Runcam Phoenix Oscar Edition FPV Camera Revealed

by Oscar

Runcam is releasing a new FPV camera, the Phoenix Oscar Edition which I helped develop. This is a micro camera with full size M12 lens designed for day time flying.

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Update (Jan 2020): unfortunately the Phoenix Oscar Edition has been discontinued by Runcam. The Phoenix V2 has nothing to do with me, just to make it clear.

Here are some sample footage:

Where to Buy?

(More vendors are being added)

For wholesale please contact Runcam directly: hello AT runcam.com

It comes with some mounting screws, a micro to full size adapter, and silicone cable.

What’s Special about the Phoenix Oscar Edition?

Runcam didn’t plan to release this camera until I convinced them otherwise. It doesn’t perform as well as the Eagle at low light, but I found it to be an excellent camera for day time flying – with some tweaking, the image quality is absolutely stunning!

I really think the Phoenix Oscar edition is one of the best cameras out there for day light. This will surely replace cameras on all my freestyle quads and FPV wings.

Features and Specs

  • Sensor: 1/3″ 120dB WDR Sensor
  • 1000TVL
  • 2.5mm M12 Lens
  • 4:3 and 16:9 Ratio selectable
  • PAL and NTSC switchable
  • Supports Image Mirror and Flip
  • Supports VBAT and Timer OSD (displaying battery voltage on screen)
  • Min. Illumination: 0.01Lux @ 1.2F
  • Day/Night: Color / Auto / B&W
  • Input Voltage: 5V – 36V
  • Current consumption: 220mA @ 5V, 120mA @ 12V
  • Weight: 9g
  • Housing material: ABS
  • Dimension: 19x19x20mm

Mounting holes on the sides.

Screws on the back, allow you can mount Runcam’s TX200U VTX.

You can easily change camera settings with a Runcam joystick (not included), or camera control via flight controller (UART).

To switch mode (UART or Joystick), simply short these two pins when powering up the camera (for more detail see manual).

It’s a micro camera with a full size M12 lens, just like the Micro Eagle. Here is a size comparison to the Eagle 2.

Latency is similar to the Eagle.

Form Factor and Lens

For weight saving and the best possible image quality, I settled with the Micro form factor with full size M12 lenses.

It comes with a micro to full size camera adapter so hopefully it will fit in any mini quad frames, as well as many wings and planes.

My Camera Settings

What you see in the goggles is different from what you see from DVR footage, so comparing FPV cameras based on DVR footage is usually not the most accurate, though it’s the easiest thing to do.

For example, some cameras might look ultra sharp and clear in DVR footage, but when you are looking through the goggles, the image is actually over-sharpened. This results in distracting digital artifacts and shimmering.

I tuned this camera based on what I see in the goggles to ensure the best possible flying experience.

Edit History

  • Apr 2019 – camera revealed
  • May 2019 – updated links for purchase

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44 comments

Chris 28th March 2020 - 10:34 pm

I bought 2 and a little sad when bright outside i get alot of flickering and flashing from light to dark sky and clouds. I played with shutter speed and all other settings and just cant seem to make anything work. Any suggestions to help with flickering video? I have many cameras and this is the only one it does that with. Thanks, I really do want to like these.

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Charles 25th March 2020 - 10:04 pm

Can you get GetFPV to stock the runcam-phoenix and maintain descent stock the prices are all over the board every where I looked. And I mistakenly ( too swiftly) ordered TWO run cam Nano 2 from pyro drone because Get Fpv was out of stock before I realized I would have preferred the runcam-phoenix.

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Ross peterson 23rd February 2020 - 8:25 pm

What do you think of the Phoenix 2

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Oscar 11th March 2020 - 8:38 pm

Honestly i prefer the original phoenix, too bad they’ve discontinued it.

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Gregorio Costa 27th November 2019 - 9:26 am

Hi oscar,
I bought this cam after reading your review and I am very satisfied.
The only thing I don’t understand is why you can’t move the Pilot field on the screen that interferes with BF’s OSD! Do you have any solution? Thanks.
Gregorio

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Oscar 1st December 2019 - 4:36 pm

I believe you can move the elements around? Check the manual on Runcam’s product page.

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William 23rd November 2019 - 11:53 pm

What settings do you recommend for the Phoenix for it best performance?

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Oscar 1st December 2019 - 4:21 pm

Default is pretty good IMO. JB also published a review including his setting.

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RipChord 15th September 2019 - 7:10 pm

Hey bought two of these, and really like the uart control! I’m having a problem with both cameras freezing however. Even while on the ground. Any tips?

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Oscar 19th September 2019 - 3:06 pm

Sounds you might have faulty units if they are setup properly? I’d check with Runcam’s customer support.

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Tresbling 21st August 2019 - 8:54 am

I’ve just upgraded to one of these from my old HS1177 (yes I know that’s a long time between cameras!) and holy moly, the difference is crazy! It looks like HD in comparison! Great job with this, love the colours.

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Oscar 29th August 2019 - 11:18 pm

Glad you like it!

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Tashi Changten 14th July 2019 - 10:37 am

Hoe can i switch off the camera osd?

