BetaFPV Cetus X FPV Kit review: FPV zero to hero

With a range of features aimed at both beginners and experienced pilots, the BetaFPV Cetus X FPV Kit is the perfect option for learning how to fly PFV

BetaFPV Cetus X on a wooden surface
(Image: © James Abbott / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With features and performance aimed at beginners and expert FPV pilots alike, the BetaFPV Cetus X FPV Kit is the most versatile model in the BetaFPV Cetus line-up and the one that offers the most longevity. It’s fast and nimble despite its small size and lightweight, coming in a kit with everything you need to get started with FPV flight straight out of the box.


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    Inexpensive kit with everything you need

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    Several flight modes and speed settings

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    Goggle DVR can record FPV video feed


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    Manual/acro mode is difficult

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    Even slow mode is fast for beginners

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    Battery life is short

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When you’re first getting into FPV drones, micro whoop kits that include everything you need to get started are the perfect option due to their design and performance. Although there are many of these ready-to-fly (RTF) kits available, one that stands out for its cost and features is the BetaFPV Cetus X FPV Kit. This is the best Cetus kit in a line-up of three thanks to more power, improved features, and ultimately more longevity than the Cetus Lite and Cetus Pro FPV Kits.

BetaFPV Cetus X: Specifications

Wheelbase: 95mm
FC: F4 1S 12A FC
Motors: 1103 11000KV Motor
Props: Gemfan 2020 4-Blades Props
Camera: C04 FPV Camera (Caddx Nano Ant Camera/Runcam Nano 4)
Camera Adjustable Angle: 0°-40°
Receiver Protocol: ELRS 2.4G (Betaflight)
VTX: M04 25-400mW VTX
Transmitter: LiteRadio 3 Radio Transmitter
Goggles: VR03 FPV Goggles
Battery: 2 xBT2.0 450mAh 1S 30C Battery
Flight time: 5 mins
Weight: 55g

DJI Avata

The DJI Avata is the easiest-to-fly FPV drone available and can be flown competently by anyone with the DJI Motion Controller 2. Conversely, expert pilots can also fly in manual/acro mode with the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 but parts, when available, are more expensive than traditional FPV drones if you crash. The Avata can hover when not in acro mode and capture great quality 4K video footage, but it’s expensive.


If you’re an experienced pilot with electronics and FPV drone self-build knowledge, the BetaFPV Pavo Pico (Amazon) kind of like a mini DJI Avata, but with standard FPV flight modes and weighs less than 150g, making it ideal for flying in tight spaces. This is a more advanced option that won’t be for everyone because it requires an element of self-build, but it’s an interesting option if you know what you’re doing.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.