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.

In this featured build, we take a look at a super clean KINfpv Theory V2 Thicc build by FPV drone building specialists Midwest Custom Drones – based in Minnesota, North America. They specialize in custom 3D prints and print designs, aerial videography/photography and drone repair – but what we are mostly interested in is their boundary-pushing custom drone builds such as this one… The KINfpv Theory V2 Thicc – Violet & Yellow Hi everyone, Midwest Custom Drones is based out of MN where we focus on building high-quality HD FPV Drones and 3D Prints for all types of drone enthusiasts. If there is something…

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The GoPro Hero 10 has been leaked by WinFuture (a tech news site), revealing various improvements on the Hero 9 Black which was released almost one year ago. The leaked images suggest that the upcoming Hero 10 action cam will boast upgraded image quality and frame rate, by use of a GP2 processor capable of 5.3k video at up to 60 frames per second, and 4k video at a maximum of 120FPS. The Hero 9 Black was only capable of 5k at 30 frames per second, meaning you had to choose between higher image quality and a lower frame rate,…

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Meet Pepper FPV – at just six years old, he is gaining lots of attention in the FPV community and is already a member of the professional drone racing team Xblades. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tumme Worasorn (@pepper_fpv) Pepper FPV – real name Woravit Subsri – is from Thailand, and has been inspired by Korean drone racing champion Min Chan Kim as well as French Sbang freestyle pilot Farouk FPV. You can see some resemblance to the latter in Pepper’s freestyle videos. Check out one of Pepper’s most recent freestyles to see why people are…

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https://youtu.be/IT_itJPlOZc Vespula FPV (Christian M. Mollica) gives an in-depth FPV freestyle tutorial for “riffing on a gap”. He explains how best to approach and exit a gap and how to combine multiple gaps together. If you’re looking to improve your gap-hitting abilities, or improve your proximity, flow, or overall flying abilites, you’ll find something helpful in Vespula’s tutorial. We pick a handful of gaps in the environment and hit them in a variety of ways. How do we approach? What tricks can we do? How do we exit and string multiple gaps together? – Vespula FPV If you don’t know…

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https://youtu.be/18MzDboN0Ws Cinematic FPV pilot Elis van Jason with another masterful edit, this time exhibiting the incredibly awe-inspiring Dolomites (Pale Mountains) in Italy. Stunning shots – and all in glorius 4k goodness. More info: Was this video shot on a Red or GoPro9? 🙂 I hope with this video I can convince you that this little camera together with the right conditions can produce high quality footage which also looks nice on a bigger screen. After my trip to Venezuela I visited the Dolomites with my friend Julian and besides the challenging weather we got some nice and cinematic conditions. I…

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https://youtu.be/uAF4L_wxXwo SuprDlux FPV with a cinestyle freestyle from atop of Strawberry Rock in Trinidad, California. The samurai pilot has some of the best edits in freestyle FPV and when combined with lush, colourful spots such as this one and topped with his smooth and flowy flying style, “epicness” sums it up perfectly. We’re loving SuprDlux’s new classic PlayStation-inspired intro too – nostalgic af. More info SuprDlux and DreamsDotFPV find themselves above the epic canopy of Trinidad California. – SuprDlux FPV SuprDlux FPV YouTube Instagram

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The Drone Racing League (DRL) has partnered with T-Mobile to create their first 5G-enabled racing drone capable of streaming HD video, to deliver fans a more immersive experience. The 5G Magenta Racing Drone – which sports T-Mobile’s signature pink colour – will harness T-Mobile’s 5G network to stream high-definition, first-person-view footage to fan’s mobile devices via an HD streaming camera. T-Mobile says this is one of the first racing drones in the world to be equipped with an on-board 5G module capable of streaming a live HD video feed to the internet. Magenta 5G racing drone At the moment, the drone’s 5G…

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The FPV world has its own culture and expressions that go with it. This is our comprehensive glossary of FPV vocabulary and slang – including terms, abbreviations and acronyms. If you’re a beginner to FPV (first-person view), some of the terms and expressions used in the community might be hard to understand, especially when it comes to the technical side of building and repairing drones. Then there’s all the slang that’s quite unique to FPV. It can all get a little overwhelming decoding the lexicon if you’re just getting started. We made this list of FPV jargon to help get…

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https://youtu.be/kK8avvv1c0k A showreel edit highlighting some of the best clips from Dquad’s team pilots. Featuring dives, gaps, power loops, matty flips, trippy spins and more – it’s all in this dope edit.  More info Today marks the one year anniversary of the re-birth of Dquad. Over the past year we have all been brought together to become a team. But we became more than a team, we became a family. The growth of Dquad has been more than anyone of us could had possibly imagined. We have come so far in a year as a company and as pilots, and…

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It takes a lot of skill to pilot a high-speed quadcopter through confined spaces and around sharp bends at great speeds. Up until recently, humans were unrivalled in their drone racing abilities – but that all just changed as scientists at the University of Zurich have developed an AI algorithm that can fly a drone around a racecourse faster than professional drone racing pilots. The algorithm calculates “time-optimal trajectories” as well as the drone’s limitations. It was developed as part of a push to improve the capabilities of autonomous drones and having an algorithm that is capable of outperforming the…

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https://youtu.be/j18ECUhkeY0 Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano began erupting in March this year, and a few FPV pilots have taken advantage of the event to experience the thrill of flying over the hot molten lava – while also getting some amazing shots. We’ve seen a fair few videos of cinematic flights over the erupting volcano popping up on Instagram and other places the last few months, but one particular video stands out amongst the others. Cinematic filmmaker and drone pilot Joey Helms got his drone closer than any one else to the middle of the volcano. In fact he got as close as…

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Sbang, the freshest genre of flow freestyle inspired by Juicy style, is quickly growing in popularity, yet polarizing many FPV freestyle fans. People generally seem to love it or hate it due to a belief that it doesn’t require much skill or that it’s too fast and nauseating. Others still have absolutely no idea that Sbang is a thing. To find out exactly “What is Sbang?” and gain some clarity on what the style truly requires, we decided to hold a Q&A with one of the style’s originators. Farouk FPV is the French pilot who came up with the name…

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https://youtu.be/LYy0XyC6P3M The Drone Champions League has announced a new league format for the 2021 season. Seven teams will now compete in a round-robin competition instead of the usual seeded brackets format of previous seasons. Pilots from each team will compete in 2 vs 2 Small Heats. The two highest-scoring teams will eventually face each other in the Grand Final, while third and fourth-best will race for the remaining podium position. https://twitter.com/DroneChampionsL/status/1404014446217936898?s=20 Fresh formatIn 2021 DCL unveils a new race format to ramp up the excitement from the get-go. Each Drone Grand Prix will now begin with the heightened unpredictability of…

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https://youtu.be/-ceYBuXwoU0 Sixteen-year-old French pilot DiGi FPV with a summer freestyle “intro edit’ in glorious 4K. This is one of the best freestyle edits we have seen and does an amazing job of promoting FPV as well as DiGi’s freestyle skills. A compilation of different spots, B-roll intro and outro, superb video quality with colours that pop, a good background song, and of course top freestyle Sbang piloting. This is what FPV freestyle needs. And DiGI FPV says he plans to release more edits like this in future. More info What’s up boys and girls ! Here is my « intro edit » of…

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