The Best VTX (Video Transmitter) for FPV Drones

by Oscar

Video transmitters (VTX) are devices that transmit video from your drone to the FPV Goggles or video receiver. Here are some of the best 5.8Ghz VTX for FPV drones for budget, compactness, long range and just overall performance.

The 5.8Ghz video transmitters recommended here are chosen based on my experience, the specs and features. Please make sure to do your research before deciding which VTX to get. Here is a guide I wrote a while back you might find helpful: How to choose Video Transmitter for FPV Mini Quad.

I compiled the specifications of many 5.8GHz VTX in this spreadsheet so you can compare them more closely

For more FPV product recommendations, check out this list: oscarliang.com/tag/top-5-best

Eachine TX805 – Decent Budget VTX

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The Eachine TX805 has all the features you ever want in a modern day VTX:

  • Supports SmartAudio for changing channel and power in Betaflight OSD
  • Built-in Microphone so you can hear the motors spinning from goggles audio output and in DVR
  • You can direct-solder the wires to the VTX instead of using fiddly connectors
  • User-friendly interface
  • Robust MMCX antenna connector
  • It has 30.5×30.5mm mounting holes, you can install it on top of your FC stack for a clean build

The video transmitter is rated for up to 800mW, however in my testing the power output fell short by 50% at its 600mW and 800mW levels. That’s probably the biggest downside of this VTX, but 200mW and 25mW performed well and accurately. Unless you plan to fly long range, 200mW is more than enough for the most part, so that’s not a huge deal breaker. After all it’s only $19!


TBS Unify Pro32 HV – Top of the Line

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The TBS Unify Pro32 HV is a compact yet powerful VTX, it’s regarded as one of the best VTX for a reason: accurate output power levels, clean signal transmission, extremely high quality and reliable.

With an output power of up to 1000mW (or more) in such a small package, it’s extremely flexible! You can use it for long range, racing, or just casual freestyle, it’s a great option for nearly everything.

Another killer feature of the Unify Pro32 is the support by the TBS Crossfire system (if you are a Crossfire user). You can hook up the VTX to the Crossfire receiver, and you can change channels and power level in Crossfire. This is great for those who don’t run a flight controller, where there is no Betaflight OSD, like a plane or fixed wing.

Either way, you would want to avoid changing VTX settings using the push button, it’s counterintuitive and hard to use, and trying to judge your settings by counting how many times an LED blinks is just a nightmare.

Other Features:

  • Micro USB port for firmware update and configuration (via software TBS Agent)
  • SmartAudio
  • Selectable output power between 25mW, 100mW, 400mW and 1W+
  • The lightest and smallest for a 1000mW video transmitter (8.7g only)
  • PitMode – reduces the power of your VTX to extremely low level while powered up, allowing you to troubleshoot without interfering other racers
  • MMCX antenna connector

The Race edition is quite a good deal for $29, if you don’t mind the limited power of 25-200mW.

Shops: RDQ | Amazon | GetFPV


AKK FX2 & X2 Ultimate – Budget Long Range

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Perhaps the second most powerful VTX’s I ever tested on my bench – the FX2 and X2 Ultimate by AKK. These video transmitters are capable of 1200mW output power, although they fell short by 100mW-300mW in my testing, it’s still very impressive performance. These are great option for long range, and they are very affordable too.

Features:

  • 7V-26V Input voltage
  • Built-in 5V 0.5A BEC for powering FPV Camera
  • Supports SmartAudio
  • Selectable Power level: Pitmode, 25mW, 200mW, 600mW, 1200mW
  • MMCX antenna connector
  • Built-in microphone

TBS Unify Pro32 Nano – Best Smallest VTX

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Looking for the smallest VTX for your micro quad and Tiny Whoops? There is no better choice than the TBS Unify Pro32 Nano in terms of specs. It’s the smallest video transmitter on the market right now with dimension 15x13x2mm and only weighs 1 gram! And yet it’s capable of producing up to 500mW of output power!

Features:

  • Input Voltage: 3V – 13V (direct power from 2S and 3S!)
  • Selectable output power: Pitmode, 25mW, 100mW, 500mW
  • SmartAudio
  • U.FL antenna connector

HGLRC Zeus Nano VTX – Cheapest Worth Having

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Can’t afford the Unify Pro32 Nano? Check out the Eachine Nano VTX. It’s nearly as small and light weight as the Pro32 Nano, but at a fraction of the cost. It has a microphone and the Pro32 Nano doesn’t even have it. However the Zeus Nano only takes 5V as input voltage, you can’t power it with 2S or 3S LiPo directly. Here’s the review and power testing I did.

