Review: BetaFPV Pavo30 Cinewhoop – Is Bigger Better?

Review: BetaFPV Pavo30 Cinewhoop – Is Bigger Better?

BetaFPV simply dropped yet one more brilliantly designed cinewhoop, the Pavo30. So I’ve flown cinewhoops of various sizes, 2-inch, 2.5″ inch, and now 3″, is the bigger BetaFPV Pavo30 higher? Let’s discover out!

Let’s reduce to the chase and never waste your time.


  • Clearly obtained extra bunch than the BetaFPV 95X V3 we simply reviewed
  • It’s not designed for freestyle, however nonetheless extra “acro-able” than the smaller 95X V3
  • Decent flight time (7 minutes with 4S 850mah)
  • Very sturdy body – I crashed and dropped from 20 meters and nothing damaged
  • Professional wanting design, and antennas are effectively protected
  • All rounder, works effectively for each indoor and out of doors capturing


  • Design is nice wanting, in reality, actually good wanting, however tedious to restore
  • DJI Version: Nebula Nano sucks
  • Out of the field, it doesn’t fly as easy because the 95X V3, PID tune has room for enchancment – a bit shaky when there’s wind and obtained propwash
  • Much heavier than 95X V3, can’t meet 250g weight restrict
  • No Naked GoPro mount, no USB-C proper angle adapter for Vista

You can get the BetaFPV Pavo30 from:

Now, please learn on to be taught extra about this quad.

There are two variations, analog and DJI.

It’s not solely the distinction in FPV setup, however motor and prop combo as effectively, which in flip impacts the general weight of the quad fairly significantly.

Here’s the specs:

Analog Version HD Digital Version
Price (PNP) $209.99 $309.99
Weight 145g (with out battery) 173g (with out battery)
Wheelbase 118mm 118mm
FC F722 AIO 35A FC F722 AIO 35A FC
Motor 1505-3400KV motor 1506- 3000KV motor
Propeller HQ75 5-blade (T-mount 1.5mm) Gemfan D76 5-Blade (5mm shaft)
FPV Camera ANT Nano digicam Nebula Nano digicam
FPV Camera Tilt Degree 0°- 60° 0°- 60°
VTX M02 25-250mW VTX Caddx VISTA
Camera Mount SMO 4K digicam Mount SMO 4K digicam Mount
SMO 4K Tilt Degree 5°- 45° 5°- 45°
Battery 4S 750mAh – 850mAh 4S 750mAh – 850mAh
Charge Connector XT30 XT30
Flight time About 6-8 minutes About 6-8 minutes

BetaFPV despatched me the DJI model for this evaluate.

To be trustworthy, I wouldn’t be in opposition to the concept of getting the analog model. It’s less expensive and lighter (beneath 250g doable). The Nebula Nano used within the DJI model simply isn’t good, it’s nearly like taking a look at analog video anyway. Just use the Nebula Pro already, BetaFPV! Or let the person select maybe?

They provide a variety of receivers choices: Frsky XM+ (FCC and LBT), TBS Crossfire Nano, FUTABA and PNP (no receiver). I’d strongly suggest getting the Crossfire model if that’s what you utilize. I’ve the Frsky XM+ and though my TX16S is suitable with it, the vary is kind of dangerous, or I’m simply closely spoiled by Crossfire.

Accessories embody:

  • 1 spare set of Gemfan D76 5-Blade props
  • 20mm FPV Camera Mount (for the bigger DJI digicam)
  • Right angle micro USB adapter
  • Power adapter for Naked GoPro

Out of the field, you possibly can see the facility cable for the SMO 4K digicam that’s already soldered to the FC. So it’s nearly a plug-and-play resolution for capturing cinematic footage. All that you need to do is binding the receiver to your radio!

The general design is similar to the 95X V3. It is certainly a really good wanting whoop, and feels skilled, there are only a few wires uncovered/seen on the skin.

Camera mount is rather like the 95X V3, which makes use of three rubber grommets for vibration damping.

What they’re doing in another way within the Pavo30, is the added M3 nylon bolts and nuts to forestall the HD digicam mount from popping off in crashes. It additionally provides you extra management to the stiffness of the mounting by tightening the bolts that compresses the grommets extra.

The VTX antenna in addition to receiver antennas are all effectively protected by the body, I like this design.

To plug within the USB cable, you need to use the fitting angle micro USB adapter offered. Not perfect that you need to convey an additional software with you while you go flying, nevertheless it works superb.

Unfortunately they appear to have forgotten concerning the Vista, its USB-C port can also be hidden contained in the duct and really troublesome to get to. Good information is I’ve a USB-C to micro USB adapter, and so I used to be in a position to make use of the identical proper angle adapter for the FC. But they need to actually have offered a proper angle USB-C adapter too like they do with the 95X V3.

Here’s the underside of the BetaFPV Pavo30.

It’s an excellent wanting cinewhoop, nevertheless it’s not the simplest in terms of restore. There are over 10 tiny screws you need to undo with a view to work on the electronics, and they’re 3 completely different screw sizes!

The flight controller is a “whoop” type AIO board with built-in 35A BLHeli_32 ESC. It appears to be a very easy board to work with, the pads are simple to solder.

The motors are 1506 3800KV working 5-blade props. It makes use of 5mm motor shaft as an alternative of the frequent T-mount with 1.5mm screw holes, which provides a good bit of weight to the motor.

The BetaFPV Pavo30 is designed primarily for the SMO 4K, the facility cable is already there out of the field, and you may mount the digicam on to the Pavo. However if you wish to use the Naked GoPro (aka GoPro Lite V2), you’d must 3D print your individual mount because it’s not offered. Though they offered an influence adapter for it.

The inexperienced mount is mine, you will discover the STL file right here:

Here’s a aspect by aspect comparability to the Holybro 2.5-inch Cinewhoop. The Pavo30 doesn’t look that a lot larger regardless of utilizing bigger 3-inch propellers, nevertheless it’s a lot louder when flying 🙂

Weight (my measurements):

  • Pavo30 Only (DJI Version): 180g
  • BetaFPV Pavo with 4S 850mAh: 279g
  • Pavo with 4S 850mAh + bare GoPro: 308g

Take a have a look at this video and choose for your self.

It’s nearly just like the 95X V3 on steroid, management really feel acquainted, nevertheless it has only a bit extra punch when doing acrobatics. And it’s noisier too.

The Pavo30 undoubtedly has room for enchancment in terms of tuning. It drifts a bit within the wind, and has vibrations even when it’s simply cruising. There’s fairly extreme prop wash when attempting to recuperate from dives and slit-s. The oscillations throughout flight is seen from the HD footage, however Reelsteady can eliminate these usually.

I believe it may be a good substitute to conventional 3″ cinewhoops which are simply too massive and ponderous. With bare GoPro or SMO 4K you will get equally good movies out of them.

Stock CLI dump:

For Batteries, 4S 650mAh and 4S 850mAh are each good dimension for this quad. See my battery suggestions.

You’ll want some spare props, when you fly close to timber/bushes, you’ll will break them: