Foxeer has just released a new FPV camera, the upgraded Predator
V2 V3! Let’s find out what the improvements are and how it compares to the older versions in terms of features and image quality.
Further Reading: How to choose FPV camera?
Predator V1 vs. V2
I am a bit surprised when I was told there isn’t any change in the hardware. The changes are mostly in the software, including:
- Improved imaged settings in system level (not the user settings)
- Added options: Day/Night, Voltage Calibration and “LED”
The rest of the spec looks identical to the Predator V1.
- Input Voltage: 5V – 40V
- CMOS Sensor
- 1.8mm Lens,
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Weight: 5.5g
Predator V3 vs. V2
4 months later, Foxeer released the Predator V3! Apart from the improvements from the V2, here is a summary of what’s been added to the V3:
- Nicer default settings, improvements including image color and shadow details
- Added Day/Night mode, so that you can change it to Black & White image in the menu for low light flying
- You can flip the Image vertically and horizontally
- 16:9/4:3 switchable and PAL/NTSC switchable, both can be done in the settings
- Upgraded pinout, now video and OSD have separate ground pins for easier wiring
I will test the Predator V3 as soon as I can, the rest of the article is about the V2.
Closer Look at the Predator V2 FPV Camera
The Foxeer Predator V2 FPV camera comes with standard accessories.
Here is a side by side comparison between the V1 and V2, they look identical from the outside. So there really isn’t much to talk about. The only way I can tell them apart is by the label on the lens.
Metal inserts screw holes for mounting.
Even the label on the back doesn’t tell you it’s a V2, so it gets pretty confusing, especially when I was testing it.
Image Quality Testing
Here is the side by side comparison between the V1 and V2 Predator cameras.
Here is a summary of the differences I noticed during my testing:
Exposure change is equally fast!
More “constrasty” image and more vibrant colour, it kind of makes the V1 look “washed out”! Pretty impressive improvement there. But the blue cast is still there… In fact it seems to have got worse. It’s not a biggie if you don’t mind it.
The Predator V2 has a sharper image and you can clearly see more details in the footage.
It’s also now slightly better at showing shadow detail (notice the shadow between the cars).
I would say it’s also slightly better at low light, but there is more digital noise.
I tested the Sparrow 2 Pro at the same places and time, so if you want a comparison just check out the video in that review.
Here is my optimised settings used in the test:
- Brightness: 125
- Contrast: 131
- Sharpness: 165
- Hue: 90
- Color Gain: 132
Predator V2 Latency
The Foxeer Predator V2 has the same latency as the Predator V1, at 15ms average. See all the FPV camera latency results here.
The Added Options
By holding the up key for a few seconds enters the OSD menu (different menu to the camera image settings). Here you can enable voltage display and timer.
The added options are voltage calibration and LED mode, which is for those who fly at night around LED tracks. It prevents over-exposure with bright LED lights.
The image quality improvement is pretty big IMO, but is it enough to call it a V2? Honestly I think It’s more like the “Predator V1.1”.
If you like the image from the Predator V1, you will definitely like the V2 more. But is the difference enough to upgrade? It probably depends on how much you value the improvements.
It’s a great FPV camera for day time flying, but not the best for low light. If you are in the market for a new camera, the Predator V2 is definitely worth considering.
- May 2018 – review created for the Predator V2
- Sep 2018 – added info about the Predator V3