When I went out to fly FPV the other day, I planned on flying through a playground area that is usually deserted on weekends. Well, it was deserted, but I forgot a cable to connect one of the five batteries I use in my FPV setup. Oops! After loading up most of the long list of items required to fly FPV, I was out of luck without this cable. So, I decided to go ahead and fly around within my line of sight walking through the playground. I am still a rookie pilot, so when I downloaded the video, I was surprised by the results. There are places where it looks pretty good and like an FPV video. In fact, it looks a lot better than any FPV flying I have done to date. Notice that about 1:15 I lose sight of the quad and have to land it, then do a few circles in a field, before flying back through the playground.
Aerial Videos vs. Pilot in the Cockpit
The results made me question why I was doing FPV in the first place. What got me interested in quadcopters were the cool FPV videos. I thought, hey, I would like to do that. Who knows, eventually, I might be able to make some cool FPV videos, but for now I get a lot better results just walking around behind the quad with the camera turned on and recording. Also, it is so much easier. I don’t need antennas, a video tx/rx, goggles, lots of batteries or a ham radio license (which I have). Granted, to do the really cool stuff, I would have a hard time staying within the line of sight of my quadcopter and would have to use FPV.
Another great thing about flying FPV is feeling that you are the pilot in the cockpit, although, I have read that it makes some people feel queasy. While I think the cockpit effect is cool, I am not sure FPV is worth the trouble just for that. For me, the amazing videos are the biggest selling point for investing in FPV, but it takes a lot of practice to be good at it.
I will continue to learn to be a better FPV pilot so I can make better videos, but it is great to be able to get some good video results flying line of sight.