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This Insta360 One R drone is also surprisingly good at freestyle acrobatics (BetaFPV X-Knight 360 sample video)

Insta360 One R drone is also excellent for acrobatics
Insta360 One R drone is also excellent for acrobatics

Can a cinematic FPV drone be just as good or possibly even better for freestyle?  X-Knight 360 is an “invisible” 360 camera drone for Insta360 One R.  You can capture 360 videos without the drone visible in the shot.  What I didn’t expect is that it would also have amazing freestyle capability.

Here’s a sample video where I intentionally turned off the stabilization so you could see how the drone was flying:

I first got the analog version of the X-Knight 360 to shoot aerial 360 videos.  I took it for some quick test flights and I really liked how well it flew so I decided I was going to upgrade it to digital.  Fortunately, Racedayquads had a sale on the X-Knight and I was able to get a digital one at a big discount.  I was going to sell the analog X-Knight but as I flew more with the X-Knight and pushed it further and further, I was surprised that I found it to have incredible freestyle performance.

For those who are new to FPV, FPV drones are designed for racing, long range, freestyle, or cinematic videos.  Freestyle drones are designed for agility while cinematic FPV drones are designed for stability.  X-Knight 360 is a cinematic FPV drone designed to carry the Insta360 One R.  It had to be slim enough to be invisible to the One R’s own camera. With those design constraints, I assumed that they had to compromise on its performance.  Instead, I found that it also had amazing agility for freestyle.  In the video above, you can see that even with a power dive or power loop, I get no prop wash.  The X-Knight may be even more agile than the popular iFlight Nazgul5, although it is not as durable.

The X-Knight flew so well that I figured I probably couldn’t find another freestyle quad that could fly as well for the price that I could sell it for.  So I kept the analog one — to fly it even without the One R.

Although X-Knight flies very well, its 360 videos are not perfect.  If you look along the sides of the video, you’ll see some waviness.  I don’t think it is jello per se, but seems to be the propellers.  Moreover, when I do a flip or roll, the propellers become visible momentarily.   I’m going to test further if there are settings that can eliminate the waviness.  Another issue is that the X-Knight has a stretched X frame and 5-inch props, so it is quite wide — too wide for me to comfortably fly in small indoor spaces.  Instead, for indoor flying, I’ll be posting a review of the Newbeedrone Invisi360.  Meanwhile, here’s a preview of the Invsi360.

X-Knight 360 is start at around $269 for the analog version and $369 for the digital version.