Nano RTF QX Quadcopter is designed to be incredibly light yet durable.  The potent motors provided for the rotors are powerful enough for a smooth flying experience.  The Spektrum 2.4 GHz DSMX radio technology gives this drone 4-channel maneuverability.  The built-in SAFE technology helps in providing sophisticated flight envelope protection which makes flying this quadcopter quite easy.  Two flying modes, stability mode and agility mode, help the user to opt either for a limited flight envelope that limits the pitch and roll maneuvers or to remove pitch and roll limits for flying this drone with enhanced precision.  This drone can be purchased for around $420.

Pros:

  • SAFE® technology for easy remote controlled flight.
  • Inbuilt Spektrum™ ultra micro First Person View camera.
  • Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8 GHz digital head tracking head set.
  • Enhanced precision AS3X technology for all type of aerobatic stunts.
  • SpiroNET circular polarized antenna system for better signal reception.
  • Small and compact design.

Cons:

  • This quadcopter is fine for indoor use but should only be used outside in calm conditions.

This tiny Blade FPV Nano quadcopter is quite capable of providing a totally immersive RC experience.  As this quadcopter is incredibly light and durable, you can enjoy flying your quadcopter even in small spaces like apartments or office cubicles.  The FPV headset provided in the package virtually puts you into the pilot’s seat and provides a first-hand flying experience.

XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter

The Xiro Xplorer comes in the form of a complete quadcopter along with a remote transmitter.  This quadcopter allows its users to shoot full high-definition videos at 1080p/30fps or 720p/30fps.  You can take photographs of up to 14 megapixels by using the drone’s inbuilt HD camera.  The quadcopter’s camera also supports burst and timed capture modes in order to create a dramatic and cinematic aerial experience.  This quadcopter retails at around $800.

Pros:

  • Ready to fly with no assembly needed.
  • Inbuilt HD camera for high resolution videography and photographs.
  • Burst and timed capture mode for a dramatic cinema performance.
  • High precision 3-axis camera stabilization for smooth and stable photo capture or video recording.
  • Unique ‘Follow Me’ and ‘Circle Around Me’ functions for incredible self shots.

Cons:

  • Some people have found the manufacturer’s customer support to be substandard.

The XIRO Xplorer Aerial Quadcopter is a state-of-the-art quadcopter with advanced flight control system to provide easy and comfortable control during flight.  The inbuilt high definition camera is sophisticated enough to provide high resolution photography with different picture modes. The FPV feature can be achieved by attaching your iOS or Android device to the remote control.

Holy Stone® FPV RC Quadcopter with 0.3M camera

The Holy Stone® FPV RC Quadcopter with 0.3M Camera is very stable in flight due to its built-in 6-axis gyroscope which helps it with hovering in one position.  You can use this mini drone for three-dimensional flying experiences, high-definition aerial videography/photography and to perform 360° flips.

This quadcopter uses spread spectrum technology which allows control from further remote distances, has anti-interference capabilities and reduces power consumption during flight.  For a FPV real-time aerial live view you can attach your iOS or Android device to the remote control of this quadcopter.  This drone can be bought for around $100.

Pros:

  • Built-in 6-axis gyroscope for stability during flight.
  • Built-in high-definition camera for aerial video recordings.
  • Fitted with a guard circle for added security while landing or flying.
  • Various control options.
  • Left/right throttle control switch mode.

Cons:

  • The live footage from the camera is often delayed by a few seconds.

The Holy Stone® FPV RC Quadcopter with 0.3M Camera is a very stable FPV quadcopter but it is not designed to be flown during difficult weather conditions.   With two different flying modes designed for beginners and experts, this drone is quite easy to fly.

Conclusion

After going through all the models discussed above, the XIRO Xplorer Aerial Quadcopter with 1080p FHD FPV live Video Camera and 3 Axis Gimbal — V Version is the best option as it provides photographs of up to 14 megapixels and has features like ‘burst’ and ‘timed capture’ which provide dramatic aerial cinema performance with just the flick of the button.

The second best option in the FPV quadcopter category is the BLADE FPV Nano RTF QX Quadcopter as it is designed to be incredibly light yet durable in structure.  The Spektrum 2.4 GHz DSMX radio technology gives this drone 4-channel maneuverability.  The built-in SAFE technology helps in providing sophisticated flight envelope protection.

If you are looking for a lower-priced FPV quadcopter then you might want to choose the Holy Stone® FPV RC Quadcopter with 0.3M Camera as it is very stable in flight due to its built-in 6 axis gyroscope which helps it with hovering in one position.  You can use this mini drone for three-dimensional flying experiences, high definition aerial videography/photography and to perform 360° flips.

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