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.

BetaFPV has released the Pavo360, an “invisible” cinewhoop drone, in addition to the SMO 360, an ultralight twin-lens 360° camera built using Insta360 technology. A 360° invisible cinewhoop The Pavo360 is designed to make full use of a 360-degree camera, to capture 360° videos while making the drone appear invisible. It’s not the first 360-degree cinewhoop drone, but it is the first to be compact enough to fly indoors (3-inch) while also boasting high-KV motors that offer more power than any previous 360 cinewhoop. The SMO 360 camera The SMO 360 is an “ultralight”, twin-lens, 360-degree camera made by BetaFPV…

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LuGus studios, the developer behind the popular FPV drone simulator Liftoff: FPV Drone Racing, has released Liftoff: Micro Drones, an indoor micro drone/whoop simulator. Liftoff: Micro Drones is currently in early access on Steam and offers both single-player and multiplayer modes in addition to three indoor environments, each with day and night versions and various racing tracks. There are also six micro drone frames to choose from including a unique hover drone and Le Drib’s signature Driblet S frame. Each drone can be modified in the game’s Workbench Mode. The early access version of the game is just $15 and…

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The KINfpv ISO NERF Edition is a beastly build by Las Vegas FPV frame designer KINfpv on their durable and great-looking frame, the ISO. If this is your first time hearing of KINfpv, check them out – They make some superb frames that have a reputation for being solid bando bashers. They also have cinewhoop, micro and racing frames in their lineup. The KINfpv ISO frame makes a solid platform for building a freestyle-capable tank-of-a-drone and features some clever touches that make building and tuning a breeze. Here is KINfpv’s very own ISO NERF Edition: KINfpv ISO NERF Edition Build…

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BetaFPV is holding a 2021 Black Friday sale offering a 15% storewide discount. The sale will start on the 26th of November (UTC+12) and end on the 1st of December (UTC+12). To get the 15% discount, enter the code BF2021 at checkout. The 15% sale will apply to everything on BetaFPV’s site including their new series of Long-range ELRS 2.4G Meteor Whoops, the Beta95x V3 Cinewhoop, and the beginner-friendly Cetus Pro Kit. Click here to see what’s on offer on BetaFPV’s website. This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through these links may earn us a small profit at no extra…

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FPV has finally made its way into mainstream movies with Netlix’s big-budget Red Notice utilizing a series of shots filmed using an FPV drone piloted by Johny Schaer, aka Johnny FPV. It was inevitable that FPV would eventually be used in a multi-million dollar blockbuster, especially after this past year with FPV shots such as JayByrd’s bowling alley one-shot cinematic going viral on the internet and demonstrating how a drone can do things with a camera that just aren’t possible with more traditional shooting methods. A Freefly Wave Camera mounted on an FPV Drone. Picture: Johnny Schaer (Johnny FPV) Directed…

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The (mostly undisputed) cinematic FPV GOAT Johnny FPV is back with another epic piece combining amazing flying skills with beautiful cinematography, this time in collaboration with Porche – Drive2Extremes to promote the awesome Taycan Cross Turismo.  Shot in the freezing temperatures of the Arctic Circle in Levi, Finland, and the baking heat of the Liwa Desert UAE, this super wide video fulfils its purpose of showing the Taycan Cross Turismo in all its glory as it tears through desert and snow. This has some of the best, most seamless transitions we’ve seen in an FPV video, and the constant action…

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BetaFPV is continuing to take advantage of the increasing popularity of the open-source RC link ExpressLRS offering various antennas, modules, flight controllers and even a radio that benefit from its relatively low costs, yet impressive low-latency and long-range benefits. And now they’ve updated their Meteor range of whoops with ExpressLRS 2.4-ready versions. The Meteor65, Meteor75 and the Meteor86 ELRS versions all come with an upgraded F4 1S 5A FC (ELRS 2.4g) flight controller with receiver built-in and an M03 5.8G VTX specially designed to increase the range of whoops with an improved power output of up to 350mW. BetaFPV Meteor…

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So you want a hybrid cineracer with real ducts that combines the smoothness and stableness of a cinewhoop with the speed and agility of a racewhoop? We hear you – and it seems Flywoo have too as they’ve just released their new CineRace20 collection of BNF cinewhoops. Inspired by Free Zillion’s RaceWhoop30, Flywoo CineRace20 cinewhoops feature 2-inch props, a double duct design moulded from ABS material and an impressive flight time of “up to 12 minutes”. The CineRace20 also offers ExpressLRS 2.4 (external receiver) as an option and is one of the first bind-and-fly drones to do so. The CineRace20…

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BetaFPV have released the first ExpressLRS ready 2.4G radio that takes advantage of the increasingly popular open-source radio control link, making it a whole lot easier for people to make the switch and, in turn, potentially increase their range and reduce probability of a random failsafe. The BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 SE ELRS Edition is essentially the same as the standard LiteRadio 2 SE except BetaFPV have replaced the Frsky mainboard with a new one that operates exclusively on ExpressLRS. The functions are pretty much the same, but the ELRS edition is unable to switch protocols unlike the Frsky version. ExpressLRS…

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Updated: May 2022 Ask experienced FPV pilots how they learned to fly FPV, or what are some of their practice methods, and many of them will tell you they use the assistance of FPV drone simulators. Sims are an important facet of the hobby, allowing pilots to push their limits, or get extra practice when bad weather or time constraints don’t allow real flight. FPV sims are also a great way for new pilots to learn how to fly without breaking things and having to pay for repairs or replacements. As the hobby has matured and grown, so have FPV…

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We’ve been anticipating a DJI Action 2 camera for some time now, with the original expected release back in March 2021 delayed for unknown reasons. It looks as though the release is getting close though as there has been a huge leak. Read on to find out everything we know so far, including specs and features of the upcoming camera. Jasper Ellens who has a habit of leaking drone news from the biggest drone makers, and calls himself a “DJI Investigator” leaked images on Twitter showing what seems to be the DJI Osmo Action 2. The images include illustrations and…

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An FPV drone’s up-close and personal view of the action as it chases the world’s best drivers during the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship Final. If Rallycross racing wasn’t already dope enough with the cars getting extremely close while taring around a dirt track, watching the fast-paced epicness via an FPV drone makes it even better. Great driving by the Rallycross drivers, and impressive flying by the pilot to keep the cars in view whilst also navigating steep turns at high speeds. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of who the talented FPV pilot is – it’s probably someone who works with…

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So you’ve watched some of the world’s best freestyle FPV drone pilots pull off crazy flippy flops and dives from the first-person-view perspective of their drones. But, unless you happen to know one of these top pilots and accompanied them as they freestyle, you’ve probably wondered what the drones look like from the ground rather than the onboard camera when they’re doing these tricks.  Well, wonder no more, because Sync FPV (aka Tom Jackson), one of the best freestyle pilots there is, has uploaded a YouTube short showing his drone freestyling from two different perspectives – one in the normal…

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