First Person View (FPV) HDMI Cables are most commonly used for transferring high definition audio or video between devices over a single cable. In order to make use of them, it is important that the devices you’ll use have an HDMI interface or ports.

There are numerous uses for HDMI cables such as when watching movies from laptops to movies. In a similar function, they can be used to connect laptops to a second monitor, which is particularly helpful in offices. For homes, they can also be utilized to connect a Set-Top-Box or a Streaming Box to the TV. Lastly, for a better watching or listening experience, soundbars can also be connected using an HDMI cable to the TV or a laptop for better sound quality.

Is FPV HDMI Cable Different from the Typical HDMI Cable?

The simple answer is no, functionality-wise. Despite the variety in their sizes, colors, and shapes, both share the same function which is to transfer video and audio signals from a device to another, let’s say a laptop and a TV, or a laptop and a speaker.

You might wonder, if they are the same, then why the label FPV?

HDMI cables, based on its name, are composed of a cable and HDMIs. FPV or First Person View HDMI Cables are known for being lightweight on the actual cable part. Unlike a regular HDMI cable which is usually bulky and has a limited range of length and movement, this type of cable is flat and paper-thin which allows a wider range of motion including multiple twists and turns. An ordinary HDMI cable, attributing to its weight would usually end up weakening micro and mini HDMIs; A FPV’s ribbon like a cable would hold these little HDMIs perfectly.

Another difference that they have from typical HDMI cables is that their connections are exposed and have no protection over them. For some brands, tubings are provided which can be used to secure the cables to the connections. An alternative is by using a shrink wrap to cover the ends. This will help keep them useful for a long time. Some FPV cables have 90-degree connections. To ensure that they are working properly and to avoid breaking them, make sure that the proper orientation of the port is followed.

FPV HDMI Cable and Your Drones

Drones are small flying robots that you can control remotely or fly on their own through software-controlled flight plans in their systems. They can be used for commercial, military surveillance, mapping, and recreational purposes such as taking photos or recording videos from above. In order to do this, drones need to be equipped with cameras that would take the sceneries hundreds of feet from the ground.

To make sure that these cameras would function well up in the air, gimbals are used for mounting as they can handle vibrations and unexpected movements accompanying the flight of drones.  They also provide support allowing these cameras to rotate and take a wider and more encompassing view of its target. This also makes manipulation easy and smooth in particular for subjects on the move.

Due to their feather-light characteristic, this type of cable does not burden the drone with additional weight making it perfect for a flight. It would also fit the rotating cameras mounted on the gimbals since it almost weighs nothing. Remember that only small cameras can be attached to drones, which means that they use mini and micro HDMIs, and a bulky cable would weaken the connector in consideration of factors such as the wind and the maneuvering of the gimbals.

Where to Buy Them and How Much Do They Cost?

FPV HDMI cables are sold on e-commerce sites like Amazon. They come in various lengths ranging from ten up to 50 centimeters and are also advertised having a weight of less than to almost a gram in comparison to a one foot regular HDMI cable at the weight of 17-20 grams. Some are also advertised to have the capacity to reduce the effect of natural and man-made noise on radio communications or anti-interference.

Depending on their lengths and other features, these cables cost from the range of less than eight to more than a hundred dollars.