2 to 4S Power Combo! – EMAX F3 Magnum Mini Tower & Runcam Micro Sparrow – FULL REVIEW
Today, we're gon na do an Emacs, f3 mini magnum review, for you guys and we're going to do a review on the new runcam Sparrow micro. I just got this yesterday and I had to take both of these and just build you guys, a quad really quick. So I could do some testing and just give you some some opinion. My own opinion on these two new products, so we'll go ahead and get started first, with the f3 Magnum little mini tower system. So here we go. We got a little bird's eye view of this board and I'm pretty excited to get this actually, because I actually really really like the larger f4 magnum, which I had a video on yesterday of you should check that out pretty easy all in one board now there's A little bit of a difference between this one and the one I just showed you. The main fact is that this one does not have a built in BT X on it, so that's that's, the only difference, you're gon na, have to add your own VTX. On this board, but it is an f3 with omnibus f3 firmware on here and you can flash that him beta flight. You also have onboard OSD, which is beta flight OSD, so that's also nice. I don't have the OSD hooked up on mine right now, mainly because I just have this camera wire harness plugged in through the back of this TX, 25 and and there's no direct connection it's just powered off the board that's it.
So we also have integrated 5 volt and 3 MBC onboard here. We have a built in onboard buzzer, which is really nice. You can activate that on a switch right on your radio, so that's already soldered up you don't have to do that. They include it already. Soldered up that's also kind of nice. Now the measurements on this board are 24 across. Here we have from edge to edge, is 24 and mounting. Holes on here are actually 20 millimeter, I'm, so very standard in the micro brushless community. Now we also have two options for receiver setups on here, like a lot of these boards out there these days, this one has a spectrum on this rail right here, this first rail, the first 3 over our spectrum, that's ground 3.3 volt and RX 3 right there And the next row over we have ground 5 volt ppm and SBUs. You can see my black red and yellow wire right there and, as I said, this board is running an f3 on here, it's, the stm32 F, and by the way you can't run this s. Bus or ppm for your receiver so no worries there and just beside the beeper by the way. If you look a little closer right here, see that gold button, that is, the boot button, it's, usually beside the USB, but for this board configuration they put it over. On this side of the board, now I have my board actually on a 90 degree, so that I could actually get the USB port at the back, which was our one it for this design.
But if you see a little arrow right here, that's pointing forward and traditionally you're going to have your ESC setup like motor one motor, two motor three back here motor for now over on this right hand. Side over here we have OSD ground five volt, video out and video and over here on this far side and our below that we have RGB, which is ground five volt and LED right there and over here hiding on this side, we have two tabs for your Positive wire and your negative wire for your battery, not one note to you spectrum guys you're, going to have to turn off s. Bus inversion in CLI, so go into beta flight, go to the CLI tab and you're, going to print in a command down below you're. Going to print set space s, bus underscore inversion, space, equal sign space off so once you do that hit return and then save to file, and it should recognize that you put that in the CLI once you're done there. You should be able to go back to your receiver, set up in the settings menu and select a serial based receiver specs that and spectrum 2048 for your receiver set up on this board now also on the port's tab for both different types of receivers. On this board, you're going to have to do you our three, so go all the way down to the bottom and select UART, three make sure that's checked to a yellow status and that's going to be on and then go ahead and save and reboot.
Now I did test the f3 Magnum on a few different types of batteries: 2's battery and a 3s battery, and you know I get a report that the two best battery out of beta flight did perfectly. I didn't have to do any adjusts on pidz or anything. I left them all at 70. All the super rates are the same. All the pidz are the same, so everything is running good on the defaults. Now, on 3s, after about quarter throttle when I throttled up past there, I did get the wobbles, so you're gon na have to do a little bit of pit tuning with this. If you decide to go over 2's on it and that's gon na have to be done, but I'm, also using emacs's, larger style motors on this frame. I wanted to test these out because I just got these in these are the RS 1106 is from Emacs they're 7500 kV, so these are pretty hopped up motors let's see if I could get that to focus for you, they're really nice tall stacks super thick motor And a lot of power, probably for something like a 2035 problem, now let's go ahead and take a look at this run: cam sparrow! This is the micro sparrow box right here that I just got yesterday as well. It was a great day in the mail yesterday guys so this is. This is run cams 16 by 9 micro cam. So if you have some type of goggles that's like the HV 3s, I believe there's a HD 3 version.
