Freitag, 24. November 2017

ImmersionRC Vortex 230 Mojo Review, Testflights, install FrSky XSR and Crossfire, mods, Cam

ImmersionRC sent me their newest RTF Racequad. I spent many packs with it on my favourite testing grounds, flew in different conditions, once stock and later a bit modified (Crossfire).
You see how easy it is to install the Radio RX. Later I switched to crossfire micro - so this is also a mini review about the popular Radio control link from Trappy / TBS.

00:33 QUADMOVR!   Awesome LOS flying
01:01 FPV maidenflight, PIP with DVR footage of stock cam and Foxeer Box
03:12 first THOUGHTS after flying a few packs
04:44 LOWLIGHT testflight with stock FPV cam
05:29 2nd session with the Vortex on Eichberg - sunny!
06:32 will Runcam2 fit?
07:32 flight footage montage
10:18 THOUGHTS after some more packs flewn
11:34 TIPS
11:49 INSTALL FrSky XSR RX (easy!)
12:36 closeup of cam
15:24 Taranis screens for Crossfire setup (OPENTX2.2)
16:19 TIP: TX Wizard von the Vortex - doesnt work if throttle is disabled
17:14 Crossfire antennamount

Weight of the system?  384gr (copter except HD Cam and Battery)

If you wanna see the Vortex TX Wizard in action, check out my Vortex250 review - it didnt change much - and it's also quite self explanatory!
!DISCLAIMER! - VENDOR/SHOP sent me this product for review, it costs around 380€ in shops.
Crossfire TX module is ~ 100€     the Crossfire micro RX ~45€

Filmed with:  Samsung Galaxy S7
Foxeer Box
Runcam Swift 2

Molife Forever - Jack Elphick
Compliments To The Piccolo 1 - Peter Sandberg

►my ⌘ COPTERS and ✈PLANES in the hangar
║ ►BLOG:

Freitag, 17. November 2017

Runcam Split 2 follow up and flight footage on Vortex 150 (sub 250gr!)

There were many questions after my initial quick review of the new Runcam Split 2 - so this is the followup. Short: yes, latency is really good, Quality nice - good improvement over version 1! VIDEO INDEX below! !DISCLAIMER! - VENDOR/SHOP sent me this product for review, you can buy it here

filmed with Samsung Galaxy S7
Runcam Split 2

00:09 liveout latency (effect of different options on latency?)
01:00 solderpad vs USB connection?
02:13 softmounts (for board or cam?)
02:45 SD CARD slot V2 - better? YES!!!
04:47 menu settings (Tips)
05:41 liveout in 4:3 or 16:9
05:53 - latency test - latency of DIODE? accuracy?
07:21 my CONCLUSION on the Split 2
Runcam video tutorial - use FC to control Split:

00:55 Hangar review
03:15 footage (home)
05:13 lowlight footage
06:05 in the woods!
08:31 with ND Filter at the graveyard...

Donnerstag, 2. November 2017

FPV in the woods with digital transmission (FPV Blue, RC Car)

This is the followup to my hangar review of the FPV.Blue HD video transmission system. First flew with a quad, later moved on to an RC Car to test penetration of RC signal in the dense woods. What a fun! Finally driving around from inside my hangar...

●▬▬VIDEO INDEX:▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬●
00:31 testflight with TBS Disco and FPV.Blue
01:52 swap gear to RC CAR (short overview)
02:28 FPV in the WOODS with RC Car
02:24  some directly recorded FOOTAGE
06:03 filmed from screen from here on
06:41 the gravel road, distance, passers, dogs,...
07:24 MAP of first distance test (~150m)
07:54 DOG :)
08:46 second distance test IN THE WOODS
09:21 to the flightfield!
10:04 WDR fail in bad light conditions...
10:45 WOODS overview
11:49 BETTER Screen recordings (sharp) from HANGAR
13:08 Chihuahua chased :)
13:39 father in law chased :)  ("roadkill")
14:49 lowlight example with WDR on - noisy

Thread on RCG:

Filmed with:  Panasonic GX8 + R0de VideoMicro, Samsung Galaxy S7, Yi 4k
Thanks PETER for filming ext shots, thanks CHARLIE for letting me chase him  (the Chihuahua) and thanks to my lovely guide in the woods!

Brand New Beginning - Gavin Luke
Fifteen - Aldenmark Niklasson
Compliments To The Piccolo 1 - Peter Sandberg

Dienstag, 24. Oktober 2017

Digital HD video downlink! (Interview with FPV Blue, long range low latency)

We're waiting for some serious HD video transmission now for a few years. Connex prosight was promising and is still the most used? - ok Lightbridge and Occusync from DJI are market leader - but they have very high latency...
For "real" FPV usage we need lower latency, reliability, range. All being promised by a small, dedicated company - FPV.Blue.

