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Old 03-18-2016, 08:18 AM   #1
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Placement of GoPro Camera

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Can anyone tell me if I could put a GoPro camera, such as the Hero Session, INSIDE the cabin area of my Stinson SR9, looking thru either front or side window? All kinds of room, but would the window material throw it out of focus? All the info I can find on the GoPro says it has a fixed lens, no way to set auto/manual focus.
Hoping to get a little info from someone who has experience with this BEFORE I purchased camera only to find it doesn't do what I would like. The manual is not helpful in this question at all.
Sent this question to GoPro but no reply as yet.
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Re: Placement of GoPro Camera

You can absolutely place a gopro inside the cabin and get great video from the inside. It all depends on the quality of the windscreen "glass". Some manufacturers have crystal clear plastic that you can see very clearly through without any distortion. Others are made of cheaper quality plastic and appear wavy or are poorly moulded with thick and thin sections that make looking through it seem like looking through fun-house glass.

If you have a clear canopy/windscreen, just polish it up. If you have cheaper quality windscreen, you may have to replace it with something like Plexiglas or lexan. Obviously, flat sided windscreens will be easier to replace than curved windscreens for obvious reasons. you dont have to replace the entire winscreen. Just the panels that your go-pro will be looking through.

Here is another hint I would suggest: while setting up the camera at home, plug in an external camera cable to the GoPro and hook it up to a TV so you can see a live picture as you are setting up the camera. Position the camera for the best view out the glass and down the front of the fuselage.

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Re: Placement of GoPro Camera

This video is on top of my Cub. No room inside but it seems to focus on everything fairly well.......
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Re: Placement of GoPro Camera

I would suggest looking at a Runcam 2.
Similar to a Mobius camera but a much higher quality video.
I would say the Runcam 2 has the same video quality as my GoPro3+ if not better and its half the size.
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