Mittwoch, 24. Mai 2017

Hughes 500 chased with my Drone

Thanks Norbert - for risking your Copter :)

TECH SPECS of that nice scale-heli:
Base: T REX 500
Motor Scorpion 1400 KV
Rotorhead: ALIGN 4 BLATT
ESC: YGE 90 LV with 6Volt Fan
1.800 RPM/min
Battery: Lipo 6s 5000 mAh

Sonntag, 21. Mai 2017

Antennas tested in flight: Pagoda vs Aomway SPW, TBS Triumph and "normal" linear

Video index:
01:31 std. antenna (linear)
03:16 std. ant. multipathing test
03:56 AOMWay SPW
06:22 AomWay multipathing
07:09 TBS Triumph
09:01 Triumph multipathing
10:02 PAGODA
11:47 Pagoda multipathing
12:49 Range test with 30db ATTENUATOR
13:41 Atti and Std. Antenna
14:39 switch to AOMWay
16:05 switch to TBS Triumph
17:14 switch to Pagoda
19:14 Atti+std.Antenna and 2xPagoda on Goggles VRX
24:20 -- 4 antennas DIRECT COMPARISON footag!!! --

When the video transmitter (the copter here) emits the RF signal - it goes straight to your receiver (line of sight!) and also gets reflected off some obstacles (like the big building here).
The reflections do arrive at the receiver slightly later (longer way) so the RF waves (direct and reflected ones) will either "add up" or "null out" each other. Interference occurs and distorts your video image.

Circular polarization helps here, because the reflected signal will be "filtered away" almost completely.

Sonntag, 14. Mai 2017 it was made for powerloops!

Nice spot right outside of work, own parking lot AND dedicated powerloop gate wich is also a scenic picture frame :-)

The flights in sunny conditions wer BEFORE I tuned this quad better (using the tips from Joshua Bardwell regarding PID Filters).
The Evening flights at home were just to try the quad out - less wind here as well - but very smooth after PID filter tuning.
to get rid of propwash oscillations in Betaflight...

Freitag, 5. Mai 2017

Foxeer Legend 3 Review, Quality compared to Yi4k, Runcam 3 and Legend 2

Foxeer's Legend 1 was one of the first small cams capeable of 1080p60 (but the quality wasnt that good). The Legend 2 was terrible in scaling down to 1080p60, the Legend 3 now looks way better. It's a bit larger than the L2, but the quality of 4k and also the 2.5k/60 mode is really good.
I wouldnt wanna fly a lot with my 250$ Yi4k - but this 150$ Legend 2 is kinda ok to risk it on a miniquad. And the quality is almost the same (Yi4k still is one of the best, imho better than the Gopro5).

As I told you in the vid: there will also be a boxed version (aka Gopro Session sized) with same specs. Might be the killer cam in a few weeks (June?).

Please stay tuned for the raw footage links here - I have to upload them later (sorry bout that).

VIDEO Index:
00:54 first comparisons
03:00 Stabilizer?
04:30 almost all resolutions shown
06:15 Legend 3 on my Osmo mobile
06:45 continue with review, menu, options,...
09:28 slowmo not good
09:47 timelapse quite good!
10:16 some adult stuff going on here?
10:46 stabilizer off vs on
12:55 flight sample (2.5k60 down to 30fps)
14:01 flight video with sound
14:37 walk in the park (more samples in 4k)
15:19 Chihuahua in slowmo
15:51 flowers

some Tech Details:
Chip: Ambarella A12S75
Sensor: Sony IMX117 1/2.3"
Lens: 155 degrees Ultra Wide Angle
Built-in 3 axis gyroscope and 3 axis accelerometer (stabilizer not very noticeable)
1000mAh battery    (Rectime good:  2.5k 60fps  1h:04mins ~ 17GB)

Freitag, 21. April 2017

Runcam Micro Swift

Swift Micro CCD   get it -> here
Dimensions: 19x19x19mm!
Latency: ~ 25ms
Resolution: 600 Tvl
Weight: 7gr
Lens of course is NOT compatible with lenses from the "normal" FPV cams out there - it's much smaller!

Freitag, 14. April 2017

POWERLOOPS are fun (scary moment included!), Sailplane air2air, little crash...

Since the XJaguar flies really nice I did more training flights and wanted to powerloop that nice bridge. Water is scary, that one moment made me scream out loud! Watch it all to see if it had a happy end :)

That sailplane crashed a few moments AFTER I landed my drone. I had his permission to fly with him and did NOT irritate him while flying. Hard to access this high tree - we wait for some gusty winds now.

Greets and happy easter,

Montag, 10. April 2017

Fatshark Diversity Module Quanum HB5808 (50$) vs FR632 Groundstation

I got this from Hobbyking (get it here) for testing. Found it interesting and my standard 5.8 module was not reliable, neither was the upgraded FSV2445 antenna diversity module...

