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FPV...how can one see it in the sun?

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by nedro018, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. nedro018

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    i have about 4 hours of flight since new. i cant see anything on my samsung note II or my nexus 7 tablet when flying FPV in daylight. i cant see where im going so i have to resort to LOS flying. what do you guys do?

    my LCD brightness is turned full settings. LCD's are shaded under trees when flying when i can, or with my own homemade shades.
     
  2. Wally

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    How big are your homemade shades?
     
  3. nedro018

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    about 8 inches. beveled on sides. black.

    while flying, my partner actually took my nexus 7 tablet away from me and could only see FPV on it when he had it inside his Tshirt and his Tshirt was over his entire head like a tent. even then he had a hard time seeing icons like the battery levels and distance.

    i do realize that the BEST times to shoot video are early in morning and late in evening due to natural lighting. im flying in the middle of the day right now.
     
  4. Dirty Bird

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    This is going to sound silly but, with some devices, you either need to position yourself so the screen is shaded, or get something to block the sun, like one of those "hat umbrellas" or an table umbrella with a stake so you can press it into the ground.
     
  5. nedro018

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    not silly. your right. im thinking about making something that will lasso around my torso.

    contrast is still a problem however. with most devices.

    goggles sound good but i dont want to spend that money, also, most seem to work with the vision, not the vision 2/vision 2+'s
     
  6. ToThePoint

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    I had the same issue today as i wanted to film something huge.
    I came also up with the hat umbrella idea because it reflects the light from behind you as your face i reflected massive. ( ugly face BTW )
    Anyway i did a test with a white umbrella as DB mention and thats not sufficient enough, it has to be black and really light proof.
    Also a baseball cap does some wonders when looking @ the bird and the sky is heavy ( humidity ).
    Sunglasses makes things worse.
    Also a black t-shirt ( clothing ) maybe hot but thats the only thing to wear when you want to make something out of the FPV.
    Today i couldn't even see the sats and bat %, with the shade on i could just make something out of it.
    Its a great concern as i lose things to record this way.
    Up to the hat umbrella, i'm going to snoop around.
     
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    I've got a similar problem with FPV using an iPad Mini, but if I've got the brightness cranked all the way up I can see the screen at noon in bright sun. (Which I was doing today) It isn't ideal, but doable with the iPad.

    I'm definitely going to get a shade when I can find one I like. I'd buy a "Hoodini Mini," but the "brushed aluminum" color has been out of stock for several weeks. Five other colors are available for $36.95.

    http://www.hoodivision.com/#!hoodivision-store/c37l/!/~/category/id=9348087&offset=0&sort=normal

    I've already got too much stuff to carry to the launch site to think about umbrellas and such...
     
  8. Fplvert

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    I've used some like this and they work well albite spendy and heavy. There is one simmilar for your phone with a magnifying glass that's also nice and woks well. Frankly, I really never liked all that gear when traveling and resorted to Cinemizers with my iOS devices. You're right about it being better in morning with lighter winds and shade for seeing the screen.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/331265857238
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/231292853162
    :) keep looking and enjoy flying!
     
  9. Fplvert

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    Nice find! Hadn't seen that one before. Looks like some kind of fabric, maybe foldable? Hard to tell from their ad. ;)
     
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    I have the same trouble, Texas sun is murder. I've 3d printed hoods for my phone, but it doesn't matter because ultimately it's reflecting my face which is not under any hood. My head is extremely reflective. :lol:
    I'm gonna get some goggles, I just can't decide which.
     
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    Make sure your phone or tablet brightness is set to max and not auto, try to find a shaded spot, it's the only way you will have success.
     
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    Nexus 7: I got lucky with a solution that works for about $20.

    I needed to reduce glare and it had to be easy to transport. Three ebay items and some velcro and I'm good to go. The most important item is the last item. The high-gloss screen on the N7 is a problem.

    This system reduces glare, assembles/disassembles quickly, and all the pieces fold flat for transport. I use the N7's outlet charger piece for the controller clamp to grip but I'm going to create a fixed grip using Sugru.

    YMMV.


    Plastic shell for the Nexus 7 - $3.42
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/290762539875?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

    Sunshade hood - $9.99
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/251468897100?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

    Anti-glare matte screen protector - $5.95
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221491025361?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
     

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    OK...that visual made e LOL...... :mrgreen:
     
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    These work great on the iPad Mini. I have one and can see just fine in full mid day sun.
     
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    I find with my MotoG it's just about OK turned up to max brightness and stand in shade if at all possible.