FPV Camera Tilt

learning to use the FPV camera tilt will help finish more race laps and in turn help you fly faster gradually.

Since the FPV camera acts as our human eyes we tend to want to aim the quad in a way that will point the camera in the natural direction our eyes are pointed usually. If you take a moment to think about it, we point our eyes towards the horizon, mostly. This determines where our FPV cam will be pointed during flight.

FPV camera tilt: ZERO TILT

Camera Pointed straight forward, parallel to the quad body

Zero Tilt is the best starting point for FPV. Since the camera will naturally be pointed towards the horizon, the tilt of the miniquad in that position will be neutral, or, parallel to the ground. This means, the miniquad will be in a hover state, since there is no tilt in the motors.

fpv camera tilt: Zero tilt, Camera pointed parallel to the miniquad
fpv camera tilt: Zero tilt, Camera pointed parallel to the miniquad
Zero tilt, Camera pointed parallel to the miniquad
Zero tilt, Camera pointed parallel to the miniquad
Zero tilt, Camera pointed parallel to the miniquad
Zero tilt, Camera pointed parallel to the miniquad

This is a very good starting point since you have control over movement. When you want to fly forward you just pitch forward and the quad will fly forward. In case you want to slow down, just aim your quad towards the horizon.

Zero Tilt, pitching forward when flying will point your camera towards the ground
Zero Tilt, pitching forward when flying will point your camera towards the ground

Adding FPV camera tilt

changing the camera angle to point upwards

Lets first see how it looks. By pushing your camera mount upwards you will increase the camera tilt. This will now “separate” the camera orientation from the miniquad orientation.

Adding FPV camera tilt to your FPV camera by pushing it upwards
Adding FPV camera tilt to your FPV camera by pushing it upwards
Adding tilt to your FPV camera by pushing it upwards
Adding tilt to your FPV camera by pushing it upwards

 

Adding tilt to your FPV camera by pushing it upwards
Adding tilt to your FPV camera by pushing it upwards

Adding tilt will change the angle of your quad while flying. Since we already know that a human points his “eyes” (fpv cam) towards the horizon, now the quad will have a tilt forward in our previously “hovering” state.

As you probably already know, the bigger the tilt of your quad, the faster you will be flying. So in short, camera tilt is like cruise control, you use your tilt to set your “cruising” speed.

"Neutral" flight with camera tilt - camera pointing towards the horizon
“Neutral” flight with camera tilt – camera pointing towards the horizon
"Neutral" flight with camera tilt - camera pointing towards the horizon
“Neutral” flight with camera tilt – camera pointing towards the horizon

Too little tilt

First off, if you’re a new FPV pilot and you wish to start adding FPV camera tilt I suggest to take it easy. Starts in ZERO tilt, and once you feel like you can control the miniquad well enough, add tilt gradually.

One way to know that you need more tilt is if you see the ground most of the flight. You can check your DVR after your flight or the HD video from your GoPro if it’s pointing in the same tilt of the FPV cam.

Too much tilt

Too much FPV camera tilt will cause you to loose control on the quad or have bad handling when flying in the course. If you feel like you’re flying through the course too fast and can’t get your brain to understand where you are going, your tilt is too high!

If you see mostly sky in your video feed, this means you are trying to fly slower and your tilt is too high.

Too much tilt is a very common issue at new flying places or while flying a new track. I find more benefit in lowering my usual tilt a bit in order to achieve more laps where i can practice the track repetitively, then keeping a high tilt and crashing every other corner or gate.

Practice flying! Don’t practice walking to your quad 😉

how can i add tilt?

There’s a few good camera mount that i can recommend:

The one showing in the pictures in this post can be found HERE.
Another one that i like is a smaller one, which allows mounting in tighter spaces, is found HERE.

 

 

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