Foxeer Arrow Micro – Leading the pack? – Full Review & Flight
Today we have something new from Fox here, we're, going to check out the arrow micro. I have three of them right here. A little tiny, blue one here was an itching VTX back here, hooked up to it with the wiring that they include with it. I also have a blue in here and a black one here. Now they also make an orange one. Like you see there that's the runcam micro by the way, I just have that sitting out to compare for you guys now: what's cool about this camera, well, it's, a super micro, sized sony, ccd camera and it's very nice resolution 650 TVL, and it has a really Nice built in OSD for on screen display not just for going into the menus on the back side of this camera for the settings wdr and all that good stuff. It actually has on screen display for your telemetry for your battery limitary your aircraft name, and you can add your time flown on the battery, so very cool that you can add all that to something this small. And if you want to put this on a larger quad, if you have some sort of 3d printed part, you can have this on a larger quad, just to save some space and save a little bit of weight on the quad. So here we have the two sitting next to each other, the run cam micro next to the Fox here, Aero micro and you can see some differences right away.
You can see that this run cam actually has a little bit larger of a lens a little wider, and it does look quite a bit different there, and the Fox here is a little bit heavier. But the Fox here arrow has something that the ground cam micro doesn't have, which is an on screen, display, so foxier kind of picked up the ball and ran with it. They knew that a lot of us wanted some kind of a battery telemetry on here. If you flying a flight controller that doesn't have OSD, this is kind of nice because you can just add this camera and solder in the harness cable that comes off of the back of it straight to your v, bat, and you can have battery telemetry real time Battery telemetry now I did get a production version and I got a prototype version of these particular cameras, and this is the harness that comes with it right here. So all of these are essentially wound up into one cable, harness that has everything in here. For you, it has your OSD programmer cable, and this can hook straight up to the board that comes with it and it's this little guy right here has this little end that plugs in and then you can navigate the menus. If you long press here, it will pull out the menu. If you long press here, it'll actually take you into being able to change your name and a few other on screen settings now, when you go into the menu here and I'll, show you this in just a minute.
This one also has something this one doesn't. Have it actually has voltage adjustment so, if you're looking at your OSD in beta flight – and it shows something different than what you see on the camera here – you can go in there and you can adjust that in the power setting that's kind of a neat option For the Brawn, cam micro, and also in this harness, you have your video, 5 volt and ground cable, now I'm going to go ahead and weigh them out for you, and the word on the street is that the run cam micro is actually a little bit lighter Than the Fox, your arrow micro and this one's, weighing in at 5.6 grams and I'll, weigh that twice just to make sure the scale is being accurate. I try to get it right in the middle five point: six five point: six grams for the run: cam micro now let's, do the foxier Aero micro see what we get 6.1 grams for the arrow micro and it's. It is a little bit heavier, but with the added features on there, I think that's justifiable, it's, not even a whole gram, heavier so it's not going to be a big difference on your micro. So now you're, looking at the back of the foxier Aero micro and the run cam micro Swift. Now these companies are so much alike, it's kind of amazing it's, almost like they're the same company but they're, not their competitors and they're doing a good job at keeping it competitive out there and making some really nice stuff for us because I'm, a big fan of Run cam and I'm also a fan of Fox here, mainly because both of them are the top, was out there in the market right now they might be a little more expensive than some of the real TV ones that you can give.
They make a big difference once you hook it up to your quad, and both of these micro camps are what I'm trying to move up to for most of my sub 120 millimeter sized quadcopters this year, it's really a huge upgrade for something like an AI o Camera those old school AIO cameras probably are going to go the way of the buffalo here pretty shortly, but you're looking at the back of both of these now and kind of see that run cam micro, Swift has a separated, OSD port over here, and I kind Of like that, it's separated from the 5 volt ground and video cable over here and this one's an all in one deal. So what you're going to have with that harness, is you're going to have that one piece hanging off to the side, but not a real big deal, because what I usually do is I take those and I just put a little dab of hot glue, and I Just gently rest it somewhere on the outside edge of the quadcopter, so I can get to it with the oak OSD programmer out in the field pretty simple now, if you are just getting into fpv or fpv racing or just fpv, flying in general you're buying these Four planes or quad copters. There are quite a few different sizes out there and it's kind of confusing on what you should get or what you shouldn't get so mostly I'm flying these on my micros micro quads, something like 90 size on up to 120 millimeter sized quads and then I'm going To something a little larger like the run, cam split when I go 120 and above you can actually add this one on something, they obviously have a 3d printed part that will allow this one to be converted to a 20 millimeter standoff so that you can add It to a micro, so that's a pretty cool idea for the run cam split now we also have the run cam Eagle here, and this is kind of a full size camera and look how much larger this one is.
Next to these two micros, mostly, these are being run on 180 and two tens and 250 sized quadcopters, and then we have the foxier mini here, that's, the Aero mini, and that one you can put on anything from 200 all the way down to around a hundred Sides so a very, very light camera. This one is super super light. It has just a little bit bigger lens, maybe a little bit better image quality than the runcam micro in the foxy rare of Micro. Now I have seen people putting these on larger razor quads. On 180s and 250 size and 200, so it's it is doable. You just need a 3d printed part and the right VTX on there now it's five point: five grams that's, the lightest one in the class and the arrow is five point. Eight. I think it was five point seven earlier it's reading five point, eight on this way that one more time yeah five point, eight now look how much heavier something like a full size. Camera is like the runcam Eagle, 17.8 grams. Quite a bit difference way heavier. So you can really save a lot of weight on your quad by putting a micro in there now the foxy or arrow mini that ones 9.2 grams. So this is actually not too much heavier than these micros. This is a really light camera for its size and then the run cam split here I'll try to get that own scale.
