First person view (FPV) commonly refers to the piloting of a radio-controlled vehicle from the driver/pilots view. A camera on-board the vehicle transmits its video feed wirelessly (and with minimum lag) to a remote location where the operator can receive the real-time footage through video goggles or a monitor.
If you are looking for an immersive flight experience, it is difficult to beat. Many of our favourite pilots opt for FPV to fly; Robert Mcintosh’s videos being a great example of just how accurate one can fly using such a viewpoint.
The Fat Shark Predator V2 has been our go to FPV solution for over a year now. With its relatively high power 5.8 GHz transmitter, wide angle CMOS camera, power distribution board (supporting up to 4S), lightweight goggles and battery; it offered good performance without breaking the bank. Full manufacturer specifications can be seen here.
A new arrival for us is the Fat Shark Teleporter V3. The included camera has a 120 degree FOV and a microSD card slot enabling 720p footage recording whilst passing through a live feed to the transmitter. It’s worth noting that the resolution on these googles is down to 230,000 pixels per eye from the Predator’s 922,000 pixels per eye; but at only £199 they represent a sizeable saving from the Predator V2’s whilst offering great range.
Building on our relationship with Fat Shark, we are expanding our stocked range to include more of their kits. Looking forward we have on order the excellent Fat Shark Attitude V2 headset. This advanced headset solution supports the trinity head tracking system for live adjustment of camera position based on the pilots head direction.
Below is a handy guide comparing some of the more common Fat Shark headsets
Typically all of these kits require some DIY installation. DJI’s Phantom quad copter comes with a video output ribbon cable but the Video+/GND and Power+/GND cable pairings need to be soldered to the supplied transmitter lead, negating the requirement for the power board. Then the transmitter is commonly attached to the outside of the vehicle, using Velcro to aide quick removal when not in use.
Whilst we are fans of the Fat Shark systems, we are always interested in expanding our range. So if you are looking for a particular FPV solution, drop us a message at the usual address.