RUNCAM PHOENIX HD & RUNCAM LINK FOR DJI FPV – OVERVIEW & REVIEW
Now this new camera and a unit combo, is the first officially supported kit from runcam that is designed to be used with the dji fpv goggles version 1 and fpv goggles version 2., whilst runcam have made other cameras in the past. These are the first to be officially sanctioned and supported by dji. Now in todays video. What were going to do is take a closer look at the camera as well as this runcam link ear unit were going to unbox it take a closer look. Give you my thoughts im going to take it for a fly and then at the end, im going to give you my opinion on this compared to some of the others out there now just to be clear about a few things up front. The first thing i want to mention is that this is a 60 frames, a second camera. It is not one of the 120 frames, a second low latency ones. If you are looking for one of those cameras, though dont worry, there is some news on this, and i will talk about that and the current camera situation at the end of this video as well. But if you are looking for one of the 120 frames ones thats the bit, you will be interested in and this one might not be ideal for you. Furthermore, i do want to just add that this set was sent to me for free by runcam. However, they have not seen this video before it was published, and just because it was sent to me for free has not influenced my opinions or my thoughts.
As always, i will tell you what my opinion is based on my experiences and receiving a product for free or not does not influence that anyway. Lets get on with todays video and lets take a closer look at both the phoenix hd camera, as well as the new runcam link ear unit. So taking a closer look at the runcam link as well as this phoenix hd camera now you can buy. This is either the set which comes as the camera and ear unit or as just the camera itself, to use on whatever ear unit youve already got now, taking a closer look at the kit itself, it comes with what is basically a vista. Looking on the back of the pack, you will find the information of whats included as well as the specification now just note that on mine it says this supports 7.4 to 17.6 volt or 2 to 4s. That is not correct. This ear unit still supports 6s, just like the previous one. There was a printing error as well as an error on the website. However, thats now been rectified and this all supports 6s. Just like the other units now opening the box and going inside, you will find everything is held in place in a small plastic tray. We have a set of instructions on the bottom, which basically show us how to wire it up, so youve got them in english and chinese. So weve got the connection layout down the bottom here, as well as just the various things that is on the ear unit and the camera.
Then in the pack we have our antenna, which is supplied as standard which again is ufl, just like weve had on the previous systems, and it is a little link antenna, no other hint of who its made by, but its branded linked by runcam link. We then have our camera the phoenix hd, as well as the ear unit pre wired ready to go youll also find hiding underneath the tray. This little wiring harness – and this is pretty much what weve seen before with the tinned ends to be soldered onto the back of the ear unit, as well as the plug and play harness for the flight controllers that are dji ready so rather than soldering to the Flight controller, you can simply plug that straight in jumping in a little bit closer talking about the new phoenix hd camera. First of all, now, as ive already said, this is a 720p 60 frames, a second model. That means it does not support that low latency. 120 frames a second mode, it features a half inch sensor and, as i said, the resolution is 1280 by 720p. It has a rolling shutter, it weighs 7.5 grams and it has a field of view of depth, 157 degrees, horizontal 133 and vertical 72. It is a 19 by 19 camera and it does have that more traditional style lens, rather than the stubby lens that we had on the mipi. Personally, i prefer cameras with this style lens.
I like them to stick out a little bit beyond the frame other than the fact that it can get damaged. It is good just to get that bit of distance to be able to keep the sides of the frame out of view, and i did find on the mippi. The squashed lens did always have the bars at the side just visible. Now this camera is the first one from runcam to be officially supported in the sense of whilst the mipi did work with the dji system. This one was compatible officially from the moment its been released, and it is the first kit that weve seen from romcam to include an ear unit as well. Now, moving over to that ear unit, the camera comes pre attached with a 12 centimeter cable and the ear unit itself is a e unit light or aka the vista. This is identical as far as i can tell in every way. My understanding is that these ear units are manufactured by dji or on behalf of dji and are then supplied to the manufacturers who are selling the gear, aka runcam or the other company. Now, as ive said, it is the same, so it has the same. Pin out connections on the side it has the usbc. There really is nothing here any different. I am not aware that there is any changes on this. There was a new film. We released a little bit of time. Back that said, update to support the new ear unit like hardware but im not aware of this having any changes.
But what i will do is pull the covers on this at a little bit later date, not on todays video and actually have a closer look to see what else has changed to see? If perhaps there has been some changes made, but here and now from a user standpoint, its basically just an ear unit, so ive removed the screws and just popping the back cover off and underneath youll find pretty much what you would expect to find under the back Of a camera, so we have a main chipset. We have some additional components and then we have our main mipi connection here now the nice thing on this one is: they have added a little bit of padding or foam here which does press against the back to hold the cable in place. I do like the fact that they do include a back cover as well, because the mippi didnt have one, and it is nice just having that extra protection as well. Now. What im going to do now is get this cable off and then well get the camera under the microscope and get you guys a bit of a closer look at whats actually going on so looking at the camera under the microscope on the back here we have Our main chipset now this is the fh 8323. This is the main signal, dsp chipset. This takes the image from the sensor processes it and then sends it over that mipi connector.
Now, just something to note is all of the cameras that support 120 frames. A second and the camera controls use a specific chipset, which is the ap 3002. All of the cameras that dont support those features are using varying chipsets, and this is the first time that weve seen this chipset on a dji camera. But it is basically the same as what all of the cameras has in the sense of its the processor. That takes the image data from the sensor and allows that to be sent over mipi looking around the rest of it. We then obviously have our mipi connector down here, which is unique to the dji system. It is not the same as you would find on, say shark bite. We have a couple of other sundry components. We have at the top here our flash, which is used for the chipset to be able to transmit over mipi. We have a real time clock and then we also have a voltage regulator located over here with a couple of other capacitors and components. Now, looking around the back of the camera, everything looks clean and tidy the overall quality of manufacturing looks good and theres. Certainly nothing here that would concern me at all. Okay, so ive mounted the phoenix hd into my frame and im now actually recording this on the phoenix hd attached to a standard, dji ear unit, just to be clear on this and how its doing it we are.
Recording at 720p 60 frames a second onto the dji fpv ear unit, it cant record at 1080p because its not a low latency camera so as a result of that im actually going to have to upscale the footage to 1080p to match my timeline for this video. So do take that into account now, looking at how this image looks and feels in here, i have to say, having looked at it through the goggles, it actually looks really nice, it does appear over saturated and it is leaning quite heavily towards the reds in this Environment, it actually is quite a nice look. However, i do need to see how it looks in the real world, because looking good in here is one thing, but thats not important. How it looks out in the real world in daylight is what really matters. This camera is marketed as both a day, but also a night camera as well and later in this video, when we do get it out and about ill actually show you how it performs in daylight conditions, but well get it in the dark too and see how It performs compared to the other camera that weve had from the other manufacturer as well. Now, because this is a non low, latency camera or a hq mode camera. It does have that latency of around 32 milliseconds and it does not have any camera controls in the goggles at all. You cannot adjust the brightness, the contrast you cant flip the image and you cannot enter the camera menu.
Just like you can on a couple of the other ones, though i will add it does show correctly for me under the transmission model menu as a high quality mode, not low latency. The polar does tend to show incorrectly under the transmission settings, and there is a belief that, because that is showing as a low latency camera when it isnt it might be causing some problems for people. However, in my test, this is showing correctly and overall its doing what we would expect it to do now. The next thing i need to do is take it for some flights and have a look at how the latency looks. We need to have a look at how the auto white balance behaves, because that has been something that has been plaguing a number of these cameras and then well. Take a look at the image quality and after ive done that at the end of the video ill. Then come back and give you my final thoughts on the phoenix hd, okay, so im just getting to one of my flight locations and im going to try out the new phoenix hd from runcam. Now. For me, what im interested in is how this camera behaves more. So than the latency and how the overall image look is we know its a 60 frames, a second camera, so we know its not going to be out and out brilliant late to see, however, that isnt an issue for a lot of people it doesnt have to Be the lowest latency camera in the world, because not everyone is racing, not everyone is flying.
Vando! Yes, at the moment, theres been an abundance of 60 frames, a second cameras and we are starting to see availability now on the 120 frames models. But it is good that weve got a lot of options, especially in this sort of high latency area, for the people who are flying wings and stuff that dont really care what the latency is like now, ive just got to where were going to be flying the Weather today, isnt great just to show you it overall, its quite gray and murky a lot of cloud cover today. So everything is looking pretty much the same, so were going to see how it behaves in that and what the light level and noise level on the center is like too, and really give you my thoughts just giving you a quick overview of the build that im Using for this one, obviously we have the phoenix hd camera and ive built this into the speedy b version 2 frame. This is actually my favorite frame at the moment now, ive got a hobby wing. Flight stack in the middle weve got a full size, dji ear unit as well as crossfire and then weve just got a custom. Tpu mounted piece at the back now im flying with the tbs mambo. At the moment this has become my go to radio whilst theres a lot to like here its not perfect and obviously because i am flying it with crossfire. We do have to have the module in the back Music: oh Music, big, Music, me, Music, so Music, oh Music, make them Music, Music, okay, so ive finished flying the phoenix hd.
I went home and i look at the footage and ive actually now come back out with the polar starlight and the reason for that is. I just wanted to compare it in exactly the same light, because a lot of the footage ive got from the polar is in good sunlight and not this horrible early winter, grey that it is here today. So what im gon na do is put two packs through this and try and get some similar footage, and we can compare it then, between the two Music, so Music, Music, happy Music up my Music, happy Music, Music, Music, my Music baby, Music, happy Music, oh Music! Oh Music, big Music, so i hope some of that information and footage ive showed you will help you make up your own mind on this camera. However, i am going to share with you my thoughts. Now we have two things here. We have the runcam phoenix hd and we have the runcam link phoenix hd kit with the ear unit talking about the camera, first of all, overall theres, quite a lot to like here, its certainly not the best, but its not the worst. 60 frames. A second camera out there, image quality is good. Colors actually is really good in my tests out and about and in the light ive been flying in, it looks much better than some of the other cameras. Whilst it did look a bit over saturated in here out and about it, looks bang on especially compared to the polar now.
I will add, though i do think this is quite a noisy camera in low light conditions or in the conditions ive been flying in compared to some of the others. You can see a lot more noise in the image, especially when you get it into that low light conditions and that night flying as well and whilst it is being promoted as a night camera. I think the polar is a better option because it does have a larger sensor and it has those larger pixels for night style flying now. With regards to some plus points on this one, though, the white balance on this camera, in my opinion, is much better than the polar it doesnt have that harsh change in white balance, like the polar has. If you saw my review on that, it was one of my big complaints about that camera and, if youve seen in some of the footage, ive showed today, ive been tilting it up and down, and it is much less noticeable in my tests compared to the polar Even in this grayer murkier conditions, latency wise, whilst i havent put anything in the video to talk about it, its on par with the other cameras. I have done a bunch of bench testing and its basically the same its, not a 120 frames, a second one. So its not that ultra low latency, its no worse or no better than any of the other lower latency 60 frames, a second cameras overall, really, if youre looking to get yourself a 60 frames, a second camera, it is well worth a look and it does a Decent job now with regards to the run, cam, lincoln camera kit and really theres, not a lot to say here on this, because the ear unit is a vista or the ear unit light.
It is identical as far as i can tell there are zero changes. So all of the specifications are the same. Whilst there has been some stuff said wrong, like it being 4s, not 6, and it is actually 6. its the same performance, different antenna in the box, different packaging, but the same overall behavior and again, the camera is the single one which we just talked about. There. Thats, really it from me on this one as ive said, certainly not the best, certainly not the worst, a good option if you are looking at a camera for the 60 frames, a second mode. What i would say is if low light is a priority. You might want to check the polar, however, if auto white balance – and you want to record the footage – and you dont – want that horrible shift in. I think this one is going to be better for you again. It is a bit sharper than the polar and it has a better color behavior as well as you can see from the footage too. Now i just want to thank runcam for sending me this one over. I wouldnt have been able to make the video without their support as well, but, as i said at the start, that hasnt influenced my opinion on it either. Finally, i just want to add, if you have found this video useful, please do consider hitting the subscribe button and dont forget to hit the little bell next to it as well.
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