As the year comes to an end, we list our top 5 camera picks of 2017. Below, we include specifications for each camera so that you can make an informed decision when selecting your next FPV camera.To choose the best FPV camera for your quadcopter, there are several things that you want to consider. Although it may vary based on your flying style, most pilots are looking for an economical camera with low latency and a good form factor (See article FPV Quadcopter Part Spotlight).


RunCam Eagle 2 Pro

 

runcam eagle 2 pro

Best Image Quality

When settings on the RunCam Eagle 2 Pro are optimally tuned, the image quality is spectacular. This camera comes with the ability to switch from 4:3 (140 degree FOV) to 16:9 (170 degree FOV) on the OSD, a useful feature if your goggles support 16:9.  Although we get an 800TVL camera resolution with this model, latency issues (Note: latency can be caused from a variety of factors) that were experienced with the RunCam Eagle 2 seem to have been rectified in the Pro. In addition to this, we also find that the improved Global Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) allows for better lighting transition than it's predecessor.

Cost:  $44.99

Specifications

  • Imaging Sensor: 1/1.8" CMOS Sensor 
  • Wide Dynamic Range: Yes - Global WDR
  • Video Encoding Format: NTSC & PAL (switchable on OSD)
  • Field of View (FOV) Lens Focal Width: 2.1mm (16:9) or 2.5mm (4:3)
  • Field of View Angle:  170 degrees (16:9) or 140 degrees (4:3)
  • TVL Camera Resolution: 800TVL
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9 (switchable on OSD)
  • Weight: 15g
  • Dimensions: L28mm*W26mm*H28mm
  • OSD: Yes

Features

  • Built-in OSD that displays battery voltage, timer and pilot's name
  • Onboard microphone situated at back of camera (reduction in interference noise) to record audio in FPV
  • Supports 5 to 36 input voltage

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Runcam Swift 2

Runcam Swift 2

Most Versatile 

The Runcam Swift 2 is the perfect choice if you are looking for a camera with an abundance of options for different flying conditions or styles. We like that you can choose from three different lens options (130 degrees at 2.5mm, 150 degrees at 2.3mm and 165 degrees at 2.1mm) and that apart from the standard single hole housing, it comes with a spare 3-hole case and back plate making it compatible with more frames. We see the menu and OSD evolve and offer great options including VBat readings, flight times, a customizable name and even an extension cable to modify your OSD and menu without too much hassle.

Cost:  $34.99

Specifications

  • Imaging Sensor: 1/3" SONY Super HAD II CCD Sensor 
  • Wide Dynamic Range: Yes - D-WDR
  • Video Encoding Format: NTSC & PAL
  • Field of View (FOV) Lens Focal Width: 2.1mm, 2.3mm or 2.5mm
  • Field of View Angle:  130 degrees (2.5mm), 150 degrees (2.3mm) or 165 degrees (2.1mm)
  • TVL Camera Resolution: 600TVL
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Weight: 14g
  • Dimensions: 28.5mm * 26mm * 26mm
  • OSD: Yes

Features

  • Built-in OSD displays battery voltage, timer, pilot's name and baseline
  • Onboard microphone situated at back of camera (reduction in interference noise) to record audio in FPV
  • Spare 3-hole case included increasing compatibility with wide range of frames on the market
  • Supports 5-36V input voltage

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Foxeer Monster V2

Best in Variable Light

When flying it is inevitable that the landscape will transition from shadow to dense light.  The Foxeer Monster V2 handles these transitions seamlessly. This camera offers a LUX rating of 0.001 which makes it great for flying in low light. It also boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio and a TVL camera resolution of 1200 without too much of an increased latency due to the CMOS imaging sensor.  Another perk to this camera is that it comes with an alloy case, making it stronger without adding unnecessary weight.

Cost:  $27.99

Specifications

  • Imaging Sensor: 1/2.9" CMOS Sensor
  • Wide Dynamic Range: Yes
  • Video Encoding Format: NTSC & PAL
  • Field of View (FOV) Lens Focal Width: 1.8mm or 2.5mm
  • TVL Camera Resolution: 1200TVL
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Weight: 14.6g
  • Dimensions: 26mm * 26mm * 30mm
  • OSD: Yes

Features

  • Built-in OSD displays pilot's name, power and flying time
  • Onboard microphone to record audio in FPV
  • Available in variety of colors
  • Supports 5-40V input voltage

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Eachine 1000TVL CCD

http://www.controllercraft.com/products/eachine-1000tvl-ccd/

Best Budget Camera

The Eachine 1000 TVL CCD camera is great if you are just entering the FPV world or you are hard on cameras and not wanting to spend a fortune. There is a reason this camera has been the topic of discussion since 2016 and it's not just the bargain price! The picture quality is decent and it has a good form factor (28mm x 24.5mm x 17.5mm) and low weight (10.4g). It also features Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and a 1000 TVL.

Cost:  $10.99

Specifications

  • Imaging Sensor:1/3" CCD
  • Wide Dynamic Range: Yes
  • Video Encoding Format: NTSC & PAL
  • Field of View (FOV) Lens Focal Width: 2.8mm
  • Field of View Angle: 110 degrees
  • TVL Camera Resolution: 1000TVL
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Weight: 10.4g
  • Dimensions: 28mm * 24.5mm * 17.5mm
  • OSD: No

Features

  • Lightweight
  • Supports 5-20V input voltage

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 RunCam Micro Swift 2

runcam micro swift 2

Best Micro-Sized Camera

Marketed as one of the smallest cameras available, we are pleased to see that the small size doesn't mean less features. The RunCam Micro Swift 2 comes in at a mere 5.6 g with dimensions of 19mm x 19mm x 19mm. Packed into it's tiny size is a user-friendly OSD which displays voltage that can be calibrated with precision down to 0.1V. We also see the addition of five pre-set lighting settings  (Personal, Lightrax, Outdoor, Indoor, Cloudy and Twilight) to cut down on calibration time.

Cost:  $30.99

Specifications

  • Imaging Sensor: 1/3" SONY Super HAD II CCD
  • Wide Dynamic Range: Yes D-WDR
  • Video Encoding Format: NTSC & PAL
  • Field of View (FOV) Lens Focal Width: 2.1mm and 2.3mm
  • Field of View Angle: 160 degrees (2.1mm) or 145 degrees (2.3mm)
  • TVL Camera Resolution: 600TVL
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Weight: 5.6g
  • Dimensions: 19mm*19mm*19mm
  • OSD: Yes

Features

  • Built-in OSD displays battery voltage, timer and pilot name
  • One Touch Scene Setting with 5 preset scenes: Personal, Lightrax, Outdoor, Indoor, Cloudy and Twilight
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Supports 5-36V input voltage

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See article FPV Quadcopter Part Spotlight: FPV Cameras

 

 

 

Last updated on December 30, 2017



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