iFlight BumbleBee Cinewhoop Review | Hit or Miss

iFlight BumbleBee Cinewhoop Review | Hit or Miss


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“What should you take our well-liked MegaBee body and optimize it in each element? You get the BumbleBee!”& The BumbleBee is a collaboration between iFlight and Laurent Athenol who's the maker of the BeeBumper body. This BNF has acquired combined critiques from reviewers being outperformed by a lot of the competitors whereas at a better worth level. This cinewhoop is made for angle mode cinematic flying, whereas flying regular and clean it performs like a beast, as quickly as you begin going wild on the stick it bucks you off like a wild horse

The cinewhoop comes as a BNF for analog and DJI. We received the analog 4S model which would be the cheaper choice costing you round 300$. You possibly can selected your receiver that may come preinstalled and tucked away in a 3d printed half. On the iFlight site you will get accerories like TPU GoPro mounts and ND filters, for those who dont personal a 3D printer this can be a should since a cinewhoop is supposed to seize HD footage.

IFlight's BumbleBee is the one most succesful cinewhoop available on the market by specs, solely out-speced by the Holybro Kopis CineWhoop for a simmilar worth.&



Flight Controller

SucceX-E mini F4 FC


Foam duct protectors
T700 High quality Carbon


40A BLHeli32 four in 1 ESC


300 mW max energy


XING 1408 4S 3600KV / 6S 2800KV

Digital camera

Caddx Ratel, 2.1mm

Package deal Consists of

1x BumbleBee Prebuilt Quadcopter

2x TPU digital camera aspect plate smooth mount

2x Nazgul 3040 Propeller (Set of four - Colour Might Differ)

1x iFlight Lipo Strap&

Construct High quality

The quadcopter got here properly protected in its field, it got here with additional units of props and a few additional screws. It additionally got here with an 90 diploma micro usb adapter which is used to accces the FC. The DJI model comes with a usb-c adapter since its FC and AirUnit use usb-c.

The quadcopter is colour matched with its 3d printed elements in black and yellow making it visually interesting, typically making it seem like a toy which it's undoubtedly not. The body it self is a unibody design, which means in case you break an arm it's a must to exchange the entire prime or backside plate. The design of the body it self is fairly easy, simply two plates with standoffs to help the froth and 3d printed PLA ducts.&

One of many most important issues with this body design is that if you wish to work on the quadcopter, you need to take off the entire prime plate held by 12 screws, however lets be trustworthy you'll do this no more than twice. The actual drawback is that the ducts are PLA and never TPU. In a number of crashes the PLA ducts are the primary to crack, than the body. To be trustworthy the PLA ducts aren't even crucial they only add weight and after taking them off you save about 50 grams and add some a lot wanted thrust.

To study extra about cinewhoops and their design take a look at our cinematic fpv drone Information.

FlightController + ESC + VTX Stack

All iFlights merchandise use their electronics, love them or hate them, the Succex-e stack is one compelling 20x20 stack. The market is full of 20x20 F4 + BLHeli_32 ESC stacks, however the iFlights makes me assured that it wont fail on me like a number of the mamba stacks are recognized to. Having BLHeli_32 is a large plus, with the ability to run RPM filtering and 48KHz, which sould be your first two modifications on this quadcopter. The FC has 8Mb of storage for blackbox and has UARTs for LED in case you want to add them.&

The entire stack is suspended on gummies, this can be a genereal development with all micros that the stack is considerably freeflowing. The ESC comes with a low ESR capacitor preinstalled.&

The VTX is related to the antenna by way of MMCX pigtail, the the RP-SMA connector is held by a TPU mount which isn't preferrred because the TPU has flex the vibrations allways unscrew the RP-SMA connector and make it unfastened, that typically produces noise within the video feed. My suggestion is so as to add washers and tighten it as a lot as you'll be able to with out breaking the mount. Its not an enormous deal however when you fly extra then three packs at a time it'll come undone.

Digital camera

The Caddx Ratel is among the greatest cameras available on the market proper now. Paired with a 2.1mm lens it's good for cinematic flying. The 1.6mm lens can be too extensive and branches can be exhausting to identify. They might have used a decrease finish digital camera and it might be positive, however this simply goes to point out how a lot good gear they've put in!


That is the place it will get bizarre, iFight is know for its unibell design motors, and there have been examples of a twin/uni-bell motors across the web. The place the motor appears the identical as their NexGen motor that's unibell however has a visual meeting line that signifies that it isnt unibell.&

IFlight has modified their motors because the BumbleBee got here out and the model 1.three contains a new 1408 motor that's larger and looses its curved design. Each variations supply the identical KV and will carry out about the identical. The iFlight NexGen motors are probably the greatest within the business, they need to be on par and even higher than any available on the market proper now.

The NexGen motors are actually clean and actually fairly. They do get fairly scorching at any tune and prop combo, that may be a given because of the energy/weight ratio of cinewhoops. The previous 1507 motor provides extra torqe in comparison with the brand new 1408, however you actually dont want torqe on a cinewhoop soo the 1408 must be the higher selection.

Soo why does it fly soo dangerous?

The quadcopter on paper seems prefer it ought to be the most effective, deisgned by the cinewhoop grasp Laurent Athenol this quadcopter was sopposed to be the top all greatest in school cinewhoop. There are a couple of explenations why the quadcopter flies soo dangerous however an important is: "this isn't a freestyle quad, however a software to seize footage" when utilized in that context it's fairly good at its job. When individuals first get it they begin doing flips and rolls and get dissapointed on the efficiency, however this factor is soo heavy it could barelly fly and its sopposed to be.&

When flying near the bottom the leaves and soiled air produces alot of propwash and the footage is simply unusably unstable. The quad is visibly strugeling to maintain up.

After & months of testing and tuning I've finnaly achieved what I factor is one of the best it could possibly fly with BetaFlight. First off change props, Ive examined 6 totally different units and the Gemfan Flash 3052 have been those with the least propwash whereas cruising. The wind is a large issue with a cinewhoop, even a weak gust will intrude.&

To get one of the best efficiency you wil should flash the most recent model of BLHeli_32 and Betaflight. Set the PWM Frequency to 48Khz, allow RPM filtering and disable airmode. On newer variations of betaflight the tune isn't a think about flight efficiency, what you need to give attention to is filtering. Attempt experimenting with filtering however you should not slide all the best way to the fitting because the entire body is one massive bell resonanting vibrations, filtering is absolutely essential on this quadcopter even with the entire stack suspended in gummies.

After the setting utilized and new props put in the BumbleBee performs identical to the cinewhoop is was meant to bee!


The iFlight BumbleBee will probably be remembered because the one of many worst three" cinewhoops being outperformed by allmost all competitors whereas being costlier and heavier. However the platform has potential, we've seen many information on thingyverse with actual ducts for three" props that ought to give this quadcopter the thrust it desperately wants. The primary query is do you have to purchase it? And the reply may dissapoint you. Propably not, Cinewhoops are instruments not toys, made to seize HD footage and never rip at a subject. When you dont have time and endurance to tame this beast you must look elsewhere. Take a look at our information on CineWhoops to see which is the perfect on your wants.

HGLRC Sector 132

Beneficial BNF Drone


This can be a nice various for subject enjoyable flying and flies superb out of the field, if you need you possibly can add the propguards and it turns into a CineWhoop!