$100 Budget FPV System


FPV is awesome. What is it? Well, basically it’s a camera and video transmitter mounted on a radio controlled airplane, helicopter, or multirotor. Generally it’s expensive. A GoPro can be $200 or more, video goggles are over $100 at least (often up to $300), video transmitter and receiver systems can easily be $100.

It all adds up.

But I’m cheap. (Or shall we say, frugal?) So I shopped around, and decided that it could all be done for $100. Admittedly, it’s a bare-bones system, but it gets the job done, it’s expandable, and works pretty darn well.

Here’s how I did it:

Item Price Link
480TVL Sony Board Camera $24.75 They’re all over eBay…
Video TX/RX 5.8ghz $50.29 http://www.foxtechfpv.com/foxtech-58g-200mw-txrx-with-integrated-regulator-board-and-mi-p-178.html
Omnidirectional 5.8GHz antennas $7.76 http://www.ebay.com/itm/191008056053
3.5″ TFT Display $16.00 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045IIZKU
Magnifying Hood $8.90 http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-10X-Lighted-Magnifying-Glass-Headset-LED-Light-Head-Headband-Magnifier-Loupe-/261513447337?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce36a87a9
TOTAL: $107.70
Amazon 3.5" TFT Display, FoxtechFPV VTX/RX, eBay 480TVL Board Camera, eBay 5.8GHz Omnidirectional Antennas

Amazon 3.5″ TFT Display, FoxtechFPV VTX/RX, eBay 480TVL Board Camera, eBay 5.8GHz Omnidirectional Antennas

So there’s all the parts. (Not counting the lenses I got out of the magnifying hood.)

Assembling all the pieces together is a topic for another post because it’s not really specific to this system. The 3.5″ display by itself is really tiny, but mounted in the hood it really works well. That project is documented in a previous post.

I packaged up the entire system to be nicely portable.

FPV Plane & System

I just recently bought this video recorder: http://www.ebay.com/itm/371075684387 When it arrives, we’ll have lots of videos to come!


One comment on “$100 Budget FPV System

  1. Jack Hong on said:

    Hi Manager,
    How are you,i am jack from China,we specialized in producing all kinds of fpv monitors and camera monitors,we are factory,hope we could do some cooperation,you could check our website:
    www.feelworld.cn or e-mail me:jack@feelworld.cn

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