What does BNF, RTF and ARF mean when Im shopping for drones?

What does FPV mean?

FPV “First-person view”
First-person view (FPV), also known as remote-person view (RPV), is a method used to control a radio-controlled vehicle from the driver or pilot’s view point. The vehicle is either driven or piloted remotely from a first-person perspective via an onboard camera, fed wirelessly to video FPV goggles or a video monitor.

What does RTF mean?

RTF “Ready-to-fly”
RTFs basically comes ready to fly.. You might need to charge up the batteries or fix up the propellers. But this is the easiest quad for beginners who just want to hit the ground running.

What does BNF mean?

BNF “Bind-and-fly”
Just needs a transmitter.
BNF is great if you already have the transmitter and are just looking for a new quad to fly, keep the controller you already have. It sounds simple but be careful, only certain transmitters can bind to other quads, so check compatibility before jumping in and going BNF.

What does ARF mean?

ARF “Almost-ready-to-fly”
With ARF you should always read the description carefully to determine what actually is included.
This is essentially requiring some assembly and extra parts. If you are going with ARF, read the itemized list of what is included in the ARF pack so you know exactly what other parts you need.

Which one do I need?

In short, if you are new go RTF, it’s is a standalone setup and will run straight out of the box and ideal if you have no parts or transmitter already. If you are going BNF be sure your receiver and transmitter protocols match as every transmitter will not bind to every drone.

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