For you now that's going to this is not really going to be fair, because what this is doing, this is essentially allowing you to fly without a GoPro on your quad, so you can fly without a GoPro and have a really nice camera on your quad. For twenty two point: nine grams that's actually kind of amazing. Ok, so I have a battery plugged in. I have my cable plugged into the back of that OSD harness there and let's just go ahead and show you how to use this it's pretty simple. If you press once in the middle, it will bring up that internal menu, and this is all your regular settings right here, which I'm showing you right there on the goggles I'm, not going to change anything there I'm going to leave it completely stock for our demo. Today, so you get to see how this camera flies out of the box, not by long press on that up arrow right there it's going to take me into the internal OSD menu, and I have a lot of stuff to change here. I can change up my name pressing the center there. The centre button will take me to the A through Z menu and you also have numbers and some characters there, so I can get pretty creative with that can go previous all the way back around where I can go next forward, so it's kind of cool you Can go forward and backwards where you can delete a single number or letter and when I'm happy I can exit and go out now.
This is ratio. Ratio is cool because ratio is what I was telling you guys about before. If you have a sort of an issue with seeing beta flight, what you're, seeing in beta flight for your battery voltage and you're, seeing something different on the screen, you can change this 100 number down and up to be able to reflect the correct voltage that beta Flight is seeing directly from your battery, so that's that's kind of cool that it allows this camera to do that, because the the runcam micro doesn't actually have that option. So that's kind of cool from Fox here that they have that now they also have presets in here. The next one down is the camera mode right now it's in default, and I left that for you guys in this demo, you can do vivid sunny day cloudy day user. One might be a preset which you can set up and save and back to default. Now, font you have three different fonts on here, SOS a 102. I didn't think any of these other fonts were very good. They were kind of dark it's hard for me to see. So I left my own Oso and you can change your name on and off I'm going to leave mine on might I'm going to leave on and my power from my battery I'm going to leave that on instead of having it off so and you can go Back and reset all the way back to the default settings and now I'm going to exit, and now we can go out to the field and do some flying you guys and I'll show you what this camera is all about.
Ok, let's go ahead and start up. This flight demo, with this fox here, aero micro it's, a pretty cool camera guys. I like it mainly because check out this right away I'm flying under these trees. Just to give you some sort of dynamic range between light and shadow here coming out into the light. It transitions really well from dark to light. I like that. A lot it's, not super glitchy or strange – has a really nice transition. Now you see in quite a bit of static here, because I had the spin of death earlier it's kind of like the reviewers curse that something will go wrong, but you can see that this camera is not bad it's way better than something like an AI. Oh camera, so I'm, just kind of cruising back under those shadows, for you guys by VTX, be a little finicky after that spin app. If you don't know what the spin of death is it's when your micro ESP resets and it causes the quad to go into a violent spin at the ground, in my case, I landed on this concrete, so it's, not too cool but I'm back up in the Air and it seems to be coming – maybe it's getting warm now and it's doing a little best interference there, and this is a nice little spot to fly these mainly because I've got a lot of darks and lights here, a lot of shadows I can run in And go under, and I can test that a little bit of range, because the field goes way over for this micro now.
This piggyback is that seen piggyback PTX for this particular micro cam. It also works on the run camp to scout, with a number of that I've slips hit the concrete there but it's nice to have your name. Your pilot name down on the left. You'Ve got your battery to light ray there in the middle of run time over there on the bottom right and what's cool about this one is this: was the production version, so this one's all hashed out and working correctly, the voltage is not dropping and rising like In Craig the increments, like I saw for another reviewers camera, he got a prototype version as well like I did originally, and I had some voltage issues and I think they updated the firmware on these, so that the voltage issue was what's, fixed voltage in the middle Of the screen was kind of going crazy. Now you can see it jumped down to six when I punch out but it's going to rise back up when you're not putting as much throttle into your battery pack. I mainly on those punchouts when you're going to do those big maneuvers but it's nice, because I'm cruising around here under trees, and I can see these gaps coming and I can really get in kind of close personal, a little too close there for a second. But I can get in nice and close to small gaps and I could see what's coming with this camera and that's pretty important.
I did find one ghost branch out here: somewhere ended up having to walk for it, but I feel, like I have a pretty good field of view as well. I don't think it's quite as wide as the run. Cam miker looking to Micro, have a little wider field of view. Then this one does man there's a lot of trees to play out play around with out here. This field looks kind of nice and this is the default setting by the way guys I didn't change. Any of the different presets on this, so this is what the camera would look like out of the box, it's kind of important for me to show you, because some of these run cams and Fox here cameras. You have to do a lot of tuning out of the box and I didn't like that, but that happens to me when I have prototypes a lot. They have to be tuned a little bit Hey and there's that tree so go ahead and start another battery here and I'm going to end this pretty quick but I'm going to. Let you hear the volume on here too, because you can actually record the mode or volume, and you can hear the motor sitting on here – it's kind of nice, that it does have some sort of Michaels board, so cool just about everything.