FPV: Equipment For FPV

Cameras

Here’s some info regarding cameras we stock, please have a look through and make sure you read everything in bold! The reason for this is that your camera may not work with a certain transmitter type!

FPV Camera:

The FPV camera depicts the quality of the image you see, the colours that reproduce and the field of view from the plane. There are many different types, sizes and prices available to the FPV user. Below are some examples of camera models used and liked by FPV users:

GoPro HD Hero 3+ High Definition Camera – Black Edition

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • Immersive, wide angle capture of your favourite activities
  • Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 40M and captures sharp images above and below water
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts for attaching to gear, body, helmets, vehicles and more
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac™ and second generation Battery BacPac™
  • Backwards compatible with older generation BacPacs™
  • New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more.
  • Camera Weight: 74g/136g with housing
  • New SuperView mode enables full widescreen playback
  • Auto Low Light adjustment changes frame rates according to lighting conditions
  • Protune is an advanced video mode for outstanding video/picture quality: it captures images with less compression, a neutral colour profile and records video at 24fps allowing for flexibility and ease of post-production enhancing.

Included:

  • HERO3+: Black Edition Camera
  • 131’/40m Waterproof Housing
  • Wi-Fi Remote
  • High Capacity Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • Vertical Quick Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • 1 Curved Adhesive Mount
  • 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • USB Charging Cable

GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Cameras are the most advanced cameras in the GoPro range so far, 20% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and even more powerful than any of the previous models. The Hero3+ is both wearable and gear mountable, whilst being waterproof up to 40m and capable of capturing in 4kps, 2.7kps, 1440p, 1080p 960p, 720p and WVGA modes offering a cinema quality picture and captures professional quality 12 megapixel photos. The Hero3+ also has 33% improved image sharpness compared to the Hero£, as well as a 30% longer battery life.

The GoPro Hero3+ Camera also features built-in Wi-Fi to enable remote control via a Wi-Fi Remote (included) or you can run live video preview or control your Hero3+ remotely through a smartphone or tablet using the free GoPro app. Epic.

WDR650 3D DNR Mini Camera with 2.8mm lens

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • 1/3″ 650 TVL Super HAD CCD II
  • 0.001 LUX Starlight
  • 3 Dimension Digital Noise Reduction (3D-DNR)
  • Digital Wide Dynamic Range (D-WDR)
  • OSD Menu Control
  • FOV 94° 2.8mm lens
  • DC 12V Power Input Required
  • Dimensions: 25mm x 25mm x 28mm (Lens)
  • NB: Not compatible with EzOSD.

Coyote on FPVHUB.com said: “I have been trialling it for firstpersonview.co.uk for a few weeks now.

The standard WDR cameras are fantastic, the only downside to them is that they are huge! Like a big air brake which can make them unsuitable for some planes like Funjets or similar size. You could put a standard WDR on one, but it looks pretty stupid at best.

Simon then set about getting hold of a WDR camera that was not a standard size but only 1″ high and wide. It took a while but eventually they are here, we have now tested them and they perform perfectly, exactly the same as my favourite standard size WDR650. It has a new version OSD joystick that is easy to use, fully adjustable too.

I can now highly recommend this camera as it is now my firm favourite FPV camera from all the others I have used before (which is a lot!)

Great review! If you’d like a peek at the manual…it’s here! https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/files/WDR650TVLCameraManual.pdf

 

Vonista FPV700 WDR CCD Camera

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • 1/3″ Sony 960H Ex-view HADCCD II
  • Hi Resolution 700TV Line
  • 5V-15V DC input
  • 3.6mm lens
  • 0.06 Lux/F1.2
  • OSD capability – great for FPV and for changing camera settings
  • 2D Digital Noise Reducer (DNR) – low light image quality is improved
  • Weight: 36g
  • Size: 30mm x 30mm
  • Adaptive Tone Reproduction – graduates between high and low contrast for better visibility of the whole picture
  • Wide Dynamic Range – can combine multiple images in order to minimise shadows and improve overall picture quality

This camera from Vonista boasts an extremely high quality picture, perfect for FPV.

