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Attention: RC-CAM.com will be closing down August 2021.

The RC-Cam.com forum was the very first online community dedicated to the advancement of wireless video cameras on radio controlled (R/C) models. This is now called "FPV" (First Person View). We are proud of the contributions that our members have made to the FPV hobby.

We've seen significant changes over the last twenty years. Initially there were a lot of eager R/C hobbyist that built their own video systems. Allowing these creative individuals to share their work was the purpose of this site. Now the FPV market is flooded with low cost systems; Sadly DiY FPV video projects are now rarely discussed.

RC-CAM.com (main site and forum) will be closing down August 2021. This is being announced now (March 2021) so that everyone has time to download any information that is important to them. After the site is shutdown the information will no longer be available here.

We appreciate every member's involvement with advancing the FPV hobby. It is indeed sad to say goodbye to all our online friends. Be safe and stay healthy.

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  1. Lately there's been a lot of interest in high definition video for FPV piloting. Especially for drone racing. Who wouldn't want a true widescreen display with real HD resolution? The good news is that several different HD FPV systems have recently appeared. These range from the DiY WiFiBroadcast project to ready-to-use products such as Connex Prosight. There are others too. But these new systems are digital implementations. And the ugly warts from data compression, latency, and weak RF signal behavior are bothersome to some of us. Enough so that I expect it will turn off a lot of potentia
  2. Good news! The Eachine ProDVR V1.6 board's nasty black screen (weak signal blackout) problem can be fixed. The bad news is that the fix requires SMD rework soldering tools and experienced hands. The solution requires removing the shanzhai Chinese Video Decoder IC (marked GM7150BC) and replacing it with the official TI part (marked TVP5150). But wait! Before you do that there may be a simpler solution. The latest rumors (Jan 2017) suggest that banggood has sold all their stock of the V1.6 hardware (with black screen) and are back to selling the old V1.4 that does not black sc
  3. I came across an online article that summarizes the history of the FPV hobby. The story includes some details about multicopter (drone) development too. Online article: http://www.currykitten.co.uk/the-history-of-fpv/ Original PDF version: http://www.currykitten.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HistoryOfFPV_RCFCA11.pdf
  4. hello all, i've been wanting to upgrade the receiver in the skyzone SJ-V01 almost from the minute i got them. i am a fan of wide screen views, i was never good at using the Fat shark goggles. The SJ-V01 goggles are similar to the Head play goggles in size and shape, maybe even monitor. the thing that head plays lacked was a true diversity receiver. the SJ-V01 already had a diversity receiver and it worked very well. but with all the new improvements in receivers these days, and having had these SJ-V01 goggles for so long, i started to make the transition over to the Furious FPV rec
  5. My HeadPlay HD goggle hacking continues. The recent Diversity Receiver / DVR upgrade was a success so now it's time to upgrade its plastic Fresnel lens. Replacing it with glass optics makes the image look substantially better. There's a commercially made glass lens for the HeadPlay HD goggles that can be purchased for about $40 USD. But I'm a DiY guy. So I did it for under $2 with the help of my 3D printer. Here's what the DiY glass lens upgrade looks like: The retrofit does not alter the HeadPlay goggles in any way. You can remove it and go back to the Fresnel lens
  6. Earlier this year a fellow [befinitiv] started a personal blog that follows the development of his DiY Wi-Fi based FPV video system. It uses a unique Wi-Fi communication mode named wifibroadcast. Rather than repeat what he's written, I suggest starting here: https://befinitiv.wordpress.com/wifibroadcast-analog-like-transmission-of-live-video-data/ In summary, it is a low cost Hi-Def FPV video system with low latency. Range is expected to be about 1km with upgraded antennas. What is cool is that it uses easy-to-buy components and has simple wiring requirements (connect some cables). It sho
  7. EDIT June-03-2015 / UPDATE: Had my first flights with the prototype DiY 3D Printed FPV Goggles and it was awesome. Fantastic image quality, better than anything I've flown with before. The huge 70° field of view (FOV) is incredible. Here's a 3D rendering of the DiY goggles: The 3D printer STL files and build instructions are published here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2429042 THE PROJECT BLOG STARTS HERE: Over the years I've made several DiY FPV goggles using small LCD monitors. Material choices have been cardboard, foam board, duct tape, snow ski goggles, and so on.
  8. FPV'ers like bargains. Fortunately there's an endless variety of stuff from the offshore vendors at prices that are hard to resist. But the low cost Chinese FPV parts are a lot like a box of chocolates; You never know what you're gonna get. Recently I saw that Banggood had a 5.8GHz 600mW vTx for only $27 USD. That's a crazy low price so I had to order one. Part of the fun is discovering what kind of "chocolate" I'll get. Spoiler alert: This one was not a tasty treat. Here's the link to the item (Banggood part number SKU248588): http://www.banggood.com/FPV-5_8G-600mw-32CH-Wireless-Tran
  9. The FAA is doing their best to kill the FPV hobby in the USA. Based on their latest interpretation of the model aircraft rules, using FPV goggles to pilot a model aircraft is illegal effective June-23-2014. The FAA insists that the pilot must have unobstructed view of the model aircraft during flight. Beginning June-25-2014, the public has 30 days to provide their comments on this disturbing gov action. Here's the FAA's own words that specifically precludes Goggles: By definition, a model aircraft must be “flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft.” P.L. 1
  10. The Hexenbiest DiY open source project is an Arduino shield for a FPV ground station. It has A/V ports for up to six video receivers, OSD (on screen display) for menus and telemetry data, several user interface control methods (IR, R/C, Joystick), multiple video outputs, support for an external camera / mic, and more. I will post the hardware design (schematics and BOM) and offer technical advice. I even have a small number of unpopulated PC boards (without components) I can offer at low cost to help move things along. But due to their limited number these are reserved for rc-cam members t
  11. Hi, Everybody, I am one of the staffs from SecurityCamera2000. These few months we found that a lot of FPV players here have bought many products from our online store. It is my great honor here to represent our company to express our sincere gratitude. And now we decide to start a new thread here to communicate more with our customers. Any one of you has any problem with the products that our store provides for the RC players, you can directly post the enquiries under this thread, of course, and you also can directly ask our customer services too by sending e-mail, talking on MSN or mak
  12. Here i will describe NightQuad - quadcopter with great performance It was made mostly for FPV flying. We designed it in winter days and because of mostly bad weather in that days, we put canopy on, so we can fly in not so perfect weather to. We achieved 20min flight time with 5000mAh 3S LiPo which was our goal. It is easy to assemble and great flight performances. Recommended props are 10" and around 5000mAh 3S LiPo. Connections are made on main plate for esc's, motors, videolink ... You can put on it GoPro or any other camera that you use for fpv and fly. Because of winter and early nig
  13. I'm running a sound installation using RC cars run from FPV perspective see http://dualplover.com/vinylrally/ i'm a sound artist and have only been using RC and FPV equipment for a short time and am having trouble getting a good picture. basically the images are flickering alot and i get occasion drop out which the large screen monitors i use don't like, see the video on vimeo below from my last installation in frankfurt. https://vimeo.com/45382669 i have been using the following gear for FPV Tx http://www.iftrontech.com/product_info.php?cPath=46&products_id=128 Rx http:
  14. For those of you who love seeing professional quality videos of FPV flights over incredibly scenic locations, sub this thread. I'll be posting videos on a monthly basis. Here's my most recent outing to the deep deserts of Utah where you'll see stuff that looks like it comes from an alien world... like from the Alien film franchise. More great stuff to come!
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