Hobby Wireless VR1500 FPV DVR Review

by StoneBlueAirlines | January 30, 2013 | (7) Posted in Reviews


Adding a DVR to your FPV ground station is one of the best things you can invest in. Not only do they record your amazing flights and get your osd info on screen to record that epic adventure but they also make it possible to have a backup screen if you loose video on goggles and also having a recorded video of your flight if your planes has an issue makes it that much easer when doing a search and rescue. I have a few hours of flight time on my dvr and love it so far. It is easy to use and easy to set up. The footage is clear and that is all that I need it to do. Thanks for checking out this reveiw.

Check out hobbywireless.com for pricing & availability. Nice people to deal with and shipping is fast.

Info About DVR.

Hobby Wireless proudly introduce the VR1500, very identical to PV500 recorder.
It was developed with customized firmware for FPV, and it never goes to solid "blue" or "black" screen.
If your receiver gets poor or weak signal with static reception, it will show all the noise, but the video will not disappears going to a solid blue or black screen.
The VR1500 records sharp and crispy videos. We tested it using many different cameras with outstanding results.
It supports PAL and NTSC videos, and it also provides 5v output to directly power a 5v camera, in case you want to use it as standalone unit. It has a built-in motion detection features that turn this recorder to a great security DVR.
You can even attach the VR1500 to you RC transmitter using the LCD Mount Stand (sold separated).

    Video compressed format: MPEG , files format: AVI
    Photo format: JPG
    High Resolution LCD: 2.5", TFT true color LCD
    Audio and video output: RCA 3-in-1 AV output
    Storage type: SD card FAT 32 ,support to 32G (card is not included)
    Video size and speed: PAL: 720x576(D1)/25FPS, NTS: 720x480(D1)/30FPS
    Power supply for external camera is available: Voltage: 5V max. current: 400 mA
    Video format: NTSC/PAL;
    Multi record mode: Manual/Auto/Motion detection/ for different scenarios;
    Real-time recordings are marked in File
    USB 2.0 port
    Recording time: 15minute~2.5 hours /1G
    Power consumption: 200mA
    Size: 90 mm x 59 mm x23 mm
    Weight:100g (including battery)

    VR1500 Recorder
    IR Remote Control
    3.7v 1000mAh Lithium Battery
    Carrying Case
    2 AV in/Out cables one with a +5v barrel connector supplied from the DVR's internal power
    Remote wired switch
    Wall AC charger output 5.0V 2A
    3.7V 1000 mAH chargeable Li-ion battery,
    USB 2.0 Cable

P.S. These were the best photos of the unit that i could find. Different venders sell variations on this same dvr named different things with some differences. My DVR came from Hobby Wirless only. Thanks for checking out this review.


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808 #16 Keychain Camera with modded lens.
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Lotus T380 5.8ghz
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Spectrum Dx6i
Receiver: Coronal RP6D1 / RP8D1

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Helical and Cross Hair Antenna
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Adib Vahedi on February 15, 2013
Cool you sound really excited! And thanks for the unboxing it looks like it works great!

Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
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StoneBlueAirlines on February 16, 2013
It does work great. Recorded over an hour of flying the other day with it.
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Auxiliarypower on February 21, 2013
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ferga2007youtube on February 19, 2013
That is a cool little thing, I have mine from Hobby Wireless, BUT IT DIDN'T COME WITH THE POUCH :(
Mmmm Fox Tech pics!!!
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StoneBlueAirlines on February 19, 2013
They had the best photos of a similar unit. The pouch is nice must be a new addition.
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Hobby Wireless VR1500 FPV DVR Review