A Comprehensive Introduction To FPV Systems
” FPV (First Person View) is a unique addictive and almost surreal flying experience! After years of dreaming about being able to do this, we can finally fly from a pilot’s perspective!
Affordable FPV systems have appeared within the last decade. As an aeromodeller, it opened up a whole new world of flying to me. What was once thought impossible, is now finally a reality and very affordable!
The current technology boom keeps this subject alive and forever interesting! Screens, goggles and glasses continue to evolve. Video transmitters and receivers have improved and become more reliable. Antennas and antenna tracking systems have improved. GPS accuracy has improved. There are heads-up display systems, head tracking capability and return-to-home features. There are apps that work in conjunction with your equipment to view video and GPS information. The list goes on!
Learning to fly an rc aircraft around line-of-sight (LOS) is a key skill, and should be your first stop on the drone adventure, but switching to first person view is incredible fun, and opens up a whole new world of flying and potential for fun.”
” Having a video feed coming back from your aircraft means you have information flowing both ways – from your radio for the RC control, and back to your goggles or screen for the video. For this to work well, it is important to understand what is going on, the frequencies used, and how to avoid problems. After all, the last thing you want is to lose control of your precious model, either by a loss of radio control (and don’t think that GPS will always save you), or by losing your video feed and crashing.
The basic elements of an FPV system setup are the camera, the transmitter, the receiver and the display device.
A few years back, in order to get into FPV, some basic electronics and soldering skills were required. That is still the case for some systems, but fortunately there are now plenty of plug and play options available.”
” The Phantom is by far the most popular quadcopter available today. If someone mentions aerial photography, it wouldn’t be unusual to think of the DJI Phantom. There’s no denying that DJI have done a great job designing a plug and play system, which requires little understanding of the technology, capable of capturing pictures and videos, and all with minimal training! They are leading the way in making this technology accessible to everybody.
The original Phantom was good, but the new improved Phantom 2 series is even better, with better flying characteristics, significantly longer flight times as well as optional additional camera and FPV features. It’s a solid first choice for many.
The latest Phantom 2 basic version comes without a camera and therefore would require a 3rd party FPV system, such as a system from Fat Shark, but may require a little soldering, etc. Not a big deal, but I appreciate not everybody is comfortable doing this.
Another good option for the non-Vision line is the DJI Lightbridge downlink coupled with a pair of glasses. Zeiss and DJI teamed up provide a bundle option which makes a lot of sense because you will need both the glasses and the downlink to make this setup work. It is kind of pricy a $2,099 but it’s more economical than buying the two units separately.”