The FUS X111 Pro is a fully ducted micro 2.5 inch quadcopter capable of carrying a small HD camera for safe and stead HD recording. It differs to other products in the market by being considerably lighter and cheaper. Presently it retails for $99 on Banggood which is substantially less than other cinewhoops and codes can often be found on my Coupons and Discounts Page for further discounts
After being pleasantly surprised by the value and performance of the $85 FUS Spartan V3 (review here) I was keen to try out their lightweight take on a cinewhoop - the X111Pro. Unlike typical 3 inch cinewhoop options like the Eachine CVATAR I reviewed here the X11pro uses an all in one ESC and FC board and smaller 1106 motors paired with smaller 2.5 inch prop in a much lighter frame, The hope is that this will be quieter and more efficient that the 3 inch cinewhoops where these are common complaints
A Closer look at the specs
The FUS X111Pro does not come with a receiver so you'll need to add your own. I chose to use the reliable FRSKY XM+ receiver but of course others are compatible as well. See below for how I installed. Click any image to embiggen
And more information on the brief but useful instructions included here:
Since there was no real customisation of the betaflight version 4.1.1 that this shipped with, I didn't feel bad updating to my standard RPM filter settings. See below for key screen grabs and a copy of the CLI diff all I'm using.
Other interesting things about this quadcopter:
Performance and payload
The core purpose of this type of quad is to record smooth HD footage on a rig that is safe for people (hence the padded ducts). Since this has no native HD recording via DJI HD nor a split cam the lightest camera I had access to was a 56g runcam 5 as pictured below. I had to ghetto rig a piece of foam until I can track down the STL file for the TPU wedge mount shown on the product page (See below)
As you can clearly see I have just shown the raw footage here with no stabilisation and clearly I'm still learning so far as cinematic flying goes
Above is an early flight on 3s 550mah. Not enough power nor capacity and really affected by the wind.
Much better! 4s 650mah battery was a huge improvement, even with a light breeze. This flight was 4.5 minutes with the Runcam 5 coming down at 3.8v (rested) per cell.
For this flight I used CNHL 3s 550mah batteries and these are the lower limits Id recommend for size due to the weight loading make these small motors inefficient (typical for a cinewhoop). 2 minutes for this and similar flights which is too short. I'd probably recommend a 3s 850mah battery or even 4s 650-850mah for best performance such as the options below. Update: I've been spending more time with 4s 650mah batteries and they are *perfect* more power for better control and feeling planted plus good battery life at around 4.5 - 5 minutes as per the DVR below.
What is the best HD camera option?
Personally I think the Runcam 5 is too heavy. Update: Runcam 5 is actually fine with the 4s 650mah battery as mentioned above. Check out my updated video above! The below cams are obviously a lot lighter though so you could expect an improvement to flight time.
Check out the above from the FUS X111pro product page - looks like an HD version with built-on runcam split nano 3 may be on the way...
Conclusions and Recommendations
The FUS X111pro cinewhoop is a surprisingly good little cinewhoop by you must get the right battery - a change to the right size has made me re-write this review. 3s 550mah was poor whereas 4s 650mah gave me more control, much better flight time and better ability to navigate a light breeze.
Although still loud, the X111pro it is much quieter and lighter than other cinewhoops which is a definite bonus. The frame is extremely lightweight but seemingly well designed and given the type of gentle cinematic flying intended shouldn't be an issue here. Replacement frames are available here and are only about $20. I love the simplicity and fit for purposeness of the electronics - they are simple but reliable and very familiar so should work without a lot of fuss.
What tips a decision strongly in favour of this little quad though is price. At $99 there is no other cinewhoop that comes anywhere close. There is also a great deal of versatility with HD cam options - built in options such as DJI VISTA Nebula and Runcam nano 3 are directly supported as are any of the discrete options other than perhaps a full sized gopro.
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