|Speed:||The top speed can go over 50 mph||Average speed is around 35mph|
|Camera:||FPV camera, frame rate – 60fps, wide FOV||Frame rate – from 30fps to 60fps, depending on the playback device the video is targeting|
|Controls:||Each motor has its own channel controlled by the sticks. This results in maximum agility and easier control of pitch, roll, incline, and yaw.||Can be controlled via hardware controller or an RC app. The latter may result in a less fluent drone steering.|
|Focus:||The main focus of a racing drone is to move forward as fast as possible.||Camera drone is focused more on hovering in order to get a clearer image or a high-quality video.|
The Differences in Design
A video/photography quadcopter usually has 4 motors configured in an X-pattern with an equal space between each motor.
A racing drone has its 4 motors in an H-pattern to help the drone move forward and not upward. Due to the lighter weight and electric motors, the drone can move with a greater speed and swiftness.
Components of a Typical FPV Racing Quadcopter
- Air Frame
- 4 motors + spares
- 4 ESCs + spares
- 4 props + lots of spares
- RC Flight controller
- Lithium-polymer (LiPo) battery + spares
- FPV Video transmitter (vTx) and receiver (vRx)
- Radio Control transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx)
- Battery straps
- FPV goggles
- Board camera for FPV feed
- HD camera for recording (optional, adds weight)
Durability And Repairability
In normal flying conditions, the crashes are very rare. Unless you’re planning on piloting the drone somewhere with extreme weather conditions, you can go for a more budget-friendly drone option that puts less emphasis on damage resistance.
During races, you’re bound to crash your drone at least once. Thus, drones designed for racing come with a lot of extra features like wind stabilization, carbon-fiber struts, prop guards and frame padding.
Fun fact: around 25% of people who buy their first drone manage to crash it within the first week.
4 Toughest and Most Durable Drones on the Market
- DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter
- DJI T600 Inspire 1
- Blade Nano QX 7680
- WL Toys V262 Cyclone Quadcopter
Financial Side of the Question
Price range for regular drones:
- Amateur – from $40 to $500
- Professional – from $400 to $1500
Price range for racing drones:
- Amateur – from $200 to $700
- Professional – from $1000
What’s So Special about Racing Drones
Contrary to the usual drone piloting experience, when you observe your flying friend from the ground, racing drones give you a whole different perspective. It is almost a VR experience. Your headset allows you to receive live pictures from the camera, which helps you make split-second decisions during races.
Top 5 Picks for Racing Drones
- Walkera F210 Professional Racer
- Arris X-Speed 250
- Arris FPV250
- Vortex 250 PRO
- Eachine Wizard X220
Piloting a drone is a unique experience, no matter what type of drone you go with but it is important to pick the one that suits your needs the best. So choose wisely.