BIND N FLY / RTF
The iFlight Evoque, Diatone Roma F5 V2, and GEPRC Mark 5 are all extremely closely matched in terms of performance and durability. Frankly, you won’t go wrong with any of them. They’ve all got very capable ESC, flight controller, and motors. They’re all available in either a DJI FPV version or an analog version. So let’s focus on the things that set them apart.
The Evoque has awesome LED light pipes on the side plates and bottoms of the arms. It’s got 20 mm-sized FC and ESC, which are usually less durable than 30mm-sized ones on the Diatone and GEPRC, although I haven’t heard any specific complaints about the Evoque blowing up ESC’s. If you buy the analog version of the Evoque, it’s got the weakest video transmitter, at 600 mW. That’s enough to get the job done, but the Diatone and GEPRC are stronger. I was most impressed with the Evoque’s flight characteristics, although all three were very good.
The Roma V2 is the lightest of the three. The V2 version fixed the “arm breaking” problem that the V1 had, but the arms are still relatively thin and may not be as durable as the other two. The analog version has a 1000 mW video transmitter. To me, the Roma is the budget option.
The GEPRC Mark 5 is, at the time of this writing, the most expensive. The frame is thoughtfully designed. It’s got a tough aluminum front end and a clever split top deck that allows maintenance without removing the HD camera mount. The GEPRC seems to me like the best option if you’re willing to pay a little bit more. The frame design is my favorite of the three. The analog version has a 1600 mW video transmitter, the highest of the bunch.
The “Vannystyle” is based on Alex Vanover’s signature frame. He’s known as one of the fastest racing pilots in the world, but he’s also an incredible freestyle pilot. The Vannystyle frame has 6mm arms for maximum durability and stiffness. The no-frills design of the quad keeps weight reasonable and makes for snappy, responsive flight. Alex’s motors have all the punch and power that a racing pilot would expect. The biggest objection some people will have to the Vannystyle is its price. It’s way more expensive than the Nazgul or the Roma, and its specs are similar, or in some cases worse (e.g. F4 processor vs. F7). This is because Vannystyle is hand-built by technicians in Orlando, Florida, with a custom PID tune designed by Vanover himself, and backed by Rotor Riot’s support. Some people will be willing to pay a premium for that; others won’t.
When iFlight released the Evoque, I assumed the Nazgul V2 would be discontinued. Which was a shame, because the Nazgul was such great price-per-performance value. So imagine my delight when they kept making it!
The Nazgul V2 is about $50 less than the Evoque. The motors are iFlight’s Xing-E budget line, which is still excellent. The FC and ESC are 30mm size instead of the Evoque’s 20mm, which is an upgrade as far as I’m concerned. And the video transmitter goes up to 800 mW — plenty! The frame is a bit bulkier than the Evoque, and it lacks the Evoque’s flashy light pipes. But I half-suspect that the arms of the Nazgul V2 are more durable than the Evoque because they don’t have a light-pipe channel down the middle.
In other words, the Nazgul is an incredibly solid 5″ freestyle quad at a really compelling price.
Oh right. It’s analog video only. DJI isn’t available in this model.