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.
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
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