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Apr 25, 2017, 11:05 AM
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AKK Tech FPV products CA20, X1P, TS5828, LR2 group test, comparison and review



Today, we have another 4 FPV products from fastly emerging AKK Tech company for test and review. We have already reviewed couple of products from this brand recently (micro FPV cam + transmitter / set of FPV antennas) and found those to be very good perfromers considering price to performance ratio. Therefore, conducting further tests for some other components we have here today would prove us either right or wrong about our positive attitude towards this company. Let’s move along and jump into the action!



This would be the group review, test and comparison for the following AKK FPV components:
  • AKK CA20 FPV camera
  • AKK X1P 5.8GHz 40CH 25/200/600mW video transmitter
  • AKK TS5828 5.8GHz 32CH 600mW video transmitter
  • AKK LR2 set of cloverleaf 5.8GHz FPV antennas

Let’s start with the video. This video covers some of the review information and visualizes the conducted tests. But we would recommend to read this text review first as it has more details…

AKK Tech CA20, X1P, TS5828, LR2 - FPV components group test (12 min 20 sec)


Starting with the AKK CA20 FPV camera features and specifications:


  • 600TVL high picture quality
  • Low Power Consumption
  • 1/3″ SONY SUPER HAD II CCD, Nextchip 2040 DSP
  • Special connecting cable for camera and FPV transmitter

Specifications:
  • CCD: 1/3” Sony SUPER HAD II CCD
  • Resolution: NTSC: 768(H)494(V)
  • TV System: NTSC
  • Optical Resolution: 650TVL(b/w), 600tvl(color)
  • Shutter Speed: (CCD IRIS) NTSC: 1/60~1/100000 sec
  • Noise: > 60 (AGC OFF)
  • Video Out: 75ohm, synchronize
  • Min. Illumination: 0.01Lux
  • Auto Gain: Off/Low/Mid/High
  • Back Light Compensation (BLC): Off /Back light compensation/ Strong light suppression
  • Private shading (PRIVACY): 1~8 private shading area
  • Motion Detection (MD): On/ Off (Multi level sensitivity adjustment)
  • Auto White Balance: Manual / Auto / Auto track
  • Mirror: Horizontal Mirror optional
  • Negative: Positive / Negative optional
  • Color to B&W: Auto
  • DNR: 2DNR; WDR: D-WDR
  • Day / Night Shift: Auto/ Color/ B&W
  • Menu (OSD): English menu
  • White Dot Repair: Supports
  • Image Adjustment: Supports
  • Camera Title: Supports
  • Power Requirement: DC5V~22V
  • Working Temperature: -10 C ~ +50 C
  • Working Humidity: 20~80%
  • Dimensions(mm): 25X25(W*L)
  • Power Consumption: 70mA

Packaging:

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Camera comes in a small box with special mounting bracket, 4 screws, camera cable leads, OSD control joystic and power supply leads and English manual.

Item description:

CA20 is wery well built FPV camera that looks very familiar if you happen to use Foxeer XAT600M before. The same size, shape, weight and cable lead connector at the upper left corner on the back. As the matter of fact — all features and specification are also identical. It comes with 2.8mm M12x0.5 thread lens with ~115 FOV from the factory which I would change to 2.5mm with ~130 FOV right away because this is my most preferred angle for FPV flying.

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This camera is built on very common pair: 1/3” Sony SUPER HAD II CCD sensor and Nextchip 2040 DSP that deliver perfect performance for FPV use. Camera is widely controlled through OSD settings and the resulting picture quality is perfect in terms of danymic range, auto white balance and smooth exposure compensation. Moreover, it is perfectly usable under low light conditions. Such functions like wide dynamic (WDR) or even digitally controlled wide dynamic range (DWDR) optimizers are very suitable and doing a good job on keeping the entire frame with large bright-to-dark area difference more or less evenly lit which is very good for any FPV pilot.

OSD menu and camera operation:

OSD menu walkover for this camera can be found in my review video. It looks being almost the same to Foxeer XAT600M OSD and has a plenty of control for different camera functions. The main are picture adjustments in terms of saturation, contrast, brightness and sharpness and some additional settings like DWDR, WDR. You can play with it to tune the picture quality to your liking. OSD control joystick comes in the box.

AKK CA20 VS Foxeer XAT600M:

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After tuning both cameras in OSD to exactly the same settings — they both produce more or less similar results that would also depend on transmitter used. If the transmitters are also the same — we would end up with the perfect match. Unfortunately, my video would not represent this because I’ve tuned both cameras in the same way only after the test and have used different transmitters that would impact the picture quality in a different way, especially concerning picture contrast. But I would say that both cameras are perfect for FPV use and AKK that costs a bit less would have a better value for money…

NEXT: AKK X1P video transmitter features and specifications:



  • Long transmission distance and stable performace
  • One switching button to set CH, FR and power ON/OFF
  • Antenna connector: RP-SMA female connector
  • Frequency range: 5645-5945MHz
  • 40 channels: covers A,b,E,F,r bands

Specifications:
  • Modulation: Wideband FM Modulation
  • Video Format: NTSC/PAL
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Output Power: 25mw: 12,13,14 dBm/ 200mw: 22, 23,24 dBm/ 600mw: 26,27,28 dBm
  • Operating Voltage: 7-24 V
  • Supply Current: 25mw: 100 mA/ 200mw: 200 mA/ 600mw: 280 mA
  • Operating Temperature : -10 +85 C
  • Video Band Width: 0-18 MHz
  • Audio carrier Frequency: 6.5 MHz
  • Video Input Level: 0.8,1.0,1.2 Vp-p
  • Video Input Impedance: 75 Ohm
  • Audio Input Level: 1.0 Vp-p
  • Audio Input Impedance: 10K Ohm

Packaging:

Video transmitter, set of connection cables and English user manual.

Item Description:

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One of the most interestion items in AKK products lineup. This transmitter has 2 versions: with a pigtale and with SMA connector soldered directly to the board. But both share the same features: 40CH and 25, 200, 600mW switchable + ON|OFF switch. This would allow you to judge which power output to use depending on the flight conditions and to avoid transmitter overheating or|and distructing other pilots with power OFF state while waiting for your turn to fly.

It is small and lightweight. LED indicator and single button to control all functions. Controls are easy — short button press to change channel, longer button press to change group and 15 seconds button press to change power output and to switch ON|OFF.

The build quality is also great. All soldering is neatly accoplished and covered with the heatsink.

AKK X1P 200mW VS 600mW VS KDS Kylin 600mW VS AKK TS5828 600mW:

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As seen from our testing video — X1P is the winner in this comparison. It delivers excellent picture quality, handles the signla better and has almost no frame losses during my test travel. Expecially this is true for 200mW output setting. 600mW would be a bit worse in the test when I walk around the house. Why is it so? Because such conditions have many obstacles to reflect the signal and make it interfere with the signal following the direct path. Therefore, the higher the output of a transmitter -> more strong reflections -> more direct to reflected signal interference -> picture is worse. Such testing conditions would always require some less but adequately powerful transmitters to produce better results. That is why in this test 200mW setting for X1P is showing better result.

And viseversa for the open field (flight) test in my video. X1P still does the better job than my Kylin 600mW transmitter but only when set to 600mW. Here we do not have much of reflected signal coming in and the direct signal strength is what really matters.

So, X1P not only have some superior functionality but also outperforms all other transmitters in my test. Very good product with a good price. Excellent value for money.

NEXT: AKK TS5828 600mW transmitter features and specifications:


  • 5.8G 32CH 600MW Mini AV Transmitter
  • Small size and lightweight
  • Easy to operate
  • 32channels: Covers A, B, E, F bands.

Specification:
  • Output Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Video Format: NTSC/PAL
  • Antenna Connector: RP-SMA Connector
  • Output Power: 27-28dBm
  • Operating Voltage: 7.0-24V
  • Supply Current : 280mA
  • Operating Temperature: -10-+85 C
  • Video Band Width: 0-8.0 MHz
  • Audio Carrier Frequency: 6.5 MHz
  • Video Input Level: 0.8-1.2 Vp-p
  • Video Input Impedance: 75 Ohm
  • Audio Input Level: 0.5-2.0 Vp-p
  • Audio Input Impedance: 10K Ohm

Packaging:

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Comes with a set of GoPRO connection cables with power, a set of other camera connection cable leads, omnidirectional antenna and English user manual.

Item description:

This is a classic-type small and lightweight video transmaitter that is controlled with a dip-switches on the board. All channels and frequecies are stated at the back of the box and in user manual. Easy to operate but is less handy to control if it would be situated deep inside your model. Build quality is nothing to worry about — very neat.

AKK TS5828 VS AKK X1P VS Kylin 600mW:

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TS5828 show some similar results to my KDS Kylin 600mW transmitter that I am using for more than 1 year now and which has never let me down — thus, would be 100% enough to use. But, as clearly shown in our testing video — it falls short to X1P performance. Which means that X1P would be more versatile to use. Anyway, the price difference also matters and TS5828 is an excellent choice for the tight budget. It performs well, stays reasonably cool, costs less and can compete with many others rivals with the same or sligtly higher cost.

NEXT: AKK LR2 set of anetnnas features and specifications:


  • Frequency Range: 5.8GHz
  • Gain:5dBI, Impedance: 50Ω
  • Connector: RP-SMA
  • Four Leaf mushroom Antenna, LCPL or RCPL
  • Small size and lightweight
  • Stable signal transmission

Electrical Specifications:
  • VSWR: <1.5:1
  • Gain: 5dBI
  • Polarization: Circular polarization
  • Max Power:50W

Mechanical Specifications:
  • Height: 88mm
  • Max diameter: 4mm
  • Min diameter: 1mm
  • Connector:RP-SMA
  • Lighting Protection: DC Grounded

Packaging:


Comes as a set of 1 RCPL/LCPL RP-SMA and 1 RCPL/LCPL SMA antenna.

Item description:

This particular design of antennas is believed to be originate from Aomway. Moreover, Aomway of this type would outperform most of all other antenna designs currently availbale on the market. This has been proven by many youtube videos where Aomway antennas of this type were compared to many other types and designs and Aomway would either be a winner or at least not worse than a winner.

Considering the fact that AKK LR2 set is perfectly crafted and looks exactly the same as Aomway — seems that it should deliver the same perfect performance.

AKK LR2 (with TS5828) VS Aomway (with TS5828):

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Our testing video clearly shows that — I have tested Aomway and AKK LR2 antennas on the same AKK TS5828 600mW transmitter under the same conditions. And they perform very similar, as expected. So, considering that AKK LR2 cost less than the same antennas produced by Aomway — I would stick to AKK products to save some amount for other equipment.

Overall conclusion:

We like that fact that there is a new name on FPV equipment market — AKK Tech — that delivers very good products at lower cost. We have already tested 6 different items (4 now and 2 previously) and found that most of them outperform their rivals with the same price while the rest of the products are just equal to well known brands. This lets us think that AKK would aquire their client base very quickly and continue to expand as long as the price to performace ratio of all of their products would stay at the current excellent ot better-than-average level.

Good news here for international customers: AKK Tech notified us that they have launched their new online store at AliExpress (free shipping terms). HERE. Customers from USA might find it more convenient to use AKK corner at Amazon. HERE.

You can read this review on my website: HERE
Last edited by Datos; Apr 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM.
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Apr 27, 2017, 11:57 PM
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Apr 28, 2017, 12:00 AM
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Been asked several times why the TS5828 picture is so different in the video. It is because I was using GoPRO-like camera to connect to TS5828 in this test instead of FPV cameras. But I've compared the quality of the signal, not the quality of the picture - therefore, it doesn't matter for a test.

Second: all transmitters were powered by 4S in all tests.
May 12, 2017, 08:26 AM
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Have 2 X1 Vtx's and both are having the same issues on two different planes.


AKK VTX2 (0 min 16 sec)
May 12, 2017, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Ahmed_A
Have 2 X1 Vtx's and both are having the same issues on two different planes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDMP...ature=youtu.be
Don't you think that you need some filtering on the power line to your VTX? Seems that some powerful electornics causes much of troubles for your VTX
May 12, 2017, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Ahmed_A
Have 2 X1 Vtx's and both are having the same issues on two different planes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDMP...ature=youtu.be
More than likely you're getting electrical interference from the ESC and motor. You might try an LC filter.
May 12, 2017, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by TazRC
More than likely you're getting electrical interference from the ESC and motor. You might try an LC filter.
Yep. This seems to be the problem
May 13, 2017, 09:12 AM
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Nice review Datos!
I did this video with the AKK BS2 all in one micro camera:
Testing the new AKK Technologies BS2 micro 3-in-1 camera (2 min 25 sec)
May 13, 2017, 10:18 AM
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Nice review Datos!
I did this video with the AKK BS2 all in one micro camera:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxoGHp4_eQ0
Thanks. I've also done review of all in one AKK product
May 13, 2017, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Datos
Yep. This seems to be the problem
Thanks, I'll try that.
May 13, 2017, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Ahmed_A
Thanks, I'll try that.
good. tell us the results, please. Interesting to know...


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