Getting Started in FPV
We get quite a few enquiries about what is needed to get started in FPV and a few enquiries just asking for a short list of what to put in the shopping cart. We prefer that you understand exactly what it is you are purchasing and avoid purchasing the wrong item, incompatible or non-required items if at all possible.
So here is a short list detailing the most basic of FPV systems.
An On Screen Display such as the DOSD to show your in flight date on video.
Comprised of a sender and receiver, this allows you to view the OSD and camera image while you fly.
You should avoid 2.4GHz Video Link if you use 2.4GHz control.
In this case please use 5.8GHz.
Monitor or Goggles
A simple 7″ LCD monitor will be enough to start with but if you want a fully immersive experience then goggles such as the AIO Goggles are the way to go.
A portable video recorder such as the FJ-DVR-SD4 to record your footage, not just for fun, but to replay to check your GPS location in case of a plane down scenario.
PPM Encoder Module
If you are using a standard RC receiver then you will usually need a PPM encoder module to connect your receiver to your OSD. Some more recent receivers have PPM out and may not require this. If you use a proprietary LRRC system such as the DragonLink then the PPM signal is available and does not require this module.
Cables and Connectors
To connect PPM encoder to the DOSD and your receiver you will need a few servo cables and a splitter for the ESC. You may also need some adapters or connectors for your battery if it is other than Deans type.
Last but not least you will need a dedicated BEC.
At FPV-Japan we cannot recommend the use of ESC/BEC for system power and cannot provide support if you disregard this advice and damage components or loose your aircraft.
Please use a dedicated BEC for system power (read more on this topic here and here).
We currently use Turnigy BEC and replace cables and connectors to give you a better product. Please enquire at the time of your ordering.
Apart from the above items you will want to consider special antenna for the Video Link.
We can source items for your needs so please enquire.
Next here is a short list explaining what you would need for the DOSDv2 to get started.
DOSD System components
DOSDv2 main board and Current Sensor – this will handle the displaying of OSD data on your video and also control your servos instead of your receiver
GPS module – this will allow you to view location, speed and altitude as well as enable RTH and autopilot features
Baro module – this will give much more accurate heigh data than the GPS
USB/TTL adapter – this will allow you to configure your DOSD via your PC and also plot waypoint routes
FPV Pro Set
We offer an FPV Pro Set designed to get you started in FPV. It contains all of the components you will need to get started apart from dedicated BEC, video monitor or recorder.
Once we have enough time to preproduce the BEC we will add this to the Pro Set as a plug and play option.
For now please let us know if you need a dedicated BEC and we will arrange it for you.