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.
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
- 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.
- Apr 2019 – camera revealed
- May 2019 – updated links for purchase