Team Black Sheep 69 FPV Camera

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • Resolution: 690 TVL (colour) / 800 TVL (black and white)
  • Focal Width: 3.8mm
  • Supply Voltage: 12V DC
  • Dimensions: 32mm x x32mm
  • Sensor: PIXIM Seawolf
  • Video standard: PAL or NTSC (configurable in the menu)
  • Weight: 44g

This Team Black Sheep camera boasts a high resolution, has the newest generation PIXIM sensor and has incredible low-light handling.

Fat Shark 700TVL CCD PAL Camera

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • Resolution: 700TV Lines
  • Power Consumption: 80mA at 5V
  • Operating Voltage: 3.3-5V
  • Size:  25mm x 25mm
  • Weight: 55g
  • Operating Temperature: -10 to 60C
  • Imager: 1/3″ Sony CCD
  • Low Light: 0.08Lux/F1.2

Here we have the super high resolution 700TVL CCD with FPV tuned settings for awesome clarity and ground detail even when facing the sun!

Product link: https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/fat-shark-700tvl-ccd-pal-camera

Fat Shark 420TVL CCD PAL Camera

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • Camera Type: Colour PAL
  • Resolution: 420TV Lines
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • Power Consumption: 185 mA at 5V
  • Voltage: 3.3-5V
  • Dimensions:  27mm x 25mm
  • Weight: 33g

Fat Shark have produced a small, lightweight camera that still manages to provide a great level of performance.

Product Link: https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/fat-shark-420tvl-ccd-pal-camera

2g Nano 520TVL

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • Sensor: Single Chip 1/3″ CMOS
  • Video System: PAL
  • Resolution: 786H × 576V
  • Image Signal Process: Digital Signal Processing System
  • Sensor Dimensions: 4.75mmH × 3.55mmV
  • Horizontal Resolution: Approximately 520TV Lines
  • Scanning System: 2?1 Interlace
  • Sensitivity: 0.008Lux/F1.2
  • Lens & View Angle: 0.5mm F2.0 /55 °
  • S/N Ratio: 52dB
  • Electronic Shutter Out: 1/60S TO 1/100000S OUT 1/50S TO 1/100000S
  • Auto Gain Control: OUT
  • White Balance Control: OUT
  • Back Light Compensation: OUT
  • Video:  OUT 1.0V p-p/75ohm
  • Sze:  (L x W x H) 16mm x 16mm x 10.5mm
  • Weight: 2g
  • Current Draw: 70mA
  • Power Requirement: DC 3.3V-6V
  • Operating Temperature: – 10° C ~ +50°C less than 90% RH
  • Connection: PIN1-Red DC5V  PIN2-Black GND  PIN3-Yellow VIDEO OUT

At only 2 grams and measuring 16mm x 16mm x 10.5mm, and packing a massive 520 Tv Lines this really is a great little camera. It isn’t going to weigh you down but still gives a decent resolution of 786Hx576V.

Product Link:  https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/2g-nano-520tvl-camera

1g Nano 520TVL

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • Sensor: Single Chip 1/3″ CMOS
  • Video System: PAL
  • Resolution 786H × 576V
  • Image Signal Process: Digital Signal Processing System
  • Sensor Dimensions: 4.75mm H × 3.55mm V
  • Horizontal Resolution: Approximately 520TV Lines
  • Scanning System: 2:1 Interlace
  • Sensitivity: 0.008Lux/F1.2
  • Lens & View Angle: 0.5mm F2.0 /55 °
  • S/N Ratio: 52dB
  • Electronic Shutter Out: 1/60S TO 1/100000 S OUT 1/50S TO 1/100000S
  • Auto Gain Control: OUT
  • White Balance Control: OUT
  • Back Light Compensation: OUT
  • Video:  OUT 1.0V p-p/75ohm
  • Size:  (L x W x H) 11.5mm x11.5mmM x 15mm
  • Weight: 1g
  • Current Draw: 70mA
  • Power Requirement: DC 3.3V-6V
  • Operating Temperature: – 10° C ~ +50°C less than 90% RH
  • Connection PIN1-Red DC5V  PIN2-Black GND  PIN3-Yellow VIDEO OUT

To connect this camera to an ImmersionRC/Fatshark transmitter, please only connect it correctly, with the red wire connecting to the 5V pin, the black to the GND pin and the Yellow to the Video pin.  Do not connect the the transmitter in any other way…or you will Kill Your Camera!

