The Cinewhoop is an awesome style of drone that can capture crisp HD footage that a machine like the DJI Mavic 2 just wouldn’t be capable of producing. They are small, stable, and safer than your typical FPV drone, and you can capture some pretty amazing cinematic footage. There are some small inexpensive options out there like the Eachine Cinecan, but those little drones can’t carry a GoPro or Osmo Action camera. The best ready-made option might be the iFlight Megabee, but it is $285. I figured I could do it for less and I was right. I’ll show you how to get it done for about $150.
If you aren’t familiar with a cinewhoop, that’s ok. It’s a relatively new style of drone and was created because filmmakers needed a smaller and safer option while working in tight quarters. Cine comes from cinematic. Whoop comes from Tiny Whoop, a popular small drone that has ducts protecting the propellers. Unlike a Mavic or a Phantom, it isn’t typically flown in line of sight but rather through FPV goggles. This allows the pilot more precision and control while filming. It also takes a lot more practice to do well. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of premade Cinewhoops out there that can carry a GoPro. Your only real option right now that isn’t a DIY option is the iFlight Megabee, and it will set you back $285. Depending on what components you have laying around, this build should come in somewhere between $120-$180.
Build your Cinewhoop
First, let me say that I absolutely love this thing. It is my first all-from-scratch build and it flies awesomely. It doesn’t have the raw power of a 5-inch racer or freestyle drone, but that isn’t the point. I wanted to build something that could carry my GoPro and had ducts so I could fly around obstacles and things that might be sensitive to potential crashes. Let me break down the build and the components I used. I’ll give you the basic and the premium options, and you can decide for yourself which you think you want to put into your build. When I put this together, there wasn’t a kit available. But as it turns out, Banggood put together a great starting package using the same components I recommend. You can get the frame, flight controller, ESC, motors, and props for just $116. You’ll still need some other things like a receiver, but it is a great start.