Looking for the best FPV drone? This guide will help you to choose, tell you what to watch out for, and give you up-to-date prices.
First Person View, or FPV drones have been increasing in popularity for some time.
Many of the early drone enthusiasts built this way, placing a camera on the front of the ‘copter and piloting via a live view seen on video goggles. A gamer would argue that “first person view” is just a matter of perspective, and has been ever since Wolfenstein 3D, but in the drone world that view doesn’t quite cut it.
Here we will take FPV to mean drones which at least allow goggle-wearing, and encourage speed. In that context, FPV has always been popular with the hobby community as well as interested visitors at events like the International Drone Day “Mini Air Show,” first held in 2015. More recently this has been commercialized as a spectator (not to mention TV) event by organizations like the Drone Racing League and Multi GP.
Modern FPV drones still come from an exciting, varied market of small enthusiast-led companies, though the biggest firm in the industry, DJI, seems now to have fully committed. There is unrestrained joyful fun to be had, but the unique cinematographic possibilities of FPV haven’t gone unnoticed so, since we’re a photography site, we’ve covered other ways of getting the FPV-look in this list too.
ARF: almost ready to fly (some construction needed)
BNF: bind and fly (a drone where you need to buy your own controller
Cinewhoop: Small drones designed for safe flying around people
FPV: first-person view
Freestyle: Flying acrobatically / acro for fun
HUD: head-up display
Lipo: Lithium polymer battery
mAh: milli Amp hours (a measure of battery capacity)
PNP: plug and play (a drone where you need to provide the receiver/transmitter)
RTF: ready to fly
Spotter: A friend to keep an eye on the wider airspace in case you get lost in the zone.
VTX: video transmitter