Features:

  • Input Voltage: 5V
  • Built-in Mic
  • Output power: 25mW, 100mW, 200mW, 350mW
  • SmartAudio
  • U.FL antenna connector
  • Flexible mounting (whoop / 20x20mm / 16/16mm)

Edit History

  • Mar 2017 – List created
  • Sep 2017 – List updated
  • Sep 2018 – Products updated
  • Sep 2019 – Products updated
  • May 2021 – Products updated

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42 comments

Sidharth 27th August 2021 - 11:30 pm

Hello Oscar
I love your suggestions. I was looking for a Cheap vTX to get started and the Eachine TX805 looks good for me and affordable. However, It is not available in India for me to buy. I was able to find some PandaRC vTX, but i couldnt find any review on them. Could you please give me a heaps up on this model if you dont mind?, quadkart.in/pandarc-vt5804m-v2-5-8ghz-vtx-video-transmitter/. It will be really great if you can do a comparison with the vTX’s available in the market.

Thanks alot

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Phil 16th May 2021 - 6:56 pm

Hello Oscar, thank you for the write up. I have a dilemma and would like your input. I am looking into purchasing the DJI V2 goggles. As this goggle is a digital goggle, will it work with the Diatone Taycan 25 Cinewhoop? I’m assuming it is analog, and will need an analog goggle to use. I came across the BDI DIGIDAPTER that you had reviewed. Would the Taycan 25 work with the BDI adapter? If so, which receiver module would be compatible with the VTX that is on the taycan 25?

Thanks for your time.

Cheers,
Phil

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Oscar 16th May 2021 - 8:25 pm

The BDI Digidapter is a module bay for an analog receiver module.
You will still need an analog receiver module in order to use analog FPV system, such as the ImmersionRC RapidFire or TBS Fusion.
If you get a BDI Digidapter and an analog receiver module, it will work with the Taycan.

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choppergirl 14th May 2021 - 10:58 pm

What about the RUSH TANK Solo?

And er.. the DJI Airunits / Vistas… lol…

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Oscar 15th May 2021 - 12:17 am

If you need 1.6W in a 5.8GHz VTX, you are using the wrong frequency to begin with :D
This post is dedicated to analog VTX

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Argle Bargle 8th May 2021 - 2:25 am

Forgot to mention I just ordered 2 of the Oscar Backpack VTX’s from Ali. They looked small and light and I have a couple of uses.

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Argle Bargle 8th May 2021 - 2:22 am

As have many people, I’ve had the hi-mW AKK VTX’s mentioned here…..didn’t last. I have the Eachine TX805 in my Mark 4 frame and it’s going strong – never an issue so far and great reception out to distance (1km). I have just put an idle Eachine VTX03/Turbo EOS2 on my Leader 120 after being fed up with the crappy AIO visual, and it’s amazing by comparison. I have one of those dirt cheap Eachine (5808?) stupid-simple VTX’s in my rebuilt Wizard 220 and it’s flawless also. I don’t race, only freestyle so I don’t care about Smart Audio etc, so realistically I could use bare-bones cheap 600mW VTX’s for all my 5″ quads and VTX 03’s on micros. They work well.

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Julianno Jungle 30th September 2020 - 12:27 pm

Great article! What about include the ImmersionRC nano tramp? Couldn’t find anyone comparing it to the Pro32 nano. Thanks!

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Sébastien Roberge 4th March 2020 - 3:23 am

What about the AKK FX2 Dominator brutal beast that can deliver 2000mw of power? I was certain to find it in your list!

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Matze 6th October 2019 - 10:55 pm

Why you downgrade your AKK Oscar vtx to the Top VTX In the Past?

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Oscar 15th October 2019 - 4:58 pm

see the AKK article on my blog for detail.

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Carlos Vicente 7th May 2019 - 8:40 pm

Hi Oscar,

Does the OBVTX has audio in?

Cheers,

Carlos

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Oscar 13th May 2019 - 2:35 pm

No.

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Juan 20th January 2019 - 3:02 pm

Hello, i have a emax hawk 5 and i want to upgrade my vtx. Wich one would you recomend me?

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Philippe 22nd February 2019 - 6:21 pm

just lost my hawk lol video signal is weak as hell

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Jaxman 19th January 2019 - 8:45 pm

Oscar,

I want to power my VTX and camera separately from the motors. How do I pick the right battery for this? Are amps or volts more important? If my VTX and camera each use 5V do I need a battery that puts out 10v? If I use a 600mW VTX do I need a 600mW battery? I appreciate your help.

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Oscar 22nd January 2019 - 4:23 pm

Voltage is more important, any LiPo within reasonable capacity should be able to provide enough current for FPV setup.
Make sure the VTX and camera support the battery’s voltage.

