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#1 flitelab

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:13 PM

Anyone using the new GoPro Hero 2 for FPV with the live video out? Just wondering how it compares to the original Hero? Some say the original had some lag on the video out that could cause some delay for solid FPV use.

Be curious to hear any feedback on how they compare or the lag issue in general.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:18 PM

I had GoPro HD and now I have GoPro HD2 and using live out. I'm loving it. I've never experienced any lag at all (not even from the HD original). But I like GoPro HD2 much more, because its various settings, user friendly and you can have better picture quality with less light.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:37 PM

But, you're still limited to the goggles resolution, right? Do they make any HD goggles?

I would love HD in the goggles, if no lag, but have the other fears about full card, dead battery, and other GoPro glitches.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:01 PM

I flew the original GoPro many times as my FPV cam and I never felt as if there was any lag, even compared to a "proper" FPV cam like the RMRC-540 I fly now. That said, it does not handle as well to light changes and low-light as well as my RMRC-540. The Hero 2 handles light a bit better, ought to work well as an FPV cam.

astronautski, our the GoPro's live video is just an analog video signal, not to mention pretty much all our video downlink equipment is also analog. HD downlink may come in time, but the tech is just not yet viable for FPV flying.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:49 PM

Do they make any HD goggles?


Actually they do.
But one thing they don't make yet - HD transmitters and receivers, at least for any reasonable price, compact size and without delay.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:06 AM

the GP1 works fine, but the GP2 is better IMHO. the 720p@60fps mode gives you the less latency. at 1080, there is a slight delay but not much.

you can even do the 848x480 120FPS mode with live out :)

the better light handling of the GP2 makes it the better option, but both work fine.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:10 PM

Anyone using the new GoPro Hero 2 for FPV with the live video out? Just wondering how it compares to the original Hero? Some say the original had some lag on the video out that could cause some delay for solid FPV use.

The main difference is in low light like you can see
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:37 PM

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 04:34 AM

I like those guys:-)

I think its funny how they mention using live out is ok for flying high but not for close in proximity flying. GundamnitPete must have missed that part lmao!!! Hes a nut with the close stuff all gp1 live out. Not sure how he does it. I think he sees the matrix ;-)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:31 AM

not human :blink:

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:53 AM

Hi everyone. When i use GoPro HD2 for fpv and the gopro is in photomode ( sometimes want make pictures during flying... ) i have black screen in my fatshark googles. For example when i setup in gopro photomode for automatic pictures every 1,2 or 5 sec. i will have blackscreen every 1,2 or 5 sek in googles. Im not sure if its during making pictures or saving files on the SD card. This is annoying . I use 5.8ghz immersion system with 600mW TX. So i dont know if its in my camera only or everyone has same problem. Thanks. Sory for my bad english ;)

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

From what I've read, this is common and makes the GoPro pretty much unfit for FPV flights if you want to use photo mode. Somebody correct me if I am wrong :)
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:16 AM

Thanks for answer.. Now i know this is not the problem with my gopro . I will try buy seperate camera for fpv. Thanks again.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:59 PM

Can you not tune the light settings on the gopro HD?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:34 PM

you mean switch off all lights on HD2 gopro ? .. yes its possible. switch off , switch on 2 or 4 lights.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:33 PM

i've been using my gp2 for Fpv the last few times out, defiantly a different experience

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:32 PM

I just started using my GP2 for FPV and it works great. I record at 720p 60frames per second like suggested and I fly low and fast without issues.