The Foxeer Predator Micro Super WDR 1000TVL 5-40V FPV Camera. Featuring Super WDR and amazing latency, this new camera from Foxeer follows in the footsteps of the Mini, but in an even smaller package and only 5.5g!
- Super WDR Function
- 1000TVL / 20mS Latency
- Image Flip / No Jello
- Defog (reduce the blur, image sharper)
- OSD / 5-40V input OSD 5-40V
- 4:3 Screen / Seven Languages
- Multi-Functional Bracket to enlarge the Camera size
- Resolution : 1000TVL
- Input Voltage: DC5-40V
- Ratio: 4:3
- Latency : min. 4ms
- Lens: 1.8mm
- Mode: NTSC
- Language : English/Deutsch/Francais/Pyccknn/Portugues/Espanol/Chinese
- Image Flip: OFF/H-FLIP/V-FLIP/HV-FLIP
- Color: Black, Red, Blue
- Size : 18.6 x 19.0mm
- Weight: 5.5g (excluding bracket)
- 1x Foxeer Predator Micro 1.8mm 1000TVL FPV Camera.
How to focus the camera
- Take the Seimens star focus chart and place it on a wall approximately 2-3 Metres away from you.
- Pre-loosen the lockring on the camera and make sure the lens turns freely by hand. It’s a good idea to wind the lockring up the lens thread a couple turns so that it doesn’t start to bind up when you have the goggles on and are adjusting the lens.
- Power up the quad and make sure your VTX is on the lowest output power available to avoid excess heat build up. (It is a very good idea to take props off while doing this, since the quad will be powered up and you will be holding it!!!)
- Power up your goggles and place them on your forehead.
- This is the tricky bit, place the goggles properly on your face and make sure they are seated well so the screens are in focus as best as possible.
Now you need to blindly fumble around the front of the quadcopter until you locate the edges of the camera lens. Be very careful not to put a fingerprint on the lens while doing this, as a fingerprint will ruin the focus and no amount of lens fiddling will get a good image.
- Now you want to rack the focus back and forward by twisting the lens in both directions while looking at the focus chart (just like in the GIF above). You will notice the blurry section in the middle of the chart will get bigger and smaller. The aim here is to get that blurry spot in the centre as small as possible.
- Once you have found the best focus for the lens, remove your goggles and carefully, without bumping the lens, get the quad in a position that you can tighten the lockring and lens.
- When doing this myself I undo the lens a further 1/8th to 1/4 turn before winding the lockring in against the camera case.
Once the lockring is wound against the camera case, tighten both the lens and
lockring together the 1/8th-1/4 turn that you wound it out. This will allow you to get both the lens and lockring much tighter than doing the lockring alone, and will make it less likely that the lens will come loose during flight (or crashes).
- Throw the goggles back on and double check that the camera is still showing the most crisp image possible. If it is not, redo the previous step and adjust the amount that you wound the lens out before tightening to make the final position closer to perfect focus.
If you have the lens tight and the image is still showing as crisp as possible then you are done! You can now take your quad out to fly knowing that what you are seeing in your goggles is the most faithful representation of what the camera is seeing. There is one more area of focusing that can affect your view when flying and that is in the goggles themselves, but that is a topic for another article.
If you are reading this while searching for the best FPV camera it is worth noting that, both the camera you choose for your multirotor, and the settings that you use in the camera, can also affect the quality of the image that you see. You can check out these articles that will help you choose the best camera for your purpose, and how to choose the best settings.