I received the LSX5 Leopard mini quad frame by GEPRC for testing. It’s been a popular frame on social media, let’s check it out.
The LSX5 Leopard frame is available at: http://bit.ly/geprc-lsx5 for $55. (use this coupon to get 8% off: ToysHo)
From first glance, the LSX5 looks very similar to the DQuad Obsession. But I am not going to get into the discussion whether this is a clone or not. I will let you decide.
The LSX5 is a very slick looking frame, with the special “stretch X” design which is supposed to be great for fast flying and racing.
Check out this article to learn more about mini quad frame basics and designs
The frame is nicely packaged. Apart from the frame it also comes with battery straps and stickers.
The cage and bottom plate is made of aluminium, the hardware is really nicely machined.
The camera plates are blue painted carbon fibre (2mm).
Here are the arms (4mm carbon fibre). I like the chamfered edges which is a very nice touch yet aren’t very common in mini quad frames yet at this price point.
But I wish they would have included at least a spare arm.
The frame also comes with a basic PDB with 5V and 12V output.
The XT60 connector is designed to be on the left or right side of the craft facing down, which is a neat solution for plugging in your LiPo and not to worry about getting the wires chopped by spinning blades.
LXS5 Leopard Frame Assembly
The GepRC Leopard is one of the quickest frame to assemble for me. The frame weights about 130 grams with all the hardware included. Quite a big difference from what’s specified in the manual.
The camera cage fits both Runcam Swift 2 and Eagle 2 perfectly. FPV Camera with similar dimension should also work. However the lens stick out just about 2mm and it could take some damage in a crash. I guess I could stick some foam on the sides of the lens to protect it.
Antenna mount for SMA/RP-SMA connector. I like the rubber grommet so that your antenna ground is insulated from the frame.
The Stretch X design means the frame is longer front to back.
It’s great they used threaded center plate to eliminate the need for nylon lock nuts, and the arms can be taken off without taking down the cage or bottom plate. This should make arm replacement easy.
GEPRC should replace the metal FC standoff with vibration damping bobbins.
While this is a good looking frame, space is very limited and I am lost as where to install the RX/VTX etc.
The manual didn’t explain how to install the LiPo strap, and I am still scratching my head. (Thanks to Paul in the comment, I finally figured it out hehe) But I like the “battery tray” they’ve included, which makes a great protector for bottom-mounted LiPo batteries.
I am building this frame with the following part:
- Holybro Kakute F4 FC
- Tattu BLHeli_S 30A ESC
- Brotherhobby T1 2205 2600KV motors
- Eachine VTX03
- Runcam Eagle 2 FPV camera
I am not using the PDB by GEPRC, as the Kakute already has integrated PDB feature.
“One board rules it all” :)
The quad weights 320g without battery.
First flight video is some DVR footage. This quad cannot feel better :D so much fun to rip!
Update – Camera plates broke
As we pointed out, the camera lens sticks out of the cage and it poses risk of lens damage in crashes.
I did crash really hard, it didn’t break the lens but instead it broke the camera mount, the carbon fibre plate that holds the camera in place. The lens took the impact and pushed backward and broke the slots.
So I think you do need to protect the lens better if it sticks out of the cage.