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Boscam HD19 Plus Explorer Full 1080P RC Aerial Photography FPV Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Fairly poor QC on these! 08/21/2014

This review is from: Boscam HD19 Plus Explorer Full 1080P RC Aerial Photography FPV Camera

Pros: Although a bit heavier than similar cameras, the metal case reduces RF noise so it's probably a good trade-off. As it turns out, the metal case is probably easier to open/remove than a plastic case.
The purpose-build is pretty unique, as is the RC control lead for record stop/start.

Cons: The quality control is pretty poor! Mine was dead out of the box and after quite a bit of diagnosing I had to open it up and re-wire it! Not a typical end-user expectation, so if you're not up to it, pass on this model.

Other Thoughts: The camera comes with a few cables -- none of which actually helps you plug in and test the camera. If you're not a "tech", buy something else! Most of the "data" is fed through a 5-pin "DF13" connector -- think, the smallest and least reliable connection method imaginable. I had to disassemble the camera and solder wires onto the five contact points within about 1/4 of an inch span. The connector was not actually connected to the board!
It supports 32GB micro-SD memory, but to read it with your computer, you also have to power the camera with 12 volts (after you MacGyver a way to do that) -- just plugging in the mini-USB cable gets you nothing, and everyone knows moving micro-SD cards around is no fun.
There is no 1/4" threaded mount hole in the bottom of this camera, so normal mounting methods won't work. And the data and USB connectors are on the bottom, so Velcro is a problem too. The microphone and micro-SD openings are on top, so forget hanging it. And the five menu buttons are on the back, so you can't strap it in that way. There are three threaded pins in a triangular pattern on each side, designed to fit their custom pan/tilt which doesn't screw in, but holds the pins in rubber discs and don't mistake that for a "steady" gimbals -- it allows you to move the camera with servos, not brushless motors. but other than using it with that assembly, you have to get creative. The camera does not come with a U-shaped metal mount or pivot that you might think would be obvious give the unusual mounting pin arrangement.
The camera has no battery or screen despite being as deep and weighing more than "action" cams with both, so the only way to navigate the menus is to connect it to FPV goggles or a screen (MacGyver again) since none of the supplied cables has a standard "RCA" coaxial connector on it to fit conventional video displays.
The manual is not as hard to read as most, but does include interesting artifacts of what they probably intended. For example, the USB connection apparently exposes an IR input function, but no supplied cable provides access to it, and everyone knows you cannot use IR outdoors anyway.
I know it seems like I'm being harsh, but RC hobbyists are pretty used to parts like this -- parts that require a lot of horsing around to make work correctly. There may even be an element of pride in buying something pretty awful and getting it working. I just want to set your expectations for the product so that you do not buy it and feel cheated. That said, I cannot see how this product would be of much value without the purpose-built pan/tilt assembly, so if you're sold on this, just buy that too. And make sure you have wire, connectors and a good solder station handy because this is NOT a plug-and-play product by any means.

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FPV Camera Gimbal For BOSCAM HD19 Camera
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Gimbal kit 08/15/2014

This review is from: FPV Camera Gimbal For BOSCAM HD19 Camera

Pros: It's functional.

Cons: Difficult to mount. The top plate does not fit Tarot 10/60mm hanger arms, so you have to drill.
Not useable with camera other than Boscam. No real vibration damping.
The Boscam camera should have sockets for servo leads so there is less wire and stress leading to camera and gimbal.
The hinge screw is wrong -- it does not engage the (tilt) rotation plate on the side away from the servo gear.

Other Thoughts: This isn't intended for holding your camera steady in flight. It takes 9gram mini-servos, either analog or digital.

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Boscam HD19 Plus Explorer Full 1080P RC Aerial Photography FPV Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs HD19, pros & cons 08/15/2014

This review is from: Boscam HD19 Plus Explorer Full 1080P RC Aerial Photography FPV Camera

Pros: The metal casing should shield other things from noise. The ability to trigger recording from your RC radio is good, and unusual for cameras used for FPV.

There is a pan/tilt assembly designed for this camera.

Cons: The fist "con" is that mine never powered-up! It is apparently defective. The second is that it uses a "JST" connector on the bottom which is prone to wire breakage, and is extraordinarily difficult to replace.
None of the wires included make it easy to plug in and test. If you don't have the exact transmitter they intended this for, you're going to do a lot of soldering to make it do anything. There is no 1/4" threaded mount hole in the bottom. Instead they put three small pins in a triangle arrangement on both sides to fit their pan/tilt. If you want to mount it, you have to MacGyver something, and the microphone hole and connectors come out the bottom, so you'll have to think of something else.

Other Thoughts: The camera is heavy, because of the shielding metal case, but it's as deep as my Astak but doesn't have a screen or battery! I don't mind losing the screen and battery, but they could have used that space for a decent connector. Since it's designed to be used with their pan/tilt, it should also have two servo connections and integrate ALL the wiring in one harness. Bad planning. Oh, one more thing; it should WORK when you take it out of the box!

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Date Joined: 05/31/08

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