Firefly Q6 Hawk Eye

Known to all, the GoPro design, form factor isn’t the most aerodynamic or slim design for action sports or model aircraft drone flying. The Firefly Q6 4K slimline sports camcorder is among the highly anticipated 2016 entry, retaining all the features of a LCD sports camera but resized to a keychain.   HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology is known for it’s ultra vivid FireFly 6s that carries a Sony CMOS 12.0 MP sensor with high resolution and GYRO image stabilization; recently putting GoPro in a tough spot. This round, a new challenger to the Mobius and Runcam ■ by dronemission.com

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FPV Highlights. What caught our attention.

  • Remote Start and Stop recording using receiver (option)
  • External battery display. Use the AV voltage converter cable, connect a 2s-6s LiPo, voltage display will show on AV output
  • HDMI Output
  • GYRO image stabilization
  • Auto power on and gracefully turns off after your aircraft battery is powered off !
  • LCD screen and sound to assist pilot in knowing recording is on.
  • High video resolution like it’s sibling Firefly 6s
  • Change all your settings with the LCD screen even in the dark, no PC software needed
  • Internal OSD to assist pilot
  • Angle adjustment: 3 options: Large / Medium / Small (small = less distortion but reduce image quality)

User Segment

Camera Enthusiast, FPV Ready, Budget (July 2016 source: $69.36 GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video cameras are designed for First Person View (FPV). The Q6 comes with an Audio Video out voltage converter cable. This allows you to connect to a video transmitter and begin receiving live video on your FPV goggles or monitors. Our initial test tells us this is a keeper, regardless if it films at a perfect 4K or not, the 1080P 60 FPS results are fantastic, with that perfect brightness balance suited for FPV. If you do not own a GoPro, this is definitely the choice for a budget Action Sports HD camera.

The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk-Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed. What differentiates the Firefly Q6 from it’s competitors, is the LCD screen embedded on a light 45 grams camera, inheriting the award winning Firefly 6S video quality. We like that the fact everything worked out of the box.

Similar Cameras

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Mobius, Runcam, Foxeer Legend1

Factory Specifications

  • Brand Name: Hawkeye
  • Item Name: Hawkeye Firefly Q6 4K 1080P 24FPS HD Mini Camera
  • Model: Firefly Q6
  • Size: 30(L)*21(W)*25(H) mm
  • Image Sensor: SONY 12M back illumination CMOS
  • Wide Angle: 120 degree wide angle lens
  • ISO: Auto,ISO100,ISO1600,ISO400
  • Video Record Format: MP4
  • Photo Record Format: JPG
  • Video Resolution: 4K 24fps, 2.5K 30fps, 1080P 60fps / 30fps, 720P 120fps, VGA 30fps
  • Gyro Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Image Rotate 180 Degrees: Yes
  • OLED Size: 64*48MM
  • Videoplayer software: Quicktime
  • Storage Card: 8G–64G
  • C10 TF card needed: Yes
  • Microphone/Speaker: Yes
  • Image Resolution: 16M, 8M, 5M
  • Time-lapse: Off, 0.5s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 30s
  • Loop-cycle Recording : Yes
  • Loop-cycle Recording Time: 5min,OFF
  • HDMI Output: Yes
  • WDR: Yes
  • Weight: 50g (DM 45 grams without cables)

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What we love about itfirefly-remote

  • Superb sharp and vibrant colors
  • Brightness average balance option for FPV, balancing  skyline and ground
  • Remote Control Module, to start and stop recording remotely
  • LCD screen, no need for PC software to change settings

What may be essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Mini playback of video

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 2 favorite cameras during Jul 2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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