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May 06, 2019, 01:44 AM
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Hawkeye Firefly Split Cam - another split type camera

Hawkeye has been teasing us with a new product posts on FB. This is Split type HD FPV camera with a next level specs - 1080p/120fps, 2.7k/60fps, 4K/30fps split.

Here is a picture of the earlier prototype they have been working/testing with:

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May 06, 2019, 01:46 AM
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May 17, 2019, 02:36 AM
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Prefer WDR off. WDR on seem to lose detail at darker areas against/transitioning from bright sky.

Question: what is the resolution seen in real time in the goggles (transmitted via VTX) and what is the latency?
May 17, 2019, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by turbinefancy
Prefer WDR off. WDR on seem to lose detail at darker areas against/transitioning from bright sky.
This was to demonstrate two different cameras Firefly Split VS Firefly SE8. I too think that Firefly Split picture is even better without WDR than SE8 with WDR.

Originally Posted by turbinefancy
Question: what is the resolution seen in real time in the goggles (transmitted via VTX) and what is the latency?
These are interesting questions. We need to see actual FPV video recording.
Jun 04, 2019, 06:44 PM
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This camera is alleged to have stabilization, USB connection, de-fisheye, 2.7K/60, 1080/120 and all sorts of other cool features. Let's just hope the latency is low and the quality is high!
Jun 04, 2019, 10:29 PM
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if its bitrate and res is great and its light enough , I don't care about latency. -I'll just run a separate FPV cam.
Jun 09, 2019, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by xanuser
if its bitrate and res is great and its light enough , I don't care about latency. -I'll just run a separate FPV cam.
Agree, AES is excellent on my 8SE, but the camera is a GoPro style brick, I am waiting for decent AES on a split type form factor. Problem is, some do it way better than others and I also don't care about live feed, as I run more than one FPV camera anyway. .
Jul 11, 2019, 08:27 PM
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Finally taking orders!

Every time they post a picture of it on Instagram, I check their website for this product. Still nothing there, but I found it on Banggood, along with this marketing copy that I thought would be of interest:

A Split camera or FPV Camera + Action camera?
-Hawkeye Firefly 4K Split Cam

Do you still buy a FPV camera and an action camera ?
Do you worry about the latency of the 4K split cam?
Do you still use a 1080P split cam instead of 4K?
Do you worry about the distortion?

It all can be fixed with Hawkeye Firefly 4K split cam!
4K incoming!
4K 30、1080P 120、2.7K 60 FPS(16:9 & True 4K)

Your Split cam canít record high resolution videos?
Do you worry about the latency output of the split cam?
Too many jello effect in the video?

Check the NEW Hawkeye Firefly Split Cam!
It can record 4K 30FPS,2.7K 60FPS,1080P 120fps & 720p to 240fps ! We did a research and found out some split cam common issues in 4K cameras:
1. Canít turn EIS on at 4K / 1080P 120FPS;
2. Canít record 4K 、2.7K at 16:9 Cinerama(only 4:3).
3. Canít turn Distortion correction ON at 4K level.
4. Canít record 2.7K 60fps, 1080p 120fps.

Our engineers fixed all those issues! Beta testers told us that the performance is similar to a GoPro 6!
Some customers ask, will it be expensive?
One word- NO!

Still use a AV camera for FPV?
Hawkeye Split: Low latency AV out & 4K recording!
In the 4K generation, do we still need to buy an analog FPV camera?
Firstly, low latency video output is one of the aspects you look for in FPV. If the latency is too high, we canít even fly! For many years, the latency of the DVR was too high, so that we had to buy an analog FPV camera!
Hawkeye engineers have spent countless hours testing new split cam and finally made solution for this problem. The latency of Hawkeye split is only 0.04 second! Thatís impressive numbers for FPV!
We gathered feedback from our beta testers and this is what they have come out with:
If the latency is bigger than 0.1 second, you will feel dizzy! If the latency is bigger than 0.05 second, you will fell out of sync with your flying machine.
Hawkeye Splitís latency is perfect option for You.
We can see some 4K split cam that put two cameras together (one for FPV one for DVR). In that case, you need to pay for two cameras! Your drones become heavier! When crash, it will damage both easily!
Choose a right Split cam with good latency and AV out!

