Review: Aomway 650TVL CCD Camera

Let’s check out Aomway’s new 650TVL CCD camera. Many thanks to Aomway for sending this camera in for the review and testing.

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Unboxing

The Aomway 650TVL is a CCD sensor camera features similar dimension and mounting to the Foxeer Arrow and Runcam Swift. It comes with 4 screws, a 3-pin silicon cable, an OSD menu control with an extension wire and a mounting bracket.

There are 2 metal inserts for screws on each side of the housing. Another bonus is the built-in Microphone in the camera.

Dimension and Weight (My measurement is different from the specifications):

  • 12.2g
  • 26.5mm x 24.5mm x 29.5mm (W x H x L)

The width and height looks to be slightly smaller than the Swift.

 

Testing – Image Quality

  • Under default the colour looks much warmer compared to the Runcam Swift
  • FOV is smaller than the the Swift 2 with 2.5mm lens, due to the 2.8mm lens
  • Image sharpness looks excellent, the detail even seems better than other cameras on the comparison – the smaller FOV could also play a part in this
  • WDR is great, just as good as the Runcam

See this comparison for yourself.

Latency

The Aomway 650TVL does really well in the latency testing, it comes in at 21ms which is slightly faster than the Swift 2 (23ms), and slightly slower than the HS1177 (19ms).

FPV Camera Latency Result Table

VBAT (battery voltage) Displayed on Screen

The Aomway 650TVL camera can display your battery voltage in the OSD. However it can only detect voltage through the camera’s input voltage, there is no dedicated OSD VBAT pin like other cameras do such as the Foxeer Arrow V2 or Runcam Swift 2. This means if you want to use this feature, you would have to feed the camera directly from the battery, if you power the camera with regulated 5V or 12V then all you see is the 5V or 12V, which is useless.

Another issue I see with VBAT OSD is the slightly off measurement. It’s 0.1V lower than the actual voltage, probably caused by the power filter or diode.

OSD Menu (settings)

The OSD setting menu is very similar to that of the Runcam or Foxeer. The options are pretty much identical.

However they integrated the FPV OSD setup there as well where you can set the pilot name, and turning on/off the timer, VBAT etc.

Conclusion

The only thing I don’t like about this camera is the fact that it doesn’t have a dedicated VBAT pin for voltage OSD. For someone like me who always power the camera with filtered, regulated voltage the VBAT OSD becomes unusable. But apart from that I think it makes a great, cheaper alternative to the Swift 2 or Arrow V3.

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