After seeing some videos of Tamiya Mini 4WD cars with onboard footage I wondered where I could get a camera small enough to run on Losi Micro and Kyosho Mini-Z cars. I figure it could be cool to see the cars running on my track with a first person/race cam type view.
It took me a while but it turned out the answer was in the first place I looked, I just didn’t see it the first time around. HobbyKing actually sells very small cameras that are aimed at the RC plane market they call wing cameras. The camera I got was the smallest version of ‘wing cam’ that runs at 1280 x 720p HD resolution.
Here is a quick video test of the camera on my Losi Micro Desert Truck:
I used four 500W halogen work lamps to provide plenty of light in the room for this video. I had tried it with just the room lights and the video did work with the low level of light but the camera turned the gain right up making the image quite grainy.
As you can hear the sound is not great but it is a tiny car with a tiny motor and tiny gears all adding up to a shrill sound. I actually dropped the volume quite a bit in the video because it was very annoying.
Here is how I mounted it temporarily to the Losi Micro DT without the body on.
Want to try it for yourself? The version of Wing Camera I got is available from HobbyKing on this link.
There is also a larger cousin to this camera which is a little longer and fatter but does full HD 1080p video and has HDMI out. I am not sure on how it would go on a micro RC car but it might work. You can get that one on this link.