Product Link:  https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/1g-nano-520tvl-camera

FPV – 20CS

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Tech Specs and Features:

  • SONY 1/3 ” Super HAD II CCD
  • 550TVL
  • 3.6mm board lens
  • 5V-15V DC power
  • 20x20mm

*This camera WILL NOT work with a Fat Shark 250mW transmitter, please do not buy this camera if you intend to use that transmitter.

Product Link: https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/mini-color-camerasony-13-super-had-ii-ccd520tvl

FPV-25CK

Tech Specs and Features:

  • 600 TV Line
  • 3.6mm lens
  • 5V-15V DC power
  • 25x25mm
  • Mini size only 25x25mm.
  • New colour signal processing – Improved chroma signal processing accuracy which provides a high colour visual reproduction.
  • 2D Noise Reduction.
  • Great Back Light Compensation performance.

* This camera WILL NOT work with a Fat Shark 250mW transmitter, please do not buy this camera if you intend to use that transmitter.

Here’s a link!

https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/mini-color-camera-sony-13-super-had-ii-ccd600tvl

FPV 25CE

Tech Specs and Features:

  • Imaging Sensor: Sony 1/3 inch Super HAD II CCD with Sony Effio-E DSP
  • Number of Pixels: PAL:  976 x 582
  • Horizontal Resolution: 650 TV Line
  • Auto White Balance S/N Ratio: Better than 48dB
  • Gamma Characteristic: 0.45 (AGC Off)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0.0001 Lux
  • Lens: 3.6mm mini lens
  • Power 3.6V – 5.5V
  • Dimension : 25 X 25mm
  • Weight: 22 Grams
  • This is our latest and highest resolution mini FPV-25CE camera. Weighs in at only 22 grams and measures 25mm x 25mm. The Sony chipset produces a massive 650 TV Line resolution and the Sony Effio-E DSP gives you the best possible image.
  • The camera includes sophisticated 2D noise reduction and great back light compensation performance.

This camera must not be powered with more than 5.5V.  Doing so will destroy it. The camera clearly lists the voltage on the back of it (where you connect the power).  Occasionally a generic paper manual is included with the camera which may list another voltage – ignore that.

Here’s a link!

https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/cameras/mini-color-camerasony-13exview-had-ccd8545tm-ccd

Further Information: 

The cameras are normally made up of two working voltages, either 5 volts or 12 volts. The camera does vary between each model –

  • Lux : Lux is a measure of light intensity. A camera lux rating is the minimum amount of light that will produce pictures. The lower the number, the more sensitive the camera. A camera of 0.05 lux will produce a very good picture in low light conditions whereas for normal FPV daylight flying this is not really an important factor as all will perform the same in daylight.
  • TVL : TVL is the TV line output of the camera, often referred to as resolution. The number comes from how many dark and light lines can be counted in the picture horizontally. Some FPV cameras are 380 TVL some 480 and 540.  The more line there is then the bigger the image will be when recording.

What To Expect From Each

  • A 380 Tvl picture is ok but slightly blurry to the eye.
  • A 420 Tvl is around Vhs quality.
  • A 480 Tvl is S-Vhs.
  • A 500+ Tvl should produce some very sharp and DVD quality pictures.
  • For FPV we would use 1/3 or 1/2″ Lens sizes – the size of the capture lens is 1/3″.

Lens:

  • Most cameras have slightly larger than standard field of view, so that the objects on the sides of the image appear at normal distance. Larger field of view of a lens also enhances the possibility of the fish-eye effect. For FPV you would want somewhere in the region of a 1.7 to a 3.6mm lens. Remember that the lower the number the greater the field of view. Lens thread diameters are 12mm

Pal / NTSC:

  • In the UK we use PAL format. Its the standard here. What’s the difference between the two you ask? PAL has a resolution of 720×576 but a lower frame rate of 25 FPS. NTSC on the other hand has a resolution of 720×480 but a higher frame rate of 29.97 FPS. Most equipment available is compatible with both systems but we tend to choose PAL for its better resolution.

Thanks for reading!

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