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Multicopter flight controller comparison – Diy quadcopter

To really help you to choosing the best flight controller for multicopter, I maked some multicopter flight controller comparison, which including the AeroQuad 32, APM2.8, Openpilot CC3D, Mikro Kopter, Acro Naze32, Full Naze32, Hobbyking KK2, DJI Naza-M Lite, FLIP MWC. These flight controllers are relatively popular in the international market.

Multicopter flight controller comparisonA long time ago, I had wrote a article about quadcopter flight controller comparison (compare by feature specs, Firmware and Flying style), Today I want to talking about Multicopter flight controller comparison not only including quadcopter but mainly for hexacopter and octocopter or octocopter+.

To help you to choose the best flight controller for hexacopter or octocopter, I Make many clear comparison charts for these flight controllers as below.

#1 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
AeroQuad 32 ITG 3200 triple axis Y Y Y Y N N
APM2.8 MPU-6000 Y Y Y Y N Y
Openpilot CC3D MPU-6000 Y Opt Opt Opt N Y
Mikro Kopter ATMega 1284 Y Opt Opt Opt 1x Y
Acro Naze32 MPU6500 Y N N N N N
Full Naze32 MPU6500 Y Y Y Y N N
KK2 6050MPU InvenSense Y N N N N N
Naza-M Lite 3-axis gyroscope Y Y Y Y N Y
FLIP MWC MPU6050 Y N N N N N

#2 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
AeroQuad 32 Y Y Y Y Y Y
APM2.8 Y Y Y Y Y Y
Openpilot CC3D Y Y Y N Y N
Mikro Kopter Y Y N Y Y Y
Acro Naze32 Y Y Y Y Y N
Full Naze32 Y Y Y Y Y Y
KK2 Y Y Y N N N
Naza-M Lite Y Y Y Y Y Y
FLIP MWC Y Y Y Y N N

#3 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
AeroQuad 32 Y $149.95
APM2.8 Y $53.99
Openpilot CC3D Y $19.99
Mikro Kopter part $36
Acro Naze32 part $25
Full Naze32 part $35
KK2 part $24
Naza-M Lite NO $80
FLIP MWC part $57

Conclusion

You maybe found that some FC from above multicopter flight controller comparison chart, which not only for hexacopter and octocopter but also for quadcopter and Tricopters etc. Yes that’s right. such as KK2 flight controller for Dualcopter /Tricopter Y6 / Quadcopter + / Quadcopter X / Hexcopter + / Hexcopter X / Octocopter + / Octocopter X / X8 + / X8 X / H8 / H6 / V8 / V6 /Aero 1S Aileron / Aero 2S Aileron /Flying Wing / Singlecopter 2M 2S / Singlecopter 1M 4S etc. So before choosing the flight controller, you should know what flight models and sensors do you need and what multicopter will be build? Then choose the right one.

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