Runcam Eagle vs Runcam Swift


The Runcam Eagle vs Runcam Swift Contest

This comparison is the Runcam Eagle -vs- Runcam Swift FPV camera‘s.Both are popular FPV cameras with a significant price different between the two (i.e. the Eagle is more expensive by around £20), so is it worth it?

The Facts and specifications of the two FPV Cameras

The Swift:

  • 600TVL resolution
  • CCD sensor (which some people say is essential for FPV cams…)
  • Interchangeable between PAL and NTSC
  • Standard WDR (wide dynamic range)
  • Standard lens FOV is 90 degrees
  • Available in IR blocked or IR sensitive (i.e. is flexible)
  • Latency: 25-30ms
  • Weight: 12g
  • Dimensions: 26x26x30mm

The Eagle:

Runcam Eagle vs Runcam Swift

  • 800TVL resolution
  • CMOS sensor (is this a problem??)
  • Interchangeable between PAL and NTSC
  • Global WDR
  • Choice of FOV – 130 or 140 degrees
  • Latency: 45-50ms
  • Weight: 16g
  • Dimensions: 26x26x31mm

 

Physical Attributes:

Tthe physical differences is the Runcam Eagle comes in a metal housing as opposed to the plastic housing packaged as the Swift verion.
Since FPV cams take g-force impacts and they need to be robust by design. Runcam has achieved impact resistant engineering  opposed to the Runcam Eagle plastic signatures price difference.
Metal -vs- Plastic FPV cam cases translates to 4g in difference.
The modification of the metal housing does not increase the size of the camera which adds weight. The Eagle is longer by 1mm and the frames is smaller 1mm.

The Sensor:

The Eagle uses a CMOS sensor as opposed to the CCD sensor used by the Swift. This has been added into CCD is needed flying FPV.
Runcam have chosen CMOS for a reason and they believe the CMOS technology is a new and trusted technology alternative.
The improvements from CCD to CMOS sensors is noticeable in recent years with improved quality between both valued technologies.
The CMOS sensors generally consume less power and are cheaper to produce and purchsae.  The Eagle also uses a higher resolution sensor, clocking in 800TVL to the Swifts 600TVL.

Wide Dynamic Range (WDR):

Runcam have now developed  ‘global WDR’ which works better than standard WDR. The WDR allows the camera to process images better in a range of light conditions of image capture. When there is a bright or a dusk horizon the WDR allows you to see clearly with improved two contrasting areas. This is helpful during racing competitions.
The Eagle appears better than the Swift regarding the IR blocked version. Many reviews say the Eagle is better. The Runcam Eagle colors are more realistic and easily keeping track of where you are visually by definition.


 

Latency:

Latency is important for FPV cameras and this allows Swift it’s popularity. The latency averages 25-30ms  and the Eagle latency averages 45-50ms.

Night Flying:

The Eagle out performs Swift over-all. Reviews show near equal performance to the Runcam Owl Plus which is designed to fly at night.

Aspect Ratio/FOV:

The aspect ratio with the Runcam Eagle is 16:9 ratio (with 130 degree FOV) or the 4:3 ratio (with 140 degree FOV), and these two ranges are larger than the Runcam Swift (90 degree FOV).

Conclusion:

Reviews elect the Runcam Eagle and a disadvantage to the Swift is slow latency. Eagle is 4-grams heavier, and is heavier because of crash-resistance. Eagle has higher resolution, it incorporates global WDR, and making the best feature of this camera.
The Runcam Eagle comprehensive comparison:

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