Choosing a FPV OSD system
Last Update: 11/18/2011 updated Eagle Tree requirements, added Dragon OSD
11/20/2011 added Hobbyking G-OSD II Mini OSD System w/GPS Module
11/26/2011 added Ruby system
Okay everybody, I was going to write this on RC groups, but there was some objection to having a discussion on on-screen displays on the same thread as we were discussing the Bixler FPV conversion. So instead of writing it fair I’m going to write it here on my blog for now.
This article is not going to make a recommendation as to which FPV OSD system to choose from it’s really for my own benefit as a survey of all FPV OSD systems on the market and some of their pros and cons, pricing, and features taken from information available on their websites and on the other forms.
If you’re interested a FPV OSD system I hope this article is of some use to you. Also, if you are using a FPV OSD system which is not mentioned here please comment the article and let me know what system you’re using and the website he can be found on and I’ll add it to this article. At this point this is pretty much just a list of OSD FPV as I’m still researching the period.
Let’s get started.
- OSD Pro Expander from Eagle Tree System which is listed on Amazon.com for $82.91. This appears to be a modular system where you have the base unit and an add-on for GPS ($63.83) sensor and potentially a flight logging system ($66.45). The “flight logging” system is required for this to work. GPS is optional, highly desirable.
- Remzibi OSD – “Poor Man’s OSD” this OSD uses the MAX7456 OSD chips… A good source of information on this OSD can be found here. These are available from ReadyMadeRC.com $129
- Easy OSD Easy OSD is available from FPVHobby.com and is available for $105 Including the main OSD board and GPS.
- Hobby King OSD The Hobby King OSD is available for $121. OSD Display Features includes Timer, Date, Temperature, Power battery voltage, Power battery gauge, power battery current, power battery consumed energy, GPS status, position coordinate, main sea level altitude, compass, direction heading, home direction, relative altitude, altitude scale, climb rate, maximum altitude reached, distance to home, speed scale, speed reading, auxiliary voltage status, horizontal datum, flight recorder status.
- Simple OSD is available from Flytron.com for $60.90 and the additional GPS unit is $39.90. This is the OSD used by David Windestål of RCExplorer.se on his Tricopter and other FPV projects.
- Range Video OSD this unit is listed at $299 but at the moment the website currently lists it as out of stock.
- Black Stork OSD - this is available from hobbywireless.com $186, but I have yet been able to find very much information about this one.
- EZ OSD - this is listed at $179.99 on the Next Generation Hobbies website. This one appears to be all-inclusive with the GPS unit as part of the package. This one also appears to be the one used by Team BlackSheep in the aircraft they are selling.
- Dragon OSD – $159 full feature system – as used by FPV.LT
- Hobbyking G-OSD II Mini OSD System w/GPS Module $43 – just listed by Hobby King 11/20/2011
- Ruby System – $345 Includes Ruby controller with 32 bit processor,
TruIMUtm, 3D gyro, magnetometer and accelerometer,
power sensor, receiver adapter, cabling, airspeed sensor, GPS,
and free firmware upgrades .
That’s it for now I still haven’t made up my mind on which OSD system I’ll be getting for my FPV Bixler. Again if you have any experiences with any of these units please share them in the comments section below.