Wondering what to buy to get started with FPV drones? Here's my list (click on words below images above) of recommended "best value" FPV drone gear. By "best value," I mean this stuff maximizes quality per unit of cost. It's also gear which is somewhat "future-proof" in that once purchased, you'll be able to have a great FPV experience using it without the need to upgrade anytime soon. This also means, you'll be saving some of your hard-earned cash!
The gear above is organized in the order I recommend purchasing it (if you're not able to get it all at once). For example, I'd recommend getting a good-value future proof transmitter first. Over time, you'll find yourself flying several different quadcopters, however, your transmitter should remain the same. I'd recommend getting a good flight simulator to go along with your transmitter next. By simulator, I'm not talking about a "game," although simulators ARE a blast! I'm talking about something that actually simulates flight of an FPV quadcopter realistically. With a simulator you can practice (and have fun) at anytime, day or night, good weather or bad, without breaking anything!
When you're able, I'd recommend getting a best-value bind-and-fly (BNF) quad. BNF just means it comes with a receiver already installed. You'll want to make sure the type receiver installed on the BNF quad uses a protocol (language) compatible with your transmitter (transmitters with multi-protocol modules are usually able to bind and communicate with most receivers). I recommend starting with a whoop-type quad or a "micro" quad (one that spins 3" props or less). There are a few advantages of doing this. One is the cost. Whoops and micros are usually much less expensive than larger quads which spin 5" props. Also, their batteries and spare parts (such as props) are less expensive. Another advantage is whoop-type quads (with ducts or prop guards) are usually safer to fly around people and objects especially when first learning FPV (the props don't hit anything!). Finally, whoops and micro quads can fly in tighter and smaller spaces than 5" quads. You won't necessarily need a large field to fly. You may even be able to fly your whoop inside your house (don't try this with a 5" quad!)!
FPV goggles will likely be your most expensive purchase in this hobby. There are two types, box-style goggles and compact-style goggles. For the best FPV experience, you'll eventually want compact-style goggles however they tend to be more expensive than box-style. I've provided options for each of these type goggles in this Best Value FPV Drone Gear list which may meet your needs.
This Best Value FPV Drone Gear list is updated periodically with what I consider to be the best value gear at the time. The most recent update was July 2021.
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