Okay, it’s actually not a full tear down, but this is how the new Parrot Mambo’s FPV camera looks like. Today I received my new Mambo Drone directly from Parrot.
The cam weighs about 10 grams (3 grams for the housing). It has to be plugged on the drone, like any other Parrot Mambo accessories. Once plugged in, it creates a wifi network, to which the FreeFlight Mini app connects to. Yeah, it connects via wifi, instead of bluetooth.
The upper side of the board shows a wifi antenna. Regarding to the app all connections are made via 2.4 Ghz.
I was yet still unable to export the footage from the camera via the FreeFlight Mini App. I had to take out the micro sd card (not included with the camera) from the camera and put it in a card reader.
Image quality: 3 out of 10 (well, its pretty neat for it’s size but lots of rolling shutter)
Latency: Depends on the wifi’s signal quality
Change in flight time: Approx – 1-2 min, I think.
Flight behaviour: With the cam the drone feels a little less agile
Can the Parrot Mambo FPV camera be used on an (older) Mambos? As I have two Mambos, I clipped the FPV Camera on my older Mambo and after performing a Firmware upgrade, the cam worked! While the two drones are basically the same, the new Mambo’s battery has slightly more capacity. The new Mambo FPV shipped with one battery, FPV googles and the flypad – but without the smartphone holder. At the moment, the cam is not available standalone.