The Hermit is small, but the 300-milliwatt video transmitter really pushes
an excellent signal. The camera is great, too!
The Hermit Micro FPV brushless quadcopter from OverSky has brushless
motors and flies like a larger quadcopter.
without hurting the household budget.
It crashes amazingly well! It can take
a hit and keep going. The bull-nose
propellers mean that you might not have
to use the spares for a while. I did a full-speed ground slam when I did a flip and
I was surprised that the quadcopter not
only didn’t break, but it rolled back over
on the skids and was ready to go again! I
have crashed it often enough to say that
it is not prone to breaking.
I did break the original 5. 8 GHz video
transmitter antenna almost immediately.
I replaced it with a clover-leaf-style
antenna and have had no problems
since. The 600TVL camera does well
and the video transmitter allows me to
fly all around the backyard, the side of
the house, and in the front yard. I get
approximately 5 minutes on a two-cell
850 mAh LiPo battery pack. It’s too
I have one more piece of unbelievable
news about this unit. I somehow
managed to land the Rodeo in my pool!
It was totally submerged with the lights
on, making R2-D2 noises under the
water (“beep boop foobeebeebop”). I
knew I had killed the little quadcopter.
I removed the plastic covers, towel
dried the boards, and put a silica pack on
it overnight. I’m amazed to report that it
flies as though nothing happened! Now
that’s a tough little quadcopter. I’m also
happy to share that it’s cute enough that
it doesn’t scare any neighbors!
The OverSky Hermit
Another micro unit to consider is the
Hermit Micro FPV brushless quadcopter
from OverSky. It is even smaller than the
Rodeo. The unit weighs approximately
118 grams with the battery. Now that’s
small! It is so small that I didn’t think it
would be suitable for wide-open spaces,
but when I got it out to our local field, I
was surprised at how well it flew. With
the goggles on, it was pretty amazing—
point it and it goes there.
I also have to brag about the video
camera and transmitter. This micro
unit has the cleanest FPV signal that
I have experienced at my airfield. It is
300 milliwatts, but I can fly it in front
of me, around to the side—just about
anywhere—without static. Maybe it’s
the antenna? Whatever it is, the video
transmission is awesome.
The lightweight Hermit comes at a
price. The camera is totally exposed and
although it has taken a two-story drop to
concrete, I can tell it won’t take it much
more. The propellers are pressure fit
and tend to fly off during a crash. They
literally fly away, so you have to look
for them. The flip side is that this bare-bones FPV micro quadcopter is pretty
spectacular. Be sure to keep crashing to a
I am lucky enough to see and fly some
of the newest RC items on the market
and if you are like me, you too might be
on the hunt for a micro FPV quadcopter
that can fly well and take a hit at the
I fly these two multirotors almost
daily. I flew the Rodeo halfway through
writing this article to inspire me. I’m
sure that as time passes, smaller, tougher,
and cooler quadcopters are to come!
Check out my links for full reviews,
complete with flight videos, and don’t
forget to use a spotter when flying FPV
RCGroups OverSky Hermit review
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