How Does a Drone Camera Transmit Video?

Drones are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to capture amazing aerial footage. The drone’s camera is an essential component in capturing this footage, but how does it transmit video? In this article, we will explore the technology behind a drone camera’s video transmission.

Wireless Video Transmission
The majority of drones use wireless video transmission to send video from the camera to the controller. This technology is commonly referred to as FPV (First-Person View) and is used in many applications beyond drones. The basic idea behind FPV is to transmit a live video feed from the drone’s camera to the controller or a monitor.

How Does FPV Work?

The Camera
The drone’s camera captures video and sends it to a small device called a video transmitter. The video transmitter then converts the signal into a format that can be transmitted wirelessly.

The Transmitter
The transmitter sends the converted signal wirelessly using radio waves. These radio waves are sent through an antenna attached to both the transmitter and receiver.

The Receiver
The receiver on the controller or monitor receives the signal sent by the transmitter and decodes it into an image that can be displayed on a screen.

Latency in Wireless Video Transmission

One of the biggest challenges with wireless video transmission is latency, which refers to the delay between when an action happens in real life and when it appears on screen. Latency can be caused by various factors such as distance, interference, and processing time.


The farther away the drone flies from its operator, the weaker the signal becomes, resulting in increased latency. This is because radio waves become weaker as they travel through space.


Interference from other electronic devices can also cause latency. If the frequency used by the transmitter is being used by other devices in the area, it can cause interference that affects the quality of the video signal.

Processing Time

Finally, processing time can also affect latency. The time it takes for the drone’s camera to capture and transmit video, as well as for the receiver to decode and display it, can add up and cause a delay.

In Conclusion

Wireless video transmission technology has come a long way in recent years, and drones are benefiting greatly from it. By understanding how FPV works and what factors can affect its performance, drone operators can better prepare for their flights and capture amazing aerial footage.