|Oct 16, 2012, 07:43 AM|
Joined Apr 2008
Can you FPV on a budget of $500? (US)
I've been flying for a few years, and want to get into FPV. If you had $500, what would your setup be? Plane, cam, transmitter, receiver etc..
I've seen this question asked other ways, but nothing recently. I know the tech changes every 6 months in this world.
|Oct 16, 2012, 10:45 AM|
Start by telling us what you have already. Batteries, transmitter and receivers (like Futaba, JR, etc.), chargers?
If you have a lot of that already, you could easily get in for under $500
|Oct 16, 2012, 12:30 PM|
Parkzone Vapor, RTF. $150
an extra 150 1S batt $10
Dealextreme 2.4GHz cam/vTx, and theire 2.4 receiver. $50
An LCD TV from Bestbuy $150
there you go, $360! Hey, I built one of these once. Flew it twice even, within my front yard.
I don't think it is really possible to do it for $500 for everything. My cheapest plane with the most basic FPV setup is still about $400 in the air, plus ground station stuff, even though the kit was only $30 (Tek Sumo). Now it could be possible to do a GS for near $100 (Rx for $50, ebay LCD TV for $60, a 3S batt for $20), so there you go - more like $550 total, assuming you have a RC transmitter.
|Oct 16, 2012, 01:25 PM|
Joined Apr 2008
|Oct 16, 2012, 03:32 PM|
San Francisco, CA
Joined Jun 2002
Your best bet would be the following to get you started:
- Skysurfer from Bananahobby for 110 RTF
- 5.8ghz tx/rx from hobbyking $67
- Sony camera from HK $17
- philips LCD from ebay $40
total -- $234 for a great starter system that you can easily upgrade.
|Oct 16, 2012, 06:35 PM|
|Oct 17, 2012, 09:22 AM|
Have what I need to get started but have not added it up. Lets see now what it is (don't recall prices in some cases so I'll guess .. forgive me if I get some wrong)
Already have (yes there is value but I had this or got for free so no cash flow required)
Futaba Super 8 72Mhz Radio
Camera (very nice one thanks to a generous RCG member)
Several small flat screen monitors which seem to work ok for FPV (no blue screen)
Building supplies (I scratch build so tons of "stuff")
digital camcorder for DVR
Heat shrink tubing
Brushless motor 30
props maybe 15 for assortment
Video TX/RX 50 (RCG deal)
Stuff to build antennas maybe 20
So over $400 out of pocket with a pretty large stash of stuff already in hand and I'm not talking about a fancy setup. Guess $500 could be done if you have little or nothing but I'm not sure how other than a basic starter setup like described above by compuatic. Can't comment on how well it would work though.
|Oct 17, 2012, 12:06 PM|
For 1280MHz, you need to install a filter if you plan to fly 2.4GHz for control. You can make a really cheap and easy notch filter with a section of coaxial cable. Also, keep the video transmission level to a minimum (ie 300mw or less) to keep from overloading your receiver.
Also, forget the FatSharks. Buy a decent set of goggles like the EVG920s or the Visuix920. The picture quality and color are better. The only problem is the blind isn't as good as the FatShark unit. This also allows you to use the HobbyKing 5.8GHz video system which is cheaper and 5db more sensitive than the Airwave based systems. This means ~75% more range per unit power.
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