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Bo Lorentzen

Hey Robert, TOTALLY agree, the PilotHD cam is pretty crappy to put it politely.

Robert Taylor

This is not a viable product. Without even considering image quality issues, it is a bust from a mechanical engineering standpoint. The "cast iron" case is pointless. Adds needless weight and protects hardly better than plastic. If dropped, even on your desktop, it will hit HARD.
The Fatshark head-tracking powered gimbal setup comes with a mount for the Pilot. The gimbals are a wonderful little mechanism, but not hardly suited to the clunky Pilot. The mount failed while configuring the servos. At least it didn't fall off my quad and bury itself into the turf! Now the camera has failed electrically somehow and does not even power up.
I am at the point of the fellow in the UTube video who reviewed the Pilot with a hammer. Fatshark should give the rest of their Pilot cameras away rather than continuing to burn their customers with this lemon.

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Jon, I have not checked, but its easy to edit a connector.

That said, the PIlotHD cam is crap, I would not consider using it for a project that require a 2000mw VTX. and generally, a 2000mw VTX is likely to affect the performance of your control signal receiver on the quad, meaning it can cause you to loose control earlier than you expect. ;-)


could this camera be connected to a boscam rx.. thunderbolt 2000mw, are both connectors compatible?

Bo Lorentzen

Hello Todd, The view through the goggles are fine, you will only notice the dropped frames in playback. :-)


Great read brother. I can deal with the skips for suck a cheap solution to on board recordind, now only $40. How is the view through the goggles?

Bo Lorentzen

Hey Stephen,

Go get "http://www.perian.org" Perian.. its awesome, download and your quicktime will play almost any video natively without any messing with it at all.

I use SHAVE app for trimming raw video. from the App store.

Stephen Mutch

Hi Bo.
I have one of these and for the first time I have recorded a flight. I have downloaded the file to my Mac desktop but can not play it. I have searched for a video player and upgrades to Quicktime, VidX, VLC, and Flip for Mac but still get messages about "upgrade needed" or "wrong container".
I know it's an avi file and the compression is MJPG but as I have no experience with movie files can you please help.
Which video player did you use and on which PC? Anything unusual about the file and how to handle it?

Bo Lorentzen

Thank you WallyJas


Excellent article, thanks Bo. :)

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