The RunCam 5

5 years ago   •   2 min read

By Alex

Now GoPro have stopped selling the Hero 5 sessions. RunCam have released a new HD camera.
How will it hold up against the other cameras out there as more and more start to appear on the markets.
I’m a fan of the smaller box style cameras over the bigger wider camera’s like the hero 7. I think they are just a better fit for what we need, lighter and smaller.

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So lets start off with the Specs of the RC5 before moving on to some more detailed information.

The Spec:

Image SensorSony IMX 377 ( 12MP )
Video Resolution4K@30fps / 2.7k@50fps / 1080P@120fps / 1080P@60fps
Field of View ( FOV )145 °
Video File FormatMP4
TV Mode NTSC (720*480) / PAL (720*576) Switchable
Communication InterfaceMicro USB
MicroSD Card supportedUp to 128G.
U3 recommended (2.7K50/1080P120 requires
U3 or above; other solutions require U1 or above)
WiFi No Support
USB Power Input DC 5-15V
Battery Capacity 950mAh
Power Consumption Max 620mA @5V
Dimension 38*38*36mm
Net Weight 56g ( with battery )
RunCam 5

The Good

The RC5 with its new image sensor is capable of higher resolutions and higher data rates, the higher date rates allow the camera to capture more detail. The RC5 also has is own version of SuperView were it stretches a 4:3 horizontally into 16:9 ratio.

The dimensions of the RC5 is the exactly the same size as a GoPro Session 5 good news for people already with those mounts. The new camera is made from hight intensity hardened PC and it has corning Gorilla Glass 3 lens protection.

The RC5 only weights in at 56g were the Hero 5 was 73g

QR Code Setup Parameters

QR Code

The not so Good

No wifi configuration, But with the QR codes and direct laptop connection. Will it be missed?

Not water proof, but neither are our quads.

No recording display. But you do get a recording LED. Plus its one less screen to break.


The Summary

On paper the RC5 looks to be a good contender for a good HD camera but only time will tell if it fits the wants of the FPV hobby.
But for now its good image quality, higher data rate, light weight and price works for me.

Will the RC5 be a camera for you. I don’t like the idea of strapping a HD camera to the front of my quad that costs as much as my quad that at some point I’m going to slam into a tree. Lets us know what you think over at the dronetrest forums will you buy one?

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