Manual shutter:
This is professional function! We learnt from some old FPV birds that manual shutter can make more stable videos. They told us to set the shutter to a fixed right value, your video can be more stable and less jello!

HDMI output:
Old birds know that we canít focus well with AV signal because of its low resolution. But most split cams can only focus the lens by the AV signal!
Our users suggest we add HDMI! With high resolution HDMI signal, you could focus as you want!
Do you want to use HD video transmitter in future? Hawkeye Split Cam can support 1080P 60fps HDMI video output! You have no need to spend extra money for further updates!

WDR sensor!
Are you afraid of image that look too dark when the camera in turned towards the sky or sun?
The Hawkeye split cam support hardware and software WDR.
Hawkeye uses an IMX WDR image sensor where WDR algorithm makes a brighter image! The image quality will be good even turning camera directly to sun!

Distortion Correction function!
Are you afraid of the annoying distortion in the video without option to turn the option on in 4K & 2.7K video mode?
Hawkeye fixed all these problems. It can correct the distortion in all resolutions even in 4K and 1080P 120FPS mode!

Gyro Image stabilization function!
With a 3 axis gyro, Hawkeye split present a good image stabilization function! Some cameras canít turn gyro on in 4k and 1080p 120fps, but Hawkeye CAN!

Video repair function:
Many users meet those problems: 
1. Videos canít playback in the SD card after crashing.
2. The warring window shows the video was damaged.
Donít worry! Hawkeye Split cam can repair the damage videos! Just put the SD card to playback in the camera, it can repair the video automatically!

External RC triggers:
Hawkeye invented this function and keeps it for 5 years from the first generation camera! Many users choose us because of it!
With the RC trigger design, you could remotely record or capture photo. You just need a Hawkeye RC cable and a RC 3 ways switch.

Do you still use H.264 old protocol?
H.265 means less storage space will be used and faster upload to YouTube!
We kept H.264, because it is compatible with most of the old devices! You can still use your old computers.

Common and Flexible FPV cable:
Is it too expensive to find a FPC cable when your split camís cable is damaged?
Hawkeye Split cam uses a common 0.5mm FPC cable. You can easily find a replace one on the market! And we improved the cable. It is more durable and stronger now especially keeping in mind drones users.
DIY and maker:
Its not only a FPV camera,but also a DIY camera! you can make it as a Car DVR, a security DVR,or any thing you want!

About Hawkeye:
Hawkeye established in 2012 and produces FPV cameras(Firefly Micro cam 1/2), action cameras(Firefly 8SE, Firefly 7S, Firefly 6S) FPV monitors(Sharp vision 7 inch and Little Pilot 5 inch). The humanized design allows consumers to operate more easily, and can enjoy more fun and aerial flight.
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Aug 06, 2019, 03:08 AM
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New Parameters for Hawkeye Firefly 4K Split CAM (3 min 15 sec)
Aug 07, 2019, 11:16 AM
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Hawkeye Firefly 4K Split Cam 2.7K 60FPS testing new parameters (3 min 27 sec)
Aug 07, 2019, 11:27 AM
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Only one question I have (after the Caddx Tarsier stitch up).....

Is it compatible with Betaflight and Runcam Device protocol for Camera Controls??

Ie can I start and stop recording remotely via my Aux switches??

Aug 16, 2019, 04:03 PM
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Hi fellow rc pilots & rc enthusiasts

Hawkeye Firefly Split review. This Hawkeye Firefly Split 4K 12MP Single Board HD Recording DVR WDR FPV MINI Camera For FPV Racing RC Drone review includes unboxing, inspection, setup, firmware upgrade, accessories and tests. The 4K [email protected] video is not included in this but a link to watch this is included at the end and also in this video description.

Hawkeye Firefly Split 4K DVR WDR FPV Mini Camera review (13 min 31 sec)
Aug 21, 2019, 10:58 AM
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Hi Bill

thanks for the video

regarding the green& white wires for RC triggers .....

does the camera support the Runcam Device protocol in Betaflight??

kind regards
Sep 14, 2019, 02:19 PM
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Just as a quick update, Hawkeye has been quietly releasing regular firmware updates for this camera.

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