Eachine EF-01 All-In-One FPV Camera/VTX
Noob’s note: I’m going to use stock photos for this review as my camera was acting up and I didn’t get any decent shots 🙁 My apologies!)
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the “Tiny Whoop”. It’s an inexpensive quadcopter (the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01342CJS6″ locale=”US” tag=”no0f38-20″]Blade Inductrix[/easyazon_link]) with upgraded motors and a small all-in-one camera and video transmitter attached. There have been similar products before, but for one reason or another this little DIY quad has launched a huge following.
Being that the Tiny Whoop is DIY, you’re going to need to source the gear yourself. Once you have the Inductrix you can get the upgraded motors from Micro Motor Warehouse. For the camera/VTX combo you have options, but for the money I recommend the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01HTH7WI4″ locale=”US” tag=”no0f38-20″]Eachine EF-01[/easyazon_link].
The Eachine EF-01 combines an 800TVL camera with a 25mW video transmitter in a tiny package that runs off 3-5v (a 1S battery). This makes it perfect for adding FPV to a micro-sized quadcopter, or even an RC car. With this camera you can FPV anything! It is perfect for a “Tiny Whoop” of course but I have also attached it to RC cars, RC planes, my dog, a lawnmower – it’s awesome! Attach it to the front of your FPV goggles and try to walk around, the wider FOV makes you feel like a giant. Fun at parties!
The whole unit is enclosed in a small metal case which keeps it safe and sound, and also works as a sort of heat sink. This case adds a little weight compared to some other all-in-one solutions, but can be removed easily if you choose. Attaching the EF-01 to a foamie like the Flite Test Bloody Wonder is a new experience for sure and it doesn’t affect flight performance at all. Even though the transmit power is only 25mW I had no issues with penetration indoors and it even has decent range outdoors as long as you have direct line-of-sight. A decent antenna on the receiver helps too.
It’s incredible how small this camera is, and the video quality is impressive. The video in my Attitude V2’s was crystal clear and of high quality. It is MUCH better than the camera that came with the Blade Nano QX FPV, and rivals many of the board cams I’ve used. The Eachine EF-01 supports 40ch, so it should work perfectly fine with all of your FPV gear. Switching channels, bands, and even choosing between NTSC/PAL is simple thanks to the easily accessible button on the side, and the LEDs on the rear clearly display the band/frequency on which you are currently transmitting.
My only real issue with this unit is the same issue I have with any AIO unit – no OSD. Maybe that seems like an outrageous request, but it would be great to see battery voltage in the FPV feed. On something like a Tiny Whoop where you power the FPV camera from the flight battery you could better manage your flight time, and in a situation where you are powering the EF-01 from a dedicated battery you could make sure that you aren’t running the LiPo too low. Not a deal breaker, but man would that help.
All in all this is a great option for those looking for a tiny, lightweight AIO camera and VTX that is perfect for indoor and even outdoor FPV. It is small enough to attach to almost anything with some double-sided tape and the video is clear enough for racing. Attach it to your RC car for a few laps around the track, or strap it to a small quadcopter to get in on the “Tiny Whoop” craze. This little AIO camera/VTX will not let you down!
Sensor: 1/3 “CMOS
Lens: M8 800TVL Lens
Angle: 150 ° FOV horizontal viewing angle of 170 ° DFOV diagonal perspective
Format: NTSC / PAL (switchable)
Power consumption: 380mA @ 3 · 7V
Lens Mirror Diameter: 2.1mm IR coated FOV150 (horizontal)
Support video format: NTSC / PAL
Output Impedance: 75 Ohm
Output signal strength: 23 ~ 24dBm
Output Power: 25mW
Wireless Channel: 40CH
Antenna: RHCP circular polarization clover leaf antenna
Operating voltage: 3.6V ~ 5.5V
Audio carrier: 6.5MHz
Short press (Apr. 1 sec or less): Change channels 1-8
Long press (More than 1.5 sec): Change bands A-B-E-F-R
Long + press (More than 3 sec): Change NTSC/PAL system
NTSC or PAL (selectable; Blue LED on= NTSC; Blue LED off=PAL)
Weight: 8g (with case)
Size: 26x20x18mm (without antenna)