FPV (first person view) quadcopters are small, lightweight, and relatively affordable drones that have a camera mounted on the aircraft so as to send real-time videos through a transmitter.
Simply put, these little gadgets can give you bird’s-eye views at breakneck speeds. They indeed can give you an otherworldly experience and are worth every bit of their hype.
In an attempt to help you make the most of your first-hand flying experience, we’ve listed all the things you need to consider while choosing your very own FPV quadcopter.
Choosing the Best FPV Camera for Your Quadcopter
Let’s Consider the Feeds from a Dedicated FPV Camera
While professional photographers might swear by the results from high-action cameras, a dedicated FPV camera that is not mounted on a gimbal might be a better choice for people who’re mainly flying an FPV for the experience. While we admit that dedicated cameras provide much lower resolution than their high-action counterparts, they guarantee a better sense of motion and control for the less experienced flyer.
To The Feeds from High-Action Cameras
Now, if you back your maneuvering skills and are looking for a true-blue experience in aerial videography, then you’re probably better off with an anFPV camera that guarantees high definition images on your display screen. Let’s face it, irrespective of how effective your video transmitter is, your experience- and by that, we mean the visuals you’re likely to see on your FPV display, will only be as good as your FPV camera. A good tip is to use high definition and action cameras such as GoPro. They’re easy to connect to your video transmitter and produce great feeds.
But Then, There’s the Latency Issues to Deal With
Because action cameras such as GoPro produce highly detailed images (up to 4k resolution) and because they process all that information from the image sensor, most action cameras have higher latency readings than dedicated FPV cameras with lower resolutions. Your best bet is to, therefore, factor your experience and the reasons you want to use a quadcopter before you choose between a dedicated and high-action camera.
Choosing the Right Transmitter
The transmitter of an FPV quadcopter sends video signals back to the ground wirelessly. The more power your transmitter has, the sharper and more refined will your visuals be. Although most transmitters operate on multiple frequencies and receivers, it is wise to determine the regulatory restrictions in your country before choosing to ramp up your frequency. For instance, most parts of UK and Europe permit only 5.8 GHz 25mw transmitters, meaning you’ll have to seek special licenses for other frequencies. Make sure you check the regulations in your country before deciding on the type of transmitter you want for your drone.
Choosing the Right Batteries/Power
When it comes to choosing the right battery for your FPV, you essentially have two choices to pick from. You either:
• Power directly from your flight battery
• Power using an external battery
While using your flight battery might work if you have restricted space and cannot house an extra FPV battery, using an external battery is the best and most effective wear to power your FPV gear. Not only does it allow you to manually choose the correct voltage (2S ideally), but it also cuts back on any disturbances and interferences from motors.
So, there you have it. We hope this article helps you factor things you’d like to consider before choosing a suitable FPV Quadcopter. It worked for us and we sincerely hope it does so for you too.