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Quadcopter Flight Controller Board Comparison

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Before you purchasing the best quadcopter flight controller, I suggest you making the flight controller comparison, then choose one which is best for you. The face of many flight controllers on the market, how to choose the best one for your own quadcopter, everyone has to cope with it.

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What quadcopter flight controller boards are popular?

A lots of quadcopter flight controllers have come out on the market, however, when we are faced with an overwhelming variety of flight controllers, our response seems to be to doubt that which one is the best?

Before making the light controller board comparison, the popular quadcopter flight controllers should be listed first: QWinOut APM, RMRC, KISS, RJX SP, Crazepony F3, CC3D, NAZE32, Hobbypower MWC MultiWii SE, Readytosky, DJI Naza-M Lite, Vector, 3DR Pixhawk, QwinOut, Openpilot, HobbyEagle etc. All of them are always mentioned by pilots, so we will make comparison for these flight controller boards.

 

Why we have to make the flight controller board comparison?

Before answer this question we should tell you that each quadcopter flight controller is good at only one flying style and there are three different type of flying style: Cinema Flying, Sport Flying and Autonomous Flying, this is one of reasons to make the flight controller board comparison.

Most flight controllers are come from different factory and have different functions or parameters, all of these factories always tell the consumer about the advantages of they products and variety of price ranges, disrupts your choice. But it is doubtful whether this is true? This is another reason.

 

Flight controller comparison tables

On the basis of contrast of flying style, price and specs from the popular quadcopter flight controllers, you will have discovered some important differences that help you to choose items not only today but into the future as well.

 

#1 Compare the specs of flight controller board

Flight controller Features Copter type
RMRC
  • STM32 F3 256k Processor
  • 2s to 6s input power, 5v output
  • Easily configure and set up your dodo with Cleanflight. Compatible with PPM, SBUS, and Spektrum receivers.
Tri
Quad +/x
Hexa +/x
KISS 32bit
  • Coming with an easy to setup custom software and firmware
  • supports RX types like Multiplex, Jeti ExBus, Futaba and PPM Sum among others
  • It voltage of 2-6s adds to its impressive
Tri

Quad +/x

Hexa +/x

Crazepony F3
  • Specifically designed for racing, it gives pilots all the features, connectivity and expansion capabilities they need
  • The F3 runs Cleanflight which can be configured to suit your needs using a cross-platform GUI
  • The F3 has an ARM Cortex-M4 72Mhz CPU with Math co-processor (FPU) for efficient flight calculations that gets more done in less time.
aircraft

tricopters

quadcopters

hexacopters

octocopters

planes

QWinOut APM 2.8
  • Arduino Compatible!
  • APM is An Open Source Flight Control.
  • Includes 3-axis Gyro, Accelerometer and Magnetometer, Along with a High-performance Barometer.
  • On Board 4 Mega Byte Dataflash Chip for Automatic Datalogging.
  • Optional Off-board GPS.
auto-level
YoCoo CC3D
  • Powerful STM32 32-bit microcontroller running at 90MIPs with 128KB Flash and 20KB RAM
  • 3-axis high-performance MEMs gyros and 3-axis high-performance MEMs accelerometer
  • 4Mbits on-board EEPROM for configuration storage
  • CC3D Openpilot Self-stabilizing Flight Controller with Beitian BN-220 GPS
  • All-in-one stabilization hardware which runs the OpenPilot firmware
auto-level
including TriCopters QuadCopters
HexaCopters FPV
Acro Naze32 Rev 6
  • Invensense MPU6050 MEMS Accelerometer + Gyro STM32F103CBT6 32-Bit ARM Cortex M3 Processor (72MHz, 3.3V)z
  • Built-in Micro-USB for programming/firmware update
  • Baseflight Compatible
Quad
Hexa
Tri
Bi
Y4
Y6
Octo
Camera Gimbal
DJI Naza-M • Advanced Attitude Stabilize Algorithm
• Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
• Motor Arm and Motor Dis-arm
• Built-in Gimbal Stabilization Function
• Multiple Flight Control Mode/Intelligent Switching
• Support Futaba S-Bus and PPM Receiver
• Remote Adjustment
Quad-rotor I4
X4
Hex-rotor I6
X6
IY6
Y6
MultiWii SE • Can utilize a servo’s output to trigger a camera button
• FTDI/UART TTL socket for debug, upload firmware or LCD display
• I2C socket for extend sensor
• Separate 3.3V and 5V LDO voltage regulator
• ATMega 328P Microcontroller
• MPU6050 6 axis gyro
• HMC5883L 3-axis digital magnetometer
• BMP085 digital pressure sensor
Acro
Level
Alt Hold
Head Lock
HeadFree (CareFree)
GPS Hold
GPS Return to home position
Pixhawk PX4
  • Advanced 32 bit CortexM4 ARM high performance processor, can run RTOS NuttX real time operating system
  • Bus interface (UART, I2C, SPI, CAN)
  • 32Bit Flight Controller + NEO-M8N GPS + Power Module +Shock Absorber
Allows existing APM and PX4 operators to seamlessly transition to this system
Multirotor
FPV

