FPV: Equipment For FPV

Pan and Tilt for FPV Cameras

Pan And Tilt:

I had touched briefly on Pan and Tilt in the Head Tracker section of the blog but I’m going to go into it here in a bit more detail.

If you want, you can check out what I covered together with an overview on head tracker devices here – https://www.firstpersonview.co.uk/blog/equipment/head-trackers/

Camera Pan And Tilt:

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Pan and tilt is an excellent feature for the FPV pilot as it gives you the freedom to look about your setting whilst you perform various loops and tricks.

Video quality and excellent vision are a necessary requirement for the FPV pilot so the camera pan and tilt should be properly set up.

Setting up is a simple straight forward task and how effectively you set up is based on a few aspects –

  • You will need 2 servos to control the camera as using one servo will give you little in the way of control over the tilt function.
  • The camera will need to be able to rotate on two axis, horizontally and vertically.
  • Make sure you have two channels accessible on your transmitter to control the axis, pan and tilt.


How It Works:

When you’ve set up your pan and tilt system the camera should be mounted on the base by the lens and should pivot on its axis by the servos.

You’re going to want as much pan as possible but make sure you set the tilt so that the camera doesn’t come into touch with anything which could lead to jamming or burning out the servo.

On the pan users sometimes want more travel so to get this what’s called a servo stretcher is used. Basically this plugs into the servo lead and then gets adjusted on the transmitter to obtain 180 degrees.

Remember that you can mount the pan and tilt on the plane to get your required view point.

You can check out an aerial pan and tilt demonstration on the video below.

And here’s a video on a simple FPV pan/tilt set up.

Thanks for reading!