Runcam is releasing a new camera for the DJI FPV System – the Runcam MIPI. Image quality looks really good. The last time Runcam released a DJI compatible camera – the Racer 4, it didn’t end too well. Not sure how DJI is going to react to the MIPI camera this time.
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DJI Compatible and Image Quality
According to Runcam, the new Runcam MIPI camera is a better version of the Racer 4, and is compatible with DJI FPV system, but not with Fatshark Shark Byte. It uses standard MIPI protocol to communicate with the Air Unit, hence the camera name “MIPI”. Note that unlike the Racer 4 which is also compatible with analog FPV system, the MIPI is DJI only.
Image quality looks brilliant, definitely looks better than the Caddx Nebula Nano. It could be a decent alternative to the Original DJI camera and the Caddx Nebula Pro. You can see my image quality comparison video between the three cameras.
Potential Risk Buying the Runcam MIPI
When Runcam released the Racer 4, DJI / Caddx threatened to block 3rd party cameras through firmware updates, but it hasn’t happened yet after 9 months. So it would be interesting to see how they react to the new Runcam MIPI camera this time.
If they was really going to do that, your Runcam MIPI FPV camera could become unusable, so that’s something to consider.
Runcam MIPI Specs
The Runcam MIPI connects directly to the DJI Air Unit, or Caddx Vista VTX with a standard ribbon cable, it’s plug and play.
It’s a micro size camera (19mm width) with 6G Lens weight Only 6.5g, with cable 7.2g.
DEFAULT 1280*720@60fps (4:3 aspect ratio) for DJI FPV Air Unit or Caddx Vista, 32ms low latency, also supports 16:9 1920*1080@60fps according to the specs.
- Image Sensor: 2MP CMOS Sensor
- Resolution: Default 1280*720@60fps, Customizable 1920*1080@60fps
- Lens: 1.8mm FOV D:160° H:133° V:75°
- Shutter: Rolling Shutter
- Interface: 4 lane MIPI CSI
- Connector: 26 Position 0.30mm Pitch
- Current: [email protected]
- Housing Material: ABS
- Weight: 6.5g (camera only)
- Dimensions: L19mm*W19mm*H17mm
- Price: $41.99 USD
Downside of the Runcam MIPI
Although it claims 1080p in the specs (1960x1080p), you only get 720p in the real-time FPV feed. I guess that claim only applies to the onboard recording of the full size air unit.
Same as the Caddx Nebula Nano, it doesn’t support 4:3 aspect ratio, only 16:9. And it doesn’t support low latency mode as it’s stuck in high quality mode (no 120 fps low latency).
I am not sure if it’s just missing in my unit, there’s no back plate or clip to secure the connector on the back of the camera.