Upcoming Review Items
Well I’ve got a few items on the way for review from Banggood.com, but they’re coming from overseas and have been delayed by the lunar new year. Still, I’m excited to put these items through the wringer!
First up, the RunCam 2!
This should actually be here soon as it was ordered from the Banggood.com US Warehouse. The RunCam2 is one of the lightest Full HD (1080p 60fps!) cameras that is built for FPV. Like the BitEye camera I reviewed, the RunCam2 boasts a latency of 60ms. Also cool is the 720p 120fps mode and WiFi preview capabilities, plus it comes in a highly visible blaze orange or silver case.
They say this camera is “Born for RC”, and was designed with FPV in mind. The battery is replaceable, which is nice as you could carry a spare, or you can power it externally. The lens hood is supposed to cut down on glare. I’m excited to see this one in action and see how it compares to the other cameras I have on hand.
Another good deal from Banggood, this one from the Chinese warehouse. I’m not familiar with the brand, but the price was hard to beat at $17.99 with free shipping! Reported weight is 160g, and the dimensions are 32*35*75MM. The discharge rate is 45C, and that’s a decent amount of power really.
Now apparently there are some mixed reviews out there, but mostly dealing with the larger capacity 3s ZOP lipos. Time will tell if these are any good. Fingers crossed that they are!
Hmm… A new HD camera, some new 4S lipos… It’s almost like I’m preparing for something…
YUP! There it is! Hate on me if you want, but I love a racing quad with a cover. Such a cleaner look! Purists be damned, it just appeals to me aesthetically.
Not only is this a decent looking frame, it actually comes fully assembled WITH the FPV gear! So that’s the frame, motors, ESCs, power distribution, flight controller (a mini CC3D), FOV camera, and a 40 channel 600mw video transmitter with Raceband for $170! That’s crazy!
The frame features a nice little cubby for a Mobius Action Camera, but I’m hoping the RunCam2 will fit without much modification. The frame is 3mm Carbon Fiber, and don’t’ let that plastic cover fool you – it’s a solid frame under there too. Looks like there’s plenty of space for adding other things as well, such as an OSD.
One thing to mention: it comes with 12A ESCs. That seems a little under powered, so I’m going to replace those with 20A ESCs as soon as possible. It’d probably be fine with a 3S lipo, but I don’t want to take any chances. I’ll most likely be stepping down from the stock 6045 props to 5045 bullnose DAL props, depending on the motors.
Now I ain’t gonna lie, this thing caught me by surprise. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken with other pilots about how someone needed to combine a Cleanflight compatible flight controller with a MinimOSD. Well, here you go! Not only that, but they’ve upgraded the main processor to an F3 and added 16MB of flash memory for logging. I chose to go with the Deluxe version which includes an integrated compass and barometer. I don’t know if this would fit cleanly into the Keel-270, so I may use this in an FPV flying wing I’m working on. No matter where it ends up, this thing can greatly simplify builds and I’m really looking forward to seeing how well it performs in the field.
Hopefully the mail carrier will start dropping this stuff off this week so I can bring you the details. Until then, remember: be kind to noobs!