It seems every time I turn around video technology advances. My cell phone now records video in 4K resolution, my computer monitor displays 5K video, even our year old TV is 4K. Before you know it standard or Full HD will be a thing of the past. So when it comes to onboard video recording with an RC multirotor or fixed-wing aircraft, soon Full HD cameras will just not cut it. Even YouTube now has the capability of displaying video in 4K resolution.
Everyone knows the company that took action cameras to a higher level but for the average RC pilot these high-end 4K cameras may be a little out of reach. A couple years ago there was a company that produced a small square 4K action camera called the Nabi Square HD 4K. It was marketed as a durable and kid-friendly 4K action camera with a $170 USD price-tag but for some reason was discontinued. Now, for about half the price of a GoPro Hero5 Session, you can get this newly released Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera. You may already know that Foxeer is the same company that produces popular FPV cameras, VTXs, antennas, flight controllers and brushless motors.
Foxeer Box Key Features and Basic Specs
- 155° Ultra-wide Lens
- Ambarella A12S75 Processor
- Sony IMX117 12MP CMOS Sensor
- Records 4K Video at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps
- Settings and Simultaneous Streaming via WiFi
- Advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
- 3D Motion-compensated Noise Reduction
- Up to 16MP Still Image Capture
- Micro HDMI Video Output
- Mini-USB and WiFi Connectivity
- Internal 950mAh Li-Ion Battery
- 40mm Square; Weight 73g
Accessories Included with the Foxeer Box
- Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera
- Camera Mount, Quick Release with Adjustable Angle
- Camera Mount Bases, Flat and Curved with 3M VHB Tape
- Cable, Mini-USB to USB
- Cable, Mini-USB to AV Out/Power (5V) In
- Screwdriver, T4x30mm Torx
- Manuals, English and Chinese
Optional Accessories for the Foxeer Box
- Waterproof Case with Mount
- Bluetooth Remote Control
- External Microphone Cable
- Ultraviolet Lens Filter
Foxeer Box Memory Card Requirements
UHS Speed Class 1 memory cards are recommended for Full HD recording at 1080p (10MB/s minimum sequential writing speed) but may not be adequate for Ultra HD 4K. UHS Speed Class 3 (30MB/s min write speed) memory cards are recommended for shooting video in 4K. After researching top rated UHS Class 3 memory cards, I learned that many people were experiencing overheating problems with SanDisk Class 3 memory cards. So I went with a Samsung 64GB UHS Speed Class 3 MicroSDXC EVO Select memory card, which is rating up to 100MB/s read and 60MB/s write speeds. To learn more about the performance of SD memory cards, you may want to read Speed Class Rating on the Secure Digital (SD) Wiki page.
Foxeer Box Connections and Memory Card Slot
The Foxeer Box comes with a Mini-USB jack, Micro HDMI jack and Micro SD memory card slot located under a plastic cover on the top of the camera. Note: The plastic cover is not waterproof nor is the camera without the optional waterproof housing.
Foxeer Box iOS Application Features and Screenshots
Mobile applications for the Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera are available for Android and iOS devices. I have all Apple products so I will feature the iOS App here. The Android App is linked at the bottom of this page. Key features of the iOS App are as follows:
- Photo, Auto, Timer, Burst, Video and Time-lapse modes.
- Current camera settings and battery level are displayed.
- View and download all videos and image captures.
- Set and adjust all camera settings and modes.
Click for: Foxeer Box iOS Application Screenshots
Foxeer Box Video Resolutions (SV=SuperVision*)
- 4K 3840×2160 30p, 25p SV
- 2.7K 2704×1520 30p SV, 30p
- 1440p 1920×1440 60p, 30p
- 1080p 1920×1080 120p, 60p SV, 60p, 30p SV, 30p
- 960p 1280×960 120p, 60p, 30p
- 720p 1280×720 240p, 120p SV, 120p, 60p, 30p SV, 30p
*Video recorded at 4:3 aspect ratio will show black bars on either side when viewed at 16:9. Foxeer SuperVision (SV) basically records using the full sensor in 4:3 and then dynamically stretches the image horizontally to fill 16:9. The resulting video is rendered to look more natural when stretched.
Foxeer Box Slow Motion Feature
Slow Motion video recording on the Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera is currently available only in the following resolutions and with Auto Low Light turned off:
- 1280×960 120p 4:3
- 1280×720 240p 16:9
- 1280×720 120p SV
- 1280×720 120p 16:9
Foxeer Box Photo Resolutions
- 16M 4608×3456 4:3
- 14M 4352×3264 4:3
- 12M 4000×3000 4:3
- 8.3M 3480×2160 16:9
- 5M 2560×1920 4:3
- 3M 2048×1536 4:3
Foxeer Box Firmware Update
With most any embedded system device, especially first time to market, firmware should be checked when the device is first received and updated if necessary. Firmware version on the Foxeer Box can be found in Settings on the Mobile Application. As you can see by the “All Camera Settings 4of4” screenshot, my camera was 1.0 when received. Less than a month later the version was updated to 2.0, and the latest at the time of this writing.
To update the Foxeer Box firmware, download the latest update from the Foxeer Website and copy the file (firmware.bin) to the root of a MicroSD card. I copied the file to the camera while connected to my computer. After turning off and disconnecting any cables, turn on the camera and it will automatically update and shutdown after completion. Make sure to delete the file from the MicroSD card before using it in the camera or it will try to update again. After updating the firmware in my camera, I just connected it to my computer and removed the file.
Foxeer Box Camera on the Shuriken 180 Pro
The HolyBro Shuriken 180 Pro quadcopter comes with a hard plastic GoPro Session camera mount. The Foxeer Box is a tiny bit larger so I just modified the mount to accept it, which was easy and still holds the Foxeer Box securely. I put this to the test recently when I hit head-on into a large tree with the Foxeer Box mounted. The quad tumbled to the ground and the Foxeer Box was still fastened securely and unscathed! The HolyBro velcro camera strap is nice and wide yet still allows access to the camera controls. I was amazed that the already hefty Shuriken 180 Pro flew with a 70g camera. Sure you can feel the extra weight but the 180 Pro is not a lightweight racing quad anyway.
A great feature about the Foxeer Box is that it can be mounted solidly to a quadcopter frame, wing or fuselage without the worry of jello in the video thanks to built-in image stabilization. Of course this would also benefit when mounting the Foxeer Box to the handlebars of a mountain bike, dirt bike, ATV or other recreational vehicle.
VTX Antenna Swap for Foxeer Box
Height of the stock Shuriken 180 Pro VTX antenna was a little short with the Foxeer Box mounted in the HolyBro camera mount so I swapped out the stock antenna with a Lumenier 5.8GHz RHCP Antenna, which is about 15mm taller. With the Shuriken 180 Pro sitting level, the top of the stock antenna was about even with the top of the Foxeer Box.
- Foxeer.com: Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera
- iTunes: Foxeer Box iOS Application
- Google Play: Foxeer Box Android Application
- Foxeer.com: Foxeer Box Firmware Updates
- TazRC: Ambarella A12S Processor PDF
Foxeer Box 4K Action Camera Videos
I will be adding videos and links to videos recorded with the Foxeer Box. Keep in mind that web browsers may reduce the resolution of videos. Check the settings of your web browser video player or device video application to get the highest resolution possible.
This video was shot with the Foxeer Box in Ultra HD 4K at 25fps SuperVision.
Close-ups, Feedback and Reviews
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