So, you want to fly an FPV Quadcopter, but don’t know what it does. Well, let’s take a look at the terminology and then delve into the best indoor FPV Quadcopters on the market today. (and I mean today since this market moves faster than the speed of thought).
First-person view (FPV), is also known as remote-person view (RPV). Which to be succinct means video control piloting. Most military drones are FPV models since you get much better control when you imitate the “sit” in the cockpit and fly the bird yourself.
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is the name given to everything that flies that doesn’t have a pilot in the seat. The configurations for these are different, where a Quadcopter is one of the configurations.
A Quadcopter, is also known as a quadrotor helicopter or quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that uses four rotors to lift and navigate. These rotors are called vertically oriented propellers and provide VTOL, which is Vertical Take-Off and Landing.
Now that we have the syntax out of the way let’s concentrate on the products.
Quadcopters differ from helicopters; they use rotors that vary the pitch of their blades dynamically as they move around the rotor hub. Ever since modern electronics and lightweight materials made their way into the market, viable and even reliable indoor quadcopters have become a toy as much as a professional device.
Due to the small size, and some are even verging on the microscopic, body and flight stability increase. The integrity of the materials does not need to withstand weight loads. As such, the smaller the quadcopter, the better it performs and can be controlled, the larger it is, it loses its integrity and helicopters come into replacing them as viable VTOL options.
Modern small quadcopters come with many features that include different sizes, designs, and accessories, that mainly include cameras. Now let’s look at the 5 best quadcopters on the market today.
List of Top-Rated Indoor FPV Quadcopters Comparison Table:
|Parrot PF727006||HD 720p||10m||View on Amazon|
|Holy Stone F181C||720p||10m||View on Amazon|
|Walkera Rodeo 150 Basic Version||600TVL||9m||View on Amazon|
|HUBSAN H107D||720p||8m||View on Amazon|
|Blade BLH8500G||HD 720p||7m||View on Amazon|
The Indoor FPV Quadcopters Reviews:
The Parrot Mambo FPV delivers a complete immersion experience.
The Parrot Mambo is simple and efficient, and when you don the Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 over your eyes, the FPV camera will transmit data in HD with full immersion quality.
The Mambo comes with a few modes; these include Easy which is what you want when you start flying for the first time, this maintains the drone’s flight when you let go of the controls. Then there is the Drift mode that lets you make tight turns by turning off the horizontal stabilization. The final mode is Racing, which gives you complete control without stabilization assistance.
This model comes with the Parrot Flypad. The flypad lets you fly to a distance of up to 100 m. and with the new battery pack, you can fly for up to 10 minutes.
This drone comes with a user-friendly interface and connects the FPV video feed to your smartphone too, where you get full streamed rendering on the cardboard view mode.
- Stabilization sensors including the Inertial Measurement Unit to evaluate speed, tilt and obstacle contact (3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope)
- Ultrasound, Pressure and Camera sensors
- 660mAh LiPo Battery gives you 8 min autonomy with an accessory connected or bumpers, and 10 min autonomy with neither accessory nor bumpers
- 30 min charging time with a 2,1A charger
- Stabilization and flight control software
- 60 FPS vertical camera
- Streaming and Recording HD 720p 30 FPS
- FOV 120°
- 330 ft / 100 m range, stable signal, automatic and direct connection to your drone
- Bluetooth V4.0 BLE connection range is 100 ft / 30 m with a smartphone and 100 m with Parrot Flypad
This is an excellent kit for all ranges and ages, the goggles are a masterpiece and are well worth the investment, which is not too steep in any event. The 10-minute flight range is an issue, but it’s an issue for everyone, where the battery pack weights today cannot deliver much more.
This is the Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4gHz 6-gyro with Altitude Hold Function, Headless Mode and One Key Return Home mode.
The F181 is an exceptional drone that comes with some exceptional features but comes in a standard quadcopter design. The main stand out features is the top side curvature that is more aerodynamic.
The body is made from durable plastic and withstands crashing unless you dive it into a brick wall on purpose.
There are issues with the heat regulation, but that’s due to the plastics, which provide lightness but reduce thermal transfer optimization.
The F181C comes with a 2MP camera that records and takes of 720p resolution (1280 X 720 pictures. The storage device is a 2GB SD card. This is only a 2MP camera, so take into account its, not for high-quality photography.
Flight time is 7-9 minutes, so it’s a bit on the short side at times, but stands up to the best on the market, since everyone has a flight time issue due to the battery power-weight ratio for small devices.
The controller is very similar to a PlayStation pad but comes with the FPV LCD screen attached so you can see in FPV as you fly the drone. The screen also supplies you with all the metrics and sensor data.
This is an easy drone to fly, it’s not complicated, and the controls are also simplified. The system can control the flight from 50m to 100m, and your maximum flight speed is 10mp.
Price wise it’s a standard deal, and as such, sits comfortably in these 5 best categories only for the simplicity of its performance and uncomplicated design, it also comes with some unique features that include 4 angle rotation speeds of 40, 60, 80 and 100 mph. The other features are the pilots landing assist that helps land the unit without getting lost even at great distances.
