After getting quite literally 100+ spam comments per day for the past week I have decided to install a rather aggressive spam filter. So far it seems to be working great, well maybe too great. I have found that it will once in awhile block legitimate comments or questions. So until I can figure out this spammy situation, please direct all important questions or messages to my email address located at the at the bottom of the page. Thanks!
After a long time struggling to get them back in stock and trying to secure a constant supply of cameras, the Drone Zoom system is back and at my new web-store/business thing, NorthUAV.com! (www.northuav.com/optics)
I just got the boards back from the PCB fab and I am really happy with how they turned out.
Now, while cameras and their ability to move a lens back and forth is cool, I think that a respectable electronics company needs to have some product variety. So with that, I would like to drop some teasers as to some new things that you can expect to see before the end of this year.
My new website/store is live! NorthUAV.com will be the place where I will sell all my UAV products. If you are looking for more Drone Zoom systems you will find them there. Just make sure to sign-up in the main menu screen to be the first notified when they are back in stock. You will also be notified when we release some other even cooler products. Thermal cameras anyone?
Right now I am selling only a limited number of drone zooms with cameras. After they sell out I don’t think I will be selling any more. I have recently been in talks with a pretty big company in the drone safety market and that has been taking up most of my time so I no longer can manage the drone zoom project. Exciting stuff! If you bought a drone zoom and still need a camera please email me directly using the contact info at the bottom of the page.
The new camera boards are back in stock. This is version 1.3 and there are some small changes to the design.
The first thing you should notice is that most of the passives are now surface mount… again. I found that the time I was saving with through-hole wasn’t all that much and I also wasn’t happy with how through-hole looked aesthetically. (Light brown resistors on a purple background. Gross.)
You’ll also notice that the voltage selector jumper is now on the front of the board. It also has indicator lines showing exactly where the 5v signal is coming from.
I’ve also added more decoupling capacitors and more ground shielding. This should reduce RF noise and increase the reliability of the system as a whole.
The connector cables are back to the older servo style connectors. The added expense and time to create each and every fpv cable/connector plug was getting out of hand and since I don’t really sell these cameras/boards for a huge profit it really just wasn’t making sense. Unless someone can point me in the direction of cheap pre-made connectors I think that I will be sticking with the servo plugs. (You can rearrange the wiring in the servo connector to fit your FPV transmitter pin-out if you wanted to. Comes pre-configured for most Fatshark and Immersion pinouts.)
The pin-out is slightly different. The battery pins are now more separated from the IC and video pins. This should protect against user created shorts.
Overall the circuit is pretty much the same so the old video showing how to hook everything up still applies to this board.
Here are some demo videos from another project involving lasers.
The current run of Drone Zoom systems has sold out! Big thanks to everyone that bought one! A new batch is on the way and should be here by 2/20/2015. The new batch will be version 1.3 and will come with a few incremental improvements.
Here is a sneak peak of an upcoming product that I have been working on for quite some time. *Cough* Hint *Cough*
SO I finally got around to posting the video about the Drone Zoom camera system. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion!
Be sure to check the updated Drone Zoom page for more info!
The new camera systems are available! Buy them using PayPal at the bottom of the Drone Zoom page.