Cinewhoop drones: What are they, and why the weird name?

Stock photo of FPV Cinewhoop drone racer
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In the consumer world, there are really only two kinds of drone: toy or camera. There is a lot of variety within there to be sure, but nevertheless that’s about it. Before drones were something seen in high-street retailers, though, enthusiasts would assemble their own from parts. Indeed it remains a lively community with parts available even from big brands like DJI. One of the key drone builder’s categories is Cinewhoop, so let’s see what makes it special.

People build drones from parts?

Some people build model railways, some people follow sports statistics. Delve a little and the hobby community is well established. A self-build cinewhoop will be made up of:

Frame – a variety of sizes measured on the diagonal

Motors – Four makes it a ‘quad’ like most drones

Propellors – Different diameters, numbers of blades and other factors

Flight controller – The drone’s brain, tells the props what speed to operate at to stay level or to respond to controls. Features like gyroscopes and inertial monitoring might be built in or need additional sensors.

ESC – Electronic Speed Controllers apportion the energy from the battery to each motor.

Battery – a matter of balancing weight and power, and often strapped on with Velcro

Antenna to receive controls and send them to the controller.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 


He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook