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Oct 16, 2016, 04:33 PM
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Mini-Review

RMRC Cricket Cam Review


Introduction

So this little guy came with my Nano SkyHunter that I pre-ordered. At first I was a little skeptical as to how well it worked and the range but only time will tell.

Features
  • Combined Camera, 25mW video transmitter, antenna
  • Super small and light weight
  • 5 Bands, 37 unique channels including Race Band
  • Easy to install, plug and play
  • Button control

Specifications:
  • Transmitter power: 25mW
  • Input power: 2.5 - 5V (1s battery)
  • ​Actual camera resolution: 420TVL (Others claim 600TVL)
  • Max illumination: 1 lux
  • Field of view: 120*
  • Antenna dimensions: 20 x 25mm
  • ​Antenna: 3 lobe RHCP
  • Size: 20 x 17mm (LxW)
  • Weight: 4.5g, 10g with the AIO case and plug

Performance

First thing is first, I was impressed by the quality of the camera. I honestly wasn't expecting a great camera for the size and price but this one was a solid 8/10. The 120* FoV is huge but matches the Nano Skyhunter perfectly. It handles the sun perfectly, no washout or dark spots.

The Video Transmitter is great function wise. The ability to use a button and physically see the LEDs change channels and bands are leaps and bounds better then dip switches.

The antenna is made of pretty stiff metal and I imagine will hold up well in a crash. On the plus side, its a 3 lobe which means less to damage in the event of a crash. On the other side it would be nice to have a 4 lobe for better signal.

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Cheap price
  • Extremely light weight
  • Simple to use
  • Would mount simply to any R/C vehicle
  • Great camera

Cons:
  • 3 lobe vs 4 lobe antenna
  • 25mW vTx is a bit weak for fixed wings

Conclusion


My only gripe is that I quickly outran the 25mW vTx on the Nano SkyHunter. I only got about 150 yards before the signal started to break up. But I think it has serious potential on something a bit slower.

This is a great little combination unit that I will be sure to throw on different R/C craft to play with. Completely worth the money if you plan on flying a smaller quad or small, slow plane.
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