Sony Super HAD Camera PZ0420 Review
The Sony Super HAD 600tvl CCD Camera is a popular camera for FPV, either quadcopter, or fixed wings. Its affordable price and excellent performance make it outperforms many expensive cameras. It has exceptional low light handling abilities and transitions very well from low light to intense light conditions.
I will also share some tips on how to use this camera, show you how to replace the lens too!
I could fly directly toward the sun without having the sunlight saturating the camera (doesn’t get blinded). The objects were still visible even with the sun in the shot. I even tried to fly in the evening with very-close-to-dark-night lighting condition, I could still see very well using this camera, just amazing performance for its price.
There are many parameters and settings you can play around with, through an on screen display menu. The OSD board can be unplugged and removed when not in use and the settings stay on the camera.
I was very pleased even with the default settings, but here are some of my personal settings to make it look even better:
- Factory Reset
- DWDR on, level to 63.
- Select LCD display
- Gamma 0.55
- Added brightness +5
- Sharpness maximum
Here is a video showing the result comparing to the Mobius Camera. (note that the PZ0420 camera is with default settings. The mobius is recorded at 1080p, and the Sony FPV camera is recorded with a DVR on a video receiver, so quality is not what we are after here, but the ability to deal with change of light condition)
Camera with case, without case
There are two types I found from the sellers, one with the metal case, and the other without. I first bought the camera without the case, worked great until I accidentally damaged some components on the board. So as a second time I bought the camera with the case.
Because the camera won’t fit the camera mount unless I take the case off, so I did that and only realized the lens is actually attached to the case (part of the case)! I was scared, but luckily I noticed I could just remove the lens from the broken one and put it on the new camera board. So be careful which one to choose! If you don’t need the case, don’t buy the cased version!
Lens and Focus
Although the two cameras I bought are both the same model/brand, and are 2.8mm lens, they look a bit different. The PCB, the lens etc. Here are some side by side comparison of the two cameras.
Here I put the old lens on the new camera.
When I first moved the lens over, the picture looked very blurry. Again I was scared, until I found the focus is adjustable on the lens to make the picture look sharper. Just rotate the knob in the middle of the lens.
Sony CCD FPV camera Protection!
As you can see in my broken camera, the edges of the board looks awful. it’s covered with stains from the grass and leaves. So I decided to put electrical tape around it for protection. Liquid electrical tape would be better but a lot more expensive.
The manual that came with the camera, took a picture in case I need it again in the future.