Tinyhawk 2 Freestyle Setup
Been flying the Emax Tinyhawk 2 Freestyle for a several weeks now with the Insta360 GO Camera. I got to say that it flies very well and gets “decent” footage. (Scroll to bottom if you just want to see some flight footage)
My current setup for this review:
- Factory PID profile 1
- Factory Rate profile 5
- VTX at 200mw
- Taranis QX7
- Eachine FPV Monitor
- 80c/160c 450 mah and 520 mah Gaoneng batteries
On a side note, I’d originally installed the Runcam Split 3 nano until it shorted out. I doubted the tinyhawk’s ability to fly with the insta360 GO camera. More about that on another post…
Tinyhawk FPV Cam – Runcam Nano 2
I had a few weeks of flying with the runcam split 3 before having to switch back to the runcam nano 2. I can say that I really enjoyed the image, color and larger FOV (165 vs 155) on the split 3 more than the nano 2.
The nano 2 also has a very warm, orange color and is a bit difficult to see details in comparison. A future project will have me swapping it out with a caddx or foxeer twilight.
Weight – Tinyhawk 2 Freestyle & Insta360 GO
The Insta360 GO is advertised at 18.3 grams and the tinyhawk 2 freestyle is 49 grams. With the stock batteries it comes in at 79-80 grams. So running the Insta360 GO with some form of mount will run 100 – 105 grams total.
I tried a few different ways to mount since we don’t have a 3d printer. I found that using the strap with velcro was the easiest until I got a silicon case for the camera.
In the image here, all I did was take the top plate off and ran the stock battery strap through one the slot and over the runcam. Once positioned, I just tightened the screws and holds up fairly well.
Tinyhawk 2 Freestyle Flight Time and Handling with Insta360 GO
Cruising, occasional flips, rolls, hitting gaps, etc. which don’t require heavy throttle has given 4-5 minutes of flying on the 450 mah batteries and 4-7 minutes with the 520 mah.
Going heavy on the throttle for both 450 and 520 mah I’ve had flight times as low as 2 min. However, the 520 mah provides noticeably alot more power.
As for handling, there is not too much of a difference overall for casual flying, rolls, flips through gaps, etc. There is a noticeable differenceif you are doing maneuvers close to the ground or have a somewhat “long” fall.
I do find I am heavier on the throttle from dives and power loops to fight against the heavier tinyhawk. When practicing very low flips and rolls it does require slightly more throttle also.
The form factor the Insta360 GO and Tinyhawk 2 Freestyle provides is definitely interesting. It’s powerful enough to freestyle, small enough to hit small gaps, get stabilized HD footage, all while being beginner friendly.
The camera has its limitations as there is jello in almost all the flights. It can likely be eliminated with a proper mount and a ND filter. There’s also times where the camera will stop recording in FPV mode. This could be due to the heat but I am not sure.
Flight footage from the Insta360 GO
For now its just a few flights to show what the tinyhawk 2 freestyle can do with the added weight.
Jello is prevalent in daylight as it is mounted directly on the top plated with the strap or zip tie. The only padding I had was Velcro or silicone case which did not seem to offer much relief.
It’d be nice to try a 3D printed mount with a ND filter and hopefully that’ll be a future project. Please watch some flight video from the Insta360 GO. I’ll answer or post any questions to this setup. I’m also working on a quick review video that will be updated later. Thanks!