It was some "sweat"work on the goggles and I dont have nice covers/doors yet - but the functionality is just awesome. I can fly WITHOUT my FR632 tower now and have good video downlink! Makes quick FPV sessions much easier!

Check out Bardwells videos on the different modules to see if the Furious TruD or the LaForge is better for you. The conclusion I found: LaForge seems to be the best (from features and usability) but the RF performance is pretty similar on all of those.
Pricerange is from 50 - 120$

There's also a single-slot module at similar price if you prefer
Looks like it uses the same RF hardware, also looks similar to the RealACC that Joshua reviewed:

Billyrocka 3 - Sven Karlsson
Kevin McLeod - Darxieland

Donnerstag, 6. April 2017

Runcam3 Review (Comparison with Yi4k, WDR, menu, low LATENCY) | RCSchim Hangar

This is the "proper" review, with many outdoor shots, menu options, latency test and some more acro flying at the end.
Really like the cam and would say you can't do much wrong with this!

00:37 outdoor comparisons
02:23 WDR on and off difference
04:10 LOWLIGHT performance
04:24 my thoughts
05:14 MENU options walkthru
07:28 LATENCY tests
07:56 closer look, final thoughts
10:01 acro flights on a sunny morning

in room temp, 1080p60/WDR it gave 68mins and got medium warm. When battery was empty it safed the file this time.

Recomended settings:
At noon with plenty sunlight: 1080P 60FPS, WDR off (colors more naturally)
cloudy at afternoon: still choose 1080P 60FPS, WDR ON
low light: 1080P 30FPS, WDR on

First flights on the Eichberg to see more "real life" footage as the cam will probbably be used the most:

Donnerstag, 16. März 2017

Runcam Swift2, Foxeer HS1190 and more FPV cams compared (accurate latency measurements!)

See my new, ACCURATE, latency measurements here (thanks Daemon42). Now we're down to +-5ms accuracy! Those cams are pretty impressive. Runcam Eagle had good reviews already, Swift2 and HS1190 are good as well. I also compared the Owl+ and the AMOWay. Image looks good on most cams if DWDR options is turned on.

►Cams tested:
Foxeer HS1190
Runcam: Swift1, Swift2, Eagle(16:9), Owl+
Aomway WDR 700 (Cmos)

LATENCY [ms]: (LED test, accuracy +-5ms)
19 Owl+
20 hs1190
24 Swift2
24 AOMWay
30 Swift1
47 Eagle (processing comes with a lag penalty...)

►TIP: additional OSD: (volts, Nickname, Timer):
Press and hold the button UP for 2 seconds to enter OSD Setting menu

►Settings: leave most settings on default - BUT ENABLE
the DWDR setting! It's like "turning on the light" - AWESOME!

Dienstag, 7. März 2017

DJI Mavic Pro Accessories II with LIVEStream Giveaway

As I promised you guys: if I do reviews (or get invited to) I try to get free stuff for you as well!

The live draw as recorded video:

Donnerstag, 23. Februar 2017

Foxeer Legend 2: SCALE FAIL! VLog style review and compared to Legend1, Runcam2, SJ M20

I've waited 2 month now for a new firmware which should have better scaling. Last FW from 27.12.2016 did not help here.
Instead they now gonna release the Legend3 (March) and make me look like a fool releasing the review for the Legend2 so late :)
I think the hardware wasnt fast enough to downscale properly. Legend1 didnt have to downscale (since it is native 1080p).

IMPORTANT - see additional images for quality comparison

►Legend 2:
- like the low weight (45gr), the handling, build quality,
- rubber shell for protection
- cables, RC channel switch
- lost cam alert!
- wifi app is ok, but neccessary to change settings - small display preferable!
- really sharp in highest quality (2.5k), but terrible downscaler

Sensor: 12 megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI CMOS back-illuminated
CHIP: ? didnt find specs to the chip - and this maybe the cheap compromise here (which cant scale well)
Lens: FOV155°, F2.8, 7G optical glass lens
Length x Width x Height 67mm x 39mm x 17mm
Battery: 700 Mah, 3.7 volts, 2.59Wh Watt

UHD 24 2880×2160 16:9
QHD 30 2560×1440 16:9
2K 30 2304×1296 16:9
1080P 60, 30 1920×1080 16:9
720P 120, 60, 30 1280×720 16:9
VGA 240 640×480 4:3

