Babyhawk R review – a small beast for perfect FPV from EMAX

Battery Life

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Range

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Camera

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BabyHawk R drone review (awesome racing drone)

It's 2018 and the company Emax has released what seems to be a considerable upgrade for their already-great Babyhawk drone.

This time around the Babyhawk R (R for Racing) seems to haven changed a lot in terms of looks and functionality.

But, is it worth the price? And how well does it fly?

This review is going to answer those questions and there's also a video review I made bellow, if you're not the “reading” type.

As you can see, the upgrade from the previous model is visually very different and looks more aerodynamic and more like a real racing drone.

And let me tell you that it also handles like a true FPV racing monster.

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Specs and Price

The capacitor sticking outside that everybody seems to be talking about is actually only a visual problem.

 I thought it might break off, but in my experience and some other youtubers, it doesn't have any problem. It's a bit annoying when you want to connect to the computer through the micro usb slot. So this isn't an actual issue in my oppinion.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: fpv
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 4
Flight Range: 1
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing
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My video review of the Baby Hawk R

The box itself is not that much out of the ordinary, but it does contain the basic parts you need.

Keep in mind that you can get this drone without a receiver, or with the standard FRSky receiver and there's also a 3 inch version (that has slightly longer arms and bigger propellers).

The 3 inch version should have more power and thrust, but will go through the battery a little faster.

Here's what you're getting: 

  • Babyhawk-R 112mm
  • 4x EMAX AVAN 2 Micro Inch Propeller
  • 1x receiver FrSky
  • 1x Manual in English for Babyhawk-R and its components
  • 1x Manual Foxeer micro Cam
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The drone components

The components of this drone are pretty much top notch. It's quite amazing you can get it at this price, but it's probably cheaper than you could build it yourself because the company Emax makes most of the parts themselves. This way they keep production costs at a minimum.

Here's a complete video review I made on the Babyhawk R:

RS 1106 600kv Motors

These motors are Emax branded and are super powerful. For those who don't know, the 1106 means the motors are 11 mm in width and 6 mm in height. 

If you want to find out more about motors check out this article on how brushless motors work.

Removable canopy

The canopy is made of plastic and comes in different colors, I picked the black version because in my experience is less prone to showing dirt and scratches.

It's nice that you can remove two screws in the back and have access to the components inside. You can also remove the two screws next to the camera and you'll be able to remove it entirely. The drone has a good airflow and the plastic it's made of has handled a lot of crashes so far.

The 3 mm Carbon Frame

The frame is 112mm diagonally and it's made out of 3mm thick carbon. It's really hard to bend and very resilient, and it's also up-gradable to a bigger 3 inch version frame.

A small disadvantage is that it has about 10 grams added to it just because of the screws needed for a frame that has replaceable arms like this. 

A drone like the Diatone GT 90 only has a single piece frame, and therefore smaller weight. But the advantage is that you can replace only the arms if they break.

4 in one ESC and Flight Controller

It comes with a triple stack containing the ESC, Flight controller and the VTX.

The ESC is a 4 in one stack, which means it doesn't need an Electronic Speed Controller for each motor in part.  These ESC's can run up to 4s batteries at maximum of 12 A and they run BLHeli with DShot.

 

The F3 Flight controller runs Betaflight 3.2.2 and comes with OSD. Which means you'll be able to see important information directly on the goggles screen. Things like battery voltage, distance, speed and so on.

The VTX is basically handling the video transmission process from the camera. This one is 5.8 GHZ, 40 channels and you can switch between the 25 and 200 miliwatts by the press of a button.

Foxeer Arrow micro FPV camera

This is pretty much a Runcam style camera with a wide angle 600 TVL micro 2.1mm Foxeer lens and a CCD sensor. Being a CCD camera is ideal for FPV drone, because of the higher contrast compared to CMOS sensors.

 

This camera is easily replaceable if you want and in my experience works great!

I've only had problems with some signal interference at higher distances, but that is probably because I forgot to change to 200mw on the VTX.

FRSky Receiver

The receiver is the part that connects to the transmitter (controller) and my choice is always FRSky because I use a Taranis Qx7

You can choose between getting a BNF version (Bind and Fly) that comes with an EMAX FRSKY receiver installed already, or you can get a PNP version and get an XM+ that has two antennas and is pretty much the best thing you can get now on the market.

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What do you need to start flying the Babyhawk R?

If you're a beginner in the hobby and have made sure to learn how to fly in a drone simulator, you'll need a few more things than the Babyhawk itself.

If you're not a beginner, you might still want to see what batteries are perfect for this quad and what transmitter I use with it.

You can click on the items bellow to check out their current prices

If you're looking for the absolute best items, I would recommend getting a better pair of goggles, called the Aomway Commander.

They are lighter in size, have slightly better sygnal and many aditional functions. They are also like 3 times more expensive, but it's a good investment if you're going to stick to the hobby.

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How well does it fly?

Compared to the standard Babyhawk that could only run a 2s battery, this one can go up to 4s.

I have recommended you go for 3s batteries, but if you prefer flying truly fast and insane go check out a nice 4s battery and get impressed.

In my experience, I must say I was shocked how smooth the drone flew and how pitchy it is.

I'd say that if you want a reliable yet compact FPV quadcopter, there's not much else you could want. The price is totally fair, and I would actually say it's cheaper than expected. Especially if you use the coupon code RC18OFF on Gearbest.

7.5 Total Score
A small racing Beast

The Babyhaw R is a great upgrade from the previous version and I’ll be having fun with it for quite some time, because it’s hard as hell to destroy!

Flight experience
8.5
Build quality
7
Features
8
Battery life
5.5
PROS
  • Good CCD camera
  • Very smooth flying experience
  • Comes with beeper
  • integrated OSD
  • High quality electronics (ESC and F3)
  • Can be extended to 3 inch props
CONS
  • There's a weird capacitor sticking outside
  • Doesn't come with arms to extend 3 inch version

The Babyhaw R is a great upgrade from the previous version and I'll be having fun with it for quite some time, because it's hard as hell to destroy!

Babyhawk R

$149.99 Buy It Now

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

5 Comments
  1. Great review! Thanks Paul, I’m convinced to buy one.

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