Runcam delivered another FPV camera – the Racer 2. However, it’s not “simply one more new camera”; it has some extravagant highlights that make changing camera setups a lot simpler in the field.
REVOLUTIONARY CAMERA CONTROL – BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Back in the days, FPV camera settings must be changed utilizing a “joystick” – a remote controller that you plug into the camera’s back (OSD and GND pins). You utilize the joystick to work the menu.
Later on, Betaflight developers sorted out an approach to work the setting menu from our radio transmitter by connecting those OSD and GND pins to your flight controller. We call this “OSD Pin Camera Control.”
Notwithstanding, that doesn’t generally work and requires extra equipment. So Runcam announced the UART interface in their FPV cameras to substitute the joystick interface (GND and supplanting OSD pins with TX and RX pins).
It’s a more dependable solution; however, the disadvantage is that you can’t use the “joystick” any longer! It’s badly arranged for certain individuals who don’t utilize a flight controller (wings and planes) or just excessively languid to arrange camera control.
Kudos to Runcam for the innovation and continually tuning in to what the community needs!
CAMERA CONTROL DOESN’T WORK?
If camera control or joystick doesn’t deal with your Racer V2 camera, that is presumably because you haven’t chosen the correct mode.
You can switch between UART mode (otherwise known as. distant mode) or Joystick mode (otherwise known as. link mode), basically by shorting the G/TX and M/RX sticks before fueling on the camera.
The two modes don’t work at the same time; you need to choose one.
NEW TOOL – THE SELECTOR
The Racer 2 accompanies a mysterious joystick expansion board recognized as the “Selector” on the product page. It appears to be a straightforward augmentation board, yet after asking Runcam, we understood it’s a pretty cunning and convenient apparatus!
Without the joystick connected, you can switch between various preset modes utilizing the locally available press button on the “Selector”: Personal, Outdoor, Cloudy, and so forth.
With the 30.5×30.5mm and 20x20mm mounting holes, you can introduce it in your flight regulator stack for simple access.
You can undoubtedly attach a joystick to this board and approach camera settings in the field without FC camera control or dismantling your quad to connect the joystick. Extremely helpful!
MICRO TO FULL-SIZE ADAPTER
It accompanies a “micro to full size” adapter. Multiple frames still help full-size cameras of 28mm width. This camera mount expands the camera width from 19mm to 28mm.
You can purchase this mount separately, and it should work with most miniature size cameras. Anyway, it’s costly! It costs $5, so it’s extraordinary to have this included with the Racer 2.
The latency is in pair with the Foxeer Predator and Racer V1: min 7ms, average 15ms.
The video quality looks good; however, I would most likely change two or three things in the default. The camera in the accompanying video is a 1.8mm lens.
The RunCam Racer was built for, as you guessed it, racing! The too low 6ms inertness from the 700TVL CMOS sensor will permit an extremely quick video feed and give you that secured feeling. Runcam Racer 2 is available at banggood.com for US$34.99 only.