Review: BetaFPV 95X V3 Cinewhoop – Upgraded to 1404 Motors

Review: BetaFPV 95X V3 Cinewhoop – Upgraded to 1404 Motors

The BetaFPV 95X V3 is a “pusher” type cinematic FPV drone that’s small and has propeller guards. They’ve improved quite a bit on the design from the V2, and solely not too long ago they changed the 1106 motors with 1404, it’s so significantly better now.

The 95X V3 is designed to hold a lightweight weight HD digital camera such because the SMO 4K and GoPro Lite.

You will see me evaluating the 95X V3 to the Holybro Kopis quite a bit on this overview, as a result of they’re the identical measurement, utilizing the identical sized motors and meant to do the identical factor. I actually just like the Holybro, so let’s see how they examine. Here’s my overview of the Holybro Kopis 2.5inch Cinewhoop.

Analog Version (Caddx EOS2 Nano + M02 250mW VTX)

HD Version (DJI Vista + Nebula Nano)

There are fairly just a few radio receiver choices: Crossfire, Frsky (FFC and LBT), Futaba, and PNP (no RX).

Please be careful for motor within the product description, the newer model ought to include 1404 whereas the outdated model is 1106. You positively need the 1404.

In the field, we’ve the next equipment:

  • One spare set of Gemfan D63 3-blades Propellers
  • 20mm FPV Camera Mount (for micro measurement FPV cameras)
  • Spare EVA Foam Tape in black
  • Right angle USB Adapter for FC
  • Power adapter for Naked GoPro
  • Spare screws

Specification

This is the specs for the analog model which I’m reviewing right here.

  • FC: Toothpick F405 AIO 20A FC V4
  • Motors: 1404 4500KV
  • Props: Gemfan D63 3-Blade
  • Camera: EOS Camera
  • VTX: M02 25-250mW 5.8G VTX
  • Camera Mount: SMO 4K digital camera Mount
  • Antenna: Air 5.8GHz Antenna (RHCP)
  • Input voltage: 4S
  • Battery Connector: XT30
  • Wheelbase: 95mm

Let’s speak about weight. I’m very completely happy about 95X V3’s weight, it’s almost 45g lower than the Holybro Kopis Whoop, it’s loopy!

  • 95X V3 alone = 109g
  • 95X V3 + bare GoPro (together with TPU mount) = 142g
  • 95X V3 + bare GoPro + 4S 650mah = 220g

For the DJI Version, simply add 20g to these numbers.

Originally I wasn’t very within the 95X V3, as a result of there have been a few issues I didn’t like: weak 1106 motors and unhealthy digital camera selection for the DJI model (nebula nano). So I received the Holybro Kopis as a substitute.

But as quickly as I heard they modified out the motors to the larger 1404, I made a decision to provide it a shot. The wider stator of the 1404 provides you with extra energy and management within the decrease half of the throttle which is healthier for slower machines like cinewhoops.

The Holybro Kopis additionally makes use of 1404 motors, the one factor BetaFPV did in a different way is utilizing larger KV (4500KV) to pair with 3-blade props. Holybro is utilizing 3800KV with 5-blade props, each quads run on 4S.

In flight I really feel like they carry out fairly comparable by way of energy, however the 95X is a lot noisier 🙂 I feel it may need one thing to do with the upper RPM of the 3-blade and better KV motors.

I received comparable flight time from each quads, however thoughts you the Holybro is sort of 45g heavier, in order that makes it a extra environment friendly setup, think about utilizing that combo within the 95X as a substitute 🙂

I do know there’s the DJI HD model, however I don’t really feel too unhealthy about getting the analog model. The DJI model comes with Nebula Nano digital camera, which I’m not a fan of. Image high quality possibly barely higher than analog, however it’s not value the additional cash IMO. It would have been so significantly better in the event that they used the Nebula Pro which I not too long ago reviewed. Maybe they’re getting the Nano cheaper in bulk, as a result of nobody is shopping for them.

I’m slightly disillusioned about the truth that they don’t give us any HD digital camera mount. Well, the quad does have a mount for the new Insta360 SMO 4K digital camera.

But if you wish to use the Naked GoPro or Insta360 GO, you‘d must 3D print one. In that regard, Holybro wins, they supplied each mounts within the field.

STL information can be found on their web site, however not everybody has a 3D printer, or associates!

Camera mount tilt angle is adjustable between 5° to 45°.

I like they arrive with foam tape across the ducts for softening crash impacts.

The design of the BetaFPV 95X V3 has improved SO MUCH from the earlier model, it seems extra polished {and professional}. There are only a few cables seen from the skin, and no antennas protruding, it virtually appears like a drone made by DJI.

Radio receiver antennas and VTX antenna are properly tucked in, so no probability of damaging them from crashes or spinning props.

Yes, the looks is superior, however it’s not essentially the most sensible design.

For instance, accessing the FC’s USB port could possibly be slightly tough because it’s hidden inside one of many ducts. Fortunately, a proper angle USB adapter is supplied to treatment the scenario, and it really works fairly properly. If you might be getting the Vista model, you’ll face the identical problem with its USB port and it’ll want an proper angle adapter too.

The Holybro is extra sensible in that regard, because it doesn’t require any instruments.

When it involves restore, I do just like the BetaFPV 95X V3 higher. Once you take away the underside cover (7 screws), you possibly can entry all of the electronics: VTX, FC, RX and so forth.

It’s utilizing a single board F4 FC with 20A ESC (BLHeli_32), which is greater than enough. The motors are linked to the FC by way of plug, and the wires are all twisted which implies they’re longer than wanted. If they straightened the wires and direct solder to the FC, they may have the ability to shave just a few grams.

