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Posted by TinkleWid | Mar 15, 2018 @ 08:59 PM | 2,552 Views
How do you create that 'Cinema Feel' with a cheap HD Camera on a lightweight racing drone?

What a result in the winter sun at a new spot near Wembley Stadium with a $10 HD SQ12 Quelima Camera on a sub 250g ViFly R130 FPV freestyle drone!

Remove duplicate frames and then blend with the only colour change to select CineLook in Adobe. That works nicely on a bright day with no need to change the tints or highlights so a 10 minute job after the editing of raw footage is complete.

I'm still liking the Quelima SQ12 until something better is released in the same price range. Unfortunately, the Mobius Mini is too heavy so next maybe the Runcam Micro Swift or perhaps the Runcam Nano (5g)? It would be great to have a cheap camera that has a sensor that doesn't produce a black sun 😎

Cinematic Drone Racing (London, UK) - SQ12 HD Camera Modified Smooth Blended Frames (sub 250g drone) (2 min 20 sec)

Posted by TinkleWid | Mar 13, 2018 @ 05:37 AM | 2,504 Views
A winter visit in January to the National Trust Snowshill Manor and Garden in the Cotswolds near Chipping Campden with the ViFly R130 with Quelima SQ12 HD camera.

Snowshill, Cotswolds, UK: Modified SQ12 versus ViFly CMOS 700TVL test (sub 250g drone)
Flying Snowshill, Cotswolds, UK: Modified SQ12 versus ViFly CMOS 700TVL test (sub 250g drone) (0 min 42 sec)

A nice short video test of the SQ12 versus the stock Vifly 700TVL CMOS camera taken in windy conditions. The results from each camera produce a very different feeling but neither are as satisfactory as a Mobius Mini, Runcam or GoPro. However, for 10 it seems like a cheap solution for a mini quad.

So, is it worth buying the Quelima SQ12?
Only if you have a video editor as the raw footage suffers from frame lag and a lack of colour!

Raw footage modified using Adobe Premier Pro editor

Vifly R130 https://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/vi...

HD Camera https://www.gearbest.com/automobiles-...
Posted by TinkleWid | Mar 12, 2018 @ 06:24 AM | 2,558 Views
Question: Who would purchase the Quelima SQ12 for a sub 250g drone?

Well it weighs 16 grams with sq11 mount if you take the camera out of the box! That is a good reason if you have a small quad.

If you have the time to use a video editor the original SQ12 footage can be greatly improved from the original output. Once the CMOS camera output is edited there is less of a difference in the feel of the 2 videos but the colours are more defined and vibrant on the lightweight SQ12 with a larger FOV. However, with the extra weight will your flight be less enjoyable?

Conclusion: As the cheapest HD camera on the market it is worth buying the SQ12 especially as it sharper and has a larger field of view but it is better if you have a video editor to improve the stock image. With the FPV cameras improving all the time it will not be long before the SQ12 will be obsolete but in the meantime it is a cheaper and lighter solution than the Mobius Mini.

Cheapest HD Camera Review: Modified Quelima SQ12 vs ViFly CMOS 700TVL footage on a sub 250g drone (1 min 16 sec)

Equipment used:
Vifly R130 https://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/vi...
HD Camera https://www.gearbest.com/automobiles-...
Original SQ12 footage modified using Adobe Premier Pro editor
Posted by TinkleWid | Mar 07, 2018 @ 06:04 AM | 2,321 Views
Is it worth buying the lightweight Quelima SQ12 for a sub 250g quad?

The raw video output of the Vifly CMOS 700LVT camera is far more impressive than the SQ12 standard video. The only improvement without editing the footage is a wider field of view.

Cheapest HD Camera Drone Review: Original SQ12 vs ViFly CMOS 700TVL Unmodified Colour Test (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by TinkleWid | Mar 05, 2018 @ 02:03 PM | 2,340 Views
Test results from the SQ12 720p HD lightweight camera for mini fpv racing drones using Adobe Premier Pro

SQ12 Modified vs SQ12 Original Raw Colour Review on a sub 250g ViFly drone
Cheapest HD Camera on a sub 250g ViFly drone: SQ12 Modified vs SQ12 Original Raw Colour Review (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by TinkleWid | Feb 27, 2018 @ 08:48 PM | 5,481 Views
I found a new spot near Wembley Stadium. Unfortunately, it was too hazy to see the arch in the sunlight.

