New FPV camera from Runcam – The Sparrow series. There will be a full size one that is the same dimension as the Swift 2, and there will be a micro size one that is the same as the Micro Swift. In this review we will look at the Micro Sparrow.
Update (Mar 2018): There is a new version for this camera, the Micro Sparrow 2!
What’s special about the Sparrow?
The Sparrow is designed to be a low latency 16:9 CMOS FPV camera that provides decent quality video for day-time FPV. Price is going to be similar to the Swift.
The full size Sparrow camera will have VBAT pin for displaying battery voltage on OSD, as well as built-in Mic. The Micro Sparrow doesn’t have any of these at this stage, but it’s perfect for smaller builds as it only weighs at 4.8g!
To learn more, check out our guide on FPV cameras.
- Same size as the Micro Swift, but the overall length is shorter, also 1g lighter. Weight: 4.8g
- CMOS 16:9
- NTSC/PAL switchable in the menu
- Voltage Input: 5V – 36V (2S-8S compatible)
- 2.1mm lens giving 145° FOV
- Great for day time flying, but not designed for low light or night FPV
The Micro Sparrow comes in the same box and packaging as the Micro Swift 2, with a mounting bracket, M2 screws, silicone cable, and a OSD menu control.
The Micro Sparrow has the same dimension as the Micro Swift 2, but it’s a little shorter in length and lighter in weight. Runcam has also added metal inserts for stronger mounting.
Removing the lens and some close-up’s of the PCB and sensor.
As tested with my equipment, the latency of the Micro Sparrow is about 15ms, one of the fastest FPV camera out there at the moment. I think the full size Sparrow would have a latency similar to that figure since they use the same hardware and image processing algorithm.
Imagine Quality Testing
Here is the test video of the Micro Sparrow:
From the testing, the most impressive part for me is how good the colour is. It’s ridiculously close to reality, and the dynamic range is also very good IMO.
However the image looks a bit soft, but for those who dislike the Eagle’s image for being too sharp, you might like the Sparrow more, at least you won’t get digital artifacts that you would get in the Eagle when sharpness is set too high in the Sparrow.