It appears the 95X V3 is designed for smaller batteries like 4S 450mah, a 4S 650mAh can barely slot in there. The strap holders will get in the best way for those who attempt to use a thicker battery like 4S 850mAh. With that stated, you possibly can nonetheless do it, however they simply received’t lay flat on the body, it’s sort of awkward.

I’d suggest 4S 650mAh, I feel it’s the right measurement for the brand new upgraded motors. I get a stable 5 minutes of flight time from it. See my testing and proposals.

FPV Camera tilt angle is adjustable between 25°- 45°. It can truly go a lot decrease than that however the body will occupy a lot of your display screen. Image high quality from the Caddx EOS2 Nano is nothing superb however respectable.

I just like the HD digital camera mounting that separates the body from the digital camera and reduces vibration. This is a greater design than the Holybro for my part.

But once I thought the Holybro’s digital camera mount wasn’t inflexible sufficient, the digital camera mount on the 95X is even much less inflexible. It provides me a little bit of wobble when doing acro strikes, however normally Reelsteady can easy it out (a lot of the occasions). And that’s not a difficulty in any respect if you’re simply cruising round, which is the primary kind of flying you may be doing with this quad anyway, not freestyle and acrobatics. If you need a micro FPV drone for freestyle, I’d suggest the GEPRC Rocket.

The energy cable for the SMO 4K is already soldered to the FC, in order that’s useful. And it’s good to know that it additionally comes with an energy adapter for the bare GoPro, each cameras are supported with none soldering 🙂

By the best way, I all the time take away the yellow wire (which is supposed to management the GoPro’s recording from the flight controller), as a result of it’s simply not all the time dependable.

The BetaFPV 95X V3 was simple to setup, simply bind the receiver and setup the arm change and you might be prepared for first flight.

The FC comes with Betaflight model 4.2.2, the FC board is BEFH/BETAFPVF405(STM32F405). ESC’s are “BETAFPV_20A_BLHeli_32”, comes with 32.7 firmware.

I saved a replica of the inventory CLI Dump in Betaflight right here.

It seems like BetaFPV tried to tune this quad (the PID and filter values are totally different from the defaults), however for my part the PID tune nonetheless has room for enchancment. Out of the field, it doesn’t really feel significantly locked in and tends to float when flying out of doors particularly when there’s a breeze.

I copied my tune from my Holybro Kopis and it really works fairly properly, I did nevertheless have to provide it a bit extra D-term filtering to maintain the motors cool although.

Here is the tune if you wish to give it a strive, be sure that to again up your settings first. The first time you do this, it is best to fly 20-30 seconds and land to see if the motors are heat. If they’re, it is best to revert again to your unique settings, you don’t wish to burn your motors!

First factor to do is enabling RPM filter, then set motor idle p.c to five.5%. Then go to BLHeliSuite32 and allow 48KHz which provides you with a bit extra flight time and cooler motors.

Next, enter these settings in CLI, it’s primarily based on the official Cinematic settings:

set iterm_relax_cutoff = 5
set rc_smoothing_auto_smoothness = 40
set ff_interpolate_sp = AVERAGED_4
set ff_smooth_factor = 50
set ff_spike_limit = 50
set ff_boost = 0
set feedforward_transition = 70
set yaw_lowpass_hz = 50
set throttle_boost = 2
set throttle_boost_cutoff = 10
set dyn_lpf_dterm_curve_expo = 8
set gyro_rpm_notch_q = 900
set iterm_windup = 75
set thrust_linear = 25
set anti_gravity_gain = 10000
set p_pitch = 54
set i_pitch = 81
set d_pitch = 57
set f_pitch = 86
set p_roll = 50
set i_roll = 77
set d_roll = 52
set f_roll = 81
set p_yaw = 53
set i_yaw = 81
set f_yaw = 81
set d_min_roll = 0
set d_min_pitch = 0
set d_min_yaw = 0
set deadband = 2
set yaw_deadband = 2
set dyn_notch_width_percent = 0
set dyn_notch_q = 200
set dyn_notch_min_hz = 100
set dyn_notch_max_hz = 400
save

Finally, tweak the filter sliders slightly bit and that’s it.

  • Gyro Filter Multiplier = 1.0
  • D-Term Filter Multiplier = 0.8

And right here’s my price for cinewhoops, be aware that I additionally prefer to put a throttle restrict at 95% (scale) as a result of I not often use full throttle on cinewhoops and that provides me a bit extra throttle decision.

Pro’s:

  • Fantastic design
  • It’s small and lightweight weight, and it has prop guards so it’s not as harmful if you crash in comparison with greater 5″ fpv drones, extra newbie pleasant
  • If you wish to say beneath 250g and nonetheless get respectable flight time from an even bigger battery, the 95X V3 is the one to get
  • Great flight time and many energy due to the brand new motors with wider stator
  • Effective digital camera mounting that separates the body from the digital camera and reduces vibration, a greater design than the Holybro

Con’s:

  • No HD digital camera mounts
  • DJI model makes use of Nebula Nano
  • Very noisy – I really feel just like the decrease KV motor and 5-blade prop combo used within the Holybro is perhaps decrease in noise in addition to being extra environment friendly
  • Slightly odd battery mounting design, mounting giant battery will be awkward (e.g. 4S 850mah)
  • It requires extra filtering in Betaflight than the Holybro to maintain motors cool. To be honest, not an enormous drawback for most individuals actually
  • Part of the entrance ducts is in FPV digital camera’s view (however clear from HD cam’s view)
  • No buzzer
  • No telemetry (for the Frsky model as they’re utilizing XM+)

So yup! The 95X V3 is a cinewhoop that I’d suggest 🙂