The Emax Tinyhawk Freestyle 2 is a lightweight toothpick style drone. It is another excellent addition to the growing fleet of micro-sized Emax quads. The Freestyle 2 is most definitely an upgrade from the original version and is very similar to the Tinyhawk Race 2. The design of the Freestyle 2 is larger and allows for 2.5″ propellers vs 2″ propellers of the Race 2. Either way, it is hard to go wrong, Emax makes amazing micro drones.
Tinyhawk Freestyle 2
The Tinyhawk Freestyle 2 has a 115 mm wheelbase and weighs 54 grams before you add the two 450 mah 1S lipos that it comes with. It has 1103, 7000 KV motors and it is pushing 2.5″ Avan Rush propellers. It uses an F4 flight controller with a built-in 4-in-1 5-amp ESC. It has a built-in Frsky SPI receiver. Don’t bother with the bind button, use the CLI tab in Betaflight to bind your drone. I fly mine with my Radiomaster T16 and it is great.
The Emax Tinyhawk Freestyle 2 has upgraded to a Runcam Nano 2 and uses a 25-100-200 mw video transmitter. It ships locked so hold down the VTX button while powering up the drone to unlock all the channels and the ability to switch power levels. These are the two biggest differences from the original. I’m a big fan of these upgrades as I ruined original Tinyhawk Freestyle trying to upgrade the camera and VTX combo.
The camera is probably the nicer of the two upgrades as you’ll likely run out of range from your transmitter before you lose video signal. That is probably the one thing I’d look to upgrade. Some people don’t like the doubling of the 1S lipos, but they are cheap and I already have a ton of them.
Emax of course does the little things right. They include two lipos, a multi-charger, two sets of props, screws, and a little carrying case. There are even multiple profiles set up. Profile 1 has slow rates, but I found profile 2 to be closer to my liking.
Tinyhawk Freestyle 2 vs Tinyhawk Race 2
Both of these drones are excellent and there isn’t really a bad choice here. They use very similar components and the internals are basically identical. The Race 2 uses 1103, 7500 KV motors instead of 7000 KV motors and has 2″ props instead of 2.5″. The Race 2 is about 7 grams lighter and is more compact. It is a bit more nimble than the Freestyle 2 and that would make sense given it was designed for racing.
I like the Freestyle as it seems to perform floating maneuvers better. If you are flying for fun either one will be great. If you are looking to hit gates, then opt for the Race 2. If you are performing tricks then choose the Freestyle 2. You’ll be happy with either option you choose. You will want to stock up on lipos for sure.
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I was surprised that this little drone was powerful enough to carry an extra camera, but it did just that. I strapped my Insta360 Go to the front of the Freestyle 2 and it handled it like a champ. The Insta360 Go does a great job of capturing HD video footage and even stabilizes the picture so I look like a much better FPV pilot than I really am. If you fly drones the Insta360 camera is one you should definitely look into.
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Should you buy the Emax Tinyhawk Freestyle 2?
If you are looking for a toothpick style quad to rip around this is definitely a good option. Emax has been making quality micros for a while and this one is continuing that tradition. Starting around $120 it isn’t the cheapest option out there, but it is a good one.
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