If you are into FPV flying at night, then you might want to check out this new OWL Plus Starlight FPV camera from Runcam.
Get your Runcam OWL Plus FPV camera from here.
The New Owl Plus FPV camera is improved from the Owl we reviewed previously. It has similar capability and performance, but with the following advantages:
- Standard size and shape – same as HS1177 and Runcam Swift, compatible with majority of frames currently on the market
- Integrated wide rage voltage regulator
- OSD for additional settings – allows you to find the best tune for different lighting condition
Spec and Dimension
- Resolution: 700TVL
- Minimum Illumination: 0.0001Lux/1.2F
- Power input: 5-22V
- Weight: 15g
- Dimension: 26mm x 26mm x 30mm
What’s in the box
Accessories that come with the camera including: 2 camera mounts, 1 AV cable, 1 power/signal cable, 1 OSD menu control, 1 back plate and some M2 bolts and nuts.
From the test
I am comparing the performance of the Owl Plus with a normal FPV camera (in this case, the Swift), just to see how they perform during day and night time. Both cameras are using default settings (with DWR on).
This test is not to prove one is better than the other, each camera should be used at different situation.
First thing I noticed from the test was the FOV. The objects appear to be smaller on the Owl Plus, because it has 150 degree of FOV (2.4mm lens), and the Swift has 130 degree of FOV (2.8mm lens).
The Owl Plus worked great at low light, even at extreme darkness the image was still visible. The Runcam Swift enters black and white mode much earlier than the Owl Plus.
The Swift I got is an IR Sensitive version, so it actually worked pretty well in the dark.
However with default settings, it didn’t work that well in day light, dynamic range is not as good as other normal FPV cameras such as the Runcam Swift (although WDR was tuned on). I will play with the settings see if I can make it work better for day light in later tests.
If you want to see even better in the dark, have a look at this project how we added IR LED in front of the copter to improve visibility, yet doesn’t bother other humans :)
I also tested the delay on the camera, and it’s about the same as the Swift, maybe just a little bit more but hardly noticeable.
Check out other reviews
Also check out Bjoern’s review on this camera, the article is in German, and he did a good job in testing the camera on his mini quad. He was very kind to share some really good pictures with me for this review.