News: Runcam Split 3 Camera | Micro and Nano
Runcam recently released the Split 3 camera in both Micro and Nano form factors. Here is an overview of the specs and what this camera would be good for. Hopefully I will get one for testing soon.
The Runcam Split 3 comes in two versions, one with a micro camera module (19x19mm), and the other with a nano camera (14x14mm). That seems to be the only difference as the processing module boards are the same.
Here is a break down of the Split 3 specs.
|Runcam Split 3 Micro||Runcam Split 3 Nano|
|FOV||HD 165°; FPV 165° (16:9), 130° (4:3)|
|Resolution||1080p60fps / 1080p50fps / 1080p30fps|
|Format||NTSC / PAL switchable|
|Mounting Holes||M2, 20x20mm|
|Power Input||5V – 20V (2S to 4S)|
|Current||650mA @ 5V, 270mA @12V|
RunCam also added “power-off protection” to this camera, when the camera loses power, maybe the LiPo is unplugged, the camera will automatically save the video. You might still lose the last few seconds of recording, but it’s better than nothing.
It has SD card protector to prevent ejection in a crash. It also supports camera control so you can change camera settings using your transmitter (requires connection to the flight controller and setup via Betaflight, see manual for detail).
As for SD card choices, see my recommendations for 1080p recording.
The camera module is connected to the 29x29mm processing board (PCB) via a ribbon cable, Runcam claims they have made this ribbon cable stronger than previous versions. The PCB has 20x20mm mounting hole pattern, the holes are for M2 hardware.
Interestingly, the PCB has the same dimension as a typical tiny whoop flight controller, i.e. 29x29mm. Maybe you could just stick the board on top of the FC with double sided foam tape?
There are two versions, the Nano and Micro. The Nano is lighter and smaller than the Micro, but I bet the Micro has better image quality due to the larger lens used (and possibly the reduced hardware in the camera module).
Both versions have mounting holes on the camera housing, so they can be directly mounted in the drone frames. They also come with mounting adapter, converting 19mm to 28mm (micro), or 14mm to 19mm (nano). This makes it extremely flexible and compatible with a huge range of frames and 3D printed mounts.
The new Split 3 camera should be a great choice for small and light weight drones like the tiny whoops and “toothpicks” (ultralight micro quads).
They’ve managed to reduce the weight by over 2 grams with the Split 3 Nano (10.5g) over the Split 2 Mini (12.9g), which is incredible. However the Micro is 1 gram heavier (14g) due to the bigger lens, but hopefully you do get better image quality.
The lack of marketing tells me that the Runcam Split 3 is probably not something revolutionary, most likely just an improved Split 2 that is catered for more specific builds.
If you’ve already got the Split 2, I don’t think there is a need to upgrade, I suspect the image quality is more or less the same. However I am quite interested to try the smaller and lighter Nano Split on my toothpicks.
it’s pretty amazing how they managed to make a 10 grams camera that can record 1080p 60fps video while being used for low latency FPV. Can’t wait to see what they bring out next.