The Emax Tinyhawk has probably been one of the most successful beginner FPV drone RTF kits. However Emax is not stopping, they continue to improve it, and here’s the latest Tiny Hawk III.
This RTF Bundle gives you everything you need to start flying, including the FPV Goggles, Radio Transmitter, battery, charger, and of course the TinyHawk 3 FPV drone too!
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It comes with a sturdy carrying case for the drone and all the parts and gear, making transportation easy and safe.
- 1x EMAX TinyHawk 3 BNF Quadcopter
- 1x Avia TH 4-Blade Propellers (Set of 4)
- 1x EMAX Transporter 2 FPV Goggles
- 1x EMAX E8 Radio Transmitter
- 1x 1S HV 450mAh LiPo battery
- 1x USB 4-port USB Charger
- 1x Phillips screwdriver
- 1x Carrying Case
- 1x USB Cable
Features and Specs
One of the biggest downside of the previous Emax Tinyhawk RTF kit was probably the lack of features and quality in the FPV goggles and remote controller. In this new version (Tinyhawk 3), Emax made some significant improvements which is clear from the specs.
EMAX TINYHAWK III RTF
- STM32F411 FC with MPU6000 gyro
- Support SmartAudio (VTX Control)
- Receiver: built-in SPI Frsky_D8
- VTX: 5.8GHz 25/100/200mW 37CH
- RunCam Nano 4 FPV Camera
- Propeller: Avia TH 4-blade prop
- Motor: TH0802 II 15000KV
- ESC: 4in1 5A ESC
- Battery: 1S HV 450mAh
- Wheelbase: 76mm
- Size: L*W*H=105x105x45mm
- Weight (Without battery): 31g
EMAX TRANSPORTER 2 GOGGLES
- Screen resolution: 800x480px
- Screen size: 4.3 inch
- Frequency: 5.8GHz
- DVR: supports up to 32G micro SD card, file format: MJPEG, AVI
- Video: VGA/D1/HD (Off/3min/5min/10min)
- Working Voltage: 3.7V – 4.2V
- Battery: 1S 1300mAh Lithium-ion battery
- Built-in battery charging via micro USB connector (5V 1A)
- Maximum Size: (Without antenna) 155x100x90mm
- Weight (with battery): 398g
EMAX E8 RADIO TRANSMITTER
- Frequency: 2.4GHz (2400MHz-2483.5MHz)
- 8 channels
- Frsky D8 Protocol
- Output Power: 22dbm
- Micro USB connector for charging and FPV simulator
- Trainer port available (3.5mm Audio connector)
- Working Voltage: 4.2V-3.3V
- Battery: 18650 Lithium-ion battery
- Charging System: Built-in USB 5V–1A linear lithium-ion battery charging system
- Maximum Size: L*W*H=150x140x45mm
- Weight (Without Battery): 260g
Closer Look at the Tinyhawk III
The old tinyhawk used to support both 1S and 2S batteries, but the new version only support 1S. I guess Emax wants to focus more on indoor flying this time, and it also helps reduce the complexity and weight of the quad too.
One of the most significant improvements would be the durability of the frame. It’s made of nylon with a more durable design. Camera angle can be adjusted easily based on your flying experience and speed.
The tinyhawk 3 is basically a 75mm size whoop, which is just slightly larger than a 65mm tiny whoop. Therefore it’s perfect for indoor flying, and is even powerful enough to fly outdoor when it’s not too windy.
They carried over the unique quad-blade propellers from the tinyhawk 2 – they cover the whole motor bell which they claim would improve efficiency and flight time over traditional propeller design.
It only comes with 1 battery so you might want to grab some spare if you want to avoid waiting around between flights: https://oscarliang.com/product-dzo6
The tinyhawk 3 comes with a charger, which allows you to charge up to 2 batteries simultaneously. However this charger is only powered by USB, so it’s quite slow (takes almost an hour to fully charge). I got one of this aftermarket chargers instead, it’s much faster and allows me to charge up to 6 of these 1S battery at the same time: https://oscarliang.com/product-hf2v
The PH2.0 battery connector on the drone uses solid pins, which has smaller resistance and is better for performance. The little capacitor attached helps reduce voltage spikes and noise to improve flight performance and reduce the chance of damaging electronics.
The kit comes with the EMAX Transporter 2 FPV Goggles, and it’s actually a really nice and usable goggle. The face plate is retractable – there are 3 tabs on each sides that allow you to move the screen away or closer to your eyes to improve focus.
The FPV goggle is actually pretty feature packed. It has onboard DVR (flight footage recording), diversity receivers, as well as channel auto search feature. It has a built-in 1S 3000mah battery that can be re-charged via the micro USB port which is handy.
The biggest selling point for me, however, is probably the magnetic detachable screen, and it can be used as a standalone monitor too.
For example, you can mount it on a tripod (it has a mounting hole on the bottom), or even on your radio transmitter (it comes with a mount). This is great if you want to share the video with other spectators in the field, or if you won’t like wearing the goggles, you can use it as an external screen. Even when you upgrade to a much nicer FPV goggles in the future, you can still use this as a testing device, it never goes to waste.
Next up is the EMAX E8 radio transmitter. They did a complete redesign this time from the previous version, and I have to say, it’s a much better design, and it no longer feels like a toy, but a proper drone radio.
With that said, it’s still a beginner grade radio, and it’s probably not something I would recommend someone to spend money on. It feels cheap and doesn’t have all the features we look for in a good radio. However, it’s certainly good enough for beginners to learn the basics, fly the TinyHawk and get some flight time in.
You probably don’t want to spend too much money at the beginning if you are unsure if you will stick with the hobby, so it’s actually nice to have this cheap radio to come with the drone. When you are ready to upgrade, check out my radio recommendations :)
I am pleasantly surprised how easy it was to fly the Tinyhawk 3. It basically just works right out of the box, absolutely no setup or changes needed. I took the drone out, powered up everything and it just took off. And it actually flies super nice too! Very smooth and stable for a tiny whoop.
Honestly, this is perfect for beginners, all you need is to just spend 15 minutes going through the manual and you are ready for your first flight :)
The drone is pre-configured to have 3 modes: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Flight Modes. Out of the box it’s in beginner mode which is basically angle mode in Betaflight with low rate, and it’s indeed very easy to control.
It’s not super powerful as expected, it’s a tiny whoop grade FPV drone after all. It’s designed primarily for indoor flying, you can fly it outdoor too but when there’s wind it will get pushed around, making it harder to control.
Is it for advanced pilot too? It’s probably not the most fun drone to get. But for new pilots, the Emax Tinyhawk 3 is definitely an excellent platform to try FPV on and learn the basics. It can take a beating and flies fantastically out of the box. Both the radio and goggles work great… Really, I have nothing to complain about. It’s probably one of the best beginner RTF kits I have tried so far.
Also Emax offers spare parts so if anything breaks you can easily find replacement to fix it yourself, which is another bonus for newcomers.