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Drone racing: should I get into it?

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about drone racing and getting that Star Wars speeder bike look in your videos. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.

So, here’s what I picture: me, sitting in the forest, first person goggles on, flying my drone through the trees like a speeder in Return of the Jedi. Should I go the racing drone route? High quality recorded video isn’t important to me, and I’m confident that I could build it, that’s why I was thinking racing, but there’s just too many options!

Thanks, Matt

Matt, this is the most beautiful reader email I’ve ever gotten!! You have a vision and I like it!

Definitely it sounds like you want some racing footage, and the more Star Wars-inspired, the better. But first of all, I hope you’ve seen this video. It is one of my favorites, and it should get you pretty hyped!

The cameras on racing drones do tend to have lower quality footage, but it sounds like that doesn’t matter to you. There are tons of drone racing sets out there. The Blade Inductrix is insanely popular among indoor FPV pilots. If you’re looking for a more badass drone, this Thrust UAV drone is also quite popular. Here is one of my favorite racing sets, which doesn’t require any building.

Since you want the footage, make sure you buy a set of FPV Goggles that lets you record the video to an SD card — not all FPV goggles have that capability — especially some of the cheaper model ones.

I would also recommend reading this guide on getting into drone racing. It talks about FPV freestyle — which is where you are going to get some of those really wild shots — as well as other drone recommendations and tips.

Happy flying!

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