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Working FPV setup for Crazyflie 2.0

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:57 pm
by derf
Hey everyone,

After seeing the FPV video with a CF2 from ( I just had to try it out myself and finally spend some money on this.

Here is the shopping list: Total amount was 268,81 Euro including shipping (France to Germany).

The camera is the same as in the YouTube video. They used a different transmitter though ( ... itter.html) which is
pretty similar to the one I got and costs almost the same (51,50 Euro). In the video they used a 7" FPV monitor with two antennas (Diversity), which is not really necessary.
For me, the ability to record video was more important than a big screen. The 7" monitor was not in stock anyway.

Unfortunately the CF1 battery can not be hooked up to the transmitter directly because they have different connectors (CF1 battery: "Micro JST" or JST-ZH, Transmitter: "Nano JST" or JST-SH). So I had to do some soldering and used different cables.
I also had to solder some plugs to the cable that connects the camera with the transmitter.
There is still a lot of extra cable, that I will eventually cut off to save weight.
For the first few flights I just used sticky tape to attach everything to the CF2. The extra battery is on the bottom. I'll clean it up later on.

Why Do I use an extra battery instead of using the CF2's own battery?
Because I'm lazy and wanted to avoid issues with interferences from the motors. ;) The CF2 also has enough power to lift the weight.
How Do I charge the extra battery?
Currently I'm using a CF1 as a charger. :)

Now for the interesting part:
Does it fly? Yes :D
How long does it fly? About 4:30min
Weight with the FPV stuff? 46g in total
How long does the camera and the transmitter work on one charge? About 35min!

I'll upload a video some time soon. For now here is picture of the beta-"sticky-tape" version:


Re: Working FPV setup for Crazyflie 2.0

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:10 am
by tobias
You finally got to it, nicely done!

Now we just connect it to the cfclient with a digitize and stream the video over the internet so we can remotely pilot it from anywhere in the world ;) (with some minor technical issues to solve such as latency...)

Re: Working FPV setup for Crazyflie 2.0

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:02 pm
by toysldr
What is the difference between the transmitter you picked out and the one that La Drone Shop used on their YouTube video?

Re: Working FPV setup for Crazyflie 2.0

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:36 pm
by derf
Theirs has a clover leaf shaped antenna, adjustable output power and is a bit lighter (1.9 instead of 4 gr, according to the specs).
It was on backorder when I placed the order, that's why I went with the other transmitter. Both transmitters will do the job.

Re: Working FPV setup for Crazyflie 2.0

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:13 am
by crbr
Would it be possible to set this up with FPV goggles?

Re: Working FPV setup for Crazyflie 2.0

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:12 pm
by derf
Yes, I've successfully tested it with FPV goggles (Fatshark Dominator V3).

This is what the current setup looks like (no more sticky tape):