Author: Ben Evans

Ben is the Founder and Senior Editor of Drone Sumo Magazine. He has been interested in tech and drones for as long as he can remember. He is originally from England but now lives in Japan. He can be contacted at Ben.evans@dronesumo.com.

The much-anticipated GoPro Hero 11 Black and its new smaller alternative, the Hero 11 Black Mini cameras are finally here, and FPV users are eager to see what the new Mini version is capable of and whether it can replace GoPro’s now-outdated compact camera, the GoPro Session 5. This is a summary of the important specifications and features and whether the new cameras are worth buying and/or upgrading for FPV users. Overview The Hero 11 Black is the newest flagship model in GoPro’s popular action camera series. There aren’t many upgrades over its predecessor the Hero 10 Black, however, the…

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With a summit of over 28,000 feet, flying over Mount Everest may be an impossible task for a regular helicopter – but not for a regular, ready-to-fly consumer drone apparently. A DJI Mavic 3 didn’t just manage to successfully fly over the summit – it also captured breathtaking panoramic shots of Everest and the surrounding mountain ranges. What makes this so impressive is the fact that the air pressure at such a high altitude is one-third of that at sea level, which essentially means there’s less lift able to be generated by the propellers. Not only that but there’s a…

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The United Arab Emirates is reportedly interested in purchasing 120 Bayraktar TB2 strike drones from Turkish Drone manufacturer Baykar, according to a report by Middle East Eye, citing two people knowledgeable about the negotiations. The UAE started discussions with Emirati arms procurement agency Tawuzan in March to potentially acquire Baykar’s renowned Bayraktar TB2 drones. If the deal goes ahead, it will mean further success for increasingly sought-after Turkish drones. Turkish Bayraktar TB2 Drone With successful deployments by Ukraine in its war against Russian forces, and previous uses in Syria, Libya, and Azerbaijan wars, the Bayraktar TB2 has built up a…

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Insta360 has released the X3 Camera, the next version of its 360-degree action cameras, which sports a larger 2.29″ rectangular touchscreen display compared to the small circular display of its predecessor, the One X2. Insta360 also opted to drop the “One” from the camera’s name for the newest addition. The X3 is a little more expensive at $449.99 than the One X2, but has the same 360-degree mode max resolution of 5.7K. However, the X3 does boast an impressive-looking specs sheet with Insta360 marketing it as “the most powerful camera you can carry in your pocket”, with “big resolution and…

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TRYP FPV: The Drone Race Simulator launches on Steam in Early Access today, offering an immersive FPV experience for pilots looking to improve their flying skills. The simulator includes a number of features that will be of interest to both race pilots and those looking to capture amazing cinematic FPV footage. For race pilots, the simulator features a number of large maps, with challenges and multiplayer modes to be added in future. For those looking to practice capturing epic FPV footage, the simulator includes the ability to track objects, such as racing cars, motorbikes, base jumpers and wingsuits, to practice…

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Micro 2.5-inch cinewhoops are gaining in popularity, and with good reason – they’re compact and lightweight quads capable of flying both indoors and outdoors, and through small gaps, with just enough power for carrying an HD action camera for high-quality video capture. BetaFPV is the latest maker to put forward a micro cinewhoop, the BetaFPV Pavo25. This is a first look at the new ducted, pusher cinewhoop with details provided by BetaFPV. This is not a review as I have not tested it myself yet. BetaFPV Pavo25 2.5-inch cinewhoop features BetaFPV says the new Pavo25 Frame has a simple design…

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While the FPV drone community is generally friendly and supportive – unless debating whether digital or analogue is better for certain types of flying, in which case, all hell breaks loose – it does have a wicked, and often self-deprecating sense of humour. We’ve scoured some of the internet’s darkest corners to compile this assortment of the best FPV drone memes for your enjoyment. From poking fun at Sky Karens to jokes about the expense of the hobby, there’s something for everyone. And, yes, we’ve included some of our own in this list because – well, we do occasionally make…

