All the best inherited
You may already be familiar with the RunCam Thumb camera. The Thumb Pro inherits two fundamental principles from its predecessor: it has no battery to keep it as light as possible, and it records gyroscope readings during flight, which can later be used to stabilize frames using the well-known Gyroflow software tool.
One of the main criticisms of the original Thumb is the low definition of FHD video (1080p at 60 fps), which remains a problem after the stabilization stage. Thumb Pro offers much more video potential: it shoots in 4K/30fps, 2.7K/60fps, 1440p/60fps, and 1080p/120fps! This allows the output to stabilize images with exponential clarity. It also allows you to shoot and stabilize images in vertical format (4:3/3:4/16:9/9:16).
QR code management
GoPro Labs inspired RunCam engineers to quickly control camera settings: a similar QRCode system created by an application on a smartphone allows you to quickly change the shooting format from horizontal to vertical, as well as automate the preliminary adjustment of clarity, saturation, and exposure.
Other key features
The Thumb Pro weighs 16 grams and measures 54 x 25.5 x 21mm. It records video to a microSD memory card and saves the gyroscope data to a file, ready to be entered into the Gyroflow software. It is equipped with a microUSB connector for connecting to a computer and accessing data without removing the memory card. It should be powered by no more than 5V. For connection, a 4‑pin solder cable with a connector is included, through which you can also connect the Thumb Pro to the flight controller, which will allow you to start and stop video recording with a toggle switch on the control equipment.
Runcam Thumb Pro
Field of View (FOV):
4K at 30 fps
2.7K at 60 fps
1440p at 60 fps
1080P at 60/120 fps
Micro USB port
Max. MicroSD card capacity:
500 mA at 5V Max.
The developer offers Thumb Pro in four trim levels:
- Thumb Pro (includes: holder / 4‑pin cable / fixing kit)
- Thumb Pro + ND filters (density: 4/16/32)
- Thumb Pro+MicroSD (volume 128GB)
- Thumb Pro + ND filters + MicroSD
Price and availability
Thumb Pro is currently available for pre-order in the official online store. The sale is scheduled for July 20, 2022. The manual is available here. The prices for the camera, depending on the selected kit, the developer has set the following (in the “Delivery” section, “Free shipping” is indicated):
- RunCam Thumb Pro — 90$
- RunCam Thumb Pro + ND Filter Set — 100$
- RunCam Thumb Pro + 128G TF Card — 105$
- RunCam Thumb Pro + ND Filter Set + 128G TF Card — 115$