The FPV antenna shootout has been intensely played in the market. For all those new to the game, FPV stands for ‘First-person view’ or remote-person view. In layman terms, it is also called video piloting, which is a method used to maneuver a radio-controlled vehicle from the point of view of the driver or pilot.

When it comes to FPV antennas- these are used to collect video signals generated by the VTX and wirelessly transmit it where it is picked up by another antenna placed on a receiver. While the quality of an antenna is important, its configuration matters too and without one, wireless communication between the video receiver and video transmitter wouldn't be conceivable.

Even if you’ve used the best FPV camera or a top of the line flight controller or ESC, if you haven’t invested in a good quality antenna, the quality of your video will be extremely poor. When it comes to receiving a superior quality video feed- one that is static-free and comparatively much lesser noise and interference, FPV antennas are what most drone operators rely on. A good FPV antenna makes for an incredible flight adventure thanks to the quality of the video reception.

There are different types of FPV antennae available in the market like Dipole, Circular Polarized, Helical, and Patch. Let’s look at the best among the lot.

The best FPV Antenna Shootout

When it comes to deciding on “the best” FPV antenna, there are a lot of factors that one needs to consider apart from how far you can fly with it. Factors such as the reception quality, the number of frames dropped, the experience of other users, and the reviews on popular sites all matter. Based on these factors we have listed below the top five FPV antennas.

1. FarView Pagoda

Rated by most users as the best antenna overall, this is an open-source antenna design with reviewers rating it as having the best RF performance. Though it is fragile, it is known to be able to withstand crashes.

While the parallel plates on top of the Pagoda are known to bend or tilt, they can just as easily be bent back into place. On the positive side, you can easily get a couple of 3D printed caps at a little less than $15 to protect the plates.

The Pagoda is also known to provide the clearest pictures- much better over some of the well known and costlier names like Axii and Triumph and it has also received consistently top ratings for its reliability and range.

 2. TBS Triumph

The Triumph is considered to be far more resilient than the Pagoda and slightly expensive too. However, when it comes to range and clarity tests, the Pagoda still continues to reign supreme.

On the positive side, the difference was minuscule. Given that it has a more circular antenna pattern, the Triumph is a better choice for pilots looking to fly acro or freestyle.

While most reviewers rate the Triumph over the Lumenier Axii for its clearer pictures and also for the fact that it drops less frame, the gain and axial ratio of the Triumph are slightly lower and it does not work well in flying environments that involve many multipath.

3. Lumenier Axii  

The Lumenier Axii is a hit with racer pilots thanks to its improved gain and axial ratio as compared to the Triumph. It is also more expensive but more durable.

On the downside, this is a great antenna only if you are looking to fly low to the ground in which case it beats the Triumph with a perfect Axial ratio of 1.0. This is the top pick if you are looking to fly in an extremely high multipath environment like warehouses or car parks and looking for some great pictures.

4. IBCrazy

At 5.8GHz, this is a great antenna to have and is extremely popular with drone pilots. It has a cloverleaf design that is known to be extremely durable, though there are chances of breakage.

Most reviewers rate the IBCrazy high on the list since it is made of strong reinforced nylon that can be repeatedly bent back into shape, irrespective of how many times you crash.

However, it loses points because of the price which at $35 is considerably higher than the others on the list. Secondly, in spite of its flexibility, it is still vulnerable to breakage.

5. Foxeer

The Foxeer wins brownie points since it is considered the best budget antenna and recommended for those on tight budgets. Considered to be far more durable and resilient than its close competitor Aomway (again a budget antenna)

While Aomway ranks higher in terms of range since reviewers mention comparatively less static, the Foxeer wins hands down for its durability. It is known to be super tough and will last you a pretty long time

Bottom Line

Antennas play a significant role in establishing the quality of a video signal. Therefore, it is imperative that you purchase one after doing a thorough research and after considering all the pros and cons.