Here are some things to be aware of and tips for building my Manta mini quadcopter.
Manta is a 200mm class quadcopter frame I designed for freestyle and racing to use 5 inch props and be balanced when mounting a HD camera. To minimize inertia in the pitch axis I kept the body short, and to balance the center of gravity vertically the battery mounts on the bottom with the HD camera on top. It is a true X design, meaning the motors are equidistant from the center and each other.
200mm true X miniquad. 4S with 2205 2300kv, Dal T5045 Props, LittleBee 20A ESCs, BrainFPV FC, FrSky X4R, ET200R VTX, HS1177 Camera, TBS Triumph Antenna, Yi HD Actioncam. Build pics at http://pix.ohmeye.com/Hobbies/Multirotor/Manta/n-WdF7NX/i-Z5zH3xz
HS1177 and some other cameras use the Sony 600TVL Super HAD CCD sensor and firmware and they all have the same setting options, accessed using a DPAD button controller on a cable that comes with the camera. For outdoor FPV racing it’s important to change settings to get the best image for both facing into the sun and flying into shadows, these are the settings I recommend. ↓ Read more…