DYS micro racing drone

My DYS Elf Can Run Circles Around Your Tiny Whoop

The new DYS Elf is a small mean machine. If your Tiny Whoop was on steroids, it would be the new DYS Elf. Drones like the Inductrix and E010 are fun, but they can’t hold a candle to a brushless drone like this new DYS.

DYS Elf vs Torrent

Compare the 65 mm Inductrix to the red 83 mm DYS Elf to the 110 mm Blade Torrent.

What Can We Expect From DYS?

The DYS Elf is also referred to as the DYS 83mm Micro Brushless FPV Racing Drone. While that may be a mouthful, it does provide us with some insight as to what to expect. We’ll get an FPV camera, and some powerful motors with the Elf. We also know it is small, just 83mm from motor to motor. That makes it bigger than the Blade Inductrix, which measures in at 65 mm, but smaller than an Eachine QX90‘s 90 mm motor spacing.


The front view of the DYS Elf in red.

The best news here is that it is a brushless drone. That means it is going to perform way better than any brushed micro FPV drone. We expect this little brushless quad to perform much better than the very popular Blade Inductrix and the slightly larger Eachine QX90. Brushless motors are both more powerful and more efficient. Brushless drones come with a higher price tag, but DYS found a way to squeeze brushless motors into this drone without costing you an arm and a leg.

DYS Brushless motor

Take a look at the powerful motors and ESCs.

DYS has been producing quality drones and drone parts for a while. This includes one of our favorite drones the Force1 FPV 220 Racer. It is a fantastic drone to get into real racing and acro. That is why we are so excited to see them release its baby brother, the 83 mm Elf.

We are anxiously waiting for our model to arrive so we can put it to the test, but the specs on this little machine are quite impressive. Powerful motors, digital ESCs, HD quality camera, carbon fiber frame all wrapped into a nice little package.

These little guys come loaded with BetaFlight, so you’ll be able to tune them. Also they’ve included a beeper, so if you crash it while flying FPV you’ll be able to locate it easily.


The DYS Elf in blue with the 3-blade props.

There is some conflicting information on the internet about the Elf, so until we get our hands on one one we will have to do some guesswork. Some images show 3 blade propellers and some have 5 blade propellers. It seems DYS has been toying with both types of props. We will find out shortly which they finally decide to go with.

DYS drone

The DYS in red sporting the 5-blade propellers.

The 8-Channel Transmitter

DYS even has developed a Frsky-compatible transmitter that looks pretty good. Banggood sells the drone for $158 as a BNF (Bind and Fly) without a transmitter or $165 as an RTF (Ready to Fly) package with the transmitter. For just $7, why would you not add the transmitter? The BNF version is Frsky only. It is compatible with the D8R receiver protocol so you should be able to bind other quads to this transmitter.

DYS remote

Take a look at the DYS transmitter included in the RTF package

DYS Elf Specs

Flight time: 4-6 minutes
Range: 300 meters
Weight: 80g
Wheelbase: 83mm
Receiver: Frsky
Brushless Motor: 1102 10000KV
Brushless ESC: 4 in 1 BLHeli_S 10A Dshot
Flight Controller: F3
Battery: 550mAh 2S 7.4V LiPo
Camera: 800TVL with 170-degree FOV
Video transmitter: 5.8G 40CH 25mW

Should You Get a DYS Elf?

We will update you soon as soon as we get this bird in the sky, but the preliminary specs on it are impressive. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a brushless quad like this one in this price range. Horizon Hobby has another good option with the Torrent 110. The Torrent is bigger, with 110 mm motor spacing, and it will cost you $199 without a transmitter.

Like the Elf, the Torrent is an impressive small brushless motor quad. The Elf’s smaller frame makes it better suited for indoor flying than the Torrent and we think that for indoor flying you will be more comfortable with the Elf than the Torrent.

Right now you can order a DYS Elf from either Banggood or GearBest.

Check Price on GearBestCheck Price on Banggood

New to FPV Flying?

If you are new to FPV racing or you just want to learn more check out FPV 101. It covers what you’ll need to know about FPV or first person view flying. Click here to read more about FPV.

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Half Chrome • April 19, 2017

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