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Wanting to get into FPV. Already have P2 H3-3D

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by Detroit, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Detroit

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    I'm sure that would work, but that's their professional grade, HD video system. at $1500 it's a little much... you can build out a very decent FPV kit and get non-hd video transmission for much cheaper... I suppose it depends if you're looking for a super immersive, HD FPV experience, or like most of us you just need to kinda see what the gopro is seeing to frame your shots better.

    You can build (or buy pre-made) FPV kits with a LCD display for only a few hundred dollars (USD), or if you prefer goggles last time I checked the crappy ones start at like $300 and the nice ones are up to $700 or so.

    There's a million different ways to build this stuff, but the basics you'll need are:
    -(optional) If you're installing a FPV system, go ahead and include a iOSD Mini for flight telemetry data
    -video transmitter. 200mW on the low end, 600mW on the high end seems to be plenty for maximum range on the Phantom. MAny people use the immersionRC 600mW transmitter, but the Boscam transmitters are fine also
    -video receiver. You can get a separate receiver and plug it into any display/goggles, or just get display/goggles with a diversity receiver built in. (diversity means it can take 2 antennas and uses the best signal from either one at any given time)
    -antennas. this is actually one of the most critical pieces, and can make all the difference. You can save money by buying an antenna bundle for example this one at FPVLR.com which comes with 1 Tx pinwheel (omnidirectional) antenna, and 2 Rx antennas... a helix (long range directional antenna - point at phantom) and a pinwheel.

    you've still got a lot of decisions to make at this point. Do you mind some minor soldering? You might want to spec and build the system yourself as demonstrated in this youtube video which shows just how painless it can be, as long as you can run a soldering iron and are smart enough to understand which cables are what (video in vs video out vs power). alternately, you can go with a 3rd party all-in-one kit which usually have "hubs" where you plug everything in with no soldering... for example the KumbaCam kit has a hub or if you use all DJI equipment such as the AVL58 transmitter, you can get their DJI FPV hub.

    don't be afraid to run the video transmitter off the Phantom's power, the power draw is insignificant compared to the flight time loss due to weight if you use an external battery.
     
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    I'm gathering you're the type that just wants to buy a plug and play kit and not deal with any soldering or building, ok. You might be able to locate a dealer in your area that specalizes in quadcopters or Phantoms to do the work for you, probably even sell you a kit they build locally.

    theoretically yes kumba cam are all-in-one kits however I don't like how the LCD and transmitter both have external batteries as mentioned in my previous post... it's just silly for the LCD considering you can get them with batteries built in, and it's wasteful for the video Tx on the Phantom considering how easy it is to tap into the Phantom's power and not sacrifice MORE flight time because you added another battery / more weight.

    there are scores of additional FPV kits out there, literally dozens if not hundreds so I humbly suggest you do some googling "phantom 2 fpv kit" is a good one and check out at least 10 options before you decide on one.
     
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    i'm in the same boat. just got my phantom 2 with h3-3d and want a plug and play decent fpv kit for under $500. monitor. no goggles. any recs would be great.