You come home from a long day of work or school and want to fly your FPV racing drone… But the sun is already going down, and you know the clock is ticking.
You need to get out and fly before it gets dark out! Right?
Most FPV cameras have extremely poor visibility in low-light conditions. This makes night flights for FPV race drones nearly impossible.
But there are a couple of options when it comes to night flight cameras that will allow you to see, and fly in FPV in the dark, no matter how dark it is.
The Runcam Night Eagle is an FPV camera from the popular Runcam Eagle line of cameras.
Runcam Night Eagle Review
One of its main features of the Night Eagle (and the only reason to buy it, really) is that it can see in the darkest of conditions. Even when it’s pitch black at night!
I’m able to see everything with this thing. Flying outside at 10:00 PM used to seem like an impossibility, but now it’s something that I look forward to.
It’s a bit pricey for an FPV camera, I’ll have to admit. But since there aren’t many competitors out there just yet, there aren’t many other options. Truthfully, I think this camera is a little overpriced for what it does.
Aside from it’s price, it has another major flaw.
It can only see in black and white. Even during the day. That’s right. Even when it’s light and bright outside, this FPV night vision camera will still only see in black and white which is a HUGE bummer.
If you’re looking for an FPV camera that can see in the dark, AND fly with color during the day, there is another option for you…
Runcam Owl-Plus Review
The other alternative to the Night Eagle is the Runcam Owl-Plus.
The major difference is the Runcam Owl can see in color during the day, and black and white at night. The Night Eagle only picks up black and white.
The Night Eagle does a much better job at night and in low-light conditions, but since it lacks the flexibility to also fly in color, it really depends on when you fly the most to decide which you want.
Find the Runcam Owl-Plus on Amazon.
Runcam Night Eagle vs Runcam Owl: The Final Verdict
Personally, the Night Eagle just does so much at night that it’s really hard for me to suggest the Owl Plus. I’d really pick it over any FPV camera on the market, for that matter.
Its lack of color flights (even during the day) and higher price may make it a less desirable option for some, and in which case, the Runcam Owl is there for those of you who want night flights AND normal-color day flights. Even though your night flights won’t be as crisp or visible, it still gets the job done.
We hope you enjoyed this review. Let us know what you think about these night vision FPV cameras in the comments!
– Drone Trove