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Top 5 Best FPV Cameras

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A neat trick I learnt is to wire your audio wires to ground if you are not using them as this reduces interference

The Cameras

Sony HS1177 Mini 600TVL Super HAD

0000767_hs1177-plastic-cased-mini-board-camera-sony-super-had-ccd-with-600tvl-ir-blockedThe Sony 600TVL PZ0420 has been the staple of the FPV community for years now, and the HS1177 is simply a more compact version that still offers the low latency and superb image quality we are used to. Whilst it lacks the image quality that the Effio-V has, its latency is generally thought to be not noticeable. Whilst it may not be the cheapest we strongly recommend it to anyone in the hobby for its reliable performance. One thing to note is that it is very susceptible to noise caused by ESCs braking, we have seen many threads where LittleBee ESCs have destroyed the voltage regulators in these cameras rendering them useless. One simple fix is to wire a 33 Ohm resistor in series to the camera, this eliminates this issue.

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TBS Zero Zero

DSC07497zzthumbTeam Black Sheep released the Zero Zero with the aim of taking the HS1177 from its top spot, however the reviews on the Zero Zero have been mixed. With some preferring it to the HS1177, whilst some others wishing to stick with the tried and tested HS1177. At drone insider we have yet to decide which one is best, as we like them both equally, and need a little more time to make up our mind. One key selling point for the ZeroZero is the fact that it is ready out of the box, and you don’t have to play around with the optimum settings, as well as the inclusion of a Microphone, perfect for those of you who like to listen to the sound of motors when flying.

600TVL CMOS 170/120 FoV CS1563

SKU251677.5The CS1563 is a great value camera, as it retails for only $9! In addition its performance is also comparable to the large HS1177, despite the CS1563 having a CMOS sensor. We love these for use on smaller 120 size quads, and we rock them on both atoms and also will be running it on our Shrieker! The one down point we have found is that the stock FoV is HUGE! Seriously, it is 170 degrees, which we think is a little too large. However new versions of this camera are available from surveilzone, and they feature a 110 degree FoV lense, much more manageable.

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AOMWAY 1200TVL 960P Sony CCD HD Mini Camera 2.8mm Lens

9580d87f-3002-41ad-990f-1440cb3858aeThe key feature with this camera is its incredibly high resolution. the 1200TVL, means 1200 vertical lines going across the screen, and for the same price a sony 600TVL you may ask why it’s not a head of the Super HAD. Well for one key reason, the cost of having such a high resolution increases latency. And for many FPV fliers Latancy>resolution in terms of flying; especially considering that if one is on a 5.8 signal than the image is so distorted anyway that it is hard to tell image quality, it also doesn’t support OSD’s which for many in the hobby is also a must. This would be a great camera for wings and long range FPV and the 5V power rating is great because you can run it off the same power supply as your FC or RX, which is a big plus for us.

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FatShark 960TVL

fat-shark-960-tvl-cmos-16-9-fsv1206-fpv-cam-high-quality-kamera-fpvracing-fpv-race-longrange-drohne-drone-fatshark-kaufen-schweiz-specialcopter-chThis one of the first WideScreen (16:9) Board Cameras for goggles like the Dom V3s, however you can also buy a 4:3 version as well as NTSC or PAL. One of the great things about all Fatshark cameras is the standardised cable which they come with, allowing you to plug directly into a Fatshark TX. The upside of this cameras you can used fully integrated and standardised gear with Fatshark, if you use their Camera, TX, RX and goggles.  Furthermore, for a camera of this resolution it is very responsive to both light change and has very low latency making it suitable for miniquad racing. The downsides are that it has a CMOS sensor which are still performing worse than CCD sensors on Board cameras and it is also very expensive for what you get. There are many other board cameras out there which are much better bang for buck.

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  1. Looking to use this technology to helping me see the bullet holes in my targets. Would like to put together a camera which can stream video with at transmitter and receiver which could reach 100 to 1000 yards. being able to use my android device to see the video would be a plus. Any or all suggestions on what components I would need to buy would be very helpful.

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