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RockStarArtist 21st September 2018 - 4:44 am

Oscar,

The Immersion Tramp HV gives you THREE ways to change settings:
1. Smart Audio
2. Immersion RC Wand
3. If your phone has NFC, you can download an App and change the settings with your phone! (My favorite way!)

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Bary_fpv 20th September 2018 - 4:08 pm

Matek works great, but i am banned on using it, couse it spreads lots of rf noise to other quads when powering up… Have to change to tbs… Pitty

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Gando 20th September 2018 - 9:36 pm

I have the same issue…during FPV sessions if i plug in along the track and blows RF everywhere at startup! And i thought getting it was an ‘upgrade’

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Oscar 19th September 2018 - 10:11 pm

But, There is no good and powerfull Vtx running below 7v? Matek, TBS, Tramp, AKK, Mach, Eachine, in specs are limited to 7v, but its real? I got some information about the Matek running with 6v, but not sure.
I am searchin for good vtx, with mmcx, enough power (500-1000mw), and runnig with lower voltage than 7v (no lipo batteries)

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Oscar 30th September 2018 - 4:47 pm

They are all designed to be powered directly from LiPo.

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Vvy 17th September 2018 - 9:15 pm

Hi, have you tried iflight force series? They are good thought

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Hypurr 18th September 2018 - 4:02 pm

I second that. Use the iFlight 5804 in almost all my 5″ quads (4 to be exact) and have never had an issue at all. Works well and completely flat on the bottom so you can fit it into a stack with ease. I see a lot of talk of the Holybro but it’s just a copy of the iFlight which has been around for quite a while, might even be the same manufacturer.

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Ruben VE 7th May 2018 - 8:59 pm

Eachine VTX03 Super Mini VTX in the title on number 5
but text says tx200 is on number 5

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Oscar 9th May 2018 - 1:32 pm

sorry yes i forgot to change the headeing lol :D it should have been the TX200.

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Ruben van Eupen 3rd May 2018 - 7:53 pm

What about the tx200?

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Wade Tubman 7th May 2018 - 5:56 am

its in the review – the heading is mislabled “Eachine VTX03 Super Mini VTX”

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rve 7th May 2018 - 8:59 pm

Yes, I say if AFTER I ordered, I was doubting between the two haha.

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Oscar 9th May 2018 - 12:43 pm

Yes great VTX, they actually just release a new version with VTX control, the TX200U.
I will update this list soon.

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Moritz Beyer 24th April 2018 - 2:08 pm

What are the pro and cons of vtx current input over lipo diect – hv versus the bec of the fc/esc/pdb?
Is there any disadvantage in performance?
I would assume if the vtx owns bec breaks the module is useless. But does it happen anyway?
Than you

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Oscar 30th April 2018 - 4:01 pm

When powering VTX directly from LiPo, your VTX is more exposed to noise from ESC and motors, and more likely to get noise in your video feed.

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newbie 9th April 2018 - 11:08 pm

hi
sorry about the new guy question:
my micro uses a 2s battery, i ordered the Mach 2 for my setup, then I was told I won’t be able to connect it to my bat, because once the voltage goes below 7(which is the minimum working voltage), it will stop working..
is there a solution? what does 2s micro owners do to solve this?
thanks

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James Leftwich 5th May 2018 - 6:22 am

I Have a friend I’ll ask, but there should be a regulated 12v supply on your FC even being just 2s. I’ll verify tomorrow.

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way 5th December 2017 - 8:43 am

How does the Diatone SP3 compare to the unify pro for long range and video feed?

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notfish 21st October 2017 - 8:47 pm

The Eachine TX526 doesn’t have a built in microphone, just audio in wires.

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iceman 15th September 2017 - 8:23 am

Matek hv vtx It’s very hot

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Harry Herring 2nd September 2017 - 1:44 pm

Using smartaudio on the unify pro doesn’t break regular audio, you just need to add a small cap and maybe a resistor depending on which mic you use

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moosestang 31st May 2017 - 7:46 pm

input voltage for the aomway 200mw is 6-28v, i don’t think you can even buy the 24v one anymore.

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Elmattbo 25th March 2017 - 4:32 pm

Rather than the 200mw aomway I’d suggest the switchable version. 2 buttons control power and frequency, with an easy to read led display to tell you the settings. Can select power on or off when battery applied. I run that and the unify pro.

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Paul 23rd May 2017 - 1:38 pm

I’ve always used the Aomway 200 & it has been a very reliable solid option.
I recently got the switchable 25/200/600 but be aware it is somewhat larger (25 x 30 x 9mm) and maybe a bother to fit in a compact build.

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James Leftwich 5th May 2018 - 6:27 am

The tramp gives me well over an 1/8 mile before I ever see any drop out or interference. Definatley my go to vtx from now on. I use aomways goggles though

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