For how long people are wishing if they can fly like birds do? Well, the rapid development of electronic devices is providing the Bird-Eye view now. Nowadays drones are a very popular toy to play with. People of different ages have their keen interest in flying drones over the open sky. Not only that, now people are now racing in the open sky with their drones in a different way. Some of the camera featured Quadcopter radio transmitter supports FPV system, which stands for First Person View of a drone flying. The user needs to wear FPV goggles to experience the thrill of virtual flying. The radio transmitter controls the movement of the drone and also transmits the feed to an FPV for showing the user what the drone sees. You can also see the camera view in a screen mountable to the radio, like your smartphone.
Now how can you find a good FPV supported radio, as there are so many different types of radios available in the market? Let me make it easy for you to choose which suits your requirements best.
Different FPVs are of different features and use different frequencies for sending and receiving signals to the controlling radio. The frequencies that are used by FPV goggles for transmitting the video signal to the radio are 900 MHz, 1.2 GHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8GHz. On the other hand, some cheap FPV goggles use Wi-Fi for controlling and sending video signals. Wi-Fi system lags a lot in the video, so basically, this type of FPVs are used only for framing shots. If you are someone who is looking for an FPV for racing purpose and real-life videos, then you should definitely go for 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz depending which provides the best features that meet your requirements. Now let’s dig deep into FPV supported radio controllers.
Some of the most popular transmitting radio for FPV:
At a much affordable price point, Flysky FS-T6 is a 6 channel with a full range of 2.4 GHz transmitter including AFHDS (Automatic Frequency Hopping Digital System) which helps to switch frequencies to avoid interferences. Its large LCD screen shows flight data such as battery voltage, altitude, temperature, GPS which helps to avoid flight crashes more often. The sensitivity is adjustable in the suitable mode. It can store twenty different models of helicopter and drone in its memory.
Spektrum DXe is a 2.4 GHz radio transmitter. It sports 6-9 channels depending on its configuration. It has programmable versatility with a simplicity of a basic sports radio. It is programmable via mobile device and PC. Best choice if you are looking for Bind-N-Fly aircraft at beginner level. It has 3-Position Flap Switch, 2-Position Auxiliary Function Switch, and 3-Position Flight Mode Switch for AS3X/SAFE-Equipped Aircraft. Also, it includes Bind/Panic/Return Home Button for SAFE-Equipped Aircraft. And of course, it has a solid build.
Turnigy Evolution a decent SBUS compatible miniquad 8 channels radio, runs on 2.4 GHz with AFHDS A2. This perfect miniquad radio has 1 two position switch, 2 three position switches and a knob in the front. It can store only 5 models in its memory.
The Turnigy 9X is one of the best radio transmitters at its price point. It comes with 9 channels, a receiver, and a bind plug. With 2.4 GHz it offers a long distance of flying around 1500 feet. You can switch between your planes, helicopters, and drones.
The Turnigy 9XR Pro is an updated version of its earlier 9X edition. It offers a whole bunch of features. It supports up to 24 channels. It has a 128X 64 backlit LCD display. Runs on ER9X firmware (ARM) with EESKYPE simulator GUI support, built-in bootloader, Atmel SAM3S ARM Cortex M3 , 32 bit Micro-controller, 512K flash , 64Kb of SRAM. Micro SD and mini USB port support. It has 4MB of EEprom for up to 30 different models. Support for a 6-way switch and more 3-way switches and allows the users to switch between Mode 1, 2, 3 and 4 easily. It also has a logic level serial port for external Bluetooth modules.
Frsky Taranis Q X7
Frsky Taranus Q X7 supports up to 16 channels. It has a 128*64 LCD display. It supports Telemetry, audio output, external TX modules. It has a memory support for up to 60 models which can be upgraded via micro SD card. It contains 6 switches (4 of which are three-positioned) and 2 pots.
Spektrum DX6e is another popular radio transmitter from Spektrum family. It offers great features and specs with the price point. This high-value radio comes with 6 channels and programmable with 250 model memory. It uses 2.4 GHz of frequency to transmit the signal. It has Built-In telemetry and a backlit LCD screen. But this is not the end, it also offers Three 3-position and four 2-position switches, 7 airplane wing types and 6 tail types, 7 swashplate types, 4 sailplane wing types and 3 tail type, 7 point throttle curves for airplanes and helicopters, 7 point pitch and tail curves for helicopters, Multirotor flight mode setup.
FrSky Taranis X9D
FrSky Taranis X9D Plus comes with ACCST technology that ensures excellent range and reliability of 2.4 GHz band. It’s a 16 channels transmitter with more stable and accurate operations paired with strong anti-jamming ability. Its LCD screen also features telemetry capability. Though it offers 60 models flight memory, it comes with micro SD card slot providing unlimited memory options and USB port is also there to upgrade a headphone jack.
The evolutionary TBS Tango comes with a huge inbuilt 5.8 GHz receiver. It features a fledged transmitter with up to 10 channels with pre-programmed models for a novice user while storing a memory of 15 models. It has 40 channel high-performance video receiver with PitMode compatibility. It provides 2x 3-Pos toggle and 2x 2-pos toggle, 2x extension port, 2x proportional dials, 4 digital trims, menu rocker dial, 3-button video receiver controls. It boasts built-in FC support for TBS crossfire, FrSky XJT and Spektrum DSM2 air. The TBS Tango also has immersion EzUHF in it. You can charge its huge 6000mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable battery through a micro USB cable.
FrSky Horus X12S
FrSky Horus X12S is easily distinguishable from other radios on the market because of its unique features. It’s a 16 channels transmitter which is expandable up to 32 channels via a FrSky XJT. Its 480*272 industrial high-resolution screen with telemetry is easily readable in outdoor conditions. It has GPS module, wireless trainer system and 6-axis sensors in-Built. It also offers 6 position encoder for easier flight modes switch. Last but not the least, it has a great gimbal function.
Spektrum DX9 Black Edition
Spektrum DX9 is a high-end radio transmitter with a frequency of 2.4 GHz. It comes with 9 channels and can store up to 250 models in its memory. While flying, it can assign gimbal functions to a 2nd camera transmitter. It has real-time telemetry feature with detail information about your flight on a large backlit LCD screen. It offers 10 different wing and 6 different aircraft tail types with 5 flight modes.
FPV racing is an absolutely fun thing to spend time with. But don’t go fly beyond the law. With that being all said, the pilots need to be ensured that they are responsible for their drone flights by not committing something which brings harm to other people and their belongings.