EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Review

EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Review


FPV racing has caught the imagination of a large number of consumer drone hobbyists and recreationists around the world. It’s an incredibly exciting sport, where even one-tenth of a second lost can make all the difference between winning and losing, especially when drones fly at a speed of 70 miles per hour or more. In this EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Review, we look at one of the best FPV drones out there and tell you if it’s worth a buy or not.

EMAX is a promising new startup that specializes in budget RC quadcopters and target beginners as well as experienced drone flyers with their products. Nighthawk Pro 280 is the company’s flagship product and is targeted specifically at FPV racers. It is a much cheaper alternative to other full sized FPV drones such as ImmersionRC.

EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 is an ARTF (almost ready to fly) drone, which means it can be used right EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Reviewout of the box after a few adjustments to its settings. The advantage of flying an ARTF or an RTF (ready to fly) drone is that you can easily copy settings from other people as most of the functionalities when it comes to the frame dimension, ESC, FC and motors remain the same.

Let’s look at some of the features of Emax Nighthawk Pro 280…

The Flight Controller used in Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 is called “Skyline 32”, it is the same as what you get with the Naze32 Full board.

The ESC’s used in Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 are EMAX 12A ESC. They are Oneshot compatible as well as damped-light capable.  The flight controller and the ESCs are integrated into a single printed circuit board.

The Motors used are EMAX 2204 2300KV.

The frame is made from full carbon fiber, which is really very strong and sturdy. The frame weighs around 450 grams without the battery.

There is an Integrated LED bar used, which is very bright. It comes in orange and white colors.

The FPV System consists of a 700tvl 1/3-inch CMOS FPV camera, with excellent picture quality. There is a 200mw 32ch video transmitter as well, which has a power of between 20mw to 200mw.

EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Review


Why you should buy Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 ?

You should buy Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 because it provides excellent value for your money. Since the Nighthawk Pro 280 is an ARTF drone, it costs slightly less than it would have had you brought all the parts separately.

For example, if you buy all the parts separately, the four Emax MT2204 motors would cost $60, the four Emax 12A ESCs cost $40, the Naze32 Full costs $45, the Emax Pro Frame costs $60, the FPV camera or VTX combo costs $30, the LED bar costs $5 and the Tilted motor mounts cost $10 – So this adds to a total of $250. Add tax and shipping charges to that.

Now if you buy the Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 directly from Amazon or some other reputed online store, it would cost you slightly less than $250, but includes taxes. You will have to pay separately for the shipping, of course. And when you buy an ARTF version, you don’t have to do any soldering or assembling to hold the kit together. So the cost savings are enormous. And you won’t have to work as hard either – just take the Nighthawk Pro 280 out of the box, adjust the settings and start flying!

So, if you are excited by what the Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 has to offer and can’t wait to go to your local FPV racing club with it, you may place an order for it here (Transmitter included).

EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Review


I wish you all the best, and remember that if you have any questions or comments you can post them in the comments section at the bottom of any blog post. It’s great to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Founder of All Best Drones


Share This:

10 thoughts on “EMAX Nighthawk Pro 280 Review

  1. Helen

    Hi there Emanuel.

    I like your post and have lately become interested in drones. I just imagine the awesome views with a drone from where you have never seen it.

    I appreciate how well you have broken down how we can save if we buy it as is. We tend to think that buying parts separate would bring down the cost and in most cases it is true. You are helping us save money and energy.


  2. Dinh

    Thanks for reviewing the Emax Nighthawk Pro 280.
    I am glad that you told me that it was be more cost effective to buy this rather than get the parts separately.
    It’s great that it’s almost ready to fly when it’s out of the box, are there any negatives on this drone?
    I am considering this as a Christmas present for a friend, are the instructions clear?

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi Dinh, the Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 is so easy to have set up and ideal for someone who wants a quality racing drone but hasn’t the time to build and set one up.

      For me the Emax Nighthawk Pro 280 has no weaknesses, is a drone that comes with a price/quality very good.

      Yes, the instructions are clear, inside the box there´s a manual in English and one in Chinese. Very easy to follow.

      Thanks for your comment.

  3. Min Dimech

    This is very interesting. I didn’t know anything about drones but I think I need one! It looks like fun. I love the video!

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi, I´m glad that you enjoyed my article.

      If you think, that you really need one, don´t think twice, you won´t regret it. You can do a lot of things with it.

      Thanks for your comment.

  4. Aaron

    Great review and product! Most FPV drones I have seen cost more than this! I Might have to add this to my Christmas list lol! Does this come with a headset or something for mobile viewing, or do you have any affordable suggestions for this?

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi Aaron, I´m glad that you liked my post.

      Yes, there are more expensive FPV drones than the Emax Nighthawk 280 Pro out there. If you decide to add the Emax Nighthawk 280 Pro to your Christmas list, you won´t be disappointed.

      There´s no headset inside the box. To jump into the next stage you should buy some FPV Goggles. Try here at Amazon.com to see the goggles that suit you better.

      I hope it helped you.

      Thanks for your comment.

  5. JeremyDavidWilson.com

    Hello Emanuel,

    Wow, these are so super cool…I have got to get me one of these!!! I’ve always been a fan of remote controlled cars and boats and I’ve had many of those throughout my life, but these drones are simply Bad to the Bone!

    I have a friend that uses one with an awesome camera set up to film his excursions while he’s out on his yacht in the ocean and the videos he brings back and shares with me look like they’ve been shot by a professional film crew…this is where I first learned of the drones….I didn’t even know they existed on a consumer level until I saw his….and I say again….Soooo Cool!!!

    So let me ask you, for someone who’s never had a drone before, which drone & camera set up would you recommend for a beginner/newbie?

    I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

    All The Best,
    Jeremy David Wilson

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi Jeremy, I´m glad that you liked my article.

      If you really want to start flying a drone I recommend you to pick up one, that you feel confortable with, and not to expensive either.

      You may read this article, it wil give you an idea of which quadcopter to choose.

      If money is not an issue for you, I would choose the Dji Phantom 3 Standard, it is considered the best drone to learn how to fly.

      I hope it helped you.

      Thanks a lot for your comment, and feel free to browse my website often.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *