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06-10-2009, 12:51 AM
I have been toying with the idea of aerial photo/video. Am considering strapping a camera to a small electric plane or my Trex450 heli.
Any suggestions of a nice compact camera that does good stills as well as decent video?
06-10-2009, 07:35 AM
I'm using a Panasonic Lumix which is compact and light...6 oz. I have been happy with the stills but video is meh.
06-10-2009, 09:27 AM
For something as small as the Trex 450 I'd suggest something like the flycamone 2. Very light and comes with a mounting bracket, you can even remotely activate the camera trigger with an extra servo or keep it in video mode. Can even pan the camera lens up and down.
06-10-2009, 11:01 AM
You may want to consider a Canon PowerShot SD780 IS.
They are a VERY compact camera with a huge punch. If you like to shoot video this puppy shoots in HD. It also has a HD port built in!
Its a very usable camera but don't expect it to be adjustable as a DSLR.
The nice thing is its only 4 oz!! Pop some 335's on your trex gear up and let her rip:)
Here is the link
The Cheapest I have found it was $265 CA at London drugs
06-11-2009, 11:41 AM
My Trex 450 will take up a 3/4 pound high def camcorder. They are pretty powerful for their size when running at high headspeeds.
Keep in mind such a small heli really moves around. A camera with a really good sports mode or even manual would be a bonus.
Pentax W10, W20, W40 all have 'interval mode'
Preset the camera for 10sec-99min between shots
Select number of shots 2-1000 (to max memory size)
Select delay before starting zero min to 24 hours
attach and fly
I'm looking for a W10 if someone wants to sell me one.
edit: 155g and 'waterproof' (to 1.5m) 6Mpixel and up
06-11-2009, 08:21 PM
Thanks for all the GREAT suggestions :D
Here is the flycamone2: looks like a very good and reasonable cost option at about $100
But for what I want to capture, that Canon SD780 is the way to go! If they have one at the local store, that is what I will have to go for.
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