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You might have seen the Neon Racing Circuit at the Phoenix Cup or watched the Diatone GT2 dodge between Slalom Flags. Now you can create your own illuminated or non-illuminated FPV Drone Racing Circuit. We have collected the best ‘Air Gates’ and ‘Slalom Flags’ here in one place. Compare Air Gates and Slalom Flags side by side, then read on to learn more about our FPV Drone Racing Circuit favourite and overall winner.
Measuring 10 feet across and 6 feet high, the LED Drone Racing Gate from ‘The Drone Circuit’ gives you plenty of space to pass competitors or find new racing lines. The built-in LED lights can sustain 6 hours at full brightness or 20 hours illumination in dusk or dark conditions, all using just 8 AA batteries. A thick fibre-glass pole keeps the Racing Gate standing and is fully collapsible, allowing you to quickly pack away the Racing Gate into its carry bag (included). At $70, the Racing Gate is not the cheapest option, but for its size and features, we think the Racing Gate provides the best value available.
All thrust figures for T-motor, Cobra and EMAX motors were verified by MINI QUAD TEST BENCH using a Turnigy Thrust Stand, thrust figures are unverified for DJI. T-motor F40 Pro, F60 V2, F60 Pro and EMAX RS2205-S used King Kong 6×4 Dual Blade propellors, whilst Cobra Champion and T-motor F80 used HQ 6×4.5 Tri Blade propellors. DJI E305 uses 5048S 5×4.8 Tri Blade Quick-release propellors.
Headless mode is designed primarily to help beginners maintain control of their drone – in this mode it doesn’t matter which way the drone is facing, the drone will only fly away from you if you press forward, or back towards you if you press backwards.
Headless mode can also help more experienced drone pilots retrieve a drone from a great distance or when visibility become’s limited – many drone pilots have experienced the panic of a drone moving in an unexpected direction, often leading to an expensive crash. Headless mode provides a safety net to protect against this scenario. Read on to find the best headless mode drones for less than $100.
The X5HW is an FPV quadcopter, using WIFI to transmit footage to your mobile device from an onboard 2 megapixel camera. This is the first Syma to feature altitude hold, which as the name suggests allows you maintain altitude at any level desired. This is particularly helpful for FPV flying, allowing you to focus more attention on avoiding objects. The X5HW also features headless mode, helping beginners and more experienced drone pilots alike maintain control of the drone in challenging conditions.
The X5HW is a stable flier with 5-7 minutes flight time, 30-50m range and weight below 250g, making this drone exempt from FAA registration. The X5HW is also perfectly capable of performing flips for the more adventurous fliers. It is very hard to find a better drone under $100.
The standout feature of the JJRC H26W is its gimbal camera, a 3 megapixel 720P HD sensor featuring a wide angle lenses. Even more, the camera can be remotely tilted up and down or swivelled left and right from the hand controller. Combined with a 300m range and very stable flight, this is an ideal drone for capturing high quality images and video from low to high altitudes.
The focus on camera functionality means the H26W foregoes other features such as FPV and altitude hold. However, the H26W does feature headless mode, one key return, and unusually for this type of quadcopter, a heat sink for each of the electric motors. These heat sinks protect the motors from overheating or burning out, keeping your drone flightworthy for longer. The H26W can sustain 6-7 flight time, even whilst recording using the gimball mounted camera below.
This featherweight drone packs a serious punch. Firstly, the X4 H107D+ features FPV, but unlike similar drones, FPV footage and flight control are transmitted on a different frequencies. The benefit is a much higher FPV range. The X4 H107D+ also features altitude hold, headless mode and a 2 megapixel 720P HD video camera. The hand controller also features video and audio-out fittings, allowing you to attach FPV goggles for the full racer-experience.
The X4 H107D+ records a flight time of 7 minutes, automatically descending to a gentle landing at battery depletion. Control distance is between 50-100m, with FPV range between 30 and 60m depending on battery level. Although the X4 H107D+ does not come with an SD card or card reader, its small size makes it exempt from FAA registration. With the H107D+, Hubsan have shrunk the size without sacrificing features. This makes H107D+ the perfect drone for travelling or for those living in closer quarters.
This is a great quadcopter for beginner to intermediate flyers, enclosed propellors protecting the drone from collisions with objects and the ground. Headless mode and a ‘return-home’ button also help new and more experience fliers alike claw back control during challenging conditions. Once confidence has quickly been built, the 818A HD+ performs flips with ease.
