For LARGE AOS drones:
HQProp 5.1X2.5X3 3-Blade Propeller (Set of 4)
When you value the smoothest footage over top end thrust and power these are the props for you. Incredibly low vibration and a shallow pitch reduces prop wash to nearly zero.
For racing responsiveness, thrust and efficiency are key. The R38 offers similar or even more thrust to the R42 at higher efficiency so is my pick.
HQ 5x4.3x3 V1S
I've tested virtually every 5" prop out there and these were the best all rounders. They really stand out for excellent vibration performance and top end thrust while being lightweight and responsive.
T-Motor Mini F7 Stack + F45A 3-6S BLHeli_32 4-in-1 ESC
T-motor have a great reputation for quality and reliability. This F7 stack and 45A ESC is a safe and solid choice with all the functionality you could want on a flight controller.
Skystars Fly Stack - F7 HD Mini Pro FC + KM55 55A AM_32 3-6S 4-in-1 ESC - 20x20
AM32 is the best performing ESC firmware available today. It's not used in many products but this stack from Skystars has it along with an F7 processor and connections for digital VTXs. This is my choice for a 20x20 stack today.
Diatone Mamba Stack - MK4 F405 FC + 40A 3-6S BLHeli_S ESC - Mini 20x20
20mm FC and EC is the sweet spot for 5" quads in my opinion. Lighter and smaller than 30mm stacks but with ESC ratings more than sufficient for any 5" motor and prop combination. This stack from Diatone is great value. Make sure to flash BlueJay to the ESCs.
Tattu R-Line Version 5.0 1200mAh 6S1P 150C LiPo Battery
Where battery performance is critical Tattu R-Line packs have a good reputation for delivering more power at a lighter weight. You pay a little more for the extra performance.
CNHL Black Series 100C 6S LiPo Battery - 1100mAh
For high performance 5" I would recommend 6S batteries. CNHL make these decent quality batteries at a good price.
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RCinPower Smoox 2306 Plus 1350KV/1880KV/2280KV/2580KV
RCinPower make excellent quality motors and regularly test amongst the best available. This Smoox 2306 Plus has a unibell design, use strong N52 magnets and hold a very tight air gap.
EMAX ECO II Series 2207 Motor
These motors have strong N52 magnets and solid build quality at an attractive price point. While you can find motors for less money they are rarely worth buying.
iFlight XING2 2207 Motor - 1855KV/2755KV
State-of-the-art in FPV motors right now. Unibell design, titanium shaft, slotted arc magnets for faster response, strong N52 magnets and a protective o-ring to keep the bearings smoother for longer.
RCinPower Wasp Major 22.6-6.5 1860KV
One of the very best performing 5" Motors available right now in my testing. With strong performance in every category RCinPower have delivered an exceptional motor. Perfect for a high performance 5" freestyle or racing build. 1860KV is a more moderate KV option which will be kinder on your battery.
RCINPOWER GTS V2 2207 Plus Motor - 1860KV/2500KV/2750KV
RCinPower make excellent quality motors. These have a unibell design, use strong N52 magnets and hold a tight air gap.
T-Motor PACER V3 P2207 Powerful Freestyle Motor -1750KV/ 1950KV/ 2080KV/ 2550KV
A more premium offering from T-Motor these motors are available in a wide range of KV to match your preferred prop. I'd take 1750KV for a typical 5x4.3x3 on 6S.
RCinPower Wasp Major 22.6-6.5 2020KV
One of the very best performing 5" Motors available right now in my testing. With strong performance in every category RCinPower have delivered an exceptional motor. Perfect for a high performance 5" freestyle or racing build. 2020 KV provides the maximum possible performance but will draw more current from your battery.
T-Motor VELOX VELOCE V2207.5 V2 Motor - 1750KV/1950KV/2550KV (Royal Blue)
N52 magnets, titanium shaft and manufactured by T-Motor. If that wasn't enough these are also seriously good looking motors.
iFlight XING-E Pro 2207
A unibell design, N52 magnets and an o-ring to cushion the bearing in a crash.This is premium motor technology at an affordable cost.