Emax Tinyhawk III Plus Freestyle RTF Kit review: a true FPV star for beginners

The Emax Tinyhawk III Plus Freestyle RTF Kit is hands down the best beginner FPV drone kit

5 Star Rating
Emax Tinyhawk III drone on a wooden slatted surface
(Image: © James Abbott / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Emax Tinyhawk III Plus Freestyle RTF is arguably the most capable beginner FPV drone available, with great tuning for beginners and everything you need in the kit. However, a few extra batteries would be useful to increase flight times. Moreover, the VTX/FPV feed and goggles are HDZero, offering a much clearer goggle feed than analog and you can fly in 1S or 2S battery configurations.


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    HD goggles/screen

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    1S and 2S battery configurations

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    Well-tuned controls


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    No propeller guards

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    Goggles aren’t compatible with glasses

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    No hover feature for beginners

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I stumbled into FPV drones through my job as a reviewer, and I'm glad that I did because they're a huge amount of fun. And after flying many RTF (ready to fly) kits, including the DJI Avata 2 and its predecessors, I can confidently say that the Emax Tinyhawk III Plus Freestyle RTF Kit is one of my favourites to date.

This is a more traditional FPV kit aimed at beginners, so there are few bells and whistles available. The most convenient feature is the beeper for finding the drone after crashes, but this is pretty basic and requires you to be within a couple of metres to hear. It's still extremely useful though.

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FCSTM32F411 (100MHz)
PropsAVAN Rush 2.5inch propellers
CameraHDZero Nano Lite Camera
Camera Adjustable AngleAdjustable but angles not specified
Receiver ProtocolELRS 2.4G (Betaflight)
VTXUp to 200mW transmission
TransmitterEmax E8 Transmitter
GogglesEmax Transporter II HD
Batteryx1 or x2 Emax 1S HV 650mAh
Flight timeUp to 4 minutes
Weight65.5g / 2.31oz (without batteries)
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FeaturesThe kit features an HD FPV feed and a removable goggle screen that can be controller-mounted.★★★★★
DesignA standard FPV freestyle design in miniature with excellent build quality.★★★★★
PerformanceThe tuning is great for beginners and can be adjusted, while the multi-battery configurations are extremely useful. ★★★★★
ValueIt's an expensive beginner kit, but its performance is a cut above the competition. ★★★★☆
DJI Avata 2

DJI Avata 2
The DJI Avata 2 is a high-end FPV drone offering camera drone features alongside smooth 4K video capture. It can also be flown by absolute beginners with the Motion Controller 3 and expert pilots with the DJI FPV Controller 3 for acro flight.

BetaFPV Cetus X FPV

BetaFPV Cetus X FPV
The BetaFPV Cetus X FPV Kit features an analog FPV feed with a DVR for capturing this in the goggles. It's a 2S micro whoop, so it's fast and powerful like the Tinyhawk III, but one of the two models offers a hover function for beginners.

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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.