Join me in the hangar for a closer look at this new system, check out the menu options, see the latency measured, and see me interviewing Davide from FPV.Blue.

!DISCLAIMER! - FPV.Blue sent me this product for review, you can buy it here
●▬▬VIDEO INDEX▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬●
00:00 FPV Blue - system overview
01:30 Receiver (diversity)
03:04 CLOSEUPs
03:32 SD Card recording?
04:55 Transmitter
06:02 HD Cam
06:52 Transmitter closeup
07:19 Antennas
08:08 Spectrum Analyzer
08:34 MENU OPTIONS-----------
08:50 - Video input
09:44 - Modulation (transmission settings)
11:19 - Display settings (Bluesync)
12:30 OSD
13:50 LATENCY (Eachine Goggles 2, Black Pearl, DJI Goggles
15:32 INTERVIEW with Davide from FPV.Blue
16:01 - background, company...
16:37 - shipping times
18:03 - Antennas
18:19 - Goggles tested...
18:47 - 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz Versions?
20:15 my conclusion
21:16 some short footage clips (more in next video)

Thread on RCG:
FPV Latency compared to other systems:

Antenna recommendation:
why CP antennas are not neccessary:

Groundstation Recordings (a bit troublesome to work with as of 16.Oct.2017 - should be improved with next firmware):
can be played back with MPLAYER  
there's also a GUI version (SMPLAYER)
Recordings do not get corrupt when power is lost

Bonafidepirate: 14km flight
first video, thoughts

Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2017

Runcam Split 2 - firstlook

Runcam sent me the NEW version of their popular SPLIT cam. They changed some bad things to the better!
- New SD Card mount - yay!
- larger VOLTAGE RANGE (5-17v)
- FC integration!
- Lens
- WIFI stick instead of board with 90° angle it's now a horizontal one

I will make a more indepth video for sure - but this will take a few days or weeks. Give me feedback on what you want to be tested!

Mittwoch, 11. Oktober 2017

Red Bull DR.One drone race and e Mobility fair at Spielberg (Austria, Styria)

Electric cars, the chance to drive on a Formula one track and drones? What more can you ask for :)
Sorry that I couldnt spend more time there at the drone races - should have camped there for the whole 2 days...

Links to other videos from there:
Official Redbull flight video of the track
Drone doing one lap on the racetrack
FINALS here filmed from Herve

Mittwoch, 4. Oktober 2017

Runcam SPARROW and Sparrow micro - WHY?

Every other day a new cam appears on the market! Which one should you buy?  The Sparrows are VERY fast and have high image quality!

!DISCLAIMER! - Runcam sent me these cams for review.
You can get them here: Normal Sparrow and Sparrow Micro

●▬▬VIDEO INDEX▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬●
00:54 Latency
02:04 closeup of oszilloscope
02:42 RESULTS (many cams)
03:55 IMAGE Quality!
04:31 Swift Micro2 vs Sparrow Micro (CCD vs CMOS)
04:53 Latency measurement with PHOTODIODE
●▬▬Latency setup▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬●
(from conrad electronics in EU 597107)
and 100kΩ resistor
Settings for Oszilloscope:  10 Megasamples/Sec on the horiz axis
RED: 12v probing the LED, DC, 2v/Division
YELLOW: 9V Battery to PHOTODIODE, AC, 100mv / division

Dienstag, 19. September 2017

Why you shouldn't buy Eachine EV100 FPV Goggles!

ignore my review and buy here 20% off for FPV Gearsext DVR, 15$

Claimed FOV: 28°  but from my measurements it's rather 24°!
see my math here on my GoogleDrive (ALSO FIND A VIRTUAL SCREENSIZE Calc.XLS there!)

5:23 FOV
6:40 Goggles AND Lens of FPV Cam should match!
7:50 Comparison of screensize

Kabab FPV indepth review:
UAVFutures (positive review):
AliShanMao: 2 thumbs up

nice teardown and closeup pics of all the electronix:

Dienstag, 12. September 2017

Runcam Micro Swift 2 (Review, testflights, compared with Foxeer Micro Arrow 2)

00:52 testflight Foxeer Micro Arrow2
02:11 flight footage RUNCAM Micro Swift2
04:16 closeups, menu walkthru
06:30 box contents (kind of)
06:44 short intro of micro VTX
07:24 latency testing - almost NO latency!
08:00 other cams (soon the Sparrow series)

Why do you need "normal" sized cams at all if those micro FPV cams are THAT good? How does the Foxeer Micro Arrow2 compare? Find out in this video! Runcam Micro Swift 2 micro VTX

Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Sestri Levante - Bella Italia with the Mavic

We spent a week in this wonderful town, authentic Italy, great Hotel "Dei Castelli" and a nice view from the hill down to the harbour! Of course I had my drone with me...

Filmed with:
DJI Mavic Pro + ND16 filter
SJCam SJ7 Star (timelapse, slowmotion, snorkeling)