Runcam 2 HD Cameras

We received a shipment of RunCam 2 cameras today. The new shipment had Silver and Orange RunCam 2’s as well. I wanted to spend a few minutes talking about the features of the new RunCam 2 as well as highlight some features of other RunCam cameras as well.

I was a Mobius person just until recently. I tried the RunCam HD earlier, but I did not think the quality of features would make it a worth while camera over the Mobius. Even with the lower price I still kept my Mobius till I crashed hard into a pole. The lens is broken but the camera was still working fairly well, not much influence on the image quality.

Mobius Broken Lens

Then the fall and cold kept me grounded for a few weeks, and after about 2 months I went to charge my Mobius again to go to fly – at which point all I get is a slow flashing blue light and no other response whatsoever. I am not the type to give up, I spent hours on the internet trying to see if other people have experienced the same thing and some did, but none of those solutions were working for me. I guess it was time to retire the Mobius – forever. It just happened, that right around that time we’ve got a stock of the RunCam 2 Silver edition in. I was hesitant at the beginning – thinking that we have only limited quantities, but then I convinced myself that this is for the better good, get one and start using it to see how that compares with the Mobius. And man, what a difference. See the image below, these are the Mobius, RunCam HD and RunCam 2 side by side, barely any difference in size. Indeed the RunCam 2 is a bit higher than the other two:

HD Cameras

So one thing which caught my eye from the beginning was a few things:

  • – Interchangeable battery
  • – SD card slot inside behind the battery door makes it almost impossible to lose the SD card on impact
  • – WiFi button – ability to connect to the camera form a phone and view the video or images back right away.

This last feature makes the RunCam 2 functionality wise almost as useful as a GoPrr camera for a fraction of the cost. So with that in mind I put the 3 cameras side by side and took another picture:

RunCam HD CamerasThe RunCam 2 is offered in Silver and Orange version. Some might find the Orange odd, but if you lost a camera already in the woods between the green foliage, you will definitely choose the orange this time, because that right away pops into your view.

While the weather is still not the best here, and certainly I cannot make beautiful outdoors videos for the RunCam 2, 3 weeks ago I had a chance to install it on a tricopter and run a course around the Winter Barn Burner race series in Clinton Ontario. I will cut out a sequence of that an post it here, so you can see the recording quality indoors:

I checked most of the files we recorded and the bitrate seems very similar to each other – of course this is due to the fact that all videos were recorded under the same conditions:

RunCam 2 bitrateAs you can see, the recording was done with full HD, 60 frames per second, according to RunCam this camera also can do 720P at 120fps. I did not try that, I wanted to go for the maximum resolution. The Runcam 2 can be used as an FPV camera directly, RunClaims a 60mS latency when used in 1080p Mode and 40ms when used in 720p mode. Those values are quite low and would be acceptable for racing with it. I saw a video on the RunCam page where there is a comparison between the live feed and the recorded image and there is no noticeable difference with the naked eye.

I still would use it as a recording camera only, and use a standard FPV camera as my main flying camera. The RunCam2 can be powered from an external battery as well, while in flight – this will make the battery in it long lasting,

The WiFi feature is excellent, there is an application available for IOS and Android as well. The battery should last between 60 to 90 minutes depending on the recording resolution.

The package contains several accessories and several cables which can be used as power or video out cables. Also there is a mount, tripod adapter and manual included.

This camera is the best alternative to the GoPro at the moment with a much smaller size and cost.

Mobius HD Action Cam

Whether you are FPV racing or not, FPV flying or just simple RC flying from the ground, the Mobius HD Action Camera is one of the best choices to record the video of the action. A little while ago the GoPro’s ruled the market and if you wanted to record video on-board you had to carry a GoPro camera with you. While with each of the generations the GoPro quality undeniably got better and better, providing stunning action shots, alongside of that the Mobius HD action camera slowly gained market ground as well, due to its small size and also stunning video recording quality.

Compared to any GoPro camera, the Mobius is usually less than half of the size. Indeed the lens is not as sophisticated as the GoPro has, but they have done an excellent job of providing standard or wide angle lens versions, to fit the needs of all kinds.

Measuring only 1 3/8″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4″ inches (35 x 63.5 x 19mm) and weighing only 1.4 ounces (40 grams), this camera can easily fit in any pocket, but press record and you will capture stunning 1080 HD video quality normally only found on devices 5 times the size.

At the moment, there are 2 different options available from our web-store:

Mobius standard lens

Mobius with standard lens

Mobius Wide Angle

Mobius with wide angle lens

Through the configuration software there are several features which can be set or changed on a Mobius camera:

  • 1080P 30FPS or 720p 60FPS recordings
  • 80 minutes battery life on a full charge
  • Records in loop or can be used as a camera for taking time lapse images
  • Compatible with up to 32GB SD Card

The operation of the camera is done through three buttons. Very easy, but can be very confusing for those who do not like to read manuals. See below the quick color codes of the LED on the Mobius camera:

Mobius-Overview

  • Yellow LED  solid –  The camera is in mode 1 and is on standby
  • Yellow LED flashes –  The camera is in mode 1 and recording video in 1080p 30FPS.
  • Blue LED solid  –  The camera is in mode 2  and is on standby.
  • Blue LED flashes – The camera is in mode 2 and recording video in 720p 60FPS.
  • Red LED solid – The camera is in picture mode
  • Red LED flashes once – The camera has taken a picture
  • Green LED is solid – The battery is charging

While it is obvious, let me spell it out, the Power button is used to tur the camera on or off. The mode button will allow selection between the two predefined recording modes (this can be set in the configuration software available by clicking here). The Shutter button will start/stop the recording.

The configuration software is pretty self explanatory, while it seems like there are lots of options, it is still very easy and needs no manual:

Mobius Configuration Software

Mobius Configuration Software

If you are still not convinced, see a video comparing the performance of the Mobius HD with the GoPro silver below:

 

The Mobius was added to our web-store in September 2015. Please click here to purchase it from us.

We also have Mobius FPV cables ready made, just plug it in and go. You can find the accessories also on the above page.