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Top 5 Best FPV Camera for Mini Quad August 2017

Runcam Swift 2

The Swift 2 is the best camera out on the market currently. It’s built around the classic Sony Super HAD II sensor, but with a number of improvements. Firstly, it comes with an inbuilt OSD that can be connected to your PDB to display the voltage onscreen; this means there’s no need for a separate OSD if all you want is your battery voltage onscreen. In addition it comes with an inbuilt mic for all of you who want to listen to your quad in the air. Finally, it’s able to support 5-36V range so you can power it directly off your battery or optionally off 5V. All in all, the Swift 2 offers the best performance on the market today.

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Foxeer Arrow V3

Much like the Swift 2, the Arrow V3 is also based off the same HAD II sensor. It features similar features to the Swift 2 as well, such as OSD that is capable of displaying voltage, a timer, and your FPV tag. As well as a wide input voltage range (5-40V). One nice feature is the fact the case is made of metal (most likely aluminium), this means it can take much bigger knocks than plastic cameras. Unfortunately we have read that the image quality is slightly worse than the Swift 2, hence the reason the Arrow V3 didn’t make the top of the list. It also comes with a 2.5mm lens; the swift 2 has an option of 2.1,2.3 or 2.5mm lens.

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Runcam Micro Swift 2

Imagine Runcam made the Swift 2 lighter, smaller yet with the same features. That’s exactly what the Micro Swift 2 is. The reason this tiny cam wasn’t number 1 is because it has a 19mm mounting size compared to the usual 25mm we are accustomed to. This can make it difficult to mount on some frames. Despite this there are a number of newer frames that are designed specifically for the Swift 2, like the Rocketman from Rotorious or the Floss 2 from HyperLite.

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Foxeer Monster V2

The Monster is a completely different to any other board camera on this list. Whilst the Swift and Arrow both used a 600TVL sensor, the monster uses a different sensor to achieve a massive 1200TVL. This is more than your typical 1080p monitor can display! The result is a very detailed image. In addition it is a 16:9 sensor, which is better for those of you who the Fatshark Dominator V3 for example, or any other 16:9 monitor. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of latency and the Monster has some of the biggest latency out of any of these cameras.

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Runcam Split

The Runcam Split is not only a board camera but also a full 1080p recording camera in one. The board camera itself attaches to a 30.5mm board which you mount on your flight controller stack. This stack provides a video output for your transmitter, and a micro sd card slot to record the 1080p video too. Unfortunately like the monster, the Split has quite a bit of latency due to it records HD. Nevertheless it is remarkably small amount of latency compared to something like the GoPro. It also is very lightweight at only 21g. A GoPro is around 70g alone, and a board camera adds weight as well. This offers a significant weight saving for those who don’t mind the extra latency.

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