 

#2 Compare the specific style and price of flight controller board

Cinema flying requires a flight controller which had a smooth flight for shooting a the smoothest video as much as possible.

Autonomous flying requires a open source firmware flight controller, then you can improve features to fly your quadcopters without having any of the controls.

Sport flying requires a flight controller which is satisfied the requiring speed when pilots is racing. It also shouldn’t cost a lot of money, since it’s possible that it could break from crashing often.

Flight controller Flying style About Price Deal buy
RMRC Sport Flying $49.99 Click here
KISS 32bit Sport Flying $39.99 Click here
Crazepony F3 Sport Flying $26.99 Click here
QWinOut APM 2.8 Cinema Flying $42.99 Click here
CC3D Sport Flying $25.55 Click here
Acro Naze32 Rev 6 Sport Flying $34.99 Click here
DJI Naza-M Lite Cinema Flying $159 Click here
MultiWii SE V2.0 Autonomous flying $58.87 Click here
Pixhawk Autonomous flying $95.80 Click here

Before purchasing a flight controller board, you must know what you’re looking for, If you don’t know what you want, it will be difficult to choose it.

Based on the quacopter flight controller board comparison, which one would you like to choose?

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# Multicopter flight controller comparison by sensors

As we know, A flight controller is a circuit board that collect pilot’s commands and sensors makes adjustment to keep your multicopter fly the right direction and hover in the air.

Multicopter FC sensors comparison chart as below, field available then write “Y” or “Opt” (optional) otherwise “N”.( Gyro = Gyroscopes, Acc = Accelerometer, DSL= Dynamic System Language, Temp = Temperature )

Project Sensors
FC Gyro Acc GPS Compass Pressure DSL Temp
APM2.8 MPU-6000 Y Y Y Y N Y
Openpilot CC3D MPU-6000 Y Opt Opt Opt N Y
Acro Naze32 MPU6500 Y N N N N N
KK2 6050MPU InvenSense Y N N N N N
Naza-M Lite 3-axis gyroscope Y Y Y Y N Y

 

# Multicopter flight controller comparison by Flight modes

Multicopter FC Flight modes comparison chart as below, field available then write “Y” otherwise “N”. ( HH = Heading Hold , ACC = Accelerometer ,AH = AutoHover , PH = Position Hold,FP = Fly By Click )

Project Flight modes
FC HH ACC AH Height Hold GPS PH GPS FP
APM2.8 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Openpilot CC3D Y Y Y N Y N
Acro Naze32 Y Y Y Y Y N
KK2 Y Y Y N N N
Naza-M Lite Y Y Y Y Y Y

 

# Multicopter flight controller comparison by price

Price is one of considering factors when we choosing a flight controller, Do keep in mind that price may not always be the best indicator of quality, but it usually is. And That suit is best that best suits you.

Project Source code Price Deal buy
APM2.8 Y $84.99 Click here
Openpilot CC3D Y $16.88 Click here
Acro Naze32 part $10.98 Click here
KK2 part $24 Click here
Naza-M Lite NO $120 Click here

 

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