ImmersionRC have just announced a new receiver for FPV goggles, the ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS. Not much information is available yet, but the receiver module is stated as being “more than a diversity receiver”. With two antenna connections, the FPV picture provided is produced using the best signal from each antenna, blending them together.
A normal diversity receiver has two antennas, with only the strongest of the two signals being fed to the goggles. With the Analog PLUS system, it appears that ImmersionRC are using both antennas simultaneously and creating a composite video signal.
The ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module is more than a diversity receiver. By using advanced algorithms it takes the best signal from each antenna and blends them into the clearest FPV picture possible.
With lots of new receiver modules being released into the market, it can be hard to decide which one to go for. In choosing, remember that a good pair of goggles with good reception can really enhance your FPV experience. Have a look at the features and make sure that everything you want is covered. Remember to pair your goggles with a good camera, like the Runcam Swift 2, if you want to make the most of them. Using a low quality camera with good goggles is not a good use of your money.
The rapidFire is marketed as supporting the Fatshark Attitude, so we expect some of the features and functionality will be the same as the receiver that ships with the V4. It also matches the colour scheme, so would make a nice addition/upgrade if you already have the V4 goggles.
This is not a diversity module but uses technology called rapidFire to select the cleanest signal possible.
ImmersionRC rapidFIRE release date
The ImmersionRC rapidFIRE release date is currently unknown, but you can check here for updates. Make sure you check back for an update once we have more details.
ImmersionRC rapidFIRE Specifications
All we know right now is that the features include:
- Single bay installation
- Twin antenna support
- OLED display
- Single joystick control (expected to be 5d control)
The image above provides a comparison of the Iftron ClearView vs ImmersionRC rapidFIRE.
ImmersionRC rapidFIRE Review – Cons
- TBC – not “true” diversity. With a system not only selecting the strongest signal, but actually processing two signals together, it would be reasonable to expect some degree of lag to be introduced. We will have to see whether this is the case, or if ImmersionRC have managed to find a way to avoid this with the RapidFIRE.
ImmersionRC rapidFIRE Review – Pros
- Single bay installation – no opening your goggles or putting up with a wire across the front.
- Simple control (if similar to Attitude V4 as expected)
ImmersionRC rapidFIRE price
The ImmersionRC rapidFIRE price is currently unknown, but you can check here for updates. It is expected that they will retail for below $200, possibly in the $40-70 range.