Runcam just released a new version of the Swift FPV camera – The Swift 2. I am lucky to get a sample, and in this post I will be going through some of the improved features and provide photos of the product.
Here is the overview of the changes and improvements from previous versionf, and unboxing of the Swift2.
OSD Features include:
- Battery Voltage
- Pilot’s Name (up to 9 characters)
Yes, the Swift 2 can now display your battery voltage on the screen! Simply by connecting the battery’s positive to the VBAT pin on the camera. This eliminates the need for an additional OSD (such as MinimOSD) if all you ever use are voltage and timer. If VBAT isn’t connected, it can display the camera’s input voltage instead. But this will result in ~0.1-0.2V lower in readings than the actual voltage due to the voltage filtering circuit.
- Press and hold the button UP for 2 seconds to enter OSD Setting menu
- Hold the button to the LEFT for 2s to enable/disable voltage
- Hold the button to the DOWN for 2s to enable/disable name
- Hold the button to the RIGHT for 2s to enable/disable timer
The Swift 2 has a built-in Mic for Audio. It’s located on the back of the cam so wind noise is minimized.
Wider Voltage Range & More Robust Voltage Protection
Input voltage supports 5V, up to 36V officially, but the range is actually wider technically in both directions. This ensure the camera can survive more hostile voltage spikes during punch outs or throttle changes. I was told there is also input voltage protection to further improve the electrical robustness of the Swift 2.
Finally users can choose lens of different FOV, options available are 130° (2.5mm), 150° (2.3mm) and 165° (2.1mm).
Flexible 3-hole Housing
Apart from the standard single hole housing, it also comes with a spare, 3-hole case, as well as a spare back plate without the “ears”. This made it compatible with many more frames out there.
The holes in the housing are now threaded, allowing you to fix the angle better.
Other Minor Changes
The Swift logo is printed on both top and bottom of the housing, but the words are oriented the same direction so you won’t get confused which side is up.
Camera lens focal lengths (FOV) is printed on the lens for easy identification.
Different default camera settings:
- Colour mode option chosen by default – the camera won’t go into black and white even at night (if you want this you can change it in the settings)
- AGC (Automatic Gain Control) is off by default. By enabling AGC, it can improve image at low light, but when facing light sources the image might become over-exposed
- Default Gamma is 0.5 which makes brightness lower and contrast higher
- Previous version has 3+2 connectors (Power, GND, Video and GND, OSD), Swift 2 has 5+2 connectors (Power, GND, Video, Audio, VBAT and GND, OSD), with added audio output and Vbat
Furthermore, he Swift 2 performed better than the previous version in the Latency Test, for about 6ms faster.
The camera comes with the following parts as shown in the picture.
There are 2 silicon insulation cables, one 3-pin (if you don’t use Audio and VBAT), and the other is 5-pin.
- 1/3″ SONY Super HAD II CCD Image Sensor
- IR Blocked
- Lens 2.5mm(Default) / 2.3mm / 2.1mm
- Supports PAL/NTSC
- Integrated OSD
- Integrated MIC
- Min.illumination 0.01Lux/1.2F
- Mode: Color / Auto / B&W
- Input Voltage: DC 5V to 36V
- Weight 14g
- Dimensions 28.5mm * 26mm * 26mm
Here is a connection diagram provided by Runcam, between the camera and OSD control (for camera settings), VTX and battery.
Here is the manual leaflet that comes with the camera, for my future reference.
Take It Apart!
One thing I really wanted to see is if they’ve made the core stronger than the previous Swift, so let’s take it apart and find out!
So far it looks great, the sensor is glued down, and there is no more dangling crystal (silver cylinder).
Comparison To Original Swift
I haven’t got the old swift with me, but I have the Rotor Riot Edition, which is essentially the Swift with some minor changes and different lens.
Here are some side by side comparison of the 2 cameras.