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rwilabee

Senior Heliman

La Quinta, CA

Can a GoPro be used for FPV. I was told that the output is slow so it lags behind what it really happening. Also is the lens ok for FPV.

11-03-2011 Over year old.
Dr.Tim

Elite Veteran

Mojave Desert

I use the Go Pro without any issues ... The Lens is good but there are some mods on the market to change it out .. I use mine though straight out of the box.

Dr.Tim

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11-03-2011 Over year old.
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rwilabee

Senior Heliman

La Quinta, CA

Can you have the gopro record and FPV at the same time.

Thanks

11-03-2011 Over year old.
Al Austria

Elite Veteran

Gainesville, FL

Can you have the gopro record and FPV at the same time.
Thanks
Yes! This is exactly how I am utilizing my GoPro. That said it is a typical CMOS camera, in that it doesn't handle light changes(going from horizon to sky) and low light conditions as well as a CCD camera.

The lag thing worried me until I actually flew with it. Could not feel any lag, so no worries there. I'm pretty satisfied with it as an FPV camera.

11-03-2011 Over year old.
TECO

Veteran

WARWICK RI, USA

i am very happy with my gopro too, heres my first video on 20mph wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFDZpw6GS3M

i am still working on vibration, i had to modified the gopro case to fit tight on the cameramount tilt, ill have pictures later, will try this sunday

i like this little camera a lot, cant wait to try the gopro v2

"Never argue with an idiot - he'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience

11-04-2011 Over year old.
ava#

Heliman

wa

I use a GoPro on a quad copter and a fixed wing. I really notice the 67 mSec lag on the quad.(as reported in RC Heli magazine). I put a CMOS video camera on and the difference is astounding. I could not land the quad with the GoProd dealay. The quad was always ahead of me resulting in tip overs. With the CMOS camera it is much easier to fly and I can stay in control and land with out flipping every time. The fixed wing is easily flown using just the GoPro because the plane so slow to respond to inputs.

B

11-12-2011 Over year old.
MPA

Elite Veteran

Australia

Good point.
Ive seen some vids that are flying by GoPro and wondered how they handle the delay close to the ground.
Was looking at a few of the Traxxis buggy FPV vids using the GP for FPV and seemed to be not doing so well with close distances with throttle, and likely due to the lag.

Im just using a mini cam and no GoPro, not doing video fligths just for fun flights, and save my GoPro for ski seasons.

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12-03-2011 Over year old.
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Al Austria

Elite Veteran

Gainesville, FL

I use a GoPro on a quad copter and a fixed wing. I really notice the 67 mSec lag on the quad.(as reported in RC Heli magazine). I put a CMOS video camera on and the difference is astounding. I could not land the quad with the GoProd dealay. The quad was always ahead of me resulting in tip overs. With the CMOS camera it is much easier to fly and I can stay in control and land with out flipping every time. The fixed wing is easily flown using just the GoPro because the plane so slow to respond to inputs.
B
GoPro uses a CMOS sensor, you are confusing CMOS with CCD. Just purchased a RMRC-540, CCD camera to try out. Will let you guys know what i think about it.

In the meantime, this flight was done using a GoPro for downlink video:

Watch at YouTube

12-03-2011 Over year old.
nwmtech

Senior Heliman

Bellingham, WA

Hey Al, what mount are you using on the quad for the Go Pro?

12-13-2011 Over year old.
zoot408

Veteran

MI.

Great vid!

Bravo Al,
That was a 330x? Could you list the components to your rig? Working with a 500x and making equipment selections now.

12-14-2011 Over year old.
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Al Austria

Elite Veteran

Gainesville, FL

Hey guys, there is some info on my setup in this thread, thanks: http://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t669355p1/

12-16-2011 Over year old.
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