I get emails from people all the time asking me “which is better – the cc3d or the naze32.” So I decided to answer this question once and for all. This article will compare the cc3d vs naze32.
To begin with, both the Naze and CC3D are high quality flight controllers and will come fully packaged and soldered well if you order them from their company website.
The CC3D and Naze32 have very similar features such as the same 32bit STM32 F103 processor. They are also both exactly the same size, coming in at 36 x 36 mm. However, they differ in the fact that the Naze32 has a MPU6050 acc/gyro whereas the CC3D has an MPU6000. Also the Naze32 uses a MicroUSB port whereas the CC3d utilises a MiniUSB port. In my opinion, I defiantly prefer the MicroUSB as I always have spare MicroUSB cable lying around (to charge my headphones or something). The only downside to the Naze is that it doesn’t have the 16MBit Flash Chip 25P16VP. It’s not really that much of an issue however and so I would recommend that you buy the Naze32.
Now, the Naze32 has two softwares that it can run – OpenPilot GCS or Baseflight. The Baseflight software was effortless to setup and run whereas I found the OpenPilot GCS much more complex as there are just so many different options.
You can also run Baseflight on the CC3D if you install “Cleanflight.” You then join this to your computer and the CC3D should run with no problem.
To Cut To The Chase – Which One You Should Buy
I think it is clear that I am more of a fan of the Naze32. This is because it’s more of a “plug-in and play” flight controller whereby it is easy to attach your radio and any other components that you need as the Naze has the standard plug pins. If you buy the CC3D you will need to do a little extra soldering. It is also much more effort to install cleanflight on the CC3D than it is with the Naze32.
With that being said, the CC3D is much cheaper, and you can still run cleanflight – you just need micro-connectors. Also it has a 16Mbit flash chip so that you can get the Blackbox on your multicopter.
It’s a win win situation – both of these flight controllers are great but I would personally go with the Naze 32.