Today we’ll be reviewing the Cinebee 75HD bind and fly cinewhoop from iFlight. Cinebee is a relatively small model that resembles a tiny whoop but it has to be a little bit bigger because it’s to house a HD and FPV camera all in one system. The whole point of the Cinewhoop is super smooth footage, and we’ll be checking out if Cinebee is up to the task.
We’ve reviewed and flown quite a few of these whoops, cinewhoop style quads, and some of them have got an HD camera on, like the CADDX Turtle V2. And some are just straightforward tiny whoops with a simple FPV camera flying on maybe 2S.
They’re all really good at what they do, but there’s the problem: people’s expectations are quite different and you can’t expect a quad like Cinebee to behave like a 3 or 5 inch quad.
Just bolting on more powerful motors and an HD camera doesn’t suddenly give you a quad that’s an all-rounder. There’s less mass and the frame will flex more and the ducts affect the airflow and you will get strange effects like weird yawning and propwash.
That doesn’t mean they aren’t fun to fly, it just means you can’t judge them quite the same as a full acro or full racer quad.
And if I’m honest the 2S simple FPV Tiny Whoops, like the Trashcan or Mobula 7, that are really light with less powerful motors, are just nicer to fly.
Adding an HD camera and more power just tips the balance on same performance.
But this iFlight Cinebee is totally brilliant at what it’s designed for. Capturing that slow smooth HD footage in that cinewhoop style, while cursing around and exploring tight spaces or just flying around soft targets.
Sure you can get some acro maneuvers out of it, but don’t expect too much.
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WHAT IS IN THE BOX?
You get all the usual stuff in the box: the quad itself, some spare screws and bolts, and the CADX OSD joystick.
And it comes fitted with these Gemfan 1635, 40 millimeter 3-blade props.
Spare set of HQ 1.6×1.6 x 4 blade props.
The HQ props give you smoother vibration-free footage, but they’re not quite as punchy.
Also you get a couple of spare battery straps which are different lengths to accommodate different sized batteries depending on whether you’re using 2 or 3S lipo’s, that’s a nice little touch.
You can order this with either black or white ducts.
You can have the FrSky mini XM+ or R-XSR the FS-A8S v2, the FT4X mini FASST S.BUS, the RM601X DSM2/DSMX and there’s even a TBS Crossfire Nano RX option.
I’m using XM+ version, and it’s nicely secured by 3d printed protection on Cinebee.
The combination of the dual one millimeter carbon frame and the plastic ducks is just perfect for this type of quad to stop the frame flex, and it not being too heavy.
Neatly fitted between the top and the bottom frame is the awesome SucceX F4 flight stack that I’ve reviewed before. It’s an STM32F411, MPU6000 gyro on flight controller board.
And a couple of UARTS and the Betaflight OSD. It uses the Maytag F411 target build for Betaflight.
On the bottom just down here all neatly soldered in is the 12 amp ESC board that’s capable of being powered by either 2 3 or 4S.
It supports PWM, oneshot125, multishot, dshot150, 300 and 600.
The VTX up here is power switchable between PIT/25/100 and 200mW using IRC Tramp smart audio protocol, using the beta flight OSD.
And it’s all really nicely designed and built.
The receivers fitted between the frames in here and held in this 3d printed mount that also holds the VTX dipole antenna and you’ve got the receiver antennas coming out here with these protectors. Very neat design.
Underneath there’s this injection molded plastic base that protects the CAD X board which is mounted diagonally under here. and there’s a small clip just there this stops the SD card popping out on hard landing. Quite a nice feature
In there is the connector for the Caddx OSD dongle. The Caddx itself is mounted well forward.
This is the V2 version that’s got the glass lens.
And one thing I really like is the fact that it’s got a top mounted battery which is very different from all the other cine whoops and it just makes it handle just better I think.
And the build quality is fantastic and really best-in-class. It’s a bit heavier than most.
It is just a bit under 65 grams. Which is probably 5 to 6 grams heavier most. But that actually helps to make this a more stable camera platform.
And when you’re flying any sort of quad you will break things, or the electronics may get wet and you may frying something.
So when you’re buying it’s really important that you know that you can get spares. And iFlight have been around a while and got a history of quads and components that you can buy off their website.
Be assured, all the parts are available to fix this if you break something.
As a Cinewhoop quad this is one of the best in the line.
It’s a little bit heavier than most but that’s to its advantage and it doesn’t get blown around quite as much in a breeze.
Also the response is slower which only goes to make the footage smoother.
One of the important things also, it isn’t a fragile build that’ll break easily. The SucceX flight stack is solid and is my choice of flight stack for this style of quad if I’d built my own.
So if you want a tiny whoop size mini quad that is the master of cine whoop star footage > this is the one to buy.
it’s a little bit more expensive but you’re just getting what you pay for.