How to use RunCam Thumb Pro camera - lightweight 4K video camera for FPV drone weighing 16 gramsRunCam Thumb Pro camera is a 4K video camera for micro/FPV drones weighing only 16g. It can also be installed on TinyWoop.
- What is RunCam Thumb Pro Camera?
- Introducing RunCam Thumb Pro Camera
- Replace lens filter
- MicroSD card for RunCam Thumb Pro Camera
- How to record video
- Install the RunCam App
- Connect with RunCam App, Set shooting mode, Remote control
- Firmware version confirmation/version upgrade
- RunCam Thumb Pro Camera specifications
What is RunCam Thumb Pro Camera?RunCam Thumb Pro camera is a small and lightweight 4K video camera for micro drones / FPV drones and radio-controlled aircraft developed and released in July 2022 by RunCam , which develops small action cameras. It weighs only 16g and has a FOV of 155 degrees (145 degrees on the old model). As the name suggests, it is as small as your thumb, but you can minimize blur by using the open source image stabilization technology " GyroFlow " with the built-in gyro sensor.
The RunCam Thumb Pro camera has an original model with an FOV of 145 degrees and a NEW (V2) model with an FOV of 155 degrees (RunCam Thumb Pro-W). Currently, only the NEW (V2) model can be purchased.
RunCam Thumb Pro
RunCam 2022/07 US$89.99
Max resolution: 4K 30fps / Weight:16.0g
Built-in gyro, perfectly output smooth and stabilized video. Support Shooting Horizontally and Vertically. You can change settings such as resolution, saturation and exposure through the RunCam App. After connecting Tx & Rx to the flight controller, you can easily start/stop recording by gently toggling the switch.
RunCam 2022/03 US$49.99
Max resolution: 1080p (1920x1080 pixel, 60fps) / Weight:9.8g
Ultra-light FPV 1080p60fps HD Camera. Mini and Lightweight 52mm*13mm*19mm. Net Weights 9.8g. Standard ND 16 Filter Effectively reduce the jello of flight video under strong sunlight.
Introducing RunCam Thumb Pro Camera
The round part to the right of the lens is the power/shutter button. The central part of the button is an indicator lamp.
The TPU mount has several holes for mounting. Details such as dimensions of camera body and mount are displayed at the bottom of official site page.
(Image quoted from RunCam Thumb Pro camera manual)
In this photo, a 5PCS Power Cable For GP9/GP10/GP11 (Flywoo) with yellow XT30 connectors is connected between the Camrea Adapter Cable and battery.
If you use it in this configuration without mounting on your drone, please use a fan to cool it down. Otherwise, thermal runaway may occur.
Replace lens filter
MicroSD card for RunCam Thumb Pro CameraMaximum bit rate of RunCam Thumb Pro Camera is about 60Mbps. To record 4K 30fps video, you need a microSD card with UHS Class 3 (U3), Video Class 30 (V30), UHS-I or higher performance. Prepare a microSD card with (U3) logo. Format SD card in exFAT format and use it.
Please note that some models of the same series of microSD cards do not support U3 depending on the capacity.
Shooting for 4 minutes at a bit rate of 60 Mbps consumes 14.4 GB. To store 4K resolution video for 10 flights (about 40 minutes), you need about 144GB of capacity. The maximum capacity supported by RunCam Thumb Camera is 256GB.
How to record video
Turn on the camera
Connect camera (drone) to the battery and wait a few seconds for the camera to power on. Camera's LED will turn solid red. If the LED is flashing red quickly, an SD card error has occurred. Possible reasons include no card, card full, card speed slow, or card damaged. Check if the SD card is set correctly.
Start / end of recording
Press the power/shutter button to start recording. LED flashes red slowly.
Press the power/shutter button during recording to stop recording. The LED will turn solid red.
If you press and hold the power / shutter button while recording is stopped, the camera will stop. The LED turns off.
Note: If you remove battery during recording or continue recording until battery is empty, you will end up with unplayable files. Be sure to press record button to stop recording before turning off the power or removing the battery.
By using RunCam App app installed on your smartphone, you can make settings such as shooting mode by reading QR code displayed on the smartphone screen. RunCam Thumb Pro does not have a Wi-Fi function, so it cannot be directly connected to a smartphone. For details, please refer to Connect with RunCam App, Set shooting mode, Remote control .
RunCam Thumb Pro records the vibration of the camera measured by gyro sensor during video shooting in a text file in ".gcsv" format. Loading this along with the video file into a tool called GyroFlow can eliminate camera shake.
Install the RunCam AppRunCam action cameras can be controlled with RunCam App. Install RunCam App on your smartphone.
However, RunCam Thumb Pro does not have Wi-Fi functionality. Therefore, you cannot start/stop recording or preview the video remotely. You can set the shooting mode by reading the settings QR code displayed on your smartphone using the app into the camera.
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By connecting the camera via WiFi, you can: * Capture videos/photos with a variety of shooting modes. * Adjust the camera parameters and preview in real time. * Play/Download videos/photos. * Record in landscape and preview in full screen. * Update firmware through App. * Set all camera parameters.
Connect with RunCam App, Set shooting mode, Remote control
This is "Video" setting screen. Other settings can be made by tapping "General Settings" at the top of the screen.
If you use the separately sold RunCam Thumb Pro Camrea Adapter Cable (Flywoo) , you can directly connect a 2S-6S battery as shown in this photo.
Quickly double-click the power/shutter button to switch to parameter setting mode (green light steady on).
Firmware version confirmation/version upgrade
A file named "version.txt" is stored in the root of the microSD card set in RunCam Thumb Pro. If you open this with a text editor, etc., you can see the version of the firmware. It is written like "ThumbPW:V1.0.4".
You can download the latest firmware from RunCam site. Unzip the downloaded file (7-Zip format) to obtain a firmware file with a file name such as "ThumbPW.BRN". Copy this to the root of the microSD card, set it in the camera, and turn on the power of the camera to perform the version upgrade.
The camera LED flashes green while the version is being updated. When the upgrade is finished, LED will turn off and the power of the camera will be turned off. There are two types of firmware, one for original model with FOV 145 degrees and one for NEW (V2) model (RunCam Thumb Pro-W) with FOV 155 degrees .
RunCam Thumb Pro Camera specifications
|F.O.V||OLD VERSION 145°,NEW VERSION 155°|
|Communication Interface||Micro USB|
|Micro SD Card Capacity||256G Max|
|USB Power Input/|
Terminal Power Supply
|Power Consumption||500mA@5V Max|