3S. You can run this camera 16 by 9 super wide, like movie theater format. If you don't have 16 by 9 goggles, you probably don't need a run: cam sparrow micro cam or the original version of the sparrow right here. This is the larger one that's going to go on five inch: quads, maybe 150 size to two 22 250 size race quads. This was also like, I said, sporting that 16 by 9. They both have the same voltage range on here, which is super cool from 5. To 36 volts and also a field of view of 150 degrees on this one and 145 degrees on this, one now go ahead and show you what comes in the box, and this is that longer box, unlike the original run, cam micro, that was that shorter one. They decided on the original one not to give you that control cable, so it's nice, that you have one of these included, because a lot of pilots want this to be able to adjust the menus inside the OSD for the camera. Brightness contrast color saturation, all that good stuff. You can plug this into this little cable right here and what I usually do is I keep this cable plugged in even while I'm flying. What I do is I sneak it down underneath here and I'll kind of hot glue it to the side somewhere out of the way of the props, so that I can access at any time.
If the day gets a little bit cloudy outside, I can adjust the temperature and, by the way I didn't see that this one has presets. So, unlike the new micro, it does not have presets on here, which I can live without. I don't think I need any presets. You also get a bag of little accessories here you get a metal mount and this feels pretty sturdy a lot more sturdier than some of my 3d printed mounts. So that's really nice, because I've been relying on 3d printed mounts for my micro cameras from runcam for quite some time. You also get a bag of different screws in here for the side of the camera and for attaching the very bottom of this little mounting hardware. Right here pretty nice, so you guys are probably wondering what the price is for the micro sparrow right now, the street price on it is 29.99 on runcam comm. You can check them out there in their store right now, but it is on pre order and the expected release day is September 15th that's. When they're going to start shipping. You can preorder one right now, but they won't ship for a couple more days, but that's not a big deal. If you want to try these out, if you do have the sixteen by nine goggles that's pretty awesome – and you know it's a nice format – it's, nice and wide. So you see a lot of stuff left and right and I like the way it feels myself now.
Some people were talking about the size difference between the original runcam micro, Swift and the micro sparrow. So this is the sparrow over here on my left and on the right. I have the micro Swift's so just going to show you here, I'm just gon na line up these boards and if you look at them from the very top, the sparrow is actually a little bit shorter, it's a little bit thinner, it's 17 millimeters from the front Of the cap to the back of this board right here and from the front of the cap on the runcam spare they micro, Swift is 19 millimeters. So a few millimeters shorter a little bit different. Just you know, maybe a tiny bit lighter than the original one. This one's going to be 4.6 grams and the micro Swift is weighing in at 5 point six grams. By the way, if you guys are wondering this is the old chaser 88 frame that I had laying around that. I put this stuff on and this is a flex RC camera mount right here, so you can hop on flex RC command and see a lot of his accessories for micros he's got some cool stuff too, and also I used an XD 30 on here. So I could get the maximum power to these motors and this power system that's the way I'm running it. Also, if you're interested in the piggyback VTX on there that's the run cam TX 25 that just came out.
