Bwine F7GB2 review

A beginner drone that promises stable 4K video but looks like a throwback to the early days of drones. Which is it?

A picture of the Bwine F7GB2 drone in flight in a cloudy day with trees and clouds behind
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The quirky form factor offers protection for a real 3-axis gimbal that should deliver stable video and – while it's not exactly beautiful – has its strengths. It has some cool features, like subject tracking. Flight (and video) is not as smooth as you'd hope, though, not helped by the jerky 15fps limit in 4K mode. Overall, unless you can find a discount, you can get a better user experience for the same spend.


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    3-axis mechanical gimbal

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    Kit with spare battery and case

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    GPS hover

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    Subject tracking


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    4K is only 15fps

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    Latency with controls

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    Relatively short flight time

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    Memory card format not Mac-friendly

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This is an unusual drone, no question. As many of the less well-known firms adapt their designs to match the market leader, DJI, and specifically the folding drones that began with the Mavic, this one seems loosely inspired by the drone that one replaced – the DJI Phantom (an airframe first seen in 2013).

On closer inspection, though, it is a folding drone. The short arms do collapse inward so that the top of the drone isn't too much bigger than the frame below. That frame serves as landing legs and a protective cage for the vulnerable camera gimbal. A powered gimbal, using motors to prevent camera shake, is very unusual in the budget category, with many drones relying on a mix of rubber dampening mechanisms and – increasingly – electronic image stabilization. This gimbal, alongside the 4K claim (which will get some scrutiny below), is a key selling point.

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Video:4K 15fps / 2.7k 25fps
Battery:2600 mAh
Range:3km / 1.85 miles
Weight:570g / 1.26 pounds (on our scales, with battery)

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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. 

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