The Runcam Split Hybrid is a “dual-camera” system which offers up to 4K HD recording and low latency high performance FPV feed. In this review we will take a look at the specs/features and how it performs on a mini quad.
Where to Buy Runcam Hybrid Camera?
Banggood: http://bit.ly/runcam-hybrid1 (price dropped to $89.99 with coupon: BGBCBG10)
It comes with the following accessories:
- 3-pin silicon cable
- plastic cover for the SD card (prevents ejection)
- M2 nylon screws, standoffs and nuts
- Voltage Input: 5V to 20V
- Current Consumption: 480mA at 5V, 140mA at 12V
- Field of View (FOV): HD FOV 145°, FPV FOV: 150° (4:3)
- Video Resolution:
- Video File Format: MP4
- NTSC/PAL switchable
- Camera size: 19x25mm, M2 Screws
- Processing module size: 29x29mm with M2 20x20mm mounting pattern
- Weight: 18g
Closer Look at the Runcam Hybrid
The Runcam Hybrid uses the same concept as the Runcam Split – a camera module and a processing module which are mounted inside the quadcopter frame, connected by a strong ribbon cable.
Compared to a similar product, the Caddx Tarsier, which is a dual-board design, the Runcam Hybrid is more compact as they managed to do it with just a single PCB board. I also like how they position the two lenses as close as possible so what you see in FPV is what you are filming.
There are two lenses: the one on top is a M10 lens for recording HD footage, the one on the bottom is a M8 lens for low latency FPV feed.
The camera module is 19mm wide, which is equivalent to a micro FPV camera. That means you can mount the Runcam Hybrid in any frame designed for micro cameras without an adapter. However it’s quite a bit taller than a normal micro camera, almost as tall as a full size camera, so make sure your frame has room for that.
The processing module is a 20x20mm board that you can mount directly on top of your FC stack. However it’s slightly bulkier than a typical 20x20mm board, with 29x29mm size, so make sure you have enough space in the frame.
Here are the dimensions of both the camera and processing modules.
Comparing to the Runcam Split Mini 2S side by side, the Runcam Hybrid is actually smaller even though it can now produce 4K footage.
They changed the type of ribbon cable too, which appears to be stronger. But it will take some flights to determine if this is a better solution.
I don’t know if it’s possible to remove the ribbon cable to replace the PCB module and camera module. I don’t want to damage the camera too early :) will check with Runcam first.
How to Change Setting?
You probably have spotted that there is no USB port or WiFi module on the Runcam Hybrid. How do you change camera setting then?
By scanning QR code!
It’s the same technology used in the Runcam 5, which I have been using a lot. I am feeling confident about this tech because it works well and easy to use.
You just need to download Runcam’s App on your smartphone, change the settings you want, generate the QR code, and scan it with the camera. It gets easier the more you do it :)
New camera firmware can be loaded through the SD card.
You can connect the camera to a UART on your flight controller, set it up in Betaflight and you can start and stop recording with a switch on your radio.
SD Card Recommendations
Supports SD card up to 128G.
- U3 for 4K 30FPS, 2.7K 60FPS and 1080p 120FPS
- U1 is enough for the rest
See my SD recommendations in this post.
What Happened to the Rest of the Review?
The sample I received is not working properly, waiting for a replacement. I will update the review once it gets here and tested.