Maker Artur Pękosz has developed the Lahn Cinewhoop, a compact quadcopter drone integrating a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W for single-camera first-person view (FPV) and recording capabilities. Utilizing a Pavo 20 frame and components from BetaFPV, the drone is designed for efficient FPV flight and high-definition video recording. Key to its functionality is the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W and Camera Module V3, serving both as a recorder and a transmitter for the FPV system.
Pękosz’s design incorporates a combination of off-the-shelf components and custom 3D printed parts. Modifications to the drone include 3D printed fixtures for camera mounting and Raspberry Pi protection, designed to minimize vibration and improve camera stability. The drone’s unique feature is its single-camera transmission system, leveraging the Raspberry Pi’s capability to output composite analog video for live FPV transmission, while also recording digital footage.
The drone’s system includes a controller with a switch for safely shutting down the Raspberry Pi before battery disconnection, ensuring system integrity. Performance-wise, the ‘Lahn_4’ program supports 1080p 30 FPS video recording with significant GPU overclocking, though minor stutters may occur. An alternative ‘Lahn_3’ program offers stable performance at 720p 50 FPS without overclocking.
Pękosz has made the project’s details, including STL files for 3D printing and a parts list, available on Hackaday.io, showcasing the potential of integrating traditional drone technology with the versatility of Raspberry Pi systems.
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