- 2.4Ghz 6 Axis Gyro 4 Channel
- 1280 x 720p Video Recording Modes
- 3.7V 750mAh Lipo Quadcopter Battery
- Charging time is about 70-90 Minutes
- Playing time varies between 7-10 Minutes
- Transmitter Operation Range is set between 50-100 meters
The price of this model is more than friendly, and the design of this model is spot on. It looks better then it performs, and considering all the other products in this category, the overall performance to cost ratio places this model well in the top 5.
The Walkera Rodeo 150 Basic Version Racing Drone Quadcopter is not basic at all, it’s a professional drone that might sound simple, but is actually a great performer in both indoor and outdoor applications.
Let’s open up with the special design features; this is one modern looking drone that delivers in design specifications. The slim body and modular design balance out the internal electronics perfectly.
The tilting 110° Wide Angle Camera with 600TVL is a feat of mini art; this is a professional wireless HD 5.8G image transmission model with 40 channels race bind. It is designed for great camera performance on the fly.
The DEVO 7 (or F7) controller is easy to use, and it transmits over 100m. The flight control parameters can be changed and adjusted easily, and since it’s a racing model, it comes with a zero-tolerance delay.
Flying time is short, only around 7-8 minutes, but that’s due to the compact size which compacts the power source too.
- Indoor and Outdoor model
- 7-8 minutes flying time
- Brushless ESC Motor
- 5.8G wireless image transmission
- Sleek and unique design
- 6 axis gyro fly system for more stable and flexible flight.
- 3D rollover professional and precise flight action.
This model comes with a hefty price tag, it’s an exclusive model range and competes in performance and design. The price reflects the camera and the design features, so if you have a limited budget, you will find other models in this review better suited for your purposes.
The Hubsan H107D X4 Quadcopter is a compact RC quadcopter with an integrated (FPV) camera. This starter priced device delivers well beyond what you expect.
Well, its rave time again, and this is the moment for the Hubsan X4 170D. The price is right, and the design is flawless. What you get is a 720 x 240 resolution SD video and 0.3 MP still photo fixed camera that streams is FPV directly to the 5.8 GHz controller LCD display. You also get a fair size data storage medium in the form of a 16GB MicroSD card slot.
This model uses a standard 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter that controls your flight range up to 300 feet. The controller comes with a built-in 4.3” LCD screen.
Since this is a tiny model its best used indoors, where the wind will not cause it to sway from your desired navigation. Due to its size, the battery pack will only deliver 7 minutes of fight time. You also get GPS Positioning with an Automatic Return To Home, Altitude Position Hold and a neat Follow Me Function.
- Fixed mount camera
- RC Transmitter with built-in 4.3″ LCD live video FPV monitor and 300 ft range (WiFi limited)
- LED Night Lights
- Blade Protectors and Rubber Feet
- MicroSD Card Slot for up to 16GB Cards
- 7 min flight time
- Best entry-level cam drone for training on the market.
- 6-axis controller provides excellent control
- Price is amazing considering the features
Price, OMG the price…it’s ridiculous for what you get when compared to other models. As a starter this is the top of the pile, as a trainer, this is the leader of the pack, as a professional service provider, nope, but then it wasn’t built to be a professional operated model.
The Blade® Inductrix™ ultra microdrone is a powerful silent EDF that uses SAFE® technology with self-leveling features. Or, as I like to say, a sunny side up flying camera.
This is an Electric Ducted Fans (EDF) unit and is a much quieter system than the standard propeller thrust models. The cylindrical rotor housings give you added durability with exceptional noise reduction performance.
The Blade® Inductrix™ ultra micro drone might look like a sunny side up egg flying across the room, but it’s a dammed fast and stable quadcopter, and maybe one of the smaller and more resilient ones on the market.
What you get are four EDF rotors set in a modular rotor housing, and comes with LED orientation lights and a weird body design that helps keep you going in the right direction. The fans are really quiet, did I mention that?
The Innovative SAFE® technology gives you self-leveling performance that increases your control. This is an integrated Horizon Hobby SAFE® system that combines small pitch and roll angle limits with electronic self-leveling features, very nifty and useful.
Due to its size, but also its construction, the Blade® Inductrix™ is a tough little insect, and it is an insect n size and performance, which means its damned good, fast and annoying when in the hands of a trained professional home disruptor (such as my 13-year-old son).
- Lightweight and fully assembled
- SAFE® technology makes drone flying easy
- Quiet EDF power system
- Durable rotor housings prevent damage
- Brilliant LED orientation lights
- Includes both red and blue bodies
- 150mAh 1S 3.7V 25C Li-Po flight battery
- USB Li-Po charger
- 6–8-minute flying time
What can I say but yikes, I didn’t see this one coming, literally, I didn’t see it till it slapped into my face. (and all for a close-up shot of my anger contorted features). Its small, yellow and fast. Talk about good value for money; this is the top of the indoor small flying drones with FPV camera.