Last month we reported on the imminent launch of the latest RunCam product, today it launched and is called the ‘RunCam Split’.
Is the RunCam Split an innovation…
This new product from RunCam is going to raise eyebrows in the industry, unlike the traditional low resolution FPV cameras, the RunCam Split features a high resolution sensor capable of a maximum 1080p @ 60fps recorded to the onboard SD card, whilst also providing a low resolution video feed to the quadcopter VTX.
The benefit being that your racing quadcopter no longer needs to carry an additional GoPro Hero, Session or similar action camera in order to capture high resolution footage.
Weighing in at only 21g, the unit provides an impressive weight saving to pilots as well, although there is the consideration of the additional PCB which needs mounting onto the quadcopter in order to control and manage the features of this new camera setup.
The lens of the camera is replaceable and the FOV (Field Of View) and aspect ratio are slightly different between the FPV and the HD video feeds:
- FPV: 130 degrees FOV (2.5mm lens) @ 4:3 aspect ratio.
- HD Recording: 165 degrees FOV @ 16:9 aspect ratio.
FPV pilots are split over the preference for 4:3 or 16:9 and goggles provide a variety of aspect ratios, therefore it is a shame that RunCam do not appear to be providing the option to toggle this setting for the low resolution feed.
The FPV camera platform itself also includes the RunCam WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology which improves lighting between sky and ground, avoiding the automatic exposure adjustments which can irritate FPV pilots.
In addition, a PCB board incorporating WiFi can be added to the base PCB, this extra model is available for an additional $5.
With the WiFi board fitted, all settings for the camera (high resolution and low) can be controlled via the RunCam app, no longer do FPV pilots require programming cables such as with the HS1077.
Latency is key with FPV and it is yet to be seen whether the new Split will introduce increased latency due to the additional processing required to split the video signal. Early reviews will be worth watching before buying.
|FOV Angle of Field||FPV FOV 130° / Recording FOV 165°|
|Video Resolution||1080@60fps / 1080@30fps / 720@60fps|
|Camera Resolution||2 Megapixels|
|TV Output||NTSC / PAL Switchable|
|Real-Time Audio Output||Yes|
|Interface||Micro USB / UART|
|Max Micro SD Card Supported||64G (must be Class 6 or above, recommended class would be Class 10/UHS-I/UHS-II)|
|WiFi Module||Support (Removable)|
|Dimensions||PCB 36*38mm / Lens Module 22*20mm|
|Power Input||DC 5V|
|Working Current||650 mAh|
Where to buy…
The new RunCam Split is available to pre-order directly from RunCam at a very reasonable $60/£55, with an additional £5/$5 charged for the WiFi module.
BangGood have also now listed the RunCam Split for pre-order, other retailers will also stock the product soon.
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