Quadcopter FPV in the Canadian North.

After a few rough landings (cough crashes) and subsequent repairs, I got the feel for flying FPV. Canadian thanksgiving was this weekend, and there were still some nice colours in the trees. Just thought i'd share.

  • I'm flying a Quadcopter running ArduCopter 2.0.45 with a Nikon Coolpix onboard for the video (want to get a goPro, but I had this lying around).
  • 2.4 Ghz Radio
  • 1280mhz video link
  • 900mhz telemetry



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Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on October 11, 2011 at 6:03am

All the autumn trees give lots of great color from altitude, nice video with your Arducopter :), are you using any anti-vibration mounts on your camera?

Comment by Bart on October 11, 2011 at 6:07am

It's actually just running the Arducopter code, the frame is from http://www.shop.aglhobbiesllc.com, and other parts scoured from various places. I've been pretty tough on that frame, and its holding up great.

The camera is just screwed on top of my "protective housing" (CD case). The only anti vibration is some rubber rings at the motor mounts (Hardware store). There isn't any post processing on the video, my sister just cut the video for me.

Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on October 11, 2011 at 6:16am

You might want to try mounting your camera with some rubber rings, or some foam if you want, generally its ok for video, but if you plan on taking pictures, the vibrations will give blurry images.  But otherwise great video :)

Comment by Dany Thivierge on October 11, 2011 at 9:16am

Really nice colors! good video, thanks for sharing. It would be nice also to see your Quad, do you have any pictures to share? 


Comment by Bart on October 11, 2011 at 9:20am

Thanks. I've got a few shots on Picassa. The configuration I flew is 



I used to have landing gear, but I prefer to just belly land now, much more stable.

Comment by Kirill on October 11, 2011 at 11:45am

Nice flight!

I fly FPV on my quad with CCD (kx-171) camera (quality is the same as yours). Have already received my GoPro, but still don't have mount for it. Can't wait for its release from jDrones and move to HD quality!

Comment by Grips on October 11, 2011 at 2:58pm

What FPV tx and rx are you using here?

Comment by Bart on October 11, 2011 at 5:42pm



They seem to work well enough. I'm just using the standard omni's: the antenna is not mounted optimally at the moment, so i get some interference.


Note that the posted video is recorded onboard, not what I get at the ground. I have a little box off the back of the Quad with the transmitter, while the camera is up front, the hope being they balance out reasonably.


A second part of the video is as well now, for those interested.


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