|Sep 26, 2011, 10:10 AM|
Aerial Photography suitable Camera Shortlist
I'm looking for a good aerial photography camera. It needs to have a couple of specific features as I want to use it for AP AND probably as a general landscape/scenery/people camera.
These requirements seem to be what would be the minimum for an AP camera:
A friend has the Canon IXUS 220 HS (ELPH 300 HS) which is very nice, produces very good images, great video (despite being CMOS) BUT... it only has digital A/V out - no analog (stand corrected, it has USB > A/V.)
My shortlist stands at this so far:
#1 Canon S95 - bit expensive, heavy
Panasonic Lumix LX3 - noisy, slow auto-focus, shutter-lag, pricey
Panasonic Lumix LX5 - average video, lens is flare-prone, pricey
#3 Canon PowerShot SX130 IS - heavy
#2 Canon IXUS 220 HS - CMOS
Any other suggestions?
|Sep 28, 2011, 05:26 AM|
Joined Aug 2011
After a lot of research and debate with myself I chose the Panasonic Lumix LX5 over the Canon S95 (and upcoming S100).
Also, you said "Sub $200" is one of your requirements; the S95 is closer to $350.
|Sep 28, 2011, 06:01 AM|
A second-hand 10Mp LX3 is worthy.
I still use ours for commercial AP of construction projects - over 9000 AP shots in nearly 2 years.
|Sep 28, 2011, 07:39 AM|
Yeah, didn't realize the S95 was so expensive (hadn't really looked at it's price rather just it's features).
Thanks, will investigate the Panasonic's...
Any other recommendations?
|Sep 28, 2011, 09:37 PM|
Canon SD780is. You can turn off the 'is' if you like. And it has analog out. Second-hand is around $130. Some of these were still made in Japan, too. Not China.
|Mar 08, 2012, 05:56 AM|
Struggling to find the Panasonic's here, and certainly none second hand. LX3 also criticized for noise, slow auto-focus, shutter-lag, pricey
LX5's video isn't very good, lens is flare-prone, pricey
Canon SD780is hard to find here too (has been criticised for noisy images and poor lens)
Nikon Coolpix S9100 looks good but is a CMOS sensor and I want to avoid the "rolling shutter" effect at all costs.
Any others to suggest?
|Mar 08, 2012, 07:33 AM|
Joined Mar 2005
My experience with the Panasonic LX5
In the past I have used these cameras:
- Panasonic LX30
- Panasonic LX37 (good image stabilisation, a little bit noisy above ISO100)
- Canon IXUS 115 (image stabilisation during flights works very bad)
Currently I use a Panasonic LX5. It's my best aerial camera until now (because of the good sensor and the lens).
I have build a servo shutter control, but the control is only for still pictures, video recording is started on another button.
Here an example:
A major disadvantage is the limited picture bulk function (max. 3 pics).
I have eliminated this drawback by an automatic servo control (ATTiny25 in my tx between the switch and the transmitter board).
The videos are a bit better than the Panasonic LX37
Here an example of a Panasonic LX37 video:
the servo shutter control:
|Mar 09, 2012, 05:44 AM|
|Mar 09, 2012, 05:50 AM|
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