How would you like a drone that can capture any angle while being totally invisible in the video? BetaFPV X-Knight 360 is the first FPV drone by a major manufacturer that is designed specifically to capture an aerial 360 or non-360 video without the drone in the shot, using an Insta360 One R (reviewed here). Here are sample videos:
FPV drones or freestyle drones are drones that are highly maneuverable and have a camera to provide the pilot with a first person view using googles. Unlike consumer drones from DJI and Parrot which use GPS to keep the drone stable, FPV drones are controlled entirely by the pilot, which makes them much more difficult to fly, but also makes it possible to perform aerobatic movements that would be impossible on a consumer drone.
When you combine the maneuverability of FPV drones with the infinite variety of angles of a 360 camera, then you can capture amazing perspectives. But now there are new 360 camera FPV drones that are designed to capture aerial 360 videos without the drone in the shot. The latest such 360 camera FPV drone is X-Knight 360.
Whereas previous 360 camera FPV drones have been designed by individual FPV pilots, the X-Knight 360 is made by a major FPV manufacturer. It is designed specifically for the Insta360 One R, a modular 360 camera. The X-Knight takes advantage of the One R’s modularity to save weight by removing the One R’s battery. Instead, the One R will be powered by the X-Knight’s battery. BetaFPV also created a low-profile battery that was sufficiently powerful yet would still be invisible in the shot.
But how good is the X-Knight 360? Here are hands-on first impressions of the X-Knight by Nurk FPV, a renowned FPV racer and YouTuber.
I hope BetaFPV improves the design of the X-Knight to make it more durable. I also hope that other FPV manufacturers take notice and create their own 360 camera FPV drones.
WHERE TO BUY; MORE INFO ABOUT FPV
X-Knight 360 is available for purchase from Insta360, with or without the One R, or direct from BetaFPV, either $249 with an analog camera, or $359 with the digital Caddx Nebula Nano HD camera, which is compatible with DJI’s digital FPV goggles. Note: the battery is not included and is currently out of stock. If you want to know more about FPV drones, check out Basic FPV, a site I created that has information for beginners.