3D FPV camera The BlackBird


Hello! Today I want to tell You about the company's product FPV3DCam (fpv3dcam.com), a little and beautiful, you can say first of its kind - 3D video camera for fpv. 

And thus, meet - The BlackBird is the smallest and cool 3D video camera real time.

Let's begin the discussion with the appearance of The BlackBird. The BlackBird is the representative of a class without hull cameras and looks like a small box the size 34 x 34 mm, consisting of two video modules, connected by a two reliable 7 pin connectors. Such design allows to separate modules and change the length of stereo connecting them with connecting cable, as well as detachable design allows setting of convergence.


On the front of The BlackBird are two lens 3.6mm ( maybe 2.5 mm, depending on set of delivery, lenses standard M12), led - indicator, holders of lenses, which are hidden ultra compact high quality video sensors OmniVision OV7950 on the sensor 1/4" CMOS. The size of the array of pixels 656 x 492, image quality 470 TVL.


Rear 3D camera is a board to the locations of electronic components - all parts are soldered to the Board very efficiently and accurately. Also here is an interface connector to connect The BlackBird to the video transmitter (video glasses, monitor, etc) and voltage. By the way, the range of supply voltage camera from 5 to 12 volts, allowing you to use LiPo batteries 2S or 3S.


The outgoing video signal from the camera is transmitted in the format NTSC 525/60, 3D - Field Sequential 3D, which allows to use standard video transmitter in FPV system. And get in the video glasses quality Video in 3D, which allows us to more accurately navigate in space. The person using The BlackBird in FPV, feelings when managing rc model become more real, he feels the speed, volume, perform any complex maneuvers, becomes an easy game... you Can tell people use The BlackBird in FPV begins to look at this world with two eyes that originally given to him by nature.

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  • Despite the limitations described above, viewing the video in a "crossed eye" fasion, gives a pritty good result.

  • So can I link both parts of the camera to each other via wire connectors so I can have them apart at different distances?

    I mainly want to play with perspective, lenses and how placing the cameras at different distances apart from each other affect your sense of presence and scale in the world

  • Hi Egor, 

    I think this is an extremely interesting product and the ability to provide wider separation between the two cameras can make it provide better stereo effect at longer distances.

    I notice in your video you are showing a tall and thin display which I take it is the normal format of the two cameras, connected as shown.

    Is it possible to make a wide / short image by rotating cameras 90 degrees which would normally be preferable for FPV?

    Will they work with transmitters compatible with Fat Shark goggles and, if you know, which ones?

    Happy to see Range Video is selling them in the US.

    Best Regards,


  • I think, this is bad idea because of stereoscopic vision & requirements.

    Your stereoscopic vision depends the distance between your eyes. And It works in only few meters with your billions megapixel vision, perfect eyeball muscle control and position sensors.

    You cant see the ground, mountains and far trees as 3D with your own eyes. Just your brain calculates the distance from your past experiences and movements(like optic flow)

    This camera is offering 3D with only few millimeters distance between lenses and 470TVL resolution. But depth of field will be same as just a little bit bigger lens with lower F value.  
    Another problem is the connector. We need perfectly parallel optic sensors for generating the 3D image. Because our googles and 3D monitors generating parallel images. This is why i'm suggesting single thick PCB for your next design. And add minimum 55-60mm between the cameras like other 3D cameras. 
    After that, this cameras will work as 3D in only few meters. 

    Designing a 3D CMOS camera is very simple, just you need 2 synchronized camera with Sync pins and a video switch to separating odd and even lines. And I did :D  But It's not working for outdoor FPV :/

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