Just found this on the Hobbyking website: FPV Transmitter & Video Camera 1/3-inch CCDcamera for US$ 39.17


Compatible with most 2.4Ghz video receiver systems this FPV camera and transmitter system is very versatile as well as light and very small.
The camera uses a quality glass lensed SONY CCD camera system.

1 x Sanyo CCD 1/3inch Camera
1 x Voltage Regulator
1 x Micro Light Weight Video Transmitter (100mW)

Camera specifications:
Horizontal Resolution420TV Line
Minimum Illumination 0.01LUX/F1.2
Electric current 80MA
Size 38mm*38mm

FPV Tx Specifications:
Power: 100mW
Voltage Booster: 3.7v -> 12v
Weight: 8g
Channels: 4
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  • In addition, this might give you some hints:
    Usage: 1 3S lipoly will power the camera and via the voltage regulator it will power the Tx on 5v.

    Here is a start:
    - Connect 1S lipo battery and make a connection from it to the camera AND to the voltage regulator.
    - Make a connection from Voltage Regulator to the Transmitter
    - Make a connection from camera to Transmitter (yellow wire in picture on HK website)

    The white wire might be for audio (yellow is for video). I don't see anything about a mic in the specs.
  • I don't have this, so not sure if I can help, but I will try. If will take some effort from your side though. Could you please take a picture with everything layed out properly? The picture that Hobbyking has on it's website doesn't show clear which wire goes where...
  • What colours go where
  • I don't know, but maybe I or someone else can help with your questions? What do you want to know?
  • Has anyone know where i can get a manual for this system
  • .... but im just not sure if this adapter http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5707 will work, because it has its own capturing software... hmmmmmm
  • has anyone experience with max/msp/jitter? i'm interested in using this camera, or something similar, and capturing the live feed into a jitter patch via the jit.qt.grab. i think the adapter (such as the usb adapter mentioned above) will make the difference. jitter accepts USB, firewire, and DV Video feeds.
  • @Tedro: as far as I know the Blade SR uses 2.4 GHz DSM2, so the camera would work but as per my posts above the video TX is likely to interfere with your radio link.
  • A few more thoughts regarding the 2.4 GHz video TX + 2.4 GHz RC link: if you use Spektrum/JR DSM2 it is not a good idea and here's why: http://www.rcmodelreviews.com/dsm2flaw.shtml
    Quote: "In effect, this means that if you were unlucky enough to have your Spectrum/JR radio select two closely spaced channels and someone was using a video transmitter on the same part of the band (effectively clobbering both DSM channels) then, should your model flew closer to that transmitter than it was to your own, you'd risk a lockout."
    Note that this is not referring to a video TX that is on the model but at about the same distance from the model as the model remote control. With the video TX on the model (as for FPV) the situation would be much worse.

    Based on other articles from the same site (http://www.rcmodelreviews.com/2.4ghzshootout.shtml) it appears that both HiTec and FrSky 2.4 GHz systems are more resilient to interference. Whether it will be resilient enough to safely operate a 2.4 GHz video TX close to the RC link receiver isn't documented - it might be worth testing.
    Exposed: A vulnerability in JR/Spektrum's DSM2
    A vulnerabilty in DSM2
  • http://www.flyfpv.com/home/index.php/product-reviews/20-sony-ccd-ca...

    That's the camera I was thinking of (there is a long thread somewhere on rcgroups about it). On close inspection the board looks slightly different from the Hobbyking one. No, that doesn't include a video TX. However there are several chinese vendors (e.g. bestofferbuy.com) that sell security video TX/RX combos (both 1.28 GHz and 2.4 GHZ) for around $50-$60 incl. shipping. Seeing that the HK offer doesn't include a video RX and shipping I think this is very similar pricing (and has been available for quite a while now). If you have a ham license the bestofferbuy.com 1.28 GHz TX gives you better range (output power 700 mW) and less interference with 2.4 GHz (you might still have some interference due to harmonics, but you can buy filters to reduce these).
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