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Mar 01, 2013, 05:26 AM
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Best outdoor helicopter with built-in camera & IR night vision?


Hi,

Just wondering if anyone knows of any RC heli that will cope well outdoors, has a live streaming camera with night vision capabilities.

I am part of a local SAR unit and just looking at a little project to see if I can get one or modify a heli to help out on our callouts.

The range would only need to be 800m 15mins max dunno if this is capable of RC heli's as I am new to all of this.

Any advice would be great.
Cheers
Dan
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Mar 01, 2013, 07:49 AM
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This is by far your best option: http://www.dji-innovations.com/produ...ntom/overview/. It comes with a GoPro camera mount.

Check the last 10 pages here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1774685

You will need to swap batteries several times to get 15 minutes with a load. But, that's easy enough.

Anyone can learn to fly the Phantom. It has lots of failsafe features to help beginners. That means it won't require one dedicated, experienced operator. With a conventional RC heli the learning curve is steep and expensive, so the odds of having more than one person skilled enough is poor.

A conventional 500 - 600 size heli would work, but it will cost double what a Phantom costs and you would need to build it. The Phantom is $679 RTF. In any case, you will need to add the night vision and FPV capabilities. You can buy multi-rotors that have these capabilities already, but the cost will be upward of $4000.
Last edited by Balr14; Mar 01, 2013 at 09:11 AM.
Mar 02, 2013, 06:49 AM
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note that in the US you will need an FAA waver to use it legally
Mar 02, 2013, 12:12 PM
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The FAA does not give wavers...
Mar 02, 2013, 04:54 PM
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The FAA does not give wavers...
and thats the catch
Mar 02, 2013, 05:50 PM
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Yet there are thousands of people doing it.
Mar 02, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Yet there are thousands of people doing it.
doesnt mean its legal
Mar 03, 2013, 03:31 AM
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----------The range would only need to be 800m 15mins max dunno if this is capable of RC heli's as I am new to all of this.

Any advice would be great.
Cheers
Dan
Walk over to them at that range.
Mar 03, 2013, 04:11 PM
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What's the legality issue? Is it same with any FPV? Just interested.
Mar 03, 2013, 05:10 PM
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What's the legality issue? Is it same with any FPV? Just interested.
the commercial part of it that includes use for PD and what not
in theory LEOs can get a waver
Mar 04, 2013, 01:29 PM
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About the FAA rules and legality: http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news...faa-rules?lite
Mar 04, 2013, 02:10 PM
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hiii


If you are looking outdoor helicopter with built-in camera, I will suggest you online store because these online store provide every items at very reasonable price.

Last month I ordered Black Thunderbird Camera 3.5CH RC Helicopter through http://www.hobby-estore.com/. My experience with this store has been good because the order arrived quickly in safe and excellent condition. I hope this store is also helpful for you finding the best outdoor helicopter build with camera.
Mar 07, 2013, 12:31 PM
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Note that Hobby FPV and aerial photography is legal unless it is commercial..


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