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Review: Eachine Lizard95 Micro FPV Racer

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EACHINE LIZARD95 ANNIVERSARY EDITION


Inhalt:
Page 1: Review
Page 2: Betaflight Setup
Page 3: Installing a Runcam Micro
Page 4: Lizard95 Speed Mod

 

Stock Cam VS Runcam Micro Swift

Basic rule: the true performance of an FPC cam turns out only with English weather, not with Californian. Means: in cloudy conditions, not in sunshine. It would be nice if the manufacturers understood that.

The Lizard95 comes with an FPV cam that is average at best. In sunny weather it is quite usable, but in poor light conditions it quickly breaks down. So we chose the Runcam Micro Swift, which provides a perfect picture in every situation.

Consider yourself wether you want to replace the stock cam of the Lizard95 with a Runcam Micro Swift or not. The stock cam provides useful images in sunshine, but is very dark and dull in cloudy weather. Also when changing between light to dark areas (sky to ground) the stock cam doesn’t perform really well, the ground remains extra dark for a few moments and only lightens up slowly. This effect is even more dramatic on cloudy days.

The Runcam, on the other hand, always keeps the same exposure, whether sky or ground, sunny or cloudy. In addition, you can adjust the settings of the Runcam as you like via OSD, the stock cam has no settings whatsoever. However, the Runcam with the VTX03 transmitter has a bit more weight, which makes the Lizard a little less lively.

Comparison Video:

Installing a Runcam Micro Swift

In addition to the Runcam we also have to install a new video transmitter, because the video transmitter of the Lizard95 is fixed to the original camera. We choose the popular VTX03, which transmits at 200 mW, is very light and small, and already performs excellently in many mini quads.

After we exchanged the original cam and video transmitter for the Runcam and a VTX03, the Lizard95 will be about 5-7 grams heavier than before. So you lose a little liveliness and agility in flight (10-15% by feeling), but you have a great video image, which is always perfectly exposed.

Unfortunately the original frame of the Lizard95 is about 2mm too narrow for the Runcam. You could simply clamp them between the two side parts, but these then bend outwards so strongly that there is danger of breakage.

I have therefore designed new side panels for the Lizard95, which you can print out with the 3D printer. Simply replace the original side panels with the printed ones, then you can easily attach the Runcam Micro and the VTX03 video transmitter:

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You can download the modified side frames for free on Thingiverse .

The wiring of the Runcam and the VTX03 video transmitter is quite simple. This can be seen on the following picture. Since the Lizard95 comes with a connector plug for the video transmitter, we only have to connect the Runcam and the video transmitter with this plug. Nothing has to be soldered on the board itself:

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Lizard95 Parts:
Eachine Lizard95 Anniversary Version
Eachine Lizard95 Frame Kit
Eachine Lizard95 600TVL FPV Cam
Eachine Lizard95 Minicube
Runcam Micro Swift
VTX03 200mW Mini VTX
Eachine Lizard95 Motor
Gemfan 2035 4-Blade Propeller
Eachine Lizard95 3S 550mAh 40 / 80C Lipo
FPV Antenna (better version!)
2.4GHz Receiver Antenna (FrSky + DSM)

On the next page: Installing a Runcam Micro Swift

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