►Runcam 2: yes I know - it's not focussed properly. My bad!
►DJI Osmo Mobile:
OK, I saw it (too late) half my gimbal shots with S7 in 4k were out of focus. Happens to me sometimes with the phone. Needs extra care!
if you buy the R0de VideoMicro (50€, very good!) you get the TRS cable (which is NOT compatible with PHONEs - but rather with the original Osmo cam).
I found this adapter cable from "TRS" to "TRRS":
1x Rode SC7, Adapterkabel von 3,5mm TRS Klinke auf 3,5mm TRRS Klinke, Anwendungsbeispiel: Rode VideoMic Go, VideoMicro (oder ähnliches Mikrofon mit TRS Ausgang) zu iPhone oder iPad
got it from here:

Mittwoch, 15. Februar 2017

FPV Goggles Overview

Banggood supplied the Eachine goggles and short after Hobbyking sent me the new Cyclops v2. It was a good chance to compare these and also make an overview of FPV goggles for you guys (there will be a part2 soon with "normal" FPV goggles like fatsharks).

Videoindex: (use it to jump to interesting parts)
01:00 Eachine Goggles two
01:08 RP-SMA antennaconnectors
01:57 AV out
02:20 Box contents
02:35 Quanum Cyclops v2
02:53 single VRX
02:59 old Cyclops only autoscan...
03:32 battery pouch, SMA
04:15 AUTOSCANS works great
04:27 more buttons (finally!)
05:10 wearing comfort?
05:58 fresnel lens (adjustment effect?)
06:05 Box contents
06:56 IMAGE tests
07:18 cyclops v2 menu
07:44 effect of fresnel adjustment (none?)
08:03 Cyclops v1 (weird colors)
08:25 Eachine quality (nosepart fail)
09:36 sharpness? (HDMI supersharp, analog not so)
10:01 Eachine autoscan fail (5mhz off)
10:22 menu
11:08 DIRECT comparison Cyclops v2 vs Eachine G2
11:28 findings / summit Cyclops v2
12:02 findings / summit Eachine
13:25 LIVETEST: flying miniquad with new goggles - will I crash?
14:03 YES :)
14:19 livetest of Cyclops
15:03 final thoughts

2nd Video with the different Fatshark models I've used before:

Donnerstag, 9. Februar 2017

DJI Mavic: frozen Lake at golden hour

We took the chance to skate this beautiful lake (last time frozen fully in 2009). The Dog (Charlie the Chihuahua) like the imperfect ice for he had more grip.

This is the 2nd part from this location. More RC Car slowmotion this time.

Dienstag, 7. Februar 2017

ImmersionRC Vortex 150 under the Bridge

Mini Review / Vortex Tips:
Batteries tested:
Like the Turnigy Nanotech 850mah 4cell the most,
Graphene 750mah 4cell is ok as well
Graphene 500mah is acro - but too short flighttime
Turnigy Bolt is not good!
1min you feel some extra punch - but then it's even worse then the Nanotech 850!

Foxeer Legend2 - is a nice option as HD cam here - but the quality should be better in 1080p. Weight of 45gr is ok for this little quad - but of cours it "feels" more sporty and lighter, more acrobatic without the payload. But where's the fun if I cant show it in HD here? :)

Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2017

DJI Mavic Pro Accessories: prop guards, hardcase, landing gear extensions and ND filters

See some nice accessories for your Mavic here: Hardcase, Propguards, Landing gear extensions and ND filters/CPL Filter

Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2017

Reptile S800 Sky Shadow FPV Wing review

Finally I have a working flyingwing for FPV in 2017! Multicopters kept me so busy and were so convenient last year that I didnt enjoy the pure joy of fixedwing aviation. Really looking forward to do so soon!
►view/buy it here:

RCG Thread:
Iforce2d build video:
Banggood flying video:

- gluing
use sandpaper to roughen the surfaces and then use UHU Por, or gorilla glue
- glue the servo hinges!
- cut own servowire channel to use orig servo wires
- use threadlock glue on motor screws

Material: EPP
Wingspan: 820mm
Length: 405mm

Servos: Emax ES08A 9g*2
Motor: Sunnysky 2205 2300KV
ESC: Reptile 20A ESC
Battery: 1800mAh - max 2200mah 3S
Props: 6045
Flight Controller: 3-Axis gyro, 3 modes
Camera: 700TVL CMOS cheapo
VTX: 5.8ghz 200mw
CoG: 125mm behine the nose

Package Includes:
2 x Wings
1 x Fuselage
2 x Small Wing Tips
1 x Nose Block
1 x Main Hatch Cover
2 x Emax ES08A Servos
1 x 3-Axis Flight Control
1 x Flight Control Circuit Board Base
1 x Sunnysky2205 Motor 2300KV
4 x 6045 Propellers (2ccw, 2cw  :) )
1 x 700TVL Camera
1 x 200mW AV Transmitter
1 x 20A ESC
1 x Stickersheet
1 x User Manual (4 pages)