If you're looking for a FPV beginner kit we recommend checking out the BetaFPV Cetus Pro. This micro RTF drone is perfect for beginners and comes with everything you need to get started in FPV (First Person View) drone racing freestyle.
BetaFPV Cetus Pro Kit Package
1 Cetus Pro Brushless Quadcopter
1 LiteRadio2 SE Transmitter (Frsky D8 Protocol)
1 VR02 FPV Goggles
2 BT2.0 450mAh 1S Lipo Battery
1 BT2.0 Battery Charger and Voltage Tester
1 USB Charging Cable (Type-C)
1 Type-C Adapter
1 Prop Removal Tool
4 40mm 3-blade Props
2 User Manual
1 Portable Storage Bag
1 Phillips Screwdriver
The package from BetaFPV is awesome. You get a really nice hard carry case and everything you need fits inside. Having compact box for your gear is understated how much usefull it can be. It fits perfectly in my FPV Backpack. Nice touch BetaFPV.
In the case you get the drone radio transmitter, usb charger, two batteries, some spare props a charging cable and an fpv headset.
I was sent an additional four batteries for a total of six. I highly recommend buying extra batteries so your sessions won't be cut short. I was also sent this six
port battery charger for charging 6 batteries in parallel.
CETUS PRO FPV KIT FEATURES
The Cetus Pro is a micro quadcopter that weighs just over 33 grams without batteries. It's fully assembled and ready to fly right out of the box, so you don't have to worry about putting it together yourself. It's perfect for beginners starting to learn FPV. In combination with FPV sims Cetus Pro will get you fast along FPV learning curve.
It's got this smooth durable plastic that's very forgiving in crashes. The 4-in-1 stack ESC/FC/RX/VTX is well protected inside. There are sensors which help it with position and altitude hold and there's an fpv camera connected to 25 milliwatt video transmitter built in.
I genuinely enjoy flying the Cetus Pro and was impressed by its agile handling and how responsive the controls are. 1S 450mAh lithium battery gives you around 4 minutes of flight time.
The Cetus powerful micro brushless motors provide plenty of thrust to zipp around freestyle flying. Beta fpv uses a simple motor replacement system, on the bottom you just basically buy the replacement motor and you plug it in. No soldering needed. It's a very simple replacement system that beginners can easily figure out and install themselves.
We were also satisfied with the video transmission quality, taking in account it's a micro budget drone, the range in around 80-90 meters was clear and free of interference.
Experienced pilots looking for a challenge will appreciate the drone's fast speed mode, which unlocks the Cetus full potential. This mode is not for beginners, but pro flyers will find it exhilarating. I hope that, in the future, there will be a way to adjust throttle curve in the software so that it is more linear and not as sensitive once you go above 50%.
The Cetus Pro comes with three different flight modes that are controlled by a switch on the drone's transmitter. The three flight modes are as follows:
- Normal Mode: This is the practicing mode recommended for novice pilots. In Normal Mode, the drone's stabilization system will keep it level even if you let go of the sticks. This makes it easy to fly and is great for beginners.
- Sport Mode: Mode disables the stabilization system and allows you to perform acrobatic manoeuvres that would otherwise be impossible. This mode is recommended for experienced pilots who want to push the limits of their flying skills.
- Manual Mode: Acro Mode disables all the stabilization system, making the drone harder to fly but more responsive. This mode is recommended for experienced pilots.
The Altitude Hold feature allows auto-hovering. CetusPro can hover without any pilot input. The barometer/laser system allows for accurate and stable positioning, making the drone hover indoors very stable.
I noticed that the drone needs to be calibrated quite often for self-leveling
to work optimaly. If i don't calibrate it at the beginning of each flying session it might drift to one side.
- Slow Mode: This is the default speed mode recommended for beginners. Slow mode limits the drone's maximum speed to make it easier and safer to fly.
- Medium Mode: Medium Mode increases the drone's maximum speed, making it more agile and responsive. This mode is recommended for experienced pilots who can handle faster responses.
- Fast Mode: Fast Mode unlocks the drone's full potential, making it extremely fast and agile. This mode is only recommended for experienced pilots where you can push the Cetus to the max.
I have mostly flown in fast/acro mode, and I can say the brushless motors can push really nice. Be aware that you will drain the battery significantly more when pushing the drone to the limits - expect 2 minutes of fast acro flying.
