MICRO FPV FLIGHT CAMERAS

The FPV camera is your "eyes" on the Micro FPV Drone in that (for the most part) what it "sees" you see in your goggles (you'll also see any inherent broadcast interference incurred between VTX transmission and goggles receiver module reception).

Some of things to consider before purchasing an FPV camera are discussed in the short 60-second video clip below. In addition to those considerations you should also ask yourself whether or not you want to use the video captured from your FPV camera for flight only or if you'd also like to use it for publishing to social media sites, etc. You also must choose whether or not you'd like to use an analog camera together with an analog video transmitter (VTX) for use with analog video receiver goggles OR if you want to go the digital route (more expensive) for all 3 of those. Let me go through these scenarios for you.

Scenario 1: I only want to use FPV video for flying (if I want to publish my flight video, I'll use an externally mounted HD stabilized video camera like a GoPro Lite, SMO 4K, or insta360 GO). In this case, a good-quality analog FPV camera (with an analog VTX & goggles) will work just fine. This is how I have been flying for the most part of my entire FPV experience and I love it! My recommendations for best-value analog FPV cameras are listed below the short video clip.

Scenario 2: I'd like to stick with analog FPV video for flight and I don't need stabilized HD video, but it sure would be nice to also capture some HD non-stabilized video without broadcast interference for posting to social media sites. That's great! I've done this myself and it works great with the right type of camera! Its been my experience the "split-type" cameras which use one lens for both FPV feed video and capturing HD onboard video don't work so well. Your FPV video you see in your goggles tends to by "milky," "muddy," or "hazy" and isn't as much fun to fly. In this scenario, I'd recommend going with a dual-lens camera that uses one lens for your FPV video and the other to capture onboard (without interference) HD video to an SD card. I've listed my recommendation for this type of camera down below the video clip as well.

Scenario 3: I'm ready to go the digital FPV route now. I understand the digital video they capture is not stabilized and I'm still good with that since the quality of the video I see while flying is what is more important to me. I can still use an externally mounted GoPro-type camera for stabilized HD video. OK, I haven't yet been there myself, however, a few new digital cameras have come onto the seen in the past couple of months making them more of a viable option for Micro FPV Drones (previous digital versions along with their associated digital VTXs were bulky and heavy). Of these more recent smaller, lighter digital cameras I have researched, my recommendations are listed below the video clip.

MICRO FPV CAMERAs

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Caddx Baby Ratel

~ $30.99 (USD)

Nano-sized, 14x14mm and only 4.6 grams! 1.8mm lens gives you a wide 160 degree field of view (FOV).

4:3 and 16:9 interchangeable aspect ratio and great low-light performance with HD Starlight sensor.

I've got this in 3 of my Micro FPV builds for a reason!

Purchase at Amazon

Purchase at Banggood

Purchase at Pyro Drone

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Caddx Ratel V2

~ $30.99 (USD)

This is the camera that changed everything for me. Unbelievable vibrant analog picture quality and low-light performance (fly at dusk like its the middle of the day!).

Bigger brother to the Baby Ratel comes in at 5.8 grams in a 19x19 form factor.

I'm still sportin' this one in one of my Micro FPV builds!

Purchase at Banggood

Purchase at CycloneFPV

Purchase at GetFPV

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Caddx Tarsier V2

~ $88.99 (USD)

This is my recommendation for Scenario #2 above. Great live analog FPV video feed (what you see in your goggles) while simultaneously recording outstanding HD video (I use the 2.7k 60 fps option) to your onboard SD card.

Onboard recording of HD video means no interference recorded.

Best of both worlds!

I've got this one installed on 3 builds (2 Rattlers and a FlexRC Colugo). Love it! 5.9g

Purchase at Banggood

Purchase at CycloneFPV

Purchase at RaceDayQuads

Purchase at GetFPV

Purchase at Pyro Drone

icro FPV digital camera for Shark Byte system

Foxeer Digisight

~ $49.90 (USD)

Shark Byte Digital FPV system compatible. The image quality of the Digisight appears to be better than the Runcam Shark Byte Nano.

Comes in a 14x14 form factor with a 19x19 mount bracket adapter.

Weight = 4.3g

Compatible with Caddx Vista & DJI

Purchase Pro at Banggood

Purchase Pro at DefianceRC


icro FPV digital camera for Caddx Vista and DJI systems

Caddx Nebula Pro & Nebula Nano

~ $55.99 & 29.50 (USD)

Based on my research (I have not used either of these YET), the image quality is comparable (if not better) than the DJI camera.

Both are smaller and lighter weight with the Nebula Pro in its 19x19 form factor weighing only 6 g and the Nano version in its 14x14 form facto coming in at 4.5 grams!

Compatible with Caddx Vista & DJI

Purchase Pro at Pyro Drone

Purchase Pro at GetFPV

Purchase Pro at DefianceRC

Purchase Nano at GetFPV

Purchase Nano at Caddx FPV

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