From Hackaday:

The GoPro line of HD cameras seem like they were specifically designed for use with quadcopters. We say that because the small, light-weight video devices present a payload which can be lifted without too much strain, but still have enough horse power to capture video of superb quality. Here’s a hack that uses the camera to provide a remote First Person View so that you may pilot the aircraft when it is out of your line of sight.

The camera in question is a GoPro Hero 3. It differs from its predecessors in that the composite video out port has been moved to a mini USB connector. But it’s still there and just a bit of cable splicing will yield a very clear signal. The image above shows the camera in the middle, connecting via the spliced cable to an FPV transmitter on the right. This will all be strapped to the quadcopter, with the signal picked up by the receiver on the left and piped to a goggle display worn by the pilot. You can see the cable being construction process in the clip after the break.

How to Hack your GoPro Hero 3 for FPV from Chad Johnson on Vimeo.

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Comment by Jason Short on May 13, 2013 at 4:51pm

This is really clean but out of stock!


Comment by Ruwan on May 13, 2013 at 6:38pm
Comment by Chuck on May 13, 2013 at 6:46pm

This is the one I use:

For me, the USB method seems more convenient as it allows you to cut a smaller hold in the side of the plastic case if you choose to use it.

Comment by Cam Donaghey on May 13, 2013 at 8:01pm
Comment by Mike Machado on May 13, 2013 at 10:25pm

Any worry about the video out reliability? All the guys on the RC forums say people are crazy to use the GoPro as their flight camera. They suggest using a more reliable CCTV camera as the flight cam, and just have the GoPro ride along taking HD video. Perhaps this was the older hero models? Anyone heard of such a thing on the Hero3?

I just build another quad with a 2 axis gimbal and opted to go the separate flight camera along side the Hero3 route, but I sure was tempted to take video straight out of the GoPro.

Comment by Alex on May 13, 2013 at 11:21pm

For Uk/europe unmanned tech shop sell a gopro 3 fpv cable too -

Comment by Nathan DuCray on May 14, 2013 at 12:17am

Thanks for the post with this info Chris! I had looked for this in the past but if was hard to determine what was specific to the hero2 vs. The 3.

Comment by AKRCGUY on May 14, 2013 at 7:55am

We are 2 weeks out on the GoPro cables at 

Comment by Cadbury on May 14, 2013 at 8:01am

Be careful, I've had my Hero3 turn off mid flight. Luckily it was close enough that I could fly it home safely. Very scary.

Even David on Flite Test had this happen.


Comment by Andreas on October 25, 2013 at 11:31am

Is it possible to make a diy gopro fpv cable with a 5pin´s micro usb cable? if not why?


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