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FPV-Japan and clones

May 30, 2012 by Brendon in Equipment, FPV

It is recommended to have a flight recorder on the ground when flying FPV incase of crashes. You can replay the video and find out where the craft went down. I have been ignoring this advice because I thought I didn’t fly in a large enough area to really need help finding my quad if I crashed. Well, the last two FPV flights I have had resulted in crashes, and me looking through a farmers field for a few hours each time. I now understand the advice given and have been looking for a well priced DVR.

FPV-Japan seems to be the king of LCD equipped video recorders. Large enough LCD for playback in the field, onboard battery, good quality flight recordings, FPV specific firmware, etc.. The problem is that its constantly out of stock, and costs $199US. Luckily there are “clones” that are cheaper, and in stock. One of those clones is the BEVRC PV700, which costs only $119USD ($147CDN after shipping and exchange conversion). I read through the RCGroups thread on the recorder and thought I may as well give it a shot. I don’t want to be stuck searching for my downed quad for hours again.

Here is a side by side comparison of the 2 units. They look very similar to each other. I think the big difference will be firmware.

FPV-Japan

FPV-Japan

BEVRC PV700

BEVRC PV700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will give a full review including flight recordings when I receive the unit. For the time being though, here is a video someone posted on RCGroups.

 

Here are a few other devices/clones:

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