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Happymodel has done it yet again. After the recent and well-received Mobula7 HDZero 2-3S Whoop – the first-ever BNF 75mm whoop with HDZero built in – HappyModel have announced that they’ve teamed up with HDZero to release the world’s first BNF 65mm 1S brushless whoop, the Mobula6 HDZero. If you’re new to the hobby, you may wonder why this is such a big deal – There are digital-capable multirotor drones in various sizes now, after all. But it wasn’t always like this. Those who were flying whoops even just a couple of years ago will remember the possibility of having…

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If you’re new to the FPV/drone hobby, you’ve probably heard of LiPo batteries but might not be quite sure what they are or how they work. This beginner’s guide will teach you everything you need to know about LiPo batteries, from deciphering all the numbers to prolonging their life cycle. You’ll also learn about different types of LiPo batteries and which one is right for your needs. By the end of this guide, you’ll be an expert on LiPo. What is a LiPo Battery? So, what are LiPo batteries? They are essentially a type of rechargeable battery that uses lithium-ion…

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After the success of the DJI FPV Drone which launched last year, it seems that DJI is ready to release a new FPV drone named the DJI Avata that, if the rumours are to be trusted, will be a Cinewhoop launching this summer. With the increasing popularity of cinematic shots taken by drones, the DJI Avata appears to be the Chinese drone powerhouse’s attempt to obtain its share of the expanding cinewhoop market. While their first FPV drone was built with the purpose of shooting outdoor video, the DJI Avata will be a lightweight, ducted drone capable of flying indoors,…

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Farouk FPV, one of the founders of Sbang style has teamed up with RUSH FPV to release a 6S motor specially made for Sbanging. The FaroukFPV VROOM is a 2505.5 2000KV high-performance brushless motor designed by Farouk and manufactured by Rush FPV. It is designed to be used with a 5inchquad, and its characteristics suit the fast-paced flicking and flipping style of sbang freestyle. Specs: Motor: FAROÙK FPV x VROOM 2505.5 2000KVManufacturer : RUSH FPVStator: 2505.5Torque: 2000KvWeight: 37g (cables + screws)Lipo: 6SShaft: M5Mounting distance: 16 x 16mm What’s included? Farouk FPV Vroom 2505.5 2000KV motorM5 propeller nutM3 motors mounting screws…

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As the hobby grows, there are more and more FPV builders designing and building multirotors that look and perform exceptionally well. There aren’t many builders, however, that are quite as consistent at churning out boundary-pushing builds like Sub250gFPV (aka Phil Hunter). Just a few scrolls through his Instagram page and your eyes are treated to a colourful array of extremely clean quads, many of them with comic book themes and references. What’s most impressive though, is the fact that, as his pseudonym alludes to, all of Sub250gFPV’s builds are under 250grams – and fit neatly within the ever increasingly popular…

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There are a few terms in FPV that refer to the different flight modes used when flying multirotors such as Horizon, Angle, Rate and Manual modes but they all generally fall under the two main flight modes – Self-level mode and Acro mode. These modes are determined by the drone’s onboard flight controller settings and how it controls the motors and assists the pilot with flying. This post will explain the differences between each flight mode and what effect it has on flying a drone. Self-Level Mode In a Self-level mode, the flight controller assists in flying by returning, or…

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RadioMaster has released a gamepad-style controller, the RadioMaster ZORRO and it looks as though ExpressLRS users will be happy because there is finally a full-feature radio with ELRS built-in. The RadioMaster ZORRO supports both OpenTX and EdgeTX operating systems and is available in four RF configurations – CC2500, SX1280 (ELRS), 4-in-1 and CCS2500+TBS (Masterfire Combo). RadioMaster also says that the radio is ergonomically designed for comfort. Physically, the controller has a 128×64 monochrome LCD display with adjustable brightness, a metal roller, adjustable HALL gimbals, replaceable and/or upgradable rubber “non-slip” grips, and the ability to change between Mode 2 and Mode…

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Are you an absolute drone fanatic? Do you live and breathe everything FPV? If so, there’s something you may be interested in – a limited edition drone bed inspired by the Drone Racing League’s flagship racing drone, the Racer4. The bed, which is essentially the modern equivalent of the classic racing car bed, is available in twin and full sizes and is made from a fibreboard frame coated in scratch-resistant furniture paint with a DRL logo carved into the front end. DRL’s drone bed also features surrounding red LED lights, spinning propeller pillows made from high-density foam and comes with…

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