- Motor cutoffs: The drone's motors will automatically shut off if they overheat, ensuring they don't get damaged.
- Low battery protection: The drone will automatically land when the battery is low, preventing you from crashing.
- Propeller guards: The included propeller guards help to protect the drone and its surroundings from damage.
I've crashed the quad few times at high speed and it handled it really good. Had no major repairs. So if you need a small drone to start learning FPV you're safe Cetus Pro is great candidate.
Besides safety features there is a turtle mode if you end up upside down. Turtle mode lets you flip the quad back to the right way up and there's a dedicated switch for that on the transmitter. Learn it, it will come handy.
I genuinely enjoy flying the Cetus Pro and was impressed by its agile handling and how responsive the controls are with BetaFPV Tx.
The Cetus powerful 18000KV micro brushless motors provide plenty of thrust for practicing and freestyle flying. The included 1S 450mAh lipo battery gives you around 4 minutes of flight time.
We were also satisfied with the video transmission quality, taking in account it's a micro budget drone, the range in around 80 meters was clear and free of interference.
Pilots looking for a challenge will appreciate the drone's fast speed mode, which unlocks the quadcopter's full potential. This mode is not for beginners, but experienced flyers will find it exhilarating. I hope that, in the future, there will be a way to adjust throttle curve in the software so that it is more linear and not as sensitive once you go above 50%.
Flight Controller Configurator
The Cetus Pro comes with a configurator that makes it easy to change the drone's flight settings. This configurator can be accessed via the included micro USB cable, and it's a great way to fine-tune the quadcopter to your liking.
The configurator is also used to update the drone's firmware, which is important for keeping your drone up-to-date with the latest security and performance enhancements. Although this configurator is a simpler version of Betaflight, it's still not the most user-friendly.
I hope they continue to work on improving it in the future. Right now, it lacks some options, such as throttle curve adjustment (the throttle response is a bit sensitive at the top half) and the option to disable low voltage auto landing.
Goggles feel lightweight and small, they provide decent experience for entry level budget goggles. The FPV goggles are comfortable to wear and have a wide field of view, making it easy to keep track of the drone.
Unfortunately it doesn't have a DVR to get a video feed into an external
recorder so my flight footage in this review is going to be recorded with Orqa FPV Goggles.
This FPV goggles might not work for you if you wear glasses, as there's no focal length adjustment or way to use diopter lenses. They have a built-in battery that can be recharged through the USB-C connector.
Because the antenna is hidden inside the goggles, there are no external signs, making it much more convenient to use and transport. Additionally, the video link range is very good; I have had no problem flying it in different rooms of my house. Furthermore, it actually outperforms radio links, so you are likely to get a failsafe before losing videos altogether.
The Radio Controller
The Cetus Pro comes with a radio controller that makes it easy to fly the drone. The gamepad style transmitter looks and feels good. The gimbals are surprisingly nice for a budget transmitter.
In addition, the controller has a comfortable grip, and the sticks are responsive, making it easy to control the quadcopter. You can also use it to play various FPV Simulators.
Battery and Charger
The Cetus Pro comes with high voltage 1S lithium cell which means they charge to 4.35 volts instead of the usual 4.2. ...., powerful enough to fly up to 3-4 minutes.
The charger is also high quality, and it can charge 6 bats in paralel in around 1 hour.
- Frame: Cetus Pro Brushless Whoop Frame
- Flight controller: Lite 1-2S Pro brushless FC
- VTX: 25mW
- Camera tilt degree: 30°
- Camera: C02 FPV Micro Camera
- Transmitter: Literadio2 SE Transmitter
- Goggles: VR02 Goggles
- Motor: 1102-18000KV Brushless motor
- Propeller: 40mm 3-blade 1.5mm shaft hole
- Flight time: 4-5min
- Flight distance: 80m
- Positioning system: Optical flow/ Barometer/ Laser
- Height positioning: Laser/ Barometer
- Position locating: Optical flow (effective height 0.3-3m)
The Cetus Pro is a great drone for both beginners and experienced pilots. It's easy to fly, and it comes with a variety of features that make it fun to use. Well for 230 dollars you're getting an fpv quad that can take you from total noob to fairly skilled in gradual steps. Thanks to the three flight modes with various levels of assistance. You're also getting the transmitter the headset, batteries everything you need. And it's ready to fly right out of the box. So in terms of value for money it's
really appealing and it flies really great.