The 818A HD+ features a 720P HD camera with removable 4GB microSD card, generating great video footage thanks to stable flight. With two swappable battery packs included, you can make the most of the camera with up to 18 minutes flight time. Even more, with a range closer to 100m than the stated 40m, you can survey a lot of territory. The only thing missing is FPV mode.
A stealthy looking quadcopter, the JXD 509W features WIFI enabled FPV mode, recording footage directly to your smartphone. FPV mode works well with video range over 30m, exceeded by a control range of 60-80m. This quadcopter demonstrates great flying behaviour and boasts an an extremely effective altitude hold feature, making this one of the easiest FPV flyers under 100 dollars. The JXD 509W can achieve 6-8 minutes flight time, with automatic landing on low battery or at the press of a button.
A higher price doesn’t always mean a better drone, but this collection of drones justify their price by solving real world problems. We have selected the highest price drone from each of 5 categories: aerial film making, fishing, surveying/mapping, law enforcement and passenger transport. Welcome to the world of high-end drones!
The DJI Inspire 1 brought aerial film-making to the masses, also appearing on professional film sets around the world. For the second generation model, top speed is increased to 58mph (94kph) with accelerated ascent and descent and automatic collision avoidance (objects within 100 feet). Flight time is 27 minutes and range is 1 mile.
For high quality filming, The DJI Inspire 2 houses a 20.8 megapixel camera, which can record 5.2K footage at 30fps, or 4K footage at 60fps. The drone can automatically track a filming target, alternatively you can line up the drone manually using a 2 axis stabilised FPV camera. The footage is so smooth that some producer’s are claiming they can’t tell it’s from a drone.
UK drone supplier ‘Dronesdirect’ has combined a fishing rod with the DJI Phantom 4 platform to create the unlikely ‘Fishing Edition’. Boasting an integrated fishing spool and bait detection sensors, the Fishing Edition automatically rises up in to the air following a catch. Fish up to 100m above the water and 2km offshore. All the while, the DJI Phantom 4 platform automatically avoids obstacles within 50 feet, automatically tracks fishing targets (in clear water) and records 4K footage at 30fps. However, don’t expect to be catch the big fish – this drone is limited to fish weighing up to half a pound (200g).
Designed from the bottom up for surveyors, the MAX-8 is capable of constructing 3D terrain maps (or point clouds) using LiDAR, which is basically radar with lasers! This heavy duty commercial drone can lift over 15 pounds (6.8kg) of sensor equipment, boasts a 35 minute flight time, 50 mph (80.5kmh) maximum speed and 1 mile range. The MAX also includes a Sony A6000 24 megapixel camera, allowing LiDAR images and photographic images to be combined during ‘photo-mapping’. Check out the LiDAR images below.
Boasting automatic multi-target visual identification (people, cars, buildings), a 60 minute flight time and a 6.2 mile (10km) remote control and video transmission radius, the F100 looks set to replace the traditional Police helicopter. Measuring over 1.5m by 1.5m, the F100 can reach an altitude of 23,000 feet (7000m) and a cruise speed of 62mph (100kmh). The drone can further carry up to 4kg of sensor or law enforcement equipment.
The most expensive and most exciting drone here, the Ehang 184 brings a new meaning to FPV, allowing the lucky owner to avoid traffic jams and simply admire the scenery. The Ehang 184 is built from lightweight carbon fibre composite and boasts 8 motors with a combined power output of 140bhp (104kw). The Ehang 184 can cruise at 62mph (100kmh) for 23 minutes to give a range of 24 miles (38 km) with combined passenger and luggage load capacity limited to 220 pounds (100kg). Charge time is between 2 and 4 hours and the luggage trunk has capacity for one 16 inch bag.
Passenger safety is a big feature of the The Ehang 184 – two independent power systems allow the drone to operate, even when one system fails. Ehang has removed the potential for human error by making the 184 fully autonomous, a single click sufficient to take-off and land. The Ehang 184 is always connected to the Ehang flight command centre, which prohibits flight during extreme weather conditions, monitors all aircraft and assumes control of the aircraft under exceptional circumstances. Ehang recently released a picture taken from inside the flight command centre based in Guangzhou (below). A launch date for the Ehang 184 has yet to be released, but the excitement grows ever greater.