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If this will be your first time ordering from Banggood, you should know a few things.

Cinewhoop’s are a newer class of drone designed to carry a small HD camera (GoPro or Insta) typically in subject driven cinematic settings with ducts or prop guards to protect the subject from prop strikes.

There were some very significant improvements made in flight performance during 2021, mainly in motor sizing (shifting from tall narrow motors to short fat ones) but also in frame design (removable arms which deal with vibrations better and are much more serviceable) and duct design (molded for better durability and more aerodynamic for better flight performance).

Prop Size Selection
The main deciding factor for which prop size to go with (2.5″ vs 3″ vs 3.5″) is payload, so for naked GoPro’s/Bones or DJi Action 2 a 2.5″ to 3″ prop is recommended and then for a 100+ gram camera like the GoPro Hero’s a 3″ or 3.5″ prop will be a better choice. Efficiency is another factor here and may help you narrow down your choice as bigger props will typically get you longer run times with the sacrifice of a bigger frame and more weight.

Motor selection
When cinewhoops first came out there were very few micro motors with enough stator volume to lift such a heavy platform, and the only real options were 1408’s and 1507’s. These are extremely tall and narrow motors which were fine on the 250ish gram rigs they were designed for but they run into a problem with cooling on heavy builds where you need a minimum of 500 grams of thrust all the time to just get off the ground. The solution was a much wider flatter stator commonly called “pancake” motors, so all of the recommendations here are for 2004 – 2304 motors which make a truly incredible improvement in the performance of these rigs.

Ducted vs Prop Guards
There are many opinions on the duct vs prop guard debate but one of the main factors to consider is the safety of your subject, so if you will be flying around talent a duct is a must but if flying around cars or talent with gear on to protect against prop strikes a guard will more than likely be sufficient.
There is very little to no thrust increase from ducts since it’s almost impossible to get the gap between the tip of the prop and the wall of the duct tight enough without seriously impacting the reliability, and the height of the ducts do negatively effect the

Light weight vs Heavy Weight
As more and more cinewhoops were released many manufacturers focused on durability which increased the weight and noise (more thrust = more noise) significantly while negatively impacting flight performance. The extra weight causes the cinewhoop to “slide” around much more making hitting tight gaps consistently more difficult so there’s a definite compromise to that extra durability much like with heavier 650+ gram freestyle builds. These heavier cinewhoops would make sense for flying freestyle and bashing into things or for racing but we don’t really see them being used for that very frequently so they’ve been left off of this page.

Thanks to Ahren Ciotti for his help picking parts for this list. Ciotti is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable with this class of quadcopter, and I couldn’t have made this page without him. Please visit his YouTube channel and website – CiottiFPV.com.

BIND N FLY / RTF

GEPRC CINELOG 25

Purchase at RaceDayQuads – Analog / DJI FPV
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Purchase at NewBeeDrone – Analog / DJI FPV
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Purchase at Amazon – Analog / DJI FPV

GEPRC CINELOG 30

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GEPRC CINELOG 35

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IFLIGHT BUMBLEBEE V3

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SHENDRONE SLAMMED SQUIRT V2

Purchase at Quad Standard Lab (US) – Analog / DJI FPV
Purchase at Rotorgeeks (CA) – Analog / DJI FPV
Purchase at Hobbybitz (UK) – Analog / DJI FPV

CIOTTI’S PERFECT CINEWHOOP BUILD

In many scenarios the highest priority flight characteristic of a cinewhoop is pinpoint accuracy and repeatability to help with hitting the same line over and over again, the best way to achieve this is to add lightness. My Perfect Build does this by running the lightest components possible that will still comfortably carry a full size Hero 6/8/9/10 for 5ish minutes (although run time depends heavily on how much ground you cover and your battery choice.)

I have chosen to stick with 4s rather than 6s because this powertrain doesn’t draw enough amperage to benefit from the higher voltage of 6s and the lower 4s voltage is much easier on all of the electronics. Since cinewhoops are commonly flown around talent, reliability is very high on the list of priorities which has also driven my choice of a premium FC/ESC combo. You could easily run this build on a less expensive lighter weight ESC like the Diatone Mamba F30MINI but I personally wouldn’t trust that for a paying gig.

Another strong point of the Cinesplore is the different duct choices which are available to perfectly dial in your build for each gig. The best all around option is from Stan FPV and injection molded but there are many other options like the tall Reptile/Cloud 149 duct for slower speeds, the FPV Cycle v4 duct for maximum speed, or various options on Thingiverse that you can print yourself. The thinner ducts do fly “better” but offer MUCH less protection from prop strikes and are much less durable which IMO is unacceptable for use around talent. Also keep in mind that if you’ll be flying in tight spaces the taller ductswill keep you from sliding around as much and are definitely preferred.

STAN FPV PROXY EXT DUCTED
3″ PROP GUARDS

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GLARKS M2 x 10x 3.5MM FEMALE THREADED
KNURLED BRASS INSERTS

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TATTU R-LINE
1050MAH 95C 4S XT60

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GNB
850mAh 4S 80C/160C – XT30

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OLD SCHOOL COOL SQUIRT BUILD

The Shendrones Squirt was the first cinewhoop to hit the scene and the v2 did receive some improvements to bring it a bit more up to date with some of its competitors. The availability of parts and the breadth of knowledge/experience available are the main reasons this build is being included here and it is a solid enough choice to still be used by many professionals.

SHEN DRONES SQUIRT V2 3″
CINEWHOOP FRAME

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SHEN DRONE SQUIRT V2
3D PRINTED TPU DUCT SET

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