Best result yet from a cheap 720p camera flown in hazy sunlight. Really sharp and true colours once filtered through Adobe Premier Pro. Shame about the flying but the trim button was hit by accident on the Jumper T8SG so the silly little quad wanted to drift to the right.

The ribbon on the SQ12 lens managed to tear when attempting a lens mod on a spare SQ12! Will have to try again more carefully when a replacement is sent as this may help soften the image. However, initial results are impressive and my best yet although not quite up to a Go Pro. Any feedback on the video footage would be much appreciated 😎

To the Max: The Best Quelima SQ12 FPV Video Footage with ViFly Drone (without lens mod) (2 min 3 sec)

Posted by TinkleWid | Feb 23, 2018 @ 09:04 PM | 2,891 Views
I am finding that the Quelima SQ12 HD is the lightest and cheapest 720p camera available if you spend a little time adjusting the colour saturation and removing duplicate frames. I am still experimenting with tuning my ViFly drone to carry the extra weight and I am also waiting for delivery of a SQ11 camera mount from China. Once I have that I can hopefully bring the weight of the camera down to around 15 grams. Here is of the improved video footage with the 'upgraded' Quelima SQ12:

Quelima SQ12 Frame Rate and Colour Saturation Camera Upgrade on ViFly (sub 250 gram) Drone (2 min 35 sec)

How to update or remove the date/time stamp on the Quelima SQ12:
The camera will write a text-file to the sd card (20150101235530 / yyyymmddhhmmss) that can be corrected with a text editor. If you don't want the date timestamp to appear on your video simply change 'Y' to 'N' (No) and save to sd card.
Posted by TinkleWid | Feb 08, 2018 @ 09:57 PM | 3,235 Views
Does anyone have experience with camera-ball shoots, 3D camera shots or just trippy video creation?
I am starting to experiment by mishap as you can see from the video below.

I found a new spot this week and was looking forward to looking at my HD footage at home only to discover that my flights started off fine and then looked strange. The camera mount is on an adjustable swivel that rotates 360 degrees and also tilts up to an angle of 45 degrees. The screw holding the swivel had come loose and the play in the camera angle made some of the footage look unreal as the world bent around the drone and familiar flying angles were replaced with impossible but smooth curves.

Its funny how initial disappointment can lead to new discoveries. I think I may play some more with the swivel head when I have time and maybe put another facing backwards or perhaps 2 facing sideways. Perhaps I could add a small gyroscope! Let me know what you think?

Virtual insanity - Inexpensive 3D FPV Drone Set-Up with Quelima Swivel Cam (2 min 34 sec)

Posted by TinkleWid | Jan 28, 2018 @ 01:40 PM | 3,051 Views
List of contents:

1: Jumping head-first into the world of FPV
2: Purchasing My First Acro Drone
3: First Flights Compilation
4: Fixing a Battery Disconnect
5: Drone Fire (White Smoke)
6: Replacement 4-in-1 ESC
7: Replacing a Motor
8: Selecting Props
9: Adding an HD Camera

ViFly Drone 4S 850mah Raw Footage - Power and Range (4 min 55 sec)

1: Jumping head-first into the world of FPV

As a drone newbie I thought that I would share my experience of fvp freestyle for those that may be interested. In October 2017 I decided to purchase a racing drone and did not want to build one nor have to do anything too technical. However, within a couple of months I was taking apart, soldering and generally tinkering with my drone while looking to make improvements.

I got a lot of helpful information from my cousin who had already managed to rewire his brain for first person viewing. He had also built several drones so he got me up to speed with the basics very quickly. Prior to deciding to go acro, I owned a Hubsan X4 H107C and I tried also out the Bugs 3 and Bugs 6 drones which gave me some experience of the increased power and 'stabilised' mode.

2: Purchasing My First Acro Drone

I purchased the ViFly R130 v1 BNF, Jumper T8GS controller and VRD2 Pro Goggles from unmannedtech.co.uk. A close competitor to the ViFly R130 at the time was the Rodeo 110 but I fancied the 4S capability of the ViFy.

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