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Help buying an inexpensive FPV for Phantom

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CameraGuy, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. CameraGuy

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    Could someone who has some experience spend a moment or two on ebay, or amazon and design an inexpensive, but workable FPV system for a Phantom.

    I have looked on line, and aside from the cadilac - the Fatshark, it all looks a little scary to me.

    As I have stated in an earlier post, I just want to be able to see it within about 300 m so I can do some of the more interesting moves. I don't need it to fly to the moon and back.

    I would like to have

    1. 5.8ghz TX/RX that can be Phantom mounted.
    2. A screen to attach to my radio - a Dx8
    3. Any associated hardware I need to connect my GoPro 3 Black and the screen to my radio.

    Any and all help appreciated, and I'll bet there are a number of us who would love to see what an expert has to say.

    Thanks

    Darren
     
  2. jumanoc

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    I began with FatShark Attitude (goggles only), then wanted to FPV with LCD monitor (Dual view), finally liked just the Monitor.

    Actually, i use a VTX Inmersion 600mW in phantom, powered by stock battery, extra wire from board. Mounted a 7" Monitor on my TX, with a Diversity receiver. All are 5.8 ghz. The LCD and the Receiver are powered with stock battery. A Y cable required and 1 adapter for going from XT60 to barrel plug. 380 mts. Tested with spironet antennas, no obstacles... LOS.

    Here the links:

    The mount for LCD on TX:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...tor+mount+fpv&_nkw=Monitor+mount+fpv&_sacat=0

    The VTX (also you could buy a 250mW):
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=17507

    The receiver (independent from LCD):
    http://www.nghobbies.com/cart/index...id=819&zenid=78da5ca79bc5fb1b96cd7e17e80dd689

    The LCD (independent from Receiver):
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trk...nitor&_nkw=Lcd+FPV+Monitor&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    The receiver (Integrated with LCD):
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...+Lcd&_nkw=Diversity+FPV+receiver+Lcd&_sacat=0

    The cable for connectinf Gopro 3 to VTX:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-Phantom...Control_Parts_Accessories&hash=item20d4a43b62
     
  3. MisterG

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    I just got the FPV set up on my Phantom today. Basically the same setup as jumanoc with the Immersion 600 mW tx, UNO rx, and Spironet antennas. Only difference is I got an 8" monitor which is mounted on a tripod. It was about $330 for the setup.

    The Immersion stuff was purchased from DPCAV and the 8" monitor came from Ready Made RC. Have to say that both are awesome with their shipping as I ordered and within 2 hours of ordering, each of them had the order shipped within 2 hours of placing the order.

    I debated between the DJI downlink and the Immersion and opted for the Immersion. Seems to be the sought after system for fpv and the Immersion tx also weighs less than the DJI tx.
     
  4. CameraGuy

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    Thanks Guys,

    I guess I'll take the plunge. I do wish there was a one vendor solution with all those parts.

    Oh well.

    I'm using the extra power from the Phantom to power my gimbal. Can I split off another connection to the FPV?
    D
     
  5. jumanoc

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    I make a Y soldering extra wires to power wire that comes from main board.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. martcerv

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    Main thing id suggest is not to always look for the cheapest options for everything, some may end up a decent deal but more often then not you will find out you've wasted your money and end up buying new bits quite soon.

    Im happy with the performance of the DJI 5.8 setup and actual signal and range is much better then what the fatshark setup gives and its a good setup at the 5.8 frequency.

    Seen wise there are lots of options but my first one was a cheap and nasty screen which made it pretty tough to use in bright conditions even with a good sun hood, this was an ARI 7 inch so avoid that one. Make sure it doesnt blue screen which is the most important but then you also want something you can use outside in any conditions, so again id say avoid the absolute cheapest screens as they are generally low brightness and contrast. Look for something at least 400cdm/2 brightness and a hood so its useable in the daytime.
     
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    I got the custom 5.8 GHz package from www.readymaderc.com it comes with all the connectors batteries and wires you'll need to get everything working. For phantom with gopro 3 I chose the gopro3 wire instead of a fpv camera and make sure you get circularly polarized antennas. I got the SpiroNETs as they have a small radome to protect the antenna. I use the 8" lcd as that is easier for me and serves as a client monitor if anyone else wants to watch. I just popped it onto a tripod I have laying around and velcroed the receiver and battery to the back for a quick and portable ground station. I got everything for 300 bucks.

    Also I would reccomend watching ibcrazy's YouTube fpv guides they have a lot of good info about fpv and radio transmission of video.

    Sent from my Transformer TF101 using Tapatalk 4
     
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    Yes, this Boscam kit also use and is perfect. Plus cloverleaf antennas.
    Yet I bought the 5.8 GHz integrated receiver for FS Dominator goggles, which is compatible with Boscam frequencies.
    Makes it a "black sheep" (TBS).
     
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    Looks ok but that is the screen I had first and I thought it was nit great so would avoid buying that one.

    Here is a different yet simple approach for fpv video out of a gopro may be an option for some.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgWGzuFjqT4[/youtube]
     
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    You're paying a massive premium for a little bit of soldering and a screen that's really not worthwhile.

    The parts are worth roughly HALF what they're charging.

    I have that screen and its not bright enough for use outside.
     
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    I was considering that screen. :eek:
    Anyway, could you please suggest a 7-8 inch LCD that is bright for use outdoors?
     
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    Wiser people than me have recommended something at least 400+Cd (as high as possible is best) and that doesn't bluescreen.
     
  16. jumanoc

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    RTF, just connect to battery an FPV camera, then to VTX. Check because some cameras are 5v and others 12v.
     
  17. vmm

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    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgWGzuFjqT4[/youtube][/quote]

    Anybody tried it ?
    They have 2 models.
    Which one is better to get 5.8 or 1.2 GHz ?
    Looks like 1.2 GHz has better range 350m
    What the average range for Boscam 5.8 GHz TX/RX
     
  18. careysb

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    That's EXACTLY what I bought! Very happy with it.
    I'm currently considering getting some goggles too. I find it way too easy with the monitor to look up and fly that way. Can't seem to train myself to rely on the monitor.
     
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