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Oscar 16th July 2019 - 3:48 pm

Here is the manual, scroll down to OSD menu, it shows how to turn off the camera OSD elements: https://www.runcam.com/download/Phnenix/Phoenix_Oscar_Manual_EN.pdf

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Paul 2nd July 2019 - 10:48 am

It has 16×9 native sensor? What is FOV in 1.8mm version?

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Oscar 15th July 2019 - 4:22 pm

Yes. I’m not sure about 1.8mm version actually, I’ve not tested that one. I didn’t plan to release the 1.8mm version, it’s entirely Runcam’s idea.

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Tones 29th June 2019 - 6:19 pm

I bought this cam and I’ve been using the AKK Oscar’s backpack VTX since ordering one the day it became available for my micros, because I can’t stand flying without sound. I figured I’d use one on a 5″ build, the way it was intended, and it appears the threads on the standoffs that ship with Oscar’s backpack don’t match the camera. Have I just not triedbhard enough because I don’t want to strip or crossthread the camera housing, or is the thread indeed incorrect? Thanks, anyone who knows for sure. ??

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Oscar 15th July 2019 - 4:10 pm

Yea, they provide the wrong screws and they are refusing to address the issue. it’s a shame!

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Montó FPV 29th June 2019 - 9:28 am

Hey, I bought your camera.
I have it connected on the UART Mode. But I want to switch of the OSD from the camera (just want to use the OSD from the FC) but I can’t find any place on the menu to do It… Any suggestion?

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Patrick 21st June 2019 - 4:19 pm

I have the micro Sparrow 2 (the small one, not the pro), and I like it a lot. How would you compare this to that one?

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Xioiz 12th June 2019 - 10:06 am

Hello Oscar,
For racing, what do you think is the best option, the runcam phoenix oscar edition or the nano racer 2?

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Ruben van Eupen 11th June 2019 - 11:03 am

1.8 or 2.5mm lens?

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Steve 4th June 2019 - 4:47 am

Does this camera have the same white out effect when you do a flip into the sun as the micro eagle? I don’t want to turn down max gain to help eliminate this, I want my max gain.

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Oscar 6th June 2019 - 5:57 pm

No it doesn’t.

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Fraser Steen 25th May 2019 - 11:03 am

Now I’ve figured out what you’ve done I think you’ve done a really great job. The Eagle is great generally but makes otherwise pretty scenery look pretty dull. It looks like you’ve done a pretty good job fixing that.

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CiottiFPV 23rd May 2019 - 5:43 pm

Are they going to make it in any other colors?

Since there are screws on the. Ack does that mean that the guts can be removed? The micro eagles are glued/bonded together so when the case breaks you lose the entire camera which sucks.

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Oscar 23rd May 2019 - 6:52 pm

Currently, no plan of making other colours, but we might if demand is good. Yea the lens can be removed from the sensor.

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Jimbreed Fpv 23rd May 2019 - 3:47 pm

I usually fly a swift3 with the m12 2.5gp lens. Is this a standard 2.5 lens or the go pro style one? Also is this cmos or ccd?

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Oscar 23rd May 2019 - 6:51 pm

it’s just a 2.5mm lens and it’s a CMOS.

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Wayne Carr 11th May 2019 - 9:14 am

Hurry up mid May

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Enrique 6th May 2019 - 5:36 pm

Are you planning to offer other lenses?
With that 2.5mm lens what is the approx FOV in degrees? I normally like to use 1.8mm on my Swift 2’s.

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Oscar 13th May 2019 - 2:32 pm

140 deg in 4:3 mode. You can use spare lenses on Runcam’s website, they should be interchangeable.

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dan 6th May 2019 - 12:17 pm

field of view?

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Oscar 13th May 2019 - 2:29 pm

I fly 4:3 mode and it’s around 140 degree.
Not sure about 16:9 yet, my guess is around 155-160 degree, but I can only confirm when the final specs come out from factory.

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Adhvik Chandran 2nd May 2019 - 8:10 am

Looks cool but I don’t think it will replace the micro eagle as the reason the micro eagle is so popular is that it has a 1/1.8″ sensor, which is significantly larger than the 1/3″ sensor in this cam.

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Oscar 13th May 2019 - 2:17 pm

it’s not for replacing the Eagle, they each excel at different area IMO.

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Chad Bjorklund 1st May 2019 - 5:30 pm

Congrats man……that is just frickin cool.

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Dan 30th April 2019 - 7:40 am

Is it going to be pre programmed with your ideal settings? Or will you release those to give us a good starting point for camera settings?

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Oscar 30th April 2019 - 6:02 pm

Yes, it’s pre-loaded with my personal settings.
And you can play around with the settings to suit your own environment and lighting condition :)

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richard 30th April 2019 - 7:13 am

Any other details on the sensor, 16:9, 4:3, size?

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Oscar 30th April 2019 - 6:01 pm

See section – Specs and Features.

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dave 29th April 2019 - 6:51 pm

agreed, very cool name indeed.

ive been hesitant on buying a micro eagle/JB as they are $70 in canada.
Cant justify that.

my runcam robin is doing just fine for my flying.

i really want a micro/m12 though and this looks like it could be the one.

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bopiloot 29th April 2019 - 6:53 am

That sounds like a good camera to try out a specially cause you helped development.
Any idea of the price setting or release date?
And wow the Phoenix, it really couldn’t be a cooler named camera.

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Oscar 30th April 2019 - 5:57 pm

Price $36, Date mid May.

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