It has a little wire harness set up on here so that I can plug this camera straight into that and then power. My VTX off of one of my 5 volt ports onboard no problem there and before I let you guys go. You guys have to see this. This is my 5 inch setup that I'm gon na do on a Detroit multi rotor that have come up on the channel we're gon na. Do a 5 inch build with these Emax special edition RS 2306 s. Those are the 25 50 kV motors and brand new from E max. These things are going to absolutely rip on a 5 inch quad with this f4 magnum and my fr sky receiver on there running out to my run, cam sparrow. This would be a really nice set up for my next 5 inch, I'm – really kind of looking forward to that one. So please stay tuned on the channel and do subscribe for that. One coming up now: we're gon na go outside and do a little testing with this run, cam micro sparrow, and that new F 3 Magnum Mini Tower. Alright guys here we go let's test out this f3 Magnum see what it's made of, and also check out. This run cam little sparrow here at sixteen by nine just cruising out in this wide open field. I got some trees to play out with. I like this field, a lot because it's good for micros, almost flipped into the ground.
I do have my rates at about 7.0 in beta flight, a little bit snappy it's, pretty good for a freestyle flying not so much for racing it's testing out my yaw. It feels pretty good so far. I really can't complain it's, nice and snap. You know I'm getting used to these motors, so forgive me if I'm, not flying like my normal crazy self. I do have eleven hosts sixes on a pretty small frame, so it's a little bit like a rocket I'm out here. So also, this 25 milli watt, TX 25 from run camp seems to work pretty well it's, not as solid as something like I normally have on my mini quads, like a 200 milliwatts. So I do see some reception issues with that, but it's only when I'm really have something's hard structure in the way between the path between the two, so it's kind to be expected. I mean 25 ml watt. You know you guys. You guys understand that I'll see you guys that do fly now, if you're, just getting into this 25 milliwatts about the lowest that we fly 200 is pretty much the standard you can see. It really start to mess up there so out in front of you right in front of you almost perfect signal with this 25 no a lot except for certain angles. It seems to kind of mess up a little bit, but the camera on this. This has run camp Sparrow, that's, really good.
You can actually see the leaves on the trees right there, as I get close to a tree, it's pretty cool, and you can really see a lot of definition in the colors in the sky. When I go way up high and boost up in some of these booster insane, these 1106 s – and this really should make the micro brushless builds a little easier. I do wish that there had been an integrated VTX into this stack and then it would have probably been a more comparable to the original Magnum if I could just be critical for a minute there, but this is not a bad board. It feels nice. I always liked f3s, they do fly pretty well and I do not have dynamic filtering on this particular board. I'M. Just flying it stock beta flight right here, no I'm, just kind of cruising back to whipping around little tree, spins there, Music I'm, just enjoying the scenery here. You can see this only on certain angles. Do I kind of get some interference? It could be one to get close to this metal structure that it's going a little bit crazy. You can see it kind of clears up as I get in front of myself there and wide up in the air, but I still see some static in there. I almost hit that bar and right there. At that point I had the quad between myself and the VTX, so it was super high.
Above me, I go behind the street or probably fuzz out just a little bit there, not too bad a little bit of jell o. I could clean up in this, maybe with a little bit of tuning, turned down the D a little bit and just that, but this quad will probably need a couple of different profiles to be totally happy with these 1106 is on here. You can do that now. In beta flight, you can have a few different profiles. If you want to switch up if you're running a 3s battery, you have a 3s battery profile, then you have a another profile for 2's, so you can switch back and forth between the two man. Those 11060 really get you up there fast kind of amazing how much height you can get just playing around with these trees, with a knife edge dive, but so far so good on both of these items, the runcam sparrow seems to be a pretty good bet for Any of my micros, so I was expecting something good from runcam in it. It seems that they folk now follow through with something good there's, no presets on this camera, but I can live without presets because you can go in there and adjust the imaging contrast and all that stuff in the menus. So no big deal there, but that TX 25 I've got a. Maybe take a few points off for that one 7. I really want to see a TX 200 come out from runcam I'm, expecting a much cleaner signal if we had 200 milliwatts in this quad, but the f3 Magnum doesn't seem to have any issues even with this really powerful setup.
So I'm good recommend that if you want to run for a salon via quads coming up this year, this is gon na be a great bet for micro, brushless community for sure. So this has been my test of the f3 Magnum and the run camp Sparrow. Thanks for watching you guys, I'm Justin Davis I'll see you on the next one.